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
We have all heard the old story of a computer company that was so successful that is had to move to smaller premises! The point being that they upgraded the computers to much smaller but more powerful ones and did not need the floor space. Well, it is happening to me! My Advanced Technical Support group are moving from IBM Bedfont Lakes (near Heathrow), UK from building 2 to building 3. That might not sound like much and it is only a stones throw away but we are going from 10 racks down to 3 racks. The old POWER5 machines that were not... [More]
In case, you missed it : AIX became 25 years old, today . AIX is IBM's name for their UNIX, it stands for Advanced Interactive eXecutive and based on AT&T's UNIX System 5.2 and 5.3. I was not at the launch of the IBM RT (the computer on which it ran) but I know people that were apparently there was a lot of dry ice on the stage. Nor was I with IBM at the time but working for a small software developer company. I do remember, having a loan RT from IBM for porting our software and was impressed with the rugged machine. We weren't given... [More]
If you are looking for an update on AIX on the IBM BladeCenter blades or looking for the details of the latest POWER7 based blades, there is only one place you need to remember. I am adding this to this blog because I couldn't find it and you might have the same problem :-) Its here - Power Blades Wiki Look in the Presentation list for the latest POWER7 blades PS700, PS701 and PS702 and AIX levels its supports presentation. This is by the world wide "top gun" of Power Blades Trina Bunting. Lots on informative pictures, the extra card... [More]
Four things I think you should know before you try this: The documentation for the update can be found here: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=hpc1vios117f5701 I updated three of my Virtual I/O Servers to 22.214.171.124 from 126.96.36.199 over the weekend. I started these late on Friday night with the "no reboot" options and they finished about the same time on Sunday afternoon i.e. 48 hours . The Release Manager downloads the update directly to the VIOS /opt/VIOS/update/VIOS and sub directory for the release name and this takes over... [More]
I have just updated my article on DeveloperWorks that cover the nweb Webserver. You can find it here: nweb: a tiny, safe Web server (static pages only) The what? I wrote the nweb Webserver as example C code to show the concepts and details of how they work. It was under 100 lines but I thought it actually was a pretty useful tool and used it, for real, in a number of projects and others have used it too. Then I though I had better put in some safety checks - otherwise you could give away read access to ALL the files on your AIX, UNIX or... [More]
LPARmon Version 2 is now available from IBM Alphaworks. This free tool provides a graphical interface for viewing partition performance. The tool was developed by Austin's Briefing Center to demonstrate Advanced Virtual Partitioning, in particular to demonstrate free pool utilization in a micropartitioned server. I highly recommend it. http://www.alphaworks.ibm.com/tech/lparmon?open&S_TACT=106AH62W&S_CMP=NEWS
Here are several URL's for Open Source Tools for AIX. The "IBM AIX Toolbox" has the most tools, but not necessarily the most current versions. The most current version are on the "AIX Open Source" and "Hudson Valley CC" URLs. IBM AIX Toolbox for Linux Applications - http://www.ibm.com/servers/aix/products/aixos/linux/download.html AIX Open Source - http://www.perzl.org Hudson Valley CC - http://pware.hvcc.edu (Includes AMP, gcc 4.2., samba under "bundles" directory ) Bull Open Software archive for AIX - http://www.bullfreeware.com Bull... [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]
There were a number of announcements made today by Power
Systems including new hardware features, a new platform management console, and
new PowerVM virtualization capabilities.
Two new Power Systems blade servers were announced, the PS703 and PS704 . The PS703 blade supports up to 16 processor cores in a single
BladeCenter slot and the PS704 supports up to 32 cores in a double-wide
blade. The PS703 and PS704 also support
a new solid state drive option.
The Power 750 Express server has new processor options or 4, 6 or 8
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.
If you collect nmon data while running Active Memory Expansion (AME), you get extra performance stats as below: MEM tab Size of the Compressed pool(MB) Size of true memory(MB) Expanded memory size(MB), Size of the Uncompressed pool(MB) MEMNEW tab Compressed Pool% PAGE tab for paging rates (pages per second) but this time very quickly in and out of the compressed memory area Compressed pool pgins - other tools like topas call this CI Compressed pool pgouts - other tools like topas this call CO Unfortunately, the last two appear in Excel columns... [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]
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]
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]
If while installing SUSE SLES 11.3 on your POWER8 machine from the regular DVD media, you get this on the console after 5 seconds after booting:
Welcome to SuSE Linux Enterprise 11!
Type "install" to start the YaST installer on this CD/DVD
Type "slp" to start the YaST install via network
Type "rescue" to start the rescue system on this CD/DVD
Welcome to yaboot version r22.8-r1190.SuSE... [More]
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]
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]