Using a mksysb resource

The mksysb resource represents a file that is a system backup image created using the mksysb command. This type of resource can be used as the source for the installation of a client.

The mksysb image must reside on the hard disk of a machine in the NIM environment in order to be defined as a resource. It cannot be located on a tape or other external media.

A mksysb resource can be defined from an image that already exists on the hard disk of the NIM master or any NIM client. If such an image does not exist, it can be created when the resource is defined. To create the image when the resource is defined, specify the name of the NIM client that will be the source for the backup, and set the mk_image attribute to yes in the command to define the mksysb resource. Use an exclude_files resource to list any files and directories that should not be included in the backup image.