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pSeries 520, IBM, p520

A new pSeries server with APV contains an existing partition.  Is this a default action by IBM to create an initial LPAR for each APV based system?  Ao partitions in an APV enabled host require a VIO server and is this a default VIO server?  
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As far as I know, the defaults indeed include a single LPAR which is meant to run the OS, if no additional LPARs are set. As far as I know, this should act as the VIO server if you require one.
I assume that IBM sends the pSeries servers with a defaul partition in case you just want to start up the system and take it for a spin before committing production workloads, as of VIO servers, you need to install it yourself, the VIO image comes with the bunch of CDs/DVDs IBM sends along with the servers.

one big difference between a normal AIX LPAR and a VIO server, other than the software itself, is that the LPAR has to be configured as a VIO server environment at the time the LPAR's profile is created, once you create your LPAR with VIO-Server env, you need to install and upgrade the VIO server software.

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