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IBM AIX Systems Administration
AIX Training Overview

This course will teach the commands and methods needed to setup and manage IBM AIX systems. The course will also use a problem solving approach in the lab exercises to teach system managers advanced topics, for long-term mangement goals.

Systems: IBM AIX, running on RS/6000 or Power4 configurations.

AIX Training Prerequisites

It is assumed that the student has successfully completed the Fundamentals of IBM AIX:Getting Started course, or has equivalent system time as a user.

AIX Training Course duration

This course normally requires five (5) days, approximately 60% lecture, and 40% lab time.

AIX Training Course Objectives

On completion of this course, a system manager should be able to install, update, and boot the IBM AIX operating system; set up user accounts and directories; prepare queues for use; perform backups for integrity and performance reasons; monitor the system for performance and do basic setup of network software and capabilities.

AIX Training Course outline

Advanced System Concepts for System Administrators
  • Process concepts
  • Shell command usage and review
  • Optimizing system help information
  • System administrator functions
  • Using the root account
  • Using the smit graphical and non-graphical interfaces
  • Manipulating system default environment files
System Installation and Updating
  • Installation types and methods
  • Installing the AIX operating systems
  • Upgrading to a newer version of AIX
  • Maintaining the system via patches
  • Adding additional products to the system (lpp)
  • Reconfiguring the AIX kernels via parameters
Startup and Shutdown
  • Default bootstrap
  • Boot to single-user mode
  • Startup methods and procedures
  • Adding procedures to the startup mechanism
  • Shutdown methods and control
Managing of System Users
  • UID and GID concepts
  • Creation of a user account
  • Security through password aging
  • Login sequence
Managing Printer Queues
  • Creation of an execution print queue
  • Commands to manipulate queues
  • Commands to manipulate jobs in queues
Managing Disk and Tape Volumes
  • Commands to manipulate disks/filesystems
    • creating volume groups and logical volumes
    • creating file systems (crfs and mkfs)
    • manipulating file system structures
    • verifying file system structures with fsck
    • making file systems available to software (mount)
  • Commands to manipulate archival volumes:
    • tar utility
    • cpio utility
    • backup and restore utilities
Monitoring System Activity
  • Informational Utilities
  • The vmstat utility
  • The iostat utility
  • The sar utility
  • The netstat utility
  • Maintaining swap and paging space(s)
  • Building and using the top facility
Maintaining System Integrity
  • Using cron tables
Network Setup and Configuration
  • TCP/IP address selection
  • Host names and related files
  • Configuring network devices
  • Network testing with ping
  • Network utilities: telnet, rlogin, rcp, rsh



 
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