Live Blog: Upgrading i V5R4 to i 6.1: Break Before Upgrade Verification (Part 3)

This is part three of my live blog on updating an i5/OS V5R4 machine to i 6.1. You can view all the posts for this upgrade by clicking here.

After two hours, the system upgrade piece seems to be almost finished and it brings us to the system console sign-on screen. This seems to be a faster completion than on other upgrades I’ve worked on. But this time, we loaded from an image catalog rather than using DVDs. So maybe that had something to do with it.

It’s 12:30 PM and we are actually ahead of schedule. The next steps are to verify upgrade completion and then move on to PTF application, licensed key application, and object conversion. My partner Scott and I are meeting back at the hosting center and will probably grab some lunch before proceeding. I strongly believe in keeping technical staff well-fed and alert because of two things:

  • Tired, hungry, and crabby people make mistakes, which add to completion time and messes up the system.
  • If I’m going to require someone to work on a Saturday, I should take care of them so they can focus more on the job and less on what a jerk I am

The motto is: if I bring you in, I gotta feed you. So it’s officially a break right now. Check in later.

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