AIX and PowerHA levels

Research shows these dates for AIX:

  • AIX 7.2.1.3 should come out around October, 2017 (est Week 46)
  http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=isg1IV95390   ### 7200-01-03-1720
  • AIX 7.1.4.5 should come out around October, 2017 (est Week 46)
  http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=isg1IV95393   ### 7100-04-05-1720
  • AIX 7.1.5.0 may come out around January, 2018 (est Week 5); however, it may be cancelled.
  http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=isg1IV86307   ### 7100-05-00-1731

It’s generally 26 weeks, plus or minus, from the initial YYWW date. Once a TLSP APARs releases, the YYWW code is be updated.

My PowerHA selection process would be:

  • 7.1.3 SP06 if I needed to deploy quickly, because I have build docs for that. However, it may be withdrawn from marketing in 2018.
  • 7.2.0 SP03 if they wanted longer support, but had time for me to work up the new procedures during the install.
  • 7.2.1 SP01 when it comes out, but not 7.2.1 base.

My AIX selection process would be:

  • 7.2.1.2 for any NIM server or POWER9. Next updates should be Oct 2017.
  • 7.1.4.4 or later for customer preference. Next updates should be Oct 7.1.4.5 and Jan 7.1.5.0.
  • 6.1.9.9 Minimum level for application compatability. This is is the final TLSP.
  • For anything POWER6 or older, I push hard for p710 to p740 or s81x/s82x as replacements (cost).
  • For anything AIX 5.3 or older, I push hard for app testing on newer AIX (EoS).
    • PTF U866665.bff (bos.mp64.5.3.12.10.U) enables POWER8. AIX must be 5.3.12.9. Must be patched before p8 (install nim or mksysb). p8 must be 840 firmware. VIO must be 2.2.4.10 or later.
    • PTF U866665 requires an active extended support agreement AND p8 systems on file. No free access to biz partnets.

Code sources:

  • rpm.rte and yum ezinstall, then deploy tar, wget, and rsync:
  http://public.dhe.ibm.com/aix/freeSoftware/aixtoolbox/ezinstall/ppc/
  • openssh from the IBM Web Download expansion:
  https://www-01.ibm.com/marketing/iwm/iwm/web/reg/pick.do?source=aixbp&lang=en_US
  • AIX security patches for any DMZ hosts
  http://public.dhe.ibm.com/aix/efixes/security/?C=M;O=D
  ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/aix/efixes/security/
  • Base media, if I were certain the customer was entitled, but didn’t want to wait for them to provide media, Partnerworld SWAC:
   https://www-304.ibm.com/partnerworld/partnertools/eorderweb/ordersw.do
  • Latest service pack for AIX from Fix Central:
  https://www-945.ibm.com/support/fixcentral/
  https://www-945.ibm.com/support/fixcentral/aix/selectFixes?release=7.2&function=release
  https://www-945.ibm.com/support/fixcentral/aix/selectFixes?release=7.1&function=release
  • Latest service pack for PowerHA from Fix Central:
  https://www-945.ibm.com/support/fixcentral/swg/selectFixes?parent=Cluster%20software&product=ibm/Other+software/PowerHAClusterManager&release=7.2.0&platform=All&function=all
  https://www-945.ibm.com/support/fixcentral/swg/selectFixes?parent=Cluster%20software&product=ibm/Other+software/PowerHAClusterManager&release=7.1.3&platform=All&function=all

Reference: PowerHA to AIX Support Matrix:

   http://www-03.ibm.com/support/techdocs/atsmastr.nsf/WebIndex/TD101347

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