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  • 1.  Importing VIOS install images to the HMC from a USB key

    Posted Mon March 14, 2022 10:47 AM
    Hi,

    During a recent VIOS build on a pair of E1080 servers with 7063-CR2 HMCs (V10R1M1011) I had an issue importing a VIO server image (3.1.3.14) to the HMC.

    I used HMC "Management > Template and OS iImages > VIOS Images > Manage Virtual I/O Server Image > Import New Virtual I/O Server Image > Management Console USB". The image either did not get imported or when it did, it was later rejected by NIMOL with a mount error, obviously due to a format error.

    The ISO image was "burned" (dd) to the key using Rufus. (The same USB key works fine when directly mounted via a Power9 server's front USB port.)

    Interestingly enough, the most recent documentation (Manage Virtual I/O Server Image Repository) does not even mention USB. So I'm wondering if this is even possible, and if so, how exactly?

    Regards,
    Z

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    Zoltan Soos
    Senior Consultant
    Covenco365
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  • 2.  RE: Importing VIOS install images to the HMC from a USB key

    Posted Tue March 15, 2022 12:27 AM
    Hi Zoltan,

    Importing the VIOS image from USB is supported function for CR2. I have not used Rufus for ISO burning, need to try that and get back. And also, thank for pointing the missing documentation. We will get it fixed. Thanks!

    -Manju


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    MANJUNATH SHANBHAG
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  • 3.  RE: Importing VIOS install images to the HMC from a USB key

    Posted Wed March 16, 2022 01:35 PM
    Hi Zoltan,

    I have internally opened defect to track the Knowledge Center content changes for the USB device support. Also, we found the issue related the failure of VIOS installation from the HMC GUI with the imported image from USB. The fix will be made available in the next service pack.

    Mean time, you can install the VIOS using the command line using installios command. And you need to specify the VIOS image location as '/extra/viosimages/<VIOS Image Name>/usbimage.iso'. Hope this helps. Thanks!

    -Manju


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    MANJUNATH SHANBHAG
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  • 4.  RE: Importing VIOS install images to the HMC from a USB key

    Posted Tue March 22, 2022 06:28 AM
    Thanks. Looking forward to the fix.

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    Zoltan Soos
    Senior Consultant
    Covenco365, United Kingdom
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  • 5.  RE: Importing VIOS install images to the HMC from a USB key

    Posted Tue April 19, 2022 12:05 PM
    Pretty sure I've hit this exact problem as all my levels and errors seem to be the same as originally described here. Will have to try again using the prescribed installios command you mention.

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    Shawn Bodily
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