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Planning

Planning


Learn how to distribute and group system resources, plan backup and recovery situations, secure your system, manage multiple systems, and analyze or troubleshoot any performance problems that might occur on your system. Learn how to manage systems and environments in the event of power outages, plan for seasonal computational needs, monitor key resources, and help information systems staff work efficiently.




Systems management overview

Learn how to distribute and group system resources, plan backup and recovery situations, secure your system, manage multiple systems, and analyze or troubleshoot any performance problems that might occur on your system. Learn how to manage systems and environments in the event of power outages, plan for seasonal computational needs, monitor key resources, and help information systems staff work efficiently.


Managing the IBM i operating system

IBM Navigator for i

IBM Navigator for i enables management of IBM i from a browser interface. This web-based management tool covers user management, backups, database management and much more with over 300 tasks in all. IBM Navigator for i is the strategic web based user interface for managing and administering your IBM i operating system. In IBM i 7.2, the product offers new features such as PTF management, System Monitor, Message Monitor, Batch Model, OmniFind support, Performance Report, Partition management as well as many usability and performance enhancements to the overall interface. In IBM i 7.3 this support was extended even more with many new performance management tools. The ability to look at your performance data over long periods of time (historical) in a graphical manner, Monitors have been updated to provide a graphical visualization of your monitor data, as well as a dashboard where you can watch key performance metrics live.


Connecting to IBM i

Learn about the variety of clients, interfaces, and applications for connecting to your IBM i operating system. Choose from several different ways to connect to your IBM i operating system, depending on the needs of your business environment. You can access, administer, and use your system from a Linux client, Mac client, Windows client, web client or mobile device.

IBM i Access Client Solutions is the newest member of the IBM i Access family and is the strategic product for connecting to the IBM i. For additional information go to: IBM i Access Client Solutions

IBM i Access for Web Mobile solutions provides a snappy GUI interface for managing many aspects of the IBM i operating system as well as a robust 5250 interface all completely accessible from any web enabled Mobile Device. Connected to your IBM i directly from your phone!  For additional information go to: iAccess for Web Mobile Solution
 


 

IBM i platform management

Hardware Management Console (HMC)

The Hardware Management Console (HMC) is an appliance that you can use to configure and control one or more managed systems. You can use the HMC to create and manage logical partitions and activate Capacity Upgrade on Demand. Using service applications, the HMC communicates with managed systems to detect, consolidate, and send information to service and support for analysis.

Planning for an HMC

Server firmware fixes

HMC firmware fixes

Using the HMC Web-based user interface


Integrated Virtualization Manager (IVM)

The IVM is an easy-to-use, browser-based tool which literally allows clients to point, click and consolidate multiple workloads onto one IBM Power System. IVM offers a low cost of entry into virtualization on Power Servers, since it does not require the use of a separate hardware appliance like the Hardware Management Console (HMC) for managing logical partitions (LPARs) on a single system. With IVM, clients can partition a single system by creating LPARs and provide for management of devices such as storage and virtual Ethernet. Best of all, IVM is included at no additional charge with the purchase of PowerVM on IBM Power Systems and is packaged in the Virtual I/O Server (VIOS) software.

Getting started with IVM


Virtual Partition Manager (VPM)

IBM Navigator for i provides graphical interfaces for Virtual Partition Management functions for IBM i 7.1 and later releases. The Virtual Partition Manager (VPM) introduces the capability to create and manage partitions without the use of the HMC or IVM. It supports the needs of small and medium customers that want to manage a small number of Linux or IBM i partitions.

Virtual Partition Manager


Other aspects to consider

Security

Learn the language of security and how to set up and plan the security for your system. Learn how to secure your network and communications applications, and how to add cryptographic processing capability to your system. Find information about object signing and signature validation, identity mapping, and solutions to internet security risks.


Availability

Availability is the measure of how often your data and applications are ready for you to access them when you need them. In today's fast-paced internet economy, availability is a critical aspect of your computing environment. Decide what level of availability you need and the technologies and techniques you can use to achieve your availability goals.


High Availability

High availability is the ability for businesses to withstand outages, including scheduled downtime and site-wide disasters. Learn about determining your high-availability objectives and goals, understanding the different high-availability technologies that are supported on IBM i, and implementing a high-availability solution for your business.


IBM PowerHA SystemMirror for i

IBM PowerHA SystemMirror for i is the strategic IBM high availability solution for IBM i environments. It is based upon hardware replication, and includes technology solutions which fit every customer environment. For release-specific information, see the Knowledge Center links listed above for High Availability. The following links contain marketing and technical information specific to the PowerHA product.


Managing fixes

Keep your IBM i operating system and other software current with fixes (or program temporary fixes, PTFs). Fixes play an important part in your system's maintenance strategy. Your maintenance strategy can reduce system downtime, add functionality, and provide optimal availability.

For more information on planning your maintenance strategy, see Planning: Maintenance.

The Application Runtime Expert support (5733-ARE) provides an automated way to compare PTF from IBM i services to ALL the systems in your ecosystem. Easily push PTF from an image catalog to any system and automatically load and apply.  For more details on ARE go to : Application Runtime Expert

 


Support Notifications

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Additional resources

Document information

More support for: IBM i

Software version: Version Independent

Operating system(s): Platform Independent

Reference #: N1022012

Modified date: 31 August 2017


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