Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Step by Step guide to upgrade to Domino 801 AIX

Takes 10 minutes to upgrade to 801 then restart the box.
Hours to download the AIX updates and patches and get the server ready.
By the way there is a 32 and 64 bit AIX Domino code available depending on what you prefer.

You may want this page as a starter if you are new or lost to AIX:

The 801 docs may have some discrepancies. In our case the AIX server was at tech level 5300-04, which is what R80 asked for.(1.5GB)
However 801 asks for 5300-05.(300MB)
Naturally updated it to the latest one, 5300-08SP1. (2Gb)

Steps to follow:
1) Get the updates from the nice IBM site of Fix central.

2) While downloading the AIX updates, get the latest Domino server code from Partnerworld or Passport or your CD or Business Partner.

3) Make sure you have the root password and start a ftp session to your server(presumably you have FTP running on it) and move the Domino code to a place with enough space to untar(like zip format) it. DO NOT UNTAR in Windows, always use the AIX OS for this.

4) FTP the AIX OS updates to the server.
5) At the AIX console, or via telnet to it, login, then type SMIT this will bring up the program to help install the updates.
6) Select the first option which should say Install Software or Update OS
7) Select Install, Install All
8) Will prompt for a location, put it in the format of /dir/filesdir and hit return.
9) Hit Return at the details screen as the defaults should be acceptable, if not, change them accordingly.
10)Press Return again as it asks to make sure you want to upgrade.
11) You should see the system either start the upgrade or review what it will install and continue or press Return until it starts scrolling very fast.
12) Once done scrolling, in our case 456 patches later, it will return a prompt and you need to restart the AIX server.
13) At the AIX console tell the server to Shutdown -Fr
14) once the server has come back up and you relogin as Root, you will untar the Domino code. Type tar -xvf filename(801 32 bit is C18XQEN.tar). It will create a directory called AIX in the same directory where the *.tar file is located.
15) Make sure your Domino servers are stopped on the box, then type the following:
cd aix
cd domino
export DISPLAY=DominoAIX:0 (this command sets up a display variable if you didn't have one)
16)Install will either popup in graphical mode(hopefully) or not. In our case it wasn't going to happen so we did it via console mode.
17) As long as you can read the screen, it is just as simple as a Windows install.
asks for locations, names, logins, etc. and then runs the process.
If it does not return to a command prompt you had a problem someplace with disk space.
18) Once you get a command prompt restart the AIX box.
19) If you can see your console from the Admin client or Java console, if enabled, then click Yes if prompted to update your names.nsf.
20) If you can not access it from the clients then you need to login as the Lotus login and password after you have telnet back in or see the console come up if in front of the server.
21) Now type cd /serverdirectory

This will bring up the server in your session and see if it asks to upgrade or just runs the process. Once it is done and finished with all updating et al, type Q to shut down the server.
22) At the AIX console tell the server to Shutdown -Fr and if your server is on automatic you are done.

Check it comes up from a client and go on your merry way.

Anything I missed or need to change let me know. Should have made this a Wiki. hmmmm