POWER8 and AIX Enhancements

Duration: 
2 days
Codes: 
AIX,AN101G,POWER8
Versions: 
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Overview

This 2.5 day workshop course is designed to provide continuing education for system administrators who have extensive experience with previous levels of POWER hardware, PowerVM, and AIX. It covers various enhancements to POWER hardware and firmware, VIOS, PowerVC, PowerKVM, and to the AIX operating system. It starts with an overview of POWER8 architecture, features, and POWER8 family. It then proceeds with discussions on various software and firmware enhancements (including PowerVC 1.2.2, VIOS 2.2.3.4 and AIX 7.1 TL3). These enhancements include eight thread SMT, simplified SEA configuration, SR-IOV support, VIOS support for E870 and E880 and other enhancements. This is accomplished by discussing the enhancements in each of these followed by hands-on labs, which provide additional exposure to the new environment.

For a lecture-only course that includes current POWER8 and AIX7 enhancements, attend POWER8 and AIX Enhancements (AN101) . There can be significant overlap in discussion content between AN101 and POWER8 Systems and AIX Differences Workshop (AN102) , depending upon where these courses are in their update cycles; read the course descriptions carefully. To learn only the very latest enhancements, attendance at IBM Technical conferences or symposiums is recommended.

Audience

This course is intended for anyone responsible for purchasing, managing, and planning an IBM POWER7 server running PowerVM 2.2 or later and the AIX 7.1 or greater operating system.

The audience for this training include the following:

  • AIX technical support individuals
  • System administrators
  • Systems engineers
  • System architects

Skills Gained

  • Discuss the POWER7 hardware
  • Discuss and manage virtual Fibre Channel port status
  • Discuss and configure Active Memory Deduplication
  • Discuss and configure Active Memory Expansion
  • Discuss and manage four thread simultaneous multithreading
  • Discuss and use enhanced abilities of the AIX 7 performance monitoring commands
  • Discuss and manage the enhanced capabilities in AIX 7 security (including enhanced password requirements and Domain RBAC)
  • Discuss and manage the exporting of storage devices to a workload partition
  • Discuss and use AIX 7 implementation and management enhancements, including AIX Runtime Expert and the ability to run AIX52 versioned WPARs
  • Explain AIX 7 storage and networking enhancements
  • Explain AIX 7 enhancements in the areas of reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS)

Prerequisites

You must have basic AIX, LPAR, and PowerVM system administration experience. The AIX prerequisite can be met by attending one of the following classes or you can have equivalent AIX skills:

  • Power Systems for AIX II: AIX Implementation and Administration (AN12G)
  • AIX Jumpstart for UNIX Professionals (AN14G)

The LPAR and PowerVM prerequisite can be met by attending the following class or you can have equivalent LPAR skills.

  • Power Systems for AIX - Virtualization I: Implementing Virtualization (AN30G)

Course Outline

Day 1

  • Welcome
  • Unit 1: What's new in POWER hardware
  • Exercise 1: POWER7 hardware
  • Unit 2: PowerVM enhancements
  • Exercise 2: PowerVM enhancements
  • Unit 3: POWER7: Active Memory Expansion

Day 2

  • Unit 3: Active Memory Expansion (continued)
  • Exercise 3: Active Memory Expansion
  • Unit 4: SMT enhancements
  • Exercise 4: SMT4
  • Unit 5: AIX performance enhancements
  • Exercise 5: Performance tools
  • Unit 6: AIX security enhancements
  • Exercise 6: AIX security enhancements

Day 3

  • Exercise 6: AIX security enhancements (continued)
  • Unit 7: Workload partition enhancements
  • Exercise 7: WPAR enhancements
  • Unit 8: AIX storage and networking enhancements
  • Exercise 8: AIX storage enhancements
  • Unit 9: Miscellaneous AIX enhancements
  • Exercise 9: Miscellaneous AIX enhancements

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Onsite2 1000 £1000 2019-03-17