4.3. Creating an IPL tape

If you can't boot (IPL) from the CD-ROM and you are not using VM you need to create an IPL tape first. This is described in section 3.4.3 in the Linux for IBM eServer zSeries and S/390: Distributions Redbook. The files you need to write to the tape are (in this order): kernel.debian, parmfile.debian and initrd.debian. The files can be downloaded from the tape sub-directory, see Section 4.2.1, “Where to Find Installation Images”.