Rob McNelly

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  • CoD Remains an Under-Utilized Option
    05/23/2017
  • How to Seize Information About Your SEAs
    05/16/2017
  • About Processor Modes
    05/09/2017
  • There's Still Something About the Good Old Days of Tech
    05/02/2017
  • Running YUM on AIX
    04/25/2017
  • Finding Minimum AIX Hardware Support Levels

    If you just bought an 8408-E8E -- otherwise known as the E850 -- you may be wondering about its minimum supported AIX versions. Turns out there's an easy way to find this information: Just go to the System to AIX Maps web page.

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    Posted: March 22, 2016 |

    POWER Systems? There’s an app for that.

    It seems like there's an app for everything related to your Power hardware these days. There's myHMC Mobile (which I covered here), along with the IBM Redbooks Mobile App. And now there's the IBM Technical Support Mobile App (available for Android and iPhone).

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    Posted: March 15, 2016 |

    The Fix (Level) is In: Using FLRT and FLRT LITE

    I've mentioned FLRT previously. Hopefully you've taken advantage of the tool. On countless occasions it's helped me determine the latest versions of OSs, firmware and applications, along with end of life, etc.

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    Posted: March 08, 2016 |

    How Does Your Database Rate?

    The website db-engines.com rates "database management systems according to their popularity."
    The list has been around for a few years, and as this InfoWorld article notes, "It isn't forensically precise, nor is it meant to be; it's intended to give a sense of trends over time."

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    Posted: March 01, 2016 |

    Running LPM on Selected Partitions

    A while back a customer got word from Oracle that they would be charged for every core on a system that could be used for Live Partition Mobility, even cores that weren't used by their Oracle database.

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    Posted: February 23, 2016 |

    Proud to be a (Returning) Champion

    Last fall I wrote about the relaunch of the IBM Champions program. Here's how I described it back in 2011.

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    Posted: February 16, 2016 |

    Single-User Mode vs. Maintenance Mode

    Recently I was telling a customer about the differences between booting into single-user mode and booting into maintenance mode. If you're not familiar with these procedures, I recommend either using an existing LPAR or creating a new LPAR and trying them both. But before you do that, check out two valuable IBM support technotes (FAQs) that walk through each method.

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    Posted: February 09, 2016 |

    New Solutions to the Age-Old Problem of Memory Errors

    This article made the rounds on Twitter awhile ago. It's worth your time if you haven't read it:

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    Posted: February 02, 2016 |

    Thoughts on SAP HANA's Availability on Power Systems

    I assume you've heard by now that SAP HANA is available on IBM Power Systems.

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    Posted: January 26, 2016 |

    Another HMC Goody: myHMC Mobile

    After trying out the HMC virtual appliance (vHMC), I wanted to examine the myHMC mobile application. The app, which came out last summer, is designed to allow you to manage HMC devices from your phone.

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    Posted: January 19, 2016 |

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