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
  • Finding Lifecycle and Other Product Info

    When is my version of AIX or PowerHA going out of support?

    These types of questions come up all the time. The good news is there are multiple ways to find quick answers to them.

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    Posted: May 17, 2016 |

    Enhanced Support Options

    If you have IBM maintenance and support contracts on your IBM hardware and software, it's a straight-forward arrangement. When something breaks, you can open a PMR and get help.

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    Posted: May 10, 2016 |

    What's in Your Bag?

    If you travel for your job as I do, you probably lug lots of gear. Chargers, cords and adapters are just some of the necessities that keep your gadgets in working order while you're on the go.

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    Posted: May 03, 2016 |

    LPM and Firmware Compatibility

    Here's something of interest to those who use live partition mobility (LPM): IBM has created a matrix that shows firmware compatibility for conducting LPM operations between systems:

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    Posted: April 26, 2016 |

    Why Don't We Have Root on the HMC?

    For as long as there's been an HMC, there have been frustrated administrators wishing they had root access to it.

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    Posted: April 19, 2016 |

    Coverage of IBM's OpenPOWERSummit Announcements

    Last week I was in Austin for a Linux on Power workshop, when, as the kids say, my Twitter timeline blew up with news from the OpenPOWERSummit in San Jose.

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    Posted: April 12, 2016 |

    Migrating to POWER8 Systems

    You just found out you're getting new hardware. But hold the celebration -- how do you get your existing LPARs to run on it?

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    Posted: April 05, 2016 |

    Another Lifeline for Those on AIX 5.3 Extended Support

    Nobody likes to admit it, but many customers are still running AIX 5.3 on older hardware. There are many reasons for this. Maybe you have a few LPARs running an older OS. Maybe you're reliant on a critical application that's no longer supported. Maybe you've fallen so far behind on patching and upgrading that running an old OS is an acceptable risk. Or perhaps it's simply the stubbornness of an "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" mentality.

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    Posted: March 29, 2016 |

    Finding Minimum AIX Hardware Support Levels

    If you just bought an 8408-E8E -- otherwise known as the E850 -- you may be wondering about its minimum supported AIX versions. Turns out there's an easy way to find this information: Just go to the System to AIX Maps web page.

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    Posted: March 22, 2016 |

    POWER Systems? There’s an app for that.

    It seems like there's an app for everything related to your Power hardware these days. There's myHMC Mobile (which I covered here), along with the IBM Redbooks Mobile App. And now there's the IBM Technical Support Mobile App (available for Android and iPhone).

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    Posted: March 15, 2016 |

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