At my last job we had BPs configure an LPARed system for us and all
three insisted that it needed to have a dedicated optical drive for each
LPAR. Here, we already had an LPARed system when I started, and it has
an internal DVD-Rom and two stand-alones. Each dedicated to an LPAR and
I haven't touched any of them in nine months!


Scott Ingvaldson
Senior IBM Support Specialist
Fiserv Midwest

-----Original Message-----
From: Larry Bolhuis [mailto:lbolhuis@xxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2008 1:34 PM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Subject: Re: LPAR Optical requirement

Not dedicated but available. That is one optical drive for the physical
system is required and it can be switched between LPARs as needed. This
rule has not changed.

- Larry

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LPAR Optical requirement

I know that in the past a dedicated optical drive was required for each
LPAR; is this still the case? It seems odd to me that this requirement
is kept for hardware that could potentially only be used once in the
lifetime of a system.


Scott Ingvaldson
Senior IBM Support Specialist
Fiserv Midwest

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