• Install the AIX operating system, filesets, and RedHat Package Manager (RPM) packages
  • Perform system startup and shutdown
  • Discuss and use system management tools such as System Management Interface Tool (SMIT) and IBM Systems Director console for AIX
  • Manage physical and logical devices
  • Discuss the purpose of the logical volume manager
  • Perform logical volume and file system management
  • Create and manage user and group accounts
  • Perform and restore system backups
  • Utilize administrative subsystems, including cron to schedule system tasks, and security to implement customized access of files and directories
  • Configure TCP/IP networking
  • Define and run basic Workload Partitions (WPAR)


This intermediate course is intended for system administrators or anyone implementing and managing an AIX operating system in a multiuser Power Systems partitioned environment.


You should already be able to:

  • Log in to an AIX system and set a user password
  • Execute basic AIX commands
  • Manage files and directories
  • Use the vi editor
  • Use redirection, pipes, and tees
  • Use the utilities find and grep
  • Use the command and variable substitution
  • Set and change Korn shell variables
  • Write simple shell scripts
  • Use a graphic Common Desktop Environment (CDE) interface

These skills can be acquired by attending AIX Basics (AN10G) or through equivalent AIX or UNIX knowledge. Also, it would be helpful (but not mandatory) if students were familiar with partitioning concepts and technology taught in Power Systems for AIX I: LPAR Configuration and Planning (AN11G).


Five days.


Chapter 1. Introduction to IBM Power Systems, AIX, and system administration

Exercise 1: Introduction to IBM Power Systems, AIX, and system administration

Chapter 2. AIX system management tools

Exercise 2: Using system management tools in AIX

Chapter 3. System startup and shutdown

Exercise 3: System startup and shutdown

Chapter 4. AIX installation

Exercise 4: AIX installation

Chapter 5. AIX software installation and maintenance

Exercise 5: AIX software installation and maintenance

Chapter 6. System configuration and devices

Exercise 6: System configuration and devices

Chapter 7. System storage overview

Exercise 7: System storage overview: LVM commands

Chapter 8. Working with the Logical Volume Manager

Exercise 8: Working with LVM

Chapter 9. File systems administration

Exercise 9: File system administration

Chapter 10. Paging space

Exercise 10: Page space

Chapter 11. Backup and restore

Exercise 11: Backup and restore

Chapter 12. Security and user administration: Part one

Exercise 12. Security and user administration: Part one

Chapter 13. Security and user administration: Part two

Exercise 13: Security and user administration: Part two

Chapter 14. Scheduling and time

Exercise 14: Scheduling

Chapter 15. TCP/IP networking

Exercise 15: TCP/IP networking

Chapter 16. Introduction to Workload Partitions

Exercise 16: Workload Partitions