AIX Administration

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Duration : 5 Days
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    This course, teaches the installation, customisation and day-to-day running of the AIX operating system. The course comprises formal classroom teaching and a number of practical, hands-on sessions.


    At the completion of this course you will be able to:

    • install AIX 6.1 and install subsequent software and fixes
    • perform system shutdown and startup
    • use SMIT for system administration
    • configure and administer hardware
    • describe how the LVM works
    • create, administer and query Volume Groups, Logical Volumes and Physical Volumes
    • create and administer jfs2 filesystems
    • configure paging space
    • configure AIX users and Groups
    • backup and restore a system
    • run jobs at scheduled times.


Administration introduction

  • The root account; using su; why AIX is different from vanilla UNIX.

AIX installation

  • Installation methods – CD, NIM, mksysb; the install process; important post-install tasks.

System administration tools

  • Using smit; text vs GUI smit; using webmin; don’t forget the command line.

The AIX boot process

  • Basic overview; the role of the BLV; the AIX bootlists; AIX runlevels and states; how init reads /etc/inittab; the /etc/rc file; controlling services with the SRC; system shutdown.

Software administration

  • AIX software concepts – from LPP to filesets; nstalling software; software states; configuring software; installing and configuring fixes; SUMA.

Hardware administration

  • The role of the ODM; the structure of the /dev directory; how cfgmgr works; rdware states; listing, adding and configuring hardware; physical vs AIX location codes.

Disk management

  • Creating and configuring Volume Groups; creating and configuring Logical Volumes; striping and mirroring Logical Volumes; where LVM information is held.

Using jfs2

  • The structure of the jfs2 filesystem; concepts of journaling; creating, mounting, unmounting and resizing jfs2 filesystems; /etc/filesystems; running fsck; setting up filesystems quotas; monitoring filesystems.

System backup and recovery

  • Archiving devices; backing up and restoring Volume Groups with mksysb and savevg; f ull and incremental backups of filesystems; how to restore a filesystem; using jfs2 splitcopy.

Memory and swap space

  • Listing memory and memory usage; configuring and monitoring page space.

Scheduling Jobs

  • Using crontab, and at; security issues; using /etc/qconfig as a batch processor.

Users and Groups

  • The AIX view of users; the login process; the user and group databases in /etc and /etc/security; add, change and delete users and groups; user configuration files; password management; using ulimit.

Basic Security

  • The setuid, setgid and sticky permissions; recap on umask; using ACLS; reading log files.

Printing on AIX

  • How qdaemon works; the /etc/qconfig file; print queues and virtual printers; make up your own backend; controlling print jobs.


Attending the AIX Fundamentals course