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Learn how to perform system administration in a Power Systems environment. Learn about the features of PowerVM Editions and how to configure and manage LPARs running AIX V7 or Linux using the Hardware Management Console (HMC).


  • Describe important concepts that are associated with managing POWER processor-based systems, such as logical partitioning, dynamic partitioning, virtual devices, virtual processors, virtual consoles, virtual local area network (VLAN), and shared processors
  • Describe the features of the PowerVM editions
  • Describe the functions provided by the HMC
  • Configure and manage the HMC, including users and permissions, software, start and shutdown, remote access features, network configuration, security features, HMC backup and restore options, and the HMC reload procedure
  • Describe the rules that are associated with allocating resources, including dedicated processors, processing units for Micro-Partitioning, memory, physical and virtual I/O for AIX and Linux partitions
  • Configure and manage LPARs by using the HMC graphical user interface (GUI) and HMC commands
  • Power on and power off the Power Systems server
  • Use the HMC to back up and restore partition data
  • Perform dynamic LPAR operations (DLPAR)


This course is appropriate for system administrators, technical support individuals, and IBM business partners who implement LPARs on IBM Power Systems.


  • This introductory course does not require any logical partitioning experience.
  • General TCP/IP knowledge is strongly recommended. This prerequisite can be met by attending TCP/IP for AIX System Administrators (AN21G).


Day 1

  • Welcome
  • Unit 1: Introduction to partitioning
    • Exercise 1: Introduction to partitioning
  • Unit 2: Hardware system overview
    • Exercise 2: System hardware components
  • Unit 3: Hardware Management Console


Day 2

  • Unit 3: Hardware Management Console (continued)
    • Exercise 3: Exploring the HMC V8 interface
  • Unit 4: Hardware Management Console maintenance
    • Exercise 4: HMC and managed system maintenance
  • Unit 5: System power management
    • Exercise 5: System power management
  • Unit 6: Planning and configuring logical partitions


Day 3

  • Unit 6: Planning and configuring logical partitions (continued)
    • Exercise 6: Configuring logical partitions
  • Unit 7: Partition operations
    • Exercise 7: Partition operations
  • Unit 8: Dynamic LPAR operations
    • Exercise 8: Dynamic LPAR operations


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