Ganglia on AIX - part 2 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael Felt   

I said I would get back about installing Ganglia on AIX. The short news is that now all the standard links are working. My error had been trying to work with php 5.2.17. Some parts of the gweb module (the rpm taht is responsible for what you see via a browser - do not work with php 5.3.X installed (I have php 5.3.8 installed.

Speaking of rpm packages: all told - that is including the 2 or 3 rpm packages that are installed by default on AIX - 58 packages are installed to support gmond (data agent that needs to be installed on all nodes), gmetad (management "receiver" that stores data in a rrd database) and gweb (ganglia web presentation layer).

Now that I have it all working I am going to put them into a single tar file and work out instructions for installing them all in a WPAR.

More to come!

Last Updated ( Friday, 25 November 2011 )
Ganglia on AIX - puff puff! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael Felt   

Ganglia on AIX is something I have seen at many customers, but I never seemed to have the time to get the files, and install it.

After seeing a couple of old presentations, reading on democentral, etc. about how simple it was to get Ganglia installed on AIX I tought I was just making excuses - so get to to it. Seems it has grown in complexity to get it installed - or long-live RPM dependancies.

To get started I ended up downloading, well, lets just say too many .rpm packages - I lost count at about 150. But I do have ganglia gmond and gmetad (plus AAP - AIX Apache PHP (no MYSQL needed for ganglia, but we use AAMP on running in a partition (LPAR) and gmond in a system WPAR. My goal is to have ganglia running in a WPAR so I can have it running on my POWER4 system - because that is on almost all the time, while the POWER5 systems are off most of the time.

I want to get it more or less scripted - regardless of standalone (who has those anymore?) , partition (LPAR), or "local copy WPAR" (i.e. a WPAR with it's own copy of /usr and /opt.

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 November 2011 )
Tweets from Barcelona PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael Felt   

BonDia! Last two weeks been busy in Barcelona - read my tweets for a short impression.

This week IBM has also surprised us with the need to present an ID starting the 13th of November, and from that I have learned that I can get "one star" scores for an article - not because it is written poorly (at least I am assuming that), but because people are unhappy about what is being reported.

Personally, I have my reservations - but that is because I am a bit lazy. I do know from personal experience that it does not really get in the way. There are already many downloads that need an ID - openssl/openssh; the Express version of IBM Director, etc.

IBM mentions benefits - only reason I don't see them is because I have been using my ID for over 10 years to get automatic notifications. However, as my ID is not linked to my job at IBM I may need to get a second one, so that I can continue to get patches. I cherish my non-IBM ID because I believe it is important to experience IBM sites as a regular customer.

Bon Dia!

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 09 November 2011 )
Long weekends and Joomla! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael Felt   

Short History

In 2001 ROOTvg.NET was developed using a combination of flat HTML and FrontPage. From 2004 to 2007 that was maintained as flat HTML. Late 2006 I took over as webmaster and looked at the new Joomla! that had just split off from Mumbo (in late 2005, early 2006 I think). I took about 6 months, with work, and back porting issues (from AIX 5.2/5.3 to AIX 4.3.3) to get it all up and running - June 2007 was the new look ROOTvg.NET.

In 2008 (at least, Joomla! came out with version 1.5, which - unfortunately, is not directly compatibke with Joomla 1.0.X. A migration and database update to UTF8 is needed (which needs iconv, etc, etc.).

Why am I talking about this? Well, again I am looking into migrating the ROOTvg.NET to a more modern CMS (content Managed System) ala Joomla. Ideally (for me) this would all work on PHP 4.4.X, but most developers seem to be focusing in PHP 5.3 (or later) these days - so that is getting harder. It may be that the site will have to be rebuilt almost from scratch. That is my problem.

Fortunately, the forums are not in Joomla. They have been running in SimpleMachineForums (smf) and I may stay with SMF, or move to PHPBB3. That will be without information loss.

"Real Soon Now" expect to see some changes.

Last Updated ( Monday, 31 October 2011 )
Three down, One to go... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael Felt   

AIX Certification ... continuing story

I took two more tests - and as I feared, failed the HACMP 000-102: High Availability for AIX - Technical Support and Administration one. However, to my surprise, being honest, I passed what I thought was going to be the easiest test -  000-109: Virtualization Technical Support for AIX and Linux - v2.

Last Updated ( Friday, 28 October 2011 )
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