[rescue] RS/6000 & AIX

Sridhar Ayengar ploopster at gmail.com
Mon Jul 26 12:20:38 CDT 2010

Mike F wrote:
> - Is eBay pretty much the best/only way to get media for AIX? I see 5.1 is
> available from several sellers, but ideally I'd like to run the latest version
> possible, which seems to be AIX 5.3. Anyone on the list happen to have media
> for 5.2 or 5.3?

AIX 6.1 is out.  On top of ebay, you can order media kits from IBM.

> - The machine still has an installation of AIX, but it's looking for an NIS
> server and never gets any further, at least after several hours and thousands
> of messages on the console log. So, do I have any options here that wouldn't
> require media and a fresh install of AIX?

I think you can get away without a fresh install.  I'm not sure if you 
can do it without media.  You might be able to do it booting it off of 
standalone diagnostics, which are downloadable in the form of an .iso file.

> - I don't have a key for this machine, is that going to cause me problems?

That machine's new enough the it shouldn't be much of a problem.  The 
older machines definitely are unworkable without the key.

> - Prior to getting AIX up and running, is there any way to list the hardware
> specs of the machine?

Again, standalone diagnostics.

Peace...  Sridhar

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