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AIX Advanced System Administration

Course Code: AIX220
Length: 5 days

Schedule and Registration

Course Description

AIX Advanced System Administration will take AIX administrators to new levels of operational effectiveness. You’ll learn how to configure a network installation server, perform advanced troubleshooting and tuning, and read and interpret diagnostic output from AIX. In addition, advanced storage concepts like SAN migrations with LVM are also discussed. Free virtualization with WPARs is also given an in depth treatment. For those who don’t need VIOS, it’s a great alternative which will almost certainly save you money.

Who Should Attend

  • Experienced AIX System Administrators that want to learn new skills
  • Developers wanting to extend functionality in AIX
  • System Administrators who’s primary responsibilities include automated builds


Students should have good skills on the command line and be familiar with basic CLI tools, user administration, network configuration, and using SMIT. Attendees should be fluent with reading manual pages, system tuning, and AIX security features.

Benefits of Attending this Class

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Install and setup the Network Installation Manager (NIM) to automate builds
  • Advanced shell scripting techniques
  • Using advanced regular expressions to increase operational effectiveness
  • Advanced scripting with Sed and Awk
  • Virtualizing AIX using LPARs, DLPARs, and WPARs
  • Working with the AIX ODM
  • Learn how to configure Multi-path I/O using the SDDPCM

Course Contents

  • Required Skills
  • Packages and Technology Levels Overview
  • Virtualization Overview
Working with the Object Data Manager
  • ODM Object Classes
  • Viewing ODM Entries
  • Altering ODM values
  • Deleting ODM entries
Storage Paths in AIX
  • Understanding MPIO
  • The AIX Path Control Module
  • Using 3rd Party Path Control
  • Tips, Tricks, and Pitfalls with MPIO
Hardware Virtualization with LPARs
  • LPAR and DLPAR Basics
  • Checking for Prerequisites
  • Configuring an LPAR
  • Monitoring your LPARs
  • Dynamic configuration with LPARs
OS Virtualization with WPARs
  • WPAR Basics
  • Creating WPARs
  • Monitoring and Managing WPARs
  • Removing WPARs
  • Advanced WPAR Operations
The AIX Network Installation Manager
  • Introducing NIM
  • NIM Prerequisites
  • Creating NIM Resources
  • Netbooting Clients
  • Advanced NIM Topics
Regular Expressions
  • Regex Intro
  • Basic Searching
  • Ranges and Negation
  • Iteration
  • Alternation and Buffering
  • Using Character Classes
Advanced Sed
  • Basic Sed Review
  • Modifying and Creating New Lines
  • Multi-Line Patterns
  • Integrating Regex
Advanced Awk
  • Basic Awk Review
  • Expressions and Regular Expressions
  • Using Built-in and Environment Variables
  • Arrays in Awk
  • Arithmetic Operations
  • Advanced String Operations