Rob McNelly

Rob McNelly




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  • The Place to Go for AIX Updates
    07/25/2017
  • Much has Changed, but Not Everything
    07/18/2017
  • Booting an LPAR from a USB Port
    07/11/2017
  • Info on VIO Commands
    06/27/2017
  • PowerHA Now Includes HTML Reporting Capability
    06/20/2017
  • Back Up Your HMC or Get Ready to Rebuild

    A customer had an HMC issue. There were no backups, so the HMC had to reinstalled from scratch. There wasn't any documentation either, meaning that the customer had no idea what the network settings should be.

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    Posted: December 13, 2016 |

    Bare Metal Recovery Options for Linux

    I recently wrote about backups, though I didn't get into the bare metal recovery options for Linux. I wrote about this topic in 2005, and here I am, 11 years later, still wondering where is my integrated bare metal recovery mechanism for Linux? The answer is still going to include Storix, though there's another utility that may also work for you.

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    Posted: December 06, 2016 |

    Tech Terms Defined Redefined

    I love clever definitions of technology-related terms. In the past I mentioned the IBM Jargon and General Computing Dictionary (which will be 30 years old soon).

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    Posted: November 29, 2016 |

    Adjusting to a Linux World

    I use Linux, and have for many years. I run Linux on Power hardware, which is something any Linux enterprise user should consider. Still, I prefer to live in the world of AIX. I understand that Linux is a fixture now, but there are features and capabilities that I take for granted with AIX that aren't there (at least not yet) with Linux.

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    Posted: November 22, 2016 |

    Another Case for Backups

    As I've mentioned, the AIX mailing list is a great place to go to pose questions and receive good answers from other AIX pros. While traffic is typically pretty light, I recently came across an interesting thread about the need to take care when editing critical files.

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    Posted: November 15, 2016 |

    Building Virtual Environments

    This IBM developerWorks page offers helpful information about building virtual environments. While it hasn't been updated in awhile, the content is certainly relevant.

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    Posted: November 08, 2016 |

    My Hosted PowerSC Trial Session

    This blog post provides some more helpful information about PowerSC and the IBM-hosted trial period for the product.

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    Posted: November 01, 2016 |

    AIX Keeps Making History

    I'm a fan of history, especially technology-related history. So as I get older, I like to reminisce about "the good old days." Like when I attended Desert Code Camp 2016 earlier this month.

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    Posted: October 25, 2016 |

    Digging into Last Week's IBM Announcements

    Last week IBM announced new hardware models, along with new features and functionality within AIX and IBM i. I believe IBM is once again showing a strong commitment to the Power brand, and, by providing the capability to update your operating system on the fly, giving customers another reason to choose Power Systems.

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    Posted: October 18, 2016 |

    The Best Documentation is Well-Organized

    It's once again time to nominate IBM Champions.  Seeing that notice reminded me of the IBM Champions event I attended in Austin, Texas, some months back. I'd known a lot of these folks for years, but I was meeting a few of them for the first time. Balazs Babinecz was one of those people I'd never been face to face with.

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    Posted: October 11, 2016 |

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