The virtual media on the VIOS is single volume at a time, no library or autoloader functions. This is fine for me as I typically use it to load LIC and build the ASP.

In my lab I have build an OS image using software distribution so I get full OS and PTFs on a single ISO. I just do not build new IBM I LPARs with just OS that often to keep it updated for customer installs.

From: Jim Oberholtzer<mailto:midrangel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, January 17, 2020 8:37 AM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion<mailto:midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: Quickest, easiest way to load OS on new partition

Or use the network install from your existing partition. Google network
install. The HMC works fine, but last time I tried it we had to manually
unmount on DVD image and mount the next.

Steve: did they fix that yet? Been a while since I tried it.

On Thu, Jan 16, 2020 at 12:29 PM Steve Pavlichek <spavlichek@xxxxxxxxxxx>

Are you using VIOS for virtualization? If yes, then you could move the LIC
and base OS .ISOs to the virtual storage repository on one of the VIOS’s
and load from virtual DVD.

From: Steve McKay<mailto:samckay1@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, January 16, 2020 2:19 PM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion<mailto:
Subject: Quickest, easiest way to load OS on new partition

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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