Data migrations

An IBM® i data migration is the process of moving data from one system or logical partition that is running IBM i to another system or logical partition running IBM i. When migrating data between systems, the source system and the target system have different serial numbers.

This information describes how to migrate your data to IBM i 7.2 from IBM i V6R1 or later.

If you are upgrading to a new system without changing the serial number, see the Upgrading the system and data migration topic for your system model in the IBM Power Systems Hardware Information Center. If you are migrating data from one logical partition to another logical partition on the same system, follow the instructions in Restoring a logical partition (LPAR) to another LPAR–Checklist 22.

This information assumes that you are moving data from one system to another. If you are installing a new version of IBM i on the same system, it is not necessary to perform an explicit data migration. See Installing, upgrading, or deleting IBM i and related software.

Another migration tool is feature code 0205, which you can order at no charge with the new system. To use the feature, you must have a valid IBM Software Maintenance subscription for the source system. Feature code 0205 authorizes you to use the new version and release on the source system for the sole purpose of migrating your data. The earlier version and release must be reinstalled on your source system after the data migration is completed.