If you have a LPAR that has already been created then you can use the hmc to boot the lpar using the lpar_netboot command.
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Some input is still needed into BSA to identify the lpar within the frame but you shoudnt need to carry out an sms reboot.
This of course depends on you having access to the HMC to run this command.
It has been a while since I have done a straight forward BSA AIX provisioning but in CLM the way we have looked at doing this is to create the LPAR envelope, then add the server to NIM and then initiate a NIM build before network booting the server.
The network boot of the server is the similar step that needs to be done for a bare metal build of a VM or a Physical windows machine. At some point an action needs to be done that boots the machine or virtual machine into "build mode"
This is where I suffer. None of this appears to be documented or clearly delineated. When you say “you can use the hmc to boot the lpar using the lpar_netboot command” do you mean I need to somehow ‘hack’ a mid step into the OS provisioning or is this something that is ‘built in’ to the BSA provisioning process?
As I said in my previous reply you are trying to do the equivalent of a the reboot of a bare metal windows server ( if you had a standalone pseries ) or the startup of a empty VMware guest to perform a bare metal build of that.
In both of these cases something needs to be done to start the machine or virtual machine for building. This could be a remote boot through the ILO or from the VMware console.
If the LPAR is created through BSA then I think there is an option to have it booted up - I remember as part of the output of the LPAR envelope create that the is a line that says run this command to start the image if you are not wanting the system immediately booted up. Although this could have been passed down from CLM - the last AIX provisoining I looked at was in the CLM space.
You could achieve this by having a job that runs against the AMO proxy that performs the netboot command.
The sequence I think is that you need to start the provisioning job in BSA then boot the server ( as you would for a bare metal pxe server ). The AIX install job will populate the NIM server with the details that are needed and then when the server comes up it will start the build.
In your original post the section 2 of the AIX provisioning workflow says that IF your provisoning job is not set up to automatically reboot the AIX target THEN
It would seem that you just need to set up the provisioining job to automatically reboot the server .... I have had a look in the documentation for 8.3 but there isnt a section that states where that is set.
I recall this was part of either the system package or the provisioning job. Once that is set then it should reboot the server.
Since we are not creating the LPAR through BSA can I assume a 'hands off' build will not be possible?
It depends what you mean by hands off - as is stated in the documentation, "If your proivsioning job is not setup to automatically reboot the AIX server then" you will need to perform the initial start of the LPAR, this is no different to that step in a Bare Metal Windows Build or Empty VM build, at some point the system needs to be booted. However if you configure the provisioning job to reboot the server and the AIX team have allowed you access to do that then you shouldnt need to perform this step.
I’m not sure I’m being clear.
From what I understand you cannot reboot the lpar unless you provision it via bladelogic. Since we are not provisioning the lpar, only running the VGP I do not see how we can do this ‘hands off’.
Is there a way for the VGP to boot the lpar? I have not seen an option for this.
I have something similar situations now, I am doing LPAR + AIX OS provisioning but not together. There might be scenario customer create LPAR/VIOS and then later another job to provision OS.
I created discussion here: BSA IBM Bare metal LPAR & AIX Installation & Configurations
But can we say there is no manual interventions? Like original questions of IPL setting entry?
Let us know your experience on this. I think if CLM can do we can definitely do with BSA + BAO.