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AN61G - PowerHA SystemMirror 7 Planning, Implementation, Customization and Basic Administration


Duration: 5 days

This course is designed to prepare students to install and configure a highly available cluster using PowerHA SystemMirror.


  • Explain what high availability is
  • Outline the capabilities of PowerHA SystemMirror
  • Design and plan a highly available PowerHA cluster
  • Install and configure PowerHA SystemMirror in the following modes of operation:
  • Single resource group on a primary node with standby node (active/passive)
  • Two resource groups in a mutual takeover configuration (active/active)
  • Configure resource group startup, fallover, and fallback policies
  • Perform basic system administration tasks for PowerHA
  • Perform basic customization for PowerHA
  • Perform basic problem determination and recover

This course is the first in the PowerHA 7 curriculum. The following courses can be taken after this course is completed:

  • PowerHA 7 Advanced Configurations (AN620)
  • PowerHA SystemMirror 7 Migration (AN650)
  • PowerHA/XD: Extended Distance and Disaster Recovery (AN440) 


Day 1

Welcome and course introduction

Unit 1: Introduction to PowerHA SystemMirror

  • Exercise 1: Lab setup, cluster planning, and exploring fallover

Unit 2: Planning and configuring network and storage for PowerHA SystemMirror

  • Exercise 2: Preparing the AIX environment for PowerHA SystemMirror

Day 2

Unit 3: Configuring applications for PowerHA SystemMirror

  • Exercise 3: Preparing an application for integration with SystemMirror

Unit 4: Configuring a PowerHA SystemMirror cluster

  • Exercise 4: Initial cluster configuration

Day 3

Unit 5: Cluster validation and testing

  • Exercise 5: Cluster validation and testing

Unit 6: Basic PowerHA SystemMirror administration

  • Exercise 6: Extending the configuration

Day 4 

Unit 7: Events

  • Exercise 7: Events

Unit 8: Basic troubleshooting

  • Exercise 8: PowerHA SystemMirror problem determination

Day 5

Unit 9: PowerHA SystemMirror installation

  • Exercise 9: Install and maintain PowerHA SystemMirror

Open lab


The audience for this advanced course is students who have experienced AIX system administrators with TCP/IP networking AIX Logical Volume Manager (LVM) experience who are responsible for the planning and installation of a PowerHA SystemMirror 7.1 later cluster on an IBM Power Systems server running AIX V6.1 or later. The lab exercises are conducted on an AIX 7.1 TL2 level system.


You should be AIX system administrator have TCP/IP, LVM storage, disk hardware implementation skills. These skills are addressed in the following courses or can be obtained through equivalent education and experience:

  • TCP/IP for AIX Administrators (AN210)


This course is not associated with any Certification.


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