Hands down the easiest is to use network based virtual optical.

Share that directory just as you would for network based PTFs. Then also change the TFTP server alternate source directory to the highest level directory for that path (We use /ibmi/v7r4/instal/ for example so the highest directory would be '/ibmi'. Finally start the TFTP Server. :-)

In the profile configure a virtual Ethernet adapter that can be used on the new partition for the Service Tools interface. IMPORTANT: Tag this interface as the 'Alternate IPL Device'. Yes an Ethernet line!

Finally do this at the HMC command line:

chsysstate -o on -k manual -m "<Your Server Name in HMC>" -n "Bootcamp" -f "Bootcamp" -r lpar -i d --ip --netmask --gateway --serverip --serverdir /ibmi/v7r4/instal --duplex auto --mtu 1500

Broken out that looks like:

chsysstate // Change the state of some object
-o on // Changing it to ON
-k manual // Manual Mode
-m "<Your Server Name in HMC>" // Name of the Power System
-n "Bootcamp" // Name of the Partition
-f "Bootcamp" // Name of the Profile to use
-r lpar // Resource being acted on is an LPAR
-i d // D for the IPL Source
--ip // Assign THIS address to Service Tools Int.
--netmask // Subnet mask for this network.
--gateway // Gateway on this network
--serverip // IP Address of partition with the images
--serverdir /ibmi/v7r4/instal // Directory as shared by NFS
--duplex auto // Auto for the duplex
--mtu 1500 // 1500 byte frames.

SO when you run this you will see codes immediately on the HMC and after about 10 minutes you'll get "IPL or Install the system."

- Larry "DrFranken" Bolhuis

www.iDevCloud.com - Personal Development IBM i timeshare service.
www.iInTheCloud.com - Commercial IBM i Cloud Hosting.

On 1/16/2020 2:18 PM, Steve McKay wrote:
We have an HMC-managed Power 8 with several IBM i partitions along with
other AIX and Linux partitions. What is the quickest, easiest way to load
the OS on a newly created partition?

We don't have physical media but we do have the full V7R3 OS in an IFS
directory on one of the existing partitions. These are the images that
were used when we upgraded the other partitions to V7R3 (probably V7R3 TR3
so we would have to get the latest TR and PTFs after we get the new
partition functional).

The partition has not yet been created (if that's a factor in your
recommendation). This is not i-hosting-i - this will be a separate
partition with its own resources.


Steve McKay
(205) 585-8424

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