IBM i PTF Guide, Volume 22, Number 2
January 15, 2020 Doug Bidwell
As you well know, there is an issue with 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, and 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.
As expected, IBM has issued a new resave for 7.3, I-base-J. The only solution to prevent the hang condition for VPM managed guest partitions is to first slip the LIC (licensed internal code) with J, then restore from backup, then load and apply latest Cume and groups. If none of this makes sense, contact me at email@example.com and we can go over it.
In other PTF news, there is a new HTTP Server Group for IBM i 7.2 and 7.3. And MCH1001 Received using some BRMS commands after BRMS PTF Installation; see this link for the info relating to IBM i 7.4, 7.3, and 7.2 and to get the fixing PTF. Also, there is updated microcode (also known as firmware) for Machine-Type Model: 9008-22L; 9009-22A; 9009-41A; 9009-42A; 9223-22H; 9223-42H. System Firmware Level: VL940_034. See the link on “Links” worksheet for more on that.
New (or Updated) links this week:
- WAS: Requirements for IBM WAS When Upgrading to a New IBM i Version/Release
As for your weekly tip, here’s an easy one: Stay current on fixes!
The Guide at a glance: There are new defectives this week (01/11/20). 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: