logo

IBM Systems Power Systems AIX Course

course overview

Click to View dates & book now

Overview

This course provides advanced AIX system administrator skills with a focus on availability and problem determination. It provides detailed knowledge of the ODM database where AIX maintains so much configuration information. It shows how to monitor for and deal with AIX problems. There is special focus on dealing with Logical Volume Manager problems, including procedures for replacing disks. Several techniques for minimizing the system maintenance window are covered. While the course includes some AIX 7.2 enhancements, most of the material is applicable to prior releases of AIX.

Audience

This is an advanced course for AIX system administrators, system support, and contract support individuals with at least six months of experience in AIX.

Skills Gained

  • Perform system problem determination and reporting procedures that include analyzing error logs, creating memory dumps of the system, and providing needed data to the AIX Support personnel
  • Examine and manipulate Object Data Manager databases
  • Identify and resolve conflicts between the Logical Volume Manager (LVM) disk structures and the Object Data Manager (ODM)
  • Complete a basic configuration of Network Installation Manager to provide network boot support for either system installation or booting to maintenance mode
  • Identify various types of boot and disk failures and perform the matching recovery procedures
  • Implement advanced methods such as alternate disk installation, multibos, and JFS2 snapshots to use a smaller maintenance window

Prerequisites

You should have basic AIX System Administration skills. These skills include:

  • Use of the Hardware Management Console (HMC) to activate a logical partition to run AIX and to access the AIX system console
  • Install an AIX operating system from an already configured NIM server
  • Implementation of AIX backup and recovery
  • Manage additional software and base operating system updates
  • Familiarity with management tools such as SMIT
  • Understand how to manage file systems, logical volumes, and volume groups
  • Mastery of the UNIX user interface, which include use of the vi editor, command execution, input and output redirection, and the use of utilities such as grep

These skills can be developed through experience or by formal training. The recommended training course to obtain these prerequisite skills is:

  • Power Systems for AIX II: AIX Implementation and Administration (AN12G) and prerequisites

If the student has AIX system administration skills, but is not familiar with the LPAR environment, those skills can be obtained by attending the following course:

  • Power Systems for AIX I: LPAR Configuration and Planning (AN11G)

Outline

Day 1

  • Welcome
  • Unit 1: Advanced AIX administration overview
  • Exercise 1: Problem diagnostic information
  • Unit 2: The Object Data Manager
  • Exercise 2: The Object Data Manager
  • (optional) Exercise 2: Object Data Manager, Part 3
  • Unit 3: Error monitoring

Day 2

  • Exercise 3: Error monitoring
  • Unit 4: Network Installation Manager basics
  • Exercise 4: Basic Network Installation Manager configuration
  • Unit 5: System initialization: Accessing a boot image
  • Exercise 5: System initialization: Accessing a boot image

Day 3

  • Unit 6: System initialization: rc.boot and inittab
  • Exercise 6: System initialization: rc.boot and inittab
  • Unit 7: LVM metadata and related problems
  • Exercise 7: LVM metadata and related problems
  • (optional) Exercise 7: LVM metadata and related problems, Part 6
  • Unit 8: Disk management procedures, Topic 1
  • Exercise 8: Disk management procedures, Part 1

Day 4

  • Unit 8: Disk management procedures, Topic 2
  • Exercise 8: Disk management procedures, Parts 2 and 3
  • Unit 9: Install and cloning techniques, Topic 1
  • Exercise 9: Install and cloning techniques, Part 1
  • Unit 9: Install and cloning techniques, Topic 2
  • Exercise 9: Install and cloning techniques, Part 2
  • Unit 10: Advanced backup techniques, Topic 1
  • Exercise 10: Advanced backup techniques, Part 1
  • (Optional) Exercise 10: Advanced backup techniques, Part 2
  • Unit 10: Advanced backup techniques, Topic 2
  • Exercise 10: Advanced backup techniques, Parts 3 and 4

Day 5

  • Unit 10: Advanced backup techniques, Topic 3
  • Unit 11: Diagnostics
  • Exercise 11: Diagnostics
  • Unit 12: The AIX system dump facility
  • Exercise 12: The AIX system dump facility
  • Wrap up / Evaluations

Talk to an expert

Thinking about Onsite?

If you need training for 3 or more people, you should ask us about onsite training. Putting aside the obvious location benefit, content can be customised to better meet your business objectives and more can be covered than in a public classroom. Its a cost effective option. One on one training can be delivered too, at reasonable rates.

Submit an enquiry from any page on this site and let us know you are interested in the requirements box, or simply mention it when we contact you.

All $ prices are in USD unless it’s a NZ or AU date

SPVC = Self Paced Virtual Class

LVC = Live Virtual Class

Please Note: All courses are availaible as Live Virtual Classes

Trusted by over 1/2 million students in 15 countries

Our clients have included prestigious national organisations such as Oxford University Press, multi-national private corporations such as JP Morgan and HSBC, as well as public sector institutions such as the Department of Defence and the Department of Health.