Rob McNelly

Rob McNelly




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  • A Valuable Doc on HMC GUI Options
    02/20/2018
  • IBM Unveils Six POWER9 Servers
    02/13/2018
  • Hardware Maintenance EOS Extension on the Way
    02/06/2018
  • Follow Me (at a Faster Speed)
    01/30/2018
  • A PowerAI Primer
    01/23/2018
  • The POWER9 Journey Begins

    One of the great benefits of being an IBM Champion is the ability to attend IBM briefings about unannounced products. For instance, recently, IBM gave us some details about the new Linux-only POWER9 server. The AC922 (Machine Type 8335-GTG) for high-performance computing (HPC) is being officially announced today, and will be generally available Dec. 22.

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    Posted: December 05, 2017 |

    Using lvmo to Migrate LVM Performance Tuning Values

    If you use the lvmo command to tune Logical Volume Manager (LVM) pbufs, this information may be useful.

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    Posted: November 28, 2017 |

    Losing a Laptop

    A buddy recently checked into a hotel. He asked the desk clerk about in-room safes. He's told the hotel doesn't have them. Then he asked the clerk to recommend a good nearby restaurant within walking distance. He was given directions, went, ate, returned to his room, and found his laptop had been stolen. He wondered if the clerk was somehow in on the theft, but he couldn't prove it.

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    Posted: November 21, 2017 |

    On Becoming a Sponsor User

    While attending the IBM Technical University last month I went to a session on the Cloud Management Console (CMC). One thing I highlighted when I first wrote about the CMC is how you get access to the product. You can pay $50 per frame per month, or, if you've purchase a C model, you receive access to the product for three years.

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    Posted: November 14, 2017 |

    A Tip on Getting Started with the PowerHA 7.2.1 GUI

    There are a lot of ways to get familiar with the new PowerHA 7.2.1 GUI--read more to find out how.

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    Posted: November 07, 2017 |

    Just Back from Technical University

    I haven't written about the IBM Technical University lately, but rest assured, I continue to make time for it as schedules allow.

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    Posted: October 31, 2017 |

    Patching: Seeking a Happy Medium

    Let’s talk about patching. IT pros understand that it's critical to patch in a timely matter. Or at least they should understand, but then, getting behind on patching was one factor in the Equifax breach (and many other breaches for that matter).

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    Posted: October 24, 2017 |

    A Hitch with SEA Failover Testing

    A few months back, I ran into an issue during shared Ethernet adapter (SEA) failover testing. After upgrading to VIO server 2.2.5.10, we would fail VIOS1 and verify our disks and networks were functioning as expected on the VIO clients. Then we'd bring VIOS1 back online and fail VIOS2. The network would hang on the VIO clients.

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    Posted: October 17, 2017 |

    Power Systems Best Practices Doc Updated

    Not long ago I was asked about the Power Systems best practices document that I wrote about in March.

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    Posted: October 10, 2017 |

    My Reading List

    From time to time I'll share some random links to AIX documentation I find online or via Twitter. But I also regularly read certain individuals, some who write about Power/AIX and some who cover tech more generally. I thought I'd share that list here.

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    Posted: October 03, 2017 |

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