AIX System Administration for HP-UX Administrators

Course:  HP2AIX
Duration:  3 Days
Level:  I
Course Summary

Attendees will gain a fundamental knowledge of the AIX operating system and be able to use many of the more advanced facilities. Having gained suitable, complementary experience they can progress to further specialized training to establish peak effectiveness.

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Topics Covered In This Course

AIX Documentation

  • AIX - A Brief History
  • Manual Pages
  • AIX Information Centre the info command
  • Web -based Documentation
  • The AIX Message Centre
  • Hardware Documentation
  • Redbooks

Adminstration Interfaces

  • Using SMIT
  • Main Menu
  • Function Key Usage in SMIT
  • Movement within Dialogue Screens
  • SMIT Screen Types
  • Sub-Menu
  • Selection Screen
  • Command Status Screen
  • Pop-Up Screen
  • Dialogue Screen
  • SMIT and CDE
  • Web Based System Manager (WSM)
  • Systems Director Console

Starting and Stopping the System

  • Hardware Overview
  • Startup Overview
  • Power On Switch
  • Key Mode (Physical) Switch
  • LCD Display (16*2-rows-characters) - P/Series
  • Reset Button
  • Problem Determination
  • System Management Services
  • Normal IPL
  • Run Levels
  • The /etc/inittab File ? AIX differences
  • Multi-User State ? AIX differences
  • The /etc/rc File
  • Commands associated with /etc/inittab
  • The alog command
  • The bootinfo command
  • System Shutdown
  • The Sync Command
  • The Shutdown Command

System Configuration

  • Setting the Timezone
  • Setting the System Time & Date
  • Changing the System Name
  • Establishing Basic Network Settings
  • Setting the Number of Licenesed Users
  • Configuration Assistant and Installation Assistant

User Registration

  • User Login Account
  • Adding a User
  • The /etc/passwd file
  • The /etc/group file
  • Priviliged Users and Groups
  • mkuser Command
  • Sample /etc/security/user File
  • Sample /etc/security/login.cfg File
  • Sample /etc/security/passwd File
  • Change User Characteristics
  • Removing a User From the System
  • rmuser Command
  • The User Environment
  • Communicating with Users
  • SMIT and User Management

Disk Management

  • The disk
  • Logical Volume Manager
  • Physical Volume
  • Listing, Adding Physical Volumes
  • Volume Groups
  • Listing Volume Groups
  • Creating, Extending Volume Groups
  • Logical Volumes
  • Listing Logical Volumes
  • Make Logical Volume
  • Extend Logical Volume
  • Mirror a Logical Volume
  • SMIT and Logical Volume Manager

File Systems

  • File Systems
  • Journaled File System
  • The jfs2 Filesystem
  • The Encrypted Filesytem (Version 6.1 onwards
  • File System Components
  • File Allocation
  • File System Creation
  • Sample /etc/filesystems File
  • Listing a File System
  • Mount the Filesystem
  • Change File System Characteristics
  • Unmount the Filesystem
  • File System Check
  • Removing the File System
  • Creating a RAM Filesystem
  • Using a DVD-RAM for a Filesystem
  • Creating a RAMDisk
  • Special Files
  • FIFO Special Files
  • Block Device Files
  • Character Device Files
  • Disk Usage Commands
  • Monitoring Disk Usage


  • Object Data Manager
  • Device Dependencies
  • Device States
  • Device Location Codes
  • Device File Creation
  • List Devices
  • Change Device Characteristics
  • Remove Devices
  • Adding a Device Using SMIT

Printer Administration

  • Choosing which Print Subsystem to Use
  • The AIX Print Subsystem
  • Print Queues
  • Queue Set-up
  • The /etc/qconfig File
  • Make Queue
  • Make Queue Device
  • Virtual Printers
  • Command Comparison
  • Using Enq Command For Queue Management
  • Using Enq Command For Requests
  • Printer Related Commands
  • Line Printer Status
  • Printing Files
  • Cancel Print Request
  • Enable Printer
  • Disable Printer
  • Printer Management Using SMIT
  • System V Print Subsystem

Processes and Task Scheduling

  • Processes ? AIX Differences
  • Report Process Status
  • /proc Filesystem

Basic Performance Monitoring

  • The Dimensions of System Performance
  • Virtual Memory
  • The AIX vmstat command
  • Tuning VMM Kernel Parameters
  • Listing Paging Spaces
  • Adding Paging Space
  • Monitoring memory Usage
  • I/O Usage
  • Processes
  • The AIX sar coomand
  • Tuning CPU Parameters in the AIX Kernel

Archiving and Securing the System

  • Backups
  • Backup Command
  • Restore Command
  • savevg/restvg Commands
  • The mksysb command
  • Creating a Bootable Backup to a Tape Device
  • Restore From a Bootable Backup
  • Creating a Bootable Backup to CD or DVD devices

Software Installation & Emergency Recovery

  • General Overview
  • Preparing for Installation
  • Software Installation
  • AIX Packaging
  • Software Product Identification
  • Methods of Installation
  • Booting From Installation Media
  • Installation/Configuration Assistant
  • The OS Graphical Installer (Version 6.1)
  • Accessing a System That Will Not Boot
  • System Recovery Using a mksysb Tape/CD/DVD
  • Installation Concepts
  • Using lslpp to List Software
  • Using installp to Install Software
  • Downloading Software
  • Software Maintenance
  • IBM Fix Central
  • SUMA
What You Can Expect

On completion of the course, delegates will be able to support a multi-platform AIX installation. This course is suitable for users of AIX 5.X, 6.X and 7.X, and covers both pSeries and BladeCenter platforms.

Who Should Take This Course

Those who need to expand their knowledge of HP-UX to enable them to successfully administer activities to be undertaken within the AIX environment.

Recommended Prerequisites

Delegates should be experienced System Administrators currently working with Hewlett Packard HP-UX.

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