Yes we have a test box to try it out on but aren’t being given the time or manpower necessary to become comfortable with installing the AIX service patch in PROD.
Our security department has mandated a sweep of all AIX boxes without allowing for any testing manpower or time.
We did install AIX 5.3 TL8 SP8 recently on our test box with no noticeable issues thus far but it will soon be installed into PROD.
In some ways that is a loose test but not enough for us to get as comfortable as we like.
Since we are just upping the patch level probably not high risky but when I called HealthVision support I was told they only verify the base OS level (AIX 5.3 in this case) and not patch levels.
That is when my coworker (Jim Kosloskey) advised we post on clovertech to try and increase our comfort level beyond just having it run in our TEST envorinment for a few weeks to see if anythaing falls out.
It would be added comfort to here that others have been running AIX5.3 TL8 SP8 for a while in PROD without problems.