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Old 08-22-2013
Learning AIX?

I have a new job where they will expect me to start (as a beginner) to administer using AIX, this will be for a credit card payment company.

I understand that there are many flavours of Unix of which AIX is just one.

Should I concentrate on just trying to learn AIX or is there some other Linux flavour that is more user friendly that would be a good starting place?

Can anyone recommend some virtualization prog I can run on my W8 laptop to assist me with the basics?

Thanks for any advice/pointers.
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Old 08-22-2013
Have you considered IBM redbooks

You have access to a plethora on all things related to AIX administration that you can learn
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Old 08-22-2013
Would you consider them user friendly?....I'm from an AS400 background and the IBM literature for guidance there was useless.

Probably Google is my friend here.
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Old 08-22-2013
You could start reading this - to give you an idea...

AIX QuickStart

To my knowlege AIX runs only on powerpc architecture...

AIX and HP-UX are very similar in that both offer true administration interface, of course AIX has almost all in smitty/smit you could administer an AIX without learning any admin command...

On your laptop unfortunately you will be with a linux clone and so for administration purpose it will not help that much... but still for learning all the user unix command and writing shell scripts AND learning vi (most important!) it is worth the effort

Good luck

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Old 08-22-2013
Thanks vbe, this would be for a job working for Visa....all I know right now is they have mentioned AIX...though I see in another job (not the administrator one I am being interviewed for) they mention "Solid knowledge and support of RedHat and/or SuSE Linux platforms, including proficiency with Linux commands"..

I know they run a lot of IBM hardware there....I guess they run some kind of batch on the system so the admin will be charged with dealing with job failures etc...

Ideally I just wanted to get some kind of overview as to what the job might entail and read up a bit before hand on some basic commands.

This site has so much information...I will read more!
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Old 08-22-2013
Well IBM has some blade servers that are specifically for linux OS... and vmware stuf...
Solid knowledge and support for me means having to know quite well the HW and what the OS (RH or SUSE...) support in order to install the correct drivers etc... and being able to diagnose correctly failures and knowing what to look for using adequate commands... then of course knowing where in the support to look for patches...
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Old 08-22-2013
Are they user friendly?

Not sure as to your experience with redbooks but they are not the same as the user manuals that came with the AS/400 (god I remember those). Anyway there are many topics ranging from system/hardware administration, virtualization, SAN connectivity, etc. I have a hardcopy of the certification study guide for AIX 5.3 which has helped me out a lot in the past
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