AIX Tip of the Week

AIX Tip of the Week: AIX Network Installation Manager

Audience: AIX Administators and IT Management

Date: April 15, 2000

Network Installation Manager (NIM) reduces the complexity of managing large installations of RS/6000's by allowing you to install and maintain AIX on remote RS/6000's from a central network server. For example, you can plug a new RS/6000 into the network and have NIM install a system image, and customize it with the appropriate hostname, IP address, etc. NIM can also automatically distribute AIX updates and new software to remote systems.

NIM's benefits include the ability to install remote systems without physically having to be there, the ability to clone systems, quickly recover a failed system, and to maintain configuration information on the remote systems.

NIM is available on the base AIX CD. For more information, see: