AIX 5L SysAdmin I: (Unit 10) – AIX 5.1 Installation

1. List the different installation and media options available
2. List the steps necessary to install the AIX V5.1 base operating system
3. Identify the tasks that can be carried out using the Configuration Assistant

Installation Methods:
2. Tape (Not available for AIX 5.1 installation (4mm, 8mm)
Can also install from a makesysb tape.
3. Preinstallation Option (for a new system order)
4. Network Install Manager (NIM) – (Token Ring, Ethernet, FDDI)

Installation Process – from CD:
1. Insert CD in CD-ROM drive
2. Power on peripheral SCSI devices (Otherwise device drivers won’t be loaded)
3. Power on system
4. Press F5 – (after beeps) – Changes the default boot list (first checks the diskette drive then the CD-ROM drive)

Console and Language Definition:
Select your console

*** Please define the System Console ***
Type the F1 key and press ENTER
to use this display as the System Console

This message will be displayed in different languages to:
–> All native graphics displays
–> Terminal on serial port (S1)

Next – Select the language for installation

Installation and Maintenance Menu:
At the Installation and Maintenance menu check all the installation settings.

Welcome to Base Operating System
Installation and Maintenance

Type the number of your choice and press Enter. Choice indicated by >>>

>>> 1 Start Install now with Default Setting
2 Change/Show Installation Settings and Install
3 Start Maintenance Mode for System Recovery

88 Help ?
99 Previous Menu
>>> Choice [1]: 2

Note: It is recommended that you always select option #2 so that you can verify the installation settings before the install begins.

Installation Settings:
Either type 0 or press Enter to install with current settings, or type the number of the setting you want to change and press Enter.

1. System Settings:
Method of installation………………..New and Complete Overwrite
Disk where you want to Install……..hdisk0

2. Primary Language Environment Settings (AFTER Install):
Cultural Convention………..C (POSIX)
Language…………………….C (POSIX)
Keyboard…………………….C (POSIX)
Keyboard Type…………….. Default

3. Advanced Options

0 Install with the settings listed above
88 Help ?
99 Previous Menu

>>> Choice [1]:

Warning: Base Operating System Installation will destroy or impair recovery of SOME data on the destination disk hdisk0.

Method of Installation: (Option 1)
1. New and Complete Overwrite (Everything on the installation disk is overwritten)

2. Preservation Install (Warning: overwrites /usr, /var, /tmp and root / file systems.

3. Migration Install (Upgrades the Base Operating System to current release)
Other product application files and configuration data will be spared

88 Help ?
99 Previous Menu

>>>Choice [2] 1

Installation Disks:
Change Disks Where You Want To Install

Primary Language Environment: Option #2
Cultural Convention – Date format, etc.
Language –
Keyboard –

Note: C (POSIX) is just a form of English used for IBM contracts for security purposes.

Advanced Options: Option #3
1. Desktop………………………………………………CDE
2. Install Trusted Computing Base…………………No
3. Install 64-bit Kernel and JFS2 Support…………No

Note: Press zero 0 at the main menu to begin the installation process.

Installing Base Operating System

If you need the system key to select SERVICE mode, turn the system key to the NORMAL position anytime before the installation ends

Please wait…..

Approximate % tasks completed
Elapsed Time (in minutes)

–> Builds AIX directory structure
–> Restores BOS, locale and filesets from installation media only
–> Installs software for the connected and powered on devices

Configuration Assistant Menu:
1. Set or verify system date and time
2. Set password for adminstrator (root user)
3. Menage system storage and paging space
4. Configure network communications (TCP/IP)
5. Configure a web server to run Web-based System Manager in a browser
6. Configure On-line Documentation Library Service
7. Exit the Configuration Assistant

Note: Must set root password otherwise there will be not password for root. Other options can be done through smit, aix commands or install_assist.

Note: Always select – Finish now and do not start Configuration Assistant when restarting the system (otherwise this could be a security entry point)

# install_assist (To start the configuration assistant)

Q: On which disk should I install my operating system?
A: You should try to install your operating system on one internal disk. If you spread you OS on to more than one disk, you have increased the opportunity for disk failure. For example, if you spread your OS across two disks, you now have two opportunities for a disk to fail instead of only one. Losing any one disk could take out the OS. Use one disk. And if availability is critical, then mirror the root volume group. More on this later. The actual disk name is not important. So, whether hdisk0 or hdisk1 is used doesn’t matter as long as the one you pick is an internal disks.
Q: What does “cultural convention” mean in the installation process?
A: Cultural convention refers to things like date formatting and monetary symbols. For example, European languages will present dates in day/month/year format whereas US English will use month/day/year formatting.

Q: When my classical machine is installing the operating system, what happens if I forget to change the key position to normal?
A: If the key position remains in service, the machine will boot from the installation media again.

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