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AIX CERTIFICATION GUIDE

1. IBM CERTIFIED OPERATOR – AIX 6.1 BASIC OPERATIONS Cost: 100.00 USD Job Role Description:

The IBM Certified Operator – Basic AIX 6.1 Operations has least 6 months of experience in a variety of tasks, and can involve the System Administrator when appropriate.  The Operator is not expected to manage LUNs or hdisks, install AIX, configure the system, or diagnose and solve systems problems.

Recommended Prerequisite Skills:

The IBM Certified Operator – Basic AIX 6.1 Operations has the ability to perform without, or with minimal, supervision in the following areas:  managing AIX files and file systems, monitoring system jobs and process, viewing and monitoring scheduled jobs, creating and editing user and group accounts, using ‘cron’ and ‘at’ functions and performing basic editor tasks.  This person has a good understanding of AIX processes and commands, is proficient in using smit, is familiar with the boot process, understands the boot and login processes, and is able to modify login profiles.

Requirements

This certification requires 1 test(s).

Test(s) required:

Test 000-103 – AIX 6.1 Basic Operations

 Test Information:

  • Number of questions: 81
  • Time allowed in minutes: 90
  • Required passing score: 65%
  • Test languages: English

Note: There are 81 scored items and 6 unscored items.

Objectives:

Understand and manipulate AIX filesystems (23%)

  1. Determine current working directory
  2. Change between directories
  3. List the contents of a directory
  4. Understand absolute and relative paths
  5. Determine file system type
  6. Rename, copy, move and delete files
  7. Create, rename and delete directories
  8. Locate files and directories (find command)
  9. Change permissions associated with a file or directory
  10. Understand symbolic and hard links
  11. Show the contents of a file (pg, more, cat)

Understand AIX Storage (13%)

  1. Understand the difference between physical volumes, volume groups, logical volumes and filesystems
  2. Determine which file systems are currently mounted
  3. List system disks
  4. Determine the used and available space of filesystems (lsfs, df, etc)
  5. Determine the space available in a volume group
  6. Determine which file systems are in a volume group
  7. List available paging space
  8. Mount filesystems, CD, and tape devices

Manage printing (4%)

  1. List status of print queues and jobs
  2. Print to a specific print queue
  3. Cancel print jobs

Access a system (8%)

  1. Start terminal session on the HMC
  2. Telnet or SSH to a system
  3. Transfer a file between systems (ftp / scp / sftp)
  4. Determine IP address and hostname assigned to a system
  5. Determine system connectivity (ping)

Using vi (9%)

  1. Create or open a file using vi
  2. Close a file using vi, both with and without saving changes
  3. Add, delete and change text using vi
  4. Find/replace using basic substitution, and search for text strings using vi
  5. Copy and/or move text using vi
  6. Navigating within vi (changing cursor position, etc.)

Korn shell (9%)

  1. Redirect standard in, standard out, standard error, and pipe output to another command
  2. Use shell history to look at previous commands
  3. Run shell scripts
  4. Use wildcard, regular expressions, and meta characters on the command line
  5. Run a command in the background, and so it does not terminate upon exit

User management (8%)

  1. Reset passwords
  2. Show which groups a user belongs to
  3. View and understand user permissions
  4. Control logged-in users
  5. Understand the login process (what happens during login)

Basic process control (11%)

  1. Determine which processes are currently running on the system
  2. Stop a process, or running or pending job.
  3. Use at and cron to manage scheduled tasks
  4. View pending jobs
  5. Understand and use topas

Other operator tasks (11%)

  1. Describe the function and use of smit
  2. Use ‘man’ pages
  3. View system logs and errors (errrpt, syslog, alog)
  4. Create, read, delete and forward mail
  5. Use commands to find devices and determine their status (lsdev, lscfg)
  6. Understand and run different types of backups
  7. Understand environment variables (e.g. TERM, EDITOR)

Advanced tasks (4%)

  1. Shutdown and reboot the system
  2. Start or stop logical partitions
  3. Recognize system or partition hangs and crashes

 

2. IBM CERTIFIED SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR – AIX 7

Cost: 100.00 USD

Job Role Description:

The successful candidate has at least 2 years experience administering AIX in a variety of environments, including virtualized systems, small business and enterprise-class data centers.  The AIX 7 administrator has strong networking and device management skills.  Additionally, the AIX administrator leads and mentors less experienced administrators and operators in their daily tasks.

Recommended Prerequisite Skills:

The qualified candidate is expected to have skills in the following areas:

  • Configure and manage networking in AIX
  • Manage and configure VIO client partitions
  • Manage devices
  • Manage storage
  • Use HMC and SDMC to manage system resources
  • Perform user administration tasks (such as limiting resources, creating/using groups, etc).
  • Have strong knowledge of system backup and recovery
  • Have strong and AIX installation and maintenance skills
  • Configuring and managing system security
  • Use NIM, WPAR Manager and Systems Director (base product)
  • Understand PowerVM components such as AME, AMS, Shared Processor Pools, etc.\

Requirements:

This certification requires 1 test(s).

Test(s) required:

Test 000-221 – AIX 7 Administration

 Test information:

  • Number of questions: 72
  • Time allowed in minutes: 90
  • Required passing score: 58%
  • Test languages: English

Note: There are 72 scored items and 7 unscored items.

System Availability (10%)

  1. Identify resources used by Cluster Aware AIX
  2. Configure dump devices and analyze output
  3. Determine elements necessary to reduce single points of failure
  4. Understand geographical logical volume manager (GLVM)
  5. Maintain hardware (CEC/Blade Hardware), deferred or concurrent firmware, AMM firmware (for Power Blades), whether an adapter replacement or new installation.

Storage Management (21%)

  1. Create and manage filesystems
  2. Create and manage logical volumes
  3. Create and manage volume groups
  4. Manage physical and virtual devices
  5. Manage storage devices (traditional disk, Solid State Drives, and tape) including redundancy

System and Network Security (4%)

  1. Configure Role Based Access Control
  2. Configure and Manage remote access

Partition Management (11%)

  1. Configure and manage Logical Partitions (LPARs), including DLPAR operations
  2. Create and manage Workload Partitions (WPAR), including Versioned WPARs and planning for Live Application Mobility
  3. Understand HMC, SDMC and IVM interfaces
  4. Create and Manage VIO Server partitions (including working with virtual repositories)
  5. Understand and explain LPAR and WPAR migration and mobility at a basic level

Performance Management and Tuning

  1. Use performance monitoring tools, and plan for future growth
  2. Analyze output from performance monitoring tools
  3. Configure system tunables to support optimal application performance

Network Management (11%)

  1. Configure network devices (including Etherchannel, IPv4, and IPv6)
  2. Troubleshoot network issues
  3. Configure TCP/IP, with and without VLAN support

System Management (18%)

  1. Create, maintain and modify user accounts
  2. Manage services and subsystems (using chtcp, etc)
  3. Configure Electronic Service Agent
  4. Configure the system and device attributes
  5. Use AIX system management tools (for example: DSM, Director, NIM)
  6. Install, apply, commit, or reject software
  7. Create and manage paging space
  8. Use Cron and At functions

Install and Manage AIX (11%)

  1. Understand and manage AIX instance startup
  2. Backup and restore AIX
  3. Migrate WPARs from AIX 6 to AIX 7
  4. Install AIX and use NIM environments
  5. Install Versioned WPARs

General administrative tasks (7%)

  1. Create and use ksh and Perl scripts at a basic level
  2. Use AIX commands such as TAR, CPIO, DD, RPM, SAVEVGSTRUC, and explain their use