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AN101: POWER8 and AIX Enhancements

DURATION: 2 days

SCHEDULED DATES: TBD – Contact Us for more Information


This non-workshop course is designed to provide continuing education for system administrators who have extensive experience with previous levels of POWER hardware, PowerVM, and AIX. It covers various enhancements to POWER hardware and firmware and to the AIX operating system. It starts with an overview of POWER8 architecture and equipment. It then proceeds with discussions on various software and firmware enhancements (including HMC V8R8.3.0, VIOS, PowerVC 1.2.3, and AIX 7.1 TL3). These enhancements include the HMC Enhanced+ graphical interface, simplified SEA configuration, SR-IOV support, VIOS software maintenance changes, and other enhancements.

For a workshop course with hands-on lab exercises, attend AN102G: POWER8 and AIX Enhancements Workshop. The workshop course will often lag behind AN101G in receiving the latest updates, but has the advantage of hands-on exercises. There can be significant overlap in discussion content between AN101G and AN102G, depending upon where these courses are in their update cycles; read the course descriptions carefully. To learn only the very latest enhancements, attendance at IBM Technical conferences or symposiums is recommended.


This advanced course is for anyone responsible for system administrative duties including implementing and managing IBM POWER7+ or POWER8 servers running AIX 7.1.


Discuss the POWER8 hardware and its features
Discuss and use the HMC Enhanced+ graphical interface
Discuss PowerVM enhancements
Discuss SR-IOV
Discuss PowerVP features
Discuss PowerVC enhancements