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when i switch to padmin user the server sent this notification:

vio:/root# su - padmin


Some error messages may contain invalid information
for the Virtual I/O Server environment.

lslpp: 0504-132  Fileset bos.swma not installed.

I read somewhere and it is said to modify the IOSCLI command to redirect the output from internal bos.swma query. I don't know what they re talking about. My question is this: WHAT SHOULD I DO TO FIX THIS PROBLEM. AND IF I HAVE TO DO ANYTHING SHOULD I DO IT ON THE VIO PROMPT OR PADMIN PROMPT?
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Hi,

modifying the IOSCLI command is nothing what you should (or could) do.

You're referring to one of the APARs IZ27279, IZ27607, IZ27638, IZ27747 or IZ28444, and what IBM describe there is the solution they (IBM) found to internally resolve the issue. They just redirect stderr to /dev/null, but ioscli is a binary executable and, as I said,  a customer cannot change anything here.

The only thing you can do is upgrade your VIOS to the level recommended by the relevant APAR above (the one that matches your installed VIOS level).

But there is no reason to get worried. "bos.swma" deals with license information and is only needed for displaying copyright messages and license agreements in any language supported by AIX/VIOs.

Besides that, you're accessing your VIOS a somewhat "unsupported" way.

The supported way is to log in directly as padmin and to run "oem_setup_env" in case you must acquire root privileges and escape the restricted shell.

Try it, it might well be that you don't see that obscure message when proceeding like this.

wmp
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Thank you very much for your answer. I m not too much expert in aix.
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I would love you to show me step by step how to redirect stderr to /dev/null . I have root privileges . Should I do it being padmin or root vio?
Thanks
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Seems you didn't understand what I've been trying to tell you.

You, personally, can't change anything in the ioscli binary.
Redirecting stderr to /dev/null is IBM's internal solution to get users rid of the message in question.

IBM implemented this change in a fix to become part of a VIOS service pack.

The only thing you can do is download the service pack matching your current
VIOS level and install it.

Run (as padmin)

ioslevel

and tell me what you see.

I'll point you then to the download location of the matching fix (IBM Support Contract required)
and to a location where you can find installlation instructions.

Let me repeat it: There is nothing you can do to remedy that error besides updating
your VIOS to a version where the problem has been fixed by IBM.

wmp
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Thank You for this precision.
 
ioslevel is: 1.5.1.1-FP-10.1
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That's really old and is the highest 1.5 level.

Consider upgrading to 2.2.1.5

You'll have to download it from IBM's ESS:

https://www-304.ibm.com/servers/eserver/ess/ProtectedServlet.wss

(IBM contract required).

Sign in, choose AIX on the left, then Software Download on the right.
Scroll down to PowerVM, tick the box and click "Continue"

Tick PowerVM again, click "Continue"

Download the whole package. It contains "ISO, Virtual I/O 1.x to 2.1 Migration Media (9/2010)"
which you must use to burn a DVD.

Here re the instruction how to proceed with that DVD:
http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?rs=0&uid=isg400000002

If you don't have a contract or don't want to upgrade you can live with the old version (and the error message) as long as you're not planning to purchase new (Power6/7) hardware.
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Thank you very .  This solution solved my problem.
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