VIOS 3.1 upgrade for everyone

I assume there are many installations which need to go to VIOS 3.1 by October 2020 due to end of support for VIOS 2.x. Because, I did not find any upgrade procedure for “dummies”, I decided to write one which I hope people find useful. I do not cover only the upgrade process itself, but also share some advises how to do it safely and recover in case of troubles. Upgrade Virtual I/O Server to 3.1 is completely different process than before. For instance, you are going to need an extra disk to perform the operation. Interested?

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New VIOS releases affect the Shared Ethernet Adapter (SEA) functionality

Long story short – how regular VIOS update ended with few weeks investigations completed with the serious VIOS bug and the APAR (IJ25390). The latest VIO releases contain a serious bug which may affect all VIOS/SEA client LPARs on IBM Power Servers.

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LPARKit – tool for managing VIOS from 5250 and cloning IBM i OS

I don’t think many people noticed this information yet, but recently a project which I was involved for last two years get live. My feeling is that many people do not understand the idea, thus I created a post explaining the functionality and possible usage. Read more about LPARKit below – tool which allows to create LPARs from 5250 and cloning IBM i OS. Continue reading “LPARKit – tool for managing VIOS from 5250 and cloning IBM i OS”

Recovering an invalided Load Source disk

As I wrote in the previous post, there might a situation when another/former load source disk become part of the LPAR configuration. IBMi OS configuration allows to run only with one valid load source, therefore the operating system will change a specific sector, making a former load source disk a regular disk. Therefore, this disk can’t be used as the Load Source never again. In this post I will describe what sector need to be changed in order to recover the disk, and reuse it in another configuration.

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IBMi – Copy the load-source disk FAQ

Process for copying the load source disk is sort of a black box. The copying process is straight forward, but there is no documentation ‘what if’. My assumption is because this is very sensitive operation, IBM does not want us to meddle with the process. I’ve created sort of summary for admins based on my experience ,and research made over hundreds copying processes.  I bet you won’t get this information thru any official channel.

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IBM iDoctor for beginners

I want to introduce IBM iDoctor tool to people who does not know it. Few years ago, I didn’t know the tool either, and I’ve heard lot of wired stories what the aim is. These days, I can’t live without it, and every single serious performance analysis starts with the tool. I want to show you in very simple steps how to do a basic analysis. Not sure if you know, but the tool is available with 45-days free trial. So, you can give a try without paying a single penny, or ordering an expensive consultant. Continue reading “IBM iDoctor for beginners”