VIO: Virtual Media Library


$ mkrep -sp rootvg -size 8G
Virtual Media Repository Created
Repository created within "VMLibrary" logical volume

We’ve now created an empty VML repository which backs onto the /var/vio/VMLibrary filesystem. You can view the VML repository by running the lsrep command.

Check the VML repository to see the new image available for use.

$ lsrep
Size(mb) Free(mb) Parent Pool         Parent Size      Parent Free
   8158     4865 rootvg                   279552           182272

Name                                    File Size Optical         Access
AIX71base.7100-01-00.1of2.iso                 4040 None            ro

Increase repository:

$ chrep -size 5G +5GB

Command Description:

mkrep Creates a virtual media repository
chrep Changes the characteristics of a virtual media repository
rmrep Removes the virtual media repository
lsrep Displays information about the virtual media repository

mkvopt Creates file-backed virtual optical media
lsvopt Displays information about file-backed virtual optical devices
chvopt Changes the characteristics of a virtual optical media
rmvopt Removes file-backed virtual optical media

mkvdev Creates file-backed virtual optical devices
unloadopt Unloads file-backed virtual optical media from a file-backed virtual optical device
loadopt Loads file-backed virtual optical media from a file-backed virtual optical device

Example to mount an ISO:

$ mkvdev -fbo -vadapter vhost1
vtopt0 Available

Now let’s load the image from the VML into vtopt0.

$ loadopt -vtd vtopt0 -disk AIX71base.7100-01-00.1of2.iso
$ lsmap -vadapter vhost1
SVSA            Physloc                                      Client Partition ID
--------------- -------------------------------------------- ------------------
vhost1          U9133.55A.066EB4H-V1-C34                     0x00000000

VTD                   vtopt0
Status                Available
LUN                   0x8200000000000000
Backing device        /var/vio/VMLibrary/AIX71base.7100-01-00.1of2.iso
Mirrored              N/A

To unload the image.

$ unloadopt -vtd vtopt0

If you’re prompted for another disk (for example, disc 2 during the AIX install).

$ loadopt -f -vtd vtopt0 -disk AIX7100-01-00.2of2.iso
 Cheers 🙂
  1. Keep on working, great job!

  2. Great blog post by the way 🙂

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