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
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]
When you install Linux on an IBM POWER processor machine (Red Hat, SUSE or now includes Fedora), you then need to add the IBM supplied additional RPM packages. These give you a whole bunch of useful tools like HMC comms so you can Dynamic LPAR change and LPM, diagnostic tools, and configuration listing commands. Plus more importantly nmon :-) The repository allows you to update your packages as new versions become available and to benefit from fixes and additional functions. Without these you don't get the full Power... [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]
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]
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]
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.
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]
I have tried to get permission to pass on these numbers publically but got no answer at all. As these are facts rather than opinions, I see no harm in them. So I will work on the old theory: "it is easier to ask for forgiveness than permission" ... here goes. The AIX Virtual User Group often asks a few questions as part of the registration process for the next webinar session and it generates fascinating statistics from real POWER and AIX users. Observations: The people that join the AIX Virtual User Group are well above the... [More]
This is a story board about the mystical POWER8 Lift Tool and decommissioning our Power Systems Enterprise E870. The EMEA Advanced Technology Support machine was a temporary loan from the Power Development team in the USA as part of the Early Ship Program for beta testing, skills development, usability testing and feedback plus social media like the YouTube videos, Tweets and this blog. We have certain enjoyed learning about and using the machine although I must say it was hard work to use up all the 4 TB's of memory!! Well,... [More]
Assuming you have dozens to hundreds of AIX VM's now running on your PowerVC controlled machines at some point you will have to upgrade the AIX version to keep current and ensure security. PowerVC does not have OS upgrade functions but it does have features that can help make upgrades safe and simpler. The upgrading of AIX is already handled by tried and tested methods and to be blunt I am not convinced I want PowerVC to do it as I want to visually check the install worked and immediately address any issues to ensure the... [More]
Here is Jaqui Lynch's AIX 5.3 initial tuning guidelines for commercial workloads. Jaqui wrote and delivered the "AIX Performance Tuning" session at the "IBM System p, AIX, Linux Technical University" this year in Las Vegas. no -p -o rfc1323=1no -p -o sb_max=1310720no -p -o tcp_sendspace=262144no -p -o tcp_recvspace=262144no -p -o udp_sendspace=65536no -p -o udp_recvspace=655360nfso -p -o nfs_rfc1323=1nfso -p -o nfs_socketsize=60000nfso -p -o nfs_tcp_socketsize=600000vmo -p -o minperm%=5vmo -p -o minfree=960vmo -p -o maxfree=1088vmo -p -o... [More]
Here is a great index page for AIX information. Most ofthe links are to www.ibm.com ... but you get to avoid theIBM search engine :-) One of the very nice features is that every link (or leastevery one I tried) opens a new window. http://www.aix.lap.hu There is also a Google-based search engine for AIX: http://www.aixsearch.com
HACMP recently announced support for the following: HACMP 5.4.1 for Linux HACMP Support Announcement for the JS22 HACMP supports the IBM 4-Port Ethernet 10/100/1000 Base-TX PCI-X Adapter HACMP announces support for P6 p520 and p550 HACMP supports IBM VIO Server V1.5 Click on the above linked text for full support details.
Warning : I need to make it clear that these pictures are from an Early Ship Program machine which might vary a little from the final Generally Available (GA) models from November 2014. For example, missing labels or stickers plus colours of handles and parts etc. The engineering will be much the same. Our machine is part of the Early Ship Program and we get to run hardware tests before machines are shipped to customers from GA. These test include things we would never expect customer to do - which can be... [More]