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Installing PTFs from an Image File Ordered through the Download Director Option of Fix Central

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Problem(Abstract)

Installing PTFs from an Image File Ordered through Fix Central's Download Director option

Resolving the problem

This document describes the process of installing PTFs using an image file created by Fix Central's Download Director option.  Depending on where the images are sent, it may involve mapping a drive to the Integrated File System using the IBM iSeries Navigator.  The binary files will be downloaded to iSeries Navigator from an FTP server.

Q1:
 Which steps do you need to follow below?

A1:
 This depends on if the order was sent to the PC or to the system.

Download to PC:


Follow all steps.  
For Step 2e, obtain the bin files from the C:/DownloadDirector folder.

Download to Image Catalog (in other words, to the system):


Depending on the options taken in the Download, you will most likely be able to skip Steps 1 through 7.

The old default directory for these orders was /QIBM/UserData/service/FixCentral/.  Now, the user selects the directory when selecting to Download to Image Catalog.

If the Order summary notes the image catalog loaded was false, start on Step 8.

If the order summary notes the image catalog loaded and image catalog verified was true, start on Step 10.

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Steps:  
In the steps below, Fixes is used as an example directory, and ptfcatalog is used as the default image catalog.  These can be changed.

1. To create a directory in the root of the Integrated File System where the binary files will be downloaded to, do the following:

a   Open the iSeries Navigator.
b   Expand My Connections.
c   Expand the system.
d   Expand File Systems.
e   Expand Integrated File System.
f    Right-click on the Root, and create a new folder called Fixes.
g  Right-click on Fixes, and select Sharing > New share.
h  Select Read/Write Access, and click OK.
2. To download the bin files to the iSeries Navigator share created in Step 1, do the following:

a   In Microsoft Windows, click on Start > Search > For Computers in the neighborhood.
b   Search for the system.
c   Double-click on the system.
d   Right-click on Fixes, and map a drive.
e   Drag and drop the bin files from the folder in the C drive to the mapped drive for the Fixes folder.
3. To create a virtual optical device, on the operating system command line type the following:

CRTDEVOPT DEVD(OPTVRT01) RSRCNAME(*VRT) ONLINE(*YES) TEXT('text-description')


Press the Enter key.
4. To ensure that only one virtual optical device, type 632B, is active, on the operating system command line type the following:

WRKDEVD DEVD(*OPT)


Press the Enter key and press F14.
5. To create an image catalog, on the operating system command line, type the following:

CRTIMGCLG IMGCLG(ptfcatalog) DIR(fixes) CRTDIR(*YES) TEXT('text-description')


Note:
 A directory can be associated with only one image catalog.

Press the Enter key.
6. Add an image catalog entry for fixes that you downloaded from Fix Central into an Integrated File System directory.

Add the directory into an image catalog by using one of the following methods:

Method 1:
 From the same directory that is associated with the image catalog directory, type the following commands:

ADDIMGCLGE IMGCLG(PTFCATALOG) FROMFILE(SI#####_1.bin) TOFILE(*FROMFILE)
ADDIMGCLGE IMGCLG(PTFCATALOG) FROMFILE(SI#####_2.bin) TOFILE(*FROMFILE)


and repeat the commands until all image files are added.

Method 2:
 From a different directory, type the following commands:

ADDIMGCLGE IMGCLG(PTFCATALOG) FROMFILE('/differentdirectory/SI#####_1.bin') TOFILE(*FROMFILE)
ADDIMGCLGE IMGCLG(PTFCATALOG) FROMFILE('/differentdirectory/SI#####_2.bin') TOFILE(*FROMFILE)


and repeat until all image files are added.

Note:
 For additional information, refer to the Information Center at the following Web site:

http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/iseries/v5r2/ic2924/index.htm?info/rzam8/rzam8fixinstallimage.htm
7. Make the virtual device OPTVRT01 available for use:

On the operating system command line, type the following:

WRKCFGSTS CFGTYPE(*DEV)


Press the Enter key.  Select Option 1, Make Available, for OPTVRT01.
8. To load the image catalog, on the operating system command line type the following:

LODIMGCLG IMGCLG(ptfcatalog) DEV(OPTVRT01) OPTION(*LOAD)


Press the Enter key.
9. To verify the images are in the correct order, on the operating system command line type the following:

VFYIMGCLG IMGCLG(ptfcatalog) TYPE(*PTF) SORT(*YES)


Press the Enter key.
10. Install the PTFs from the image catalog as you would if you were using a physical CD-ROM.  The only difference is that the device you will be applying the PTFs from is OPTVRT01 rather than OPT01.      

In this step, go to GO PTF Option 8 to install the PTFs.  
11. To unload the image catalog, on the operating system command line type the following:

LODIMGCLG IMGCLG(ptfcatalog) DEV(OPTVRT01) OPTION(*UNLOAD)


Press the Enter key.
12. To delete the images from the image catalog, on the operating system command line type the following:

WRKIMGCLGE IMGCLG(ptfcatalog)


Press the Enter key.  Select Option 9 to unload the image catalog entry.  Then select Option 4 to remove the image catalog entry.

Note:
 This option will also remove the bin file from the Fixes directory.  If you want to keep the files, use the RMVIMGCLGE command.


Cross reference information
Segment Product Component Platform Version Edition
Operating System IBM i 6.1
Operating System IBM i 7.1

Historical Number

483611955

Document information

More support for: IBM i
ECS

Software version: 5.3.0, 5.4.0, 6.1, 6.1.0, 7.1, 7.1.0

Operating system(s): IBM i

Reference #: N1013745

Modified date: 09 April 2013