AIX 5L on the IBM System i Platform: Implementation Guide

An IBM Redbooks publication


On the IBM® System i® platform, you can run native AIX® 5L™ with its own kernel (versus current the PASE SLIC kernel) in a logical partition (LPAR). This option provides another alternative to consolidate AIX 5L applications and other UNIX®-based applications, running in a separate IBM eServer™ pSeries® system or other UNIX system, onto a single System i platform.

With the new version of the AIX 5L V5.3 operating system, the same level of server virtualization, such as dynamic resource allocation, is realized as the current IBM eServer iSeries® level server virtualization.

This IBM Redbooks® publication discusses various aspects of AIX 5L implementation on IBM System i platforms. It includes the following topics:

  • An overview of AIX 5L native support on the System i platform including the benefits of a virtualization engine
  • Planning for AIX 5L on the System i platform, with an explanation about new LPAR concepts and tools on the System i platform and initial sizing of an AIX 5L partition
  • Installation and configuration of an AIX 5L partition on the System i platform, providing a step-by-step guide for AIX 5L installation, partition setup, and maintenance that includes a scenario of virtual I/O and direct I/O

This book helps system administrators to install, tailor, and configure an AIX 5L partition on the System i platform.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Overview of AIX 5L on System i
Chapter 2. Planning for AIX 5L on System i
Chapter 3. Partition configuration
Chapter 4. Storage configuration
Chapter 5. Network configuration
Chapter 6. AIX 5L installation


Publish Date
30 March 2007

Last Update
09 June 2009

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