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Pinned topic install VIO server on first time on blade js21

‏2007-05-29T12:34:52Z |
Please i have Vio server V1.3.0 and i want to install it on blade JS21
I boot from VIO DVD but i didn't get any thing , i try it severals times but with same problems , they hang when they want to load from DVD .
i don't if it's the correct way to do that ?
Thanks,
Updated on 2012-04-30T17:44:21Z at 2012-04-30T17:44:21Z by sajjadhashimi
  • tech-hunger
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    Re: install VIO server on first time on blade js21

    ‏2007-05-29T13:40:47Z  in response to SystemAdmin
    Hi,

    Not sure if there is anything specific to JS21, but from what I understand from your problem is as below.

    When you say they hang,hopefully you are booting the partition on to sms and selecting to boot from DVD. If that's right, is there a DVD assigned to this partition at all. Also it is worth checking if the partition you are booting was created to have VIO on it (The first few steps while creating the partition will let you decide if you are going to have VIO or AIX)

    Hope this helps...

    Cheers
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      Re: install VIO server on first time on blade js21

      ‏2007-05-29T13:51:46Z  in response to tech-hunger
      Yes i choose to boot from DVD .
      On the first time they go to CD/DVD drive , they try to load some softwate
      because i see ..../CDrom (the boot device)
      after that they stop checking from DVD and i have no thik after that.
      please shoul i use an other to install VIO ?

      PS : on this blade i have already AIX 5.3 and i want to flush it by VIO server

      Thanks
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        Re: install VIO server on first time on blade js21

        ‏2007-05-29T14:01:32Z  in response to SystemAdmin
        ok.. since you were running AIX earlier, probably that could be the issue.

        I dont have blades in my environment but can you tell me how you create a partition on your blade servers, not sure if you use hmc or IVM. If you are using any of these, then when select Create --> Logical partition, you will need to select which OS you want to install on this partition 1.AIX or Linux 2.VIO server. So in you case I would select VIO server and proceed further to create the partition and then install VIO from the cd/dvd.
        Cheers

  • seroyer
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    Re: install VIO server on first time on blade js21

    ‏2007-05-29T13:58:52Z  in response to SystemAdmin
    JS21 requires the use of IVM rather than HMC.

    When you do the first boot from DVD, what should happen is that the blade will boot up part way (into Open Firmware), then it should detect that it needs to switch into IVM mode and reboot. The second boot should start the actual install.

    Since you already have AIX installed, you may want to use AIX to make sure that you have the latest system firmware installed.

    If you continue to have problems, then you should probably contact support.
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      Re: install VIO server on first time on blade js21

      ‏2007-05-29T16:35:00Z  in response to seroyer
      i update the firmware machine for blade and i try to boot from VIO DVD , but i get the some problem.
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        Re: install VIO server on first time on blade js21

        ‏2007-05-29T16:40:08Z  in response to SystemAdmin
        The only other thing I can think of is that maybe it is waiting for input on the console. Try typing 1 and pressing Enter on the console.
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        Re: install VIO server on first time on blade js21

        ‏2007-05-29T16:41:57Z  in response to SystemAdmin
        Check your console. Do you have a graphics adapter on your blade? If so, the VIOS may be outputting all console activity to the graphics console rather than to the serial over LAN console. Use the Remote Control function in your blade center to see if that is what is happening.
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    Re: install VIO server on first time on blade js21

    ‏2007-05-29T17:40:40Z  in response to SystemAdmin
    I try several touch (F1 to F12) and 1 to 5

    for more details about what 's i get on my telnet console :

    Welcome to the virtual I/O server

    boot image timestamp :17:09 07/05
    The current time and date 17:52:18 05/29/2007
    number of processors :4 size of memory 1280MB
    boot device:/pci@8000000f8000000/pci@7/usb@1/cdrom@3:\ppc\chrp\boot
    file.exe

    kernel size :11936315 ; 32 bit kernel

    the console hang there ...

    For the console , for JS21 there is not console on it , we can acceess just by telnet on Module management
    Thanks
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      Re: install VIO server on first time on blade js21

      ‏2007-05-29T17:50:45Z  in response to SystemAdmin
      ps : number of processors and memory are incorrect
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        Re: install VIO server on first time on blade js21

        ‏2007-05-29T18:00:24Z  in response to SystemAdmin
        What is incorrect?

        number of processors :4 size of memory 1280MB

        By default, when in IVM mode, the VIOS should be assigned virtual processors equal to the number of processors (cores), and memory should be 1/8th the physical memory (or 512MB, whichever is greater).

        So I would expect that this blade has 4 processor cores and 10240MB (10GB) of memory.
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          Re: install VIO server on first time on blade js21

          ‏2007-05-29T18:22:35Z  in response to seroyer
          yes i have 4 processors and 9.2 GB of Memory
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      Re: install VIO server on first time on blade js21

      ‏2007-05-29T18:21:03Z  in response to SystemAdmin
      Does your blade have a graphics adapter? If so, check there for your console. This is very much the symptom I would expect to see in this environment.
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        Re: install VIO server on first time on blade js21

        ‏2007-05-29T18:24:10Z  in response to SystemAdmin
        No there is no graphical card
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          Re: install VIO server on first time on blade js21

          ‏2007-05-29T18:32:42Z  in response to SystemAdmin
          At this point, I would suggest contacting support.
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    Re: install VIO server on first time on blade js21

    ‏2007-05-29T18:59:43Z  in response to SystemAdmin
    I contact IBM support , they verify blade error log and firmware level , they confirmed it's not a hardware problems , we try to boot from AIX 5.3 dvd , it's work fine , but when we use virtuol I/O server DVD , it's stoped at the level that i describe before
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      Re: install VIO server on first time on blade js21

      ‏2007-08-07T13:02:12Z  in response to SystemAdmin
      Are you sure VIOS is licensed? If like the system p, it won't install unless it's licensed.
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        Re: install VIO server on first time on blade js21

        ‏2007-08-07T13:06:46Z  in response to SystemAdmin
        JS21 is automatically licensed, no key should be required.
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          Re: install VIO server on first time on blade js21

          ‏2010-01-11T07:04:59Z  in response to seroyer
          Hey, we have some problem using JS12.. Hanging in the same step and also OK when installing AIX6. The hard disk of our JS12 is empty. No software preinstalled on that.

          So a question we have is do we need to manually create the LPAR for VIOS for such a clean disk? Or do we need to format the disk and how to?

          Thanks.
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            Re: install VIO server on first time on blade js21

            ‏2010-01-11T15:11:56Z  in response to SystemAdmin
            No, there are no manual steps for creating the VIOS LPAR on a blade: firmware does it automatically when you boot a VIOS image (including booting from VIOS install DVD) when the system is not HMC managed and has PowerVM licensed.

            What kind of install are you doing? Physical DVD install (in chassis)? Remote DVD install? NIM?

            Probably the best thing for you to do is call your support rep.

            Steve
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              Re: install VIO server on first time on blade js21

              ‏2010-01-11T15:40:20Z  in response to seroyer
              Hi Steve, we are installing from physical DVD(in chassis), it hangs in the same step as the original post. Btw, the firmware you mentioned is the blade firmware or chassis firmware?

              Also, we have tried 1.4 1.5 and 2.1 VIOS, but no use. We are suspecting if the VIOS DVD we are using is for pServer boxes instead of pBlades? Are there several editions for VIOS2.1?

              Thanks.
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                Re: install VIO server on first time on blade js21

                ‏2010-01-11T16:20:42Z  in response to SystemAdmin
                It is the blade firmware that creates the VIOS partition and puts the system into IVM managed mode. The chassis is not LPAR aware.

                No, there is only one kind of VIOS media and it works for p, blades, and Power systems (similarly true for AIX media). If you can't get AIX media (assuming it is 53 TL6 or higher, right) to work either, then it is not a problem with your VIOS media.

                I have heard of chassis media tray microcode issues in older media trays, but it could be unrelated. I would look at the Blade Service Data and look at the SRC history for the blade when it hangs, then look up the SRC in infocenter. But that may not be sufficient. Best idea would be to call your support rep.

                Steve
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                  Re: install VIO server on first time on blade js21

                  ‏2010-01-11T21:07:29Z  in response to seroyer
                  Here is another thought. When installing IVM on a rack system (non-blade) we used to have to make sure the ASMI setup was using the "Factory Default Settings". If the system had been connected to an HMC it was necessary to reset the settings prior to starting the IVM installation.

                  However in your case we are talking about blades and the system was not connected to an HMC. However you did have AIX installed on it earlier so maybe that comes into play.

                  I have very little experience with blades. Blades do not have an ASMI interface like a rack system (right??) but maybe there is an equivalent interface or method to reset the blade back to "Factory Default Settings"??

                  It is just a thought...

                  Rich
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                    Re: install VIO server on first time on blade js21

                    ‏2010-01-12T05:09:37Z  in response to bassemir
                    Hi,

                    We tried installing AIX 6.1 and it doesn't hang in the DVD boot period. We believe AIX is OK for install.

                    The blade itself is fresh new coming out of factory, without anything installed to hard disk. Neither HMC or IVM is managing this blade also.

                    We are asking support to check if there are problems with the firmware.

                    Thanks.
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                      Re: install VIO server on first time on blade js21

                      ‏2010-01-12T13:48:07Z  in response to SystemAdmin
                      I mentioned this in a previous post, but I'll mention it again since these symptoms sound very much like a console issue.

                      • What do the reference codes show? You can look these up on the AMM. Do they show AIX boot progress LEDs, or are they stuck on one value (and if so - what value).
                      • Are you absolutely sure the console isn't coming out through the Chassis KVM instead of the SOL console? Go to the Remote Control section of the AMM and launch the remote control java applet.
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                        Re: install VIO server on first time on blade js21

                        ‏2010-01-12T13:59:59Z  in response to SystemAdmin
                        We only tried Chassis KVM through remote control java applet.

                        The install hangs something like:

                        Welcome to the virtual I/O server
                        boot image timestamp :17:09 07/05
                        The current time and date 17:52:18 05/29/2007
                        number of processors :4 size of memory 1280MB
                        boot device:/pci@8000000f8000000/pci@7/usb@1/cdrom@3:\ppc\chrp\boot
                        file.exe

                        kernel size :11936315 ; 32 bit kernel

                        Are you suggesting we try SOL console? Some IBM support told us VIOS1.6+ and JS12 can run install under Chassis KVM environment.

                        Thanks.
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                        Re: install VIO server on first time on blade js21

                        ‏2010-01-13T08:08:44Z  in response to SystemAdmin
                        Oops georgetanner, here are the reference codes. Looks the system is hanging on AIX is Starting?

                        Unique ID System Reference Code Timestamp
                        000000ff Starting 2010-01-13 07:55:42
                        000000fe AIX is s 2010-01-13 07:55:42
                        000000fd AIX is s 2010-01-13 07:55:42
                        000000fc AIX is s 2010-01-13 07:55:42
                        000000fb AIX is s 2010-01-13 07:55:42
                        000000fa AIX is s 2010-01-13 07:55:42
                        000000f9 AIX is 2010-01-13 07:55:42
                        000000f8 AIX i 2010-01-13 07:55:42
                        000000f7 AIX 2010-01-13 07:55:42
                        000000f6 A 2010-01-13 07:55:42
                        000000f5 CA00E891 2010-01-13 07:55:42
                        000000f4 CA260208 2010-01-13 07:55:42
                        000000f3 CA260208 2010-01-13 07:55:42
                        000000f2 CA00E890 2010-01-13 07:55:42
                        000000f1 CA000050 2010-01-13 07:55:42
                        000000f0 CA000040 2010-01-13 07:55:42
                        000000ef CA00E880 2010-01-13 07:55:42
                        000000ee CA00E879 2010-01-13 07:55:42
                        000000ed CA00E877 2010-01-13 07:55:42
                        000000ec CA00E887 2010-01-13 07:55:42
                        000000eb CA00E886 2010-01-13 07:55:42
                        000000ea CA00E885 2010-01-13 07:55:41
                        000000e9 CA00E876 2010-01-13 07:55:41
                        000000e8 CA00E865 2010-01-13 07:55:41
                        000000e7 CA00E860 2010-01-13 07:55:41
                        000000e6 CA00E850 2010-01-13 07:55:41
                        000000e5 CA00E843 2010-01-13 07:55:41
                        000000e4 CA00E840 2010-01-13 07:55:41
                        000000e3 CA260207 2010-01-13 07:55:41
                        000000e2 CA00E830 2010-01-13 07:55:41
                        000000e1 CA00E8A0 2010-01-13 07:55:41
                        000000e0 CA00E8A0 2010-01-13 07:55:41

                        IBM support came but they didn't have too much idea of this, they are going to open an PMR but not promising this hard problem can be solved soon.
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                          Re: install VIO server on first time on blade js21

                          ‏2010-01-14T10:06:58Z  in response to SystemAdmin
                          It's solved.

                          We did it by restarting the blade in the AMM using this task "restart blade system mgmt processor"
                          Then sounds the information are refreshed from the blade to the chassis, and the VIOS install can proceed now.

                          Looks this is fairly a normal issue, we did another memory upgrade of p5 server and the new memories are not recognized unless the system has some similar full restart.

                          Shall we document these tips in infocenter or somewhere?

                          Thanks.
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    Re: install VIO server on first time on blade js21

    ‏2010-08-17T08:47:38Z  in response to SystemAdmin
    Hi! May be you're know about such problem as my:
    I've installed VIO server through SoL session to blade server JS21 8844-31G with 2xPowerPC 970MP proc in chassis BladeCenter E.
    The version of VIO server was 1.5.2.
    After that I've migrated VIOS to version 2.1.0 with Migrate DVD from IBM site.
    After that I've tried to install Fix Pack from IBM FixCenter FP23, operation completed successfully and change VIOS version to VIOS 2.1.3.10-FP23. Fix pack has been installed from dvd. The
    
    $ioslevel
    
    show correct version of VIO server
    
    $2.1.3.10-FP23
    
    . After that I've reboot server, and next boot of VIO stoped at information about system memory, proc etc. After 1 hour, status didn't change, system not boot. What may be the reason of such behavior of VIOS?
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      Re: install VIO server on first time on blade js21

      ‏2010-08-17T13:57:21Z  in response to DmitriyLozickiy
      How much memory did the VIOS partition have assigned to it? Over time, VIOS requirements on memory have increased slightly. If you had given your VIOS a small amount of memory (like 512MB) then you may be hitting a situation where the VIOS needs more memory to boot than it has assigned. It would help to know the reference code. You can see the reference codes in Service Tools->Blade Service Data.

      Steve
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        Re: install VIO server on first time on blade js21

        ‏2010-08-17T16:14:34Z  in response to seroyer
        Hi, seroyer! Thank you for reply.
        I've assigned to VIO server 1GB memory.
        It's strange thing that with 1GB amount of memory VIOS 2.1.0 working correctly, but VIOS 2.1.3-FP23 doesn't want to boot. I think may be problem is in compatibility of js21 hardware and new version of VIOS.
        May be there is a conflict between old PoverPC 970MP proc and VIOS code?
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          Re: install VIO server on first time on blade js21

          ‏2010-08-17T16:19:52Z  in response to DmitriyLozickiy
          I would think that 1GB should be enough to at least boot VIOS on a JS21. You should probably contact your support representative.

          Steve
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        Re: install VIO server on first time on blade js21

        ‏2012-04-29T15:10:11Z  in response to seroyer
        dears
        i am new in deal with Aix and power vm, i have a machine js21, and need to install vio on it , after i read i found that there is adiffrence between Aix 6.1 and the vio server ,
        1-i think the vio boot cd must be installed first on this blade server and create the lpars this is true and then install Aix 6.1 ?
        2-i dont have the source of vio cd is there is link to download it , i search more but only thing i found the fix pack package which need to migrate from version to other
        3- i already instaled aix 6.1 on physical disk ,i ask if i need to enable power vm veaure i have to un install the Aix first then install vio server and make lpar then install aix in on logical drive

        please advice , how i get download the vios such ad version 1.2 cd
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          Re: install VIO server on first time on blade js21

          ‏2012-04-30T17:44:21Z  in response to mohamednabil
          here is some basic documentation;

          http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=isg3T7000190

          and here is link to download software, requires software support contract.

          http://www-304.ibm.com/servers/eserver/ess/index.wss

          Good Luck.