AIX 3.2/3.1 Installation from mksysb
This is particularly easy with AIX 3,
since all drivers are always on board,
so it is possible to restore on a completely different hardware
The mksysb media, of course, and an appropriate drive,
8mm or 4mm DAT. For AIX 3.1, an IBM branded device might be necessary.
Installation on workstations, i.e. with mouse, keyboard and monitor attached
might require an original RS/6000 keyboard (Model M with speaker).
Otherwise it will hang on LED
c31, i.e. console selection.
Installation via serial console is an alternative option.
Boot floppies are only required for additional trouble shooting,
here (and I have copies too).
Restoring the system
It is possible to restore to a larger disk than the original one.
However, I once encountered troubles because restore could not create
the necessary boot records, due to the
Switch system key to "Service"/"Wartung".
Connect tape drive, insert mksysb tape.
Reset or power on the machine. It will boot and install directly off the tape,
just answer the questions.
being too small.
In this case one may
/tmp/ and create the boot records manually.
Choose "2" from the offered menu of options, then:
smitty # follow menus to increase /tmp/, a few megabytes should suffice
bosboot -a -l /dev/hd5 -d /dev/hdisk0
If the root password is not known,
follow this procedure.
if the boot process hangs due to unavailable resources,
enter maintenance mode and fix the problem, e.g
as described in
Last update: 15-Aug-2009,