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Power VUG (Power Virtual User Group) is a monthly technical webinar series for IBM Power Systems. The webinars are informal and have a focus on how-to, how-it-works, best practice, and hints and tips. Many include live demonstrations. They are relevant to AIX / IBM i / Linux on Power Systems. The series is aimed at a technical audience - operators, systems administrators, and technical specialists - those using / planning to use IBM's POWER Servers. It is open to Clients / Business Partners / IBMers.

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Power VUG (Power Virtual User Group)
Power VUG
Power VUG (Power Virtual User Group) is a monthly technical webinar series for IBM Power Systems (relevant to AIX / IBM i / Linux on Power Systems).

The webinars are informal and have a focus on:
  • how-to
  • how-it-works
  • best practice
  • hints and tips
Many include live demonstrations. 

The series is aimed at a technical audience - operators, systems administrators, and technical specialists - those who are using or planning to use IBM's POWER Servers.
It is open to Clients / Business Partners / IBMers.
 
Subscribe to the complete series:
Click here (to create a pre-filled email - click send).
Registration is once for the whole webinar series - you do not need to register for each individual session.
Jyoti Dodhia has been running this series since 2011.
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Power VUG Upcoming Sessions:

 Power VUG access details for next webinar:
  • Join a few minutes earlier than actual start time.
  • Go to https://ibm.webex.com/meet/jyoti_dodhia
  • Follow the instructions - enter your full name and company email ID.
  • For reference, the meeting number/access code is 921 218 673 - but you should not need it. The first time it takes some time to startup (and you may be instructed to download Cisco Webex Meetings depending on the device you're joining from)
  • Select the appropriate audio option - Call using Computer (VoIP) option is recommended.
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Power VUG past session replays and presentations:

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Power VUG 2020 Session Replays: 
  • Session 95: HMC/VIOS tasks made easy with Scripting and Commands
  • Session 94: Best Practices for AIX Live Update
    • 25 Mar 2020
    • Speaker: Chris Gibson, AIX & Power Systems Consultant, IBM Systems Lab Services
    • Come and listen to Chris's Best Practices for AIX 7.2 Live Update. Learn what to do and what not to do! 
      Chris has been working with Live Updates since 2015. He will share his best practices, based on his experiences using this tool in the field.
    • The slides - 94_Best_Practices_AIX_Live_Update.pdf - 5 MB
    • Replay the 62 min session:
    • AIX iconRelevant for AIX environments.

Power VUG 2019 Session Replays:


  • Session 91: The art of the possible with PowerAI Vision
    • 11 Dec 2019
    • Speaker: Sean Greaves, AI Technical Specialist, IBM UKI Systems AI
    • PowerAI Vision makes computer vision with deep learning more accessible to business users. It is being used across many industries and wide-ranging applications such as: PowerAI Vision includes tools and interfaces that allow you to get up and running quickly and easily even with limited skills in deep learning technologies. This session covers some of the latest and greatest additions to PowerAI Vision. Come and discover the art of the possible via some examples/demonstrations - how the IBM Systems AI team has been using AI Vision to create proof-of-concepts for clients, and fun demonstrations for events. It might spark some ideas for what is possible within your organization!
      • identifying cells in microscope slides
      • helping an autonomous ship navigate the Atlantic
    • The slides - 91_Art_of_possible_with_PowerAIVision.pdf - 4.8 MB
    • Replay the 62 min session:
    • AIX iconIBM i iconLinux iconRelevant for AIX / IBM i / Linux environments.
  • Session 90: Treasure Hunting with Power Enterprise Pools
    • 6 Nov 2019
    • Speakers: David Spurway (Power Systems CTO) and Turgut Genc (Senior Lab Services Consultant)
    • Power Enterprise Pools (PEP) provide flexibility for systems that operate together as a pool of resources (processor and memory).
      Come and learn about the what, why and how of PEP, and how it's ideal for many clients (including those deploying and managing a private cloud infrastructure).
      This session covers v1.0, and the enhancements that have arrived with v2.0 as the evolution of PEP continues.
      You hear about the benefits such as:
      • how IBM Systems Software is integrated with Pools and more
      • how to avoid the pitfalls and delays
      • how to secure the rewards when implementing PEP
    • The slides - 90_Treasure_Hunting_with_PEP.pdf - 8.6 MB
    • Replay the 76 min session:
    • Useful Links:
    • AIX icon IBM i iconLinux iconRelevant for AIX / IBM i / Linux environments.
  • Session 89: Smarter IBM i / AIX applications made easy with Accelerated Machine Learning & H2O Driverless AI
    • 16 Oct 2019
    • Speaker: Benoit Marolleau, Cloud Architect - AI / Cognitive Systems - IBM i & Power Expert
    • Did you know that Machine Learning & data science technologies are available for modernizing & augmenting your IBM i & AIX applications with predictive capabilities?In this session, you learn how to build powerful machine learning models using your data on IBM i and the leading-edge Auto ML technology brought by H2O Driverless AI and GPU Accelerated machine learning on Power AC922.
      • Data preparation & extract from your historical CRM data.  Connect your Db2 for i / Db2 LUW / Oracle database to Driverless AI with Data Connectors & JDBC
      • Use Driverless AI AutoML & GPU acceleration on POWER9 to build a classification model for predicting customer churn.
      • Export and run the new model, 'Scoring Pipeline', on IBM i using, for example, the Java MOJO or the Python 3 runtimes on IBM i or AIX.
      • Integrate the ML model & augment any IBM i application with predictive capabilities.
    • In the demonstration, you see how to build a "Customer Churn" model from your CRM data on Db2 for i.
    • The slides - 89_Smarter_apps_with_ML_and_H2O.pdf - 22 MB
    • Replay the 70 min session:
    • Useful Links:
    • AIX icon IBM i iconLinux iconRelevant for AIX / IBM i / Linux environments.
  • Session 87: AIX and IBM i in the IBM Public Cloud
    • 24 Jul 2019
    • Speakers: S Ashok (Cognitive Systems Management) & Jose Paez (Offering Manager)
    • Many companies are adopting or considering cloud, and IBM has some great technologies for creating an on-premise cloud and for managing the cloud (both on-premise and public). Available now is the ability to run AIX and IBM i workloads on Power Systems in IBM Cloud (IBM's public cloud).
      In this session, S. Ashok and Jose Paez give a short intro covering the what, why, how and pricing structure. This is followed by a technical demonstration walk-through of some typical use cases. They show you how to get started, create a VM (LPAR), change resources being consumed and more. They also highlight considerations for licensing, backup, HA, managing/monitoring/maintenance, and support.
      For some background prior to this session, listen to this replay --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iOLIQ-YIe4
    • The slides - 87_AIX_IBMi_in_IBM_Cloud.pdf - 46 MB
    • Replay the 90 min session
    • Useful Links:
    • AIX icon IBM i iconRelevant for AIX / IBM i environments.
  • Session 84: Unleash the Power of AIX and how to win with AIX in the era of cloud, containers, and AI
    • 20 Mar 2019
    • Speakers: Petra Buehrer (Offering Manager Power Systems Software) and David Spurway (IBM Power Systems CTO, UKI)
    • Based on feedback and requests for AIX content, this session is focused purely around AIX. We cover:
      • Strategy & Roadmap
      • Recent enhancements of the base AIX and the Power Systems SW portfolio
      • AIX modernization topics, such as AIX & Open Source, AIX in the cloud, AIX, and containers and more….!
      • In addition, we also show how AIX can be many times less expensive than the public cloud with real life examples such as running Oracle on Power Systems.
    • The slides - 84_Unleash_Power_of_AIX.pdf - 4.5 MB
    • Replay the 87 min session
    • Useful Links - many links in the slide deck - see the link to PDF above.
    • AIX iconRelevant for AIX environments.
  • Session 83: The Wide World of Open Source with IBM i
  • Session 82: njmon =nmon+JSON+real-time+graphs
    • 23 Jan 2019
    • Speaker: Nigel Griffiths, Advanced Technology Support (ATS), IBM Power Systems, Europe
    • This njmon is a major overhaul of nmon for the next 10 years:
      • Loads more stats
      • JSON format is self-documenting, flexible and the performance stats format for many new tools
      • Direct real-time loading of the JSON into modern open source time-aware databases
      • New-age browser-based graphing tools allow dynamic data choice and graph style per VM, per server or across the estate
    • All this (and more) is covered including many demonstrations.
    • The slides - 82_njmon.pdf - 6 MB
    • Replay the 99 min session
    • Useful links:
    • AIX iconLinux iconRelevant for AIX / Linux environments.

Power VUG 2018 Session Replays:


  • Session 80: Upgrading to VIOS 3.1 in Action
    • 21 Nov 2018
    • Speaker: Nigel Griffiths, Advanced Technology Support (ATS), IBM Power Systems, Europe
    • In this session, after a brief overview of the key new features of Virtual I/O Server 3.1, we concentrate on the process of upgrading to it.
      First, we detail which VIOS versions are unsupported, which you need to get to (in order to upgrade to 3.1) and the timescales you have to get to VIOS 3.1.
      There are four upgrade methods. These are covered in detail, including preparation, back out strategies and regression testing.
      Note this is a complete overwrite / fresh installation so you end up with a nice shiny new VIOS at the end!
    • The slides - 80_Upgrading_to_VIOS31_in_Action.pdf - 1 MB
    • Replay the 100 min session
    • Q&A from session - work in progress - check regularly - https://www.ibm.com/support/pages/upgrading-vios-31
    • AIX icon IBM i iconLinux iconRelevant for AIX / IBM i / Linux environments.
  • Session 79: POWER9 Performance Review
    • 3 Oct 2018
    • Speaker: Nigel Griffiths, Advanced Technology Support (ATS), IBM Power Systems, Europe
    • This session covers the following topics to help you get the best out of your POWER9 server:
      • Detailed look at the "POWER9 Performance Report"
      • Comments on the Spectre/Meltdown numbers for POWER8
      • Explain the rPerf ranges and the SMT1 to 8 numbers
      • Single threaded applications are dead! RIP
      • Setting the POWER9 performance modes plus balancing heat and GHz
      • The "o" word
      • Getting your Server to over heat!
      • How is the POWER9 delivering better performance
      • What to do as you migrate POWER7 or POWER8 to POWER9
      • Monitoring the GHz, temperature and Watts.
    • The slides - 79_POWER9_Performance_Review.pdf - 4 MB
    • Replay the 87 min session
    • AIX icon IBM i iconLinux iconRelevant for AIX / IBM i / Linux environments.
  • Session 76: IBM Cloud Private (Enterprise Edition) Installation and Tips
    • 11th July 2018
    • Speaker: Tom Watts, Senior Technical Consultant, IBM Systems Lab Services
    • The slides - 76_IBM_Cloud_Private.pdf - 8 MB
    • Replay the 72 mins session
          Download - 76_IBM_Cloud_Private.mp4 - 47 MB
          Stream via YouTube- https://youtu.be/r2nHlWM7LQs - & subscribe to the YouTube channel - http://www.bit.ly/VUGReplays
    • IBM Cloud Private is a private cloud platform for developing and running workloads locally. It is an integrated environment that enables you to design, develop, deploy, and manage on-premises, containerized cloud applications behind your firewall. After a brief introduction of IBM Cloud Private (ICP), we proceed with how to prepare, install, and test ICP. The session includes some valuable tips too.
    • AIX icon IBM i iconLinux iconRelevant for AIX / IBM i / Linux environments.
    • Useful links:
  • Session 71: Simplify Security & Compliance Management with PowerSC Std. Ed. & PowerSC MFA
    • 17 Jan 2018
    • Speaker: Petra Buehrer, Offering Manager Power Systems Software & Vice Chairman Technical Expert Council (TEC CR) & Tim Hill (Rocket Software)
    • The slides - 71_PowerSC_and_PowerSC_MFA.pdf - 2.8 MB .PDF format
    • Replay the 88 min session - 71_PowerSC_and_PowerSC_MFA.mp4 - 169 MB .MP4 format
    • PowerSC, our Power Systems Security & Compliance product family, leverages and integrates with the security features of the whole Power Systems SW stack and provides virtualization aware security enhancements for Compliance Automation, File Integrity Monitoring, Alerting, and more. New enhancements like PowerSC Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) allow clients to add an extra layer of security for their most critical components, like the server - whether required by an industry standard like PCI 3.2, federal mandates, GDPR or just to raise the overall level of security and thus decrease the likeliness of being breached. This session provides an overview and includes demonstrations.
    • Useful links:
    • AIX iconLinux iconRelevant for AIX / Linux environments.

Power VUG 2017 Session Replays:

  • Session 70: PowerAI - Getting Started
    • 6 December 2017
    • Speaker: Chris Parsons, Machine Learning Consultant, IBM Systems Lab Services
    • The slides - 70_PowerAI_Getting_Started.pdf - 15 MB .PDF format
    • Replay the 65 min session - 70_PowerAI_Getting_Started.wmv - 12 MB Windows Movie format (.wmv)
    • In this what-why-how session, we provide a short introduction to AI, and PowerAI. We cover why it is important, and how it can help.
      We see how to configure and optimize your Power environments for Machine Learning and PowerAI workloads.
      Includes information of some TensorFlow workloads on the Power platform, and where to find more information to get started.
    • Useful links:
    • AIX icon IBM i iconLinux iconRelevant for AIX / IBM i / Linux environments.
  • Session 69: IBM Cloud Management Console for Power Systems
    • 11th October 2017
    • Speaker: Shamsundar Ashok, Power Management Console Development, IBM Systems
    • The slides - 69_IBM_Cloud_Management_Console.pdf - 2.1 MB .PDF format
    • Replay the 92 min session - 69_IBM_Cloud_Management_Console.wmv - 24 MB Windows Movie format (.wmv)
    • Today, IBM Power Systems customers need to leverage many disparate IBM tools to manage their data centers’ endpoints.
      As these tools proliferate, there’s an increasing need for aggregated views and insight into the large amounts of system configuration data, code levels, performance metrics, etc. to which these management endpoints are exposed.
      Cloud Management Console (CMC) for Power Systems can provide customers with these aggregated views and insights into their data by leveraging IBM’s cloud platform and analytics engines without the need to install any new software and with minimal setup.
      Informative dashboards, easy search tools, and predictive analysis greatly simplify systems management as data center topologies grow in size and complexity.
      This session includes demonstrations.
    • Useful links:
    • AIX icon IBM i iconLinux iconRelevant for AIX / IBM i / Linux environments.
  • Session 67: HMC 870 Enhanced+ Graphical User Interface (GUI) Live Demo
    • 16 August 2017
    • Speaker: Nigel Griffiths, Advanced Technology Support (ATS), IBM Power Systems, Europe @mr_nmon
    • The slides - 67_HMC870_EnhancedPlus_GUI.pdf - 8.6 MB .PDF format
    • Q&A from the live session - HMC870_QuestionsandAnswers.pdf
    • Replay the 110 mins session - *WARNING LARGE FILE* 67_HMC870_EnhancedPlus_GUI.wmv - 203 MB Windows Movie format (.wmv)
    • This Virtual User Group session is a live demonstration of the new HMC Enhanced+ Graphical User Interface. The aim is to explain the new GUI features, show how it operates, show that it is fast and simpler to do many operations.
      We hope this makes your transition to the new GUI simpler and remove some of the fear, uncertainty, and doubt that we can all feel when trying something new and different.   Before we start, we briefly cover the other exciting news that the HMC can soon be a POWER8 based machine.
    • AIX icon IBM i iconLinux iconRelevant for AIX / IBM i / Linux environments.
  • Session 66: Graphing POWER8 Temperature, Electricity Use & SSP I/O Stats Data
    • 21 June 2017
    • Speaker: Nigel Griffiths, Advanced Technology Support (ATS), IBM Power Systems, Europe @mr_nmon
    • The slides - 66_Graphing_POWER8_Stats.pdf - 2.8 MB .PDF format
    • Replay the 2 sections - 56 mins each:
    • It has been a long time coming but you can extract + graph most POWER8 Servers temperature (Celsius), electricity use (Watts) & SSP I/O stats from the HMC REST API.
      In the first half, a freely available Python program is used to get the data and generate a JavaScript web page (.html) plus the data is sorted in a CSV file.
      In the second half for programmers, Nigel talks you through the Python code and the then you can amend to use for your needs or make suggestions for improvements.
      Any IBM clients wanting to "try this at home" can get support directly from Nigel to make this in to a more useful tool.  Same for Business Partners and IBMers too.
    • AIX icon IBM i iconLinux iconRelevant for AIX / IBM i / Linux environments.
  • Session 65: Relax and Recover (the open source mksysb for Linux on Power)
    • 17 May 2017
    • Speaker: Sebastien Chabrolles, IT Specialist Power System (AIX / Linux) - Power System Linux Center
    • The slides - 65_Relax_and_Recover.pdf - 9.5 MB .PDF format
    • Replay the 113 mins session - 65_Relax_and_Recover.wmv - 45 MB Windows Movie format (.wmv)
    • Have you ever dreamed to have an "MKSYSB like" solution to quickly backup/restore your Linux on Power? If the answer is YES, the open source solution named Relax and Recover (ReaR) might be for you. Come to this session to learn more about how to implement and the capabilities of this solution through presentation and live demonstration.
    • Useful links:
    • Linux iconRelevant for Linux environments.
  • Session 64: IBM i Virtualization Performance
    • 19 Apr 2017
    • Speaker: Morten Buur Rasmussen, Performance Specialist, Power Systems, Lab Services & Training
    • The slides - 64_IBMi_Virtualization_Performance.pdf - 1.2 MB .PDF format
    • Replay the 90 mins session - 64_IBMi_Virtualization_Performance.wmv - 21 MB Windows Movie format (.wmv)
    • This presentation discusses mainly the CPU-related performance aspects of virtualization on IBM i. If you have a virtualized environment on IBM i, you need to be aware about some specific performance areas. This includes areas like the relationship between processing units and virtual processors. LPAR configuration guidelines for virtualized processors and processing units. Multiple shared processor pool overview, and tips to improve server utilization in an IBM i environment. How to get performance data about a virtualized environment and what tools are available for you.
    • Useful links:
    • IBM i icon Relevant for IBM i environments.
  • Session 63: IBM i Predictive Performance Management
    • 15 Mar 2017
    • Speaker: Dawn May, Senior Technical Staff Member, Lab Services & Training & Program Manager for IBM Client Advisory Councils
    • The slides - 63_IBMi_Predictive_Performance_Management.pdf - 9.3 MB .PDF format
    • Replay the 97 mins session - 63_IBMi_Predictive_Performance_Management.wmv - 44 MB Windows Movie format (.wmv)
    • Can the past predict the future? What about the present - right here and now? And if you know the past, and can predict the future, how can you determine the impact to your applications? Performance management on IBM i has proactive monitoring features and historical data capabilities, as well as application performance modelling. Attend this session to learn how you can use monitoring to identify and resolve potential issues before they become actual problems, learn about historical performance data and how you can use the past trends to plan for the future, and application modelling to understand what hardware changes mean to your applications.
    • Relevant for IBM i environments.
  • Session 61: Db2 for IBM i Services
    • 11th Jan 2017
    • Speaker: Scott Forstie, Db2 for i Business Architect, IBM Systems
    • The slides - 61_DB2_for_i_Services.pdf - 1.9 MB .PDF format
    • Replay the 88 mins session - 61_DB2_for_i_Services.wmv - 48 MB Windows Movie format (.wmv)
    • Db2 for i has made great strides in providing IBM i Services to access IBM i operating system detail. Those services are used by system administrators and application developers. A lesser known fact is that a great many Db2 for i Services exist to help Database Engineers (DBEs) and Database Administrators (DBAs) improve their productivity. This session addresses some of the most important tasks for a DBE on Db2 for i and shows how SQL and Db2 for i Services can be used to streamline, automate, and improve mission critical tasks. The session not only includes working examples, but also a live demonstration.
    • IBM i iconRelevant for IBM i environments.

Power VUG 2016 Session Replays:

  • Session 60: IBM i Performance Data Investigator (PDI)
    • 16 Nov 2016
    • Speaker: Dawn May, Senior Technical Staff Member, Lab Services & Training & Program Manager for IBM Client Advisory Councils
    • The slides - 60_IBMi_PDI_V2.pdf - 19 MB .PDF format
    • Replay the 91 mins session - 60_IBMi_PDI.wmv - 53 MB Windows Movie format (.wmv)
    • The Performance Data Investigator, also known as "Investigate Data", is part of the IBM Navigator `Performance` tasks.  The Performance Data Investigator allows you to graphically view and analyze IBM i performance data, including Collection Services, Job Watcher, Disk Watcher, and Performance Explorer data.  This session reviews the highlights of the Performance Data Investigator, the latest features that have been added, and provide some helpful tips on how you can "Investigate Data" to better understand your system's performance.  This session also shares some helpful ways you can use the Performance Data Investigator for day-to-day management of your IBM i partition.
    • Useful links:
    • IBM i iconRelevant for IBM i environments.
  • Session 59: Top Tech Tips from the field
    • 7 Sep 2016
    • Speaker: Tom Watts, Senior Technical Consultant, IBM Lab Services UK&Ireland
    • The slides - 59_Top_Tech_Tips.pdf - 2.1 MB .PDF format
    • Replay the 64 mins session (NOTE: The screen is blank for first 10 secs) - 59_Top_Tech_Tips.wmv - 10 MB Windows Movie format (.wmv)
    • Tom has vast technical experience in the field, and would like to share top technical tips to help you get the best out of your Power System! E.g. you may be aware that some default settings in your system may not be the best for your environment. Tune in to find out what to change (and how), plus many other topics.
    • Answers to remaining questions from session related to I/O Adapter Enlarged Capacity:
      • This has been an available function since the POWER5 days, however the default of switching it on was introduced with POWER8. POWER5 reference page outlining the capability can be found here: https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/POWER5/iphbp_p5/ioadapter.htm
      • Not aware of a way to locate the i/o adapter enlarged capacity setting from the HMC command line. Checked using the latest HMC code and cannot locate a command the surfaces that value. The only option at the moment is to check via the Service Processor (ASMI) menu.
    • AIX icon IBM i iconLinux iconRelevant for AIX / IBM i / Linux environments.
  • Session 58: Live Partition Mobility and Simplified Remote Restart Automation Tool
    • 17 Aug 2016
    • Speaker: Bob Foster - Senior Technical Staff Member, Lab-Services, Austin, TX USA
    • The slides - 58_LPM_SRR_Automation_Tool.pdf - 6.3 MB .PDF format
    • Replay the 84 mins session (NOTE: The screen is blank for first 10 secs) - 58_LPM_SRR_Automation_Tool.wmv - 18 MB Windows Movie format (.wmv)
    • In this session, we cover the features of the PowerVM LPM and Simplified Remote Restart tool
      • How the tool can help move many partitions in just a few clicks with the tool (for both LPM and SRR)
      • The ability to control many aspects of LPM and SRR easily without using HMC command-line interfaces
      • How the tool can return partitions back to their original servers with their original configurations (i.e. LPAR IDs, HBA mappings and VIOS mappings) for both LPM and SRR operations
      • Building schedules for when to perform LPM operations
      • How the tool works seamlessly with Power Enterprise Pools (PEP) and performs the PEP functions automatically
    • More videos on this topic on Youtube:
    • AIX icon IBM i iconLinux iconRelevant for AIX / IBM i / Linux environments.
  • Session 57: PowerVC 1.3.1 update - Now with user self-provisioning from IBM Cloud Manager
    • 13th July 2016
    • Speaker: Nigel Griffiths - Advanced Technology Support (ATS), IBM Power Systems, Europe
    • The slides - 57_PowerVC_131_Update.pdf - 4 MB .PDF format
    • Replay the 83 mins session - 57_PowerVC_131_Update.wmv - 36 MB Windows Movie format (.wmv)
    • In this session, we cover the new features and plan to demonstrate much of it too. The June 2016 release includes the following extra new features:
      • The regular update to the latest OpenStack release
      • Dynamic Resource Optimizer Scheduling (automated LPM or Enterprise Pools for moving CPU licenses)
      • AIX Active Memory Expansion settings for new VMs
      • Support for Simplified Remote Restart v2 (no need of the source FSP)
      • Remove a VM but keep the storage (just in case!)
      • IBM Cloud Manager features like Projects and Users for controlling Self-Provisioning of deployment templates, with approvals and expiration
    • AIX icon IBM i iconLinux iconRelevant for AIX / IBM i / Linux environments.
  • Session 56: Access and Manage IBM i on the Go with IBM i Mobile Access
    • 15 June 2016
    • Speaker: Wayne Bowers, IBM i Global Support Center, IBM Rochester
    • The slides - 56_IBM_i_Mobile_Access.pdf - 13 MB .PDF format
    • Replay the 91 min session - 56_IBM_i_Mobile_Access.wmv - 68 MB Windows Movie format (.wmv)
    • More information:
    • IBM i Mobile Access is a solution (provided as part of the IBM i Access Family of products) that allows users to interact with IBM i Systems Management views, 5250, Database, Printing, File System, etc, from a Mobile device! Key benefits of this environment are no client-side installation or configuration, access from any device with a modern web browser, providing a convenient interface to do many things on the Go or away from the office, or when access via a desktop client is not convenient. During our time together, we introduce the IBM i Mobile Access solution, providing detailed information on how to obtain and deploy the solution. Then, we give an overview of the major functions provided. During this time, there is the option of following along with a hands-on demonstration from the participants own internet connected mobile device. Finally, we cover the comprehensive administration built into the solution that allows the administrator to control which user can interact with based on IBM i User and Group profiles.
    • IBM i iconRelevant for IBM i environments.
  • Session 55: IBM i Application Runtime Expert (ARE) - Keeping Track of Your System Made Easy!
    • 11th May 2016
    • Speaker: Tim Rowe, Business Architect of Application Development for IBM i, IBM Rochester
    • The slides - 55_IBM_i_Application_Runtime_Expert.pdf - 4.9 MB .PDF format
    • Replay the 81 min session - 55_IBM_i_Application_Runtime_Expert.mov - 50 MB QuickTime Movie Format (.mov)
    • More information:
    • How do you keep your system current? Do you have multiple systems and struggle keeping them at the same levels? This session looks at the latest support that has been added to the ARE product for helping with automating the PTF process across a single system or multiple. Additionally we review what ARE is, what its capabilities are, as well as do a few demonstrations to help you understand the power of this tool for managing applications and system environments.
    • IBM i iconRelevant for IBM i environments.
  • Session 54: Hands-On with AIX 7.2
    • 16 Mar 2016
    • Speaker: Nigel Griffiths - Advanced Technology Support (ATS), IBM Power Systems, Europe
    • The slides - 54_AIX72_LKU_NetPack_FlashCache.pdf - 2.8 MB .PDF format
    • Replay the 87 min session - 54_AIX72_LKU_NetPack_FlashCache.wmv - 59 MB Windows Movie format
    • More information:
    • So what are the significant items for AIX 7.2 on a practical level? AIX 7.2 from Hands-On Experience including a look and worked example the new AIX 7.2 Live Kernel Update. Next up is the reworked Network LPP - sounds dull but - it means you can delete the AIX Telnet and FTP (the two worse security tools in your computer room apart from using default passwords!) and Power Flash Cache to invisibly turbo charge your regular AIX disks using Solid-State Drives (also works via a VIOS for SSD sharing).
    • AIX iconRelevant for AIX environments.
  • Session 53: Accessing your IBM i today and into the Future
    • 24 Feb 2016
    • Speaker: Tim Rowe, Business Architect of Application Development for IBM i, IBM Rochester
    • The slides - 53_Accessing_IBM_i.pdf - 8.5 MB .PDF format
    • Replay the 86 min session - 53_Accessing_IBM_i.mov - 55 MB QuickTime Movie Format (.mov)
    • Tim provides a short summary the future of accessing and managing your IBM i as we transition to new solutions that are fully supported on Windows10 and many other end-user devices.
      This is followed by a detailed look at Access Client Solutions, 5250 emulator features, deployment techniques, data transfer, printer output, and other key features of this solution. The session includes many demonstrations.
      Follow on sessions for Application Runtime Expert (including PTF management) and iAccess Mobile support are also being planned.
    • IBM i iconRelevant for IBM i environments.
    • Technical Note: Setting the property com.ibm.iaccess.DataCache=true reduces working set size and significantly reduce startup times when the product JAR file is remote (e.g network share).
      • com.ibm.iaccess.DataCache=true
  • Session 52: PowerVC 1.3 New Features Demo
    • 20 Jan 2016
    • Speaker: Nigel Griffiths - Advanced Technology Support (ATS), IBM Power Systems, Europe
    • The slides - 52_PowerVC_New_Features.pdf - 1.5 MB .PDF format
    • Replay the 94 min session - 52_PowerVC_New_Features.wmv - 73 MB Windows Movie Format (.wmv)
    • Nigel has a couple of slides, but then it is a demonstration of the PowerVC GUI, quickly covering the setup and a focus on the new stuff in the recent December release. In his opinion, one feature is the POWER8 land Killer App for 2016 - automated workload balancing across machines. Worth implementing PowerVC just for that!
    • HW & SW requirements for PowerVC V1.3
    • AIX icon IBM i iconLinux iconRelevant for AIX / IBM i / Linux environments.

Power VUG 2015 Session Replays:

  • Session 51: Boost IBM i performance with IBM FlashSystem
    • 2 Dec 2015
    • Speaker: Jana Jamsek, Advanced Technical Skills for Europe, Storage Systems and IBM i
    • The slides - 51_Boost_IBMi_performance_with_IBMFlashSystem.pdf - 1.6 MB .PDF format
    • Replay the 80 min session - 51_Boost_IBMi_performance_with_IBMFlashSystem.wmv - 43 MB Windows Movie Format (.wmv)
    • The session provides a short introduction to IBM FlashSystem, and its attachment to IBM i. We talk about benefits of FlashSystem for an IBM i customer, and scope which types of workloads profit the most and which types don't profit from Flash technology. We discuss the tools for evaluating and estimating performance of FlashSystem for IBM i. Some interesting customer cases are shown and we also provide best practice guidelines for implementing FlashSystem with IBM i.
    • IBM i iconRelevant for IBM i environments.
  • Session 50: VIOS Shared Storage Pool phase 5 & SSP Update
    • 18 Nov 2015
    • Speaker: Nigel Griffiths - Advanced Technology Support (ATS), IBM Power Systems, Europe
    • The slides - 50_VIOS_SSP5_update.pdf - 3.6 MB .PDF format
    • Replay the 90 min session - 50_VIOS_SSP5_update.wmv - 39 MB Windows Movie Format (.wmv)
    • Shared Storage Pools functionality is already popular for flexibility, performance, and saving the POWER sysadmin's time so they can go home early! It is also excellent for PowerVC and Cloud use.
      SSP phase 5 enhances this further, bringing many improvements.
      The significant items are Tiers (which are like multiple pools, only better) and LU grow.
      These are covered, along with other SSP enhancements such as backup and restore LU, renaming and LU transfer between SSPs.
    • Useful links included in the session
    • AIX icon IBM i iconLinux iconRelevant for AIX / IBM i / Linux environments.
  • Session 48: Linux on POWER Field Experience
    • 17 Aug 2015
    • Speaker: Tom Watts, Senior Technical Consultant, IBM Lab Services UK&Ireland
    • The slides - 48_Linux_on_POWER_Field_Experience.pdf - 1.1 MB .PDF format
    • Replay the 56 min session  - 48_linux_on_POWER_Field_Experience.wmv - 26 MB Windows Movie Format (.wmv)
    • This session covers design, installation, performance, and gotchas found while working on proof of concept systems. There is an opportunity for Q&A too.
    • Linux iconRelevant for Linux environments.
  • Session 47: POWER8 E850 from hands-on experience
    • May 27 2015
    • Speakers: Nigel Griffiths & Gareth Coates - Advanced Technology Support (ATS), IBM Power Systems, Europe
    • The slides - 47_POWER8_E850_from_experience.pdf - 7.2 MB .PDF format
    • Replay the 72 min session - 47_POWER8_E850_from_experience.wmv - 29 MB Windows Movie Format (.wmv)
      • Note: During the replay - skip from 41:14 to 46:40 (you won't miss anything - we were just reconnecting the audio).
    • EMEA POWER8 Advanced Technology Support share their hands-on experience of installing and operating an early POWER8 (E850) system they have been testing. You get to see pictures of the inside and how to install it. The E850 supports AIX and Linux.
    • AIX iconLinux iconRelevant for AIX / Linux environments.
  • Session 46: PowerSC (Security and Compliance) Tools for IBM i
    • Apr 15 2015
    • Speakers:
      • Thomas Barlen (Consulting IT Specialist, Power System Security and Networking, IBM Systems Lab Services & Training)
      • Terry Ford (Team Lead Security Services Delivery, IBM Systems Lab Services)
    • The slides - 46_PowerSC_Tools_for_IBMi.pdf - 3.6 MB .PDF format
    • Replay the 96 min session - 46_PowerSC_Tools_for_IBMi.wmv - 52 MB Windows Movie Format (.wmv)
    • Analyzing your IBM i system and application environment security can be challenging task.
      Security configuration settings are stored in objects, user profiles, network configurations, and many more places.
      IBM PowerSC Tools for IBM i (Compliance Assessment and Reporting Tool and Security Diagnostics) can
      significantly reduce the time to perform an in-depth analysis by providing over 70 collections and reports.
      It also lets you define policies and perform compliance checks to easily detect areas that are out of compliance.
      This session introduces how the tools work and what types of reports it generates to help administrators and auditors with their analysis and remediation tasks.
    • IBM i iconRelevant for IBM i environments.
  • Session 45: HMC 8.20 User Interface Tech Preview
    • Mar 4 2015
    • Speaker: Nigel Griffiths - Advanced Technology Support (ATS), IBM Power Systems, Europe
    • The slides - 45_HMC_820_User_Interface_Tech_Preview_v5.pdf - 0.8 MB .PDF format
    • Replay the 82 min session - 45_HMC_820_User_Interface_Tech_Preview_v5.wmv - 42 MB Windows Movie Format (.wmv)
    • This session covers the new GUI enhancements in HMC 8.20 (with demonstrations). The focus is on demonstrating commonly used functions such as:
      • Classic & new GUI modes
      • Basic navigation + multiple paths for a task
      • Hints & tips
      • Start & stop a Server or VM
      • Dynamic VM change (DLPAR)
      • Live Partition Mobility (LPM)
      • Network & Storage views
      • Which VM is using the machine most?
      • User control
      • Create a virtual machine (VM) via templates
      • Shared Storage Pools
    • PowerVM simplification enhancements - white paper
    • AIX icon IBM i iconLinux iconRelevant for AIX / IBM i / Linux environments.
  • Session 44: The "Key" to IBM i Licensing and more - Part2
    • Feb 18 2015
    • Speaker: Andy Fellows, Global Techline Specialist - Power Systems - IBM i
    • This session continues to look at IBM i Licensing and includes:
      • Temporary Keys and Transfers and Days
      • IBM i per processor / user entitlement transfers
      • Introduction to the My Entitled Systems Support Portal - also known as ESS portal
    • IBM i iconRelevant for IBM i environments.
    • The slides - 44_The_Key_to_IBMi_Licensing_Part2_V2.pdf - 1.8 MB .PDF format
    • Replay the 75 min session - 44_The_Key_to_IBMi_Licensing_Part2.wmv - 92 MB Windows Movie Format (.wmv)
  • Session 43: The "Key" to IBM i Licensing and more - Part1
    • Feb 4 2015
    • Speaker: Andy Fellows, Global Techline Specialist - Power Systems - IBM i
    • This session covers the basics of IBM i Licensing such as:
      • Basic Concepts
      • Basic Rules
      • CBU and DR machines
    • IBM i iconRelevant for IBM i environments.
    • The slides (updated 11th Feb) - 43_The_Key_to_IBMi_Licensing_Part1_V3.pdf - 1.5 MB .PDF format
    • Replay the 73 min session - 43_The_Key_to_IBMi_Licensing_Part1.wmv - 94 MB Windows Movie Format (.wmv)
  • Session 42: POWER8 Enterprise E870 from hands-on experience
    • Jan 14 2015
    • Speaker: Nigel Griffiths - Advanced Technology Support (ATS), IBM Power Systems, Europe
    • EMEA POWER8 Advanced Technology Support has been running a E870 since September 2014 as part of the early ship program. We have lots of hands-on experiences of installing and operating the server and many pictures of the new high end Enterprise machine that we would like to share.
    • AIX icon IBM i iconLinux iconRelevant for AIX / IBM i / Linux environments.
    • The slides - 42_POWER8_Enterprise_E870_from_experience.pdf - 7.5 MB .PDF format
    • Replay the 90 min session - 42_POWER8_Enterprise_E870_from_experience.wmv - 32 MB Windows Movie Format (.wmv)

Power VUG 2014 Session Replays:

  • Session 41: Linux on Power: Best Practice in Virtualized Environments
    • Nov 19 2014
    • Speaker: Dr Michael Perzl - Consulting IT Specialist, Power Systems Technical Sales, Germany
    • In this session, we discuss Linux on Power best practice in virtualized environments. Specific consideration is given to dual Virtual I/O Server (VIOS) configurations. We focus especially on system design and discuss multi-pathing options for storage and network, and their implications on Linux on Power. Netbooting Linux on Power and automatic installation options are also discussed in detail.
    • Linux iconRelevant for Linux environments.
    • The slides - 41_Linux_on_Power_Best_Practices-Handout.pdf - 1.6 MB .PDF format
    • Replay the 93 min session - 41_Linux_on_Power_Best_Practices.wmv - 52 MB Windows Movie Format (.wmv)
  • Session 40: Linux on Power for AIX/IBM i guys - Doing it the Easy Way
    • Sep 10 2014
    • Speaker: Nigel Griffiths - Advanced Technology Support (ATS), IBM Power Systems, Europe
    • This session covers the five Linux versions available, which is best, how to get them, the simplest way to install, setting up the basics: time, date, time zone, network, NFS, users, and firewalls. Followed by a quick tour of 10 "killer apps" that are very easy on Linux that could quickly add value.
    • AIX icon IBM i iconLinux iconRelevant for AIX / IBM i / Linux environments.
    • The slides - 40_Linux_On_Power_the_Easy_Way.pdf - 3 MB .PDF format
    • Replay the 91 min session - 40_LinuxOnPower_the_Easy_way.wmv - 38 MB Windows Movie Format (.wmv)
  • Session 39: PowerKVM Deep Dive
    • Jul 16 2014
    • Speaker: Dr Michael Perzl - Consulting IT Specialist, Power Systems Technical Sales, Germany
    • In this session, we are going to take a deep and close look at running KVM on IBM Power Systems. After a short overview presentation we discuss installation options, best practice and VM live migration as well as pitfalls that should be avoided. All those topics are shown in a live demonstration.
    • Linux iconRelevant for Linux environments.
    • The slides - 39_PowerKVM_Deep_Dive.pdf - 11 MB .PDF format
    • Replay the 97 min session - 39_PowerKVM_Deep_Dive.wmv  - 63 MB Windows Movie Format (.wmv)
  • Session 38: More Tricks of the Power Masters
    • Jun 11th 2014
    • Speaker: Gareth Coates - Advanced Technology Support (ATS), IBM Power Systems, Europe
    • A bundle of more useful tips and tricks - a follow on from session 30.
    • AIX icon IBM i iconLinux iconRelevant for AIX / IBM i / Linux environments.
    • The slides - 38_More_Tricks_of_Power_Masters.pdf - 1.5 MB .PDF format
    • Replay the 65 mins session - 38_More_Tricks_of_Power_Masters.wmv - 20 MB Windows Movie Format (.wmv)
  • Session 37: POWER8: from hands-on experience
    • May 21 2014
    • Speaker: Gareth Coates & Nigel Griffiths - Advanced Technology Support (ATS), IBM Power Systems, Europe
    • Gareth and Nigel have been working on POWER8 machine during the beta test phase. POWER8 systems have recently been announced. In this session, they share their experiences of the machine. They show you the internal guts and what it is like to operate.
    • AIX icon IBM i iconLinux iconRelevant for AIX / IBM i / Linux environments.
    • The slides - 37_POWER8_from_hands_on_experience.pdf - 4.6 MB .PDF format
    • Replay - 37_POWER8_from_hands-on_experience.wmv - 23 MB Windows Movie Format (.wmv)
  • Session 36: Power up your Linux!
    • May 7 2014
    • Speaker: Mandie Quartly, Linux on Power Technical Lead
    • Aimed at: techies with a Power or Linux background
    • By end of hour:
      Understand what benefits of running Linux on Power
      Which Linux
      Which Power
      How can you run it?
      How to install it?
      What might you use it for?
      Potential highlights and gotchas
      Power POV
      Linux POV
      Where to go for more information?
    • Linux iconRelevant for Linux environments, and aimed at techies with a Power or Linux background
    • The slides - 36_Power_up_your_Linux.pdf - 3.5 MB .PDF format
    • Replay the 63 min session - 36_Power_up_your_Linux.wmv - Windows Movie Format (.wmv) 28 MB
  • Session 35: PowerVC - cool!
    • Mar 5 2014
    • Speaker: Nigel Griffiths - Advanced Technology Support (ATS), IBM Power Systems, Europe
    • The hot new tool to capture and deploy POWER Virtual Machines (LPARs) the easy way. And to manage them as a resource pool. We demonstrate live how to manage a virtual machine (partition) through its lifecycle and monitor resources across machines.
    • AIX icon IBM i iconLinux iconRelevant for AIX / IBM i / Linux environments.
    • The slides - 35_PowerVC_cool_v7.pdf - 4.6 MB .PDF format
    • Replay the 76 min session - 35_PowerVC_cool.wmv - Windows Movie Format (.wmv) 35 MB
  • Session 34: PowerVP - wow!
    • Feb 5 2014
    • Speaker: Gareth Coates - Advanced Technology Support (ATS), IBM Power Systems, Europe
    • There is a new tool to put into your "kitbag". PowerVP is able to show you dynamically and graphically how your IBM Power system is being used, both at a system-wide level and on a per partition basis. It even shows the usage of the various buses within the server. We discuss the reasons why you might want to run the utility and also show worked examples of it in use. It is really sensible to get to know the interface now, so that when you need to use it to analyze your system, you can hit the ground running and get the most from it.
    • AIX icon IBM i iconLinux iconRelevant for AIX / IBM i / Linux environments.
    • The slides - 34_PowerVP_wow.pdf - 1.4 MB .PDF format
    • Replay 76 min session - 34_PowerVP_wow.wmv - Windows Movie Format (.wmv) 36 MB
  • Session 33: VIOS Shared Storage Pools Phase4 - that's impressive!
    • Jan 8 2014
    • Speaker: Nigel Griffiths - Advanced Technology Support (ATS), IBM Power Systems, Europe
    • With pool mirroring, Shared Storage Pool (SSP) is ready for production use and even Disaster Recovery. Join this session to learn the concepts, and, via a demonstration, see how easy SSP is to operate.
    • AIX icon IBM i iconLinux iconRelevant for AIX / IBM i / Linux environments.
    • The slides - 33_VIOS_SSP4.pdf - 1.2 MB .PDF format
    • Replay 100 min session - 33_VIOS_SSP4.wmv - Windows Movie Format (.wmv) 54 MB

Power VUG 2013 Session Replays:

  • Session 32: Power Systems Configuration Best Practice
    • Dec 4 2013
    • Speaker: Tom Watts - Client Technical Specialist, Power Systems, IBM Systems & Technology Group, UK & Ireland.
    • A technical walk-through of the best set-up for POWER hardware and operating systems in order to provide trouble-free installation and the most performant operation. The session also covers common mistakes and issues.
    • AIX icon IBM i iconLinux iconRelevant for AIX / IBM i / Linux environments.
    • The slides - 32_Configuration_Best_Practices.pdf - 0.3 MB .PDF format
    • Replay 58 min session - 32_Configuration_Best_Practices.wmv - Windows Movie Format (.wmv) 23 MB
  • Session 31: External Storage and IBM i – sizing and modelling
    • Nov 13th 2013
    • Speaker: Jana Jamsek, Advanced Technical Skills for Europe, Storage Systems and IBM i
    • External storage has become a strategic platform for IBM i installations. Performance of Storage systems with IBM i, highly influence IBM i transaction performance, as well as durations of batch jobs. Therefore, it is essential to size the configuration of the external storage for good performance, and to model the response times of I/O operations in advance.
      In this session, we provide an insight in IBM i I/O management, and we discuss sizing guidelines for different Storage systems with IBM i workloads to provide good response times. We describe how to collect IBM i data for sizing and modelling, we pay attention to capturing the right peaks in IBM i I/O rate. We provide information and demonstration on modelling performance of external storage systems with IBM i, by using the tool Disk Magic.
    • IBM i iconRelevant for IBM i environments.
    • The slides - 31_External_Storage_and_IBMi_Sizing_and_Modellingv3.pdf - 4.6 MB .PDF format
    • Replay 120 min session - 31_External_Storage_and_IBMi_Sizing_and_Modellingv2.wmv - Windows Movie Format (.wmv) 52 MB
  • Session 30: Tricks of the Power Masters
    • Oct 9 2013
    • Speaker: Gareth Coates - Advanced Technology Support (ATS), IBM Power Systems, Europe
    • A bundle of useful tips and tricks.
      We explore a number of features and techniques, which can be used in the management and administration of Power Systems. These include the hardware, the firmware, the HMC, VIOS, and various operating systems. Some are simple "one-liners" others take a little more time. Most are specific to Power Systems and a few might work on other platforms too. We also mention a few other little-used, though great features, which involve either other sessions or further reading, eg: Redbooks.
    • AIX icon IBM i iconLinux iconRelevant for AIX / IBM i / Linux environments.
    • The slides - 30_Tricks_of_the_Power_Masters.pdf - 2.6 MB .PDF format
    • Replay the 67 min session - 30_Tricks_of_the_Power_Masters.wmv - Windows Movie Format (.wmv) 27 MB
    • Gareth has kindly agreed to do a follow-on session, so SEND YOUR HINTS & TIPS IN NOW and Gareth will consider including them.
  • Session 29: Monitoring POWER/AIX/VIO with IBM Tivoli Monitoring
    • Sep 11th 2013
    • Speaker: Andy Thomas, Consulting IT Specialist, Power Systems & AIX UK
    • Andy demonstrates the major components of IBM Tivoli Monitoring (ITM) for Power Systems AIX and VIO. Examining the default agent workspaces for the HMC, CEC, VIO, AIX and UNIX Logs. Together they provide a state of the art monitoring environment for Power Systems. ITM has hundreds of default situations (alerts) that can help automate the management of complex environments. ITM's has Data Warehousing capabilities with automated pruning and summarization. The historical data can be used by the out-of-the-box reporting tools in ITM to provide further insights into operation and energy consumption of the Power Systems data centre.
    • AIX iconDemonstrations relevant for AIX / VIOS environments.
    • The slides - 29_Monitoring_with_ITM.pdf - 13 MB .PDF format
    • Replay the 67 min session - 29_Monitoring_with_ITM.wmv - Windows Movie Format (.wmv) 35 MB
  • Session 28: Whole POWER Machine Monitoring
    • July 31 2013
    • Speaker: Nigel Griffiths - Advanced Technology Support (ATS), IBM Power Systems, Europe (plus Jyoti Dodhia on Performance Data Investigator for IBM i).
    • Nigel takes you through many tools that give you the machine view (not just one LPAR/Virtual Machine). We are finding whole machine monitoring is getting increasingly important. Some tools are from IBM at a cost, and many are free and/or open source. Nigel plans to demonstrate some of these features live. We expect you to vote quickly to get feedback on the tools you use. Jyoti covers a brief summary of Performance Data Investigator for IBM i.
    • AIX icon IBM i iconLinux iconMany tools are relevant for AIX / IBM i / Linux environments, but some are specific.
    • The slides - 28_Whole_POWER_Machine_Monitoring.pdf - 7.8 MB .PDF format
    • Replay the 74 min session - 28_Whole_POWER_Machine_Monitoring.wmv - Windows Movie Format (.wmv) 45 MB
  • Session 27: Shared Storage Pools Phase 3
    • June 19 2013
    • Speaker: Nigel Griffiths - Advanced Technology Support (ATS), IBM Power Systems, Europe.
    • Nigel takes you through the newest features on this new way with virtual disks. Once the low number of LUN disks are in the pool, the PowerVM guys can allocate the disk without talking to the SAN team. Hurray! Then, it is all ready for Live Partition Mobility. Plus you can assimilate LPARs (that use local disk or VIOS disk) in to your SSP and then use LPM. What about recovering your failed machine SSP LPARs in seconds and restarting them? Nigel plans to demonstrate some of these features live. 90 min session.
    • AIX icon IBM i iconLinux iconRelevant for AIX / IBM i / Linux environments.
    • The slides - 27_SharedStoragePool3.pdf - 3.1 MB .PDF format
    • Replay the 100 min session - 27_SharedStoragePool3.wmv - Windows Movie Format (.wmv) 62 MB
    • Shared Storage Pools command cheat sheet
  • Session 26: Active and Dynamic Systems Optimizer (ASO/DSO)
    • June 12th 2013
    • Speaker: Nigel Griffiths - Advanced Technology Support (ATS), IBM Power Systems, Europe.
    • Nigel looks at the new Active System Optimizer (ASO) feature where we can use this “expert system” to autonomically & dynamically tune AIX 7 on POWER7. Then, the new ASO extension called Dynamic Systems Optimizer (DSO). Both are 'set and forget' in operation. This is like having a Level 3 AIX Support performance guru tuning your systems all day!
    • AIX iconRelevant for AIX environments.
    • The slides - 26_ASO_DSO.pdf - 1.1 MB .PDF format
    • Replay the 49 min session - 26_ASO_DSO.wmv - Windows Movie Format (.wmv) 23 MB
    • As at 12th June 2013, UK list price for Dynamic System Optimizer 5765-PWO per core:
      • small GBP 54.27
      • medium GBP 135.68
      • large GBP 271.36
  • Session 24: Removable Disk Cartridge (RDX) on Removable Mass Storage (RMS)
    • April 17 2013
    • Speakers: Gareth Coates - Advanced Technology Support (ATS), IBM Power Systems, Europe & Jyoti Dodhia - Client Technical Specialist, Power Systems, UK&Ireland.
    • Covers details about the new entry level save/restore media.
    • AIX icon IBM i iconLinux iconRelevant for AIX / IBM i / Linux environments.
    • The slides - 24_RDX.pdf  - 6 MB .PDF format
    • Replay the 59 min session - 24_RDX.wmv - Windows Movie Format (.wmv) 24 MB
      • Session 21: POWER Advisors (VIOS, LPAR, and Java)
        • February 13th 2013
        • These new tools allow a quick low impact look at performance, settings, and recommended changes. Session includes demonstrations.
        • Speaker: Nigel Griffiths - Advanced Technology Support (ATS), IBM Power Systems, Europe.
        • The slides - 21_POWER_Advisors.pdf - 5 MB .PDF format
        • Replay the 40 min session - 21_POWER_Advisors.wmv - Windows Movie Format (.wmv) 20 MB
        • Sample system level PowerVM Advisor report - sample_System_Level_PowerVM_Advisor_report.pdf
        • Session 20: PART 2 of POWER7 Affinity and Performance
          • January 30 2013
          • Part 2 of 2
          • The part 1 & 2 sessions cover many topics including: The SMP curve, rPerf sizing golden rules, the POWER7 jump, POWER7 memory busses, Chip fabrication, Local+Near+Far memory, LPAR placement, mpstat -d output, topas -M output, lssrad -ax output, SMT use with AIX unfolding Virtual Processors, utilization differences between POWER5/6 and POWER7, problems of too small Entitlement and too large virtual processor numbers, firmware and AIX minimum levels, unsticking LPAR placement, avoiding outages and firmware upgrades, new Scaled Throughput options in recent AIX TL's, ASO and DPO for LPAR shuffling, Redbooks that should be on your desk, The new Advisors, determining spare capacity or bad LPAR placement.
          • Both sessions are AIX focused.
          • Speaker: Nigel Griffiths - Advanced Technology Support (ATS), IBM Power Systems, Europe.
          • The slides - 20_POWER7_Affinity_Performance_Part_2.pdf  - 3.2 MB, .PDF format
          • Replay the 74 min session - 20_POWER7_Affinity_Performance_Part_2.wmv - Windows Movie Format (.wmv), 40 MB
          • URLs from the session:
          • Session 19: PART 1 of POWER7 Affinity and Performance
            • January 23 2013
            • Part 1 of 2.
            • The part 1 & 2 sessions cover many topics including: The SMP curve, rPerf sizing golden rules, the POWER7 jump, POWER7 memory busses, Chip fabrication, Local+Near+Far memory, LPAR placement, mpstat -d output, topas -M output, lssrad -ax output, SMT use with AIX unfolding Virtual Processors, utilization differences between POWER5/6 and POWER7, problems of too small Entitlement and too large virtual processor numbers, firmware and AIX minimum levels, unsticking LPAR placement, avoiding outages and firmware upgrades, new Scaled Throughput options in recent AIX TL's, ASO and DPO for LPAR shuffling, Redbooks that should be on your desk, The new Advisors, determining spare capacity or bad LPAR placement.
            • Both sessions are AIX focused.
            • Speaker: Nigel Griffiths - Advanced Technology Support (ATS), IBM Power Systems, Europe.
            • The slides - 19_PART1_POWER7_Affinity_Performance.pdf - 2 MB, .PDF format
            • Replay the 67 min session - 19_POWER7_Affinity_Performance_Part_1.wmv - Windows Movie Format (.wmv), 32 MB
            • Session 18: PART 2 of Updating Power Systems, I/O, and HMC
              • January 9 2013
              • This is part 2 of Updating the Power System, HMC, and I/O adapter firmware levels. It includes more detailed demonstrations of the steps needed to update the levels.
              • PREREQ: Ensure you either attended Session 17 (Updating Power Systems, I/O, and HMC) live or listened to the replay of that session. Links to replay can be found further down on this page.
              • Speaker: Steve Harnett, Client Technical Specialist, Power Systems, IBM Systems & Technology Group, UK & Ireland.
              • No slides for this session - mostly demonstration mode
              • *Truncated* replay - first 30 mins - 18_PART2_Updating_Power_Systems_IO_and_HMC.wmv - Windows Movie Format (.wmv), 15 MB
              • Apologies for truncated recording - we're not sure what went wrong but much of the demonstration was complete by then, so hopefully not too disappointing.

            Power VUG 2012 Session Replays:

              • Session 17: Updating Power Systems, I/O, and HMC
                • October 3 2012
                • This webinar walks you through the steps needed to update the system, HMC, and I/O adapter firmware levels.
                • Speaker: Steve Harnett, Client Technical Specialist, Power Systems, IBM Systems & Technology Group, UK & Ireland.
                • The slides - 17_Updating_Power_Systems_IO_and_HMC.pdf - 2.7 MB, .PDF format
                • Replay the 72 min session - 17_Updating_Power_Systems_IO_and_HMC.wmv - Windows Movie Format (.wmv), 34 MB
                • Session 16: Virtual Partition Manager for IBM i in action
                  • September 19 2012
                  • This webinar goes through the concepts and implementation steps for IBM i client partitions, when hosted by an IBM i host partition, with NO HMC/SDMC on the Power Systems server, but with the use of Virtual Partition Manager (VPM) to do the partitioning. This is particularly interesting for smaller customers with smaller Power Systems.
                  • Speaker: Janus Hertz, EMEA ETS CoC Leader for Power Systems, IBM Denmark.
                  • The slides - 16_VPM_for_+IBMi_19092012.pdf - 4.6 MB, .PDF format
                  • Replay the 70 min session - 16_VPM_for_IBMi.wmv - Windows Movie Format (.wmv), 32 MB
                  • Session 15: Capture and Deploy partitions
                    • July 11th 2012
                    • This technical webinar covers how to capture and deploy partitions (virtual servers) by using IBM Systems Director and VMControl. The session covers both AIX and IBM i perspectives, and includes a demonstration.
                    • Speaker: Fred Robinson, Executive IT Specialist - STG Lab Services, IBM US.
                    • The slides - 15_Capture_Deploy_Partitions.pdf - 4 MB, .PDF format
                    • Replay the 77 min session - 15_Capture_Deploy_Partitions.wmv - Windows Movie Format (.wmv), 41 MB
                  • Session 14: IBM i Live Partition Mobility
                    • June 20 2012
                    • A technical webinar on how Live Partition Mobility works for IBM i, including prereqs and setup. This session is specific to IBM i partitions.
                    • Speaker: Jeffrey Blight, Client Technical Specialist, Power Systems, IBM Systems & Technology Group, UK & Ireland
                    • The slides 14_IBMi_Partition_Mobility.pdf - 3.6 MB, .PDF format
                    • Replay the 60 min session 14_IBMi_Partion_Mobility.wmv - Windows Movie Format (.wmv), 30 MB
                    • Session 12: Dual VIOS Upgrade walk-through
                      • April 25 2012
                      • A technical walk-through of the steps required to perform an upgrade in a dual VIOS scenario.
                      • Speaker: Gareth Coates - Advanced Technology Support (ATS), IBM Power Systems, Europe.
                      • The slides 12_DualVIOSupgrade.pdf - 2.3 MB, .PDF format
                      • Replay the 57 min session 12_DualVIOSupgrade.wmv - Windows Movie Format (.wmv), 28 MB
                      • Session 11: IBM i Suspend/Resume
                        • March 28 2012
                        • A technical webinar on how partition suspend/resume works for IBM i, including prereqs and setup. This session is specific to IBM i partitions.
                        • Speaker: Jeffrey Blight, Client Technical Specialist, Power Systems, IBM Systems & Technology Group, UK & Ireland.
                        • Updated (27 April) slides 11_IBMi_Suspend_and_Resume_V2.pdf - 3.2 MB, .PDF format
                        • Replay the 55 min session 11_IBMi_Suspend_and_Resume.wmv - Windows Movie Format (.wmv), 28 MB
                        • Note: the movie replay shows 'IBM Confidential' on each slide - this is an error - the material is not IBM Confidential. The slide download above is the corrected version.
                        • Session 9: VIOS Maintenance
                          • February 22 2012
                          • A technical webinar (or a techie's take!) on VIOS maintenance - including backups, mirroring VIOS, service packs, etc.
                          • Speaker: Gareth Coates - Advanced Technology Support (ATS), IBM Power Systems, Europe.
                          • The slides 9_VIOS_maintenance.pdf - 3 MB, .PDF format
                          • Replay the 60 min session 9_VIOS_maintenance.wmv - Windows Movie Format (.wmv), 28 MB
                          • We hear Windows7 users cannot play this movie format where Windows XP can. So the original was remastered but the sound quality has suffered a lot and the file size increased:
                          • 9_PowerVM_VIOS_Main.wmv - 40 MB
                          • Alternatively - try free media player SMPlayer
                          • Session 8: Deeper dive into Active Memory Expansion
                            • January 18 2012
                            • A technical webinar (or a techie's take!) on how Active Memory Expansion (AME) works and how it is set up.
                            • Note: AME is only supported on AIX, not on IBM i or Linux.
                            • Speaker: Nigel Griffiths - Advanced Technology Support (ATS), IBM Power Systems, Europe.
                            • The slides 8_Active_Memory_Expansion.pdf - 1 MB, .PDF format
                            • Replay the 45 min session 8_Active_Memory_Expansion.wmv - Windows Movie Format (.wmv), 22 MB

                          Power VUG 2011 Session Replays:

                              • Session 6: Deeper dive into Shared Storage Pools and Thin Provisioning
                                • October 19 2011
                                • A technical webinar (or a techie's take!) on how Shared Storage Pools and Thin Provisioning work and how to get started. This session includes some demonstrations.
                                • Speaker: Nigel Griffiths - Advanced Technology Support (ATS), IBM Power Systems, Europe.
                                • The slides 6_PowerVM_VIOS_SSP2.pdf - 1 MB, .PDF format
                                • Replay the 1-hour session 6_PowerVM_SSP2.wmv - Windows Movie Format (.wmv), 37 MB
                                • Session 5: Virtualization Best Practice
                                  • September 14 2011
                                  • A technical webinar (or a techie's take!) on best practice when it comes to virtualization. How to plan/document/implement/manage the virtualized environment so you get the best out of your Power System. What to watch out for / common mistakes.
                                  • Speaker: Tom Watts - Client Technical Specialist, Power Systems, IBM Systems & Technology Group, UK & Ireland.
                                  • The slides 5_PowerVM_Best_Practices.pdf - 0.3 MB, .PDF format
                                  • Replay the 1-hour session 5_PowerVM_Best_Practices.wmv - Windows Movie Format (.wmv), 29 MB
                                  • Session 4: Deeper dive into Active Memory Sharing
                                    • August 17 2011
                                    • A technical webinar (or a techie's take!) on how Active Memory Sharing works and how it is set up. This session includes some demonstrations.
                                    • Speaker: Nigel Griffiths - Advanced Technology Support (ATS), IBM Power Systems, Europe.
                                    • The slides 4_PowerVM_AMS.pdf - 1.3 MB, .PDF format
                                    • Replay the 1-hour session 4_PowerVM_AMS.wmv - Windows Movie Format (.wmv), 31 MB
                                    • Session 3: Controlling processor resources in virtualized partitions
                                      • July 27 2011
                                      • A technical webinar (or a techie's take!) to explain and clear up any confusion on shared/dedicated/capped/uncapped/virtual/logical processors, and entitled/minimum/maximum settings.
                                      • Speaker: Gareth Coates - Advanced Technology Support (ATS), IBM Power Systems, Europe.
                                      • The slides 3_PowerVM_processors.pdf - 456 KB, .PDF format
                                      • Replay the 1-hour session 3_PowerVM_processors.wmv - Windows Movie Format (.wmv), 37 MB
                                      • We hear Windows7 users cannot play this movie format where Windows XP can. So the original was remastered into 2 parts but the sound quality has suffered a lot and the file size increased:
                                      • 3_PowerVM_Processors_part1.wmv - 58 MB
                                      • 3_PowerVM_Processors_part2.wmv - 34 MB
                                      • Alternatively - try free media player SMPlayer
                                      • Session 2: VIOS - how to get going
                                        • July 6 2011
                                        • A technical webinar (or a techie's take!) on how to get started with VIOS. This webinar includes brief details on how to size VIOS servers, how to install, how to create virtual resources e.g. network, etc. This session includes some demonstrations.
                                        • Speaker: Nigel Griffiths - Advanced Technology Support (ATS), IBM Power Systems, Europe.
                                        • The slides - 2_PowerVM_VIOS_Starter.pdf - 1.7 MB, .PDF format
                                        • The demonstration of booting of the Client LPAR failed. It was a simple user error (sorry about that). VIOS was referring to the Client LPAR slot 4 (which does not exist) and it should have been slot 3 (which does exist and is the correct one).
                                        • Replay the 1-hour session 2_PowerVM_VIOS_Starter.wmv - Windows Movie Format (.wmv), 38 MB
                                        • We hear Windows7 users cannot play this movie format where Windows XP can (good old Microsoft, thanks!). So the original was remastered but the sound quality has suffered a lot and the file size increased.  It comes in three uneven parts below:
                                        • 2_PowerVM_VIOS_Setup_part1.wmv - 69 MB
                                        • 2_PowerVM_VIOS_Setup_part2.wmv -   8 MB
                                        • 2_PowerVM_VIOS_Setup_part3.wmv - 63 MB
                                        • Alternatively - try free media player SMPlayer
                                        • Session 1: Exploiting Virtualization on IBM Power Systems with PowerVM
                                          • June 15 2011
                                          • A technical webinar (or a techie's take!) on virtualization. You might already be using some of the virtualization technologies on Power Systems. This webinar summarizes the core functions, as well as cover some of the recent enhancements. The session shows you how you can use these technologies to help you get the best from your system(s). The webinar covers the following topics:
                                            • Brief history of our virtualization
                                            • Virtual processors/memory/storage/networking
                                            • Shared Storage Pools
                                            • Suspend/Hibernate and Live Partition Mobility
                                            • Active Memory Sharing / Active Memory Expansion
                                            • PowerVM Editions
                                          • Speaker: Nigel Griffiths - Advanced Technology Support (ATS), IBM Power Systems, Europe.
                                          • The slides - 1_PowerVM_Overview.pdf - 2.3 MB, .PDF format
                                          • With a correction: we checked and IBM i is supported with VIOS Shared Storage Pools
                                          • Replay the 1-hour session 1_PowerVM_Overview.wmv - Windows Movie Format (.wmv), 25 MB
                                            • Hints: If available, Windows Media Player Version 10 or later is best to watch file format.

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                                        Addendum: some additional information related to specific webinars:

                                        Session 23 - Dynamic Platform Optimizer - useful commands
                                         
                                        Commands used in the demo for the DPO webinar (see Session 23):
                                        LPAR

                                        lssrad -av
                                        /paraworms 8 32
                                        HMC

                                        BLACK=$(lssyscfg -r sys -F name)
                                        lsmemopt -m $BLACK
                                        lsmemopt -m $BLACK -o currscore
                                        lsmemopt -m $BLACK -o calcscore
                                        optmem -m $BLACK -o start -t affinity
                                        while :
                                        do
                                        date
                                        lsmemopt -m $BLACK -F in_progress,progress
                                        sleep 10
                                        echo
                                        done
                                        LPAR
                                        lssrad -av

                                        Session 7 - IBM i settings related to 10Gbit Ethernet performance
                                        Session 7 (Virtualization and the world of 10Gbit Ethernet) included some suggestions to help improve performance / get better throughput. Some details were included on how to change some settings in the operating system.
                                        AIX examples were included in the presentation slides.
                                        Here is some information about the equivalent settings in IBM i:
                                        Turn on Flow Control (slide 13):
                                        Ethernet adapter flow control is not supported on IBM i, so it would always be off.
                                        Turn on the network option largesend (and large_receive) (slide 17):
                                        TCP large send offload should be on by default if the adapter supports it.
                                        Increase MTU to 64K (slide 18):
                                        The maximum MTU IBM i can support on virtual Ethernet (and normal Ethernet) is 9000 (bytes) -- this would be enabled by setting the MAXFRAME on the line description to 8996 (and ETHSTD to *ETHV2 otherwise you'll get 8992 for the MTU) and the interface MTU (on xxxTCPIFC) to *LIND. (The interface MTU is always limited by the line's MAXFRAME, so setting it higher wouldn't have any effect.)
                                        Enable the rfc1323 Option (slide 21):
                                        This defaults to enabled and there are no options to disable it.

                                        Session 27 and Session 13 - Shared Storage Pools command cheat sheet
                                        Provided as-is, courtesy of Nigel Griffiths.
                                        chdev -dev <device name> -attr reserve_policy=no_reserve
                                        cluster -create -clustername galaxy -repopvs hdisk2 -spname atlantic -sppvs hdisk3 hdisk5 -hostname bluevios1.ibm.com
                                        cluster -list
                                        cluster -status -clustername galaxy
                                        cluster -addnode -clustername galaxy -hostname redvios1.ibm.com
                                        cluster -rmnode [-f] -clustername galaxy -hostname redvios1.ibm.com
                                        cluster -delete -clustername galaxy
                                        lscluster -s or -d or -c or -i = Cluster Aware AIX (CAA) commands but good for identifying the disks of the cluster
                                        chsp -add -clustername galaxy -sp atlantic hdisk8 hdisk9
                                        chsp -replace -clustername galaxy -sp atlantic -oldpv hdisk4 -newpv hdisk24
                                        mkbdsp -clustername galaxy -sp atlantic 16G -bd vdisk_red6a -vadapter vhost2 [-thick]
                                        rmbdsp -clustername galaxy -sp atlantic -bd vdisk_red6a
                                        lssp -clustername galaxy -sp atlantic -bd
                                        lssp -clustername galaxy
                                        alert -set -clustername galaxy -spname atlantic -value 80
                                        alert -list -clustername galaxy -spname atlantic
                                        errlog -ls
                                        snapshot -create name -clustername galaxy -spname atlantic -lu LU42
                                        snapshot -delete name -clustername galaxy -spname atlantic -lu LU42
                                        snapshot -rollback name -clustername galaxy -spname atlantic -lu LU42
                                        snapshot -list -clustername galaxy -spname atlantic
                                        viosbr -backup -clustername galaxy -file Daily -frequency daily -numfiles 10
                                        viosbr -view -file File -clustername Name ...
                                        viosbr -restore -clustername Name ...

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