Rob McNelly

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  • On Becoming a Sponsor User
  • A Tip on Getting Started with the PowerHA 7.2.1 GUI
  • Just Back from Technical University
  • Patching: Seeking a Happy Medium
  • A Hitch with SEA Failover Testing
  • 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 |

    A Performance Analysis Tool for Linux

    I often hear from people who want to know how to conduct in-depth performance analysis on Linux. These folks are new to the platform and wonder why they can't find many of the tools (PerfPMR, for instance) that they take for granted with AIX.

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    Posted: October 04, 2016 |

    Removing a Static Route from the ODM

    I was recently asked how to remove a static route from the AIX Object Data Manager (ODM), so I pointed my customer to this techdoc.

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    Posted: September 27, 2016 |

    More on the HMC and root

    Did you know about the AIX forums that are hosted at It had been awhile since I checked them, but when I did recently, I found an open letter that was written to me a few weeks after I wrote about whether IBM should allow root access to the HMC.

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    Posted: September 20, 2016 |

    POWER9 Media Coverage

    Last month's Hot Chips conference generated quite a bit of press about the soon to be available POWER9 processors.

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    Posted: September 13, 2016 |

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