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For use with "June 2003 stream".
This version supersedes
- snIPL experimental (2002-03-04) for "August 2001" and "May 2002
- snIPL for STONITH (2003-07-25) for "June 2003 stream"
snIPL - simple network IPL (Linux Image Control for LPAR /
VM) is a command line tool which serves as remote linux image
control using basic S/390 or zSeries Support Element (SE) functions
or basic z/VM system management functions with z/VM 4.4 (or higher)
on one or more images.
snIPL for LPAR utilizes the management application
programming interfaces (APIs) provided by the HMC/SE. To
communicate with the HMC/SE, snIPL establishes a network connection
and uses the SNMP protocol to send and retrieve data. The HMC/SE
has to be configured to allow the initiating host system to access
the API. In this mode snIPL can be used to boot Linux for S/390 or
zSeries in LPAR mode, to send and retrieve operating system
messages, or to reset, activate or deactivate an LPAR for I/O
To compile and run snIPL for LPAR, it requires to
be linked to the management library hwmcaapi which comes with the
HMC software for various operating systems inluding S/390, see
SB10-7030 for further details. The library itself is maintained by
the IBM HMC team.
For questions concerning the management APIs of
the Support Element and the Hardware Management Console, please
refer to the document zSeries 900 Application Programming
Interfaces (SB10-7030-xx) which is available at the IBM Resource
Link site http://www.ibm.com/servers/resourcelink/
snIPL for VM serves as remote control of basic z/VM
system management functions. It can be used to boot Linux for S/390
on z/VM, to reset, activate or deactivate an image for IO fencing
purposes. In this mode snIPL utilizes the System Management
Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) of z/VM 4.4 (or higher).
To communicate with the z/VM host, snIPL for VM establishes a
network connection and uses the RPC protocol to send and retrieve
data. To compile and run snIPL for VM, the RPC protocol
specification DMSVSMA.X has to be copied to the Linux system
running snIPL (usually into /usr/share/dmsvsma/).
concerning the management APIs of z/VM, please refer to the
z/VM V4R4.0 Systems Management Application Programming
(SC24-6063-00) (from the z/VM website: http://www.vm.ibm.com).
snIPL for STONITH (Linux Image Control - Virtual Power
Switch) is a plugin for the heartbeat-stonith "framework".
STONITH (Shoot The Other Node In The Head) provides an extensible
interface for remotely powering down a node in a cluster. The used
STONITH implementation is part of the Heartbeat framework of the
High Availability Project (http://linux-ha.org).
http://linux-ha.org/stonith.html gives a general description of the
STONITH technique. The latest STONITH release can be downloaded
snIPL for Stonith supports the
remote image operations activate, deactivate, and reset, exploiting
basic S/390/z800/z900/z990 Hardware Management Console (HMC) and
Support Element (SE) functions for Linux running in an LPAR and of
basic z/VM 4.4 System Management Functions for Linux running under
control of z/VM.
The actual implementation of STONITH may limit the
functionality of all Power Switches to reset.
(in addition to the snIPL command line tool):
To compile and make use of the STONITH plugin lic_vps, package
heartbeat has to be downloaded from http://linux-ha.org/download
Please read the README and manpage of snIPL enclosed in the tarball
for further information and restrictions.
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