Hints &Tips for Systems Director 6.2+ for AIX on POWER (Part 2)
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Here are a few more hints and tips - you can find Part 1 HERE
23) Excellent document on getting Systems Director running faster or starting with the right resources
The document "Performance Tuning and Scaling Guide for IBM Systems Director 6.2.x" can be found at:
24) Systems Director supported SAN Disks + Switches matrix can be found at
25) Sizing your Systems Director Server
The IBM Workload Estimator tool now includes a Systems Director model to give you a good idea of the size of the AIX Virtual Server (LPAR) required to run it.
IBM Workload Estimator for Systems Director 6.2 for AIX can be found at
It gives you a POWER7 machine configuration but note: it might be an LPAR that not using the whole machine.
Here it is 39% of the smallest POWER7 machine. Use this to size the actual Systems Director Virtual Server - or buy the machine, knowing you can run more workloads on it. It also includes memory and disk requirements.
26) Use Twitter and follow these guys to stay informed:
See Hint 27.
27) Updates needed for VMControl 2.3.1
Typical of all Systems Management software, they have to wait for the Generally Available (GA) versions of an operating systems (like AIX) to be release before they start testing it and will add support for that OS level at their next release update cycle. Rarely (fortunately), a problem is found. The new OS release might have a feature or improvement (read bug) that stops the Systems Management software from working. Often, the Systems Management software can work around this but something it just needs to be fix. Like in this case, the required fixes for VMControl 2.3.1 to work can be found at
28) Internally IBM has a Systems Director 6.2 Solutions Assurance document
These Solutions Assurance Reviews (SAR) are used by IBM to make sure the solution will meet customer requirements and everything has been thought through by going down a long list of sensible questions. The document is only available to IBMers and IBM Business Partners but customers can "remind" us to find the document and run trough the questions with them. There is nothing secret in here, just good common sense. Briefly, the contents and numbers of questions are:
29) Don't forget Systems Director can be very cool too!
What was really worrying is this was my managers iPad - I gave him a Systems Director login id and he started using it. With in half an hour he was asking me questions like why is the "atlas" Power 750 using twice the electricity as the identical "diamond" Power 750 machine? The answer was these are used as before and after demonstration machines (and diamond is mine :-) but perhaps the Systems Director user interface is now getting too easy, given my manager can find his way around with zero training ... I hope he does not read this bit! Fortunately, it was a read-only type user account.
30) You need a LARGE Screen
In my humble opinion, Systems Director users need a minimum of a 20 inch screen. There are 2 places, in particular:
OK, that all the hints I have in the queue, until next time, Nigel Griffiths twitter: mr_nmon