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AIX System Administration

This IBM AIX System Administration training course is designed to give delegates practical experience in the administration of an AIX System. Reference will be made to the AIX commands required to administer the system, although practical work, where applicable, will concentrate on using the System Management Interface Tool (SMIT) to achieve the course objectives. Although the course is based on AIX Version 7.1 it is also appropriate for prior releases of AIX.

Skills Gained

The delegates will have knowledge and practice in:

  • Introduction to the P-series and AIX
  • AIX Installation
  • System Startup and Shutdown Procedures
  • Using the System Management Interface Tool (SMIT)
  • IBM Systems Director Console
  • AIX Documentation
  • Software Installation and Maintenance
  • Managing Devices
  • Printer and Terminal Configuration
  • Managing Users and Groups
  • AIX Security Features including Role Based Access Control
  • Logical Volume Manager (LVM)
  • Paging Space
  • Managing and Configuring AIX Journaled Filesystems
  • Backup and Restore Commands
  • Background Jobs and Scheduling
  • Basic Network Configuration
  • NFS (Network File Systems)
  • Introduction to Workload Partitions (WPAR)

Who will the Course Benefit?

The course is designed for AIX System Administrators and Programmers and other Technical IT staff who require a full working knowledge of how to administer an AIX system.

The course assumes knowledge of the AIX Operating System to the level covered in the AIX Basics Course. Some shell programming experience may also prove advantageous; this can be gained on the AIX Shell Programming Course.

Course Objectives

On completion of the AIX System Administration – Part I course the delegate will have practical experience of the Systems Management Interface Tool (SMIT), allowing them to administer an IBM AIX System.

NOTE: Course technical content is subject to change without notice.



  • Administration and Course Materials
  • Course Structure and Agenda
  • Delegate and Trainer Introductions


  • A Brief History
  • RISC Technology
  • P-Series Product Range For The Power6
  • P-Series Product Range For The Power7
  • The AIX Operating System
  • Useful Commands
  • Workshop Session


  • Installation Media
  • Installation – PCI RS6000
  • Console and Language Definition
  • Main Installation and Maintenance Menu
  • Installation Settings
  • The Installation
  • AIX Graphical Installer
  • Configuration Assistant Menu
  • Workshop Session


  • Installation Media
  • Installation – PCI RS6000
  • Console and Language Definition
  • Main Installation and Maintenance Menu
  • Installation Settings
  • The Installation
  • AIX Graphical Installer
  • Configuration Assistant Menu
  • Workshop Session


  • System Management Tools
  • SMIT
  • SMIT Dialogue Screens
  • SMIT Special Characters And Keys
  • SMIT and Functions Keys
  • SMIT Output Screen
  • Recording SMIT Sessions
  • The smit Command
  • IBM Systems Management Console
  • Workshop Session


  • AIX Documentation
  • The man Command
  • AIX Information Centre Documentation Options
  • Infocenter
  • Anatomy of the Infocenter
  • Workshop Session


  • Software Installation
  • Software – Units of Installation
  • Bundles
  • Naming Conventions
  • Installation Directories
  • Update and Maintenance Bundles
  • The Fix Level Recommendation Tool (FLRT)
  • Software States
  • SMIT Installation Menus
  • Install and Update Software
  • Installing Bundles
  • Installing Patches and Fixes
  • Finding Out About Installed Software
  • Maintaining Software
  • Workshop Session


  • Devices
  • Predefined Database
  • Customized Database
  • Device States
  • AIX Location Codes (Non-SCSI Devices)
  • AIX Location Codes (SCSI Devices)
  • AIX Location Codes VS Physical Location Codes
  • Listing Devices
  • Configuring Devices
  • Manually Configured Devices
  • Smit Devices Menu
  • The mkdev Command
  • The chdev Command
  • The rmdev Command
  • Useful Device Names to Remember
  • Logical Volume Structures
  • Documenting Hardware Setup
  • Workshop Session


  • LAN Connected Devices
  • Serial Connections
  • SMIT Menu
  • Defining a TTY
  • Terminfo Database
  • Useful Commands
  • Workshop Session


  • Queueing Concepts
  • Other Software Interfaces
  • The Spooling Directories
  • The qconfig File
  • SMIT Menus
  • Adding a Print Queue
  • Managing Print Queue Attributes
  • The qprt Command
  • Queue Status Information
  • Workshop Session


  • Users and Groups In AIX
  • The /etc/passwd File
  • Long User and Group Name Support
  • Verify and Change User Name Limit
  • Verify and Change User Name Limit through the Command Line
  • Listing User Information
  • Adding a New User
  • The /etc/group File
  • Registering a New User
  • Adding Users
  • Adding a Group
  • More about Groups
  • More about Users
  • Removing Users from the System
  • Other Useful Commands
  • Workshop Session


  • The security Directory
  • The /etc/security/passwd File
  • The /etc/security/user File
  • The /etc/security/login.cfg File
  • The /etc/security/group File
  • Security Audit File
  • Losing the Root User’s Password
  • Role Based Access Control
  • Privileged Escalation with Set User
  • Identification (SUID)
  • Adding a Role to a User
  • Creating a User Defined Role
  • The Root User and Enhanced RBAC
  • Disabling the Root User
  • Enabling the Root User
  • Disabling root user in WPARs
  • Workshop Session


  • The Logical Volume Manager
  • AIX Disk Storage
  • Physical Volumes and LVM
  • Volume Group Descriptor Areas
  • SMIT and Volume Groups
  • Physical and Logical Storage
  • Scalable Volume Groups
  • Uses of Logical Volumes
  • Mirroring
  • LVM Hot Spare Disk in a Volume Group
  • Enabling Hot Spare Disk Support in an Existing Volume Group
  • Striping
  • Disk Placement Policies
  • Creating and Managing Logical Volumes
  • Migrating Contents of Physical Volumes
  • Other Useful Commands
  • Workshop Session


  • What is Paging Space?
  • Paging Space Calculations
  • Paging Space Placement on Disk
  • Listing Paging Space
  • Adding Paging Space:
    • mkps Command
    • smit mkps
  • Changing Paging Space:
    • chps Command
    • smit chps
  • Removing Paging Space:
    • rmps
    • smit rmps


  • AIX Filesystems
  • AIX Supported Filesystems
  • JFS Structure
  • The Enhanced Journaled File System
  • Dynamic Disk Inode Allocation
  • On-Line File System Free Space Defragmentation
  • JFS2 Enhancements
  • JFS2 File System Shrink
  • Shrink A File System Using Smit
  • Disabling JFS2 logging
  • JFS2 Snapshot Image
  • Overview of JFS2 Snapshot
  • Creation of a JFS2 Snapshot
  • JFS Internal Snapshot
  • Listing File System Information
  • AIX 7.1 /admin/tmp System Directory
  • Mount Points
  • SMIT and Journaled File Systems
  • Building A JFS on a Logical Volume
  • Managing Existing Filesystems
  • Checking and Repairing File Systems
  • Removing a File System
  • Workshop Session

The Journaled File System

  • Lecture objectives
  • Features of the journaled file system
  • The structure of the jfs
  • Data block access schemes
  • Jfs control files
  • The jfs log
  • Creating a journaled file system
  • Extending a journaled file system
  • Removing a journaled file system
  • Jfs data block fragmentation
  • Setting the number of inodes
  • File system defragmentation — the defragfs command
  • Additional information
  • Lecture summary


  • Backup and Restore
  • Backup Media
  • The mksysb and savevg Functions
  • The backup Command
  • The restore Command
  • Using the cpio Command
  • The cpio -o Command
  • Using the find Command with cpio
  • The cpio -i Command
  • Using the cpio -p Command
  • Using the tar Command
  • Creating an Archive
  • Reading/Verifying an Archive Further tar Options
  • Tape Control Commands
  • Workshop Session


  • Starting Background Jobs
  • The nohup Command
  • Using cron Processes
  • Creating cron Processes
  • Creating crontab Entries
  • Using the crontab Command
  • The at Command
  • Authorisation for the at Command
  • Creating a crontab Entry
  • Using the at Command
  • Workshop Session


  • Overview
  • Network Hardware
  • Ethernet
  • Network Software
  • Network Addressing
  • Routing
  • Displaying Routing Tables
  • Network Information Files
  • Network Commands
  • User Equivalence
  • Displaying Network Details
  • Remote Login
  • Copying File
  • Executing Remote Commands
  • Testing Network Connectivity
  • Client – Server Environment:
    • NFS – Network File System
    • DHCP – Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol
  • Naming Services:
    • NIS – Network Information Service
    • DNS – Domain Name Service


  • Define NFS Terminology
  • Client Side NFS
  • Server Side NFS
  • The /etc/exports File
  • The /etc/filesystems File
  • Exercise: Export a Resourse
  • Exercise: Use a Remote Filesystem


  • What are Workload Partitions?
  • System WPARs
  • System WPARs Observations
  • System WPAR Examples
  • WPAR File Systems
  • Starting a WPA
  • Logging in to a WPAR
  • Stopping a WPAR
  • Rebooting a WPAR
  • Changing a WPAR
  • Removing a WPAR
  • Application WPARs
  • Application WPARs Observations
  • Application WPAR Examples
  • Application / System WPAR Comparisons
  • Workshop Session


  • Lecture objectives
  • Aix problem determination
  • The operator panel
  • The aix boot process
  • Potential boot problems
  • The problem solving guide
  • Booting the system in service mode
  • Hardware diagnostics
  • The error log
  • Error reports
  • Cleaning the error log
  • System dumps
  • Lecture summary

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