I know myself and others on this list do these mixed mode migrations all the time. In fact, I have two of my guys at two different accounts doing this right now as I speak. This is "normal" when you have accounts with 170s and 270s upgrading to a Power7 machine. There are many people whose machines can't upgrade past V5R4, and their new machine can only run 6.1 or 7.1.
If your BP isn't proficient in doing these & discussing the process, then most likely they aren't certified, and they don't do these enough.
If you do it right, there isn't a problem. It's not about Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. It's about experience. We don't try to 'scare' out customers, we try to show them the experience they have so that they know they are in good hands.
When you do enough of these they are very easy, in fact if you really understand backup/recovery they make perfect sense.
From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Musselman, Paul
Sent: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 2:48 PM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Subject: RE: OS and hardware upgrade.
I agree-- Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. Yarns ago, it was believed that if anyone in the IT department of an IBM shop even hinted that another vendor's machines might be looked at, "F,U, and D" would be spread by the IBM sales rep, SE, and any other IBM personnel-- usually to upper management-- to basically discredit the person looking around, because "You can never get fired for choosing IBM."
Paul E Musselman
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