From the “Things I never thought I’d be doing” category, I spent the weekend upgrading main iSeries (System I, AS/400, Whatever IBM is calling it this year) system at Palliser to a new operating system release – V5R4. This is necessary not only to stay current but also we will be upgrading the hardware to a new system before the end of the year.

On the bright side, everything went fantastic! I made it through today without a single problem, question or complaint about the new operating system. Sometimes it’s nice when people notice your work, other times it’s pretty bad when too many people notice your work because something isn’t working!

Proper planning was really the key to this upgrade. It still was quite complicated but reading through the installation guide (248 pages!!) and preparing the system ahead of time made for a smooth install. In fact, the install was prepared for well enough that I was able to do everything from home. Given the choice of doing the upgrade from home in a comfortable environment or doing the upgrade at work, in the very cold server room, swapping almost 30 cd’s in and out of the system, being tired and bored…I’ll take the home option any time.

The only problem related to the upgrade right now seems to be my lack of sleep. I’ll catch up on sleep soon enough. Hopefully when the whole system upgrade is complete, I’ll treat myself to a little well-deserved time off.

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