First, there was the Power IT Pro Virtual Conference.
I had a chance to watch Rob McNelly's presentation.
Rob, who writes the unmissable weekly AIXchange blog, covered a lot of AIX topics, letting the viewer look over his shoulder as he strolled through the use of:
- virtual optical disks
- installing AIX7 from virtual optical
- creating WPARs, versioned WPARs for AIX 5.2 WPARs on AIX 7 (boy, this is easy)
- Live Partition Mobility in action
I really believe watching over someone's shoulder is almost the best way of learning. The very best way of learning is, of course, having senior management watching over your shoulder when the prod system is down and your job's on the line. Rob's engaging style doesn't give the impression that he was under that sort of pressure, but don't worry - you won't fall asleep.
There was also what would undoubtedly have been a superb presentation by Ken Milberg on AIX performance tuning. Given the fact that the organisers insisted on running this presentation at 3 o'clock in the morning (at least, that was the time in Sydney), I didn't catch it, but I plan to. The PowerITPro web seminars are online for those who registered before the event. I expect you can register now and then access them.
What? A performance!
Ken also has co-written a three part series with Martin Brown on Optimizing AIX 7 memory tuning. It covers:
- Part I: Memory overview and tuning parameters
- Part II: Monitoring Logical Volumes and analyzing the results; and
- Part III: Tuning Swap space settings (and the subtle distinction between swap space and paging space)
VIOS - Beyond the Basics
The AIX Virtual User Group - USA had a memorable session on the Virtual I/O server - beyond the basics. Beyond the basics? I'll say. There's been a lot of interest in the VIO server, in the light of the upcoming nextGen VIO server. A good deal of the material in this 90 minute presentation addresses the new features, and explains how on earth a VIO server can service a client on a different physical server. If 90 minutes is too big a slice of your life, at least have a flick through the presentation materials.