Improving Time for Initializing BRMS with Product Initialization During System Upgrades

Reduce the time of a BRMS initialization after an upgrade to a newer release

This article contains some options for reducing the time required for BRMS to run the INZBRM OPTION(*RUNPRDINZ) when upgrading a system from a lower release number to a higher release number.

Option 1 – Unload/Reload 

NOTE: Only perform this on the 1st system and then use options 2 or 3 (below) for the others.

BRMS LPP Pre-Upgrade Steps (1st system)

On V5R4 right before the upgrade, need a good level of QUSRBRM saved to tape.

Steps 1-3 will help with any locks on BRMS objects and will make the DLTLIB easier.

  1. ENDSBS SBS(Q1ABRMNET) OPTION(*IMMED)

  2. ENDJRNPF FILE(*ALL) JRN(QUSRBRM/QJ1AJRN2)

  3. ENDJRNPF FILE(*ALL) JRN(QUSRBRM/QJ1ACM)

  4. SAVLIBBRM of QUSRBRM (CPC3701 completion message, all saved)

    • Can be to tape/optical/savefile, etc.

  5. STRRCYBRM *REPORT (Find where QUSRBRM is on tape)

  6. IMPORTANT:

    DLTLIB QUSRBRM 

    • Ignore any CPA7025 – Receiver QJRxxxxxxxxx/QJ1xxxxx in QUSRBRM never fully saved messages on DLTLIB

    • Need to delete QUSRBRM so the V6R1/IBM i 7.1 BRMS install code doesn’t run with it.

Normal LPP V6R1/IBM i 7.1 Upgrade

(An install of BRMS will occur with an “empty” QUSRBRM created.)

To perform a BRMS LPP V6R1/IBM i 7.1 or above Upgrade – Fast Install:

  1. Load/Apply BRMS PTF SI41205 (V6R1)/SI41206 (IBM I 7.1) or superseding PTF Fast install code

  2. SIGN OFF and SIGN ON (Clean up any loose ends)

    • Steps 3-5 help with DLTLIB (step 6)

  3. ENDSBS SBS(Q1ABRMNET) OPTION(*IMMED)

  4. ENDJRNPF FILE(*ALL) JRN(QUSRBRM/QJ1AJRN2)

  5. ENDJRNPF FILE(*ALL) JRN(QUSRBRM/QJ1ACM)

  6. DLTLIB QUSRBRM

  7. RSTLIB SAVLIB(QUSRBRM) DEV(XXXXX) VOL(XXXXX) SEQNBR(X)

    • From SAVLIBBRM on Step 4 on the Pre-Upgrade fill in the XXX parms

  8. CRTDTAARA DTAARA(QUSRBRM/Q1ANEWINST) TYPE(*CHAR) 

  9. CRTDTAARA DTAARA(QUSRBRM/Q1APRDINZ) TYPE(*CHAR)

  10. INZBRM *RUNPRDINZ

    • BRM40A4 – BRMS product initialization successful completion message

    • BRMS READY!

NOTE: This enhancement is in base code of 7.2 and above and the above is longer required

Option 2 - DSLO (Recommended) 

(Once you have a system at V6R1 or IBM 7.1 or above.)

  1. CRTDTAARA DTAARA(QUSRBRM/Q1ANEWINST) TYPE(*CHAR) 

  2. Load on BRMS PTF SI41205 (V6R1)/SI41206 (IBM I 7.1) or superseding PTF

  3. GO LICPGM option 40 - Create distribution media and create one including BRMS

  4. CRTDTAARA DTAARA(QUSRBRM/Q1ANEWINST) TYPE(*CHAR) on system being upgraded

  5. Normal upgrade using the DSLO media.

NOTE: This enhancement is in base code of 7.2 and above and the above is longer required

Option 3 – SAVLICPGM BR1 (Recommended) 

(Once you have a system at V6R1/IBM i 7.1.)

  1. CRTDTAARA DTAARA(QUSRBRM/Q1ANEWINST) TYPE(*CHAR) 

  2. Load on BRMS PTF SI41205 (V6R1)/SI41206 (IBM I 7.1) or later

  3. SAVLICPGM of 5761BR1/5770BR1

  4. Normal upgrade except insert media with saved BR1 in front of the media that contains the shipped BR1 product.

NOTE: This enhancement is in base code of 7.2 and above and the above is longer required

IMPORTANT: It is recommended that the following database PTFs or their superseding PTFs are loaded:

  • 7.1 SI44153

  • 6.1 SI44152