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 184.108.40.206, 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.