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AIX: Nim Server Commands

To list all the mksysb resources

# lsnim -t mksysb

# lsnim -t spot

To list all the machines

# lsnim -t standalone


# lsnim -c machines

To reset the NIM status of system host-10

# nim -o reset -a force=yes host-10


# nim -Fo reset host10

To Force Deallocate all the resources from system host-01

# nim -Fo deallocate -a subclass=all host-01

To rebuild the /etc/niminfo file in the master

# nimconfig -r

To rebuild the /etc/niminof file in the NIM client

# niminit -a master= -a name=

To remove a machine from the NIM environment

# nim -o remove

To define a mksysb resource

# nim -o define -t mksysb -a server=master -a location=file>

To enable Base OS install in a client using mksysb resource

# nim -o bos_inst -a source=mksysb -a spot=spot_53ML4 -a accept_licenses=yes

-a mksysb=file>


To add additional software to lppsource1

# nim -o update -a packages=all source=/dev/cd0 lppsource1

To update the spot and lppsource to the latest level

# nim_update_all -l -s -d -u -B

Some useful NIM SMIT Fast paths

smit nim_mkmac # Adding new machines

smit nim_bosinst # For doing BOS install operation on a machine


Common NIM Error codes

608 – tftp retrieve of client info file failure

Action If a 608 hang is encountered, verify that the ClientName.info file exists in the /tftpboot directory. If it does not exist, retry the NIM operation to create it. If it does exist, verify that tftp access to the /tftpboot directory is not restricted in the /etc/tftpaccess.ctl file. is also possible that the network adapter was not configured properly in the boot environment

611 – Remote mount of NFS file system failure

Action 611 hangs occur when the client machine is unable to mount a resource from a server. Ensure that NFS is running on the resource server. Verify that the resources specified for the operation are exported properly by checking the /etc/exports and /etc/xtab files on the server. Also, confirm that the resources have permissions set correctly for reading.

613 – Failure setting up route tables

Action 613 hangs usually occur because a route is incorrectly defined for a network in the NIM database. Verify that the correct gateways are specified between networks, and all gateways are functional. Use debug-enabled network boot images to determine which routes could not be defined.

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Oracle RAC 11g R2 on AIX 7.1 installation issue on irman relink

If you are installing聽Oracle RAC 11g R2 on AIX 7.1, you may have the following error:

You press retry and the installation finish without any more errors. This error will occour on both CRS installation and Database installation.

After that I had a ORA-03113: end-of-file on communication channel聽on dbca database creation.

Checking installation log I found the following error:

0711-780 SEVERE ERROR: Symbol .ksmpfpva

It can happen during installation, re-linking or patching

If the relink error is ignored, the following error is reported when shutting down database:

ORA-03113: end-of-file on communication channel

In instance alert.log:

ORA-07445 [ksmpclrpga()+23248]

Call stack from trace file:

skdstdst ksedst1 ksedst dbkedDefDump ksedmp ssexhd 47dc opidcl opidrv sou2o opimai_real ssthrdmain main start

This problem is also known to generate large core files at the time of hitting ORA-7445 [ksmpclrpga]:
A core file is likely generated in $ORACLE_HOME/dbs


AIX OS issue.


The following AIX fix needs to be applied:

For AIX 7.1 apply IFIX IV09541: https://www-304.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=isg1IV09541

At the time of this writing, IBM has pre-built the iFixes and uploaded to:


where the APAR numbers are:

5.3 TL11 – iv10538
5.3 TL12 – iv11158
6.1 TL4 – iv11167
6.1 TL5 – iv10576
6.1 TL6 – iv10539
6.1 TL7 – iv09580
7.1 TL0 – unaffected
7.1 TL1 – iv09541

Once the OS patch is applied, relink oracle binary so it will be effective.

in Oracle Support

This worked for me…

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VIO: Virtual Media Library


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

We鈥檝e 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鈥檚 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鈥檙e prompted for another disk (for example, disc 2 during the AIX install).

$ loadopt -f -vtd vtopt0 -disk AIX7100-01-00.2of2.iso
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Configure NTP on AIX 7.1 for Oracle RAC

  1. Verify that you have a server suitable for synchronization. Enter:
  1. # ntpdate -d ip.address.of.server

    The offset must be less than 1000 seconds for聽xntpd聽to synch. If the offset is greater than 1000 seconds, change the time manually on the client and run the聽ntpdate -d聽again.

    If you get the message,聽"no server suitable for synchronization found", verify聽xntpd聽is running on the server (see above) and that no firewalls are blocking port 123.

  2. Specify your聽xntp聽server in聽/etc/ntp.conf, enter:
  1. # vi /etc/ntp.conf

    (Comment out the “broadcastclient” line and add聽server ip.address.of.server prefer.)Leave the聽driftfile聽and聽tracefile聽at their defaults.

  2. Start the聽xntpd聽daemon:
  1. # startsrc -s xntpd

    (Use the聽-x聽flag if it is appropriate for your environment.)

  1. Uncomment聽xntpd聽from聽/etc/rc.tcpip聽so it will start on a reboot.
  1. # vi /etc/rc.tcpip

    Uncomment the following line:

    start /usr/sbin/xntpd "$src_running" "-x"

    NOTE:聽Use the聽-x聽flag to prevent the clock from changing in a negative direction.

  2. Verify that the client is synched.
  1. # lssrc -ls xntpd

    NOTE:聽Sys peer聽should display the IP address or name of your聽xntp聽server. This process may take up to 6 minutes.

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Check your Time Zone settings. We had to change to our Time Zone (Lisbon).

The default value is CST6DST. Run the commad:

smit chtz_user

and change the values to GMT0WET.

Here’s a list of the values you can use:聽http://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/aix/v6r1/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.ibm.aix.files%2Fdoc%2Faixfiles%2Fenvironment.htm

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vmount: Not owner error on Linux NFS Export

While mounting NFS filesystem from AIX node named AIX_LPAR onto Linux NFS server Linux_NFS_server, got the error:

vmount: Not owner

root [AIX_LPAR] /tmp: mount Linux_NFS_Server:/local/home/app/media /mnt
mount: giving up on:
vmount: Not owner


Set parameter聽nfs_use_reserved_ports聽to 1 on client AIX_LPAR

root [AIX_LPAR] /tmp: nfso -o nfs_use_reserved_ports=1
Setting nfs_use_reserved_ports to 1
root [AIX_LPAR] /tmp: mount Linux_NFS_Server:/local/home/app/media /mnt

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