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AIX Virtual Fibre Channel Enhancement

Chris Gibson

February 8, 2024

IBM’s Chris Gibson introduces the new AIX 7.3 vfcstat command and discusses some of the (not so recent) enhancements to the fcstat command

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How to Use the Rules Command With VIO Servers

Jaqui Lynch

January 11, 2024

I do a lot of customizations on my VIO servers, and I was asked recently how the rules command could be used to deploy some of those changes so they can be consistently applied to all VIO servers. The rules command is primarily used to tune and modify device settings on the VIO server and […]

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How to Upgrade to PowerVM v4.1.0.10

Jaqui Lynch

December 8, 2023

In this article I will go over my recent experience upgrading VIO servers from version 3 to version 4. The process is similar to going from version 2 to version 3, but I did run into a few issues that you should be able to avoid. The first step is to download the code and […]

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Digging Into AIX 7.3 TL Updates

Rob McNelly

December 5, 2023

In November, IBM TechXchange conducted a deep dive on AIX 7.3 TL updates. Featuring AIX product manager Jayen Shah and Carl Burnet, DE for IBM Power, the webinar covered the latest AIX enhancements: “In this webcast, you will learn:*How AIX OS feature enhancements provide the capacity, performance, and leading security needed to accelerate business outcomes.*How […]

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FLRT, NIM, DNF, HMC and More: Technical Lessons From 2023

Jaqui Lynch

November 15, 2023

2023 has been incredibly busy, but I have also learned a lot during that time. It was great to attend TechXchange, see everyone in person and share ideas and thoughts with everyone. In this article I have tried to distill some of the things I learned throughout the year: Updates to tools How to install […]

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AIX SR-IOV VF and Cisco CDP

Chris Gibson

November 11, 2023

Yesterday, IBM released Technology Level (TL) 2 for AIX 7.3. With TL2, a new capability is delivered for AIX systems using native Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV) adapters (logical ports). With this update AIX administrators can now display information for Cisco network devices (switches) that are directly connected to their AIX logical partition (LPAR). This […]

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A Warning About Running ezh and eezh Scripts in Updated HMC Environments

Rob McNelly

October 31, 2023

In 2020 I wrote about a couple of scripts called ezh and eezh: “EZH is a script for the [HMC] to provide an alternate, easier to use, command line interface for many common commands, and the goal of the project is to make the HMC command line interface easier to use for day to day […]

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Power10 Lessons Learned in 2023

Jaqui Lynch

October 30, 2023

2023 has been a busy year with lots of Power10 implementations. And I have learned a great deal during that time from a combination of experience, IBM documents and tips from friends. It is important that you follow the instructions on how to set up your Power10 server. The addition of the VMI (Virtualization Management […]

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Preparing a VIOS for Maintenance Using the HMC

Chris Gibson

October 17, 2023

Did you know that, starting with Hardware Management Console (HMC) V9.2.950.0 and later, you can use the HMC user interface (UI) to prepare a Virtual I/O Server (VIOS) for maintenance on your IBM Power server? If this interests you, please read on to find out how. The VIOS is considered an appliance or (like) firmware […]

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The Complete Beginners’ Guide to Hacking a Mainframe

Trevor Eddolls

October 12, 2023

Any movie or TV show makes hacking seem like a trivial affair. A couple of minutes of screen time and some nerdy kid shouts, “I’m in.” Five minutes later, all the data has been stolen and dangerous applications have been rewritten (compiled and executed). We know that’s not how it happens, but the worrying thing […]