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Yes, it comes as an .iso format but the extension is .bin.

Those files can be directly loaded into an image catalog.

Here's one of the links to a network installation that Larry referred to:

ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/systems/support/power/i/nfs_optical_upgrade.pdf

Also see:

http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=nas8N1010898
and:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/redpapers/pdfs/redp4937.pdf

The last reference has information about how to use it to install PTFs
across the NFS share.

I've even done small machines via NFS from my system in the office to a
remote box in Florida. Takes a bit more time for data transfer but it works
just fine.

--
Jim Oberholtzer
Chief Technical Architect
Agile Technology Architects


-----Original Message-----
From: MIDRANGE-L [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
Mitchell, Dana
Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2014 9:54 AM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Subject: RE: Fix Central and Download director

I haven't used the FTP process before for downloading service, but I'm
curious. Is the resulting file an iso image that you in turn load into an
image catalog? Is that how you facilitate sharing the maintenance to other
lpars via NFS/IFS?

Dana

-----Original Message-----
From: MIDRANGE-L [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
DrFranken
Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2014 8:14 AM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Subject: Re: Fix Central and Download director

So there is a simple CL that does the FTP. It does OVRDBF INPUT to
QGPL/FTPCMD and OUTPUT to QGPL/FTPLOG both with the member named in the only
parameter. It then does FTP '127.0.0.1' FTPCMD and FTPLOG are source
physical files.

A sample FTPCMD member looks like this:

========================================
wont work <-- attempts to log into 127.0.0.1
close <-- it fails, quit that
open delivery01-bld.dhe.ibm.com
user anonymous supersecret <- any password works namefmt 1 cd
/ccss/B63923/v7r1/C <- Comes from IBM Email
lcd /ibmi/v7r1/ptf <- Where my i 7.1 PTS go
binary
mget *.bin <- Get all Binaries.
quit
========================================

The log member looks like this: (parts omitted)
========================================
Connecting to remote host 127.0.0.1 using port 21.
220-QTCP at LOOPBACK.
220 Connection will close if idle more than 5 minutes.
Enter login ID
530 Log on attempt by user WONT rejected.
Enter an FTP subcommand.
close
221 QUIT subcommand received.
Enter an FTP subcommand.
open delivery01-bld.dhe.ibm.com
Connecting to host dispby-101.boulder.ibm.com......
user anonymous
331 Guest login ok, send any password.
230 Guest login ok, access restrictions apply.
namefmt 1
500 'SITE NAMEFMT 1': command not understood.
Client NAMEFMT is 1.
cd /ccss/B63923/v7r1/C
250 CWD command successful.
lcd /ibmi/v7r1/ptf
Local working directory is /ibmi/v7r1/ptf > binary
200 Type set to I.
mget *.bin
200 Type set to I.
150 Opening BINARY mode data connection for hiper113_1.bin (3867471872
bytes).
226 Transfer complete.
3867471872 bytes transferred in 7384.260 seconds. Transfer rate 523.745
KB/sec.
quit

221-You have transferred -427495424 bytes in 1 files.
221-Total traffic for this session was -427493880 bytes in 2 transfers.
221-Thank you for using the FTP service on inetsd01.boulder.ibm.com.
221 Goodbye.
========================================


Note that when your order PTFs for download via FTP you get to pick the
directory name and the file name.

For the directory name I ALWAYS use the version. V7R1 for example and you
can see that in the path name IBM sends (above). This way when ordering
multiple things I need not record anything, the version is in the path.

For the file name I use the group name and number. Here you can see it was
Hiper group level 113 so the file is hiper113_1.bin. If it goes over one
image then the next is hiper113_2.bin. Again now I know EXACTLY what this
file is and can delete it after I get hiper114_1.bin some time later.

For CUMEs I use Cyjjjvrm. y last digit of year, jjj julian day, and vrm
710 for example. The yjjj is the release date for this cume. Current CUME
then is C4143710_1 and _2.bin.

- Larry "DrFranken" Bolhuis

www.frankeni.com
www.iDevCloud.com
www.iInTheCloud.com

On 7/31/2014 8:29 AM, Steinmetz, Paul wrote:

Larry,

I'd like to see one of your FTP scripts, then I want to compare the
pros/cons of FTP to SNDPTFORD.
I'm still a SNDPTFORD fan.

Paul

-----Original Message-----
From: MIDRANGE-L [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
DrFranken
Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2014 8:11 AM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Subject: Re: Fix Central and Download director

Download Director, when it works correctly, is wonderful. It has a few
issues like it downloads to your PC rather than directly to the system and
the downloaded file names make no sense whatever. The biggest issue though
is the hail of java updates recently means only 1 in 5 times can I even get
the thing to run.

FTP however I have used since the dawn of Fix Central. Scripts on i that
need only the directory name dropped in pull the PTFs directly to the the
proper directory. No interference on my PC, uses bandwidth at the office not
at home, and while it's not as fast for a single file (max about 650KB or
so) I can run a big ole bunchfull of them in parallel and they each get that
amount.

At one time the chief coder for Fix Central bought Jim O and I lunch at a
COMMON conference as we had been helping them with design issues and
testing. He informed us that IBM was intending to drop the FTP option.
Our reaction was swift and in total agreement: "No WAY! Who do we have to
call!!!" Must have worked, FTP is still there!

- Larry "DrFranken" Bolhuis

www.frankeni.com
www.iDevCloud.com
www.iInTheCloud.com

On 7/31/2014 5:59 AM, paultherrien@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:

I was trying to download the latest cume for 7.1 yesterday and having
troubles as well. In the end, I used the FTP option.
Part of my issue was that java was failing on the PC I was using.
But what was annoying was that I could never get the Download
Director to pick up where I left off, or even just restart the
download. Fix central insisted on rebuilding my download request and
putting me off for 2 hours. After the third time I went to the FTP
option.

Paul

-----Original Message-----
From: MIDRANGE-L [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Mike McClain
Sent: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 5:06 PM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion (midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx)
Subject: Fix Central and Download director

Have been using Fix Central and Download Director to get PTF images
to my PC for years without issue.
Now, have been trying for about a week to get TR8 and cume,hiper,db
for 7.1 system. Starts out looking like everything is good using 6 to
8 connections, then after about 2-3% of first file download the
connections slowly drop off and I'll get Server busy try again later
which results in the same thing.
Anyone know what's going on here?
Thanks,
Mike

Michael McClain
HICI (a Shelter Insurance Company)
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