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Hi and happy new year to you guys.. specially wmp :-)

Simple question:
I'm going to install a NIM server on AIX 6.1, questions:

- Can I have images of other AIX's 5L or even 7 on this NIM?
- I know NIM server has to be updated at the latest TL/SP before others servers, but I want to know if there's a way, once I update the NIM server, all AIX6.1 images stored inside NIM server update at the latest TL/SP at the same time, is it possible?

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Israel.
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Hi again,

welcome back and also a very happy new year to you, Israel!

- Images of AIX 5L on a 6.1 NIM server are no problem. In fact, this is the usual case.

- AIX 7 will be difficult. You can store AIX 7 mksysb images on a 6.1 NIM server, c'est pas grand chose. The  trouble begins with creating an AIX 7 SPOT on a 6.1 NIM. This might or might not work - up to now I don't use AIX 7.
Next  problem could arise when trying to restore such an image. Even if the SPOT generation succeeded it's not guaranteed that this SPOT will work as desired. I strongly assume so, but ...

Why don't you just upgrade the NIM server to AIX 7?

Now I don't understand your last question. What do you mean with "Update AIX images"? The stored images must match the machines they've been taken from, don't you think? Or do you mean the lpp sources?
Please explain!

wmp

"The NIM master has certain minimum requirements. For example, it must always be at the highest level of AIX that it's required to support."

http://www.ibmsystemsmag.com/aix/administrator/6709p1.aspx

Also remember that you can use NIM for different resources. A AIX SPOT with base filesets and fixes is one option - a "pre-installed" mksysb is another.
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ok, sorry my silly questions. I'm totally new on NIM..

which is the difference between SPOT and LPP resource?

What I want is something like this:
- Have mksysb images of AXI5L-TLXX/SPXX (separatly images ) (Using mksysb nim resource)
- Have mksysb images of AXI6.1-TLXX/SPXX (separatly images)  (Using mksysb nim resource)
- Have the latest TL/SP for AIX 5L and 6.1. (I want to upgrade all AIX 's clients this way) (don't know which resource I should use for it)
- Maybe install custom scripts (already made) after the new AIX was installed using LPP or mksysb images. (don't know which NIM resource I should use for it)
- Nor clear about the use of SPOT.
- Have some linux (redhat) images to be install this way on a new LPAR. (don't know which NIM resource I should use for it)
- Install packages from the NIM server instead the DVD/CD devices. (don't know which NIM resource I should use for it)

In cases of "don't know which NIM resource I should use for it", can you tell me which resource should I use?

Please, be patience with me.. :-)

Thanks
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That's great wmp.. what protocol use nim to connect to clients? Please, don't tell me rsh or other not-secure protocol.. can I use ssh?

Thanks once more.

Israel.
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Thanks