After the initial setup, whether you have IVM or HMC managed VIOS, you
rarely go directly into command line. It's mostly GUI driven and with
7.3.4 SP2, you can do even more. To me, it's a lot like HMC's in the
beginning. People stressed about what skills to add, then found out
they rarely touched it.

With multi-path through dual VIOS and NPIV coming out soon, I hope to be
showing this more. If you are running on a Power 6 box, more than
likely, you have already purchased PowerVM.

I've got our demo box running IBM i client partitions on both VIOS and
IBM i hosts. My initial reactions are that the client partitions seem
to run faster on the VIOS side. But, it's demo only so please keep that
in mind.

My next step is to unhook the HMC and use IVM to manage. I've done it
via the blade but for a 1-way low disk i/o customer that would want to
do partitioning, it could be a solution.

-----Original Message-----
From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Aaron Bartell
Sent: Monday, August 10, 2009 9:55 AM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Subject: Re: Getting a new IBM i - need advice

I have never been on an AIX system and I have zero idea how much AIX
costs. Sounds like this might be opening up a can of worms and I can
they aren't the "gummy" kind that I like :-)

Do you know if AIX knowledge is required and/or if I have to purchase
to make the IVM/VIOS scenario for multiple IBM i LPARs work or are

Aaron Bartell
From: [2]rob@xxxxxxxxx Date: 08/10/2009 09:45 AM

How good are you with AIX?
How much does AIX cost?

Rob Berendt


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