IBM PowerVM Getting Started Guide

An IBM Redpaper publication

Published 02 February 2012, updated 04 December 2012

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ISBN-10: 0738450677
ISBN-13: 9780738450674
IBM Form #: REDP-4815-00
(104 pages)

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Authors: Scott Vetter, Ben Castillo, Brad Ford, Eduardo Otubo, Pavel Pokorný


IBM® PowerVM® virtualization technology is a combination of hardware and software that supports and manages virtual environments on IBM POWER5, POWER5+, POWER6®, and POWER7® processor-based systems. These systems are available on IBM Power Systems™ and IBM BladeCenter® servers as optional editions, and are supported by the IBM AIX®, IBM i, and Linux operating systems. With this set of comprehensive systems technologies and services, you can aggregate and manage resources with a consolidated, logical view.

By deploying PowerVM virtualization and IBM Power Systems, you can take advantage of the following benefits:

  • Lower energy costs through server consolidation
  • Reduced cost of your existing infrastructure
  • Better management of the growth, complexity, and risk of your infrastructure

This IBM Redpaper™ publication is a quick start guide to help you install and configure a complete PowerVM virtualization solution on IBM Power Systems. It highlights how to use the following management console interfaces to configure PowerVM:

  • Integrated Virtualization Manager (IVM)
  • Hardware Management Console (HMC)
  • Systems Director Management Console (SDMC)

This paper also highlights advanced configuration of a dual Virtual I/O Server setup.

This paper targets new customers who need assistance with quickly and easily installing, configuring, and starting a new PowerVM server in a virtualized environment.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction to PowerVM
Chapter 2. Configuring PowerVM with Integrated Virtualization Manager
Chapter 3. Configuring PowerVM with the Hardware Management Console
Chapter 4. Configuring PowerVM with the IBM Systems Director Management Console
Chapter 5. Advanced configuration

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