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The AIX Survival Guide [Paperback]

A. Siegert
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22 Oct 1996 0201593882 978-0201593884 1
The AIX Survival Guide provides a comprehensive and easily accessible source of information on AIX, covering the planning of the installation, setting up the environment of the machine,hooking the system to a network, security issues, customising AIX windows, troubleshooting, tuning and more.


  • provides numerous practical details and hints, with pointers to potential problems and pitfall
  • how to set up and maintain systems running AI
  • assumes a basic knowledge of UNI
  • applies to AIX versions 3.2.5 and 4.1 on the RISC System/6000


Product details

  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; 1 edition (22 Oct 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201593882
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201593884
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.5 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,203,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book because I needed a reference that told me how to get a downed system back up and running. It failed.
But then, my system was VERY dead. It had no key at the front to start it up in single user mode (as this book assumes all RS6000 machines do), so I needed the keyboard combo (F5 or F6 on normal terms, 5 or 6 on dumb terminals) to boot up into single-user ("supervisory") mode instead. The book didn't give this. In fact, it doesn't seem to mention supervisory mode at all.
The book relies heavily on the admin tool SMIT, and doesn't give the commandline stuff to use when that won't work. SMIT can't be run on a dumb terminal: it needs full-screen control of the screen just to run the text menus. No mention of dumb terminals is made in the book, and there was only a passing reference to termcap.
Like all AIX books, it assumes the system was set up with the right drive partitions. It didn't mention that hd5 (/boot) is required to boot into single user mode, though it does at least explain what all the drive partitions do.
The sections on DNS, NIS and NFS are particularly abysmal, not telling you any of the system specific files used or anything, and just telling you to use SMIT. However, it gives some of the commandline utilities that run in the background there.
But if you want it for just general everyday system administration, this looks like it'd be a really good book. Readable, concise text is supported by clear diagrams throughout. I've a friend who bought "AIX Version 4: System Administration guide" (by James DeRoest), and he reckons this book is head and shoulders above that in terms of giving you decent information about how the system works (since DeRoest, for instance, doesn't even explain what hd5 is for).
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This is by far one of the best books I have found on AIX and its administration. Siegert takes you from an overview to minute detail in just a few words and then points out the potholes in the road. GREAT BOOK!! Glad I found it. I am no novice to AIX having been weaned on the RTPC. This book has taught me much I thought I knew already about AIX. Thanks to Andreas Siegert for writing this book.
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Not used AIX for 3 years but with the aid of this book got right back into it. Better than chasing through loads of IBM manuals for info. Gives you the info you need with no frills. Written by a person who understands what information you need,how much and to what depth to go. Good enough to use on site as a referance manual.
Well done Andreas
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must for AIX Administrators of all levels... 17 Jan 2000
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All topics handled by this book are very easy to follow, which makes it a must for AIX Administrators of all levels.
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