Rob McNelly

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  • A Valuable Doc on HMC GUI Options
  • IBM Unveils Six POWER9 Servers
  • Hardware Maintenance EOS Extension on the Way
  • Follow Me (at a Faster Speed)
  • A PowerAI Primer
  • How Does Your Database Rate?

    The website 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 |

    Testing Out the New vHMC

    Have you ever wished you could run HMC code on your laptop? Sure, there are unsupported work-arounds, but the new HMC virtual appliance (vHMC) makes this task much simpler to accomplish, and it's supported by IBM. Read all about it in section 3.2 of this Redbook.

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    Posted: January 12, 2016 |

    Simon Scripts

    For years I've been asking you to send me scripts. Sharing your scripting abilities benefits us all. We can use them as is, or as a starting point to create scripts that could help others.

    Sometime I find scripts; regardless of their origin, I share them when I get permission from their authors. It's a win-win.

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    Posted: January 05, 2016 |

    The Important Work of Certification Test Writing

    I've once again been working with teams that are updating various certification tests. I enjoy the interaction with tech pros from around the world as we devise test questions and answers.

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    Posted: December 22, 2015 |

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