Rob McNelly

Rob McNelly

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  • POWER9: What's Already Out There Says Plenty
  • Some Familiar and Not So Familiar Uses of ifconfig
  • Tech Changes, but Teaching Doesn't
  • My Workout Day at the Data Center
  • Is Anyone Interested in a Any a Real-Time AIX Forum Using Slack?
  • Running YUM on AIX

    When it comes to getting open source packages onto your AIX system, there are lots of options. And while package dependencies are always a problem, Michael Perzl's solution is still sound.

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    Posted: April 25, 2017 |

    A Different Way to Look at Systems

    Sure, I enjoy reading about new systems. I've also done my share of writing about them. But for me, there's nothing better than being able to actually visualize hardware. Of course speeds and feeds are helpful, but I want to see where the different cables plug in, or how a server or expansion drawer fits in the rack. It's just easier to understand how things go together when you can give it the eye test.

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    Posted: April 18, 2017 |

    The Danger of Defaults

    A friend who was in the midst of a migration project recently asked me what I knew about TCPTR. Short answer: not much.

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    Posted: April 11, 2017 |

    More rPerf Resources

    Earlier this year I pointed you to a method for finding relative performance (rPerf) numbers for your LPAR. Read on to find additional rPerf resources.

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    Posted: April 04, 2017 |

    HA and DR Overview

    What are the different high availability (HA) and disaster recovery (DR) solutions are available for Power Systems? What are the pros and cons of these different solutions?

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    Posted: March 28, 2017 |

    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 07, 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 |

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