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


Duration: 5.0 days

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


  • 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 System Mirror 7 Migration (AN650)
  • PowerHA/XD: Extended Distance and Disaster Recovery (AN440)


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.


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 System Mirror administration

  • Exercise 6: Extending the configuration

Day 4

Unit 7: Events

  • Exercise 7: Events

Unit 8: Basic troubleshooting

  • Exercise 8: PowerHA System Mirror problem determination

Day 5

Unit 9: PowerHA System Mirror installation

  • Exercise 9: Install and maintain PowerHA System Mirror

Open lab


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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