Here’s a nice little matrix of current VIOS levels and the corresponding AIX level.
The following link also has some fantastic information relating to NIM installation and backup of a Virtual I/O Server (VIOS).
It has an official answer for one of the questions I’m asked the most:
Q: Do I need to use an lpp_source to install the VIO server using NIM?
A: No. All of the device drivers and software packages needed to install the VIO server are in the VIO server mksysb.
I also recommend Rob McNelly’s latest blog on installing VIO servers.