That time of Year! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael Felt   

Happy New Year!

Things to learn:

  • PowerSC
  • Systems Director
  • Blade Management

Things to do:

  • Work (not) too Hard Innocent
  • Enjoy Life! Laughing
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 03 January 2012 )
Back Again. Onwards NFSv4 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael Felt   

Hello again. Due to events beyond my control I have been absent for awhile. Back again now, and I am looking into one of my pet peeves - namely that I keep forgetting how to setup NFSv4.

I have been using NFSv4 for about two years, but every time I install a new test server I need to go and lookup the steps again, and I have forgotten the meaning of some of the steps (just do them ala monkey see/monkey do).

I decided it was time to use my extended memory ( and start writing up what I know, what I can figure out, and what remains a mystery. For now - there are multiple reasons to use NFSv4. If you have not looked into it, come back in a few days. I plan to have something "real soon".

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 December 2011 )
Binary (In)Compatability: Solaris 11 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael Felt   

For years, it seems forever, noone had to question about binary compatibility for Solaris applications. They would just run.

For years, AIX support and sales asked IBM to guarantee, in writing, what was pretty much standard practice. And in 2007, with the arrival of AIX 6.1 - binary compatibility was guaranteed. And this guarantee was extended from AIX 6.1 into AIX 7.1. The clue: use shared libraries and API's. The new shared libraries do the work, should it be necessary, to make it work.

Now it seems AIX stands alone.


Last Updated ( Saturday, 03 December 2011 )
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 )
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