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Rob McNelly

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Rob McNelly is a Senior AIX Solutions Architect doing pre-sales and post-sales support for IBM Premier Business Partner Meridian IT Inc. in Deerfield, Ill. He is a technical editor and a former administrator within IBM's Integrated Technology Delivery and Server Operations division. Rob was named an IBM Power Systems Champion (www.ibm.com/developerworks/champion) in October 2011. Rob can be reached at rob.mcnelly@gmail.com.

A note from Rob:

“I enjoy camping, hiking, biking and backpacking through the mountains of Arizona. I’ve also learned to enjoy Ragnar races, and sprint triathlons. I always look forward to spending time on Arizona’s closest beach which is located in Puerto Penasco, Mexico. I enjoy scuba diving from live-aboard diving boats. My favorite trip was hiking to the blue waters of Havasupai, and I’m planning on hiking the Grand Canyon in the near future. Long ago, I realized that I would rather live in a hot, dry climate than shovel snow.”

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Copy That: A Quick Cautionary Tale About Data Transfers

Rob McNelly

May 1, 2024

Rob McNelly also shares some IBM Support docs and a scary story of a cyberattack that didn't happen

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The Value of IBM Education, the Opportunity to Interact

Rob McNelly

April 4, 2024

Rob McNelly looks ahead to this fall's IBM TechXchange event

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The Importance of Documentation

Rob McNelly

March 6, 2024

Rob McNelly on the need to check docs and the simplicity of conducting upgrades using the HMC GUI, as well as with other tips and tidbits

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Recognizing the Newest IBM Champions

Rob McNelly

January 26, 2024

Happy new year! It is 2024 and I do not know where the time goes. But I know where I’m going to start—by congratulating the IBM Champions class of 2024. Here are comments from Libby Ingrassia, IBM Champions program director: “It is with great pleasure I can announce this year’s IBM Champions! We had an […]

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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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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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IBM Support Insights: Infrastructure Management Simplified

Rob McNelly

September 7, 2023

Like many of you, my organization manages servers, switches, storage devices, etc., in multiple data centers located throughout and even outside of the country. With collections of devices this large, naturally, there are many challenges. How do you manage hardware inventories? How do you know when a new device is added to your environment? How […]

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The Subtle but Significant Differences Posed by Power10 Hardware and the New HMC

Rob McNelly

August 24, 2023

In March, Jaqui Lynch wrote about connecting HMCs to Power10 servers. If you’re in the process of moving to Power10/updating your HMCs, this is a must-read. If you’d like me to summarize it, I can do so in a pithy phrase: The only constant is change. The modern HMC has different connectivity methods compared to […]

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When the Latest and Greatest Isn’t That Great

Rob McNelly

August 15, 2023

I recently went on a wild ride while with family. Thanks to a last-minute cancellation, my sister and niece needed to get from Rochester, New York, to Newark, New Jersey, to catch their connecting flight home to Phoenix. That flight, from Newark was scheduled to leave around 8 p.m. We were notified of the cancellation […]

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Google’s Bard Spins Some Tales About IBM Power Systems and AIX

Rob McNelly

June 22, 2023

I assume none of you live under a rock, so you’ve most likely heard about people’s experiences toying around with ChatGPT and other AI solutions. I decided to get in on the fun, so recently I put Google’s bot—it’s called Bard—through its paces. I wanted to see what Bard knows about IBM Power Systems and […]