I am a big fan of the movie Inception. The idea of a dream-within-a-dream-within-a-dream is a unique and mind-blowing idea. How is this relevant, you may ask? Well, IBM Integrated Virtualization Manager allows users to effectively install multiple server instances on a single hardware blade as long as there are sufficient resources available. Think of it as servers-within-a-server and you can see how the two relate. This concept provides IBM customers the ability to maximize the functionality and performance of their assets, saving customer's time and money.
This tutorial explains the steps to set up a virtual server within the Integrated Virtualization Manager and install AIX onto the virtual server. It does not document the installation process for the Integrated Virtualization Manager, but you can refer to that step in the information center.
An example server is set up within this tutorial for reference. Screen captures are used wherever applicable. At the end, you should have a working virtual server with AIX 7.1 installed within your IBM IVM. This process can then be repeated for each virtual server that you want to set up.
For this tutorial, the example server is called example_server with the domain name example_server.mul.ie.ibm.com. We will be working with a hardware server with a resource pool of 16 dedicated processors, 64 GB RAM, and 10 TB of hard drive space. From this pool, we will create a virtual server with seven dedicated processors and 30 GB RAM, with a modest 80 GB hard drive space.