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?
  • 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 |

    Working with Snap Files

    Awhile ago Russell Adams posted an interesting message to the AIX mailing list. He wrote about working with AIX snap files and included a link to his website, which provides some background.

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    Posted: June 28, 2016 |

    Monitor-ing the Situation

    Over the years I've discovered that you can never have too many monitors connected to your system. I'm reminded of this whenever I go on the road with a laptop and single screen.

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    Posted: June 21, 2016 |

    The AIX Expansion Pack

    Are you familiar with the AIX Expansion Pack?

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    Posted: June 14, 2016 |

    Don't Forget About Server Consolidation

    You likely know that we can run multiple operating systems on Power servers. With powerful POWER8 servers, we can consolidate workloads such as AIX, IBM i, and Linux and run them simultaneously on the same server -- assuming it's not one of the newer L or LC Linux-only models.

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    Posted: June 07, 2016 |

    Upgrading SDDPCM Drivers

    In January I posted some scripts I'd received from Simon Taylor. He's since provided me with more.

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    Posted: May 31, 2016 |

    Finding the Motivation to Change

    This blog typically covers AIX and other technical topics. However, every now and again I write about something else that interests me. This week's topic, honestly, is sensitive.

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    Posted: May 24, 2016 |

    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 |

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