Migration is one of the most difficult tasks during a system upgrade. Quickload
provides the Installation tool that registers systems information and the
Discovery Browser that easily searches through this information. The
process of migrating the old system into the new system is now
simplified by having Quickload present the differences.
Additionally, a unique set of utilities are continually being enhanced to guide you
through the labor intensive tasks involved in the migration. The
Migration Utility will initiate different processes that provide the
user options for a typical or a custom migration. The process will
provide user prompting and will dramatically facilitate the speed of
the migration process. Once this process is complete the Discovery Browser can then display the
new system to ensure the accuracy of the migration.
Some specific functions of the Migration Utility include:
The OS/Installer component of Quickload will create your new release of the operating system.
In that process, a basic new Master Catalog will be created.
As part of the post-installation tasks,
the Migration Utility will then “discover” the old catalog, including all aliases, and replicate
the complete master catalog to the new system. Prior to the merge, a Catalog Merge Report is
prepared and presented for review and confirmation. Only upon confirmation will the merge begin.
In addition, a Backout Catalog Merge function is provided to allow the user to back out changes
that were made.
This function will therefore eliminate the manual tedious and time-consuming
process, and will facilitate an accurate duplication of the original master catalog.
Another of the post-installation steps involves research of non-IBM products as well as IBM
products that are not part of the normal system install, e.g., Websphere. One must determine the
proper product release levels that are compatible with the new version of the operating system.
The process involves telephone calls to each vendor and/or researching the vendor’s web site.
Frequently, a consulting organization is commissioned to perform this task and will typically
charge 40 hours of their time for the service.
The Quickload Migration Utility now provides
this information to you in our ISV Database. The information is centralized, concise and readily
available, and provides a convenient and time/cost-saving service.
It is frequently necessary to create a copy of an existing system, whether for another LPAR or
for an additional system that will be used on the same LPAR. Sometimes this system will be
utilized as is, while other times it will be used as a foundation upon which an alternate system
will be built.
Quickload’s Migration Utility provides a Cloning Facility to perform this
function. It will present the user with 10 system variables to be defined, e.g., LPAR number,
TCP/IP address, UCB addresses, PAGE dataset volume, LAN type, etc., and will create a duplicate
system based on these parameters.
Although it is recommended that a site use the IBM default naming standards, the Migration
Utility provides the ability to modify these names.
The Migration Utility will present a list
of high-level qualifiers that are used as defaults and will provide you the flexibility to change
these for your particular environment.