When I went to install the AIX 7 open beta, I used the VIO server virtual media library. Virtual. No need to burn DVDs to put in the coffee cup holder in the IBM machine in the cool room a.k.a. the data centre. Did it all remotely, even though the data centre was literally across the room.
After stepping through the SMS menus and pressing enter to continue the mksysb restore, the install of AIX 7 took 7 minutes, which was
I wonder whether AIX 8 will take 8 minutes.
just enough time for a coffee!
At the end of the install, I got the message:
Please remove the mksysb media from the drive, insert the product media and press the ENTER key.
At this point, with real media, you would eject the mksysb DVD (or CD) from the coffee cup holder and insert the AIX installation DVD (or CD) number 1. But since I kept the data centre door safely closed, with me on the outside, I did it all from the VIO server command line. On recent releases of the HMC you can do it using the GUI - Virtual Storage Management, but the VIOS command line is easy and fast.
I unloaded the AIX 7 open beta ISO image from my sandbox LPAR virtual optical device:
unloadopt -vtd sandbox_cd0
Load the (non-existent) product media
Then I had to load the product media. As I didn't have AIX 7 installation media - the beta only comes in a mksysb image - I used the DVD for AIX 6.1 which I had already downloaded from Entitled Software Support, as explained in this post on the AIXpert blog. I like to keep my AIX DVD ISO images permanently on the VIO server VMLibrary.
Here's how I loaded the AIX 6.1 media:
loadopt -vtd sandbox_cd0 -disk aix_6100-05_1_of_2.iso
I then returned to the LPAR console and pressed ENTER to continue.
The install continued without any issues and the I had just enough time to wash up my coffee cup before the LPAR rebooted. Couldn't have had the coffee inside a data centre, and I wouldn't have had anywhere to put my coffee cup anyway.
As for using AIX 6.1 media for an AIX 7 mksysb, I've posted a question about it on the AIX 7 Open Beta forum.
"So where's my free coffee?"
This is a virtual world, pal. Did you expect me to post you a cup of coffee from the antipodes? What this post does give you is the
to have a coffee while you install AIX 7. Now if you'd used the physical media, you wouldn't be able to do that, would you?