IBM i PTF Guide, Volume 22, Number 1
January 13, 2020 Doug Bidwell
We want to remind you once again about the LPARs that are hanging on machines that have the latest Technology Refreshes applied to IBM i 7.3 and IBM i 7.4 in cases where the Hardware Management Console (HMC) is not managing the partitions. The details of the issue with the Technology Refreshes are outlined in APAR MA48101, which is essentially a bug report that warns customers of an issue with the software stack and oftentimes gives hints about when and how it will be fixed.
Here is the issue in a nutshell: IPL-SRCC6003962-WAIT Hang with IBM i 7.3 with TR7 or IBM i 7.4 with TR1. Translating this, what it means is that a guest partition created with Virtual Partition Manager (VPM) inside SST or Integrated Virtualization Manager (IVM) will hang on IPL after the apply of the TRs. This gets real elaborate, so we strongly suggest you review the document at this link before proceeding. From our perspective, when the fixing Resave becomes available (somewhere around January 10, so we should have more to report as we go to press with The Four Hundred on Wednesday this week) you plan on slipping the LIC (see the link in PTF Guide for this document) and applying (reapplying) the latest Cume and groups.
In this week’s guide, we see that if you are running email from your IBM i system, check the recommended fixes for your release and look for the SMTP topic. IBM did roll-up of PTFs in December for several releases, and it is an easy update. Also, there are new HIPERs and a new Security group for all 7.X releases. Yes, IBM is still releasing PTFs for IBM i 7.1! There are also new Temporary Storage PTFs For 7.4, 7.3, and 7.2.
The Guide at a glance: There are new defectives this week (01/04/20). Here is the defective PTF rundown, which is the last defective for each release:
Defect Defective APAR Fixing Date PTF PTF -------- -------- ------- ------- 7.4 12/09/19 SI70924 SE72609 SI71719 (available!)
Note that PTF SI71719 is a distribution requisite of the latest Technology Refresh (TR) PTF. If you have applied the latest TR PTF to your system, you should apply the fixing PTF SI71719 for i 7.4.
7.3 12/09/19 SI70923 SE72609 SI71718 (available!)
Note that PTF SI71718 is a distribution requisite of the latest Technology Refresh (TR) PTF. If you have applied the latest TR PTF to your system, you should apply the fixing PTF SI71718 for i 7.3.
7.2 07/29/19 SI69654 SE71792 SI70596 (5733SC1, OpenSSH, available!) 7.1 07/29/19 SI69653 SE71807 SI70603 (5733SC1, OpenSSH, available!)
Be sure to access the link in the Guide for further details.
Below is the usual archive of the IBM i PTF Guide to help you work through the PTFs in chronological order: