Hi, I’m Julie Craft from AIX development in Austin, TX. We wanted to start a conversation with our customers about some of the function that we ship with AIX, interesting things that are going on and even get feedback.
I’ve been working on install (Image Management), NIM, serviceability and Systems Management since AIX was a young operating system.
One of the functions that I know many customers don’t know about is the ability to run inventory comparisons against NIM resources. You can do this thru smit (smitty invcon) or with the niminv command.
Also, many customers have asked about using NIM to install the VIOS, and while there are separate menus for this (smitty nim_node_tasks), you can also use regular mksysb installation and backup. Just remember to also backup the VIOS clients themselves, as well.
And, don’t forget to use lppmgr on your lpp_sources. This command will remove superseded updates or any language packages you are not using and keep your lpp_sources clean and tidy. More function is coming that will help with management of Service Pack downloads, so stay tuned for that!
Next time I’d like to talk about service & Fix Central a bit.
Other developers are waiting in the wings with their blogs, so I’ll close for now.
AIX development - Julie's first blog entry
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