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Resume of Dana French: Publications

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AIX Server Build Checklist



IBM Developer Works



2nd Quarter 2011


Quill.gif AIX Server Build Checklist - Not Yet Published

This article provides a standardized IBM AIX server build checklist including tasks related to facilities preparation, HMC, NIM, virtualization, disaster recovery, business continuity, and data center automation. Also included are time estimates to perform each AIX related task.



Assign Path Priorities



IBM Developer Works



2nd Quarter 2011


Quill.gif Assign Path Priorities to Virtualized Disks - Not Yet Published

Discussion of a method for assigning physical path priorities to virtual scsi paths on VIO servers based on even/odd numbers associated with each disk and each path to disk. This script is useful in a Virtualized environment utilizing VIO servers with MPIO on the client LPARs. This script provides the system admin with the ability to manually load balance SAN traffic from client LPARs between dual VIO servers, and across all physical adapters on the VIO server.



visualSelect Menuing Script



IBM Developer Works



2nd Quarter 2011


Quill.gif visualSelect Menuing and Data Interface - Not Yet Published

Discussion of a Menuing and data interface system written in Korn Shell 93. This program is to provide a visually selectable interface into any array of values. The menu interface provides the user with the ability select items on the screen using single key presses to peform cursor movement using the PC keyboard arrow keys, PgUp, PgDn, Home, and End keys. It also provides single key press execution for the PC Keyboard function keys.



AIX Documentation Wiki



IBM Developer Works



March 1, 2011


Quill.gif AIX Documentation Wiki - Configuration and Implementation

Methodology, configuration, instructions, and scripts for the implementation of an AIX documentation server using MediaWiki software. Included are scripts for the automated creation and upload of categories, pages, and redirects associated with the IBM AIX operating system and related software. This article also discusses a methodology for the design, maintenance, and support of the documentation server to insure business continuity is preserved.



Dynamic IP Address Allocation



IBM Developer Works



July 1, 2009


Quill.gif Automated and Dynamic IP Address Allocation for Data Center Automation - System Deployment Tools for Business Continuity

Discussion of the usage of a dynamic DNS for the storage, allocation, and management of IP addresses for system deployment operations in automated data center environments. A step-by-step procedure for the creation and configuration of the AIX dynamic DNS is provided to support automated IP address allocations across multiple subnets.



AIX Job Spooler



IBM Developer Works



April 1, 2009


Quill.gif AIX Job Spooler - Process and Resource Control

Job spooling or batch processing are mainframe concepts that are available in the IBM AIX environment, but are rarely implemented. This article describes the configuration, reasons, and purposes for implementing job spooling in AIX environments.



Enterprise Wide Unique Identifiers



IBM Developer Works



January 1, 2009


Quill.gif Enterprise Wide Unique Identifiers for Business Continuity

A discussion of Enterprise Wide Unique (EWU) identifiers as they are needed in supporting a business continuity environment. These identifiers provide a mechanism of ensuring a single value for a parameter that must be unique across an entire enterprise. The purpose of this article is to show the value of generating or calculating these values on an as needed basis rather than recording and maintaning these values in spreadsheets and databases.



Naming Standards



IBM Developer Works



November 1, 2008


Quill.gif Naming Standards for Business Continuity

In todays partitioned and virtualized computing environments, the requirement for naming standards is more apparent than ever before. Unfortunately there is a wide spread lack of understanding between the different categories of names used to identify managed systems, LPARs, profiles, node names, host names, and aliases. This article defines naming categories and provide standards for creating enterprise wide unique names associated with each category. This article also explains why it is important to distinguish between the different naming categories and how they are an integral part of data center automation projects and an overall business continuity plan.



KornShell 93 Auditing



IBM Developer Works



September 1, 2008


Quill.gif KornShell 93 Auditing

New features of the Korn Shell provide system administrators and management with the ability to monitor, track, record, and audit every command executed by any user of a system. This is different from normal the normal shell history, and provides detailed information that includes date, time, tty, user, and the command. This information can be stored locally or transmitted in real time to a remote logging system.



Shell Curses Function Library



IBM Developer Works



March 1, 2008


Quill.gif Shell Curses Function Library

Provides the shell programmer the ability to perform text-based cursor movements to specified locations on the screen. This ability permits the creation of menuing and data-entry systems using shell scripts without the need for compiled binaries. These functions are similar to the C language Curses library.



AIX disaster recovery



IBM Developer Works



September 1, 2007


Quill.gif AIX disaster recovery

Resolving resource conflicts. This article identifies resource conflicts that typically occur during a disaster recovery implementation and provides suggestions for resolving these conflicts.



Virtualization Standards 10



Unpublished



April 1, 2008


Quill.gif Virtualization Standards for Business Continuity - Part 10

This is the tenth of a series of articles defining the policies, guidelines, standards, and procedures that provide the foundation of a virtualized environment, thus enabling business continuity, disaster recovery, and high availability, with an emphasis toward Return On Investment (ROI). This article will discuss standardized procedures for installing the AIX operating system on client LPARs, configuring the network etherchannel adapters, and prioritizing the storage communication on the client LPAR between the VIO servers.



Virtualization Standards 9



AIX Update Journal



March 1, 2008


Quill.gif Virtualization Standards for Business Continuity - Part 9

This article will focus on a standardized procedure for building and configuring the client LPAR. The client LPAR will utilize I/O resources provided by dual VIO servers, as described in previous articles in this series. This article includes a shell script called “mklpar” that is used to create and configure client LPARs.



Virtualization Standards 8



AIX Update Journal



February 1, 2008


Quill.gif Virtualization Standards for Business Continuity - Part 8

The focus of this article will be to describe a variety of VIO server settings and requirements to support the business continuity methodology described by this series of articles. In a previous article, a script named “mkviolpar” was provided for creating VIO Server LPARs, this article will describe the procedures for installing a VIO Server operating system onto an LPAR created by the “mkviolpar” script, and a number of configuration parameters associated with the VIO Server.



Virtualization Standards 7



AIX Update Journal



November 1, 2007


Quill.gif Virtualization Standards for Business Continuity - Part 7

The focus of this article will be to describe a Virtual Target Device (VTD) naming standard that will help the system administrator organize and manage the the associated storage on the VIO Servers and client LPARs.



Virtualization Standards 6



AIX Update Journal



September 1, 2007


Quill.gif Virtualization Standards for Business Continuity - Part 6

The focus of this article will be to describe a virtual SCSI adapter slot numbering standard that will help the system administrator organize and manage these adapters and associated storage on the VIO servers and client LPARs.



Virtualization Standards 5



AIX Update Journal



August 1, 2007


Quill.gif Virtualization Standards for Business Continuity - Part 5

One of the most difficult tasks in a virtualized AIX environment is identification and association of resources such as virtual SCSI adapters, virtual ethernet adapters, and storage. These tasks become even more difficult in large environments such as the p590 where there may be dozens, if not hundreds of LPARs on a single frame.



Virtualization Standards 4



AIX Update Journal



May 1, 2007


Quill.gif Virtualization Standards for Business Continuity - Part 4

The focus of this article is to present a shell script that provides the HTML report generator for the web based reporting mechanism discussed in the previous article in this series, which presented the data gathering portion of the reporting mechanism.



Virtualization Standards 3



AIX Update Journal



March 1, 2007


Quill.gif Virtualization Standards for Business Continuity - Part 3

The focus of this article is to define virtual adapter slot numbering standards used by the VIO servers and to discuss the placement of physical adapters within a pSeries frame or I/O drawer. These standards enable the administrator more easily manage and maintain the various I/O components provided by the VIO servers to the client LPARs.



Virtualization Standards 2



AIX Update Journal



February 1, 2007


Quill.gif Virtualization Standards for Business Continuity - Part 2

The focus of this article is to define a standardized and repeatable process for creating Virtual I/O Servers in the IBM pSeries environment. The standards detailed here are are result of two years of implementation work refining best practices with respect to system administration, high availability, disaster recovery, and business continuity.



Virtualization Standards 1



AIX Update Journal



December 1, 2006


Quill.gif Virtualization Standards for Business Continuity - Part 1

The purpose of this series of articles is to define the policies, guidelines, standards, and procedures that provide the foundation of a virtualized environment enabling business continuity, disaster recovery, and high availability, with an emphasis toward Return On Investment (ROI). Virtualization is the next evolution in the recentralization of the data center. In the last few years, as networking costs have decreased and support costs have increased, the advantages of a centralized data center has reemerged. These advantages include cost reductions for many IT resources including hardware, software, facilities, and personnel. Within a centralized data center further cost reductions are realized by reducing the amount of hardware that is required to support todays business functions. Reducing the hardware in turn reduces the costs associated with facilities, networking, support and maintenance.



Automated Documentation



AIX Update Journal



August 1, 2006


Quill.gif Successful Business Continuity - Automated Documentation

This article discusses a number of topics which include the automated generation of documentation, job scheduling, providing privileged access to non-administrators, and finally integrating a business continuity mentality into everyday activities of an organization.



Automated Process Monitoring



AIX Update Journal



July 1, 2006


Quill.gif Automated Process Monitoring

This function reads a list of process arguments from a process list file and checks the system process list to see if that process is running, if not it logs an error in the AIX error log. This function is intended to be run from cron once every minute of every day.



Virtual SCSI adapters in a VIOS



AIX Update Journal



May 1, 2006


Quill.gif Tracking disks and virtual SCSI adapters in a VIO server environment

The purpose of this script is to map the disks from a VIO server to their respective virtual SCSI slot numbers, virtual adapters, and LDEV numbers. This script is intended to be run on a VIO server in the oem_setup_env environment. The output from this script is a table of information containing the name of the VIO server, hdisk name, virtual adapter name, virtual slot number, the SAN LDEV ID, VTD, and associated partitions.



Generate Random Passwords



AIX Update Journal



April 1, 2006


Script.gif Generate Secure Random Passwords

This article describe a script that generates a random password string



Websphere MQ



AIX Update Journal



April 1, 2006


Quill.gif Successful Business Continuity - Websphere MQ

This is the fourth in a series of articles discussing how to implement AIX in an environment dedicated to business continuity. The topic of this article is the assignment of MQ Series queue names and aliases, resource group startup and shutdown script names (Application startup/shutdown script names), error logging, and error notification.



Path Priorities on VIOS



AIX Update Journal



February 1, 2006


Script.gif Setting Path Priorities for Virtualized Disks

Script to assign priorty to vscsi paths based on even/odd numbers associated with each disk and each path to disk. This script is useful in a Virtualized environment utilizing VIO servers with MPIO on the client LPARs. This script provides the system admin with the ability to manually load balance SAN traffic from client LPARs between dual VIO servers.



Korn Shell Awk Emulation



AIX Update Journal



February 1, 2006


Script.gif Korn Shell Awk Emulation

This article describes a korn shell emulation of the awk capability of extracting and reordering fields from an input stream.



Volume Names



AIX Update Journal



November 1, 2005


Quill.gif Successful Business Continuity - Volume Names

This is the third in a series of articles discussing how to implement AIX in an environment dedicated to business continuity. The topic of this article is the assignment of volume groups, physical volumes, logical volumes, JFS log logical volumes, file system mount points, resource groups, and major numbers. The name assignments of each of these entities should be unique enterprise wide and be conducive to high availability and disaster recovery.



Naming Structures



AIX Update Journal



May 1, 2005


Quill.gif Successful Business Continuity - Naming Structures

This is the second in a series of articles discussing how to implement AIX in an environment dedicated to business continuity. The topic of this article is the assignment of machine names, host names, adapter names, aliases, etc. It is important that the naming scheme provide enterprise wide unique values for each network location for normal operations as well as for disaster recovery and business continuity. The techniques discussed here will illustrate the need for a unique naming scheme for each network location and what constitutes a network location.



User Names and Groups



AIX Update Journal



April 1, 2005


Quill.gif Successful Business Continuity - User Names and Groups

During a Disaster Recovery (DR) implementation effort the last thing you want is unexpected hardware and software configuration issues. These tend to consume time, resources, and cause Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) to be missed. In order to ensure business continuity, organizations must design, implement, maintain and enforce policies, procedures, standards, and guidelines that encompass all aspects of their critical business functions.



Business Continuity Wikipedia Article



Wikipedia



January 1, 2009


World1.gif Business Continuity Wikipedia Article

Original author of the Wikipedia article on Business Continuity.



Disaster Recovery Planning Course



Mt Xia Inc



2011


Quill.gif Teaching and Mentoring - Disaster Recovery Planning for the Enterprise

Instructor led training conducted by Dana French on the subject of Disaster Recovery Planning.



Korn Shell Programming Course



Mt Xia Inc



2011


Gcapgrey.gif Teaching and Mentoring - Korn Shell Programming

Instructor led training conducted by Dana French on the subject of Korn Shell Programming.



IBM AIX Course



Mt Xia Inc



2011


Gcapgrey.gif Teaching and Mentoring - IBM AIX Operating System

Instructor led training conducted by Dana French on the subject of the IBM AIX Operating System.



IBM HACMP Course



Mt Xia Inc



2011


Gcapgrey.gif Teaching and Mentoring - IBM HACMP (High Availability)

Instructor led training conducted by Dana French on the subject of IBM HACMP (High Availability).



Introduction to Unix and Linux Course



Mt Xia Inc



2011


Gcapgrey.gif Teaching and Mentoring - Introduction to Unix/Linux

Instructor led training conducted by Dana French on the subjects of Unix and Linux.



IBM Network Install Manager Course



Mt Xia Inc



2011


Gcapgrey.gif Teaching and Mentoring - IBM Network Install Manager (NIM)

Instructor led training conducted by Dana French on the subject of the IBM Network Install Manager (NIM).



Business Continuity Slide Show



Mt Xia Inc



2011


Gcapgrey.gif Slide Show - Business Continuity

This is slide presentation explaining business continuity concepts and methodologies.



Business Impact Analysis Slide Show



Mt Xia Inc



2011


Gcapgrey.gif Slide Show - Business Impact Analysis

This is a slide show describing how to conduct a business impact analysis as part of a disaster recovery planning project.



Venture Capital Slide Show



Mt Xia Inc



2011


Gcapgrey.gif Slide Show - Venture Capital Presentation Template

This is a slide show providing a template for a venture capital presentation. This presentation can be used to promote a business or idea to venture capitalists for the purpose of obtaining funding.



High Availability Slide Show



Mt Xia Inc



2011


Gcapgrey.gif Slide Show - High Availability (HACMP)

This slide show provides an introduction to HACMP concepts, design, implementation, and support. The concepts described here are intended to be implemented as part of an enterprise wide mentality of business continuity.



Service Level Agreements Slide Show



Mt Xia Inc



2011


Gcapgrey.gif Slide Show - Service Level Agreements

This is a slide presentation that describes the considerations when designing and creating Service Level Agreements (SLAs) in large Data Center Environments. A Service Level Agreement is a document between a business function owner and a service provide which describes the roles, responsibilities, support, and maintenance schedules associated with a supported business function.



Network Install Manager Slide Show



Mt Xia Inc



2011


Gcapgrey.gif Slide Show - Network Install Manager (NIM)

This slide show describes the design, configuration, and support of the Network Installation Manager (NIM) Servers implemented by Dana French and Mt Xia Inc This slide show is intended to provide guidance for establishing and maintaining NIM servers that support a business continuity IT environment.



AIX Expert Web Site



Mt Xia Inc



2011


World1.gif Web Site - AIX Expert

The purpose of this site is to provide a standardized business continuity methodology for building, supporting, and maintaining a large world wide, multi-data center IBM AIX environment. The methodology details the entire life cycle of an IBM AIX system, from planning and deployment, through decommission, reclaimation, and recoupment. The focus of this site is the global consolidation of AIX administration methodologies into a single structure.



MyLexica Web Site



Mt Xia Inc



2011


World1.gif Web Site - MyLexica

Mylexica provides tools for aspiring and established authors to help them with writing original works.



Train By Tweet BC



Mt Xia Inc



2012


Trainbytweet logo 30x25.jpg Business Continuity Training

Business Continuity training course written and presented by Dana French, provides an overview of how to implement Business Continuity in an organization



Train By Tweet BIA



Mt Xia Inc



2012


Trainbytweet logo 30x25.jpg Business Impact Analysis

Business Impact Analysis training course written and presented by Dana French, provides an overview of how to conduct a Business Impact Analysis



Train By Tweet SLA



Mt Xia Inc



2012


Trainbytweet logo 30x25.jpg Service Level Agreement Training

Service Level Agreements training course written and presented by Dana French, provides an overview of how to implement Service Level Agreements in an organization



Train By Tweet VC



Mt Xia Inc



2012


Trainbytweet logo 30x25.jpg Venture Capital

Venture Capital Presentation Template written and presented by Dana French, provides a template of how to create a presentation when seeking venture capital investors.



Train By Tweet BIA



Mt Xia Inc



2012


Trainbytweet logo 30x25.jpg Business Impact Analysis

Business Impact Analysis training course written and presented by Dana French, provides an overview of how to conduct a Business Impact Analysis



Train By Tweet Korn Shell



Mt Xia Inc



2012


Trainbytweet logo 30x25.jpg Korn Shell Programming

Korn Shell Programming Training Material - Detailed programming instructions



Train By Tweet Bourne Shell



Mt Xia Inc



2012


Trainbytweet logo 30x25.jpg Bourne Shell Programming

Bourne Shell Programming Training Material - Complete programming course with exercises

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