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January 2012

IBM PowerVM – Getting Started Guide

By |2017-10-04T10:52:36+01:00Wednesday, January 11th, 2012|IBM / AIX, My Work|

The IBM PowerVM Getting Started Guide has been updated and is available for viewing on the IBM website at the following link: http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/redpieces/abstracts/redp4815.html?Open IBM® PowerVM™ virtualization technology is a combination of hardware and software that supports and manages the virtual environments on POWER5™-, POWER5+™,POWER6™ and POWER7™-based systems. Available on IBM Power Systems™, IBM BladeCenter® servers [...]

May 2011

iPad is missing a native blogging app…

By |2017-10-04T10:52:44+01:00Friday, May 20th, 2011|Web Related|

So, this is my first blog entry, completed with my iPad whilst remotely connected to my desktop computer… What’s that? Why, you ask? Well, let me explain! I really like the functionality and ease with which I can create and publish a blog entry with Windows Live Writer, which I really consider to be one [...]

MAY 2011 – IBM Storwize V7000 Update Announcement

By |2017-10-04T10:52:50+01:00Wednesday, May 18th, 2011|IBM / AIX, My Work|

The IBM Storwize V7000 Storage system which was a totally new product offering launched by IBM in November 2010 has had a tremendously positive reception with over 1800 systems sold into over 1000 different customers worldwide, including almost 40% into customers previously not using IBM storage. Don’t just take IBM’s word for it, the Storwize [...]

March 2011

Livedrive–Unlimited Online Backup and Storage

By |2017-10-04T10:53:11+01:00Tuesday, March 8th, 2011|My Work|

I have been using Dropbox and MobileMe as a means of having essential data available to me via the “Cloud” for quite some time and both products have served me very well. However – today I have discovered a UK based product called Livedrive, which is available to everybody and offers an unbeatable opportunity to [...]

IMAP vs POP3

By |2017-10-04T10:53:19+01:00Tuesday, March 1st, 2011|Web Related|

Having spent many years dealing with websites and the design thereof, I have been using the Plesk Control Panel for managing my websites for most of that time and I have always found it to be very easy to perform all of the required maintenance tasks. I have recently taken to using the

August 2010

IBM Configuration Tools – Make or Break the deal?

By |2017-10-04T10:53:40+01:00Monday, August 9th, 2010|IBM / AIX, My Work|

With some of the biggest I.T. buzzwords of the moment being "virtualisation" and "consolidation" is it not reasonable to expect that a company the size of IBM ,could invest a little time and effort into standardising a set of tools that would allow pre-sales consultants, to configure a BladeCenter that can utilise a set of [...]

May 2010

What is Crontab?

By |2017-10-04T10:53:53+01:00Tuesday, May 11th, 2010|IBM / AIX, My Work|

As an experienced Unix administrator it is sometimes easy to lose track of how mind boggling even the simplest tool can be for the novice administrator and it is for this reason that I though it might be useful to have a  laymans explanation of the crontab file and what it does. Crontab is a [...]

February 2010

Howto: Racks and Rackmounting

By |2017-10-04T10:54:07+01:00Tuesday, February 16th, 2010|My Work|

I came across a really good blog article posted by Matt Simmons, author of the Standalone Sysadmin blog which gives any budding  System Administrator a really useful insight into the concepts, practicality and pitfalls of Server racks and rackmounting, a subject that is rarely covered in books or training course. Thank you Matt for putting [...]

December 2009

How to install ssh and disable telnet on AIX 6.1

By |2016-05-26T13:15:15+01:00Monday, December 21st, 2009|IBM / AIX, My Work|

One of the biggest gripes about AIX is how security un-conscious it is. SSH now “comes with” AIX, but it’s on a separate cd. Anyway, if you want to implement it, and you really should "want" to. Here are the procedures. Installing OpenSSH on AIX 6.1 1) Obtain the files. It’s downloadable here. Or you [...]

AIX Active Directory Synchronisation

By |2017-10-04T10:54:11+01:00Monday, December 21st, 2009|IBM / AIX, My Work|

During my travels on the internet, I came across a really interesting blog post by Roberto Bouza of Miami, Florida, United States in which he explains and documents his experiences with synchronising AIX 5.3 with Windows Active Directory. I felt it would be useful to share this information with you and for ease I have [...]