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AIX Technical University, Budapest 2010

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I spent the last week in Budapest, attending the IBM AIX Technical University. Hundreds of presentations about AIX, Power, Storage and Tape, spread over 4 days in Budapest. The most interesting talk was about the new stuff in TSM6.2, where one of the most markant features was client upgrades through the TSM ISC. Client packages are pushed from the ISC to the TSM server, where they reside on a diskpool, ready for shipment to the clients. Currently only a Windows feature, but Unix will probably follow in the 6.3 release. There was unfortunately no possibility for a TSM certification, which meant I could not renew (or upgrade) my 5.4 certification.

There wasn't that much time for city sightseeing, though we did manage to get a small visit to the castle on the Buda side of the Lanchid bridge. Pretty nice city, and a good idea for a next city trip...

ProtecTIER

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I spent last Friday in the IBM labs in Mainz, to evaluate IBM's data deduplication engine, called ProtecTIER, and to see how well it integrates with IBM's backup flagship, TSM. Everything went quite smooth, though we lost quite some time due to a TSM bug - apparently it only scans SCSI attached libraries during startup, so it misses any online changes to these libraries.

Mainz's a lovely city, filled with cosy pubs and to restaurants converted churches. Shame we could only stay one night...

AIX university, Amsterdam 2007

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Last week I spent in Amsterdam, visiting the AIX university congress of IBM, which dealt with new stuff on AIX (AIX 6 !) and the Power architecture. There were some sessions about Linux, but they mainly dealt with Linux running in AIX LPARs. Some sessions dealt with TSM, and one indicated how to deal with performance issues of TSM on AIX. Very interesting stuff. The good thing is that I'm now a TSM certified engineer : I passed the TSM 5.4 Administration exam with little or no preparation, which is great.

Amsterdam is a lovely city, just be careful not to be hit-and-run by the thousand bicycles whizzing by. The only bad thing was the time when I ordered an Amstel malt bear, only to find out it was alcohol-free. How it tasted ? Think about a disgusting cocktail of bad beer and apple juice. On the other hand, I left Amsterdam just in time before I got addicted to peanut butter :)

Smitty screen overview

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I'm taking a course on AIX administration, and an excellent administrator tool is smitty. However, as an AIX newbie, it's easily to get lost in the menu's of this tool. Where, for instance, do I find the paging space administration menu ? The IBM site carries a good whitepaper listing all screens available in smitty. If you know the fast path, this paper directs you to the correct location.

Unrest

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I spent the last week in Barcelona, visiting the IBM AIX5L seminar, located in the beautifull World Trade Center in the old Barcelona port. I'm under a NDA, so I can't much blog about the AIX technical issues discussed there, so I'll stick to talking about Barcelona itself. The city hasn't changed much since I visited it two years ago, though I was surprised to find out that I liked it much more now. The nightlife is quite vibrant (not difficult if you see that most restaurants only open at 9 pm), and the unrest it radiates really caught on me. Unluckily, the convention center opened every day at 9 am, which made a deep plunge into the Barcelona nightlife nearly impossible (can't say we didn't try... ;)

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