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IBM i and PowerVM features and tools

LUG 2017 IBM Rochester

Finally I found some time to write few words about LUG meeting which I was fortunate to attend at the begging of June 2017.  Beside numbers of presentations, it was great opportunity to finally meet many IBM i people, architects, developers. And I was also given an opportunity to present some content to the community. Read more of this post

Demand for extra CPU capacity? Use a bug in POWER8 firmware

This week I discovered very weird bug in the POWER8 firmware. With this bug it is possible to use entire server capacity without paying processor activation to IBM. Read more of this post

SR-IOV firmware upgrade via the HMC Enhanced GUI

Today, I want to share my experience with the upgrade an SR-IOV adapter firmware (EN0H) configured in shared mode. The update was so simple and so straight forward that I decided to share this positive message with you. Read more of this post

How to automate update of Access Keys for POWER8

The other day, I’ve wrote about POWER8 ‘feature’ which requires from an administrator update of  access keys in order to keep a server eligible for the firmware upgrade POWER8 – No hardware maintenance-no firmware upgrade . An administrator needs to enter these every few months, if a maintenance contract is re-signed every few months. This can be a headache, or something bigger if someone runs multiple servers. There is a secret HMC function, which can update the keys automatically.

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HP StoreOnce VTL and IBMi

Few weeks ago I had a chance to test VTL functionality on StoreOnce devices in conjunction with IBM i. HP StoreOnce is pretty new product and I know that a lot of people is waiting for some information ‘from the field’. This is my short summary.

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IBM TechU London 2016

Last week I spent at the Technical University in London. It was a great conference. As always I learnt a lot, met a lot of friends, seen a lot of interesting technologies and concepts. The conference was very special for me, because I was given the opportunity to join a poster session. Read more of this post

IBM TechU London 2016

Dear colleagues,

I will be at the Technical Univeristy conference at London. My blog is going to have a poster session on Thursday afternoon (starting from 5pm). If you want to discouss any topic or you just want to have a small talk,  stop at my booth and say hello .

See you in London.

Workload capping – reducing license costs on IBMi

Do you know that by using Workload Capping you can reduce license costs on IBM i Lpar? Read more of this post

Create an LPAR with specific WWPNs

By the command below an LPAR can be created with specific WWPNs, of course if you use NPIV adapters. It can be useful for LPARS migration between servers. It is extremely dangerous command, therefore it should be used only by people who knows what is for. Read more of this post

How to create SEA without touching VIOS

In this post I will describe how to create a Shared Ethernet Adapter (SEA) from the new HMC Enhanced GUI interface where no single command in VIOS command line is required. Read more of this post