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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
  • Everything to Know about VIOS 3.1

    VIOS 3.1 is here, and now is the time to start planning your next move. Should you replace your hardware with new servers and do fresh VIOS installs on those machines, or would a gradual upgrade of your dual VIO servers make more sense? Get informed by digging into the numerous, valuable resources that have recently come out.

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    Posted: December 11, 2018 |

    Implementing the vHMC Requires Attention to Detail

    If you're planning to get rid of your physical appliances and run all of the HMCs in your environment as virtual machines, read on for some considerations you should keep in mind.

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    Posted: December 4, 2018 |

    GDR as a Disaster Recovery Option

    A sound disaster recovery plan is one that's regularly being updated. With this in mind, I want to cite this overview of Geographically Dispersed Resiliency (GDR), a DR option that is designed for efficiency:

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    Posted: November 27, 2018 |

    Exploring the Possibilities

    There's a lot you can do with AIX. But that doesn't mean we won't search for even more ways to play with it.

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    Posted: November 20, 2018 |

    More Fun with AIX on a Nutanix Cluster

    This week's blog post is about my recent experience with a Nutanix Cluster.

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    Posted: November 13, 2018 |

    Porting to POWER9

    Linux runs on everything from embedded devices to mainframes. So why should we care that Linux runs on IBM Power Systems servers? Many developers and users are perfectly happy running Linux applications on x86, since that's the environment they know. However, lack of awareness of alternatives is another factor. In the case of Power Systems, some believe it can be difficult to move an application from x86 to POWER. Of course we know that this is unfounded?and in fact with the relatively recent change from the big endian to little endian format, moving to POWER has never been simpler.

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    Posted: November 6, 2018 |

    A Change to the SMT Mode Default in POWER9

    There's a rather significant change with the default SMT mode in AIX 7.2 TL3 running on POWER9 servers. This post describes the new settings.

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    Posted: October 30, 2018 |

    HMC Enhanced GUI: A Cautionary Tale

    Just in time for Halloween, here's a scary story involving the HMC enhanced GUI version and an inexperienced user.

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    Posted: October 23, 2018 |

    Restricting Access to the AIX Error Report

    Awhile back on Twitter, Chris Gibson noted that, starting with AIX 7.2 TL3, administrators will be able to prevent non-privileged users from viewing the AIX error report.

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    Posted: October 16, 2018 |

    New Stencils Available for POWER9 Systems

    Visio stencils are now available for selected IBM Power Systems POWER9 models, including the AC922 and S914.

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    Posted: October 9, 2018 |

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