• Discuss the advantages or value of PowerVM edition's features
  • Define micro-partitioning and shared processor LPARs
  • Discuss the benefits of simultaneous multithreading
  • Discuss and configure the Integrated Virtual Ethernet (IVE)
  • Install and configure the Virtual I/O Server
  • Configure virtual network devices, such as virtual Ethernet and shared Ethernet adapters
  • Configure virtual SCSI and virtual Fibre Channel storage adapters
  • Configure virtual SCSI target devices on a virtual SCSI adapter
  • Define file-backed storage pools and file-backed virtual optical devices
  • Identify single points of failure in virtualized environments
  • Configure multiple VIO servers for high availability
  • Configure advanced virtual networking options
  • Configure the shared Ethernet adapter failover feature
  • Configure advanced virtual SCSI options
  • Configure MPIO in a VIO server's client partition
  • Manage the service events, configure call home, add, exchange FRUs, and discuss FSP failover
  • Perform PowerVM (VIOS) Maintenance


This advanced course is appropriate for System Administrators, Technical Support Personnel, and Business Partners responsible for implementing LPARs on IBM Power Systems with AIX servers.


You must have advanced system administration experience with AIX 6 or AIX 7. This prerequisite can be met by attending one of the following courses:

  • Power Systems for AIX II: Implementation and Administration (AN12G)
  • Power Systems for AIX III: Advanced Administration and Problem Determination (AN15G)
  • AIX Jumpstart for UNIX Professionals (AN14G)

Alternatively, you must have equivalent AIX and LPAR skills.

General TCP/IP knowledge is strongly recommended. This prerequisite can be met by attending TCP/IP for AIX Administrators (AN21G).

You are also expected to have logical partition administration skills on Power Systems servers, which can be obtained by attending Power Systems for AIX I: LPAR Configuration and Planning (AN11G).


Five days


Chapter 1. Introduction to partitioning

Exercise 1: Power Systems documentation overview

Chapter 2. HMC V8 enhancements

Exercise 2: HMC enhanced interface

Chapter 3. Processor virtualization

Exercise 3: Processor virtualization configuration

Chapter 4. Virtual Ethernet

Exercise 4: Virtual Ethernet adapter configuration

Chapter 5. Virtual I/O Server and Shared Ethernet Adapter

Exercise 5: Virtual I/O Server configuration

Chapter 6. Virtual SCSI devices

Exercise 6: Client partition configuration

Chapter 7. Virtual network configuration with dual VIOS

Exercise 7: SEA failover setup

Chapter 8. Virtual SCSI configurations with dual VIOS

Exercise 8: Dual VIO server configuration with MPIO in the client partition

Chapter 9. Virtual Fibre Channel devices

Exercise 9: Virtual Fibre Channel adapter configuration

Chapter 10. HMC Service Management

Exercise 10: Manage service events

Chapter 11. PowerVM advanced systems maintenance

Exercise 11: PowerVM system maintenance
Exercise 12: (Optional) File-backed virtual SCSI devices