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How to install any Operating System on POWER remotely

Since HMC firmware version 7.7.7, IBM added very cool feature, which allows installation of the Virtual I/O Server directly from the HMC. This is very convenient when you get your POWER machine to the new location, and you want to install an operating system, for instance, IBM i or AIX, but you prefer to do it remotely.

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Building multiple LPARs with dedicated I/O from the CLI

Hi,

Nowadays, I’m preparing for huge hardware delivery. I’m about to get dozen of MMD’s. The challenge is to configure them (LPAR profiles, VIOS, etc) as soon as possible. I found the way how to automate creation of multiple VIO/LPAR profiles including I/O configuration for multiple servers without knowing SN of the expansions drawers.

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Create a LPAR with NPIV from an IBM i

I want to show a tool which does several things usually done on different devices with different shells. Namely it creates a LPAR, create virtual server and virtual client fiber adapters (normally on a HMC),  maps the virtual fibre channel adapter to the physical fibre channel port (VIO shell), performs N_Port login to a SAN fabric (HMC or initial boot of an Operating System), and emailing World Wide Port Name to a SAN administrator. These actions are done by one tool initiated from IBM i OS.

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Managing the Virtual Media Repository

Virtual media repository is very useful PowerVM feature. Some older IBM i administrators probably remember similar function available in iSeries ages ago. In short way, it allows to share CD/DVD images on a frame/server layer.

I use it very often, because it allows load a SLIC without physical access to a server. Practically you can install an IBM i OS, on completely new POWER server, which doesn’t even have a physical CD/DVD drive.

In this post I’d like to show different methods how to manage the Virtual Media Repository. Read more of this post

cloning i5/OS

Big shops from time to time have a demand to prepare multiple OS installation in very short amount of time. Or maybe you want to offer ‘a cloud’ with IBM i to your clients. We all know that scratch OS installation with patching the system afterwards may take several hours.

I want to describe a concept of cloning IBM i OS. Unfortunately it requires an external storage. (I’m not sure if the same functionality could not be achieved with an internal storage and Shared Storage Pools – waiting for your feedback).

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