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This course is for experienced AIX system administrators with TCP/IP networking and AIX LVM experience who are responsible for the planning and installation of a Power HA 6.1 cluster on an IBM power systems server running AIX 5L V5.3 or later.


You should be an AIX system administrator and have TCP/ IP, LVM storage and disk hardware implementation skills. These skills may be obtained by attending:

  • Power Systems for AIX II: AIX Implementation and Administration (AN12) or (AX12)
  • Power Systems for AIX III: Advanced Administration and Problem Determination (AN15) or (AX15)
  • or through equivalent experience


  • Explain what high availability is
  • Outline the capabilities of PowerHA for AIX
  • Design and plan a highly available cluster
  • Install and configure PowerHA for AIX in the following modes of operation: Single resource group on a primary node with standby node; and Two resource groups in a mutual takeover configuration
  • Configure resource group start-up, fall over, and fallback policies
  • Perform basic system administration tasks for PowerHA
  • Perform basic customization for PowerHA
  • Perform basic problem determination and recovery 

Explain what high availability is.

Outline the capabilities of PowerHA for AIX.

Design and plan a highly available cluster.

Install and configure PowerHA for AIX in the following modes of operation:

Single resource Group on a primary node with standby node; and Two resource groups in a mutual takeover configuration
Configure resource group startup, fall over, and fallback policies
Perform system administration tasks for PowerHA.
Perform customization for PowerHA.

Perform advanced problem determination and recovery.

Introduction to PowerHA

Advanced Application and resource group considerations in Power HA

Advanced Network considerations in Power HA

Shared storage considerations for high availability

Initial cluster configuration steps

Verification and monitoring

Additional network and application considerations

Additional cluster configuration steps

Advanced PowerHA administration

Problem determination and recovery

PowerHA installation


  • Discuss the advantages or value of PowerVM editions features
  • Define Micro-Partitioning and Shared Processor LPARs
  • Discuss the benefits of simultaneous multi-threading
  • Discuss and configure the Integrated virtual Ethernet (IVE)
  • Install and configure the Virtual I/O Server
  • Configure virtual devices, such as Virtual Ethernet, Shared Ethernet, and Virtual SCSI Disks
  • Define file-backed storage pools and file-backed virtual optical devices
  • Identify single points of failure in virtualized environments
  • Configuring multiple VIO servers for high availability
  • Configure the shared Ethernet adapter failover feature.
  • Configure MPIO in a VIO server’s client partition
  • Configure Advanced virtual networking options
  • Configure Advanced virtual SCSI options
  • Managing the Service events, configure Call home.
  • Adding/ exchanging FRU’s, FSP failover 


Day 1

  • Unit 1 – Overview of Power System p Partitioning
  • Exercise 1 – Power System documentation overview.
  • Unit 2 – Processors Virtualization
  • Exercise 2 – Processors virtualization configuration
  • Unit 3 – Integrated Virtual Ethernet.
  • Exercise 3 – Integrated Virtual Ethernet configuration
  • Unit 4 – Virtual Ethernet

Day 2

  • Exercise 4 – Virtual Ethernet Adapter configuration
  • Unit 5 – Virtual I/O Server and Virtual devices – Topic 1
  • Exercise 5 – Topic 1: Virtual I/O Server and Client partition configuration
  • Unit 5 – Virtual I/O Server and Virtual devices – Topic 2
  • Exercise 5 – Topic 2: Virtual I/O Server and Client Partition configuration
  • Unit 6 – Virtual network configuration with Dual VIO servers

Day 3

  • Exercise 6 – Shared Ethernet Adapter failover setup
  • Unit 7- Virtual SCSI configuration with Dual VIO Servers
  • Exercise 7 – Dual VIO Servers configuration with MPIO in the Client Partition
  • Unit 8 – HMC Service Management.
  • Exercise 8 – Manage Service Events
  • Optional exercise – File-backed Virtual disk and Virtual Media Repository configuration


  • Students must have advanced system administration experience with AIX V5.3 or AIX 6. This prerequisite may be met by attending one of the following courses:
  • AIX 6 System Administration I: Implementation (AU14)
  • AIX 6 System Administration II: Problem Determination (AU16)
  • AIX Jumpstart for UNIX Professionals (AW18)
  • or students may have equivalent AIX and LPAR skills.
  • General TCP/IP knowledge is strongly recommended. This prerequisite may be met by attending:
  • AIX Configuring TCP/IP (AU07)
  • Students are also expected to have logical partition administration skills on POWER processor-based systems, which can be obtained by attending the following course:


This course is appropriate for System Administrators, Technical Support Personnel, and Business Partners responsible for implementing LPARs on IBM System p servers.


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