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AIX System Administration - Part I

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Name AIX System Administration - Part I
DescriptionThis IBM AIX System Administration training course is designed to give delegates practical experience in the administration of an AIX System.  Reference will be made to the AIX commands required to administer the system, although practical work will concentrate on using the System Management Interface Tool (SMIT) to achieve the course objectives. Although the course is based on AIX Version 6.1 it is also appropriate for prior releases of AIX. Skills Gained The delegates will have knowledge and practise in: The Role of the System Administrator System Startup and Shutdown Procedures AIX Installation Using the System Management Interface Tool (SMIT) The Visual System Management Tools Using Web Based Information Browser AIX Filesystems and Storage Looking after Filesystems Configuring Filesystems Logical Volume Manager (LVM) Journaled Filesystems Paging Space Adding and Removing Users Managing Groups Printer and Terminal Configuration Backup and Restore Commands Background Jobs and Scheduling Basic Network Configuration Software Installation and Maintenance Who will the Course Benefit? The course is designed for AIX System Administrators and Programmers and other Technical IT staff who require a full working knowledge of how to administer an AIX system. The course assumes knowledge of the AIX Operating System to the level covered in the AIX Basics Course.  Some shell programming experience may also prove advantageous; this can be gained on the AIX Shell Programming Course. Course Objectives On completion of the AIX System Administration - Part I course the delegate will have practical experience of the Systems Management Interface Tool (SMIT), allowing them to administer an IBM AIX System.
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Overview

This IBM AIX System Administration training course is designed to give delegates practical experience in the administration of an AIX System.   Reference will be made to the AIX commands required to administer the system, although practical work, where applicable, will concentrate on using the System Management Interface Tool (SMIT) to achieve the course objectives.

Although the course is based on AIX Version 7.1 it is also appropriate for prior releases of AIX.

Who will the course will benefit:

The course is designed for AIX System Administrators and Programmers and other Technical IT staff who require a full working knowledge of how to administer an AIX system.

The course assumes knowledge of the AIX Operating System to the level covered in the AIX Basics course.  Some shell programming experience may also prove advantageous; this can be gained on the AIX Shell Programming course.

Learning Objectives

The delegate will learn and acquire skills as follows:

  • Introduction to the P-series and AIX
  • AIX Installation
  • System Startup and Shutdown Procedures
  • Using the System Management Interface Tool (SMIT)
  • IBM Systems Director Console
  • AIX Documentation
  • Software Installation and Maintenance
  • Managing Devices
  • Printer and Terminal Configuration
  • Managing Users and Groups
  • AIX Security Features including Role Based Access Control
  • Logical Volume Manager (LVM)
  • Paging Space
  • Managing and Configuring AIX Journaled Filesystems
  • Backup and Restore Commands
  • Background Jobs and Scheduling
  • Basic Network Configuration
  • NFS (Network File Systems)
  • Introduction to Workload Partitions (WPAR)

On completion of the AIX System Administration - Part I course the delegate will have practical experience of the Systems Management Interface Tool (SMIT), allowing them to administer an IBM AIX System.

Pre-Requisites

The course assumes knowledge of the AIX Operating System to the level covered in the AIX Basics Course.  Some shell programming experience may also prove advantageous; this can be gained on the AIX Shell Programming Course.

This AIX System Administration - Part I course assumes good knowledge of a Unix operating system in an Enterprise environment to the level covered in the AIX Basics course.  Alternatively, relevant experience of UNIX or Linux servers is required, preferably within an Enterprise environment.

Knowledge of AIX Shell Programming to the level covered on the AIX Shell Programming course would also be beneficial.

Pre-Requisite Courses
  • AIX Basics

Course Content

This IBM AIX System Administration training course is designed to give delegates practical experience in the administration of an AIX System.  Reference will be made to the AIX commands required to administer the system, although practical work will concentrate on using the System Management Interface Tool (SMIT) to achieve the course objectives.

Although the course is based on AIX Version 6.1 it is also appropriate for prior releases of AIX.

DAY 1

Course Introduction

  • Administration and Course Materials
  • Course Structure and Agenda
  • Delegate and Trainer Introductions

Session 1: INTRODUCTION TO THE P-SERIES AND AIX

  • A Brief History
  • RISC Technology
  • P-Series Product Range For The Power6
  • P-Series Product Range For The Power7
  • The AIX Operating System
  • Useful Commands
  • Workshop Session

Session 2: AIX INSTALLATION

  • Installation Media
  • Installation - PCI P-Series Servers
  • Console and Language Definition
  • Main Installation and Maintenance Menu
  • Installation Settings
  • The Installation
  • AIX Graphical Installer
  • Configuration Assistant Menu
  • Workshop Session

Session 3: STARTUP AND SHUTDOWN

  • Normal Startup
  • The Boot Sequence
  • The INIT Process
  • AIX Run Levels
  • The System Resource Controller
  • The ALOG Logging Utility
  • System Shutdown Methods
  • Workshop Session

Session 4: AIX ADMINISTRATION TOOLS

  • System Management Tools
  • SMIT
  • SMIT Dialogue Screens
  • SMIT Special Characters And Keys
  • SMIT and Functions Keys
  • SMIT Output Screen
  • Recording SMIT Sessions
  • The smit Command
  • IBM Systems Management Console
  • Workshop Session

Session 5: AIX ON-LINE DOCUMENTATION

  • AIX Documentation
  • The man Command
  • AIX Information Centre Documentation Options
  • Infocenter
  • Anatomy of the Infocenter
  • Workshop Session

AIX System Administration - Part I Training Course

Course Contents - DAY 2

Session 6: SOFTWARE INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE

  • Software Installation
  • Software - Units of Installation
  • Bundles
  • Naming Conventions
  • Installation Directories
  • Update and Maintenance Bundles
  • The Fix Level Recommendation Tool (FLRT)
  • Software States
  • SMIT Installation Menus
  • Install and Update Software
  • Installing Bundles
  • Installing Patches and Fixes
  • Finding Out About Installed Software
  • Maintaining Software
  • Workshop Session

Session 7: DEVICES

  • Devices
  • Predefined Database
  • Customized Database
  • Device States
  • AIX Location Codes (Non-SCSI Devices)
  • AIX Location Codes (SCSI Devices)
  • AIX Location Codes VS Physical Location Codes
  • Listing Devices
  • Configuring Devices
  • Manually Configured Devices
  • Smit Devices Menu
  • The mkdev Command
  • The chdev Command
  • The rmdev Command
  • Useful Device Names to Remember
  • Logical Volume Structures
  • Documenting Hardware Setup
  • Workshop Session

Session 8: SERIAL DEVICES

  • LAN Connected Devices
  • Serial Connections
  • SMIT Menu
  • Defining a TTY
  • Terminfo Database
  • Useful Commands
  • Workshop Session

Session 9: PRINTERS AND QUEUES

  • Queueing Concepts
  • Other Software Interfaces
  • The Spooling Directories
  • The qconfig File
  • SMIT Menus
  • Adding a Print Queue
  • Managing Print Queue Attributes
  • The qprt Command
  • Queue Status Information
  • Workshop Session

AIX System Administration - Part I Training Course

Course Contents - DAY 3

Session 10: USERS AND GROUPS

  • Users and Groups In AIX
  • The /etc/passwd File
  • Long User and Group Name Support
  • Verify and Change User Name Limit
  • Verify and Change User Name Limit through the Command Line
  • Listing User Information
  • Adding a New User
  • The /etc/group File
  • Registering a New User
  • Adding Users
  • Adding a Group
  • More about Groups
  • More about Users
  • Removing Users from the System
  • Other Useful Commands
  • Workshop Session

Session 11: AIX SECURITY FEATURES

  • The security Directory
  • The /etc/security/passwd File
  • The /etc/security/user File
  • The /etc/security/login.cfg File
  • The /etc/security/group File
  • Security Audit File
  • Losing the Root User's Password
  • Role Based Access Control
  • Privileged Escalation with Set User
  • Identification (SUID)
  • Adding a Role to a User
  • Creating a User Defined Role
  • The Root User and Enhanced RBAC
  • Disabling the Root User
  • Enabling the Root User
  • Disabling root user in WPARs
  • Workshop Session

Session 12: THE LOGICAL VOLUME MANAGER

  • The Logical Volume Manager
  • AIX Disk Storage
  • Physical Volumes and LVM
  • Volume Group Descriptor Areas
  • SMIT and Volume Groups
  • Physical and Logical Storage
  • Scalable Volume Groups
  • Uses of Logical Volumes
  • Mirroring
  • LVM Hot Spare Disk in a Volume Group
  • Enabling Hot Spare Disk Support in an Existing Volume Group
  • Striping
  • Disk Placement Policies
  • Creating and Managing Logical Volumes
  • Migrating Contents of Physical Volumes
  • Other Useful Commands
  • Workshop Session

AIX System Administration - Part I Training Course

Course Contents - DAY 4

Session 13: PAGING SPACE

  • What is Paging Space?
  • Paging Space Calculations
  • Paging Space Placement on Disk
  • Listing Paging Space
  • Adding Paging Space:
    • mkps Command
    • smit mkps
  • Changing Paging Space:
    • chps Command
    • smit chps
  • Removing Paging Space:
    • rmps
    • smit rmps

Session 14: AIX FILE SYSTEMS

  • AIX Filesystems
  • AIX Supported Filesystems
  • JFS Structure
  • The Enhanced Journaled File System
  • Dynamic Disk Inode Allocation
  • On-Line File System Free Space Defragmentation
  • JFS2 Enhancements
  • JFS2 File System Shrink
  • Shrink A File System Using Smit
  • Disabling JFS2 logging
  • JFS2 Snapshot Image
  • Overview of JFS2 Snapshot
  • Creation of a JFS2 Snapshot
  • JFS Internal Snapshot
  • Listing File System Information
  • AIX 7.1 /admin/tmp System Directory
  • Mount Points
  • SMIT and Journaled File Systems
  • Building A JFS on a Logical Volume
  • Managing Existing Filesystems
  • Checking and Repairing File Systems
  • Removing a File System
  • Workshop Session

Session 15: BACKUP AND RESTORE

  • Backup and Restore
  • Backup Media
  • The mksysb and savevg Functions
  • The backup Command
  • The restore Command
  • Using the cpio Command
  • The cpio -o Command
  • Using the find Command with cpio
  • The cpio -i Command
  • Using the cpio -p Command
  • Using the tar Command
  • Creating an Archive
  • Reading/Verifying an Archive Further tar Options
  • Tape Control Commands
  • Workshop Session

AIX System Administration - Part I Training Course

Course Contents - DAY 5

Session 16: SCHEDULING JOBS

  • Starting Background Jobs
  • The nohup Command
  • Using cron Processes
  • Creating cron Processes
  • Creating crontab Entries
  • Using the crontab Command
  • The at Command
  • Authorisation for the at Command
  • Creating a crontab Entry
  • Using the at Command
  • Workshop Session

Session 17: TCP/IP CONFIGURATION

  • Overview
  • Network Hardware
  • Ethernet
  • Network Software
  • Network Addressing
  • Routing
  • Displaying Routing Tables
  • Network Information Files
  • Network Commands
  • User Equivalence
  • Displaying Network Details
  • Remote Login
  • Copying File
  • Executing Remote Commands
  • Testing Network Connectivity
  • Client - Server Environment:
    • NFS - Network File System
    • DHCP - Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol
  • Naming Services:
    • NIS - Network Information Service
    • DNS - Domain Name Service

Session 18: NFS

  • Define NFS Terminology
  • Client Side NFS
  • Server Side NFS
  • The /etc/exports File
  • The /etc/filesystems File
  • Exercise: Export a Resourse
  • Exercise: Use a Remote Filesystem

Session 19: INTRODUCTION TO WORKLOAD PARTITIONS (wpars)

  • What are Workload Partitions?
  • System WPARs
  • System WPARs Observations
  • System WPAR Examples
  • WPAR File Systems
  • Starting a WPA
  • Logging in to a WPAR
  • Stopping a WPAR
  • Rebooting a WPAR
  • Changing a WPAR
  • Removing a WPAR
  • Application WPARs
  • Application WPARs Observations
  • Application WPAR Examples
  • Application / System WPAR Comparisons
  • Workshop Session

AIX System Administration - Part I Training Course

Addendum: Reference Materials (Sections below are provided within the course handbook for additional reading)

Session 20: Appendix A

  • AIX TECHNOLOGY LEVELS AND SERVICE PACKS

Session 21: Appendix B

  • LOGICAL VOLUME SPREADING

Virtual Training

Description:

Quite simply, delegates based at home or in their office (or anywhere where there is an internet connection) link into a live instructor led class via their browser.

 

Using our Virtual Classroom Connect solution, the remote (virtual) delegate will connect to the training room via the internet, where they will be able to see, hear and interact with the instructor and, if it is a scheduled course, the classroom based delegates. They will be able to see all trainer demonstrations, slides and whiteboard work and also have access to the practical workshops/labs as though they were attending in the classroom.

 

Virtual delegates can interact during the sessions, joining in discussions with the trainer and, if relevant, the other delegates. If preferred, delegates can raise questions via the text-based virtual interface where the trainer can answer either in a private one to one conversation or to the class in general.

 

 

Headsets (please note that delegates must provide their own headsets for Virtual courses)

We strongly recommend that the delegates attending this training have high quality headsets, which have noise cancelling microphone capability. This is to enable them to clearly hear the course delivery and contribute effectively within the class setting, ensuring clear reciprocal communication between lecturer and delegates throughout the course.

 

Electronic Course Materials

Delegates will be accessing Electronic Course Material throughout the course. To achieve an optimum learning experience, we highly recommend that the delegates have access to a second screen in order to view their course materials separately from their main screen.

 

Optional Additional Service (Printed Course Materials)

In addition to providing electronic course materials, Printed Course Materials can also be provided at an extra cost per manual supplied. The fee charged includes the cost of couriering the printed course materials to the training venue. Please advise at the time of booking if this optional additional service is required.

 

  

VIRTUAL SOLUTION (REMOTE ACCESS SERVICE)

 

To support the practical workshops/labs element of the Virtual Solution, we provide a Remote Access service whereby the delegates connect to servers or individual systems hosted in our London office.  This eliminates the expense of couriering systems to clients’ sites and the uncertainty associated with using clients’ own systems.  Clients will still need to provide a system for the delegates, however these systems will only require one of the following (freely available) connection tools installed: ssh client (eg putty), VNC viewer (eg UltraVNC) or the Windows Remote Desktop client.

 

For the Remote Access solution, we recommend a fast internet connection and minimum of Windows 7 with 4Gb Ram.  Delegates can also connect using Apple MAC or Unix/Linux based client systems and similar connection software.  Depending on the course being delivered there may be further requirements (such as minimum screen resolution, supported browsers etc).  If there are further requirements, a member of our technical team will advise accordingly once we have a clearer understanding of the systems being provided by the client for the training.

 

The client is responsible for the provision, technical setup, installation, testing and connectivity of the training systems to our servers or individual systems in London prior to the training commencing. Performance will be dependent on a good internet connection from the client’s site. As with all internet access, because the internet is outside of our control we are unable to guarantee response times.

 

VIRTUAL CLASSROOM CONNECTION TEST (ADOBE CONNECT WEB SERVICE)

 

We are responsible for providing the Adobe Connect software and Remote Access to the labs/workshops for the course.  To guarantee the successful delivery of the course, each delegate will need to carry out the required pre-course connectivity tests to both the Adobe Connect server and the labs/workshops server well in advance of the course start date.

 

Before we can fully commit to this training being delivered using Remote Access, it would be necessary to test the connectivity between our servers or individual systems hosted in our London office and the delegate's training systems.  We also need to ensure that the delegates can connect onto the course that they will be attending via the Adobe Connect server.

 

To enable the delegates to carry out the required connectivity tests, our booking procedures will provide connection details for the training prior to the event start date. All connectivity tests will need to be carried out well in advance of the training delivery date.

 

Please note, these tests must be performed on the computer system the delegate will be using on their training course and from the same location where they will be sitting during their course attendance.

 

 

This is to ensure that the delegates have the correct levels of software required on their systems. In the instance where their system may not have the required software, they have the ability to download it onto their system (the delegate may need to discuss this with their technical support if they are attending their course within an office environment).

 

This also confirms if the Adobe Connect web service is able to work through any firewalls the delegates’ company may have in place. Details of any required software is provided as and when the test is run.

 

Note: The delegate's systems will also need a working sound card.

 

To run the Adobe Connect connectivity test from their designated system and location, the delegate should use the following link:

http://admin.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

 

Below is a link to a QuickStart guide that delegates attending courses using Adobe Connect may find useful:

http://seminars.adobe.acrobat.com/vqs-participants/

 

NOTES

 

  • The client will be responsible for all the setups for the delegate's systems including user logins, permissions, etc.

 

  • The client will need to carry out the required Remote Access and Adobe Connect connectivity tests as outlined above. These tests will need to take place well in advance of the training delivery date.

 

  • Training cannot be undertaken using the client’s systems without discussion taking place between our technical team and the client with regard to the systems being provided.

 

  • We strongly recommend that the delegates attending this training are provided with high quality headsets, which have noise cancelling microphone capability. This is to enable them to clearly hear the course delivery and contribute effectively within the class setting, ensuring clear reciprocal communication between lecturer and delegates throughout the course.

 

  • Delegates will be accessing Electronic Course Material throughout the course. To achieve an optimum learning experience, we highly recommend that the delegates have access to a second screen in order to view their course materials separately from their main screen.

 

  • If the client is unable to provide suitable systems for this training course, then pre-configured systems could be provided or the course could be delivered at one of our training centres. Please refer to your account manager for further details.

This AIX System Administration - Part I course, together with the AIX Fundamentals and  AIX System Administration - Part II courses, cover the major topics for  the C9010-022: IBM AIX Administration V1 exam.

Attending this course will help gain some of the skills and product knowledge outlined in the exam objectives. Studying this course and its associated reference  materials can form part of the preparation to achieve certification. Experience, practice, self-study and aptitude are also key requirements for exam success.

Before taking any exam, ensure you have the recommended experience. The IBM website lists all exam requirements and these are updated regularly.

Exams are not included as part of the course.

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