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API to set Service Tools Lan Interface Configuration
One of the cool features I use to rapidly deploy many partitions is a combination of flash copy on Storwize along with customized startup jobs that recognize the change of partition and/or system and perform customization of the partition on the fly.
Howsomever one of the things I cannot do is for to set the IP address of the Service Tools LAN interface. This being a problem as now every clone has the same address and the only way to fix that is to let my fingers do the walking. In short it takes more time to change this one address (Set up a console, log in , STRSST, many menu options, enter address, save, activate, exit exit exit, sign off) than it takes to create the entire partition (Flash copy, IPL, customize, GO! <- note all that is 100% scripted and at no time do my fingers ever leave my hands.)
I believe an API is best. I can see maybe possibly doing this in Ansible but I am not using any of that at this time so that would be a major deployment effort on its own.
Attempting to make elcheapo and elquicko partitions available for short time use. Sign up, use partition, try something, makeamess, thatsucks, quit. Partition is recycled. Yippie but people want to try doing PTFs. or want to try doing an upgrade. Can't afford the disk space that takes or the hassle upgrading those images on board the partition. Network based images catalogues to the rescue! *ALMOST* Gotta manually set STLAN interface. #FAIL.
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