I finally got PowerVP installed in my lab environment today. As part of the server agent installation process I needed to install the latest service pack (SP1) for PowerVP. After I downloaded the service pack from IBM Fix Central, I tried to run the install script from the command line on my AIX partition. It failed everytime I ran it, no matter what options I supplied the installer script!


[root@gibbo]/tmp/cg # ./PowerVP.bin.SP1 –i Silent

Preparing to install...

Extracting the installation resources from the installer archive...

Configuring the installer for this system's environment...


Launching installer...



Graphical installers are not supported by the VM. The console mode will be used instead...



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Installer User Interface Mode Not Supported


The installer cannot run in this UI mode. To specify the interface mode, use the -i command-line option, followed by the UI mode identifier. The valid UI modes identifiers are GUI, Console, and Silent.



The only way I could get the SP installed was to use the GUI installer. I installed VNC server on my AIX partition, connected to the VNC server and then ran the installer script (as shown in the following screenshots). This worked fine.





The update fileset was extracted to the following location:                                                                                    


[root@gibbo]/IBM/PowerVP/PowerVP_Installation/PowerVP_Agent_Installation_Instructions/AIX # ls -ltr

total 60328

-rwxrwxr-x    1 root     system     30171648 Nov  6 11:28 powervp.

-rwxrwxr-x    1 root     system       699392 Dec  6 08:52 powervp.

-rwxrwxr-x    1 root     system         1185 Dec  9 08:53 README_Fixpack.html

-rwxrwxr-x    1 root     system         2001 Feb 17 14:19 README.html

-rw-r--r--    1 root     system          849 Feb 17 15:03 .toc


As instructed in the fixpack readme, I stopped the PowerVP processes before installing the service pack. I also unloaded the associated kernel extension, just in case.


# ps -ef | grep -i powervp

    root 4128956 6291676   0 14:56:23      -  0:00 /opt/ibm/powervp/syslet

    root 6291676       1   0 14:56:23      -  0:00 /bin/ksh /opt/ibm/powervp/PowerVP.sh


[root@gibbo]/ # kill 4128956 6291676

[root@gibbo]/ # cat /opt/ibm/powervp/PowerVP.sh











[root@gibbo]/ # /opt/ibm/powervp/unloadkex


Then I installed the update (with smitty update_all).

                                                                                           COMMAND STATUS


Command: OK            stdout: yes           stderr: no


Before command completion, additional instructions may appear below.





Finished processing all filesets.  (Total time:  1 secs).



                        Pre-commit Verification...


Verifying requisites...done





  Filesets listed in this section passed pre-commit verification

  and will be committed.


  Selected Filesets


  powervp.rte                         # PowerVP Fixpack for AIX


  << End of Success Section >>



                          Committing Software...



installp: COMMITTING software for:



Finished processing all filesets.  (Total time:  1 secs).






Installation Summary


Name                        Level           Part        Event       Result


powervp.rte                USR         APPLY       SUCCESS

powervp.rte                USR         COMMIT      SUCCESS



[root@gibbo]/ # lslpp -l powervp.rte

  Fileset                      Level  State      Description


Path: /usr/lib/objrepos

  powervp.rte        COMMITTED  PowerVP Fixpack for AIX


Path: /etc/objrepos

  powervp.rte        COMMITTED  PowerVP for AIX


Next, I restarted the PowerVP agent.


[root@gibbo]/ # ps ax |grep powervp

[root@gibbo]/ # /etc/rc.d/rc2.d/SPowerVP

[root@gibbo]/ # ps ax |grep powervp

 4128966  pts/0 A     0:00 /opt/ibm/powervp/syslet

 9109542  pts/0 A     0:00 /bin/ksh /opt/ibm/powervp/PowerVP.sh


At the same time, I also updated the PowerVP GUI on my laptop to the latest service pack as well.





After that, I was good to go and PowerVP started up fine.




The PowerVP log file will tell you if the agent has started.

[root@gibbo]/var/log # cat powervp.log
2014-02-17 17:02:46.750 MSG0080: - Running as the system level agent.
2014-02-17 17:02:47.860 MSG0082: Agent running, waiting for clients to request data.

By the way, if you try to start the PowerVP server agent on a system that isn't at the correct fimrware level, then you'll find the following message in /var/log/powervp.log:

# cat powervp.log
2014-02-14 15:28:01.844 Error - MSG0047: MSG0205: System does not support the required interfaces. Firmware version 7.7 or greater is required.. [syslet.C:6090]