IBM Virtual I/O Server support for Power Systems

IBM Virtual I/O Server support for Power Systems

Package information

PACKAGE: Update Release 2.2.2.2
IOSLEVEL: 2.2.2.2

VIOS level is NIM Master level must be equal to or higher than
Update Release 2.2.2.2 AIX 6100-08

General package notes

Review the list of fixes included in Update Release 2.2.2.2.

To take full advantage of all the function available in the VIOS on IBM Systems based on POWER6 or POWER7 technology, it is necessary to be at the latest system firmware level. If a system firmware update is necessary, it is recommended that the firmware be updated before you upgrade the VIOS to V2.2.2.2.

Microcode or system firmware downloads for Power Systems

The VIOS update Release 2.2.2.2 includes the IVM code, but it will not be enabled on HMC-managed systems. Update Release 2.2.2.2, like all VIOS Update Releases, can be applied to either HMC-managed or IVM-managed VIOS.

Update Release 2.2.2.2 updates your VIOS partition to ioslevel V2.2.2.2. To determine if Update Release 2.2.2.2 is already installed, run the following command from the VIOS command line. If update release 2.2.2.2 is installed, the command output is V 2.2.2.2.

Fixes included in this release

Fixes in Update Release V2.2.2.2 include:

Known Capabilities and Limitations

The following requirements and limitations apply to virtual storage enhancements, including Shared Storage Pool. These requirements and limitations do not apply to other non-Shared Storage Pool (SSP) VIOS functions.

Requirements for Shared Storage Pool

Limitations for Shared Storage Pool

Software Installation

SSP Configuration
Feature Min Max
Number of VIOS Nodes in Cluster 1 16
Number of Physical Disks in Pool 1 1024
Number of Virtual Disks (LUs) Mappings in Pool 1 8192
Number of Client LPARs per VIOS node 1 200
Capacity of Physical Disks in Pool 5GB 16TB
Storage Capacity of Storage Pool 10GB 512TB
Capacity of a Virtual Disk (LU) in Pool 1GB 4TB
Number of Repository Disks 1 1
Network Configuration Storage Configuration Shared Storage Pool and other VIOS capabilities and limitations

Installation information

Pre-installation information and instructions

Please ensure that your rootvg contains at least 30GB before you attempt to upgrade to Update Release 2.2.2.2.

Example: Run the lsvg rootvg command, and then ensure there is enough free space.

If you are planning to update a version of VIOS lower than 2.1, you must first migrate your VIOS to VIOS version 2.1.0 using the Migration DVD. After the VIOS is at version 2.1.0, the Update Release VIOS 2.2.2.1 must be applied to bring the VIOS to the latest VIOS 2.2.2.1 level. The VIOS 2.2.2.2 service pack can then be applied to bring the VIOS to the latest level.

After the VIOS migration is complete, from 1.X to 2.X, you must set the Processor Folding, described here under Migration DVD:

While the above process is the most straightforward for users, you should note that with this Update Release version 2.2.2.2, a single boot alternative to this multiple step process is available to NIM users. NIM users can update by creating a single, merged lpp_source that combines the contents of the Migration DVD with the contents of this Update Release 2.2.2.2.

A single, merged lpp_source is not supported for a VIOS that uses SDDPCM. However, if you use SDDPCM, you can still enable a single boot update by using the alternate method described at the following location:

Before installing the VIOS Update Release 2.2.2.2

The update could fail if there is a loaded media repository.

Checking for a loaded media repository

To check for a loaded media repository, and then unload it, follow these steps.

  1. To check for loaded images, run the following command:
    & lsvopt
    The Media column lists any loaded media.
  2. To unload media images, run the following commands on all Virtual Target Devices that have loaded images.
    & unloadopt -vtd <file-backed_virtual_optical_device >
  3. To verify that all media are unloaded, run the following command again.
    & lsvopt
    The command output should show No Media for all VTDs.

Migrate Shared Storage Pool Configuration

If your current VIOS is running with Shared Storage Pool from 2.2.1.1 or 2.2.1.3, the following information applies:

A cluster that is created and configured on earlier VIOS Version 2.2.1.1 or 2.2.1.3 must be migrated to version 2.2.1.4 or 2.2.1.5 prior to utilizing rolling updates. This allows the user to keep their shared storage pool devices. Once at VIOS version 2.2.1.4 or later version, the VIOS can be updated to VIOS 2.2.2.2 using rolling updates.

If your current VIOS is configured with Shared Storage Pool from 2.2.1.4 or later, the following information applies:

The Virtual I/O Server (VIOS) Version 2.2.2.1 or later, supports rolling updates for clusters.

The rolling updates enhancement allows the user to apply Update Release 2.2.2.2 to the VIOS logical partitions in the cluster individually without causing an outage in the entire cluster. The updated logical partitions cannot use the new capabilities until all logical partitions in the cluster are updated and the cluster is upgraded to use the new capabilities.

To upgrade the VIOS logical partitions to use the new capabilities, ensure that the following conditions are met:

The VIOS SSP software monitors node status and will automatically upgrade the cluster to make use of the new capabilities when all the nodes in the cluster have been updated to support those capabilities.


Installing the Update Release

There is now a method to verify the VIOS update files before installation. This process requires access to openssl by the 'padmin' User, which can be accomplished by creating a link. To verify the VIOS update files, follow these steps:

$ oem_setup_env
Create a link to openssl
# ln -s /usr/bin/openssl /usr/ios/utils/openssl
Verify the link to openssl was created
# ls -al /usr/ios/utils
# exit

Use one of the following methods to install the latest VIOS Service Release. As with all maintenance, you should create a VIOS backup before making changes.

If you are running a Shared Storage Pool configuration, you must follow the steps in Migrate Shared Storage Pool Configuration.

Note : While running 'updateios' in the following steps, you may see accessauth messages, but these messages can safely be ignored.


Applying updates from a local hard disk

To apply the updates from a directory on your local hard disk, follow these steps.

The current level of the VIOS must be 2.2.2.1

  1. Log in to the VIOS as the user padmin.
  2. If you use one or more File Backed Optical Media Repositories, you need to unload media images before you apply the Update Release. See details here..
  3. If you use Shared Storage Pools, then Shared Storage Pool Services must be stopped.
    # clstartstop -stop -n <cluster_name> -m <hostname>
  4. Create a directory on the Virtual I/O Server.
    $ mkdir <directory_name>
  5. Using ftp, transfer the update file(s) to the directory you created.
  6. Commit previous updates by running the updateios command
    $ updateios -commit
  7. Verify the updates files that were copied. This step can only be preformed if the link to openssl was created.
    $ cp <directory_path>/ck_sum.bff /home/padmin
    $ chmod 755 <directory_path>/ck_sum.bff
    $ ck_sum.bff <directory_path>
    If there are missing updates or incomplete downloads, an error message is displayed.
  8. Apply the update by running the updateios command
    $ updateios -accept -install -dev <directory_name>
  9. Run the following command to set authorization for padmin.
    $ swrole - PAdmin
  10. To load all changes, reboot the VIOS as user padmin .
    $ shutdown -restart
  11. If cluster services were stopped in step 3, restart cluster services.
    $ clstartstop -start -n <cluster_name> -m <hostname>
  12. Verify that the update was successful by checking the results of the updateios command and by running the isolevel command, which should indicate that the ioslevel is now 2.2.2.2.
    $ioslevel

Applying updates from a remotely mounted file system

If the remote file system is to be mounted read-only, follow one of these steps.

The current level of the VIOS must be 2.2.2.1

  1. Log in to the VIOS as the user padmin.
  2. If you use one or more File Backed Optical Media Repositories, you need to unload media images before you apply the Update Release. See details here..
  3. If you use Shared Storage Pools, then Shared Storage Pool Services must be stopped.
    # clstartstop -stop -n <cluster_name> -m <hostname>
  4. Mount the remote directory onto the Virtual I/O Server.
    $ mount remote_machine_name:directory /mnt
  5. Commit previous updates, by running the updateios command
    $ updateios -commit
  6. Verify the updates files that were copied, this step can only be preformed, if the link to openssl was created
    $ cp /mnt/ck_sum.bff /home/padmin
    $ chmod 755 /home/padmin/ck_sum.bff
    $ ck_sum.bff /mnt
    If there are missing updates or incomplete downloads, an error message is displayed.
  7. Apply the update by running the updateios command
    $ updateios -accept -install -dev /mnt
  8. Run the following command to set authorization for padmin.
    $ swrole - PAdmin
  9. To load all changes, reboot the VIOS as user padmin .
    $ shutdown -restart
  10. If cluster services were stopped in step 3, restart cluster services.
    $ clstartstop -start -n <cluster_name> -m <hostname>
  11. Verify that the update was successful by checking the results of the updateios command and by running the isolevel command, which should indicate that the ioslevel is now 2.2.2.2.
    $ioslevel

Applying updates from the CD/DVD drive

This Update Release can be burned onto a CD by using the ISO image file(s). After the CD has been created, follow these steps.

The current level of the VIOS must be 2.2.2.1

  1. Log in to the VIOS as the user padmin.
  2. If you use one or more File Backed Optical Media Repositories, you need to unload media images before you apply the Update Release. See details here..
  3. If you use Shared Storage Pools, then Shared Storage Pool Services must be stopped.
    # clstartstop -stop -n <cluster_name> -m <hostname>
  4. Place the CD-ROM into the drive assigned to VIOS.
  5. Commit previous updates, by running the updateios command.
    $ updateios -commit
  6. Apply the update by running the following update command.
    $ updateios -accept -install -dev /dev/cdX
    where X is the device number 0-N assigned to VIOS.
  7. Run the following command to set authorization for padmin.
    $ swrole - PAdmin
  8. To load all changes, reboot the VIOS as user padmin .
    $ shutdown -restart
  9. If cluster services were stopped in step 3, restart cluster services.
    $ clstartstop -start -n <cluster_name> -m <hostname>
  10. Verify that the update was successful by checking the results of the updateios command and by running the isolevel command, which should indicate that the ioslevel is now 2.2.2.2.
    $ioslevel

Performing the necessary tasks after installation

Checking for an incomplete installation caused by a loaded media repository

After installing an Update Release, you can use this method to determine if you have encountered the problem of a loaded media library.

Check the Media Repository by running this command:
$ lsrep

If the command reports: "Unable to retrieve repository date due to incomplete repository structure," then you have likely encountered this problem during the installation. The media images have not been lost and are still present in the file system of the virtual media library.

Running the lsvopt command should show the media images.

Recovering from an incomplete installation caused by a loaded media repository

To recover from this type of installation failure, unload any media repository images, and then reinstall the ios.cli.rte package. Follow these steps:

  1. Unload any media images
    $ unloadopt -vtd <file-backed_virtual_optical_device>
  2. Reinstall the ios.cli.rte fileset by running the following commands.
    To escape the restricted shell:
    $ oem_setup_env
    To install the failed fileset:
    # installp -Or -agX ios.cli.rte -d <device/directory>
    To return to the restricted shell:
    # exit
  3. Restart the VIOS.
    $ shutdown -restart
  4. Verify that the Media Repository is operational by running this command:
    $ lsrep

Additional information

NIM installation information

Using NIM to back up and install the VIOS is supported as follows.

Installing the latest version of Tivoli TSM

This release of VIOS contains several enhancements. These enhancements are in the area of POWER virtualization. The following list provides the features of each element by product area.

Note: Version 6.1.0, the previous version of Tivoli TSM, is still shipped and installed from the VIOS installation DVD.

Tivoli TSM version 6.2.2

The Tivoli TSM filesets are now being shipped on the VIOS Expansion Pack, with the required GSKit8 libraries.

The following are sample installation instructions for the new Tivoli TSM filesets:

  1. Insert the VIOS Expansion DVD into the DVD drive that is assigned to the VIOS partition.
  2. List Contents of the VIOS Expansion DVD
    $ updateios -list -dev /dev/cd0
    Fileset Name
    GSKit8.gskcrypt32.ppc.rte 8.0.14.7
    GSKit8.gskcrypt64.ppc.rte 8.0.14.7
    GSKit8.gskssl32.ppc.rte 8.0.14.7
    GSKit8.gskssl64.ppc.rte 8.0.14.7
    ..
    tivoli.tsm.client.api.32bit 6.2.2.0 tivoli.tsm.client.api.64bit 6.2.2.0
    ..
  3. Install Tivoli TSM filesets
    $ updateios -fs tivoli.tsm.client.api.32bit -dev /dev/cd0
    NOTE: Any prerequisite filesets will be pulled in from the Expansion DVD, including for TSM the GSKit8.gskcrypt fileset.
  4. If needed, install additional TSM filesets
    $ updateios -fs tivoli.tsm.client.ba.32bit -dev /dev/cd0
  5. Verify TSM installed by listing software installed.
    $ lssw
    Sample output:
    ..
    tivoli.tsm.client.api.32bit 6.2.2.0 C F TSM Client - Application Programming Interface

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More support for:

IBM WPAR Manager

Operating system(s):

workload partition manager;aix

Reference #:

vios610c6192

Modified date:

2013-04-02

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