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Install AIX 7.1 on P630 hardware

Update hardware

Update system firmware. New firmware can be found on the IBM fix central website.

Display current firmware

List current firmware and find out if update is available

lscfg -vp|grep -p " ROM"

Update firmware

Download firmware and start update. This requires a reboot.

mkdir /tmp/fwupdate
cd /tmp/fwupdate
chmod +x 70286C4F.BIN

cd /usr/lpp/diagnostics/bin
./update_flash -f /tmp/fwupdate/3R080425.img

Install AIX 7.1

Boot from DVD and install AIX 7.1

  • Insert AIX 7.1 media
  • Power on or reboot system
  • After speaker beep, press 1 (SMS menu)
  • Select DVD boot, this will take a while (coffee?)
  • Select console, 2 or F1 for example
  • Select: 2 Change/Show Installation Settings and Install
  • Choose for 'New and Complete Overwrite'
  • Install disk hdisk0
  • 4, disable graphics software, disable system management client software
  • 5, select express edition
  • 0, Install with current settings
  • Accept licenses
  • Configure date, time, root passwd, network, etc.

Configure AIX


For root, modify /.profile as below.

PS1="$(whoami)@$(hostname)(\$PWD)# " 
export PS1 

For users, modify the default /etc/security/.profile and the users .profile as below.

PS1="$(whoami)@$(hostname)(\$PWD)$ " 
export PS1 


Change timezone

smitty chtz_user

Display timezone

echo $TZ 


Verify ntp connection

ntpdate -d

Edit ntp.conf

vi /etcv/ntp.conf

Remove broadcastclient, add servers.


Start xntpd

startsrc -s xntpd

Uncomment xntpd from /etc/rc.tcpip so it will start on a reboot.

Check reach, delay, offset and dips

ntpq -p
     remote           refid      st t when poll reach   delay   offset    disp
* .PPS.            1 u   37   64  377     0.43   -0.806    0.03 .PPS.            1 u   35   64  377     0.40   -0.536    0.05
+ntp2.home.polai .DCF.            1 u   29   64  377     0.23    0.674    0.09

Mirror rootvg

Find current rootg and empty disk

lspv hdisk0
getconf DISK_SIZE /dev/hdisk0

Add disk to rootvg, for example hdisk3.

extendvg rootvg hdisk3

Or force with -f

Mirror rootvg. This will take a while.

mirrorvg rootvg
0516-1126 mirrorvg: rootvg successfully mirrored, user should perform
        bosboot of system to initialize boot records.  Then, user must modify
        bootlist to include:  hdisk0 hdisk3.

Change list of bootable devices, so system can boot of both disks

bootlist -o -m normal
bootlist -m normal hdisk0 hdisk3

Create boot image for both disks

bosboot -ad hdisk0
bosboot -ad hdisk3

Show rootvg mirroring

lsvg -l rootvg

PVs=2 is mirroring over two disks.

LV NAME             TYPE       LPs     PPs     PVs  LV STATE      MOUNT POINT
hd5                 boot       1       2       2    closed/syncd  N/A
hd6                 paging     4       8       2    open/syncd    N/A
hd8                 jfs2log    1       2       2    open/syncd    N/A
hd4                 jfs2       2       4       2    open/syncd    /
hd2                 jfs2       7       14      2    open/syncd    /usr
hd9var              jfs2       1       2       2    open/syncd    /var
hd3                 jfs2       1       2       2    open/syncd    /tmp
hd1                 jfs2       1       2       2    open/syncd    /home
hd10opt             jfs2       1       2       2    open/syncd    /opt
hd11admin           jfs2       1       2       2    open/syncd    /admin
lg_dumplv           sysdump    16      16      1    open/syncd    N/A
livedump            jfs2       2       4       2    open/syncd    /var/adm/ras/livedump

Install man pages

Install filesets

Configure SSHD

  • Disable root login
  • Add AllowUsers directive

Add empty disks to LVM

Create volume group

mkvg -y datavg -s 4 hdisk1 hdisk2

Create logical volume

mklv -t jfs2 -y optlv datavg 100

Show lv

lsvg -l datavg
lslv optlv

Create filesystem

mkdir /mnt/opt
crfs -v jfs2 -d optlv -m /mnt/opt -A yes

Mount filesystem

mount /mnt/opt
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