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IBM PowerVM Virtualization Introduction and Configuration

An IBM Redbooks publication


Published on 19 June 2013, updated 09 June 2017

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ISBN-10: 0738438146
ISBN-13: 9780738438146
IBM Form #: SG24-7940-05

Authors: Scott Vetter, Mel Cordero, Lucio Correia, Hai Lin, Vamshikrishna Thatikonda and Rodrigo Xavier

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    This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides an introduction to PowerVM™ virtualization technologies on Power System servers.

    PowerVM is a combination of hardware, firmware, and software that provides CPU, network, and disk virtualization. These are the main virtualization technologies:

    POWER7, POWER6, and POWER5 hardware

    POWER Hypervisor

    Virtual I/O Server

    Though the PowerVM brand includes partitioning, management software, and other offerings, this publication focuses on the virtualization technologies that are part of the PowerVM Standard and Enterprise Editions.

    This publication is also designed to be an introduction guide for system administrators, providing instructions for these tasks:

    Configuration and creation of partitions and resources on the HMC

    Installation and configuration of the Virtual I/O Server

    Creation and installation of virtualized partitions

    Examples using AIX, IBM i, and Linux

    This edition has been updated with the latest updates available and an improved content organization.

    Table of Contents

    Part 1. Overview

    Chapter 1. PowerVM technologies

    Chapter 2. Processor virtualization overview

    Chapter 3. Memory virtualization overview

    Chapter 4. I/O Virtualization

    Chapter 5. Server virtualization

    Chapter 6. Management console overview

    Part 2. Plan

    Chapter 7. PowerVM considerations

    Chapter 8. Processor virtualization planning

    Chapter 9. Memory virtualization planning

    Chapter 10. I/O virtualization planning

    Chapter 11. Server virtualization planning

    Part 3. Install

    Chapter 12. I/O virtualization

    Chapter 13. Server virtualization implementation

    Part 4. Set up

    Chapter 14. Processor virtualization setup

    Chapter 15. Memory virtualization setup

    Chapter 16. I/O virtualization setu

    Chapter 17. Server virtualization setup

    Part 5. Appendix

    Appendix A. Recent PowerVM enhancements

    Appendix B. POWER processor modes

    Appendix C. Capacity on Demand

    Appendix D. Simultaneous Multithreading

    Appendix E. Active Memory Expansion

    Appendix F. IBM i Virtual Partition Manager

    Appendix G. AIX Workload Partitions

    Appendix H. System Planning Tool


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