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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
  • NIM Management via HTTP

    I love NIM. I rely on NIM when I'm doing new server builds, and it's also my go-to for installing the VIO server.

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    Posted: October 2, 2018 |

    What's in Store for Memory

    In August there was an event called Hot Chips 30. A long-running conference for the semiconductor industry, Hot Chips is the place to learn about high-performance microprocessors and related topics like system memory. Here are a couple of interesting articles that came out of the conference that look at memory and where it's headed in the near future.

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    Posted: September 25, 2018 |

    An Important Reminder about VIOS

    This post outlines some important reminders about VIOS.

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    Posted: September 18, 2018 |

    LPM Copy Time Stats

    Newsflash: I'm not the only person out there writing about AIX and related topics. I also understand that this is a good thing, for all of us. I know l like reading about this stuff as much as I like writing about it.

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    Posted: September 11, 2018 |

    A Discussion of Software Security

    Containers or virtual machines--which provides greater security? IBM Research attempted to answer this question, as explained in a recent article that I outline in this blog.

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    Posted: September 4, 2018 |

    Other Options for Volume Group Backups

    How do you backup your volume groups? These days we're often dealing with snapshots on a SAN, but there are still occasions when you want to backup to a local tape drive, a file, or a NIM server. The specifics depend upon the amount of data and the type of infrastructure we're dealing with. (Obviously moving terabytes across a 100mb network isn't the best way to go.)

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    Posted: August 28, 2018 |

    Vulnerability Checker Provides Security Info

    The FLRT Vulnerability Checker Online (FLRTVC) allows you to check your AIX system for HIPER and Security vulnerabilities. This post provides the necessary details to get started.

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    Posted: August 21, 2018 |

    A Guide to HMC Access

    You probably have users in your environment who need access to the Hardware Management Console (HMC), and if so, it's very likely you want to limit what they can do with this access.

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    Posted: August 14, 2018 |

    The POWER9 System Roll-Out Continues

    Today IBM is announcing two new POWER9-based enterprise systems: the E950 (9040-MR9) and the E980 (9080-M9S). The E980 is the follow-on to both the E870 and E880, and delivers 1.5X the performance. Rather than have two high-end machines, as was the case in POWER8 (and going back to POWER7 with the 770/780), those systems are collapsed into the E980. As for the E950, with its available cores and memory, it packs quite a punch for a 4-socket server, as you'll soon see.

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    Posted: August 7, 2018 |

    Techspeak Explained

    You don't need me to tell you that there are a lot of acronyms in tech. But it never hurts to be reminded that more and more workers are entering the world of AIX and IBM Power Systems from non-UNIX and/or non-IBM backgrounds. As a consultant, I regularly meet people who are new to IBM systems and unfamiliar with many IBM-specific terms--e.g., PMR, APAR, NIM, WPAR, VPD and SEA--that we take for granted.

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    Posted: July 31, 2018 |

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