how to upgrade an mksysb image using nimadm?

Hi again,

I have a baseline mksysb image with AIX 7.1 TL0 and nwo I want to upgrae it to AIX 7.1 TL1 SP 1.
Any idea on how to upgrade it with nimadm? I know I can restore the image on a new lpar but I tried to upgrade it with nimadm with no success..

Thanks.
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woolmilkporcCommented:
Hi again,

an mksysb must be restored somewhere to perform an upgrade, there is nothing you can do on the image itself.

nimadm just gets you rid of having to use a "new lpar".
You can use any existing client which has sufficient free disk resources to hold a clone of rootvg -
but let me repeat: You must restore the mksysb in order to work on it! Thee is no way to update just the image itself!

wmp



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woolmilkporcCommented:
OK, I forgot -

you don't even need a client, you can perform the migration entirely on the master - which needs a volume group to hold the restored image nonetheless!

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sminfoAuthor Commented:
hi wmp,

I tried to use nimadm on the nim master but I read I have to pass options to the nimadm command like a SPOT and LPP in order to make the upgrade, but I have clear the LPP (is the new AIX 7.1 TL1) but not sure about the SPOT I have to use.
Months ago I made an upgrade from aix 6.1 to 7.1 with nimadm, but I had the aix 7.1 spot, taken from the DVD.
But in this case I have teh mksysb on AIX 7.1TL0 only and want to update it to the new TL1 and if it's possible to SP1 also.

I think I have the right tool (nimadm) but I dont know how to use it in this case.
I'll be back at work on wednesday..
Thanks..
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woolmilkporcCommented:
Sorry for not having better news, but ...

... you need a SPOT at the same level as the LPP source you're going to upgrade the MKSYSB with (TL1 in your case).

Moreover, not only bos.alt_disk_install must be at the same level on MASTER and SPOT, but also the whole SPOT is required to be at the same level as the MASTER's running AIX.

If these conditions are met, however, the whole thing runs just smoothly.

(I couldn't resist testing it, as always ...)


wmp
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sminfoAuthor Commented:
hi wmp.. really busy.. tomorow I'll  be back!!! ( like terminator) :-)
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sminfoAuthor Commented:
ok. as I don't have the SPOT TL1, I have to restore the image, update and then make the mksysb again..

Thanks..
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woolmilkporcCommented:
You're aware that you can upgrade the SPOT to TL1?

Thx for the points!

wmp
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sminfoAuthor Commented:
No, don't know how to upgrade the SPOT to TL1..

I downloaded aix 7.1 TL1 and create an LPP resource.  LPP_AIX71_TL1
I downloaded the aix 7.1 TL1 SP1 and create another LPP_AIX71_TL1_SP1

So, how can I update the SPOT?
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woolmilkporcCommented:
Easiest is

"smitty nim_update_all"

Select your SPOT as the target (yes, that's possible!), select the new LPP source to be used for the update,
set the desired installp options (particularly "Accept Licenses") and Go!

As always: Have fun with NIM (IBM's Johnnie Walker: Still going strong)!

wmp

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