Upgrading to new version using image catalog

We upgraded our development machine via an image catalog. Is there a easy way to get the image catalog from development to production in order to upgrade the production machine. Can't load CDs because having problem with the reader in production. Thanks

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Since *IMGCLG is a valid object type for a SAVOBJ command, could you not SAVOBJ the image catalog to a SAVF then FTP the save file over to the production machine?


The *IMGCLG can be copied via perhaps SAVRST or SAVRSTOBJ. Or it can be saved into a savefile that can be FTPed (or other transfer methods) and restored. Or you can simply load the image catalog entries to the production system directly from where they are on the on the development system — all you should need to do is use a /QFileSvr.400 directory entry as the location. The images can also copied through /QFileSvr.400 and then loaded, but you might as well just do the loads.



What works best for me is to FTP the IFS directory location to the other machine

First in the IFS create a new directory under Root where you want the IFS images to be stored. This will match the IFS directory that you set up on the DEV machine.

The FTP steps are:

FTP (Production)
Enter ID and Password for that machine
NAMEFMT 1 (This sets FTP to use the IFS instead of the Library)
CD /V5R4UPG (Or what ever name you called the IFS diectory where the images are stored on the DEV machine)
LCD /V5R4UPG (again what ever name you called the IFS directory on the production machine)
BIN (to change to binary mode)
MPUT /V5R4UPG (This sends over the entire directory to the new IFS location)

Then once the IFS entries are on the new machine create the image catalog or just restore the savf of the *IMGCLG noted above.

The Image catalog is only a pointer to where the images are actually stored on the IFS.


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  • Senator46058
    Yes you can restore the image catalog but how do you get the data for the volumes moved? If you save the image catalog the size is about 196K. If you look at the size of one volume in the catalog it's size is around 700M. It seems that you can save the catalog from the library but it does not pull the files from the IFS. Any ideas?
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  • CarterC19
    In the image catalogs I have dealt with, the name of the image catalog coincides with the name of a folder at the root level in the IFS, which *does* contain a lot if data as you note. I have one image catalog at the moment that is about 200k in size, with a corresponding IFS folder that is over 6 gig in size. This picture was created initially with a RSTOBJ of the image catalog, and a RST of the corresponding IFS folder. You can create a save file in one of your regular libraries, save the IFS folder to that with the SAV command (to use a save file SAVETEST in QGPL, your device name would be /qsys.lib/qgpl.lib/savetest.file )then FTP both of those save files over. BIN, of course. Yes?
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  • Senator46058
    The files in the ifs have save *no. I have not found anywhere to change this value.
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  • Senator46058
    Found that the change attribute command can change the save yes/no attribute in the ifs. Doing that then going with the save process and ftp. Of course 'bin'. thanks
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  • Pmaddox
    I have used drag&drop via iNavigator in the past but I think there is a limit of 2Gb before i5/OS V6R1 I now use mapped drives via Windows Explorer drag& drop or copy/paste.
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  • Whatis23
    You can setup a folder share on each system whereby you could then use your browser to drag and drop between systems. After you create the folder share, open your browser and enter the system ip address to access the IFS to drag and drop. I do this with PTFs and image catalogs.
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