Installing a client using NIM

You can perform a new and complete BOS (base operating system) installation on a NIM client.

Before you install a client using NIM, you must verify that your environment meets the following configuration requirements:
  • The NIM client is defined on the NIM master as a stand-alone system resource as follows.
    • The configuration is verified by running the lsnim -l client_name command.
      • If the client is not defined, then you must define it.
      • Type smitty nim_mkmac . Verify that the client is configured to be installed from the NIM master.
      • If a /etc/niminfo file is on the client, the NIM_MASTER_HOSTNAME value, is the NIM master name.
      • If this NIM_MASTER_HOSTNAME value is not the same as the NIM master to be used for the current installation, remove the /etc/niminfo file, and run smitty niminit to configure the Network Installation Management client fileset.
  • The NIM master is configured and is defined with the basic NIM resources for the NIM client to be used for your installation.

To complete a BOS installing, complete the following steps:

  1. Use a bosinst_data resource begin a non-prompted installation. For information about how to create a file for non-prompted installation, see Using the file.
  2. Use a resolv_conf resource to configure the network nameserver and domain.
  3. On the NIM master type the following command: # smit nim_bosinst.
  4. From the SMIT interface, select the lpp_source resource for the BOS installation.
  5. Select the SPOT resource for the BOS installation.
  6. Select the BOSINST_DATA to use during installation option, and select a bosinst_data resource capable of creating a non-prompted BOS installation.
  7. Select the RESOLV_CONF to use for network configuration option, and select a resolv_conf resource.
  8. Select the Accept New License Agreements option, and select Yes. Accept the default values for the remaining menu options.
  9. Press Enter to confirm and begin the NIM client installation.
  10. To check the status of the NIM client installation, type: # lsnim -l va09. Output similar to the following displays:
   class          = machines
   type           = standalone
   default_res    = basic_res_grp
   platform       = chrp
   netboot_kernel = 64
   if1            = master_net va09 0
   cable_type1    = bnc
   Cstate         = Base Operating System installation is being performed
   prev_state     = BOS installation has been enabled
   Mstate         = in the process of booting
  info           = BOS install 7% complete : 0% of operations completed.
   boot           = boot
   bosinst_data   = bid_tty_ow
   lpp_source     = 720lpp_res
   nim_script     = nim_script
   resolv_conf    = master_net_conf
   spot           = 720spot_res
   cpuid          = 0009710F4C00
   control        = master
   Cstate_result  = success