Installing from media
This topic describes how to install PowerVC on your management server using install media.
Before you begin
Before you install PowerVC, ensure that all of the hardware and software prerequisites are met and that your environment is configured correctly. Also, ensure that you prepare the management server and install the supported version of Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® (RHEL) Server and SLES on it.
- Installing other software
- It is recommended that PowerVC is the only server application hosted on the virtual machine. However, PowerVC can generally coexist with other software on the same instance, assuming that there is no resource or dependency conflict between PowerVC and the other software. Potential conflicts include port contention, user namespace, file system capacity, firewall settings, and so on. It is not recommended that you version lock any RPMs except when directed to do so by IBM® support.
- Do not install any third party RPM packages prior to installing PowerVC as it might cause conflicts leaving out
certain packages that are necessary for successful installation of PowerVC.
You should also consider performance implications to PowerVC and to the other software when installing other software on the same instance. For example, PowerVC memory usage may grow and cause problems with applications that coexist with PowerVC.
PowerVC resource requirements are sized assuming that PowerVC is the only workload that is running on the management instance. If other applications are using resources, adjust the sizing accordingly.
- Install Considerations
- Consider the following before you start with installation procedure.
- Make sure that the managed hosts are on IBM POWER8® or later.
- If you have any previous version of PowerVC installed, take a backup, copy the backup file to a custom location, and then uninstall the existing version. Reboot the system and install version 2.2.0.
- Review the hardware and software requirements.
- For RHEL and SLES, version 2.2.0 installation is supported on both single node and multinode environments.
- Make sure you disable IPv6 before proceeding with install procedure. For details, see Disable IPv6 topic.
- While installing PowerVC 2.2.0, we recommend you upgrade NovaLink version to 2.2.0 first.
- Make sure you install the net-tools package and the rsync package before you start the installation of PowerVC.
Perform the following steps to install PowerVC:
Configure these repositories for RHEL and SLES respectively based on the environment.
- Yum repository for PowerVC install through
RHN and make sure that the following repos are enabled.
- High Availability (HA repo is not available with standard RHEL subscription. For subscription details, see Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® High Availability Add-On ).
- Codeready Builder (CRB) (for RHEL 9.x only) with these RPMs,
- Zypper repository for PowerVC install
through SLES 15 SP3 and make sure that the following repos are enabled.
- Zypper repository for PowerVC install through SLES 15 SP3 SAP Edition
and make sure that the following repos are enabled.
- It is recommended to enable only the listed repos and disable other repos to make sure that there is no version mismatch.
- Make sure you have Java Runtime Environment (JRE) on the management server.
- PowerVC installer does not support enabling EPEL repository on the management server. Also, enabling EPEL repository on the management server after installing PowerVC and performing system updates might effect PowerVC functionality.
- For installation on SLES 15 SP3, ensure that the repositories are properly configured. For more information, see Adding Repositories section in SUSE documentation.
- In PowerVC controller nodes, make sure a long hostname or fully qualified domain name (FQDN) is fewer than 60 characters in length.
- Ansible 2.9 is the supported version, which is shipped along with PowerVC installer starting 2.2.0 release.
- Yum repository for PowerVC install through RHN and make sure that the following repos are enabled.
Extract the tar file that matches your environment to the location you want to run the
installation script from:
- For ppc64le, extract download_location/powervc-opsmgr-<rhel or sles>-ppcle-<powervc_version>.tgz, where download_location is the directory where the tar file was downloaded to.
- For x86_64, extract the dvd_mount_point/powervc-opsmgr-rhel-x86-<powervc_version>.tgz, where dvd_mount_point is the directory where the iso image was mounted.
- Change the directory to: extract location/powervc-opsmgr-<version>, where extract location is the directory you extracted the tar file to in step 2.
After the installation is complete, it is recommended that you visit Fix Central to download
and install any fix packs that are available. For more information see the
Getting fixes from Fix Central topic.
- If you have a firewall blocking ports that PowerVC requires, PowerVC will not work until that firewall's configuration is updated. Refer to
- To maintain PowerVC cluster consistency, restart controller node one at a time. Make sure that you allow 30 minutes before you restart the next node.