Using a BP, we did the the V5R4 to V7R1 on new hardware in one not too long Saturday.

As others have pointed out, we did not move hardware but we did have a tape drive issue. The old machine was LTO 1 and we were going to LTO 5. The BP supplied us a LTO 3 drive with an appropriate card and two tapes. Friday night, I did two 21 saves - one to the old drive and one to the LTO 3 tape. Powered down the old box.

On Saturday morning, the BP installed lan console and fired up the new box. Configured the storage and other hardware. Installed a few CD/DVD worth of V7R1 licensed programs. Then he followed the instructions in the manual to restore the 21 tape. User profiles, libraries, IFS, most subsystems, outqs etc all came over. An hour or two later, we had a system running like the old system. We had to  install a few new vendor programs (contact vendors for which ones need that). Most glitches (really "minor") were taken care of by Tuesday.
I probably wouldn't have done it that way "on my own". But working with an experienced BP who knew the steps and having the old box to turn back on if needed was reassuring.

Good luck.

From: Billy Waters <bwaters@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "MIDRANGE-L@xxxxxxxxxxxx" <MIDRANGE-L@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, May 14, 2012 11:27 AM
Subject: OS and hardware upgrade.

Has anyone upgrade to a new OS (V6 or V7) and a new box in a single project? If so, would you be willing to discuss the experience?  We are currently on V5R4 and 8203-E4A.
We have not determined the OS we will be installing;  moving to 8202 box.


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