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  • CEC 2017

    20/Jun/2017

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    Larry DrFranken Bolhuis lb[email protected] Technology Consulting, LLC 616.855.1667Grand Rapids, MI www.frankeni.com

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    Introduction

    HMC Version 8 Enhanced +

    HMC Version 7 and Version 8 Classic layout

    Understanding HMC to FSP Connections

    Configuring IP on the HMC

    Initial Configuration items

    HMC Users and Security

    Updating the HMC

    SSH Access to the HMC and command line options

    Disk status and Cleanup on the HMC

    Configuring 5250 and other consoles through the HMC

    Final Thoughts

    Care and Feeding of your HMC CEC 2017

  • ASMI Advanced Systems Management Interface CEC Complex Electronics Cabinet (aka System unit) COD Capacity on Demand CUOD Customer Upgrade on Demand DHCP Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol FSM Flex Systems Manager FSP Flexible Service Processor HMC Hardware Management Console vHMC Virtual Hardware Management Console (KVM, VMWare) HSL High Speed Loop/Link Modem Modulator Demodulator. An antique device that interfaces

    a serial port to a phone line to carry date at abysmally low speeds. SDMC A short lived console that tried (and failed) to replace the HMC VIOS Virtual Input Output Server VPM Virtual Partition Manager WEBSM Web Systems Manager FUBAR What you dont want to do.

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  • HMC Stands for Hardware Management Console As the name implies it is used to manage POWER systems hardware

    including: Which partitions get which resources Which partitions are up or down Updating code in the FSP It can also be the console for ALL partitions (Sweet!)

    The HMC together with the FSP replace the primary partition required on pre-POWER5 models

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  • On all (*) partitioned machines On all machines with CUOD capability On many Large or Enterprise systems Required to change state of partitions Required to change resources on a partition Not required for static operation (e.g. you can turn

    it off and your Server will keep running)

    (*) Up to 3 Partitions with 100% virtualized hardware can be configured with VPM on machines without an HMC

    Also POWERKVM is supported on POWER8 hardware for virtualizing Linux machines.

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  • Note the three colored bars.

    These dynamically update and are links to appropriate tools.

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    Introduction

    HMC Version 8 Enhanced +

    HMC Version 7 and Version 8 Classic layout

    Understanding HMC to FSP Connections

    Configuring IP on the HMC

    Initial Configuration items

    HMC Users and Security

    Updating the HMC

    SSH Access to the HMC and command line options

    Disk status and Cleanup on the HMC

    Configuring 5250 and other consoles through the HMC

    Final Thoughts

    Care and Feeding of your HMC CEC 2017

  • Use https://your.hmc.name.here for GUI access. Extremely important that the name matches the name used

    when configuring the network on the HMC

    If it does not match, some pages cannot be displayed due to certificate conflicts

    HMC Version 8 is required for POWER8 servers

    HMC Version 8 offers new view option of Enhanced plus. 8.8.6 is last to offer the Classic view

    With SP1 this is the new default and you must select Classic each time you log in.

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  • IE and Firefox supported, Firefox seems generally better. Chrome is unsupported. Getting more difficult for Chrome to accept the cert also.

    **MUST** allow pop-ups before you can even log in. This thing pops better than Orville Redenbacher!

    V7.790 best (and LAST) for Power5 All other uses get to V8.840 or newer. V8.860 required for latest POWER8 firmware

    Firewall rules Open port 443, and 12443 for the management interface Open port 2300 for 5250 consoles Open port 8443 for the ASM proxy/redirector Open port 22 for SSH access

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  • Allows selection of which view you want to work with.

    Default is What I did last time Default gone with 8.8.6 SP1

    Classic is the same as Version 7

    The first time you select Enhanced+ you get a Getting Started page.

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    Enhanced + does NOT Pseudo-maximize instantly!

  • Note column layout vs. row layout in Classic This is the default, row view is available (button upper right)

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  • Check the box for the system desired (top left)

    The Action Button lights up Click on it to get the menu below.

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  • Memory shown. Tabs for other resources.

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  • Right is Gallery View

    Below is Table view Allows sorting

    by column.

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  • It is noticeably slower with all the graphics it uses. This may be mitigated by faster processors in your HMC and a local LAN

    connection to it.

    Much terminology has changed. e.g. Add Adapter vs Dynamic Partitioning.

    Sorting in graphical views is alphabetical but all upper chars first then lower case later. E.g. ABCDEF . abcdef

    Many fewer popups. Personally I dont like this change. Some remain as they use the classic pop up, you just navigate to them

    differently. e.g. Network Settings, User Management, Reference Code History

    Some items you have to search for because you know they are there! e.g. Manage profiles is a couple levels deep beneath Partition Actions.

    No more disconnect only Log Off

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  • Because its Java the links arent real so cannot be copied and opened in other windows or tabs. The Browser Back Button is used a lot!

    I do not yet use it. (Yet?)

    The next version (8.8.7? 8.9?) will no longer support the Classic view!!

    Even with SP1 those using i hosting i cannot do everything with the enhanced+ view.

    IBM has promised that before they removed Classic they will add everything needed to support i hosting i.

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    Introduction

    HMC Version 8 Enhanced +

    HMC Version 7 and Version 8 Classic layout

    Understanding HMC to FSP Connections

    Configuring IP on the HMC

    Initial Configuration items

    HMC Users and Security

    Updating the HMC

    SSH Access to the HMC and command line options

    Disk status and Cleanup on the HMC

    Configuring 5250 and other consoles through the HMC

    Final Thoughts

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    You will spend 95% of your time managing partitions and profiles.

    Navigation Panel Components

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    Dynamicallyupdatedstatus!

    Status Overview

    Exceptions

    Attention LED

    Serviceable Events

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    Introduction

    HMC Version 8 Enhanced +

    HMC Version 7 and Version 8 Classic layout

    Understanding HMC to FSP Connections

    Configuring IP on the HMC

    Initial Configuration items

    HMC Users and Security

    Updating the HMC

    SSH Access to the HMC and command line options

    Disk status and Cleanup on the HMC

    Configuring 5250 and other consoles through the HMC

    Final Thoughts

    Care and Feeding of your HMC CEC 2017

  • There are normally two Ethernet ports used on the HMC Eth0 or the first port is connected to the first HMC port on the POWER

    Systems FSP.

    This port is labeled HMC 1

    For single POWER Systems single HMC, shops a direct cable should be connected between the FSP and the HMC.

    The ports on the FSP are auto-cross so a crossover cable is not required.

    For multiple HMCs or Multiple Servers a switch is required.

    For multiple HMCs AND Multiple Servers especially with Dual FSPs at least Two switches are required

    The network connecting the HMCs and FSPs must be completely private! NOTHING else gets connected to that network.

    Eth1 or the second port is connected to your company network.

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  • To successfully install an HMC requires a Network Address range for the private HMC-FSP network.

    Available ones are: a 192.168, two 172.16/17 and many 10. ranges.

    You may only pick from the list, you may not create your own. (*) You can manually assign all the IP addresses in the network.

    Sadly the 192.168 address range is the entire upper of the class B range! Avoiding this one is a good idea.

    This is a CRITICAL network and it is best practice to completely isolate it from all other traffic.

    Also use of a $5 switch from office max is not recommended!

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    Introduction

    HMC Version 8 Enhanced +

    HMC Version 7 and Version 8 Classic layout

    Understanding HMC to FSP Connections

    Configuring IP on the HMC

    Initial Configuration items

    HMC Users and Security

    Updating the HMC

    SSH Access to the HMC and command line options

    Disk status and Cleanup on the HMC

    Configuring 5250 and other consoles through the HMC

    Final Thoughts

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  • Before the system can be used its network settings must be configured.

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    Select LAN Adapters Tab

    Remember eth0 is normally the private network HMC to FSP This network gets a private range for HMC to FSP communications.

    (Shown on next slide)

    eth1 is the company network This network gets an address in

    your company network space.

    Click Details to set up the network. (Two slides down)

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  • Shown is the Connection to the FSP

    Note Partition Communication is checked This interface communicates with

    the FSP

    You must select from one of the ranges provided

    From the list selected an address will be chosen for the HMC.

    IF this is the 2nd HMC you will not enable DHCP and the system will select DHCP for the HMC address

    V7R3.5 added an IPv6 tab.

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  • This is the Open Interface to the company network.

    Note Partition Communication is unchecked This interface does not

    communicate to the FSP

    I recommend a Fixed IP address for this interface

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  • On the Firewall tab open the ports you need access to run the firewall.

    Here we see the remote web access ports

    Likely want 5250, and probably Secure Shell too.

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    Introduction

    HMC Version 8 Enhanced +

    HMC Version 7 and Version 8 Classic layout

    Understanding HMC to FSP Connections

    Configuring IP on the HMC

    Initial Configuration items

    HMC Users and Security

    Updating the HMC

    SSH Access to the HMC and command line options

    Disk status and Cleanup on the HMC

    Configuring 5250 and other consoles through the HMC

    Final Thoughts

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    Nav menu: Service management then: Manage Customer Information

    If this isnt completed then IBM has no idea who to call when the HMC calls home!

    REMEMBER to update this when Adminschange!

    Suggest a help desk email and phone number here as well.

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    Nav menu: Service management then: Manage Outbound ConnectivityHMC Must have outbound access to UDP Port 500 to initiate this connection to the IBM VPNRecommend Internet AND VPN connectivity are enabled.

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  • Do test this as mail servers can be finicky!

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    Nav menu: Service management then: Manage Serviceable Event Notification

    Email server and port are required. Also be sure to select the Enable button!

    Add users.

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    Nav menu: HMC Management: Remote Command Execution

    Nav menu: HMC Management: Enable Remote Virtual Terminal

    Nav menu: HMC Management: Remote Operation

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  • From the advanced menu select Import Server Certificate.

    This will remove the pinkeye from internet exploder.

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    Introduction

    HMC Version 8 Enhanced +

    HMC Version 7 and Version 8 Classic layout

    Understanding HMC to FSP Connections

    Configuring IP on the HMC

    Initial Configuration items

    HMC Users and Security

    Updating the HMC

    SSH Access to the HMC and command line options

    Disk status and Cleanup on the HMC

    Configuring 5250 and other consoles through the HMC

    Final Thoughts

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    Options are provided to work with users and to work with task and resource roles

    Task and roles define what the user is allowed to do

    V7 feature allows you to see whos on-line and what they are doing!

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    Nav Menu: HMC Management -> Manage Users and tasks.

    Here we see whos doing what and how long they have been idle.

    Users can be kicked off and tasks can be taken over or terminated.

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  • Under User Profiles this GUI allows maintenance of users

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    Treat this like Service tools. Each user needs a profile. Dont give too much

    authority.

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  • Back in V7.350 this new properties panel was been added.

    Note Allow Remote Access

    Set other values to your (or auditors) taste.

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    Dont forget to select this (default is NOT!) or you cant open the web interface.

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  • The Resource roll defines which resources that can be managed.

    These can be as granular as a single item These can be based on an existing role.

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  • Task Roles define the tasks which can be done.

    Restrict a user to a small list of functions such as access to the console but not to memory and CPU.

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  • Now our new roles show up and we can select them

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    Resources are the test COMMON3 partition Roles are just the console. No Expire for pwd.

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    Introduction

    HMC Version 8 Enhanced +

    HMC Version 7 and Version 8 Classic layout

    Understanding HMC to FSP Connections

    Configuring IP on the HMC

    Initial Configuration items

    HMC Users and Security

    Updating the HMC

    SSH Access to the HMC and command line options

    Disk status and Cleanup on the HMC

    Configuring 5250 and other consoles through the HMC

    Final Thoughts

    Care and Feeding of your HMC CEC 2017

  • As with IBM i the code on the HMC needs to be updated or at the very least verified.

    Version 7 brought lots more information to this page BIOS level and type/Model/Serial number And the FSP version is now right up front!

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    HMC Service installed

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    http://www-933.ibm.com/support/fixcentral/Care and Feeding of your HMC CEC 2017

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    The gray area below is requisite to the white area above.

    If you do not havethis release start atthe red arrow.

    Next get the servicepack (blue arrow)

    Finally any fixes forthat service pack(green arrow.)

    Note that there mayMany at the greenarrow.

    Current view selecting what to get

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    My favorite option is FTP. You may change your selected option with the

    Change my Download options link.

    You get the information below to feed into an FTP script or client

    Alternative at the bottom is to use your browser to do the download.

    Download your fixes

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    This is chopped as it is a very long page!

    You can see POWER 8, 7, 6, and 5 firmware shown here.

    Notice anything odd about the Power5 column?

    The link is to the right.http://bit.ly/1j3ZhIl

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  • Each version seems to bring a new rule on which version can upgrade to another version.

    Instructions can be found on Fix Central for each supported From/To release combination. In many cases a specific fix level of the From level is required.

    Always assure HMC BIOS is current before starting. In some cases upgrade will fail without current BIOS! Note that as of V7.731 shows BIOS level on the update screen as shown a

    few panels back.

    ALWAYS Backup the HMC before starting! ALWAYS!

    With any Recovery data is lost unless proper backups are performed!

    READ the docs. (As an example after the MH01102 required fix for V7.733 you must reboot, TWICE.)

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    HMC Data Backup can be a large backup!

    In addition to when the system is being upgraded this should also done when any service is applied to the system.

    Three location options My favorite is Remote Site

    with FTP

    Note Flash memory works just fine now and DVDs are no longer large enough.

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  • This backup saves everything that has been applied since the system was last loaded from the recovery Disks.

    Three backup locations available here: Local DVD, Remote file system (NFS) or Remote FTP site

    My preference is the Remote System and I use IBM i. Note that IBM i FTP server needs a few settings:

    CHGFTPA NAMEFMT(*PATH) LISTFMT(*UNIX) INACTTIMO(1200) CURDIR(*HOMEDIR) Tells FTP Server to act like Unix (In other words like a normal FTP

    server!) ENDTCPSVR *FTP STRTCPSVR *FTP

    Restarts for the changes. CRTUSRPRF USRPRF(HMC) PASSWORD(password) INLPGM(*NONE)

    INLMNU(*SIGNOFF) LMTCPB(*YES) TEXT('HMC Backup User') HOMEDIR(*USRPRF)

    MKDIR DIR('/home/HMC') Creates a user and its home directory to save the backup images

    in.

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    Enter the IP address or name of your server, and the user id and password.

    The description is for your reference later if you should need to restore!

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  • Updates, Like PTFs, for the most part fix things. They are applied from the GUI weve just seen. Can by from DVD, USB Sticks, FTP sites. Can use ZIP files, or .ISO files Can also burn them to media if you like that sort of thing.

    Upgrades replace the O/S with a new version Can be started by booting media or by copying media into

    the server and restarting from that. (Network upgrade) Network upgrades can be done remotely! Like with IBM i, updates are required after any Upgrade.

    The following backup is required ONLY for Upgrades.

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    Upgrade Data backs up to the hard drive to a special partition that doesnt get smoked

    DO NOT do this unless you are upgrading! At the next HMC IPL this data is restored! if that happens to be months later youll get a surprise!

    This one is quick.

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    Click the Update HMC Button.

    Thissummons the wizard to the right.

    Review and click Next

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  • Choose the Remote Server for FTP (Shown) or media if you have a DVD.

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    Enter the

    server IP

    or name,

    user ID

    pwd, and

    directory

    if needed.

    HMC

    password

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  • After a moment the list of whats found on the server is provided.

    Select the appropriate package and click Next

    Much

    improved

    from

    previous

    versions as

    typos are

    eliminated!

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  • Confirmation above is last point to stop.

    Click Next and progress below begins.

    Success! This message and the OK button appears.

    (Click OK)

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  • Once its done a Reboot is always required.

    You can wait if now is a bad time.

    Click Yes when you are ready to reboot.

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  • Confirm that the service pack is now installed.

    Here we see Service Pack 1

    Repeating the backup now is a good idea.

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    Introduction

    HMC Version 8 Enhanced +

    HMC Version 7 and Version 8 Classic layout

    Understanding HMC to FSP Connections

    Configuring IP on the HMC

    Initial Configuration items

    HMC Users and Security

    Updating the HMC

    SSH Access to the HMC and command line options

    Disk status and Cleanup on the HMC

    Configuring 5250 and other consoles through the HMC

    Final Thoughts

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  • With 5733SC1 installed on IBM i you an SSH to the HMC and enter commands.

    From a workstation you can use Putty to do the same.

    The command line can be used to move resources without having to GUI to the HMC.

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  • lssyscfg -r sys Shows all systems connected to this HMC.

    lssyscfg -r lpar -m [sys & S/N from above cmd] Shows all partitions on the selected system.

    lssyscfg -m [sys & S/N] -r lpar -F name,lpar_id,state Shows only the name, lpar ID, and state of partition

    lsled -r sa -t virtuallpar -m [sys & S/N] Shows status of status LEDs for the partitions.

    lshwres -m [sys & S/N] -r io --rsubtype slot -F description,unit_phys_loc,bus_id,phys_loc,lpar_id Shows each i/o card in the system, its bus, location and which lpar owns the card.

    chsysstate -o on -k normal -m Enterprise" -n Tomcat -f Tomcat -r lpar-i b Starts lpar Tomcat using profile Tomcat on server Enterprise in normal mode from the

    b side.

    chsysstate -o on -k manual -m Kennedy -n Prowler -f EA-6B SAN" -r lpar -i d --ip 172.29.3.16 --netmask 255.255.255.0 --gateway 172.29.3.2 --serverip 172.29.3.2 --serverdir /ibmi/v7r3/licpgm --duplex auto --mtu1500 Starts a partition in Manual mode from D via TFTP for install. Simple eh?

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  • lshwres -m [sys & S/N] -r io --rsubtype slot -F description,drc_index,lpar_id

    Shows each i/o card in the system, its ID and and which lpar owns the card. Such as:

    Other Mass Storage Controller,21010003,none

    chhwres -m [sys & S/N] -r io -o a --id 1 -l 21010003

    Moves card with id 21010003 to partition 1

    Repeating the first command after this one shows:

    Other Mass Storage Controller,21010003,1

  • As you can see from some of the samples on the previous pages the commands are capable of many things. (The truth is they are capable of EVERYTHING!)

    Moving resources with the HMC command line may not handle the operating system side of movement. For example moving memory from one IBM i partition to

    another goes smoothly as the O/S handles everything.

    Moving a DVD drive requires that the device be varied off on the source partition and varied on on the target.

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    Introduction

    HMC Version 8 Enhanced +

    HMC Version 7 and Version 8 Classic layout

    Understanding HMC to FSP Connections

    Configuring IP on the HMC

    Initial Configuration items

    HMC Users and Security

    Updating the HMC

    SSH Access to the HMC and command line options

    Disk status and Cleanup on the HMC

    Configuring 5250 and other consoles through the HMC

    Final Thoughts

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  • When at an HMC command line you can see disk status with the command monhmc r disk The output (below) refreshes each 4 seconds. CTRL-C to exit.

    Every 4.0s: MONHmc disk Mon Sep 3 20:31:19 2012

    Fileystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted/dev/sda2 16121184 7368528 7933744 49% /tmpfs 2047864 196 2047668 1% /devtmpfs 2047864 0 2047864 0% /dev/shm/dev/sda3 6040320 438300 5295180 8% /var/dev/sda7 8056524 150956 7496316 2% /dump/dev/sda8 442460668 203036 419781896 1% /extra

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  • We dont have direct file system access.

    IBM Provides a utility for cleaning up logs and such that works by cleaning up logs and temporary files.

    chhmcfs o f {d x h y s z } x= number of days of old files to keep.

    y= number of hours of old files to keep

    z= MB of space to free up in each file system.

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    Introduction

    HMC Version 8 Enhanced +

    HMC Version 7 and Version 8 Classic layout

    Understanding HMC to FSP Connections

    Configuring IP on the HMC

    Initial Configuration items

    HMC Users and Security

    Updating the HMC

    SSH Access to the HMC and command line options

    Disk status and Cleanup on the HMC

    Configuring 5250 and other consoles through the HMC

    Final Thoughts

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    Systems Configuration -> Edit -> Select the Console Tab.

    Select the HMC Radio Button.

    Enter the HMC Name or IP address

    Optionally click Advanced (below) which bypasses system and partitionselection when connecting.

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    2300

    Frankenhmc

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  • Access is to the HMC Public IP, NOT any i5 partition Personal Communications 5.7 or newer is required iSeries Navigator V5R3 includes PC 5.7

    Select Default User ID Prompt as Needed You must enter the user profile Q#HMC This tells the 5250 program that it is connecting to an HMC and not

    to prompt for a password.

    Select Unsecured Port number must be 2300 Once connected you will be prompted for your Language

    and then the i5 you wish to connect to You must have an HMC user profile with the 5250 role

    (As we created previously)

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  • You can also obtain consoles for other O/Ss from the HMC as well.

    Either open a restricted shell or SSH to the HMC (with PUTTY or other SSH tool)

    Sign on the the HMC

    Enter vtmenu and select the partition you wish to access the console for. Note that you will see i5/OS partitions omitted on the

    screen. They cannot be accessed this way.

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    Introduction

    HMC Version 8 Enhanced +

    HMC Version 7 and Version 8 Classic layout

    Understanding HMC to FSP Connections

    Configuring IP on the HMC

    Initial Configuration items

    HMC Users and Security

    Updating the HMC

    SSH Access to the HMC and command line options

    Disk status and Cleanup on the HMC

    Configuring 5250 and other consoles through the HMC

    Updating the FSP

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  • This thing is the Facilities Manager of your system

    It controls who gets what resources Buses, Cards, Processor, Memory etc.

    It powers up and down all the bits. Expansion Units, Card slots, etc.

    It powers up when power is applied to the system unit. (That is, the power cords are plugged in.)

    It owns the front panel and is partially controlled by it.

    It provides a web based management interface

    It is managed by an HMC

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  • FSP Code updates can be installed from the HMC or from a Service Partition

    If you use a Service Partition: The service partition is designated through the HMC ASMI must be used to enable Firmware (FSP) updates from

    the Operating System All other partitions must be shut down and then the

    Service Partition is powered off. On the way down it updates the FSP code. *LANDMINE

    If this happens when you do not expect it, you risk losing your HMC. Firmware could be newer than the HMC can handle and communications would be lost.

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    Unassigned is recommended

    Only one partition may be a Service Partition

    Must also enable software updates by O/S

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    Do you get the idea that Rochester thinksupdating the Firmware is best done from an HMC? If not, read this again!

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  • You may lose consoles for a time during the update. If the update is disruptive the hardware may power

    down for up to 20 minutes on POWER5 systems. Leave it alone and get coffee or MtDew!

    Limit use of things that require the FSP during the updates.

    POWER6 systems go much faster. Approximately 25% of the time required for POWER5

    systems.

    POWER7 systems are a bit faster yet.

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    Introduction

    HMC Version 8 Enhanced +

    HMC Version 7 and Version 8 Classic layout

    Understanding HMC to FSP Connections

    Configuring IP on the HMC

    Initial Configuration items

    HMC Users and Security

    Updating the HMC

    SSH Access to the HMC and command line options

    Disk status and Cleanup on the HMC

    Configuring 5250 and other consoles through the HMC

    Final Thoughts

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  • System plans are created with the System Planning Tool. Plans can be imported and exported Imported plans can be deployed to the i5

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  • CoD is Capacity on Demand This is temporary activation of resource such as CPU

    CUoD is Customer Upgrade on Demand This is permanent activation of resource such as CPU and Memory Codes are entered through the HMC Once activated the new resources can be allocated to partitions

    Codes are retrieved from IBM here: http://www-912.ibm.com/pod/pod

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  • Newer HMC code requires more memory More systems managed requires more memory More partitions on the system require more memory More users on the HMC require more memory. Have you heard the clue-phone yet?

    1GB was the absolute minimum and is no longer supported.

    Get to 4 or 8 GB at a minimum. Also newer HMCs have much faster and mult-core

    processors. This is GOOD for performance!! Virtual HMCs update MUCH more quickly as they reboot

    in 5% of the time!

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  • Treat the HMC as another server in your datacenter that needs care and feeding.

    With this information you should be able to successfully maintain and update an HMC

    Understanding its capabilities can help you better utilize the HMC

    Knowing security on the HMC will allow you to protect your system from accidental issues.

    Recent browser changes accelerate the need to keep the HMC current!

    As with IBM i **STAY CURRENT**

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  • IBM i Knowledge Center

    http://www-01.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/ssw_ibm_i/welcomeFix Central

    https://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp/set2/sas/f/hmc/home.html

    System Planning Tool http://www-304.ibm.com/jct01004c/systems/support/tools/systemplanningtool/

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  • Thank You!

    How to contact me:Larry Bolhuis

    [email protected]

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