Chapter 1. Certification
This certification validates the ability to install, configure, and perform
a broad range of AIX system administrative activities. The certification is
applicable to AIX System Administrators who are responsible for supporting
end-users and the day-to-day operation of an AIX RS/6000 environment.
To attain the IBM Certified Specialist - AIX V4.3 System Administration
certification, candidates must pass one test: Test 181: AIX V4.3 System
- A minimum of six months experience administering in an AIX V4 system
environment. Note: Exam 181 contains AIX V4 content up to and including AIX
- One year of AIX or UNIX user experience.
- Training in AIX system administration or equivalent experience.
For information about How to Register for the certification exam,
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The following objectives were used as a basis when the certification exam
was developed. Some of these topics appear in this publication in a different
order to help with the learning process.
- Install Base Operating System
- Install LPPs
- Apply software updates
- Upgrade Operating System
- Create and install a mksysb
- Install software fixes
- Perform initial configurations (for example: networks, paging space,
date/time, root password, and so on).
- Configure printers and queues (for example: add, change, show, or delete
printers and queues).
- Configure and manage resources (for example: manage cron, configure
skulkers, configure power management).
- Configure devices (for example: cfgmgr, tty, parallel and
- Configure subsystems and subservers (for example: start/stop system
- Configure and monitor logs (for example: errord, syslogd, and so on).
- Troubleshoot problems with hardware installation (for example: cable
- Troubleshoot problems with software installation (LED hang, system
- Troubleshoot problems with software (disk space, prereqs,
lslpp, and so on).
- Troubleshoot hardware (for example: hardware parameters,
cfgmgr, ODM tools).
- Evaluate performance and resource problems (for example: check log
files, skulkers, ps -ef).
- User Maintenance
- Add, delete, and modify users
- Storage Maintenance
- Work with Volume Groups (add, import, remove, export, modify, list, and so
- Work with physical volumes (add, list)
- Work with logical volumes (add, remove modify, list, and so on)
- Work with filesystems (for example: create, remove, modify, list, and so
- Modify paging space (increase size, add, remove, activate, list, and so
- Storage Maintenance Problem Determination
- Troubleshoot filesystem problems (for example: mount/unmount problems,
filesystem full, and so on)
- Troubleshoot paging space problems (for example: low paging space
- Troubleshoot device related problems (for example: FS not available at
IPL, VG not varying on IPL, SCSI device problems, and so on)
- Backup and Recovery
- Back up the system
- Back up the applications
- Back up the application data files
- Restore files from tape
- Establish a backup and recovery process based upon customer requirements
- Reboot servers (gracefully)
- Work with TCP/IP daemons (for example: start and stop TCP/IP daemons)
- Create interface (set IP address, set subnet mask, config DNS)
- Configure interface (define node, gateway)
- Modify interface (change IP parameters)
- Perform TCP/IP troubleshooting (for example: daemons will not
start/stop, cannot Telnet to server, user cannot log on to server, and so on)
- Work with NFS (for example: start and stop NFS)
- Export directory (exportfs)
- Mount remote file system
- Manage CPU and memory resources (for example: display CPU / Memory usage,
start/stop a processor, and so on)
- Manage I/O performance resources
- Manage disk/data (partitions, RAID, mirroring, defragmenting file
systems, and so on)