There was also a long thread about this very topic last week. Check out the archives.

Jim Oberholtzer
Chief Technical Architect
Agile Technology Architects

On 9/20/2012 12:58 PM, rob@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
V5R4 to 7.1 is directly supported by IBM and it's not one of those not
quite so direct upgrades (like V5R3 to 7.1 would be). In other words,
it's an x-2, or it's within 1 or 2 levels of current.
That being said, I would go straight from V5R4 to 7.1. It would be easier
- only 1 save before and 1 save after the 7.1 upgrade and no 6.1 save
- Time/IPLs to install 6.1 and it's myriad of PTFs is gone.

What you CANNOT bypass is reading the 6.1 Memo to Users. There is some
stuff covered in there that may not be covered in the 7.1 memo to users.

And this is from a person who did upgrade to 6.1 first. Well, only
because when I upgraded to 6.1, 7.1 wasn't available.

What gets a little different is when you upgrade x-3 or better. And
before the chest thumpers sound in, I know it can be done, and people do
it quite often, it's not as straight forward as an x-2 or less.

Rob Berendt
-- IBM Certified System Administrator - IBM i 6.1 Group Dekko Dept 1600 Mail to: 2505 Dekko Drive Garrett, IN 46738 Ship to: Dock 108 6928N 400E Kendallville, IN 46755 From: "Charles Sallee" <csallee@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> To: <midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx>, Date: 09/20/2012 01:45 PM Subject: RE: Budgeting to replace V5R4 Sent by: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx * While this topic is active, I would like to ask: Is it any harder to go from V5R4 to V7R1 then going from V5R4 to V6R1 first and then to V7R1? Just wondering because we will * probably just skip V6R1. Thanks for all of the good info on upgrades to V6 or V7. Chuck CIS Manager Lexington Division of Police

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