[rescue] RS/6000 & AIX

Mike F lists at ibrew.net
Mon Jul 26 14:00:29 CDT 2010

On Jul 26, 2010, at 1:20 PM, Sridhar Ayengar <ploopster at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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
>> possible, which seems to be AIX 5.3. Anyone on the list happen to have
>> for 5.2 or 5.3?
> AIX 6.1 is out.  On top of ebay, you can order media kits from IBM.

Hmmm, I was under the impression that 6.1 dropped support for POWER3-based
platforms, i.e. it won't install. Or is it rather that it's not officially
supported but will install?

>> - The machine still has an installation of AIX, but it's looking for an
>> server and never gets any further, at least after several hours and
>> of messages on the console log. So, do I have any options here that
>> 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
>> specs of the machine?
> Again, standalone diagnostics.
> Peace...  Sridhar
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