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Anthony English is a freelance contractor in Sydney, Australia, with many years of experience on IBM Power Systems. He specializes on PowerVM virtualization and AIX, but has worked in many different industries in a variety of complex -- and smart -- IT environments. He is available for both large or small projects.
Anthony is a regular contributor to POWER IT Pro. He has been recognized as an IBM Champion for his extensive writing about AIX. You can find plenty of AIX tips and tricks on Anthony's popular blog AIX Down Under. You can also follow Anthony on Twitter @AIXDownUnder.
In addition, check out his ebook, AIX Logical Volume First Aid Kit.

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In Love with the Doc
You may not think writing documentation is the most glamorous part of IT, but if you take a fresh approach to it, it can be fun.
Manage Your Time on AIX
On AIX environments, time zones can be managed using one of two formats. Anthony English explains the Olson and the original POSIX formats.
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Why Didn’t My Cron Job Run?
When your scheduled cron jobs don’t seem to run properly, a few simple checks can save you a lot of time in the long run
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Diagnose a Slow mksysb Backup
A backup of the AIX operating system, using the mksysb backup, should not take too long. If it's taking “ages,” there are a few steps you can take to remedy the problem.
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Be with You in 10
When you run a command that can take a long time, you want to keep the user informed that there are things happening. Here are some useful tips on how to do so.
Top 25 AIX Undercover Commands
The Top 25 (Undercover) AIX Commands 
Some commands have such obscure—or even downright misleading—command names they seem determined to mislead you. Anthony English sheds some light on 25 "undercover" AIX commands.
Virtualization in a Nutshell
Virtualization in a Nutshell 
Fasten your seat belts: The IBM PowerVM Redbook Solution Guide takes you on a whirlwind tour of an industrial-strength virtualization solution.
Top 10 AIX User Commands
The Top 10 AIX User Commands 
Setting up users and passwords is a little different on AIX than other UNIX-like platforms. Anthony English presents his favorite user-related commands and explains how each helps you manage users on AIX.
Why I Love Unhappy Customers
Why I Love Unhappy Customers 
Have you met frustrated customers? Are you one yourself? Anthony English offers tips on how to move from frustration to fulfillment.
The apply Command: One Command for Many Parameters
The apply Command: One Command for Many Parameters 
There are many ways the little-known AIX "apply" command can save you from using for loops and shell scripts. Anthony English walks you through a few examples.
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Flying Caterpillars: See IT Problems Differently 
When you’re trying to address IT pain points, the solutions can be too obvious to see. Sometimes it helps to look at the problem with fresh eyes, as Anthony English explains.
Report I/O stastics with iostat
Use the iostat Command to Report I/O Statistics 
If you have an I/O performance problem, you’ll want to identify it quickly. Get familiar with the most common flags for the iostat command and you’ll be able to see the hot disks, adapters, and file systems.
Get to know AIX classes, device types, and attributes using lsdev
What a Classy Device! 
On AIX, you can list disks, adapters, and other devices using the lsdev command. Anthony English takes you through some of the lesser-known lsdev flags and shows you how to use lsdev as a building block for scripts to tune and configure your devices.
IT with a Touch of PR
IT with a Touch of PR 
Just because you’re backfilling for someone on "business as usual" work doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it. Anthony English covers some tips he shared with users while he was filling in for a systems admin.
After the High-Fives: Conduct a Post-Implementation Review
After the High-Fives: Conduct a Post-Implementation Review 
If you’ve been involved in a successful project, it pays to do a review of what went right and what could be improved for next time. Anthony English and Adrian Mahendrata present some areas to examine after the project has gone live.
AIX User-Related Commands

Download AIX User-Related Commands (Infographic) today! This quick guide highlights differences between user administration commands on AIX and other UNIX-derived operating systems.

POWER IT Pro Blogs
LPI 104: Devices, Filesystems, and the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard
Feb 13, 2014

LPI Exam 104: Devices, Filesystems, and the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard  

In this blog entry, Erwin Earley starts his exploration of topic 104 of the Linux Professional Institute certification exam, which takes a look at devices, filesystems, and the filesystem hierarchy standard....More
Feb 12, 2014

IBM Brings Power Systems Servers to the Cloud for No-Charge App Dev Access  

Software developers can tap into IBM's new cloud-based Power Development Platform to build, port, and test apps running on AIX, IBM i, and Linux....More
Feb 10, 2014

PowerLinux is red hot for high-frequency trading, says specialist  

An IBM i specialist is making waves in the City of London with PowerLinux. iSys specialises in infrastructure optimisation, mainly with Power technology, and the financial and capital markets where it counts the London Stock Exchange among its customers....More
eBooks & Training
Dec 3, 2012

AIX Security

IBM i has extremely robust intrinsic security, and Linux, although much less secure than either AIX or IBM i, has many more eyes watching for problems. But AIX has some significant corner cases where security can be breached if you're not careful....More

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