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August 19, 2014


After many years in AIX, I've come to see that more and more of our work is in the infrastructure space. That means getting a handle on PowerVM, the Virtual I/O Server, and probably the Hardware Management Console. A single LPAR isn't able to help much here; you really are better with a separate physical server.

In general, for learning anything to do with IT, I think there is an even better way than learning it yourself from the ground up with the help of documentation. Instead, I think it's better to get a mentor. That way you can find out which defaults you are best to go with (and why), and still get to do the work yourself. I have found that having someone watch over my shoulder as I do the work is a most effective way of learning. But it takes a special kind of person to mentor this way and not take over!

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