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Learn the skills needed to become an effective administrator on IBM’s POWER 5-based systems that support Logical Partitioning (LPAR). Learn about the features of PowerVM Editions (Advanced POWER Virtualization – APV) and how to configure and manage LPARs running AIX V6.1 using the Hardware Management Console (HMC).


This course is appropriate for architects, system integrators, security administrators, network administrators, software engineers, technical support individuals, and IBM Business Partners who implement LPARs on IBM Power Systems p.


  • The students must have basic system administration experience with AIX. This prerequisite can 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 5L Implementation Differences (AU37)
  • AIX 6 Jumpstart for UNIX Professionals (AW18)
  • or have equivalent AIX skills.
  • Students do not need any experience with logical partitioning.
  • General TCP/IP knowledge is strongly recommended. This prerequisite may be met by attending:
  • AIX 5L Configuring TCP/IP (AU07)


  • Describe important concepts associated with managing POWER5 processor-based systems, such as Logical partitioning (LPAR), dynamic partitioning, virtual devices, virtual processors, virtual consoles, virtual Local Area Network (VLAN), and shared processors
  • Describe the features of the PowerVM Editions.
  • Use the System Planning Tool to plan an LPAR configuration
  • Describe the functions of the HMC
  • Configure and manage the HMC, including users and permissions, software, start-up and shutdown, remote access features, network configuration, security features, HMC backup and restore options, and the HMC reload procedure
  • Describe the rules associated with allocating resources, including dedicated processors, processing units for Micro-Partitions, memory, physical I/O for AIX and Linux partitions
  • Configure and manage LPARs using the HMC Graphical User Interface (GUI) and HMC commands
  • Interpret physical and AIX location codes and relate to the key hardware components
  • Power on and power off the POWER5 system

Key topics

  • Introduction to Partitioning
  • Hardware System Overview
  • Hardware Management Console
  • System Planning Tool
  • HMC and Managed System Maintenance
  • System Power Management
  • Planning and Configuring Logical Partitions
  • Partition Operations
  • Dynamic Resource Allocation
  • Learn to integrate PowerHA SystemMirror V6.1 Standard Edition in a highly available virtualized environment. In which the PowerHA nodes are clients to a virtual I/O server.
  • This course is designed to teach IBM PowerHA SystemMirror for AIX Version 6.1 (formerly known as HACMP) professionals the techniques used to implement a highly available virtualized environment.



  • Students must have experience planning, implementing, and administering a PowerHA SystemMirror or HACMP cluster and basic knowledge of how to create a LPAR and VIO server. This prerequisite may be met by attending:
  • PowerHA for AIX I: Implementation, Configuration and Administration (AN41)
  • Power Systems for AIX – Virtualization I: Implementing Virtualization (AN30)
  • Students should also have basic knowledge of the following topics: TCP/IP communications concepts, and LVM concepts and configuration. This prerequisite may be met by attending:
  • TCPIP for AIX Administrators (AN21)
  • Power Systems for AIX II: AIX Implementation and Administration (AN12)


  • Design and implement a virtualized environment for a PowerHA SystemMirror cluster that includes the failure and recovery of the virtualized components outside of the control of PowerHA SystemMirror
  • Implement the use of DLPAR by PowerHA SystemMirror
  • Implement PowerHA SystemMirror in an environment that uses Live Partition Mobility
  • Implement PowerHA SystemMirror in an environment that uses Application Partition Mobility (WPARs)

Key topics

Day 1

  • Unit 1: SystemMirror and virtualization concepts review
  • Unit 2: Using SystemMirror with PowerVM
  • Exercise 1: SystemMirror across managed systems
  • Exercise 2: System p virtualization concepts for PowerHA
  • Unit 3: Implementing DLPAR in SystemMirror

Day 2

  • Exercise 3: Implementing DLPAR in SystemMirror
  • Unit 4: Implementing WPARs with SystemMirror
  • Unit 5: Implementing Live Partition Mobility with SystemMirror
  • Exercise 4: Implementing WPARs with SystemMirror

Exercise 5: Implementing Live Partition Mobility with SystemMirror

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