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Published: 11 Dec 2017 02:16:02 +0000

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Resolving symbol information into meaningful function names in tprof

30 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0000

In scenerios where tprof utility fails to resolve the addresses of the symbols, instead reports the symbols in hexadecimal format. This makes perfomance analysis difficult, since the symbols would not have resolved into meaningful function names. This article explains the way in which users can translate the unresolved address in a tprof profile report to meaningful function address using gensyms and dbx commands.



Monitor network bandwidth usage and analyze network traffic in the IBM AIX server using ProbeVue

28 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0000

This article helps users to monitor network bandwidth and analyze network traffic in an IBM AIX server using ProbeVue. This provides users with a near real time view of what is happening in their network for a user-specified time interval or when a user specified event occurs. This takes very less time to diagnose certain network issues compared to traditional tools such as IPTRACE and TCPDUMP. This is because ProbeVue provides only the data requested by the user instead of providing the entire data, which requires a lot of time to analyze and diagnose a specific problem.



Performance improvement using IBM AIX flash cache

13 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0000

This article demonstrates how performance with IBM AIX flash can drastically improve read requests from a storage subsystem by running performance benchmark tests. The test team experimented using different performance benchmarks and measured the performance data to demonstrate the variation with and without AIX flash cache.



A deep dive into the new software-defined converged infrastructure for SAS Foundation mixed workloads

12 Sep 2017 04:00:00 +0000

This article describes the details behind the new software-defined converged infrastructure for deploying SAS Foundation Mixed Analytics workloads using IBM Elastic Storage Server (ESS), IBM Spectrum Scale, IBM POWER8, and Mellanox networking technology. This article documents detailed test configurations, test scenarios, performance results, and tuning options for the converged infrastructure. This article provides a methodology to tune each component in the infrastructure horizontally, as well as tuning the solution vertically, which allowed the optimal performance to be achieved.



Enabling largesend and jumbo_frames in IBM AIX to reduce processor usage

17 Aug 2017 04:00:00 +0000

This article provides end-to-end configuration steps to enable TCP largesend offload and Ethernet jumbo_frames attributes in IBM AIX, explains the benefits of using them, provides a performance study of using largesend offload using tprof, and describes how to use large receive.



Explore the OpenStack REST APIs for PowerVC

02 Aug 2017 04:00:00 +0000

IBM Power Virtualization Center (PowerVC) is an OpenStack-based IaaS cloud solution for the IBM Power platform designed to simplify the management of virtual resources. PowerVC consists of both a GUI and RESTful APIs that perform virtual management tasks for your Power System. This article highlights the REST APIs for both PowerVC Standard Edition and Cloud PowerVC Manager.



Configure an IPsec environment using the Kerberos authentication mechanism

28 Jul 2017 04:00:00 +0000

Kerberos is an authentication mechanism used to authenticate a set of users by having different security realms and by exchanging ticket over a secured or non-secured environment. Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) is a security protocol used to establish a secured channel over interacting systems. The IPsec security protocol allows the use of Kerberos for user authentication and to have a secured communication channel established between two client systems. This article explains how we can use IPsec as a security protocol to communicate between two client systems and how we can configure IPsec with Kerberos authentication between these systems.



SAS software with Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) running on IBM POWER8

06 Jul 2017 04:00:00 +0000

This article describes how to set up an environment where SAS can access and analyze data stored on Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) using SAS/ACCESS Interface to Hadoop. The environment is running on IBM POWER8 processor-based servers.



Updating the Olson time zone database on IBM AIX

04 Jul 2017 04:00:00 +0000

This article helps users to understand how to update the Olson time zone database on IBM AIX whenever it is periodically updated with the latest time zone changes.



Building open source RPM packages on IBM AIX

15 Jun 2017 04:00:00 +0000

RPM is a very popular packaging method for installing and managing software. Different Linux distributions provide open source software in RPM format. Building and managing RPM packages on IBM AIX is similar to Linux distributions but with some changes. This article describes how to build an open source software RPM package on AIX.



A simplified approach to hardware upgrade using IBM Geographically Dispersed Resiliency for Power Systems

06 Jun 2017 04:00:00 +0000

This article explains the advantages of using IBM Geographically Dispersed Resiliency for Power Systems for planned hardware upgrades followed by a detailed walk-through of the steps for performing the upgrade.



IBM PowerHA/Cluster Aware AIX (CAA) tunables guide

23 May 2017 04:00:00 +0000

This article explains about IBM PowerHA and Cluster Aware AIX (CAA) tunables, their default values, and the recommended values for the PowerHA cluster environment.



Bidirectional supports for disaster recovery using IBM Geographically Dispersed Resiliency for Power Systems

11 May 2017 04:00:00 +0000

This article demonstrates the working of bidirectional support for disaster recovery using the IBM Geographically Dispersed Resiliency for Power Systems solution, where two sites can handle the configuration in both directions.



Preserving redundant VIOS configuration on production site with IBM Geographically Dispersed Resiliency solution

12 Apr 2017 04:00:00 +0000

IBM Geographically Dispersed Resiliency for Power Systems is an innovative disaster recovery (DR) solution to recover virtual machines (VMs). In enterprise customer environments, multipathing I/O with dual Virtual I/O Server (VIOS) configuration is widely employed for redundancy. This article suggests a procedure to perform disaster recovery to move the VMs that have dual VIOS setup on host at production or active site to a backup site with a single VIOS setup in the backup hosts. The article also explains the procedure to preserve the original dual VIOS configuration after the VMs move back to the previous site again.



Implementing server-side caching of storage data in an IBM PowerHA cluster environment

07 Apr 2017 04:00:00 +0000

This article explains the implementation of server-side caching of storage data in an IBM PowerHA cluster environment. This can help in reducing average latency of the workloads and achieving better write throughput by offloading requests from a storage area network (SAN). This helps in effectively serving many clients and hosts.



AHAFS events support for adding and removing USB devices in IBM AIX

14 Mar 2017 04:00:00 +0000

Hot plugging a device in a system means the device is discovered and configured by the system without reboot or without manual intervention. The existing USB infrastructure in IBM AIX does not support discovering devices on hotplug. A configuration manager command must be invoked manually to discover the new USB devices attached to the AIX system. This article explains the hotplug infrastructure provided for USB devices in AIX and how it can be used by the applications.



Developing applications using libusb in IBM AIX

14 Mar 2017 04:00:00 +0000

libusb is an open source library that allows you to develop user space drivers (applications) for USB devices. This article provides detailed steps on developing applications using libusb on IBM AIX. Users can write driver software on AIX for their USB devices to communicate with them. This article gives detailed description on installation and configuration of libusb on AIX, enumeration of libusb devices, and how to develop applications using libusb APIs.



Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) offering using IBM Geographically Dispersed Resiliency Solution for Power Systems

27 Feb 2017 05:00:00 +0000

This article explains about cloud supported recovery model for disaster recovery management in which two different customers can share the same IBM site recovery management system through subscription or service offering. This can be supported with IBM Geographically Dispersed Resiliency for Power Systems.



Configuration of Enterprise Pool for Capacity on Demand with IBM Geographically Dispersed Resiliency for Power Systems solution

31 Jan 2017 05:00:00 +0000

This article explains about the newly released disaster recovery solution, IBM Geographically Disperse Resiliency for Power Systems, and explains how to use it seamlessly with Power Enterprise Pools. This article explains the concepts involved in capacity on demand and steps involved in configuring the same from the HMC GUI and command line.



How to safeguard the KSYS node in IBM Geographically Dispersed Resiliency for Power systems?

31 Jan 2017 05:00:00 +0000

This article explains how to safeguard the KSYS node (controller system node) that manages the Geographically Dispersed Resiliency environment. IBM Geographically Dispersed Resiliency for Power Systems is a disaster recovery solution that is easy to deploy and provides an automated process to recover the production site virtual machines. KSYS node is a logical partition with the IBM AIX operating system and the Geographically Dispersed Resiliency solution installed on it. This KSYS node can monitor the configured environment and handle the respective virtual machine under that environment during disaster recovery.



Performance improvements for IBM AIX FC and FCoE device driver stacks

06 Jan 2017 05:00:00 +0000

The Fibre Channel device driver stack on IBM AIX enables multiple I/O queues to issue I/O requests in parallel across the queues. With this multiple I/O queue support, there is a significant improvement in the number of IOPS for I/O requests of smaller block sizes. The article discusses the performance improvements and results for AIX native and NPIV configurations for 16 Gb FC (Feature Code: EN0A) and 10 Gb FCoE (Feature Code: EN0H) host bus adapters (HBAs).



Introducing IBM PowerSC 1.1.5

04 Nov 2016 04:00:00 +0000

IBM PowerSC provides a security and compliance solution optimized for virtualized environments on IBM Power Systems running PowerVM and AIX. The newest release makes managing security compliance easier than ever with an improved user interface. Try it today.



Enabling Reliability Scalability Cluster Technology (RSCT) as clustering software for IBM PowerVM NovaLink

17 Oct 2016 04:00:00 +0000

This article explains the Reliability Scalability Cluster Technology (RSCT) support to establish the formation of a management domain between IBM PowerVM NovaLink and its logical partitions (LPARs) automatically and to ensure that the communication between PowerVM NovaLink and the LPAR is possible over IPv6 link-local addresses using an OpenStack community driver on PowerVM NovaLink.



Open source cloud automation for IBM AIX

11 Oct 2016 04:00:00 +0000

IBM is proactively working with AIX administrators to identify and prioritize Chef content and continue to strengthen the open source ecosystem for AIX. Read this article to learn more.



Introducing IBM AIX 7.2.1 Live Update

11 Oct 2016 04:00:00 +0000

Updating AIX is easier than ever with the introduction of AIX 7.2.1 Live Update which updates the operating system with no reboot required.



Open source cloud automation for IBM AIX

11 Oct 2016 04:00:00 +0000

IBM is proactively working with AIX administrators to identify and prioritize Chef content and continue to strengthen the open source ecosystem for AIX. Read this article to learn more.



Hitachi TrueCopy mirroring with IBM PowerHA SystemMirror

23 Sep 2016 04:00:00 +0000

This article explains the steps to configure Hitachi Storage system mirroring and IBM® PowerHA® SystemMirror® to monitor and manage Hitachi disks. In case of a disaster scenario such as fire, earthquake, and so on, the configured PowerHA SystemMirror resource can be moved from the disaster location to some other backup location thereby minimizing the loss of data and business application's downtime.



Machine Learning, Deep Learning 101

20 Jul 2016 04:00:00 +0000

This article describes the growing relevance of Machine Learning used in various kinds of analytics along with an overview of Deep Learning. It provides an end-to-end process for using Machine Learning and Deep Learning and the options for getting started on IBM® Power Systems™.



Gaining better control in directing Live Partition Mobility (LPM) resource consumption

30 Jun 2016 04:00:00 +0000

LPM is being increasingly used by system administrators in order to reduce operational downtime. For running Live Partition Mobility (LPM) with operational efficiency, we should consider the network that is going to route the traffic as well as the CPU cost on the mover service partition (MSP). The objective of this article is to demonstrate careful selection of resources during LPM operation, so that an administrator can enjoy better control over LPM traffic. This also brings in optimal performance and isolation of heavy LPM traffic from other workloads.



Get started with IBM Power Virtualization Center (PowerVC)

09 Mar 2016 05:00:00 +0000

Virtualization plays a key role in cloud computing. IBM Power Virtualization Center (PowerVC) is a new virtualization management tool that's built on OpenStack and designed to simplify the management of virtual resources in Power Systems environments, and thus improve administrator productivity. In this tutorial, we'll cover fundamental concepts, installation, and basic configuration techniques, as well as ways to configure various resources like hosts, storage, and networks. We'll also take a look at virtual machines and images, and show you how to create and manage a VM using PowerVC with the help of screens.



Automatic Repository Disk Replacement (ARR) in an IBM PowerHA cluster

02 Mar 2016 05:00:00 +0000

This article explains the Automatic Repository Disk Replacement (ARR) feature of IBM® PowerHA® SystemMirror®. This article can help customers to configure backup repositories for automatic repository update. The PowerHA SystemMirror ARR feature helps to prevent a cluster from moving to the restricted mode in case a cluster repository disk is inaccessible or failed, ensuring that the cluster always remains in the stable state.



IBM Cognos integration with Sterling Selling and Fulfillment Suite on Linux

14 Jan 2016 05:00:00 +0000

This article reviews the necessary steps to integrate IBM Cognos 10 and IBM Sterling Selling and Fulfilment Suite 9 on Linux. Before you begin, it is recommended that you have an understanding of both IBM Cognos and Sterling Selling and Fulfillment Suite.



Configuration and integration of IBM System Storage SVC PPRC with IBM PowerHA using CLI

22 Dec 2015 05:00:00 +0000

This article provides detailed steps for the configuration of IBM® System Storage® SAN Volume Controller (SVC) with Peer-to-Peer Remote Copy (PPRC) and integrating it with IBM PowerHA®. It briefs about the SVC configuration with IBM PowerHA to provide PPRC technology for faster failover of data. SVC is block storage which does virtualization using Fiber Channel storage area network (SAN).



Installing and using IBM PowerVP and IBM AIX

18 Aug 2015 04:00:00 +0000

This article describes how to install and use IBM PowerVP on an IBM AIX environment to monitor your IBM POWER8 and IBM POWER7 processor-based systems. You can also learn how to download, install, and configure PowerVP on AIX. New features in the latest version of PowerVP are also introduced and discussed in this article.



Recovering from a resource failure in IBM PowerHA cluster

30 Jul 2015 04:00:00 +0000

This article explains about recovering from a resource failure caused due to wrong input to resources in IBM® PowerHA® cluster. There are scenarios in which a cluster might go to the unstable state and a resource might go to the error state due to wrong input to resources such as applications, file systems, and so on. This article helps to understand how to get cluster to a stable state after rectifying the wrong input to resources and make it accessible using the IBM PowerHA SystemMirror cluster recovery script failure tool.



Integration of Microsoft Windows Active Directory server as a pass-through authentication server to IBM Tivoli Directory Server

10 Jul 2015 04:00:00 +0000

This article explains about configuring Microsoft Windowsas a pass-through authentication server for IBM Tivoli Director Server Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) server. The IBM AIX clients are mapped to the AIX LDAP server and the Windows clients are mapped to the Windows Active Directory (AD) server. But, when the user logs in to the AIX client, the user credentials get validated at the Windows AD server for getting login access to the AIX clients. This article provides the configuration steps in detail.



Understanding storage framework disk fencing in IBM PowerHA SystemMirror 7.1

22 Jan 2015 05:00:00 +0000

This article introduces a new feature of IBM® PowerHA® SystemMirror® 7.1, the storage framework disk fencing, which can shut off disk write access from IBM AIX® Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) disk driver layer, and help to prevent data corruption of inadvertent disk access.



Using Storix

16 Jan 2015 05:00:00 +0000

Recovering or building new machines running AIX is a straightforward process when you use Storix.



varyonvg and varyoffvg scripts

06 Jan 2015 05:00:00 +0000

This article covers two scripts that can vary on and vary off one or more volume groups (VGs). It also covers troubleshooting problems when unmount, varyonvg and varyoffvg commands fail.



Moving IP address from one Ethernet to another

24 Dec 2014 05:00:00 +0000

There will be times when you have to move an Ethernet IP address to another Ethernet. The first Ethernet may have gone bad and you have to move its IP address to another or may be you are moving from 1 GB Ethernet to a new 10 GB Ethernet. Whatever the reason is, this article provides you the steps to move the IP address from one Ethernet to another. My intention in this article is to make you aware that not only do you have to move the IP address to the new Ethernet but you also have to move all the routes as well. If the routes are missing on the new Ethernet you could run into problems and you may not know what the routes used to be so you can add them. I will show you how to create all the routes on the new Ethernet.



IBM XIV mirroring with IBM PowerHA SystemMirror using XCLI commands

02 Dec 2014 05:00:00 +0000

This article explains the steps to configure IBM® XIV® Storage System mirroring and IBM PowerHA® SystemMirror® to monitor and manage the XIV disks using XCLI commands. In case of a disaster scenario such as fire, earthquake, and so on, the configured XIV resources can be moved from the disaster location to some other backup location thereby minimizing the loss of data and business application's downtime.



IBM GPFS cluster installation and configuration in IBM AIX

25 Nov 2014 05:00:00 +0000

This article is intended for IBM® AIX® system administrators, file system developers and testers for installing and configuring the IBM General Parallel File System (IBM GPFS™) high availability cluster node for environments such as AIX clusters, Linux® clusters, Microsoft® Windows® Server, or heterogeneous cluster for AIX, Linux, and Windows nodes.



IBM XL compiler hardware transactional memory built-in functions for IBM AIX on IBM POWER8 processor-based systems

18 Nov 2014 05:00:00 +0000

Transactional memory is a hot topic in parallel programming and many software implementations have been developed, but solutions based on hardware transactional memory have superior performance. IBM is leading the way with its implementations of transactional memory on its hardware platform, first on IBM Blue Gene and IBM z/OS, then recently with IBM AIX support of hardware transactional memory on the POWER8 platform. This article introduces the IBM XL compiler hardware transactional memory built-in functions, including its installation and configuration with examples using XL C++ and XL Fortran.



Updating Virtual I/O Server (VIOS) to a higher level using an alternate disk

13 Nov 2014 05:00:00 +0000

This article describes how to update Virtual I/O Server (VIOS) to a higher level using an alternate disk. This is an intermediate-level article and is targeted for system administrators. This overview of VIOS update process can prepare system administrators for what needs to be done and what to expect so that the update can be as quick and as easy as possible.



Controlling symbol visibility for shared libraries: Part 2 - Advanced knowledge with IBM XL C/C++ V13 compiler

09 Sep 2014 04:00:00 +0000

This is the second article of our two-part series about symbol visibility. This article demonstrates more methods on visibility setting and resolution using the IBM® XL C/C++ V13 compiler. The article also introduces and explains some of the linking, assembly, and tooling facilities.



Exploring IKEv2 with ECDSA certificate in IBM AIX

23 Jul 2014 04:00:00 +0000

Internet security is a major concern now-a-days. Internet Protocol Security (IPSec) is a security protocol suite which works on the L3 layer of network and provides a strong security with the help of different types of authentication and encryption mechanisms. This article discusses about the usage of the Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm (ECDSA) certificate based authentication mechanism for Internet Key Exchange Version 2 (IKEv2).



IBM AIX SAN Volume Controller update and migration

19 Jun 2014 04:00:00 +0000

This article discusses the tasks to be performed for IBM® AIX® when updating or migrating IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller (SVC) to a new release. It includes a script that makes it easier to prepare many AIX servers for update or migration.



Getting bosboot errors, don’t reboot just yet

12 May 2014 04:00:00 +0000

You are about to reboot your system for some planned maintenance, perhaps through some upgrade or migration. For this process to complete, you issue a : bosboot - a command. It may be the case that the bosboot command fails, the output informing you "it is not safe to reboot your system". Though initially, this might come across as a real and present problem (which it is), there are tasks to perform that can prove that the system is indeed rebootable with the current image. This article summarizes the tasks that can be performed to verify if it is save to reboot.



Getting started with SSH security and configuration

09 May 2014 04:00:00 +0000

Are you a new UNIX(R) administrator who needs to be able to run communication over a network in the most secure fashion possible? Brush up on the basics, learn the intricate details of SSH, and delve into the advanced capabilities of SSH to automate securely your daily system maintenance, remote system management, and use within advanced scripts to manage multiple hosts.



Map VIOS LUNs with minimal requirement

02 May 2014 04:00:00 +0000

This article maps the logical unit numbers (LUNs) between the client and the server. The only requirement it has is to run as root and be able to use Secure Shell (SSH) to connect an IBM® AIX® jump server to the VIOS client and server without entering the password. It provides a lot of information including the Virtual I/O Server (VIOS) that is providing the Shared Ethernet Adapter (SEA), the virtual Small Computer System Interface (VSCSI), and the command to re-create the virtual target device as well.



Enforcing environmental limits

11 Apr 2014 04:00:00 +0000

Controlling user limits should not only cover the resources being used, it should also encompass environmental limitations on the account in general. This article describes what user limits should cover and also demonstrates the concepts of limits with examples.



Automatic discovery and HyperSwap configuration tool for IBM Power HA SystemMirror for AIX

11 Apr 2014 04:00:00 +0000

The IBM® HyperSwap® feature in IBM PowerHA® SystemMirror® provides continuous storage availability in a multisite PowerHA cluster. It gives the advantage of planned and unplanned maintenance and migration of storage. To achieve HyperSwap configuration across sites, administrators need to configure Peer-to-Peer Remote Copy (PPRC) Metro Mirror between pairs and need to enable the HyperSwap feature for each of the disks. This involves collecting the logical unit number (LUN) and logical subsystem (LSS) information of the shared disks from the cluster nodes, and this is a time-consuming process. This article describes the scripts that can perform the HyperSwap configuration automatically.



IBM AIX commands you should not leave home without

04 Apr 2014 04:00:00 +0000

Do you ever wish you could answer some of your own questions when you work with IBM AIX® and your IBM Power Systems™ server? Do you ever feel you could save time by not having to call on the support professionals all the time? Well, wish no more. Shiv Dutta discusses some of the AIX commands that answer those questions and tells you how to enlarge the list of such answers.



Secure LPM: Live Partition Mobility with IPSec

27 Mar 2014 04:00:00 +0000

In plain Live Partition Mobility (LPM), transfer of memory contents of the source logical partition (LPAR) goes unprotected over the network. Secure LPM provides an option to administrators to choose whether or not to transfer memory contents through an Internet Protocol Security (IPSec) tunnel. This article explains the steps to configure secure LPM and provides an overview of the available security profiles that mandate the creation of automatic tunnels. It also covers the concepts, prerequisites, and hardware and software configuration along with screen captures.



Getting started with Nmap for system administrators

24 Mar 2014 04:00:00 +0000

Nmap is an open source port scanner for Linux® and many other platforms that can boost your system's security. This article discusses the basics of Nmap for system administrators and how to get started using it.



Create nmon web pages in an enterprise environment using nmon2rrd

20 Mar 2014 04:00:00 +0000

With nmon, you can capture performance data into a CSV file. This can then be converted into a graphic form using many tools that are available. One such rather good tool is nmon2rrd, which by using rrdtool will convert the time series data into a meaningful graphic HTML page.



Continuous integration setup for IBM System Planning Tool

07 Mar 2014 05:00:00 +0000

This article describes the detailed steps to configure your own continuous integration build set up for the IBM® System Planning Tool (SPT) without making use of any other publicly available continuous integration tools. This setup comes with the scheduled code extraction and build, scheduled test suite execution, and scheduled code coverage report generation features. You can use this article as a reference while setting up your own continuous integration environment for any of your projects as it gives step-by-step configuration details. This greatly reduces your research, exploration, and development time of the project setup.



How to read detailed data of error-log entries

11 Feb 2014 05:00:00 +0000

This article aims at explaining the method of reading detailed data of error-log entries using C programs. As you read, you will be introduced to various functions, structures, and constructs to be used for this and an example code to end the article.



IBM AIX MPIO: Best practices and considerations

20 Jan 2014 05:00:00 +0000

This article can help you to learn the best practice configuration details and considerations to optimize your IBM® AIX® Multi Path I/O (MPIO) solutions, and also to easily determine the MPIO options that are most suitable for your applications and business needs.



String externalization practices and considerations for UNIX shell scripts

24 Dec 2013 05:00:00 +0000

In this article, we provide practical "How-Tos" and experiences on externalizing shell script messages in a product. Also, we provide suggestions on what to consider before and during translation enablement from a globalization perspective. The target audience is product developers who would like to enable their shell scripts for translation. After reading this article, readers can understand the considerations for externalizing shell script messages, realize the end-to-end process of string extraction and translation, and be aware of some known issues and their solutions.



IBM AIX audit on an LDAP server

09 Dec 2013 05:00:00 +0000




Extending snap data collection

11 Nov 2013 05:00:00 +0000

This article aims at equipping users with the knowledge of extending the snap utility to collect debug data for third-party components installed on a system. Some background understanding of snap such as architectural overview, various components, and so on are also covered as a part of this article. We conclude the article with a full-fledged example.



Tracing IBM AIX hdisks back to IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller (SVC) volumes

01 Nov 2013 04:00:00 +0000

When working in an IBM AIX® environment that uses the IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller (SVC), you need to be able to determine the SVC volumes that represent each AIX hdisk. This article covers the procedure to perform this manually as well as automate the process by using a script. With these skills, you will be able to better manage the storage on your SVC and AIX systems.



Using the NIM service handler with the NIM Alternate Disk Migration tool

15 Oct 2013 04:00:00 +0000

This article describes how to use nimsh with nimadm to migrate to IBM® AIX® version 7.1.



How to write trace format entries

03 Oct 2013 04:00:00 +0000

This article aims at equipping users with the knowledge required to write effective trace format entries. We will look at elements of the trace format entry, covering each of them with examples and situations where they can be handy. There is an example at the end of the article to give you a sense of how these pieces of a puzzle fit together.



Command-line interaction for IBM i Access Client Solutions

03 Oct 2013 04:00:00 +0000

In this article, you can learn how to invoke Access Client Solutions from the command line and see the utility through functional examples.



Strengthening the SSH configuration used in GPFS installations to make them more secure

19 Sep 2013 04:00:00 +0000

Currently, a prerequisite of any IBM General Parallel File System (IBM GPFS) installation is that all the nodes on the cluster must be able to communicate with each other using the root user ID and that this is done without a password in order to facilitate automated tasks. But this configuration represents a security exposure, because security best practices forbid that the root user can log in remotely. The configuration presented in this article resolves this dilemma by allowing the GPFS cluster nodes to continue communicating with each other using the root ID and at the same time blocking this type of connection to other users and nodes.



Vice partition virtualization for IBM AFS

10 Sep 2013 04:00:00 +0000

IBM® AFS™ storage area network (SAN) storage virtualization provides the mechanism to migrate the existing vice partitions from one file server to another file server without restarting the file server or terminating the client processes. This article explains the problem with the existing IBM AFS file server setup in migrating the vice partitions from one file server to another and the steps to resolve the same using IBM AFS SAN storage virtualization.



IBM PowerHA SystemMirror cluster migration

04 Sep 2013 04:00:00 +0000

IBM® PowerHA® SystemMirror is an application that makes a system fault resilient and reduces downtime of applications or databases. This article helps customers to plan for and successfully accomplish cluster migration.



Decoding location codes

26 Aug 2013 04:00:00 +0000

When you have a faulty device, you need to know where the device is located physically on your system, so it can be replaced. The errpt or lscfg comand provides a location code specifying where the faulty device is located. Armed with the location code and a server manual or an IBM® Redbooks® title covering your model, or even better with access to IBM web information center, you should be able to identify exactly where the device is located.



IBM PowerHA SystemMirror HyperSwap with Metro Mirror

19 Aug 2013 04:00:00 +0000

IBM® HyperSwap® with Metro Mirror is a new feature in IBM PowerHA® SystemMirror 7.1.2 Enterprise Edition. It provides continuous availability against storage errors and prevents unnecessary application fallover to a disaster recovery site, which happens only if the storage fails. This article introduces HyperSwap with PowerHA and provides a detailed explanation of how to plan for and configure the PowerHA Enterprise Edition cluster with HyperSwap and Metro Mirror.



Exploring the DWARF debug format information

12 Aug 2013 04:00:00 +0000

This article helps you understand the DWARF debug file structure and explore the DWARF object files.



Building a two-node IBM GPFS cluster on IBM AIX

01 Aug 2013 04:00:00 +0000

This article is a step-by-step guide for deploying a two-node IBM® General Parallel File System (IBM GPFS™) V3.5 cluster on IBM AIX® 7.1.



IBM AIX autostartup and shutdown scripts

29 Jul 2013 04:00:00 +0000

Automatically starting up the required services when a system restarts can save you the task of logging in to the system to manually start those services. When shutting a system down, you can have scripts in place to shut down those services in a controlled manner. This article covers the different methods employed to start or stop your applications when a system is restarted or shut down.



Simplify and centralize IPSec management on AIX

15 Jul 2013 04:00:00 +0000

Internet Protocol Security (IPSec) helps you secure your data, but implementing IPSec tunnels in a large enterprise with many systems can be a daunting task. In this article, learn to use the centralized IPSec management feature in AIX to manage IPSec configuration for large numbers of client machines. Examples show how to simplify and centralize management of a configuration using LDAP as a central repository.



IBM AIX and Microsoft Active Directory integration with Kerberos and LDAP

11 Jul 2013 04:00:00 +0000

The KRB5LDAP compound load module in IBM® AIX® allows user information to be pulled from Microsoft® Active Directory (AD) using Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) and authentication against AD using Kerberos. This article explains the necessary steps to configure KRB5LDAP.



Enhance distributed development with IBM Rational Developer for AIX and Linux Version 9.0

09 Jul 2013 04:00:00 +0000

IBM Rational Developer for AIX and Linux Version 9.0 allows you to use a single project to develop, build, test, debug, and performance tune your application across multiple systems at the same time. Mike Kucera describes the features that enable distributed development.



Getting more done with less: Using scripts and utilities to run commands across all your IBM AIX servers quickly

08 Jul 2013 04:00:00 +0000

System administrators are increasingly required to manage more servers, decreasing the amount of time they are able to dedicate to each server. Time-saving utilities are crucial in ensuring efficiency in managing these servers. Simple, serially run one-line Secure Shell (SSH) loops and parallel-run commands using utilities, such as dsh and parallel SSH, drastically improve efficiency, especially in large-enterprise environments.



VIOS shared storage pool and thin provisioning

03 Jul 2013 04:00:00 +0000

I wondered why IBM® Power Systems™ does not have the snapshot and thin-provisioning features that can make the life of a system administrator much easier when there is a need to upgrade or maintain efficiency. Finally, I found it in Virtual I/O Server (VIOS) shared storage pool, which I have detailed in this article.



Get your IBM Power Systems environment to a supported level

01 Jul 2013 04:00:00 +0000

Running unsupported software or system firmware in your IBM® Power Systems™ environment can pose a significant exposure to your business. Fortunately, getting your environment to a state where IBM can support it may be easier than you think. This article looks at the components you may need to upgrade. It also points you to further information to help you get started.



A hidden and dangerous side effect of tuning j2_inodeCacheSize and the memory DR operation

24 Jun 2013 04:00:00 +0000

In this article, we reveal a hidden and dangerous side effect of tuning j2_inodeCacheSize and the memory dynamic reconfiguration (DR) operation. This harmful side effect might cause serious consequences including inode cache exhaustion, file system corruption, and system failure. We demonstrate and explain how it occurs and how to prevent it. We also introduce some methods to detect and fix such problems.



Controlling symbol visibility for shared libraries: Part 1 - Introduction to symbol visibility

12 Jun 2013 04:00:00 +0000

This is the first one of our two-part series about symbol visibility. In this part, you may get to know the fundamental concept about symbol and symbol visibility, and ways for a programmer to make symbol visibility under control on IBM® AIX® that runs on the IBM POWER® platform. Further, this article details about symbol preemption to show the subtle difference between exported symbol and symbol that is exported but also protected.



Stack-based breadth-first search tree traversal

04 Jun 2013 04:00:00 +0000

This article explains the traditional breadth-first search (BFS) that has drawbacks in terms of extra space required by the queue data structure. If a tree has multiple children and is a balanced tree, then the queue size would grow exponentially and could cause serious memory threats. The solution in this article provides a parallel approach for printing the tree in BFS fashion, where the queue data structure in not required at all. Instead, stack memory is used but memory consumption would be log(n) with base N, where N is the average children count per node and 'n' is the number of nodes in the tree.



Considerations in software design for multi-core multiprocessor architectures

20 May 2013 04:00:00 +0000

Today's chip multithreaded, multi-core, multiprocessor systems provide software designers a great opportunity to achieve faster and higher throughput. However, there are a few key design considerations, if ignored, could result in hard-to-find performance issues and scalability bottlenecks.These key design considerations are discussed in this article.



PowerVM configuration and scaling with WebSphere Portal

09 May 2013 04:00:00 +0000

This article describes a series of performance benchmarks that demonstrate the scaling properties of an IBM PowerVM® virtual machine running IBM WebSphere® Portal on the IBM AIX® operating system. Various PowerVM configuration settings are used to demonstrate how performance changes when CPU entitlements and virtual CPUs are changed.



Setting up the IBM AIX server as a router (static routing)

25 Apr 2013 04:00:00 +0000

Routing is the process of moving a packet of data from source to destination. Static routing uses manually added routes whereas dynamic routing uses dynamic routes. This article explains how to set up an IBM® AIX® server as a router to communicate with private and public networks by using static routing.



The troubleshooter's guide for managing storage using IBM Systems Director

22 Apr 2013 04:00:00 +0000

The purpose of this article is to document the troubleshooting methodologies and the best practices to be followed while managing the storage component and also provide the information about what needs to be verified in an entity, such as IBM® Systems Director, LSI, NetApp Eagle provider, and so on to overcome certain issues. In short, this article would serve as a one-stop reference for debugging storage management issues more efficiently.



Troubleshooting process hangs caused by JFS2 inode with an empty extended attribute entry

18 Apr 2013 04:00:00 +0000

In this article, we reveal a special kind of inode that cannot be detected by the fsck command, and explain why it can cause process hangs and drop system performance. We also introduce some approaches to tackle such an issue.



IBM PowerHA SystemMirror cluster migration to IBM POWER7

04 Apr 2013 04:00:00 +0000

This article provides the tips for migrating an IBM® PowerHA® SystemMirror cluster from IBM POWER6® to IBM POWER7® processor-based servers. This step-by-step guide describes how to migrate a high-availability (HA) cluster to POWER7, upgrade the cluster from IBM HACMP™ to PowerHA, and migrate shared cluster volume groups for fast disk takeover.



Using IBM Image Construction and Composition Tool

02 Apr 2013 04:00:00 +0000

This article aims to provide common best practices when working with the IBM® Image Construction and Composition Tool® (ICCT) to design and build virtual appliances on IBM PowerVM® cloud providers.



IBM AIX device driver development

28 Mar 2013 04:00:00 +0000

This tutorial illustrates the IBM® AIX® device driver framework and related application programming interfaces (APIs). Here, we shall discuss about the device switch structure, API to register device switch methods, major and minor number management, and moving data from kernel to user space.



Fine-grain network quality of service on IBM AIX 7.1 and Linux in a multi-tenant cloud environment

21 Mar 2013 04:00:00 +0000

In a multi-tenant environment, typically tenants share a single infrastructure on which resources are logically partitioned and where the cloud administrators support the required provisioning to enable sharing of the infrastructure. In purview of the overall administrative tasks, maintenance of network quality of service (QoS) per tenant is a must have but a tedious task. This article demonstrates a powerful QoS mechanism available with the Linux® operating system that can help cloud administrators to effectively divide the total network bandwidth available on a centralized Linux server, hosting cloud applications among tenant client systems such as IBM® AIX®, Microsoft® Windows®, and Linux.



Simulating dropped TCP/IP packets on IBM AIX

15 Mar 2013 04:00:00 +0000

Commercial software products are often developed and tested on local high-speed, high-capacity networks, where there is little congestion or packet loss. The network conditions in deployment environments may not be so ideal. Heavy congestion or hardware errors on networking equipment might result in lost packets, which can severely affect product performance. This article shows you how to use and customize a provided facility for simulating dropped Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) packets on IBM® AIX® to allow you to anticipate how well a product will behave under less-than-ideal network conditions.



Enterprise maintenance strategy for IBM AIX running on IBM Power Systems servers

11 Mar 2013 04:00:00 +0000

Systems maintenance plays an essential role within every enterprise to ensure supportability and system reliability in order to maximize the availability of the services that make up the technical landscape. With multiple components to consider (IBM® AIX®, database, application, and so on), juggling systems maintenance requirements with service level agreements (SLAs) can be challenging, but by aligning a schedule of activities, the frequency of planned outages can be reduced. This article looks at the importance of treating the service as an entity and with it, creating an enterprise maintenance strategy that maximizes system availability.



Automated environment setup tool for IBM Systems Director VMControl

05 Mar 2013 05:00:00 +0000

IBM® Systems Director is a platform management solution that is used to manage physical and virtual systems. IBM Systems Director provides systems management personnel with a single pane of glass, helping to reduce IT management complexity and cost. IBM Systems Director VMControl™ is an advanced plug-in installed on top of IBM Systems Director to provide the virtualization capabilities. This article talks about a tool for automatic environment setup for IBM Systems Directors testing and development. The tool is designed to work for almost all the supported resource features, such as kernel-based virtual machine (KVM), IBM z/VM®, VMware, and IBM Power® Systems™ platforms.



Technical library using IBM AIX RAS infrastructure tracing services

01 Mar 2013 05:00:00 +0000

This article explains how to use IBM AIX reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) infrastructure services to enable trace capability for kernel extension and device drivers. Mainly, the AIX infrastructure manages core error logging, component tracing, and dump facilities for kernel extension and device drivers. It provides the interface to register and control the level of tracing facilities for kernel extension and driver components. It also exemplifies the concepts through an example implementation and best practices to be followed to interface with the RAS infrastructure.



Subsystem Device Driver Path Control Module (SDDPCM) for IBM AIX

25 Feb 2013 05:00:00 +0000

Subsystem Device Driver Path Control Module (SDDPCM) is used for implementing multipath configuration environment using IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller (SVC), IBM Storwize V7000, and other IBM Storage products. It supports a storage-redundant configuration environment for a host system that is attached to storage devices. It provides enhanced data availability, dynamic input/output (I/O) load-balancing across multiple paths, and automatic path failover protection.



SOA integration with IBM CICS from IBM WebSphere Application Server on IBM AIX

19 Feb 2013 05:00:00 +0000

IBM WebSphere and IBM CICS Transaction Gateway (CISCS TG) deployed to run on IBM AIX in local mode with the CICS ECI XA resource adapter, using the Internet Protocol Interconnectivity (IPIC) protocol for communication with CICS Transaction Server for IBM z/OS offers many benefits, especially in the operational management of the integrated environment with deployed Java Enterprise Edition (JEE) applications.



Scripting IBM AIX LPAR builds from A to Z in an IBM PowerVM environment

07 Feb 2013 05:00:00 +0000

In today's high demand and quickly changing IT environment, many system administrators are looking for areas where they can save time and automate tasks. Creating a logical partition (LPAR) creation is a common task that when manually done takes a significant amount of time. In other words, it is a perfect task to automate! This article covers the steps to create a LPAR from the command line and then show how this can be automated with a script.



IBM AIX RAS – firmware-assisted and live dump facilities explained

01 Feb 2013 05:00:00 +0000

The article explains advanced IBM® AIX® dump facilities built up to capture system dump robustly. More specifically, it discusses the various aspects of firmware-assisted and live dump facilities. It provides the details of live dump kernel service to reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) infrastructure and various options or turntables to be considered to capture the live dump for a component or driver data. It illustrates the live dump facilities with an example kernel extension.