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AIX Installer should look for automation instructions
AIX has the ability to look for customer bosinst.data files on media during the install process, but the functionality is inadequate and antiquated.
The case where a customer only uses USB media to install a fresh system is not accounted for, however CD/DVD and Tape drives are no longer standard purchases for Power Systems customers. More and more customers are using *-flash images to install AIX and VIOS, and there is no way to do that currently without making a custom image.
The AIX installer should look for a bossing.data file on attached media (DVD and USB with either ISO or FAT32 file systems)) with a volume label of BOSINST, and use that configuration for the currently running installation. Its should do this without prompting, or by prompting with a timeout, so that installations to bare metal can occur without interaction.
Additionally, the AIX installer should allow specifying the initial TCP/IP configuration in bosinst.data. This could be the actual configuration itself in a new stanza, or a directive to determine if the installer should copy a file for use on the first boot of AIX. This could be /etc/firstboot, cloud-init, or any combination of them.
If cloud-init is an option, then could-init should come standard for the first boot of all AIX installations, not just those on cloud images. Either of these options would give us the chance to set a static IP address and root passwords on or before the first boot of a new AIX installation.
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