Upgrading Systems Director 6.3.1 Gotcha ATKUPD575E and Work Around
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Recently, I delivered a 7.5 hour Systems Director 6.3 Instructor lead demo at IBM Zurich - that gives us 25 more people ready to dive into using it. It is a very polished building and the IBM Forum is amazing and they even have IBM food :-) I had to take a second mortgage out on my house to pay for the taxi to the airport (fortunately they take a credit card) and I thought Norway was expensive until now!
Anyway, when I got back to the UK, I decided to perform the Systems Director 6.3 to 6.3.1 update. You get Systems Director to update itself (this assumes direct Internet access, which I do have inside IBM. Surprisingly, if you stick to the IBM "thought police" security rules this is allowed for selected machines. Normally the network rule ban most things). The ISD update process warns you that a backup beforehand would be a good idea. That is a simple:
Of course, I regularly do Systems Director backups like this - it is an excellent safety net and pretty painless. This time it failed - I had run out of space in /opt
Next the systems Director 6.3.1 Update - FAILED ! The logged details included
June 12, 2012 1:07:30 PM BST-I asked for some support and they guys asked for trace to be set back to them after setting the trace level for the update to FINEST and they then very quickly found the error and a work around - they had seen this before. This shows the importance of of having Systems Director support. Without these guys, I would have been stumped.
The update gets confused due to the AIX TL upgrade packages sitting in the Update Manager repository. Fortunately, this can be ditched - they can always be re-downloaded from fix central if needed again later on. The System Director command to do this is:
smcli cleanupd -mFv -P "Platform='AIX'"
This does take some time - about 2 or 3 per minute and I had 159 such packages.
Once done the Systems Director 6.3.1 update worked first time. The support guys said there was or would be a APAR fix for the issue that would mean the AIX packages would not have to be jettisoned but the work around was fine by me. Actually, it is good to know the remove packages command :-) To active the new Systems Director release it needs to be stopped and restarted. It does warn you about the need to restart on the Home panels in more than one place. During the start-up it goes through a "Updating" phase as it does some of the update at that point. Now on the browser Systems Director Home and Plug-ins tab, I can see the new release level as confirmation the update worked and is ready:
I then did a further backup and noticed the backup size dropped from 24 GB to 10 GB - so that was 14 GB of AIX TL packages. That was worth knowing too.
From a previous AIXpert blog -The release notes details can be found here:
Well, I hope this encourages you to update to the new release level and avoid a few surprises, until next time, Nigel