Course Duration 4 Days Hands on 
Course Fee Available upon request (Write to us at
Operating System AIX Version 7.1 and AIX 7.2 
Course Location Customer Onsite 
Course Code TN150
Group Discounts Discounts are available for a classs of 5 and 8 students
Deliverables Comprehensive Student Guide and Course Certificate

Learn advanced AIX system administrator skills focusing on availability and problem determination. Learn detailed knowledge of the ODM database where AIX maintains configuration information. Learn to monitor for and deal with AIX problems with emphasis on Logical Volume Manager problems, including procedures for replacing disks. Learn how to configure AIX Workload Partitions by using software based virtualization without services disruption. 

This is an advanced course for AIX system administrators, and system support individuals with at least six months of experience in AIX operating system.

Participants should be familiar with various system administration tasks. 

  • Can use Hardware Management Console (HMC) to activate a logical partition running AIX and to access the AIX system console 
  • Understand AIX backup and recovery procedures including mksysb, savevg, and restvg 
  • Manage additional software and base operating system updates including AIX Technology Levels and Service Packs 
  • Understand how to manage file systems, logical volumes, and volume groups
  • Understand basic performance monitoring tools and filesystem fragmentation problems
  • Understand basic Workload Partition (WPAR) concepts and commands 
  • Should be well familiar with using tools like vi editor, command execution, input and output redirection, and the use of utilities such as grep
On completion of this course, students should be able to: 
  • Able to perform system problem determination and reporting procedures including analyzing error logs, creating dumps of the system, and providing needed data to the AIX Support personnel 
  • Understand how to examine and manipulate AIX Object Data Manager databases 
  • Identify and resolve conflicts between the Logical Volume Manager (LVM) disk structures and the Object Data Manager (ODM) 
  • Identify various types of boot and disk failures and perform the matching recovery procedures 
  • Implement advanced methods such as alternate disk install, multibos, and features of JFS2 file system
 The ODM

  ODM Components and Commands 
  Changing Attribute Values 
  Data Managed by the ODM 
  Data not Managed by the ODM 
  ODM Database Files 
  ODM Repositories
  Software Vital Product Data 
  Predefined Devices
  Predefined Attributes, Customized Devices, Customized Attributes                                 
  ODM Class Integration 

Disk Management Theory

  LVM Terms 
  Volume Group Limits 
  Mirroring Striping 
  Mirroring and Striping with RAID 
  Basic LVM Tasks 
  LVM Data Representation 
  LVM Data on Disk Control Blocks 
  LVM O/S Data 
  Contents of the VGDA 
  The Logical Volume Control Block (LVCB) 
  LVM interaction with the ODM and VGDA 
  ODM entries for PVs, VGs and LVs 
  ODM-related LVM Problems 
  Fixing ODM problems 
  Stale Partitions 
  Mirrored LVs
  Mirror Write Consistency 
  Mirroring rootvg 
  VGDA Count  and Quorum 

Error Monitoring & System Dump

  Working with diag and Diagnostic Modes 
  Using SMS for Diagnostics 
  The AIX Dump Facility 
  How to invoke a System Dump 
  When a Dump occurs 
  The sysdumpdev Command 
  Methods of Starting a Dump 
  Generating Dumps with SMIT 
  Dump related LED codes 

System Initialization

  How does an AIX system boot? 
  Loading of the Boot Image 
  Boot Logical Volume (hd5) 
  How to fix a corrupted BLV 
  Working with bootlists 
  Service Processor and Boot failures 
  TTY Remote Reboot 
  Accessing a System that will not boot 
  Booting and Working in Maintenance Mode 
  Boot Problem References 
  Flashing 888 
  Getting Firmware updates from the Internet 
  The rc.boot File 
  Configuration Manager 
  Config Rules Object Class 
  Output of cfgmgr in the boot alog 
  The /etc/inittab File 

Disk Management Procedures

  Disk Replacement Techniques 
  Replacing a rootvg Disk 
  Total Disk Failure 
  Volume Group Failure 
  Total non-rootvg Failure 
  Disk Replacement Failures 
  Importing and Exporting a Volume Group 
  Import/Export Issues 
  Saving and Restoring Volume Groups
  Creating a System Backup (mksysb) 
  mksysb Tape Images 
  Verifying the System Backup 
  The mksysb File 
  Restoring a mksysb 
  Cloning Systems using mksysb Tapes 
  Changing the Partition Size in rootvg 
  Reducing a Filesystem in rootvg 
  Alternate Disk Installation using mksysb Disk Install 
  Removing an Alternate Disk Installation 
  Saving and Restoring non-rootvg Volume Groups 
  Error Logging Components 
  Generating an Error Report 
  The errpt Command 
  Types of Disk Errors 
  LVM Error Log Entries 
  Maintaining the Error Log

List of IBM AIX Operating System 
Standard Courses

AIX 7 Basics

Power Systems for AIX II - AIX Implementation and Administration

Power Systems for AIX III - Advanced Administration and Problem Determination

Introduction to AIX Korn Shell Scripting - AIX 7,1, AIX 6.1, AIX 5.3 and Linux

AIX 7 Jumpstart for UNIX Professionals

Security for Power Systems AIX

IBM POWER Virtualization Technologies

AIX Disk Storage Management and Recovery Procedures

AIX Performance Monitoring and Management

Introduction to IT Infrastructure Technologies

Understanding the Role of Storage Technologies and Big Data

Linux Basics for Users


List of IBM AIX Operating System 
Short-Term Courses

AIX System Configuration Devices & AIX System Storage Overview

AIX Disk Storage Management & Recovery Procedures

AIX Performance Monitoring & Management

Understanding & Managing AIX ODM (Object Data Manager)

Security for Power Systems AIX

AIX Software Installation Maintenance & Backup & Restotore

Working with Logical Volume Manager & File System Administration

AIX Error Monitoring & System Dump Facility & AIX Scheduling

AIX Security & User Administration