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

Length – 40 Hours

Level – Advanced

Overview
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.

Prerequisites
You should have basic AIX System Administration skills.
These skills include:
Use of the Hardware Management Console (HMC) to activate a logical partition to run AIX and to access the AIX system console
Install an AIX operating system from an already configured NIM server
Implementation of AIX backup and recovery
Manage additional software and base operating system updates
Familiarity with management tools such as SMIT
Understand how to manage file systems, logical volumes, and volume groups
Mastery of the UNIX user interface, which include 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 or by formal training. The recommended training course to obtain these prerequisite skills is:
Power Systems for AIX II: AIX Implementation and Administration AN12G and prerequisites.
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

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

Course outline
Advanced AIX administration overview
The Object Data Manager
Error monitoring
Network Installation Manager basics
System initialization: Accessing a boot image
System initialization: rc.boot and inittab
LVM metadata and related problems
Disk management procedures, Topic 1
Disk management procedures, Topic 2
Install and cloning techniques, Topic 1
Install and cloning techniques, Topic 2
Advanced backup techniques, Topic 1
Advanced backup techniques, Topic 2
Advanced backup techniques, Topic 3
Diagnostics
The AIX system dump facility
Wrap up / Evaluations