It will be a bit simpler to manage if you have the storage to run a hosting
partition; the only thing that gets more challenging is applying PTFs. You
can do a system save should you need to without taking the guests down.

I've done both and while I try and avoid running a workload it can work in
some situations. I have a couple of customers who run a production workload
which hosts their dev system and that works well enough for them. If your
set up is simple enough this may work for you, but it depends on what is
running on those guests. You say you are running production email in one of
the guests - I would have though that would want to be running as much as

The safest answer is probably (as others have said) to just run the host
partition with no workload.

On Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 12:00 AM, kevin <kevin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:


I've just taken delivery of a Power6 server running 7.1..

What is the best practice when running guest partitions - should the
primary be just for the OS and not used for much else..

I want to to have two IBM i partitions one live and the other test for an
RPG application...I also want to set up two Linux partitions live/test for
email and web servers..

Finally can I run any flavor of Linux..



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