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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Sep 2, 2021

IBM i recovery from Linux NFS server or HMC

When we want to recover our IBM i from NFS server on-prem or cloud we need a second IBM i.
I think i't possible to create some kind of program or script to create a SAVSYS and the directory structure on source system IFS, save as a tar and allow to restore from a Linux environment using the ISO and/or this ".tar" file.
Linux and AIX NFS server are faster (and cheaper) than IBM i on cloud.

Use Case:

* This would be great for cloud environments when we migrate or perform a full system restore.
* The same on a network recovery strategy from a NAS or Linux server
* I guess this can be ported so we can install an IBM i LPAR from scratch using IPL from HMC image.

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Jan 10, 2022

    I've tried and works perfectly well, but we need to "extract" data from the UDF/ISO images. Can you deploy a Linux script or program to extract those files on the NFS path? The point is: install IBM i on Cloud or remotely without a 2nd (temporal) IBM i environment.

  • Guest
    Nov 30, 2021

    In theory you can copy the files generated from the local IMGCLG to the NFS and be able to boot from them. This currently is not documented but will be considered to be documented and further tested.

  • Guest
    Nov 29, 2021

    Due to processing by IBM, this request was reassigned to have the following updated attributes:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - Virtualization, Cloud
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - None

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - Save, Restore
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - None

  • Guest
    Oct 11, 2021

    If I need to recover from LIC ISO the NFS server is required :-)
    On IBM Cloud Power Virtual Server and Skytap environments we can only use DSI iSCSI VTL.
    With an improved NFS process (and performance) we could use NFS for disaster recovery, vaulting, etc.

  • Guest
    Sep 29, 2021

    as a circumvent, can't you boot from a compatible LIC ISO image and use a VTL to recover or migrate?
    Although it is an interesting option to use remote (NFS) mountable ISO images as alternative IPL devices,
    changes to the genuine IPL process to have a workaround for cloud limitations must be addressed using
    a means to use the AIX boot process (for example).

  • Guest
    Sep 13, 2021

    The CEAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a MEDIUM priority requirement that should be addressed.

    Background: The COMMON Europe Advisory Council (CEAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CEAC has a crucial role in working with IBM i development to help assess the value and impact of individual RFEs on the broader IBM i community and has therefore reviewed your RFE.

    To find out how CEAC help to shape the future of IBM i, see CEAC @ and the article "The Five Hottest IBM i RFEs Of The Quarter" at

    Therese Eaton – CEAC Program Manager, IBM