IBM AIX Storage Management

( Duration: 2 Days )

The AIX Storage Management training course, focuses primarily on how AIX interacts with Fibre Channel physical and virtual storage devices. Along with this general view, we will look at common operational issues such as performance and problem solving from the perspective of an AIX administrator.

By attending AIX Storage Management workshop, attendees will learn to:

  • Describe common interaction of AIX within a Fibre Channel (FC) environment
  • Interpret AIX boot strategies using SAN
  • Select key FC related performance characteristics to monitor
  • Use AIX commands for performance monitoring
  • Navigate Virtual IO server FC devices
  • Initialize virtual FC resources
  • Define basic strategy for FC Problem determination under AIX
  • Provide suggested solutions to common FC SAN problems under AIX

  • Basic AIX administration experience

  • AIX technical support Personnel
  • System administrators
  • System architects



AIX in a SAN Environment

  • Describe IBM SAN product offerings
  • Discuss basic aspects of SAN interaction with Power systems
  • Describe course lab environment
  • Use AIX commands to identify system resources

AIX Device Management

  • Discuss VIO server architecture as it relates to Fibre Channel
  • Describe how to configure virtual Fibre Channel adapters
  • Utilize VIO server commands to identify Fibre Channel resources
  • Differentiate between physical and virtual Fibre Channel resources

SAN Boot

  • Interpret AIX boot strategies using SAN
  • Identify resources required to complete a SAN boot
  • Configure a SAN attached hdisk as a boot device

Storage Server Design Concepts

  • Define storage server architecture models
    • Active/Passive
    • Active/Active
  • Discuss common terminology used with storage servers
  • Identify storage manager functions

SAN Fabric Concepts and Operations

  • Summarize SAN fabric design elements
  • Describe SAN addressing
  • Discuss virtual FC resources

Fibre Channel Switching Configuration

  • Describe basic FC switch configuration elements
  • Navigate switch environment
  • Define zoning process

Virtual I/O Server


SAN Performance Monitoring Considerations

  • Identify the I/O layers where queuing is handled
  • View and change a FC disk and FC disk adapter's tuning attributes
  • Monitor and tune the queue depth of disks and disk adapters
  • Identify the filemon reports that display I/O activity
  • Test I/O throughput using:
    • The time and dd commands
    • The ndisk program (part of the nstress package)

SAN Problem Determination

  • Describe the FC problem determination process
  • Identify the FC path selection algorithms
  • Use the iostat -m command to display path priorities
  • List the attributes that are used for FC health checking
  • Define the FC reservation policies that can be used
  • Explain the purpose of fast I/O failure and dynamic tracking

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