Using CIS Controls with AIX PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael Felt   

As an author of the AIX benchmark for CIS Security I have been reorginizing the benchmark - not to be a reflection of the command aixpert which is likely only understandable by AIX/UNIX/Linux administrators to one that follows the organization of the CIS Controls themselves.

There are a lot of organizations that are still committed to CIS Controls Version 7.1. However, earlier this year (2021) the newest version of CIS Controls Version 8 was released. With this new release the control numbers have changed greatly. Historically, CIS ised the order of the Controls as a means to focus cybersecurity activites performed by an organization - with the first 6 controls labeled "cyber hygiene". In version 7 CIS started a new method of guidance (while leaving the order of chapters largely intact). The new guidance was called Implementation Groups (IGs). FYI: In version 7.1 the Controls were still grouped by chapter order in three categories: Basic, Foundational, and Organizational.

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Has the time come to retire 'Rootvg.net' PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael Felt   

The portal ROOTVG.NET has existed for over 20 years. (AIX was still under 15 years! old). The portal came before the IBM DeveloperWorks portal, and was - in those days - likely more visited.

In review - the first 10 years - ROOTVG filled a need - and while never in the 1000's per day - there were regular new visitors to the portal and the forums - for active, and especially new AIX administrators. Filling a need - is great.

The last 10 years has seen to growth in new AIX admins drop - and with that drop - the opportunity to satisify a need has dropped. I measure in the questions I get via questions posted on the forums (and/or via a direct message via the forums).

And so, if I am honest - the time to close the portal is coming fast - likely Q1 of 2022 - UNLESS, suddenly, unexpectedly, there is some regularity in the questions I receive.

And, yes, something happened! I have registered a new business in the Netherlands (AIXTools) and shall continue to work on both RootvgNet and AIXTools - probably a big face lift.

In any case - (update) - the short answer is NO! The time has not yet come! Cool

Michael

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 November 2021 )
 
Where is AIX Product Info? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael Felt   

Actually, what I wanted to find was the latest version of "AIX: Strength to Strength", but sadly, I cannot find that document. If you know where it is - be great and tweet it to me! @rootvgnet

Sadly, I also needed a lot of clicksto find something like an "AIX product homepage".

So, to save you the same problems - the current link is here!

(p.s., also tweet if it breaks, as I am nearly certain it will!)

 
IBM LC Series RAID Card Configuration PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozan Uzun   
I installed a couple of 82xLC machines, which have on board sata/sas cards.
I see that the raid card configuration is not well documented.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 11 July 2018 )
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Moving On PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael Felt   

Today is an important day for my OSS portal AIXTOOLS because I am goig to start packaging some packages based on AIX 6.1 TL7 (SP6) - rather than "always" at level AIX 5.3 TL7.

The packages that will start everything off will be security related packages (such as sudo - so I can add RBAC features (pst: a test version of sudo-rbac here ),  python (to add, among other things libuuid support), and other networkbased tools.

As of this moment - nothing is switched yet - but most new things will be built on my new development partition - x066 - running, again AIX 6.1 TL7.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 April 2018 )
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