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AIX System Administration 1


This course is 5 days. Customizing the topic list will affect the time requirement.


System Administrators who are already familiar with the AIX Operating System, but desire more detailed and specialized information as listed below. (This course is a follow-on to AIX System Administration Lite, which contains an overview of system administration topics, but does not go into the level of detail that this course does.)

Course Contents

System Administration Overview

System Management Tools (menus and commands)

The AIX File System (JFS structure and use)

Backup and Recovery (backup, restore, and others)

Disk Management (partitioning, performance, troubleshooting)

Managing Devices (hardware: terminals, printers, tape drives)

User Management (adding/removing, password control, security)

Korn/Bourne/C Shell Programming for System Administrators Note1

The Printing Subsystem (creating queues, managing print jobs)

System Accounting (process, disk space, and printer accounting)

Introduction to Performance Management (sar, iostat, and vmstat)

Problem Solving (error reports, strategies for detecting and correcting)

AIX Security (users, groups, setuid, access control lists) Note2

Customizing X Windows and Motif (Xdefaults, xdm, and the desktop) Note2

Managing Terminals (ASCII terminal logins, modem hookup, dial-up TCP/IP) Note2

Adding Your Own man Pages (primarily for software developers) Note2

Using awk Note2

Using perl Note2

AIX Communications Overview (TCP/IP concepts and commands) Note2

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to configure and manage a typical AIX system in a standalone environment.

Instructional Technique

Students are invited to bring their current ideas and questions to the classroom for discussion. Case studies, lecture, group problem solving, and online laboratories will be used. Students will be encouraged to enhance their skills utilizing the techniques presented through classroom problem solving and controlled online workshops.


Familiarity with AIX commands, directory structure, and the text editor. The largest value is obtained when the student has been working as a system administrator for approximately 4 to 8 weeks.

Completion of certain labs is dependent upon appropriate access to the machine used for the workshops. For classroom setup requirements, see our AIX Setup Document For System Administration Courses.

Note1 Selection based on customer preference.
Note2 Optional Topics.