Rob McNelly

Rob McNelly

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Recent Posts

  • 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
  • 10G Ethernet on POWER Tips

    This great new techdoc from Steve Knudson recently went live. It includes a set of slides that cover Ethernet on POWER, along with a cheat sheet that you may find valuable as you transition to 10G adapters on POWER8 servers.

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    Posted: September 06, 2016 |

    Using LPM from the Command Line

    In February I wrote about disabling live partition mobility on selected partitions, and recently I received a related question from someone looking for an alternative to using the HMC GUI. Specifically, how do you turn LPM on and off from the command line on a per partition basis?

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    Posted: August 30, 2016 |

    Using AIX System Accounts

    I recently was asked about AIX system accounts. You'll find the answers -- why they're there, how you login to them, etc. -- in this IBM Support doc. It's an older document that covers the basics, but the information is still relevant:

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    Posted: August 23, 2016 |

    Linux on Power Resources

    I know more of you are evaluating and using Linux on Power, so I want to highlight some good resources. (Note: A ton of links follow, and I've noticed that some don't seem to work properly with Internet Explorer, so try another browser if you encounter issues.)

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    Posted: August 16, 2016 |

    Connecting with IBMers on Sametime

    I worked for IBM from 2000-2006. During that time I used Sametime extensively to communicate with coworkers worldwide. When I left the company, I wanted to continue to IM my former colleagues.

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    Posted: August 09, 2016 |

    PowerVC Resources

    By now you're familiar with PowerVC. No? Well, then this post is for you.

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    Posted: August 02, 2016 |

    Lessons Learned from Camp

    As long time readers know, I work with Boy Scouts. Recently we took 19 boys to a week-long summer camp, and while I always find being around kids to be instructive, this time I realized that some of these lessons apply to techies as well as campers.

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    Posted: July 26, 2016 |

    Lots of Potential Bookmarks

    Check out the latest blog post, which includes several links of interest to AIX users.

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    Posted: July 19, 2016 |

    A Pictorial Guide to vSCSI Disk Settings

    One of the challenges of configuring virtual disks with the VIO server is knowing which settings must be changed during setup. I recently had something brought to my attention that should help clarify things.

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    Posted: July 12, 2016 |

    Power Systems from a Competitor's View

    I'm always interested in stories about customers that choose to migrate from x86 to POWER8 systems. When I hear about 2X performance compared to x86 when running workloads on POWER, I wonder how anyone could consider anything else. Throw in the AIX, IBM i, and Linux on Power operating systems, and to me there's utterly no reason to run another operating system on other hardware.

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    Posted: July 05, 2016 |

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