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IBM Power Systems HMC Implementation and Usage Guide

Book Description

The IBM® Hardware Management Console (HMC) provides to systems administrators a tool for planning, deploying, and managing IBM Power Systems™ servers. This IBM Redbooks® publication is an extension of IBM Power Systems HMC Implementation and Usage Guide, SG24-7491 and also merges updated information from IBM Power Systems Hardware Management Console: Version 8 Release 8.1.0 Enhancements, SG24-8232. It explains the new features of IBM Power Systems Hardware Management Console Version V8.8.1.0 through V8.8.4.0. The major functions that the HMC provides are Power Systems server hardware management and virtualization (partition) management.

Further information about virtualization management is in the following publications:

  • IBM PowerVM Virtualization Managing and Monitoring, SG24-7590

  • IBM PowerVM Virtualization Introduction and Configuration, SG24-7940

  • IBM PowerVM Enhancements What is New in 2013, SG24-8198

  • IBM Power Systems SR-IOV: Technical Overview and Introduction, REDP-5065


  • The following features of HMC V8.8.1.0 through HMC V8.8.4.0 are described in this book:

  • HMC V8.8.1.0 enhancements

  • HMC V8.8.4.0 enhancements

  • System and Partition Templates

  • HMC and IBM PowerVM® Simplification Enhancement

  • Manage Partition Enhancement

  • Performance and Capacity Monitoring

  • HMC V8.8.4.0 upgrade changes

  • Table of Contents

    1. Front cover
    2. Notices
      1. Trademarks
    3. IBM Redbooks promotions
    4. Preface
      1. Authors
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    5. Chapter 1. Hardware Management Console overview
      1. 1.1 Overview of Hardware Management Console (HMC)
        1. 1.1.1 Introduction to the Hardware Management Console
        2. 1.1.2 What’s new in Managing the HMC through the HMC Enhanced+ interface
        3. 1.1.3 Functionality improvements
        4. 1.1.4 Major functions of the Hardware Management Console
      2. 1.2 Enhancements in HMC Version 8
        1. 1.2.1 Further enhancements to Enhanced+ user interface
        2. 1.2.2 Virtual storage diagrams
        3. 1.2.3 NIST support for HMC
        4. 1.2.4 HMC Virtual Appliance
        5. 1.2.5 PowerVC NovaLink overview
        6. 1.2.6 Live Partition Mobility improvements in PowerVM 2.2.4
        7. 1.2.7 IBM i virtual terminal changes
        8. 1.2.8 Single root I/O virtualization support
        9. 1.2.9 vNIC: Introducing PowerVM Virtual Networking Technology
        10. 1.2.10 Dynamic Partition Remote Restart
        11. 1.2.11 Absolute value for the partition command-line interface
        12. 1.2.12 POWER8 processor-based systems support
        13. 1.2.13 Performance usage metrics
        14. 1.2.14 Power Integrated Facility for Linux (Power IFL)
        15. 1.2.15 Save Area improvements
        16. 1.2.16 Dynamic Platform Optimizer
        17. 1.2.17 Power Enterprise Pools and the HMC
        18. 1.2.18 The myHMC application
      3. 1.3 Hardware Models
    6. Chapter 2. Planning
      1. 2.1 System plans
      2. 2.2 What is new in system plans
      3. 2.3 System planning tool
        1. 2.3.1 System plan conversion
        2. 2.3.2 Preparing for system plan conversion
        3. 2.3.3 Limitations of system plan conversion
        4. 2.3.4 Work with system plans in the HMC
        5. 2.3.5 Importing a system plan to the HMC
        6. 2.3.6 Exporting a system plan from the HMC
        7. 2.3.7 Creating a system plan on the HMC
        8. 2.3.8 Viewing a system plan on the HMC
        9. 2.3.9 Removing a system plan on the HMC
      4. 2.4 System plans deployment
        1. 2.4.1 Deployment validation process
        2. 2.4.2 Deploy a system plan by using the graphical wizard
      5. 2.5 System and partition templates
        1. 2.5.1 Template types
        2. 2.5.2 Predefined and custom templates
        3. 2.5.3 Template overview
        4. 2.5.4 Template workflow
        5. 2.5.5 Template contents
        6. 2.5.6 Accessing templates
        7. 2.5.7 System templates
        8. 2.5.8 Viewing a system template
        9. 2.5.9 Creating a system template
        10. 2.5.10 Editing a system template
        11. 2.5.11 Deploying a template
        12. 2.5.12 Exporting a system template
        13. 2.5.13 Deleting a system template
      6. 2.6 Partition templates
        1. 2.6.1 Viewing templates
        2. 2.6.2 Creating templates
        3. 2.6.3 Editing templates
        4. 2.6.4 Deploying templates
        5. 2.6.5 Exporting templates
        6. 2.6.6 Deleting templates
      7. 2.7 Virtualization introduction
        1. 2.7.1 PowerVM introduction
        2. 2.7.2 Virtualization by using an HMC
      8. 2.8 Reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) on the HMC
        1. 2.8.1 Dual HMC and redundancy
        2. 2.8.2 RAID 1 protection
    7. Chapter 3. Installation upgrade and updates
      1. 3.1 DVD and ISO image installations
        1. 3.1.1 Physical HMC installation
        2. 3.1.2 VMware installation
        3. 3.1.3 KVM installation
      2. 3.2 Virtual appliances installations
        1. 3.2.1 VMware virtual appliance deployment
        2. 3.2.2 KVM virtual appliance deployment
        3. 3.2.3 VMware appliance deployment with Activation Engine
        4. 3.2.4 KVM virtual appliance deployment with AE
      3. 3.3 HMC Install Wizard
      4. 3.4 HMC update
      5. 3.5 HMC upgrade to a new software level
    8. Chapter 4. Configuring
      1. 4.1 Network configuration
        1. 4.1.1 Types of HMC network configurations
        2. 4.1.2 Configuring the HMC network settings
        3. 4.1.3 Test network connectivity
        4. 4.1.4 View network topology
      2. 4.2 User management
        1. 4.2.1 Change User Password option
        2. 4.2.2 Manage User Profiles and Access option
        3. 4.2.3 Manage Users and Tasks option
        4. 4.2.4 Manage Task and Resource Roles option
        5. 4.2.5 User Password Policy
      3. 4.3 Systems and Console Security options
        1. 4.3.1 Manage Certificates option
        2. 4.3.2 Manage LDAP option
        3. 4.3.3 Manage KDC option
        4. 4.3.4 Enable Remote Command Execution option
        5. 4.3.5 Enable Remote Operation option
        6. 4.3.6 Enable Remote Virtual Terminal option
      4. 4.4 Miscellaneous configurations
        1. 4.4.1 Launch Guided Setup Wizard selection
        2. 4.4.2 Change Performance Monitoring Settings selection
        3. 4.4.3 Change Date and Time selection
        4. 4.4.4 Change Language and Locale selection
    9. Chapter 5. Operating
      1. 5.1 User interfaces
        1. 5.1.1 Web-based user interface
        2. 5.1.2 Command-line interface (CLI)
        3. 5.1.3 REST API
      2. 5.2 Management of the HMC
        1. 5.2.1 Console Settings
        2. 5.2.2 Console Management
        3. 5.2.3 Templates and OS Management
        4. 5.2.4 Updates
        5. 5.2.5 Users and Roles
        6. 5.2.6 Systems and Console Security
        7. 5.2.7 Deferred management tasks
      3. 5.3 Console Management
        1. 5.3.1 Shut Down or Restart the Management Console
        2. 5.3.2 Schedule Operations
        3. 5.3.3 View Licenses
        4. 5.3.4 Update the Hardware Management Console
        5. 5.3.5 Format Media
        6. 5.3.6 Backup Management Console Data
        7. 5.3.7 Restore Management Console Data
        8. 5.3.8 Save Upgrade Data
        9. 5.3.9 Manage Data Replication
      4. 5.4 Resource management
        1. 5.4.1 All Systems
        2. 5.4.2 All Partitions
        3. 5.4.3 All Virtual I/O Servers
        4. 5.4.4 All Frames
        5. 5.4.5 All Shared Storage Pool Clusters
        6. 5.4.6 All Power Enterprise Pools
        7. 5.4.7 All Groups
      5. 5.5 Systems Management for Servers
        1. 5.5.1 Add a server
        2. 5.5.2 The server management panel
        3. 5.5.3 Server management
      6. 5.6 Partition management
        1. 5.6.1 Viewing and changing the partition properties
      7. 5.7 Dynamic partitioning
        1. 5.7.1 Changing processor or memory settings
        2. 5.7.2 Adding or removing a physical adapter
      8. 5.8 Virtual Network management
        1. 5.8.1 Adding new virtual networks
        2. 5.8.2 Removing a VLAN
      9. 5.9 Virtual Storage management
        1. 5.9.1 Allocation of a physical volume
        2. 5.9.2 Allocation of a Shared Storage Pool volume
        3. 5.9.3 Allocation of a logical volume
        4. 5.9.4 Removing storage
        5. 5.9.5 Allocation of a Fibre Channel Storage adapter
        6. 5.9.6 Removing a virtual Fibre Channel adapter
        7. 5.9.7 Virtual optical devices
      10. 5.10 Managing hardware-virtualized I/O adapters
        1. 5.10.1 Adding a logical host Ethernet port
        2. 5.10.2 Modifying a logical host Ethernet port
        3. 5.10.3 Removing a logical host Ethernet port
      11. 5.11 Capacity on Demand (CoD)
        1. 5.11.1 Advantages of CoD
        2. 5.11.2 CoD offerings
        3. 5.11.3 Managing CoD with the HMC
        4. 5.11.4 Managing PowerVM with the HMC
        5. 5.11.5 Managing Power Enterprise Pools
    10. Chapter 6. Service support
      1. 6.1 Overview of menu options
      2. 6.2 Session handling
        1. 6.2.1 Session limitations
      3. 6.3 Serviceability
        1. 6.3.1 Serviceable Events Manager
        2. 6.3.2 Create Serviceable Event
        3. 6.3.3 Manage Dumps
        4. 6.3.4 Transmit Service Information
        5. 6.3.5 Schedule Service Information
        6. 6.3.6 Format Media
      4. 6.4 Connectivity
        1. 6.4.1 Enable Electronic Service Agent option
        2. 6.4.2 Manage Outbound Connectivity task.
        3. 6.4.3 Manage Inbound Connectivity
        4. 6.4.4 Manage Customer Information
        5. 6.4.5 Manage Serviceable Event Notification
        6. 6.4.6 Manage Connection Monitoring
      5. 6.5 Hardware operations
        1. 6.5.1 Power On/Off IO Unit
        2. 6.5.2 Add FRU
        3. 6.5.3 Exchange FRU
        4. 6.5.4 Remove FRU
        5. 6.5.5 Add Enclosure
        6. 6.5.6 Remove Enclosure
        7. 6.5.7 Open MES
        8. 6.5.8 Close MES
        9. 6.5.9 Set up service processor failover
        10. 6.5.10 Initiate service processor failover
      6. 6.6 Software maintenance introduction
      7. 6.7 HMC Data backup
      8. 6.8 Restoring HMC data
      9. 6.9 Updating, upgrading, and migrating your HMC machine code
        1. 6.9.1 Determining your HMC machine code version and release
        2. 6.9.2 Applying machine code updates for the HMC with an Internet connection
        3. 6.9.3 Applying machine code updates for the HMC using a DVD or FTP server
        4. 6.9.4 HMC software maintenance
        5. 6.9.5 Determining which firmware or fix level is correct for your system
        6. 6.9.6 Managed system firmware updates
      10. 6.10 Advanced System Management Interface
        1. 6.10.1 What is new in managing the ASMI
        2. 6.10.2 Connecting to ASMI
        3. 6.10.3 Log in to ASMI
        4. 6.10.4 Power and restart control
        5. 6.10.5 System Service Aids menu options
        6. 6.10.6 System Information menu options
        7. 6.10.7 System Configuration menu options
        8. 6.10.8 Network Services menu options
        9. 6.10.9 Performance Setup menu options
        10. 6.10.10 On Demand Utilities menu options
        11. 6.10.11 Login Profile menu options
    11. Chapter 7. Performance and capacity monitoring
      1. 7.1 Overview
      2. 7.2 Enabling Performance and Capacity Monitor data collection
      3. 7.3 Graphical user interface (GUI)
        1. 7.3.1 Accessing the Performance and Capacity Monitor home page
        2. 7.3.2 Performance and Capacity Monitor home page
        3. 7.3.3 Changing the Performance and Capacity Monitor home page settings
        4. 7.3.4 Current Resource Utilization pane
      4. 7.4 Views pane
        1. 7.4.1 Server Overview view
        2. 7.4.2 Processor Utilization Trend view
        3. 7.4.3 Memory Utilization Trend view
        4. 7.4.4 Network Utilization Trend view
        5. 7.4.5 Storage Utilization Trend view
      5. 7.5 Troubleshooting
    12. Chapter 8. Good practices
      1. 8.1 Planning
        1. 8.1.1 Do I need an HMC
        2. 8.1.2 HMC models
        3. 8.1.3 Physical location of an HMC
        4. 8.1.4 Planning for network connectivity
        5. 8.1.5 Private versus open
        6. 8.1.6 Customer setup
        7. 8.1.7 Documentation
      2. 8.2 Initial configuration
        1. 8.2.1 Install and configure the HMC first
        2. 8.2.2 Changing passwords
        3. 8.2.3 Creating user IDs
        4. 8.2.4 Configuring the call-home capability
        5. 8.2.5 Configure customer notification
      3. 8.3 Security
        1. 8.3.1 Network security
        2. 8.3.2 Network access between HMC and service processor
        3. 8.3.3 Restricted shell on the HMC
        4. 8.3.4 Auditing capabilities of the HMC
        5. 8.3.5 Managing and understanding security vulnerabilities on the HMC
        6. 8.3.6 Resource Monitoring and Control (RMC)
      4. 8.4 Problem determination
        1. 8.4.1 Problem analysis
        2. 8.4.2 Problem logging and tracking
        3. 8.4.3 Problem correction
      5. 8.5 Maintaining Licensed Internal Code
        1. 8.5.1 Management Console Data backups
        2. 8.5.2 HMC code installation, upgrade, or update overview
        3. 8.5.3 Install and recovery
        4. 8.5.4 Upgrade
        5. 8.5.5 Updates
        6. 8.5.6 HMC code update on multiple machines
        7. 8.5.7 HMC code remotely install/upgrade
        8. 8.5.8 Network installation, update, backup, and restore
        9. 8.5.9 Tips for maintaining Licensed Internal Code
      6. 8.6 Maintaining system firmware
        1. 8.6.1 Concurrent versus disruptive updates
        2. 8.6.2 Memory considerations for firmware upgrades
    13. Appendix A. myHMC
      1. Installation
      2. Configuration
      3. Operation
    14. Appendix B. CLI commands examples
    15. Appendix C. IBM product engineering debug data collection
      1. Preparing to collect the pedbg
      2. Run the PE debug (pedbg) collection command
      3. Offload pedbg collection
      4. Sending the data to IBM
    16. Appendix D. Live Partition Mobility support log collection
      1. Background information
      2. HMC log collection
      3. Operating system log collection
      4. Virtual I/O Server Mover Server Partition snaps
      5. Hypervisor HMC resource dump
      6. Sending logs to IBM
    17. Appendix E. Preboot Execution Environment
      1. HMC network installation, backup, and restore setup
      2. Installing the HMC over network
      3. Automating the process
      4. Using HMC Recovery DVDs to perform network installation
    18. Related publications
      1. IBM Redbooks
      2. Online resources
      3. Help from IBM
    19. Back cover