NIM from A to Z in AIX 5L

An IBM Redbooks publication

Note: This is publication is now archived. For reference only.

Published 30 May 2007

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ISBN-10: 0738486310
ISBN-13: 9780738486314
IBM Form #: SG24-7296-00
(674 pages)

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Authors: Dino Quintero, Octavian Lascu, Jean-Michel Berail, Hassan Elsetohy, Chris Gibson, Andreas Gogolin, Markus Lang, Sven Meissner, Pablo Pereira, Bjorn Roden, Kelvin Tan


This IBM Redbooks publication will help the AIX 5L technical community, and in particular system administrators who are well versed in the concepts and terminology of the AIX Operating System, to understand the benefits of implementing a Network Installation Manager (NIM) environment in their data center. The book applies to AIX 5L V5.3 Technology Level 5, Cluster Systems Management (CSM) V1.5.1, and IBM Director V5.1.

The concept of a cluster (that is, at least two IBM System p machines connected through a network) presents the challenge of installing, maintaining, updating and backing up the various participants in the cluster. NIM, a critical feature of AIX, can perform these tasks for your System p server farm. Using NIM, you can install or upgrade many IBM System p machines and LPARs with the same (or different) images at the same time.

This publication complements the information found in IBM technical AIX 5L manuals, and will be most useful as a reference guide.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Network Installation Manager definition and concepts
Chapter 3. Basic configuration of a Network Installation Manager environment
Chapter 4. Network Installation Manager scenarios
Chapter 5. Network Installation Manager best practices
Chapter 6. Cluster Systems Management and Network Installation Manager
Chapter 7. Basic NIM problem determination and tuning
Appendix A. General LPAR sizing and creation with mig2p5 tools
Appendix B. Automatic provisioning NIM and Tivoli Provisioning Manager
Appendix C. NIM and System i operating system installation for an AIX 5L LPAR

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