IBM AIX v7 Administrator Specialty

I have been working with IBM AIX for almost 28 years, starting with v3.2.5. Over the years I have considered taking the various certification exams that IBM used to offer but never got around to organising it. AIX has recently been added to their Professional Certification Program so I decided it was time to test myself.

The exams are administered by Pearson VUE and I chose the option to take the test from home via video link. I booked the test for 07:00 (the only “sensible” time available on my preferred day) but this meant logging on for registration at 06:30! After clearing my desk of everything (I thought the NAS would be OK) I was allowed to start the test.

Even with the experience I have acquired, I would not say this exam is easy. There are obviously some every day topics covered, but there are plenty to make one think a bit about the answer! After this challenging test I am pleased to have achieved my first IBM Professional Certification.

IBM AIX v7 Administrator Specialty

Funnily, one of the questions that came up was similar to one an architect colleague had asked the day before; what 2 commands (out of 5) can an administrator use to see what software/updates are installed on a server? I’m pretty sure I got that one correct!