AIX System Administration Training

Course #:WA1183

AIX System Administration Training

This course combines lectures and hands-on labs to teach the participant how to manage the AIX operating system. It includes information on basic system administration, as well as including topics that are AIX-specific that would be of interest to administrators coming from other platforms. The course may be customized to include topics associated with AIX on the SP platforms

  • Introduction to System Administration
  • System Management Tool (smit)
  • Managing Devices
  • System Startup/Shutdown
  • File System Concepts
  • The Journaled File System
  • Backup and Restore
  • Logical Volume Manager
  • Managing Users and Groups
  • AIX Queuing System
  • Basic Problem Determination
  New AIX system administrators or administrators migrating from other UNIX systems to AIX
  A familiarity with using the UNIX operating system, including using vi, navigating file systems and using basic commands.
  Five days.

Outline of AIX System Administration Training

1. System Administration Concepts


  • Lecture objectives
  • Who is the system administrator?
  • What does the system administrator do?
  • What a system administrator must know
  • Using the root login id
  • Aix configuration files
  • System security
  • Lecture summary


2. The System Management Interface Tool


  • Lecture objectives
  • Unix system management -- the old way
  • Aix system management
  • The philosophy -- "smit happens"
  • High level commands
  • Smit tasks
  • Smit screens
  • Smit screen symbols
  • Smit function keys
  • The log and script files
  • The smit graphical user interface
  • Executing smit
  • Lecture summary


3.Managing AIX User Accounts and Groups


  • Objectives
  • Lecture objectives
  • Attributes of a user accounts
  • Managing aix groups
  • Passwords


4. Managing AIX User Accounts and Groups (Cont'd)


  • Aix user and group management files
  • The /etc/passwd file
  • The /etc/security/passwd file
  • The /etc/group file
  • The /etc/security/group file
  • Group administrators
  • The /etc/security/user file
  • The /etc/security/limits file
  • The /etc/security/login.cfg file
  • User management tasks
  • Adding a new user
  • The /usr/lib/security/user.default file
  • Removing a user
  • Adding a group
  • Setting port attributes
  • User services
  • Lecture summary


5.AIX Device Management


  • Lecture objectives
  • Aix devices
  • Aix device management strategy
  • Device management tasks
  • The configuration manager (/etc/cfgmgr)
  • The object data manager
  • Methods and device states
  • A word about scsi devices
  • Device management through smit
  • Adding devices
  • Removing a device
  • Changing a device
  • Device management commands
  • Lecture summary


6. The AIX Queueing System


  • Lecture objectives
  • Queueing system concepts
  • Queue configurations
  • Components of the aix queueing system
  • The qdaemon program
  • The /etc/qconfig file
  • Backend programs
  • Adding a printer and queue
  • Managing queues
  • Queueing system files
  • Correcting a configuration problem
  • Using the queueing system
  • Specifying the destination queue and printer
  • Creating a batch queue
  • Configuring a print server
  • Configuring a print client
  • Working with virtual printers
  • Lecture summary
  • Additional information


7. File System Basics


  • Lecture objectives
  • File types
  • Ordinary files
  • Inodes
  • Directories
  • Pathnames -- the big picture
  • The global file system
  • Physical file systems
  • Virtual file systems
  • Aix file system device names
  • Mounting file systems
  • Seeing what's mounted
  • The /etc/filesystems file
  • Unmounting file systems
  • Mounting over a non-empty directory
  • The fuser command
  • Listing file systems
  • File system groups
  • Monitoring file system space -- the df command
  • Files that grow
  • Other file system commands
  • Hard links
  • Tracing hard links
  • Symbolic links
  • Additional information
  • Lecture summary

8. The Journaled File System


  • Lecture objectives
  • Features of the journaled file system
  • The structure of the jfs
  • Data block access schemes
  • Jfs control files
  • The jfs log
  • Creating a journaled file system
  • Extending a journaled file system
  • Removing a journaled file system
  • Jfs data block fragmentation
  • Setting the number of inodes
  • File system defragmentation -- the defragfs command
  • Additional information
  • Lecture summary

9. The Logical Volume Manager


  • Lecture objectives
  • The aix disk i/o strategy
  • Features of the logical volume manager
  • Physical volumes
  • Volume groups
  • Physical partitions
  • Logical volumes
  • Logical partitions
  • An introduction to mirroring
  • The volume group descriptor area
  • The rootvg
  • Adding a physical volume to the system
  • Creating a volume group
  • Varying on a volume group
  • Varying off a volume group
  • Logical volume strategies
  • Creating a logical volume
  • Additional information
  • Lecture summary

10. AIX Backup and Restore


  • Lecture objectives
  • Reasons for doing backups
  • Types of backups
  • Tools for backups and restores
  • Archive files and tape drive attributes
  • Tape device names
  • Creating and using a stacked tape
  • Restoring from a stacked tape
  • Backing up the root volume group
  • Restoring from a system image backup
  • The backup command
  • Backing up filesystems
  • Backing up filesystems, cont.
  • Filesystem backup strategy
  • Restoring a filesystem
  • Backing up individual files
  • Additional information
  • Lecture summary

11. AIX Backup and Restore


  • Lecture objectives
  • The aix boot process
  • The configuration manager
  • Run levels
  • The /etc/inittab file
  • Start-up shell scripts
  • The /sbin/rc.boot file
  • Changing run levels
  • The init command
  • Halting the system
  • The shutdown command
  • Lecture summary

12. Basic AIX Problem Determination


  • Lecture objectives
  • Aix problem determination
  • The operator panel
  • The aix boot process
  • Potential boot problems
  • The problem solving guide
  • Booting the system in service mode
  • Hardware diagnostics
  • The error log
  • Error reports
  • Cleaning the error log
  • System dumps
  • Lecture summary
We regularly offer classes in these and other cities. Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Calgary, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Jacksonville, Miami, Montreal, New York City, Orlando, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington DC.