You are currently on IBM Systems Media’s archival website. Click here to view our new website.


Bookmark and Share
RSS

Recent Posts

Getting Started With the Virtual I/O Server

December 10, 2013

Some time ago I wrote a short blog about Power and PowerVM Reference Information.

Many of the PowerVM resources cover virtualization with the Virtual I/O Server (VIOS).

If you are not familiar with the VIOS, I’ve shamelessly copied the following from the Information Center overview information:

The VIOS is part of the PowerVM Editions hardware feature. The VIOS is software that is located in a logical partition. This software facilitates the sharing of physical I/O resources between client logical partitions within the server. The VIOS provides virtual Small Computer Serial Interface (SCSI) target, virtual Fibre Channel, Shared Ethernet Adapter, and PowerVM Active Memory Sharing capability to client logical partitions within the system. The VIOS also provides the Suspend/Resume feature to AIX, IBM i, and Linux client logical partitions within the system.

As the overview paragraph points out, virtualization of I/O is required for some of the advanced features available with PowerVM, such as partition suspend and resume and live partition mobility.

If you are thinking about using the VIOS, this blog reviews a few additional references that you should find helpful. For those of you who are already using the VIOS, these references may also be useful.

The Virtual I/O Server is documented in the hardware information center.

The IBM i Internet website has a section on virtualization. On the right side of that page, there is a section on “Documentation” where you can find some helpful whitepapers.

Dawn

The first link (Virtualization with IBM i….) is broken (I’ve submitted feedback on the problem so you don’t need to).

The second link, IBM i Virtualization and Open Storage Read Me First, takes you to a paper that provides detailed instructions on using IBM i 6.1/7.1 virtualization to connect open storage to IBM i. It provides information on the prerequisites, supported hardware and software, planning considerations, install and post-install tasks such as backups. The paper also contains links to many additional information sources.

The third link, IBM i on a Power Blade Read me First is a document that provides detailed instructions on using IBM i on a POWER blade. It covers prerequisites, supported configurations, preparation for install, hardware and software install, firmware updates and post-install tasks such as backups. The document also contains links to many additional information sources.

Finally, there is a document on developerWorks Getting Started with IBM i on an IBM Flex System Compute Node. This “Getting started” document provides detailed instructions on using IBM i on a POWER node. It covers prerequisites, supported configurations, preparation for install, hardware and software install, firmware updates and post-install tasks such as backups. The document also contains links to many additional information sources.

Finally, IBM Lab Services and Training offers a 3-day workshop on IBM PowerVM VIOS Workshop for IBM i Clients to help you obtain the skills to design and deploy VIOS partitions to host storage and networking for IBM i client partitions. The workshop covers:

• VIOS Introduction for IBM i Clients
• VIOS Getting Started - Install and Configuration
• Configuring Power Systems Internal Storage in VIOS
• Configuring External Storage in VIOS
• Creating IBM i partition as a client of VIOS
• Allocating VIOS storage to IBM i client partitions
• Configuring Virtual Ethernet in VIOS and client partitions
• Configuring Virtual Optical storage in VIOS and client partitions
• VIOS Administration, Management and Operations
• Monitoring/Performance Tools for VIOS
• VIOS Maintenance Process
• VIOS Advanced Topics Overview (Live Partition Mobility, Shared Storage Pools, etc.)

 

 

 

Posted December 10, 2013| Permalink

-->