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On NIM master clients should be defined as NIM objects (machines). The types of a NIM client can be:
    -standalone: it is not dependent on any NIM resources for functioning (this is used mostly).
    -diskless, dataless: these needs certain resouces (I have never seen clients with this type)

Settings/attributes of a NIM client can be cheked on NIM master: lsnim -l <client>

# lsnim -l aix31
   class          = machines
   type           = standalone
   comments       = autosysb:
   connect        = shell
   platform       = chrp
   netboot_kernel = mp
   if1            = VLAN448_Admin_10_200_30_0 aix31 0 ent1


Creating a NIM client:

1. checking communication between master and client:
    from master: rsh aix222 date (if problem update on client .rhosts, or firewall port opening, or with nimsh)
    from client: telnet aixnim1 1058

    (if nimsh used port 3901 is needed)

2. create nim client: smitty nim -> nim admin...
after giving hostname (aix222):

* NIM Machine Name                                   [aix222]         <--any name what nim will use
* Machine Type                                       [standalone]                                                                 
* Hardware Platform Type                             [chrp]                                                                        
  Kernel to use for Network Boot                     [mp]                                                                             
  Communication Protocol used by client              [shell]          <--we choose shell (it is rsh) (for nimsh other ports are needed)
  Primary Network Install Interface
*   Cable Type                                        tp              <--twisted pair (we choosed it) (bn is coaxial cable (we don't use it)
    Network Speed Setting                            [100]            <--checked interfaces speed: netstat -v     
    Network Duplex Setting                           [full]           <--same as above
*   NIM Network                                      [ent-Network1]
*     Network Type                                    ent
*     Ethernet Type                                   Standard
*     Subnetmask                                     []   <--set subnetmask
*     Default Gateway Used by Machine                []     <--set client default gateway
*     Default Gateway Used by Master                 []
*   Host Name                                         aix222

(If you created earlier a network for this new client (what is recommended), network settingswill be filled automatically.)

create a client with command: nim -o define -t standalone -a if1="net_10_1_1 lpar55 0 ent0" LPAR55

        -net_10_1_1        the name of the NIM network to which this interface connects
        -lpar55            hostname associated with the interface
        -0                 MAC address of the interface (if MAC address will not be set 0 can be used)
        -ent0              logical device name of the network adapter
        -LPAR55            the name of the resource to create (host will be referred via this name in NIM commands)

3. after that, create /etc/niminfo file

on client: niminit -a master=aixnim01 -a name=aix222


NIM commands from a client:

niminit -a master=aixnim01 -a name=aix222 -a master_port=1058  rebuild /etc/niminfo form master (aixnim01) to client (aix22) using given port
nimclient -l -l <client>            you can retrieve data from nim master about the client (same as on master: lsnim -l <client>)
nimclient -l -L -t spot <client>    list availablre SPOT resources on the nim master
nimclient -l -p -s pull_ops         list the operations which may be initiated from this machine, enter:


Running commands from NIM master on a client via nimsh

If you cannot reach a client (console/ssh/telnet does not work on a nim client), you can use nimsh to run commands on LPARs. (nimsh (port 3901) should be able to communicate to the client)

1. vi nim_script.ksh                        <--on the nim master create a file (script) with commands you would like to run on a nim client

   oslevel -s
   ps -ef

2. nim -o define -t script -a server=master -a location=/root/nim_script.ksh nim_script    <--create a nim resource from that script

3. /usr/lpp/bos.sysmgt/nim/methods/m_cust -a script=nim_script lpar11             <--running this script (nim_script) on nim client (lpar11)
                                                                                  (it takes few seconds to show the output of those commands)


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