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IBM Certified System Administrator - AIX 7

This intermediate level certification is intended for system administrators who perform the installation, configuration and day-to-day tasks associated with ensuring the smooth and efficient operation of a WebSphere Application Server runtime environment.


The qualified candidate is expected to have skills in the following areas:

  • Configure and manage networking in AIX
  • Manage and configure VIO client partitions
  • Manage devices
  • Manage storage
  • Use HMC and SDMC to manage system resources
  • Perform user administration tasks (such as limiting resources, creating/using groups, etc).
  • Have strong knowledge of system backup and recovery
  • Have strong and AIX installation and maintenance skills
  • Configuring and managing system security
  • Use NIM, WPAR Manager and Systems Director (base product)
  • Understand PowerVM components such as AME, AMS, Shared Processor Pools, etc.

Recommended Training and Required Exam(s)

 Required Exam Recommended Training 
000-221: AIX 7 Administration
  • Power Systems for AIX I: LPAR Configuration and Planning (AN11G)
  • Power Systems for AIX II: AIX Implementation and Administration (AN12G)
  • Power Systems for AIX III: Advanced Administration and Problem Determination (AN15G)
  • AIX Network Installation Manager (NIM): Concepts and Configuration (AN22G)
  • Power Systems for AIX - Virtualization I: Implementing Virtualization (AN30G)
  • Power Systems for AIX IV: Performance Management (AN51G)

Skills acquired during recommended training

System Availability

  • Identify resources used by Cluster Aware AIX
  • Configure dump devices and analyze output
  • Determine elements necessary to reduce single points of failure
  • Understand geographical logical volume manager (GLVM)
  • Maintain hardware (CEC/Blade Hardware), deferred or concurrent firmware, AMM firmware (for Power Blades), whether an adapter replacement or new installation.

Storage Management

  • Create and manage filesystems
  • Create and manage logical volumes
  • Create and manage volume groups
  • Manage physical and virtual devices
  • Manage storage devices (traditional disk, Solid State Drives, and tape) including redundancy

System and Network Security

  • Configure Role Based Access Control
  • Configure and Manage remote access

Partition Management

  • Configure and manage Logical Partitions (LPARs), including DLPAR operations
  • Create and manage Workload Partitions (WPAR), including Versioned WPARs and planning for Live Application Mobility
  • Understand HMC, SDMC and IVM interfaces
  • Create and Manage VIO Server partitions (including working with virtual repositories)
  • Understand and explain LPAR and WPAR migration and mobility at a basic level

Performance Management and Tuning

  • Use performance monitoring tools, and plan for future growth
  • Analyze output from performance monitoring tools
  • Configure system tunables to support optimal application performance

Network Management

  • Configure network devices (including Etherchannel, IPv4, and IPv6)
  • Troubleshoot network issues
  • Configure TCP/IP, with and without VLAN support

System Management

  • Create, maintain and modify user accounts
  • Manage services and subsystems (using chtcp, etc)
  • Configure Electronic Service Agent
  • Configure the system and device attributes
  • Use AIX system management tools (for example: DSM, Director, NIM)
  • Install, apply, commit, or reject software
  • Create and manage paging space
  • Use Cron and At functions

Install and Manage AIX

  • Understand and manage AIX instance startup
  • Backup and restore AIX
  • Migrate WPARs from AIX 6 to AIX 7
  • Install AIX and use NIM environments
  • Install Versioned WPARs

General administrative tasks

  • Create and use ksh and Perl scripts at a basic level
  • Use AIX commands such as TAR, CPIO, DD, RPM, SAVEVGSTRUC, and explain their use