Anthony English


Anthony English is a freelance contractor in Sydney, Australia, with many years of experience on IBM Power Systems. He specializes on PowerVM virtualization and AIX, but has worked in many different industries in a variety of complex -- and smart -- IT environments. He is available for both large or small projects.
Anthony is a regular contributor to POWER IT Pro. He has been recognized as an IBM Champion for his extensive writing about AIX. You can find plenty of AIX tips and tricks on Anthony's popular blog AIX Down Under. You can also follow Anthony on Twitter @AIXDownUnder.
In addition, check out his ebook, AIX Logical Volume First Aid Kit.


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In Love with the Doc
You may not think writing documentation is the most glamorous part of IT, but if you take a fresh approach to it, it can be fun.
Manage Your Time on AIX
On AIX environments, time zones can be managed using one of two formats. Anthony English explains the Olson and the original POSIX formats.
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Why Didn’t My Cron Job Run?
When your scheduled cron jobs don’t seem to run properly, a few simple checks can save you a lot of time in the long run
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Diagnose a Slow mksysb Backup
A backup of the AIX operating system, using the mksysb backup, should not take too long. If it's taking “ages,” there are a few steps you can take to remedy the problem.
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Be with You in 10
When you run a command that can take a long time, you want to keep the user informed that there are things happening. Here are some useful tips on how to do so.
Top 25 AIX Undercover Commands
The Top 25 (Undercover) AIX Commands 
Some commands have such obscure—or even downright misleading—command names they seem determined to mislead you. Anthony English sheds some light on 25 "undercover" AIX commands.
Virtualization in a Nutshell
Virtualization in a Nutshell 
Fasten your seat belts: The IBM PowerVM Redbook Solution Guide takes you on a whirlwind tour of an industrial-strength virtualization solution.
Top 10 AIX User Commands
The Top 10 AIX User Commands 
Setting up users and passwords is a little different on AIX than other UNIX-like platforms. Anthony English presents his favorite user-related commands and explains how each helps you manage users on AIX.
Why I Love Unhappy Customers
Why I Love Unhappy Customers 
Have you met frustrated customers? Are you one yourself? Anthony English offers tips on how to move from frustration to fulfillment.
The apply Command: One Command for Many Parameters
The apply Command: One Command for Many Parameters 
There are many ways the little-known AIX "apply" command can save you from using for loops and shell scripts. Anthony English walks you through a few examples.
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Flying Caterpillars: See IT Problems Differently 
When you’re trying to address IT pain points, the solutions can be too obvious to see. Sometimes it helps to look at the problem with fresh eyes, as Anthony English explains.
Report I/O stastics with iostat
Use the iostat Command to Report I/O Statistics 
If you have an I/O performance problem, you’ll want to identify it quickly. Get familiar with the most common flags for the iostat command and you’ll be able to see the hot disks, adapters, and file systems.
Get to know AIX classes, device types, and attributes using lsdev
What a Classy Device! 
On AIX, you can list disks, adapters, and other devices using the lsdev command. Anthony English takes you through some of the lesser-known lsdev flags and shows you how to use lsdev as a building block for scripts to tune and configure your devices.
IT with a Touch of PR
IT with a Touch of PR 
Just because you’re backfilling for someone on "business as usual" work doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it. Anthony English covers some tips he shared with users while he was filling in for a systems admin.
After the High-Fives: Conduct a Post-Implementation Review
After the High-Fives: Conduct a Post-Implementation Review 
If you’ve been involved in a successful project, it pays to do a review of what went right and what could be improved for next time. Anthony English and Adrian Mahendrata present some areas to examine after the project has gone live.