Rob McNelly

Rob McNelly

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Recent Posts

  • Replicating Changes Across Multiple HMCs
    January 15, 2019
  • More on VIOS 3.1
    January 8, 2019
  • Staying Fit: An Ongoing Story of Peaks and Valleys
    December 18, 2018
  • Everything to Know about VIOS 3.1
    December 11, 2018
  • Implementing the vHMC Requires Attention to Detail
    December 4, 2018
  • A POWER9 Roadmap

    I want to point you to Jeff Stuecheli's POWER9 presentation from January's AIX Virtual User Group meeting. This information doesn't involve specific announcements or new models, but it provides an informative look the capabilities of the chip itself.

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    Posted: March 21, 2017 |

    Selected AIX Versions Can Soon Be Licensed Monthly

    IBM made an interesting announcement today. The Standard editions of AIX 7.1 and AIX 7.2 will soon be available to be licensed on a monthly basis under Passport Advantage.

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    Posted: March 14, 2017 |

    New Version of Power Systems Best Practices Now Available

    As I noted in this 2013 post, Fredrik Lundholm compiles and updates a presentation called the Power Implementation Quality Standard for commercial workloads.

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    Posted: March 7, 2017 |

    A Power Champion, Again

    In case you missed me mentioning it on Twitter (@robmcnelly), I was recently selected as part of the 2017 class of IBM Power Champions.

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    Posted: February 28, 2017 |

    Supporting Systems and the People Who Use Them

    What systems are you running? That's an easy enough question to answer. You might tell me that you have two 880s, two 850s and two S822s, all running AIX 7.2.

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    Posted: February 21, 2017 |

    New Servers Designed for Smaller Environments

    In my consulting work, I see a number of customers with small machines running critical workloads that don't incorporate virtualization. Because these workloads aren't necessarily memory- or CPU-intensive, these customers see no need to set up multiple LPARs. They just want a stand-alone system.

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    Posted: February 14, 2017 |

    Article Misses the Point on VIOS Use

    This was posted on Jan. 17, but it's worth revisiting.

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    Posted: February 7, 2017 |

    Decoding iCalendar Files

    If you use an electronic calendar, chances are you're dealing with multiple calendaring and email systems between your work and personal accounts. Some folks use Google Calendar, others use Outlook and still others use Lotus Notes for example. Personally, I use multiple email clients, and each one has a calendar. I prefer to keep all of my appointments in one place using one piece of software, and everything has to sync with my phone.

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    Posted: January 31, 2017 |

    Taking on the Upgrade Exception

    During a recent conversation over lunch, my companion made a great observation: No one questions the need to upgrade their computers and other devices anymore -- with one notable exception.

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    Posted: January 24, 2017 |

    Thoughts on Performance Tuning

    I recently discovered this post to the UNIX & Linux Forums. While it's from 2013, "The Most Incomplete Guide to Performance Tuning" has some great -- and still relevant -- ideas.

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    Posted: January 17, 2017 |

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