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booting from san disk

Hi,

I have recently started working on Openvms 8.3 version. Actually i want to copy the contents of systemdisk to san disk (basically backup). Now have only 2 disks (system disk & san disk, but both are of diff sizes).

some queries...

1> Is it necessary that san disk should be of the same size as that of system disk?

2> suggest me how do I backup the system disk to san disk? what are the steps need to be done before the backup?

3> How do I boot with the san disk?

Please suggest me...
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Volker Halle
Honored Contributor

Re: booting from san disk

Hi,

you can use BACKUP/IMAGE to copy your system disk to the SAN disk - as long as the size of your SAN disk is bigger than the used portion of your system disk.

$ MOUNT/FOR $1$DGAx: ! your SAN disk
$ BACKUP/IMAGE your-system-disk $1$DGAx:

You might want to do this standalone, i.e. after booting from the OpenVMS CD or DVD - what is the architecture of your system: Alpha or I64 ?

The answer about booting from your SAN disk depends on your architecture.

With Alpha, you need to set up a boot path on the console with WWIDMGR. On I64, you can use @SYS$MANAGER:BOOT_OPTIONS.

Volker.

Re: booting from san disk

Thanks.

Architecture of my system is IA64.

Actually I have been given the iso image and the task is that to "get the OS loaded on the SAN disk FROM the iso image.". I am using c7000 HP enclosure with iLO2 (Integrated Lights-outs 2).

So do i need mount the iso image from the top bar option "virtual media" of the iLO2?


Volker Halle
Honored Contributor

Re: booting from san disk

What you're trying to do is called 'provisioning'. I had the chance to try this during a hands-on class at the Community Connect Europe event last week.

We used HPsim and installed from vmedia (an ISO image on the local PC). It worked fine and is supposed to be 'the choice' for installation of OpenVMS I64 onto blade systems.

You'll find the documentation in appendis C of the OpenVMS V8.3-1H1 for Integrity Servers Upgrade and Installation Manual

OpenVMS documentation is available at:

http://h71000.www7.hp.com/doc/os83_index.html

Volker.

Re: booting from san disk

In EFI shell I tried to start the installation from CD (connected the ILO virtual media) using the follwing command


fs0:\EFI\BOOT> ls
Directory of: fs0:\EFI\BOOT

10/08/07 01:07p 1,024 .
10/08/07 01:07p 1,024 ..
10/08/07 01:07p 4,196,864 IPB.EXE
10/08/07 01:07p 1,199,104 BOOTIA64.EFI
10/08/07 01:07p 329,216 VMS_BCFG.EFI
10/08/07 01:07p 1,024 TOOLS
10/08/07 01:07p 302,592 VMS_SET.EFI
10/08/07 01:07p 300,032 VMS_SHOW.EFI
10/08/07 01:07p 887,296 VMS_SPCFG.EFI
'CreateMemorydisk' not found104 bytes
Exit status code: Invalid Parameter

fs0:\EFI\BOOT>
fs0:\EFI\BOOT> bootia64
BlkIO error, status = -9223372036854775806

%VMS_LOADER-E-FATAL: Unable to mount system disk in CreateMemorydisk. Status = 0x2C

%VMS_LOADER-F-FATAL: Unable to boot using memorydisk method.


I got the error( shown in log above), does anyone can help me out in this. I am trying to do a boot from SAN.
Volker Halle
Honored Contributor

Re: booting from san disk

Are your sure your .ISO file is completely valid ?

Where does this error message come from:

'CreateMemorydisk' not found104 bytes
Exit status code: Invalid Parameter

Just a result from the ls command ? Then I would seriously doubt the contents of the .ISO file.

Log a call with HP to get further help.

Volker.
Robert Atkinson
Respected Contributor

Re: booting from san disk

> Where does this error message come from:

fs0:\EFI\BOOT> bootia64


Do any of the other utilities work?

Rob.

Re: booting from san disk

This is the screenshot, the earlier screenshot was pasted wrongly

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fs0:\EFI> cd boot

fs0:\EFI\BOOT> ls
Directory of: fs0:\EFI\BOOT

10/08/07 01:07p 1,024 .
10/08/07 01:07p 1,024 ..
10/08/07 01:07p 4,196,864 IPB.EXE
10/08/07 01:07p 1,199,104 BOOTIA64.EFI
10/08/07 01:07p 329,216 VMS_BCFG.EFI
10/08/07 01:07p 1,024 TOOLS
10/08/07 01:07p 302,592 VMS_SET.EFI
10/08/07 01:07p 300,032 VMS_SHOW.EFI
10/08/07 01:07p 887,296 VMS_SPCFG.EFI
6 File(s) 7,215,104 bytes
3 Dir(s)


fs0:\EFI\BOOT> BOOTIA64.EFI
BlkIO error, status = -9223372036854775806

%VMS_LOADER-E-FATAL: Unable to mount system disk in CreateMemorydisk. Status = 0x2C

%VMS_LOADER-F-FATAL: Unable to boot using memorydisk method.


fs0:\EFI\BOOT>
Volker Halle
Honored Contributor

Re: booting from san disk

Rob asked, whether the other utilites work.

Can you successfully execute the VMS_SHOW command ?

Volker.

Re: booting from san disk

I am done with the Boot from SAN task, Looks like the CD drive had an issue and its fixed now and i could able to install the open VMS. Thanks to all of you for your support
Robert Atkinson
Respected Contributor

Re: booting from san disk

It would be good to thank us properly by assigning some points.