Creating an AIX VM in Skytap from a mksysb image

This article describes how to use the AIX NIM Master with SPOTs template to create a Skytap AIX VM from a mksysb image. You can use a mksysb image that you created from another Skytap AIX VM or from an on-premises AIX LPAR that you imaged and then uploaded to Skytap.

To create a mksysb image from a Skytap AIX VM, see Creating a mksysb from an AIX VM in Skytap Cloud.

Step 1 – Create an environment from a NIM master template

The mksysb restore process requires a Skytap environment that includes the AIX NIM Master with SPOTs VM.

To create an environment from the Skytap AIX NIM Master with SPOTs template. See Creating an environment from a template.

Choose the template in the same region where you intend to import.

Step 2 – Restore the mksysb image in Skytap

Start the environment that contains the AIX NIM Master with SPOTs template.

On the Skytap AIX NIM Master with SPOTs VM:

  1. Make sure that /etc/hosts on both the NIM master and the client include the IP address and fully qualified domain name for both the NIM master and the client.

    For example:

     10.0.0.1     nimmaster.example.com
     10.0.0.2     {myhostname}.example.com

    For instructions about viewing the VM hostname and IP address, see Editing a VM hostname or primary IP address.

  2. From the command line, type smit nim.
  3. Select Perform NIM Software Installation and Maintenance Tasks > Install and Update Software > Install the Base Operating System on Standalone Clients.
  4. Select mksysb - Install from a mksysb.
  5. Select the mksysb and SPOT for the LPAR that you want to import.
  6. Accept the default values.
  7. Exit SMIT, and then type lsnim -l [client name] to check the status of the restore process.