AIXpert Blog is about the AIX operating system from IBM running on POWER based machines called Power Systems and software related to it like IBM Systems Director, PowerVM for virtualisation and PowerSC for security plus performance monitoring and nmon
Odd. I thought I have put this on this blog before but I can find it now so just in case ... here it is or here it is again.
The SSP4 can have mirrored failure group FC disks to handle adapter, FC cable, FC switch, entire FC disk sub-system, site or VIOS failure.
But there is still a single SSP Repository disk. Isn't this a single point of failure?
The answer is " No because you can quickly rebuild the contents of the Repository Disk after it has failed ."
You are not meant to know this... [More]
The nmon2rrd tool converts nmon csv files to web pages. The benefit is that the process can be automated with shell scripts (as compared to the "nmon_analyzer" tool which is a more manual process) I've created two AIX Tips that include a shell scripts to illustrate how the process might be automated Part 1: http://www.aixtips.com/AIXtip/nmon2rrdv1.htm Part 2: http://www.aixtips.com/AIXtip/nmon2rrdv2.htm Part1 shows how to automate the collection, conversion, organization and display of daily nmon data into web pages using the nmon2rrd tool.... [More]
I suddenly could not get AIX updates to work via my NIM server. The problem number DNZPAX075E just means the NIM command failed for unknown reasons. Not very helpful when you have a ISD Server, NIM Server and a Target AIX Server and the problem could be anywhere. I looked around and found a few other people were stuck on this one. So now I worked it out - with the help excellent help of systems Director support. 1) Restart the Systems Director Server and the NIM Server - just good house keeping and check you have free disk space in the... [More]
Samba is an open source, free software suite that provides seamless file and print services between Windows® clients and UNIX®-like platforms. It can be run on a UNIX-like platform like AIX®, BSD® UNIX, Linux®, IBM® 390 and OpenVMS. Samba uses the TCP/IP protocol that is installed in the host server. When configured, this server software allows the host machine to share files and printers and make them accessible from Windows clients. The following URL provides setup instructions... [More]
With Power Systems there are many ways to run your Operating System(s) and each has advantages and each has a different install process.
1 Native Headless Whole Machine Mode
Number of operating systems = 1
Operating Systems: AIX, IBM i, Linux
Console = RS232 Dumb terminal
Virtual Machines = none
Machine types = Blades, Power Systems or PowerLinux (only runs Linux, of course)
Can't make use of the Power hardware based virtualisation advantage.
In 2007 the Daylight Saving Time start/end dates will change in the United States. The new start date is the second Sunday of March; the new end date is the first Sunday of November. For more information, see "Managing the Time Zone Variable" at http://www-1.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=isg3T1000252 You'll need one of the the following APARs: AIX 5.3 = IY75211 AIX 5.2 = IY75213 AIX 5.1 = IY75214 AIX 4.3 see workaround in the "Managing the Time Zone Variable" Some of the more current AIX releases already have this patch. You can use the... [More]
NIM A-Z for AIX5L: http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/redpieces/abstracts/sg247296.html?Open Advanced Power Virtualization (updated): http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg247940.html Virtualization and Clustering Best Practices Using IBM System p Servers: http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/redpieces/abstracts/sg247349.html?Open Advanced Power Virtualization Deployment Examples: http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/redp4224.html?Open Integrated Virtualization Manager (updated): http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/redp4061.html?Open AIX 5.3 Differences... [More]
If you're planning to upgrade the microcode on your p590/p595 system, I recommend waiting for the 153 version which should be out soon. (The current version is 150, Nov 2005) If you have already planned an outage for the upgrade, I would consider downloading the 153 ISO image from the server located in Boulder. open a DOS window ftp testcase-blue.boulder.ibm.com enter 'anonymous' as the id enter 'your e-mail address' as the password cd /hardware/fromibm/9119/ bin mget 01SF230_153_120.iso Be sure to check the prereq's before upgrading: ... [More]
This is an odd blog - it is about the withdrawal of POWER6 - which was announced in stealth mode! It has come as a shock to some customers. Given POWER7 comes with vast improvements in price performance you might say: Who cares and who would be buying POWER6 anyway? Well some customers with long term roll-out plans, need consistent equipment for reduced complexity and reduced testing and so still want POWER6 and could get caught out. So if you care, here is my list of withdrawal dates after which you can't buy new machines (nor POWER5 to... [More]
In case, you did not notice (as its the silly summer season) AIX 7 is shipping in 19 days time. See the official AIX 7 Announcement Letter for all the details This is a whole 2 months early - well done guys.
Please provide comments on this blog entry - I want to know where I have it wrong?
With IBM's massive investment in Linux on Power my brain hurts trying to express the advantages. This is because the technology is excellent but the bits you want depend on where you are coming from. So I have tried to break out potential users in to various types.
For the record I am an Ab Linux on POWER User type!
A - Current AIX and POWER user
Already understands the POWER infrastructure, AIX and/or IBM i and are adding... [More]
This is part 2 of Systems Director licensing or at least working out what you are doing with System Director that requires a license. In part 1, we looked at listing (via the command line) the POWER machines that Systems Director was connected too. This time we what to find out the machines that Active Energy Manager (AEM) is controlling. Once you have installed AEM it is tempting to start monitoring and controlling all your Power Systems electrical use and temperatures but you should only use AEM if you have a license for AEM for each... [More]
I use the following formula to size the minimum number of cores on replacement servers. The formula is based on "used" performance on the installed servers matching "used" performance on the replacement server. c2 = (u1)(c1)(p1) / (u2)(p2) Where c1 = # cores on the installed server p1 = "performance per core" of the installed server u1 = % utilization of the installed server c2 = # cores on the replacement server p2 = "performance per core" of the replacement server u2 = % utilization of the replacement server If consolidating multiple... [More]
March 11, 2007, marks the start of Daylight Savings Time this year. At 2 a.m. on Sunday, the time will officially "spring forward" one hour. Patches to HMC code have been available on the HMC home page: https://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp/set2/sas/f/hmc/home.html What happens if you haven't updated your HMC by the time DST begins? Will there be an impact on the managed serves? The HMC will not stop working, and neither will the managed servers. The time can be reset manually on the HMC. This will entail rebooting, but again, this has no... [More]