Nice Power i 6.1 upgrade planning checklist by Steve Pitcher

My shop performed three Power i 6.1 upgrades last year, and we’re starting the planning cycle for three more upgrades this year.

In preparation, I found a nice general V6R1¬†upgrade planning checklist by Steve Pitcher posted on Search400. Steve seems to cover most of the bases I know of. It’s a good start and reminder for my renewed planning efforts.

You can read and print the checklist here.

The biggest hassle is performing the object conversion process to insure that all your custom, home-grown, and third-party software will convert correctly to the new system. That can be a hassle if you need to rewrite or upgrade software before the upgrade. For our upgrades, the process was generally divided into two pieces: 1) the custom-written and third-party software upgrades needed to insure your software will work on i 6.1; and 2) the operating system upgrade itself.

Because of the conversions, the upgrade process can be long. During our upcoming upgrades, I’ll occasionally blog about what happens and what we had to do about it.

–Joe

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2 Responses to Nice Power i 6.1 upgrade planning checklist by Steve Pitcher

  1. Hi Joe,

    Thanks for the plug. I’m very happy you think the checklist I put together was worth mentioning! Your blog is very informative, so please keep it up.

    Cheers,

    Steve

    • Joe Hertvik says:

      Thanks Steve, do you know of any checklists for a Power 5.4 to i 7.1 upgrade or a 6.1 to 7.1 upgrade out there?

      We briefly considered taking our machines from 5.4 to 7.1 but don’t have much information about it.

      One of the shops feels that we already know our way to 6.1 and if IBM cancels 6.1 support soon, the move from 6.1 to 7.1 is a lot easier to pull off than going from 5.4 to 6.1. And we can do the 7.1 upgrade when it’s required.

      Still would like to post links to a 7.1 upgrade, if I can find one.

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