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AN15G - Power Systems for AIX III: Advanced Administration and Problem Determination

Overview

Duration: 5 days

This course provides advanced AIX system administrator skills with a focus on availability and problem determination. It provides detailed knowledge of the ODM database where AIX maintains so much configuration information. It shows how to monitor for and deal with AIX problems. There is special focus on dealing with Logical Volume Manager problems, including procedures for replacing disks. Several techniques for minimizing the system maintenance window are covered. While the course includes some AIX 7.2 enhancements, most of the material is applicable to prior releases of AIX.

Objectives

  • Perform system problem determination and reporting procedures including analyzing error logs, creating dumps of the system, and providing needed data to the AIX Support personnel
  • Examine and manipulate Object Data Manager databases
  • Identify and resolve conflicts between the Logical Volume Manager (LVM) disk structures and the Object Data Manager (ODM)
  • Complete a very basic configuration of Network Installation Manager to provide network boot support for either system installation or booting to maintenance mode
  • Identify various types of boot and disk failures and perform the matching recovery procedures
  • Implement advanced methods such as alternate disk install, multibos, and JFS2 snapshots to use a smaller maintenance window

Content

  • Day 1


    Unit 1: Advanced AIX administration overview

    • Exercise 1: Problem diagnostic information

    Unit 2: The Object Data Manager

    • Exercise 2: The Object Data Manager

    (optional) Exercise 2: Object Data Manager, Part 3


    Unit 3: Error monitoring

    Day 2 

    • Exercise 3: Error monitoring

    Unit 4: Network Installation Manager basics

    • Exercise 4: Basic Network Installation Manager configuration

    Unit 5: System initialization: Accessing a boot image

    • Exercise 5: System initialization: Accessing a boot image


    Day 3 

    Unit 6: System initialization 

    • Exercise 6: System initialization

    Unit 7: LVM metadata and related problems

    • Exercise 7: LVM metadata and related problems

    (optional) Exercise 7: LVM metadata and related problems, Part 6


    Unit 8: Disk management procedures, Topic 1

    • Exercise 8: Disk management procedures, Part 1


    Day 4 

    Unit 8: Disk management procedures, Topic 2

    • Exercise 8: Disk management procedures, Parts 2 and 3

    Unit 9: Install and cloning techniques, Topic 1

    • Exercise 9: Install and cloning techniques, Part 1

    Unit 10: Install and cloning techniques, Topic 2

    • Exercise 10: Install and cloning techniques, Part 2

    Unit 11: Advanced backup techniques, Topic 1

    • Exercise 11: Advanced backup techniques, Part 1

    (Optional) Exercise 11: Advanced backup techniques, Part 2


    Unit 12: Advanced backup techniques, Topic 2

    • Exercise 12: Advanced backup techniques, Parts 3 and 4


    Day 5 

    Unit 13: Advanced backup techniques, Topic 3


    Unit 14: Diagnostics

    • Exercise 14: Diagnostics

    Unit 15: The AIX system dump facility

    • Exercise 15: The AIX system dump facility

    Wrap up / Evaluations

Audience

This is an advanced course for AIX system administrators, and system support individuals with at least six months of experience in AIX.

Prerequisites

You should have basic AIX System Administration skills. These skills include:

  • Use the Hardware Management Console (HMC) to activate a logical partition running AIX and to access the AIX system console
  • Install the AIX operating system from a NIM server
  • Implement AIX backup and recovery
  • Manage additional software and base operating system updates
  • Use management tools such as SMIT
  • Understand how to manage file systems, logical volumes, and volume groups
  • Master the UNIX user interface including use of the vi editor, command execution, input and output redirection, and the use of utilities such as grep

These skills can be developed through experience formal training. The recommended training course to obtain these prerequisite skills is:

  • Power Systems for AIX II: AIX Implementation and Administration (AN12G)


If the student has AIX system administration skills, but is not familiar with the LPAR environment, those skills can be obtained by attending the following course:

  • Power Systems for AIX I: LPAR Configuration and Planning (AN11G)

Certification

This course is not associated with any Certification.

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