AIX Admin


AIX Admin

The system administration certification validates a broad scope of AIX administration skills and the ability to perform general AIX software system maintenance. The certification is applicable to AIX administration professionals who conduct the AIX problem determination and resolution activities needed to successfully support customers, or clients, in an AIX environment, to maintain system reliability.

This course helps AIX administrators seeking a comprehensive and task-oriented guide for developing the knowledge and skills required for the certification. It is designed to provide a combination of theory and practical experience needed for a general understanding of the subject matter. It also provides sample questions that will help in the evaluation of personal progress and provide familiarity with the types of questions that will be encountered in the exam.

Duration : 2 Months

  • Introduction to AIX Administration

The Role of the System Administrator

Hardware Responsibilities

Software Responsibilities

Responsibilities to the Users

  • Overview of SMIT

Using the SMIT GUI

Using the SMIT Terminal Interface


  • Security and User Administration

Security Objectives

User Administration using SMIT

Group Administration using SMIT

Security Files

Managing User Accounts from the Command Line

Customizing User Accounts

  • AIX File Hierarchy

Introducing the File System Paradigm

The File System Layout

Application Directories

  • Devices

Device Terminology

Listing /dev Directory

Device configuration database

Device states

Device addressing

  • System Startup and Shutdown

Startup Modes

Starting System management services

Startup process Overview


System Resource Controller

Stopping process

System Shutdown

Manage the system Environment

  • AIX V5.3 Installation

Installation Methods

Installation process from CD

Installation and Maintenance menu

Installation settings

Method of installation

Advanced Options

Installation Flow Charts

Configuration Assistant Menu

  • AIX V5.3 Installation

AIX Software Installation and Maintenance

AIX Product offering

Packaging definitions

Fileset Naming


Software Updates

Software States

Software installation and Maintenance

Install and update software

Software maintenance and utility

Instfix command

  • Connecting to a Network

Setting an IP Address and Subnet Mask

Setting a Default Route

Setting a System Hostname

Configuring Network File System

Resolving Hostnames to IP Addresses

Configuring /etc/hosts

Configuring a DNS Client

Choosing a Look Up Service

Troubleshooting Tools

  • Networked Filesystems: NFS

Network File System

NFS Server

NFS Deamons

NFS Services

NFS Clients

  • System Storage Overview

Components of AIX storage

Benefits of LVM

Physical Storage

Volume groups

Volume group Descriptor area

Logical Storage

Uses of Logical Volume

Introduction to File system

Mounting & Listing File systems

  • Working with Logical Volume Manager (LVM)

Logical Volume Manager

SMIT Volume group Menu

Add / Remove Volume Groups

Set characteristics of Volume groups

Hot Spare

Logical Storage

Add / Remove Logical Volume

Set characteristics of Volume

Physical Volumes


  • Working with File System

Structure of JFS

Structure of Inode

Journaled Log

Listing File systems

Add / Remove JFS & JFS2 File systems

Set characteristics of JFS vs JFS2 File systems

  • Managing File Systems

Space Management

Listing Free disk space

Listing disk usage

Verifying a File system

  • Paging Space

Paging space Introduction

Add / Remove Paging space

Changing paging space

  • Scheduling cron Jobs

The cron Daemon

cron file

Managing cronfile with crontab

What Happens When a Job is Scheduled?

  • Process Management

Process Attributes

Parent Child Inheritance

Controlling Processes

The /proc Filesystem

Scheduled Processes (cron)

System Resource Controller

  • Auditing and Security


Alternative Authentication Methods

Controlling Superuser Access

Securing Network Access

Securing File Access

Trusted Computing Base

The Auditing Subsystem

Additional Security Tools

Sources of Information

  • System Backup

Types of backup

Backup Menu

Rootvg Backup process - mksysb

Non-rootvg backup

Restoring backups

Other Unix commands for backup

  • Network Information Services (NIS)

NIS Server Configuration

NIS Deamons

NIS Services

NIS Client Configuration

  • Problem Analysis and Recovery

Backups and Bootable Media

LED Status Information

Checking the Service Processor Error Log

What’s in the System Error Report?

System Memory Dumps

System Logs

AIX Kernel Structure

Crash Command Is Replaced by kdb in AIX 5L

Hardware Diagnostics Using diag

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