We have settled on using FixCentral and downloading from the IBM site to a
server here, and then generating DVDs ourselves. That has been the most
reliable method over the years. Just did a 7.2 box with 8 DVDs and three or
four reboots.

Just remember that the DVD names (xxxx.BIN) will not match the PTF IDs, so
when it asks for specific PTFs, don't confuse the xxxxxx _N number with the
DVD xxxxxx_N number.

We also rename the IBM *.bin files to *.iso and Windoze will burn them
directly.

Ira Chandler
Curbstone Corporation
Technical Services - 888-844-8533
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-----Original Message-----
From: MIDRANGE-L [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Aaron
Bartell
Sent: Friday, December 18, 2015 10:52 AM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Subject: Applying updates to IBM i

I am forcing myself to step further into IBM i admin responsibilities so I
can have a better understanding. My next step is learning how to apply
updates (CUM, PTF, etc). I've done it before, but it is like once ever
couple years. I started looking at SNDPTFORD as it relates to a specific
PTF I wanted to install (for Node.js) but then realized maybe I should just
do *CUMPKG and I would get the PTF in there (based on my CUM understanding).
And after I pondered that I realized I need a high level overview of how
best to approach keeping an IBM i up to date.

Does anybody have such a resource to point me at? I've found many bits and
pieces here and there, but nothing that gives a high level overview and best
practices.

Thanks,
Aaron Bartell
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