IBM Power Systems HMC Implementation and Usage Guide

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 26 April 2016, updated 10 August 2017

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ISBN-10: 0738441554
ISBN-13: 9780738441559
IBM Form #: SG24-8334-00
(622 pages)

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Authors: Scott Vetter, Sylvain Delabarre, Sorin Hanganu, Thomas Libor PhD


The IBM® Hardware Management Console (HMC) provides to systems administrators a tool for planning, deploying, and managing IBM Power Systems™ servers. This IBM Redbooks® publication is an extension of IBM Power Systems HMC Implementation and Usage Guide, SG24-7491 and also merges updated information from IBM Power Systems Hardware Management Console: Version 8 Release 8.1.0 Enhancements, SG24-8232. It explains the new features of IBM Power Systems Hardware Management Console Version V8.8.1.0 through V8.8.4.0. The major functions that the HMC provides are Power Systems server hardware management and virtualization (partition) management.

Further information about virtualization management is in the following publications:

  • IBM PowerVM Virtualization Managing and Monitoring, SG24-7590
  • IBM PowerVM Virtualization Introduction and Configuration, SG24-7940
  • IBM PowerVM Enhancements What is New in 2013, SG24-8198
  • IBM Power Systems SR-IOV: Technical Overview and Introduction, REDP-5065

The following features of HMC V8.8.1.0 through HMC V8.8.4.0 are described in this book:

  • HMC V8.8.1.0 enhancements
  • HMC V8.8.4.0 enhancements
  • System and Partition Templates
  • HMC and IBM PowerVM® Simplification Enhancement
  • Manage Partition Enhancement
  • Performance and Capacity Monitoring
  • HMC V8.8.4.0 upgrade changes

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Hardware Management Console overview
Chapter 2. Planning
Chapter 3. Installation upgrade and updates
Chapter 4. Configuring
Chapter 5. Operating
Chapter 6. Service support
Chapter 7. Performance and capacity monitoring
Chapter 8. Good practices
Appendix A. myHMC
Appendix B. CLI commands examples
Appendix C. IBM product engineering debug data collection
Appendix D. Live Partition Mobility support log collection
Appendix E. Preboot Execution Environment

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