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This AIX PowerVM course provides an overview of the PowerVM edition's features on POWER processor-based systems. It explains the new features and benefits of virtualization including processor virtualization, Virtual I/O Server, and virtual devices, such as virtual Ethernet, virtual SCSI, and virtual Fibre Channel adapters. Basic and advanced configurations of the Virtual I/O Server and its clients are discussed including various availability options.

Expand your knowledge about PowerVM features that were introduced in Power Systems for AIX I: LPAR Configuration and Planning (AN11G).

This course provides lectures and hands on labs in an instructor lead course environment, either in a face-to-face classroom or in a live virtual classroom environment (ILO - Instructor Led Online).


  • Configure virtual SCSI devices that are backed by physical volumes, logical volumes, and optical media devices
  • Configure the Optical Media Repository, load a CD image, and use it to install a new AIX partition
  • Configure virtual Fibre channel devices using NPIV technology
  • Configure Ethernet link aggregation for load balancing and backup channel in the VIOS
  • Configure Shared Ethernet adapter failover and load sharing
  • Configure vNIC failover
  • Perform Virtual I/O Server maintenance operations


This advanced AIX Virtualization course is appropriate for System Administrators, Technical Support Personnel, and Business Partners responsible for implementing LPARs on IBM Power Systems with AIX servers.


You must have advanced system administration experience with AIX 6 or AIX 7. This prerequisite can be met by attending one of the following courses:

  • Power Systems for AIX II: Implementation and Administration (AN12G
  • Power Systems for AIX III: Advanced Administration and Problem Determination (AN15G
  • AIX Jumpstart for UNIX Professionals (AN14G)


Alternatively, you must have equivalent AIX and LPAR skills.

General TCP/IP knowledge is strongly recommended.

You are also expected to have logical partition administration skills on Power Systems servers, which can be obtained by attending Power Systems for AIX I: LPAR Configuration and Planning (AN11G).


Unit 1: Introduction to partitioning

  • Exercise 1: Power Systems documentation overview


Unit 2: HMC V8 enhancements

  • Exercise 2: HMC enhanced interface


Unit 3: Processor virtualization

  • Exercise 3: Processor virtualization configuration


Unit 4: Virtual Ethernet

  • Exercise 4: Virtual Ethernet adapter configuration


Unit 5: Virtual I/O Server and Shared Ethernet Adapter

  • Exercise 5: Virtual I/O Server configuration


Unit 6: Virtual SCSI devices

  • Exercise 6: Client partition configuration


Unit 7: Virtual network configuration with dual VIOS

  • Exercise 7: SEA failover setup


Unit 8: Virtual SCSI configurations with dual VIOS

  • Exercise 8: Dual VIO server configuration with MPIO in the client partition


Unit 9: Virtual Fibre Channel devices

  • Exercise 9: Virtual Fibre Channel adapter configuration


Unit 10: HMC Service Management

  • Exercise 10: Manage service events


Unit 11: PowerVM advanced systems maintenance

  • Exercise 11: PowerVM system maintenance
  • Exercise 12: (Optional) File-backed virtual SCSI devices


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