Installing, upgrading, or deleting IBM i and related software

This topic collection guides you through the concepts and procedures for installing, upgrading, or deleting IBM® i software on your system.

Use this information to install the IBM i release, part of the IBM i release, or licensed programs related to IBM i. This information also describes how to change a primary language, install a secondary language, or delete software that is related to the IBM i operating system.

Start of changeThe Checklist: IBM i software upgrade or replacement readiness, the Checklist: IBM i software replacement, or the Checklist: IBM i software installation readiness, contain summaries of the major task categories that you need to do before you begin to upgrade or install your software.End of change

Note: The display examples and procedures in this topic collection show the character-based interface. Many topics in the IBM i Information Center assume that you have the graphical user interface (System i® Navigator) running. Most System i Navigator functions, however, have equivalent control language commands in the character-based interface that you can use.

If you are moving your data to another system with a different serial number, see Data migrations. If you are upgrading to a new system without changing the serial number, see the Server upgrades and data migration topic.

If you are planning to boot to IBM i (perform an initial program load) from the load-source disk unit that is attached via the 2847 I/O processor, ensure you see the IBM Redbooks® publication, iSeries and TotalStorage: A Guide to Implementing External Disk on eServer™ i5; SG24-7120Link outside information center for important planning and implementation considerations.

References to V5R4 in this topic include both V5R4M0 and V5R4M5. Likewise, references to V6R1 include both V6R1M0 and V6R1M1.

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