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IBM Certified Systems Expert - Virtualization Technical Support for AIX and Linux - v2

The IBM Certified Systems Expert - Virtualization Technical Support for AIX and Linux -v2 provides technical support for IBM Virtualization technologies. This Certified Systems Expert provides technical expertise to internal or external customers in the design, implementation and management of virtualized environments. The successful candidate can plan a virtualized environment from the beginning stages through installation and on-going support, and can determine which virtualization technology is appropriate to a given solution. This person is skilled in various implementation, migration, and mobility tasks. He or she can determine which environments are suitable to given requirements and is aware of software licensing requirements related to a virtualized environment.


  • 12-18 months planning, designing, implementing, supporting, and troubleshooting solutions which leverage IBM virtualization technologies.
  • Strong experience with the full complement of PowerVM capabilities at all Edition levels.
  • Experience managing and administering virtualized environments on IBM Power Systems servers, especially POWER7-based technologies.
  • Understands SAN concepts at a high level and can communicate storage requirements effectively.
  • Has strong Ethernetworking experience and understands High Availability concepts.
  • Completion of recommended education.
  • Earn prerequisite System Administration (test #104)
  • Achieving the Enterprise Technical Support certifications is strongly recommended.

Recommended Training and Required Exam(s)

 Required Exams Recommended Training 
  • 000-221: AIX 7 Administration
  • 000-109: Virtualization Technical Support for AIX and Linux -v2
  • Power Systems for AIX I: LPAR Configuration and Planning (AN11G)
  • Power Systems for AIX II: AIX Implementation and Administration (AN12G)
  • Power Systems for AIX III: Advanced Administration and Problem Determination (AN15G)
  • AIX Network Installation Manager (NIM): Concepts and Configuration (AN22G)
  • Power Systems for AIX - Virtualization I: Implementing Virtualization (AN30G)
  • Power Systems for AIX IV: Performance Management (AN51G)

Skills acquired during recommended training

AIX 7 Administration

System Availability

  • Identify resources used by Cluster Aware AIX
  • Configure dump devices and analyze output
  • Determine elements necessary to reduce single points of failure
  • Understand geographical logical volume manager (GLVM)
  • Maintain hardware (CEC/Blade Hardware), deferred or concurrent firmware, AMM firmware (for Power Blades), whether an adapter replacement or new installation.

Storage Management

  • Create and manage filesystems
  • Create and manage logical volumes
  • Create and manage volume groups
  • Manage physical and virtual devices
  • Manage storage devices (traditional disk, Solid State Drives, and tape) including redundancy

System and Network Security

  • Configure Role Based Access Control
  • Configure and Manage remote access

Partition Management

  • Configure and manage Logical Partitions (LPARs), including DLPAR operations
  • Create and manage Workload Partitions (WPAR), including Versioned WPARs and planning for Live Application Mobility
  • Understand HMC, SDMC and IVM interfaces
  • Create and Manage VIO Server partitions (including working with virtual repositories)
  • Understand and explain LPAR and WPAR migration and mobility at a basic level

Performance Management and Tuning

  • Use performance monitoring tools, and plan for future growth
  • Analyze output from performance monitoring tools
  • Configure system tunables to support optimal application performance

Network Management

  • Configure network devices (including Etherchannel, IPv4, and IPv6)
  • Troubleshoot network issues
  • Configure TCP/IP, with and without VLAN support

System Management

  • Create, maintain and modify user accounts
  • Manage services and subsystems (using chtcp, etc)
  • Configure Electronic Service Agent
  • Configure the system and device attributes
  • Use AIX system management tools (for example: DSM, Director, NIM)
  • Install, apply, commit, or reject software
  • Create and manage paging space
  • Use Cron and At functions

Install and Manage AIX

  • Understand and manage AIX instance startup
  • Backup and restore AIX
  • Migrate WPARs from AIX 6 to AIX 7
  • Install AIX and use NIM environments
  • Install Versioned WPARs

General administrative tasks

  • Create and use ksh and Perl scripts at a basic level
  • Use AIX commands such as TAR, CPIO, DD, RPM, SAVEVGSTRUC, and explain their use

Enterprise Virtualization Technical Support for AIX and Linux - v2


  • Determine networking requirements and when various networking concepts apply
  • Determine processor and memory requirements
  • Determine storage requirements including when to use available technologies.
  • Understand hardware and software redundancy concepts including disk, networking, VIO considerations, and when each is appropriate.
  • Size a solution to support required functions
  • Use available tools
  • Determine backup and restore requirements


  • Define partitions including LPARs, WPARS, VIO Servers, and VIO Clients
  • Allocate resources to VIO Clients
  • Configure HMC and IVM
  • Configure storage
  • Configure networking
  • Install VIO Servers
  • Install VIO Clients
  • Install and configure PowerVM components

Ongoing Support

  • Perform VIO backups and restores
  • Modify virtualized resources for VIO clients
  • Perform DLPAR operations
  • Migrate an application to another instance of AIX or Linux
  • Migrate a partition to another server
  • Analyze problems and take appropriate actions
  • Upgrade VIO / IVM Server