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a) D-IPL from direct attached fibre channel tape is no longer supported, despite direct attachment (no fibre channel switch required) being supported for many FC HBA's on the IBM i. Only the withdrawn #5735 FC HBA still supports D-IPL from direct attached tape devices, or so we are being told. b) D-IPL from FC Tape is not supported for LAN Console systems
Refer to 'Alternate restart (D-IPL) device rules' https://www.ibm.com/support/pages/node/1108539#DIPL in technical document 'IBM i Removable Media: Tape and Tape Library Devices' https://www.ibm.com/support/pages/node/1108539
OBJECTIVE 1: Reliable, no hands required, automated media management using BRMS + VTL media library, centrally managed backup/recovery for 120 Small (P05) distributed stand-alone (no HMC) IBM i on Power8/9's. - The VTL auto replicates to an offsite VTL. - Because the systems are in office environments, the noisy SAS adapters are unacceptable, hence expensive fibre channel HBA's are being used.
You get the picture: None of that no media in drive, last week's media still in drive, Oh I forgot to move the media offsite, Oh I forgot to bring the media back, nagging the remote users to load media nonsense we always have to deal with, and then when recovery is needed and there are no backups then it is our fault.
OBJECTIVE 2: Ability to perform unattended system recovery using only the media in the VTL tape library (no lost, missing, broken, dirty DVD's, RDX's, or USB sticks, no hunting for media in drawers by a sleepy uncommitted end user in his pajamas during the whee hours of an emergency, no old media with the incorrect LIC/OS version). We all know how long it takes to restart a D-IPL recovery when there are issues with the media.
You get the picture: The ability to guarantee an acceptable RTO with none of the above nonsense we always have to deal with.
But IBM hardware restrictions won't let us implement this very common sense solution to an age old problem.
IBM's ridiculously high prices for vHMC (think 120 x $3000+ for vHMC on tiny stand alone servers), and the fact that you have to re-purchase new versions of vHMC instead of being able to upgrade (so why are we paying vHMC maintenance?) prohibits the use of vHMC on the PC's we already have onsite to host the LAN Console and the VTL, just to get past the D-IPL rules. Would you pay that kind of money just to be able to D-IPL?
Does IBM have something against the small IBM i's? So why discriminate? Does IBM want users to throw up their hands about the ancillary cost of these servers and switch to Windows? They continuously threaten to do just that, and many do.
So please remove these silly rules and let the system happily D-IPL from most everything. If the other platforms can do it so can IBM i on Power.
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