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AIX 7 Jumpstart for UNIX Professional

This intermediate course is appropriate for experienced UNIX system administrators who want to support AIX running on POWER processor based systems in a multi-uuser POWER (System p) partitioned environment.

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Learning Objectives

  • Install the AIX operating system, filesets, and RedHat Package Manager (RPM) packages
  • Perform system startup and shutdown
  • Discuss and use system management tools such as System Management Interface Tool (SMIT) and IBM systems director console for AIX
  • Manage physical and logical devices
  • Discuss the purpose of the logical volume manager
  • Perform logical volume and file system management
  • Perform and restore system backups
  • Use the AIX error log as a tool in problem determination
  • Configure TCP/IP networking


Students should be able to use basic UNIX commands including:

  • Execute basic AIX commands
  • Manage files and directories
  • Use the vi editor
  • Use redirection, pipes, and tees
  • Use the utilities find and grep
  • Use command and variable substitution
  • Set and change Korn shell variables
  • Write simple shell scripts

These skills can be acquired by attending AIX Basics (AU13)or through equivalent AIX/UNIX knowledge.

Students should also have experience administering a UNIX operating system (such as Solaris, HP/UX, and others) including:

  • User management and system security
  • Storage
  • Networking
  • System shutdown and restart
  • Backup and recovery
  • System task scheduling

Course Content

Day 1

  • Unit 1: Introduction to AIX and IBM Power systems
  • Exercise 1
  • Unit 2: AIX system management tools
  • Exercise 2
  • Unit 3: AIX software installation and maintenance
  • Exercise 3
  • Unit 4: System configuration and devices
  • Exercise 4
  • Unit 5: TCP/IP networking
  • Exercise 5
  • Unit 6: System startup and shutdown

Day 2

  • Exercise 6
  • Unit 7: Basics of configuring logical partitions
  • Exercise 7
  • Unit 8: AIX installation
  • Exercise 8
  • Unit 9: Working with Logical Volume Manager
  • Exercise 9

Day 3

  • Unit 10: File systems administration
  • Exercise 10
  • Unit 11: Backup and restore
  • Exercise 11
  • Unit 12: The Object Data Manager
  • Exercise 12
  • Unit 13: Error monitoring
  • Exercise 13

Day 4

  • Unit 14: System initialization - I
  • Exercise 14
  • Unit 15: System initialization - II
  • Exercise 15
  • Unit 16: LVM metadata
  • Exercise 16
  • Unit 17: Disk management procedures
  • Exercise 17
  • Unit 18: The AIX system dump facility

Day 5

  • Exercise 18
  • Unit 19: Advanced install techniques
  • Unit 19 part 1: alternate disk utilities
  • Exercise 19: alternate disk - part 1
  • Unit 19 part II: multibos
  • Exercise 19: alternate disk - part 2
  • Exercise 19: multibos
  • Unit 20: Survey of additional AIX facilities

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