Rob McNelly

Rob McNelly

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Recent Posts

  • System Planning Tool Updated for POWER9
  • Dealing With an HMC Upgrade Problem
  • AIX Migration Prep
  • The 2018 IBM Champions
  • A Valuable Doc on HMC GUI Options
  • Don't Forget About Server Consolidation

    You likely know that we can run multiple operating systems on Power servers. With powerful POWER8 servers, we can consolidate workloads such as AIX, IBM i, and Linux and run them simultaneously on the same server -- assuming it's not one of the newer L or LC Linux-only models.

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    Posted: June 07, 2016 |

    Upgrading SDDPCM Drivers

    In January I posted some scripts I'd received from Simon Taylor. He's since provided me with more.

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    Posted: May 31, 2016 |

    Finding the Motivation to Change

    This blog typically covers AIX and other technical topics. However, every now and again I write about something else that interests me. This week's topic, honestly, is sensitive.

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    Posted: May 24, 2016 |

    Finding Lifecycle and Other Product Info

    When is my version of AIX or PowerHA going out of support?

    These types of questions come up all the time. The good news is there are multiple ways to find quick answers to them.

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    Posted: May 17, 2016 |

    Enhanced Support Options

    If you have IBM maintenance and support contracts on your IBM hardware and software, it's a straight-forward arrangement. When something breaks, you can open a PMR and get help.

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    Posted: May 10, 2016 |

    What's in Your Bag?

    If you travel for your job as I do, you probably lug lots of gear. Chargers, cords and adapters are just some of the necessities that keep your gadgets in working order while you're on the go.

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    Posted: May 03, 2016 |

    LPM and Firmware Compatibility

    Here's something of interest to those who use live partition mobility (LPM): IBM has created a matrix that shows firmware compatibility for conducting LPM operations between systems:

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    Posted: April 26, 2016 |

    Why Don't We Have Root on the HMC?

    For as long as there's been an HMC, there have been frustrated administrators wishing they had root access to it.

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    Posted: April 19, 2016 |

    Coverage of IBM's OpenPOWERSummit Announcements

    Last week I was in Austin for a Linux on Power workshop, when, as the kids say, my Twitter timeline blew up with news from the OpenPOWERSummit in San Jose.

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    Posted: April 12, 2016 |

    Migrating to POWER8 Systems

    You just found out you're getting new hardware. But hold the celebration -- how do you get your existing LPARs to run on it?

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    Posted: April 05, 2016 |

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