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Status Delivered
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Oct 30, 2019

Enhancements to the pruv tool

Enhancements to the pruv tool in the area of OS software and IBM i configuration settings.

Use Case:

The pruv tool is very useful as a final check that all critical elements for a successful OS upgrade have been done before starting the process. A recent upgrade from 7.3 to 7.4 saw OS opt 29 Integrated Server Support status show up as *ERROR while checking for a successful install. It transpired that the IBM i Integrated Server Support (5770-SS1 Option 29) is no longer supported and the option has been removed in IBM i 7.4. I didn't see this mentioned in any of the upgrade documents and the pruv tool didn't highlight it either. Can the pruv tool be enhanced to check for this and issue a warning?

LPAR's hosting disk for other LPAR's in an i hosting i environment; An attempt to run rclstg select(*dbxref) failed because despite the guest servers being shut down the network spaces were still varied on. Can the pruv tool be enhanced to recognise this configuration and warn that wrknwssts is needed to vary off the network spaces and wrknwsd is needed to change the vary on at IPL setting and warn if it is still set to *YES

Operating system upgrades invariably require multiple IPL's. Without changing the vary on status of the guest network server, after each IPL the network spaces are varied back on again. Ideally they need to be off while the upgrade takes place.

Idea priority Low
  • Guest
    Mar 6, 2020

    The removal of 5770-SS1 Option 29 was mentioned in the IBM i Memo to Users, Version 7.4 ,Chapter 5. Options:
    This sections describes changes to options of the IBM i operating system.

    "The IBM i Integrated Server Support (5770-SS1 Option 29) is no longer supported and the option has been removed in IBM i 7.4. For alternative solutions, refer to the iSCSI External Web Page :!/wiki/IBM%20i%20Technology%20Updates/page/Integration%20with%20BladeCenter%20and%20System%20x "

    This change was missed on the 7.4 PRUV tool update, but has been added to the latest release.

    With regards to the network spaces, there is already an Active Integrated Servers check which does indicate to shut down the integrated servers.

    Existing Check:
    Active Integrated Servers
    An upgrade may fail if an integrated server is active. It is suggested to stop active integrated servers before upgrading.
    Current release: VxRxMx
    Target release: VxRxMx
    Check results: Informational

    Message: Object xxxxx in library QSYS type *NWSD is currently [status].
    Details: Object xxxxx in library QSYS type *NWSD should be in a Varied Off state before performing an upgrade.
    Recovery: Before performing a system upgrade vary off this device using the VRYCFG or WRKCFGSTS *NWS command.

    We have updated the informational message so that the Recovery not only recommends to vary off the NWSD, but to recommend the Vary on at IPL be changed to *NO for the upgrade.

    Both updates are included in the latest release, which is expected to be available by March 13, 2020.

    Thank-you for the feedback.

  • Guest
    Jan 20, 2020

    I believe that IBM has now delivered this request in the latest version of PRUV