Look how much you know!
Here I want to highlight three AIX courses on offer, and emphasise the value of keeping up to date with what's happening in AIX and Power Systems. But this post is also to serve as an encouragement to the many people out there who keep the wheels turning and think they only have a basic grasp of AIX. You probably know a lot more than you let on.
There are some excellent AIX training courses and seminars available from time to time. Even if you've been in the game of AIX for years, there'll be something you can learn. In fact, it's quite often that I pick up a fresh approach from someone who has only recently started working on AIX.AIX Networking and knowledge
Apart from the content of the courses, the networking - meeting like-minded AIX enthusiasts - is 3/4 of the fun of attending these things, when the nature or location of the course allows that.
Although IT people are often humble (I have so far managed to escape that accusation), if you take stock you might be surprised at just how much you have learned over the years. For example, here are three AIX courses that are on offer. If you're a regular reader of the many good AIX blogs and articles on offer (see Resources section below for a small selection), a lot of these topics you would have at least heard of, and many (if not most) of them, you'll already have a good understanding of, and perhaps even hands-on experience.
For example, have a look at the course outline for the self-paced Virtual Class on:
AIX System Administration I: Implementation
You can enroll in this class here
.My comments appear in red from this point on. As you read through this, mentally check off how many of these you already have competence in.
Before enrolling in this class, you should be able to:
How many of these topics have you covered simply by reading this and other blogs on AIX? And you thought you were just reading them for the entertainment, didn't you?
in to an AIX system and set a user password
basic AIX commands
files and directories
the vi editor
redirection, pipes, and tees
the utilities find and grep
the command and variable substitution
Set and change
Korn shell variables
simple shell scripts
skills may be acquired by completing:
Basics (AU13G) or
Basics (self-paced virtual class) (AY13G)
the AIX operating system, software bundles, and filesets
system startup and shutdown
and use the system management tools
physical and logical devices
file system management
and manage user and group accounts
and restore system backups
administrative subsystems, including cron to schedule system tasks,
and security to implement customized access of files and directories
basic networking concepts
to System p/AIX system administration
Management Interface Tool (SMIT)
startup and shutdown
Software installation and maintenance
with the Logical Volume Manager (LVM)
with file systems
and user administration
AIX Jumpstart - Introduction to AIX on Power SystemsThe AIX jumpstart course - which is being presented as a free one-day seminar in Sydney (airfare and accommodation not included), also covers a lot of the same areas.
Once again, see how many of these areas you are competent in:
AIX and IBM Power Systems
Virtualisation, and Multiple Shared Processor Pools
Data Managed by
the Object Data Manager (ODM)
Installation and Maintenance
Installation Manager (NIM) Overview
Configuration and Devices
Manager (LVM) Components
mksysb - make A
System Boot Image
AIX for smarties
You're probably well beyond the "AIX for dummies" level already. If you've been working on recent levels of AIX on fairly up to date Power hardware, you probably won't find the following list of topics too daunting.
This time, the course is:
IBM POWER Systems Virtualization: Advanced Topics, Management and Best Practiceshttp://www-304.ibm.com/jct03001c/services/learning/ites.wss/au/en?pageType=course_description&courseCode=WRB190AU#4
and the prereqs include many topics covered over the last year or so at AIX Down Under. The prerequisites are:
"knowledge on AIX system administration, POWER systems administration, HMC administration."
and the course outline explains that the course is a combination of lectures, discussion, and hands-on exercises on the following topics:
So there you go. Maybe a few new topics in there but on the whole areas that you probably might be surprised you knew.
for the Virtual I/O Server
over vSCSI to hdisks
disk on the Virtual I/O Server
multiple storage security zones
planning with migration in mind
addresses or the VLAN
mapping of network devices
on the Virtual I/O Server
Processor Pools management
operations on AIX and IBM i
operations on Linux for Power
operations on the Virtual I/O Server
Sometimes it's worth taking stock of your abilities, both to recognise areas you might want to work on, but also to see the areas where you do have experience, or at least are not coming in completely blind.
Some of my favourite blogs and sources of AIX information and tips are:
- Chris's AIX Blog (written by Chris Gibson, a fellow Aussie)
- Rob McNelly's AIXChange (a weekly blog post)
- The AIXpert blog (unrelated to the "aixpert" security expert command, the AIXPert blog typically containing posts written by Nigel Grffiths - Mr Nmon himself)
- The AIX Virtual User Group - USA has regular free webinars in the dead of night (Sydney time) on very pertinent topics by people who know what they're talking about
These are just a few that spring to mind, but there are many others.
I'd encourage you to keep reading blogs and to consider getting along to one or other course. It pays to keep up to date on developments within AIX. You can find approaches which are smarter, simpler and smoother, and which take advantage of the technology.