Putting the X in AIX
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Install X-Windows without the pane
However hardline you are about the command line, there may just be a time when you need to use X-Windows. Alright, you might not actually need to, but it might just be good to know how to set it up anyway. The Windows menu utility WebSM comes in handy sometimes. I used it recently for the aixpert tool. It allowed me to have a granular view of security settings in a clickable menu. You might also need X-Windows to install other products, such as Apache or WebSphere.
The more you think about it, X-Windows can be helpful. Here's how I set it up so I could run WebSM:
1. Install an X server on your PC.
2. Change Putty config
3. Change ssh daemon configuration file
Once you've change Putty, you need to do a similar thing for the SSH daemon. On the AIX LPAR itself, I had openssh installed, but this still required a change to a parameter in a config file.
The “no” indicates the default setting. Change it to “yes”
Of course this assumes that you have the Common Desktop Environment (CDE) filesets installed on your AIX system. IBM has a technote on installing X-Windows if you need to.
Stop and start the ssh daemon (sshd), which can be done even while you're connected via ssh:
(wait a second)
Have a look around at WebSM. It gives you access to a few important admin menus and can be less daunting than SMIT or the command line, especially for newcomers to AIX.