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Rob McNelly

Rob McNelly

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  • AIXChange is still going, check our new website for the most recent posts.
    August 19, 2019
  • Power Systems Best Practices Doc: The Latest
    July 23, 2019
  • The Growing AIXchange Rate
    July 16, 2019
  • A TechU Reminder
    July 9, 2019
  • Power E980 Offering Makes Capacity Available as Needed
    June 25, 2019
  • The lshwres Command and Hardware Discovery

    I've previously written about using the HMC command line to get information from managed machines. It's a terrific use of the HMC, especially if you're working with new machines and your OS isn't loaded yet. Even in established environments, the HMC command line makes everything easier. Why bother with logging into multiple VIO servers or LPARs to get information?

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    Posted: May 14, 2019 |

    Setting the Record Straight on Power Systems

    There's an IBM-produced blog about Power Systems servers that's worth bookmarking. Check out this week's blog post for more information.

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    Posted: May 7, 2019 |

    Text from AIX

    As I've noted previously, I regularly visit the AIX Forum. Generally there's good discussion, and occasionally an interesting question is raised. For instance, about a month ago a forum member asked about sending texts from AIX.

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    Posted: April 30, 2019 |

    Updating Old Firmware with the OpenBMC Tool

    I was recently upgrading the firmware on an AC922 server when I realized that the firmware was old enough that no GUI was available for the task.

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    Posted: April 23, 2019 |

    Machine Learning on AIX

    If you believe that machine learning is strictly for Linux, check out this blog post, which outlines an IBM tutorial on installing and configuring Python machine learning packages on AIX.

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    Posted: April 16, 2019 |

    An Introduction to Problem Analysis

    The IBM Knowledge Center has a number of documents on problem analysis for AIX, Linux and more. While this information may seem basic to anyone's who's spent years dealing with these types of issues, junior admins should spend some time with beginning problem analysis, and all of the other info linked in this document.

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    Posted: April 9, 2019 |

    Choosing the Proper Level for Managing VIOS with NIM

    This blog contains several links to helpful documents related to managing VIOS with NIM.

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    Posted: April 2, 2019 |

    Comments on the Changing UNIX Landscape

    I was quoted in this recent NetworkWorld article on the slow decline of UNIX.

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    Posted: March 26, 2019 |

    A Look at AIX and Cloud

    I'm quite late to this, but if you haven't caught Petra Bührer's Power Systems Virtual User Group presentation, "Enterprise Cloud Bundle and AIX Enterprise Edition," check it out. 

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    Posted: March 19, 2019 |

    Logging in NPIV from the HMC

    Back in 2013 I wrote about using the chnportlogin and lsnportlogin commands to display and change N_Port ID virtualization (NPIV) mappings. This same operation can be accomplished using the HMC, which came in handy for me when I was recently asked how to get secondary World Wide Names (WWNs) logged in to use for live partition mobility.

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    Posted: March 12, 2019 |

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