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What is IBM-AIX?
AIX (Advanced Interactive eXecutive) launched in 1986 is the name given to a series of proprietary operating systems sold by IBM for several of its computer system platforms, based on UNIX System V with 4.3BSD compatible extensions.
AIX runs on 32-bit or 64-bit IBM POWER or PowerPC CPUs (depending on version) and can address up to 32 terabytes (TB) of random access memory.
Where is IBM-AIX used and why?
AIX (Advanced Interactive eXecutive) is popular among Server Side Operating Systems. AIX is the TOP most choice for many Enterprise Application.
AIX is used in all industries like IT, BPO, TELECOM, GOVERNMENT, BANKING, FINANCE, SECURITIES, INSURANCE, AUTOMOBILE, RESEARCH, PHARMA, RETAIL, MANUFACTURING, CHEMICAL, etc
AIX is the first choice for multiple reasons: AIX is the prime product of world’s recognised brand IBM & IBM is well known for its support to application and same is assured all the time.
Any server side Operating System is selected on basis of it’s up-time. AIX has proved up-time of 99.99999 whereas other OS has upto 99.99.
AIX runs on special hardware called POWER MACHINES. A robust, fastest and long run server known as pSeries Machines.
AIX is having many advance features like LVM, Virtualization (VIO), Clustering (HACMP), SAN connectivity, highest Security.
Which are Companies working on AIX?
Few companies around Pune & Mumbai which are working on AIX Servers are as:-
Banking & Insurance: Barclays, HDFC, HSBC, Axis Bank, Bank of Baroda, State Bank of India, Bank of India, Bajaj Allianz, Birla Sunlife
Telcom: AirTel, Vodafone, Idea, BSNL/MTNL
Automobile: Volkswagen, Honda, Hyundai, Ford, Bajaj Auto
Retail: Samsung, Solomon, British Petroleum UK, Adidas
Vendors: BNY Mellon, CMS, WDC, Softenger, xChanging
Other Core: Dynamic techno soft, Brink Technologies, Solidcore, ODO Software, Deloitte & Touché, Intelligroup, Mphasis, Kodiak, Asian Paints
Pharmacy: Cipla, Ranbaxy,
Other major IT Companies: IBM, Wipro, Capgemini, Infosys, Accenture, Mphasis, Atos Origin, Satyam, Cognizant, Amdocs, TechMahindra, Sungard etc
What is required to run IBM-AIX?
To install & run IBM-AIX a well equipped IBM server setup is required. (e.g. Power5/6/7 Machine, HMC Server, Terminal Machines, V-LAN Switch, etc). You cannot install AIX on your personal machine as it needs a IBM hardware.
AIX is fully learn with hands on practice on LIVE server. AIX has less theory but need a conceptual understanding of environment.
What is course time & duration of IBM-AIX?
For any entry level person it takes 40 hours guidance under trainer and 40-50 hours hands-on practice on LIVE server.
With 2 to 3 hours of daily efforts one can be at good level after 3 months.
What is pre-requisite to learn IBM-AIX?
For new person it will be good if one have good understanding of any Linux version or UNIX or SOLARIS operating system exposure.
There is nothing like if you do not know any of operating system, as SysAdminExperts will take you to comform level of basics of AIX so that you can understand AIX.
What are daily activities IBM-AIX Administrator performs?
Any Administrator commonly work as L1 Support, L2 Support, L3 Support depending on his experience. Based on his position he will be allocated with pre-defined privilages and they commonly perform following tasks:
User administration (setup and maintaining account)
Verify that peripherals are working properly
Quickly arrange repair for hardware in occasion of hardware failure
Monitor system performance
Create file systems
Create a backup and recover policy
Monitor network communication
Update system as soon as new version of OS and application software comes out
Implement the policies for the use of the computer system and network
Setup security policies for users. A sysadmin must have a strong grasp of computer security (e.g. firewalls and intrusion detection systems).
What is so special about the system administrator account?
The root account has full (unrestricted) access, so he/she can do anything with system.
For example, root can remove critical system files. In addition, there is no way you can recover file except using tape backup.
Do Sys Admin guys needs to write code or programming?
System administrators are not…Cookie cutting software engineers or developers.
It is not usually within your duties to design new application software. However, many tasks for system administration can be automated using perl or shell scripts.
Create new users
Resetting user passwords
Lock/unlock user accounts
Monitor server security
Monitor special services etc
Most important skill to a system administrator is Problem determination & implementing a RIGHT solution to problem in given time. This can some time lead into all sorts of constraints and stress.
When workstation or server goes down, you are called to solve the problem. You should able to quickly and correctly. diagnose the problem. You must figure out what is wrong and how best it can be fixed in small amount of time.
What are course contents?
For any entry level person the international course codes referred by IBM are AU13, AU14 & AU16. After learning all these module, you need to attend a IBM online certification exam. For above course code you need to appear for pSeries Administration Certification 000-104.
What are Certification Details?
000-104: AIX 6.1 Administration
. Number of questions: 110
. Time allowed in minutes: 150
. Required passing score: 59%
. Test languages: English
. Backup and Recovery (5%)
. System Initialization and Boot (7%)
. System and Device Configuration (9%)
. Network Administration (9%)
. Security and User Management (7%)
. Install and Maintain AIX (11%)
. Logical Volume, File and Filesystem management (7%)
. Problem Determination and Resolution (15%)
. Process and Performance Management and Tuning (9%)
. Planning and Documentation (11%)
. HMC and Partition Management (6%)