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HP-UX Guests


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The following sections contain release notes specific to installing HP-UX guests.

Installing the Guest Management Software

The guest management software is required on each guest. The guest management software ensures that guests have the required patches for optimum performance and manageability. It enables the hpvmcollect and hpvminfo commands on the guest.

The guest management software is stored on the VM Host system in the /opt/hpvm/guest-images directory. A subdirectory contains the guest management software for each type of guest operating system, as shown in the following example:

# cd /opt/hpvm/guest-images # ls common hpux linux windows

To install guest management software on an HP-UX guest, select the appropriate version of HP-UX:

  • 11iv2 indicates HP-UX 11.23.

    For HP-UX 11i v2 guests, the guest depot file:


  • 11iv3 indicates HP-UX 11.31.

    For HP-UX 11i v3 guests, the guest depot file is:


Before installing the guest kit (bundle HPVM-Guest), preview the install task allowing the installation analysis. This provides the opportunity to identify and address any warnings that might result from this preview before proceeding with the installation. For example, the analysis phase includes checks for installation of the appropriate AVIO drivers on the guest. To preview the installation, use the -p option of swinstall as shown in the following example:

swinstall -p -x autoreboot=true -s path to hpvm_guest_depot.11iv#.sd HPVM-Guest vmProvider

You might see the following warning on an Integrity VM guest installed on an HP-UX 11i v2 prior to December 2007:

WARNING: Recommended bundle GUESTAVIOLAN not installed on guest. WARNING: Recommended bundle GUESTAVIOSTOR not installed on guest. WARNING: The "checkinstall" script for "vmTools.VMTOOLS-RUN" had a warning (exit code "2"0. The script location was "/var/tmp/BAAa05960/catalog/vmTools/VMTOOLS-RUN/chekinstall". * This script had warnings but the execution of this fileset will still proceed. Check the above output from the script for further details.

HP-UX 11i v3 Guests Might Fail to Configure Interface Cards Due to Lack of Memory Resources

HP-UX 11i v3 guests with small memory resources (less or equal to 2 GB RAM) might fail to configure one or more virtual interface cards. Messages like the following might be seen on the guest console:

wsio_claim init failed isc=0xe000000109c41400 name=mpt or igssn: The device at hardware path 0/0/1/0 failed initialization (3309).

The problem might occur during installation, in which case it results in some devices not being seen by the guest.

The error messages displayed in the case of guest system installation are as follows:

* Preparing to execute init... ======= 05/02/08 08:07:57 EDT HP-UX Installation Initialization. (Fri May 02 08:07:56 EDT 2008) @(#)Ignite-UX Revision C.7.0.212 @(#)ignite/launch (opt) $Revision: 10.590.1.2 $ $Date: 2006/12/18 20:51:11 $ * Configuring RAM filesystems... * Scanning system for IO devices... WARNING: Could not find Q_BOOT device. Cannot determine what the boot device was. ERROR: Could not get io-device data (ioscan) WARNING: Could not find source device in ioscan output. You must select from the list of devices below to use for the source device: index HW-path Class description 0) 120 processor Processor 1) 121 processor Processor 2) 122 processor Processor 3) 123 processor Processor 4) 124 processor Processor 5) 125 processor Processor 6) 126 processor Processor 7) 127 processor Processor 8) 0/0/0/0 ext_bus SCSI_Ultra320 9) 0/0/0/0.0x0.0x0 disk HP_Virtual_LvDisk 10) 0/0/0/0.0x2.0x0 disk HP_Virtual_FileDVD 11) 0/0/0/0.0x1.0x0 disk HP_Virtual_FileDVD

To resolve this problem, temporarily increase memory assigned to the guest to more than 2 GB (for example 2.5 GB). Then reduce memory back to the intended size after you reboot the guest.

Patches for HP-UX 11i v3 Guests

Customers running HP-UX 11i v3 guests should install the following patches (or their superseding patches) in each guest running HP-UX 11i v3 :

  • PHKL_36261

  • PHKL_36242

These patches prevent performance problems in environments where applications spawn large numbers of short-lived processes (such as development environments). To obtain these patches, contact your support specialist or HP representative.

Do Not Run Live Kernel Debuggers Inside a Guest

Do not run tools that write kernel text, such as live kernel debuggers and performance tools such as kgmon and ktracer inside a guest. Under rare circumstances, these tools cause the guest to panic.

Do Not Use the iomap(7) Mechanism on HP-UX Guests

The iomap(7) mechanism allows you to map physical I/O addresses into the user process address space. Do not use this command on HP-UX guests.

iCAP Commands Fail on HP-UX Guests

iCAP is installed as part of the HP-UX OS installation. Install-time configuration of iCAP reports failure with messages similar to the following:

NOTE: Checking for partitionable system. ERROR: Software configuration has failed. After addressing the issues in the following output, configure this software with 'swconfig B9073BA'. ERROR: Command not allowed to run on a Virtual Machine Guest. ERROR: The "configure" script for "iCOD.ICOD-RUN" failed (exit code "1"). The script location was "/var/adm/sw/products/iCOD/ICOD-RUN/configure". * This script had errors and the execution of this fileset cannot proceed until the problem is fixed. Check the above output from the script for further details. * Running config clean command /usr/lbin/sw/config_clean. * Summary of Execution Phase: ERROR: Installed iCOD.ICOD-RUN,l=/,r=B. ERROR: 1 of 882 filesets had Errors. * 881 of 882 filesets had no Errors or Warnings. ERROR: The Execution Phase had errors. See the above output for details.

These startup messages in /etc/rc.log can be disregarded.

iCAP commands cannot be used on virtual machines. iCAP commands are designed to work on the VM Host system.

This problem is resolved in guests running HP-UX 11i v2 0706 and later.

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