AIX 6.1 Mount Network ISO Image

Posted on 2012-08-12
Last Modified: 2012-08-16
I did a base install of AIX 6.1 which was painful since I'm very new to AIX.

here is my question..

I know you can mount a windows share on a AIX 6.1. I have read using the 'loopmount' command you can mount a ISO image. This is what I need to do. Can I use the loopmount command to mapped to a network location of the ISO image?

Also how do I know if cifs is install on my AIX server

when i type in smit cifs_fs: I get the follow error:
"1800-007 - There is current not SMIT"
Question by:compdigit44
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    lslpp -l | grep cifs

    You need bos.cifs_fs.rte and bos.cifs_fs.smit from the base OS installation medium.

    loopmount is available in AIX 6.1 TL4 and up. Use "oslevel -r" to check.

    Basically, this is the command to use:

    loopmount -i /path/to/cdrom.iso -o "-V cdrfs -o ro" -m /mnt

    I'm not sure if the ISO may reside on a CIFS share, and I can't test right now.
    I'll check and report tomorrow as soon as I'm back on my machines.

    In the meantime, why don't you just give it a try?
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    Mounting an ISO image residing on an NFS mounted directory works without any problem.

    Can't test CIFS right now, but I strongly assume it will work as well.

    Please note that the mountpoint must exist (/mnt in my example above), and that it's mandatory mounting the image "readonly (the "-o ro" flag above).
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    Using the 'loopmount' command type syntax would I use to connect to and ISO image on a windows share?
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    You would use it to mount an ISO image residing on a Windows share which is mounted on your AIX machine via CIFS.

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