AIX System Administration Part1

3 days


Delegates will leave this course with the self-sufficiency and confidence to manage and provide first line support of an AIX based system. Additionally, this course will provide a firm base on which more advanced system administration techniques can be based.

The course is highly interactive and consists of theory with plenty of hands on practical content. A dedicated server will be used so that the more complex commands and administration utilities can be practised in the security of a classroom environment.


This course is for experienced support staff or users who have some hands on experience with a UNIX based system, or who have supported another type of system and have attended suitable pre-training.

The course is suitable for all recent versions of AIX up to version 7.x

Skills Gained

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Delegates should have a basic understanding of UNIX, ideally gained by attending our UNIX & Linux Essentials course or an equivalent.

Some practical experience with UNIX in the workplace prior to attending is also highly recommended.

Knowledge of a standard UNIX editor (e.g., vi) is required.

Course Outline

  • Introduction and Review
  • Review of the history of AIX
  • AIX Documentation
  • Browsable Manual Pages
  • AIX Information Center
  • AIX Message Center
  • Hardware Documentation
  • Administration Interface
  • SMIT Screen Types
  • SMIT and CDE
  • Web Based System Manager (WebSM)
  • System Director Console
  • Starting and Stopping the System
  • Operator Panel (older & newer systems)
  • Power On Switch
  • Key Mode (Physical) Switch - (older systems)
  • Three Digit (LED) Display - (older systems)
  • LCD Display (16*2-rows-characters) - PCI Systems
  • Problem Determination
  • Normal IPL
  • System Management Services
  • Normal IPL And init
  • Run Levels
  • The /etc/inittab File
  • Multi-User State
  • The /etc/rc File
  • Commands associated with /etc/inittab
  • System Shutdown
  • The Sync Command
  • The Shutdown Command
  • System Configuration
  • Setting the Timezone
  • Setting the System Time & date
  • Changing the System Name
  • Viewing System ID Information
  • Establishing Basic Network Settings
  • User Registration
  • User Login Account
  • Adding a User
  • The /etc/passwd file
  • The /etc/group file
  • mkuser Command
  • Sample /etc/security/user File
  • Sample /etc/security/login.cfg File
  • Sample /etc/security/passwd File
  • Change User Characteristics
  • Removing a User From the System
  • rmuser Command
  • The User Environment
  • Communicating with Users
  • News Items
  • SMIT/WebSM and User Management
  • Disk Management
  • Logical Volume Manager (LVM)
  • Physical Volume
  • Listing Physical Volumes
  • Volume Group (VG) and Types of Volume Group
  • Listing Volume Groups
  • Logical Volume
  • Listing Logical Volumes
  • Make Logical Volume
  • Extend a Logical Volume
  • Mirror a Logical Volume
  • SMIT and Logical Volume Manager
  • File System
  • Journaled File System -The jfs and jfs2 Filesystem
  • File System Components
  • File Allocation
  • File System Creation
  • Sample /etc/filesystems File
  • Change File System Characteristics
  • Listing a File System
  • Mount the Filesystem
  • Unmount the Filesystem
  • Removing the File System
  • File System creation using SMIT
  • Special Files
  • FIFO Special Files
  • Block Device Files
  • Character Device Files
  • Disk Usage Commands
  • File System Check (fsck)
  • File System Identification
  • Standard File Tree
  • Paging Space Recommendations
  • Monitoring Disk Usage
  • Devices
  • Object Data Manager
  • Device Dependencies
  • Device States
  • Device Location Codes
  • Device File Creation
  • List Devices
  • Change Device Characteristics
  • Remove Devices
  • Adding a Device Using SMIT/WebSM
  • Printer Administration
  • Print Queues
  • Queue Set-up
  • The /etc/qconfig File
  • Make Queue
  • Make Queue Device
  • Virtual Printers
  • Using Enq Command For Queue Management
  • Using Enq Command For Requests
  • Printer Related Commands
  • Line Printer Status
  • Printing Files
  • Cancel Print Request
  • Enable Printer
  • Disable Printer
  • Printer Management Using SMIT/WebSM
  • The SystemV Print Subsystem
  • Processes and Task Scheduling
  • Processes
  • Report Process Status
  • Allocating Priority
  • Changing Priority
  • Kill a Process
  • The Nohup Command
  • Scheduling Tasks
  • Files and Directories used by Cron
  • The Crontab Command
  • Format of the Crontab File
  • The at Command
  • The batch Command
  • Basic Performance Monitoring
  • The Dimensions of System Performance
  • Virtual Memory
  • Paging
  • Adding Paging Space
  • Monitoring memory Usage
  • CPU Usage
  • I/O Usage
  • Archiving and Securing the System
  • Backups
  • Pathname Considerations
  • CPIO
  • Tar Command
  • Backup Command
  • Restore Command
  • SMIT and System Storage Management
  • The savevg and restvg Commands
  • Backup a Volume Group
  • Restore a Volume Group
  • Back Up the System - mksysb
  • Restore the System from a mksysb
  • Software Installation and Emergency Recovery
  • General Overview
  • Preparing for Installation
  • Software Installation
  • AIX Packaging
  • Software Product Identification
  • Methods of Installation
  • Accessing a System That will Not Boot from Hard disk
  • System recovery using mksys tape
  • Installation Concepts
  • Software Maintenance (PTFs, APARs, etc.)

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