IBM System p5 Approaches to 24x7 Availability Including AIX 5L

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 07 August 2006, updated 28 August 2006

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ISBN-10: 0738495875
ISBN-13: 9780738495873
IBM Form #: SG24-7196-00
(462 pages)

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Authors: Scott Vetter, Bruno Blanchard, Steve Edwards, Brad Gough, Hans Mozes


This IBM Redbooks publication focuses on the technology, serviceability, and features that are used by the IBM eServer p5 and IBM System p5 servers, which allow you to make your server one of the most reliable and available parts of your IT infrastructure.

This book explains how the server availability can be improved by:

- Proper planning of the server environment and configuration

- Understanding the role of the service processors and firmware components, and how they can be best configured and managed

-Using high availability and redundancy features provided by the AIX 5L operating system and the Virtual IO server

This book contains many detailed examples and step-by-step scenarios of usual server operation and maintenance tasks, such as the setup of redundant HMC and service processors, firmware upgrades, hot-addition of RIO drawers, or configuration of redundant Virtual IO servers.

This book is intended for architects, specialists, and system administrators who are responsible for planning or developing an availability strategy for IBM System p servers.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Overview, concepts, and scope
Chapter 2. Reliability, availability, and serviceability
Chapter 3. Site planning
Chapter 4. Server hardware planning
Chapter 5. Service processor and firmware
Chapter 6. AIX 5L: Approaches to high availability
Chapter 7. Detailed scenarios

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