AIX Jumpstart for UNIX/Linux Professionals

5 Day Course
Hands On
Code AJS

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This course is targeted at cross-training experienced HP-UX, SUN Solaris and other UNIX/Linux Administrators who wish to implement and manage systems capable of running the AIX Operating 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.

The delegates will have knowledge and practise in:

  • Introduction to the RS6000 (PSERIES) Hardware
  • AIX 6 V6.1 Installation and Initial Configuration
  • System Startup and Shutdown Procedures
  • Using the System Management Interface Tool (SMIT)
  • The Visual System Management Tools
  • Using Web Based Information Browser
  • AIX Filesystems and Storage
  • Configuring Filesystems
  • Looking after Filesystems
  • Logical Volume Manager (LVM)
  • Journaled Filesystems
  • Paging Space
  • Adding and Removing Users
  • Managing Groups
  • AIX Security Features
  • Devices
  • The ODM
  • Terminal Configuration
  • Create Backup and Restore Routines
  • mksysb and savevg Commands
  • Software Installation and Maintenance
  • TCP/IP Network Configuration
  • Problem Solving Using Error logs and syslogd

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Introduction to the P-Series (5 topics)

  • The P-SERIES Product Line
  • RISC Technology
  • MCA and PCI Bus Systems
  • P-SERIES Configurations and Model Types
  • The AIX Operating System

AIX Installation (4 topics)

  • Installation for Classical and PCI Models
  • Console and Language Definitions
  • Other Installation Settings
  • Configuration Assistant Menu

Startup and Shutdown (12 topics)

  • RS/6000 Key Positions
  • The Boot Sequence
  • Standalone Mode for PCI Systems
  • Booting from Hard Disk for Maintenance
  • Booting from Removable Media
  • The /etc/init Procedure
  • Startup Modes
  • The /etc/inittab File and the rc Startup Scripts
  • Inittab Commands
  • Using the alog Program
  • System Resource Controller Commands
  • The /etc/shutdown Script

System Management Tools (7 topics)

  • System Management Commands
  • Using SMIT
  • SMIT Special Characters and Keys
  • Smit.log and smit.script Files
  • The smit Command
  • Distributed System Management
  • Web Based System Manager

AIX On-line Documentation (4 topics)

  • The man Command
  • InfoExplorer
  • Web Based Documentation Browser
  • Setting up the Web Based Browser

Software Installation and Maintenance (6 topics)

  • Units of Installation
  • Filesets, Packages and Licensed Program Products
  • Bundles
  • Update and Maintenance Bundles
  • Software States
  • Installing Patches and Fixes

Device Configuration (5 topics)

  • Introduction to the Object Data Manager (ODM)
  • Listing Devices
  • Interpreting Location Codes
  • Self-configuring Devices
  • Adding, Changing and Removing Devices

Serial Devices (4 topics)

  • Terminal Attributes
  • Terminal Configuration
  • The stty Command
  • The terminfo Database

Users and Groups (11 topics)

  • Users and Groups in AIX
  • Administrator Commands
  • Structure of the /etc/passwd File
  • Adding a New User
  • Changing User Characteristics
  • The Configuration Files
  • Passwd and pwdadm Commands
  • Removing a User
  • Adding, Changing and Removing a Group
  • Account Validation
  • Exercise: Adding Users and Groups with Defined Attributes

AIX Security Features (8 topics)

  • The SECURITY Directory
  • The /etc/security/passwd File
  • The /etc/security/user File
  • The /etc/security/login.cfg File
  • The /etc/security/group File
  • Auditing Files
  • Losing Root User Password
  • Exercise: Implement AIX Security Features

The Logical Volume Manager (8 topics)

  • The AIX Approach to Disk Storage
  • Volume Groups, Physical Volumes and Logical Volumes
  • Volume Group Descriptor Areas
  • Mirroring
  • Striping
  • Disk Placement Policies
  • Migrating Physical Volume Data
  • Useful Commands

The Journaled Filesystem (10 topics)

  • The AIX Native File System
  • Superblocks and I-nodes
  • Journaling of File System Data
  • Creating a File System
  • Mounting of Filesystems
  • Managing Filesystems
  • The /etc/filesystems File
  • Removing Filesystems
  • Using the fsck Command
  • Exercise: Creating, Extending and Removing a Filesystem

Paging Space (8 topics)

  • Define Paging Space
  • Paging Space Location
  • List System Memory
  • List Paging Space
  • Monitor Paging Space Usage
  • Calculate Paging Space Requirements
  • Add/Remove Paging Space
  • Exercise: Monitor, Add and Remove Paging Space

Backup and Restore (6 topics)

  • Backup Devices
  • mksysb and savevg Commands
  • The backup Command
  • The restore Command
  • Tape Control Commands
  • Exercise: Use of Backup And Restore

TCP/IP Configuration (9 topics)

  • Define TCP/IP Terminology
  • Define Routing (Static and Dynamic)
  • TCP/IP Commands and Utilities
  • Configure TCP/IP for a Network Interface
  • Configure a Static Route
  • Test Network Connectivity
  • Test Route Connectivity
  • Basic TCP/IP Applications
  • Exercise: Configure TCP/IP

Problem Solving Tools (10 topics)

  • Error Log Facility
  • Error Log Input Components
  • Error Reporting from SMIT
  • The errpt Command
  • Sample Summary/Intermediate/Detailed Report Output
  • Interpreting LVM Error Log Entries
  • Error Log Maintenance
  • Error Notification Facility
  • Notification Methods
  • The syslogd Daemon


Delegates attending this course should have experience of UNIX/Linux System Administration and have knowledge of the topics covered on the pre-requisite courses. Pre-Requisite Courses: AIX Basics AIX Shell Programming

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