TIPS: FLRT reports now include security and HIPER data

You’ve asked for it, and IBM delivered!

FLRT continues to provide update and upgrade recommendations based on your input level, usually your current level, for Power firmware, HMC, AIX, VIOS and many more products.

Now, in addition to the recommendations, you’ll see any security or HIPER fixes that have been released ‘on top’ of those levels, including your input level.

This provides you with options. First, you will be able to see what issues reside on each level. Based on this data, and the end of service dates, you can make decisions about updating or upgrading or staying on your current level.

Here’s an example of an AIX report:


Notice that the information is provided for each APAR or security advisory, with direct links. Or, you can see the information in the easy to use Security APARs or HIPER APARs tables. These tables also list the service packs that the fixes will be released in, so you can plan accordingly.

The report also provides abstract information if you hover over the APAR or CVE number with your cursor.  This allows you to get a quick view before having to click on the link.  Very useful!

Here’s a quick example of a report you can try this with:

Here’s an example for a VIOS partition:


I hope you enjoy this new function and please let us know what you think with our feedback button or take our FLRT survey to let us know what other options you would like to see added to FLRT.


Julie Craft

FLRT architect

Austin, TX

ALERT: AIX v6.1 TL8 SP1 missing requisite fileset – devices.pciex.151438c1.rte.

This alert comes from my mentor, fix central will fix it sooner or later…

I personally just encountered a packaging error in the AIX v6.1 TL8 SP1 package on Fix Central web site. This was just released last week.

oslevel -s will NOT return 6100-08-01-12xx after completing update_all with no errors

oslevel -rl 6100-08 returns:

/ #===> oslevel -rl 6100-08
Fileset Actual Level Recommended ML

oslevel -s returns:


Since the missing fileset update is actually part of TL7, you have to open a PMR to have them extract and send you the missing fileset update, or download the entire ML7 package just to extract the single missing fileset update.

TIP: Update_All in AIX v5.3 v6.1 v7.1



What is the recommended process for upgrading to a new Technology Level or Service Pack in AIX ?


— Updating to a New Technology Level or Service Pack —
Update_All in 5.3, 6.1, and AIX 7
This document describes the recommended preparation and process when considering updating your system to a new technology level or adding a service pack to an existing technology level. In all we will review some key words and terminology, run through recommended pre-checks, discuss the update_all process using both SMIT and command line, and finally post-checks & FAQ.

Updating AIX v5.3 v6.1 v7.1 to a new Technology Level or Service Pack.pdf