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Create a multiboot (AIX 4.3.3 - AIX 5.1) system in AIX - AIX

Hi Gurus, We develop software on AIX. We have one system (43P 150). The software we support is in transition and we have to support both AIX 4.3.3.0 and AIX 5.1 for some time. I have one large hard disk (73 GB) and two small hard disks (9 GB each). Is it possible to create a multiple boot system? How would I do that? Can i have one part of the 73 GB HD in one boot and the other part in another boot? Thanks a lot in advance! PG...

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    Default Create a multiboot (AIX 4.3.3 - AIX 5.1) system in AIX

    Hi Gurus,

    We develop software on AIX. We have one system (43P 150). The software
    we support is in transition and we have to support both AIX 4.3.3.0
    and AIX 5.1 for some time. I have one large hard disk (73 GB) and two
    small hard disks (9 GB each). Is it possible to create a multiple boot
    system? How would I do that? Can i have one part of the 73 GB HD in
    one boot and the other part in another boot?

    Thanks a lot in advance!

    PG
    PG Guest

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    Default Re: Create a multiboot (AIX 4.3.3 - AIX 5.1) system in AIX

    .... have a look at alt_disk_install
    One of your 9gb-disks with AIX 4.3.3 and the other
    with 5.1 - now you can boot whatever os you want, only by change the
    bootlist

    PG wrote: 


    Friedhelm Guest

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    Default Re: Create a multiboot (AIX 4.3.3 - AIX 5.1) system in AIX

    In article <google.com>,
    PG <com> wrote: 

    Yes, I've got a 43p-150 here that multiboots. From the SMS menu, I
    selected "Multiboot Startup ON", and at boot time I use "Select
    Software" which provides a list of available versions. I have
    firmware version TCP02289, I don't know if that makes a difference.

    My recollection is a little hazy as I only did this once, but from
    memory, I just installed each version separately, specifing different
    disks for the rootvg each time.

    The SMS multiboot option reads the possible boot devices out of the
    Open Firmware env settings. I ended up with entries the following
    entries:

    ok
    0 > printenv
    [snip]
    bootinfo-aix52 /pci80000000/scsi10/sd1:3
    bootinfo-aix /pci80000000/scsi10/sd2:3
    bootinfo-aix51 /pci80000000/scsi10/sd0:3
    bootinfo-aix43 /pci80000000/scsi10/sd2:3

    (The "bootinfo-aix" one is set by the OS installation, I had to set the
    others myself at the ok prompt, although it's possible that was due to
    an error on my part. Like I said, I only did this once.)
     

    Not sure, I would guess not. You might be able to have the disk in a VG
    of its own that's visible in both?

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