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AIX for Apple Network Servers

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AIX for Apple Network Servers combines Apple’s legendary expertise in providing ease of use with the power, reliability, and versatility of a UNIX–based operating system.

Apple makes it easier than ever to manage a high-performance server. And because the software has been optimized for Apple Network Servers, you get an integrated system that’s reliable, scalable, and secure.

AIX for Apple Network Servers provides the high-performance networking and I/O services that the Internet, publishing, file and print, and application servers require. Its 100 percent native code achieves remarkable performance by capitalizing on the RISC architecture and advanced hardware design of Apple Network Servers.

AIX for Apple Network Servers is based on IBM’s AIX operating system, so it gives you access to thousands of proven AIX applications. Included are trial and complimentary versions of popular AIX programs from a number of leading companies.

To speed up administrative tasks, the AIX operating system includes the menu-driven System Management Interface Tool, the graphical Visual System Management interface, and the Common Desktop Environment.

Other Apple enhancements to AIX include fast networking and I/O drivers tailor-made for Network Servers, high-performance AppleTalk services, and two Mac OS–based administration utilities.

Because reliability is essential for high-end servers, the AIX operating system offers reliable, high-availability features such as the Journal File System (JFS), disk striping and disk mirroring (RAID 0,1), and instantaneous recognition of disk configuration modifications or file system expansion through the Logical Volume Manager (LVM). LVM also provides the scalability needed for fast-growing Internet sites and other dynamic environments such as Open Prepress Interface publishing servers.

If you want the performance of a UNIX–based operating system with excellent Macintosh systems integra- tion, AIX for Apple Network Servers is your operating system of choice.



  • Is compatible with AIX 4.1 and most AIX 3.2.5 applications, permitting smooth migration and preservation of your investment in AIX applications
  • Supports AppleTalk, and TCP/IP networking, for easy connection to popular networks
  • Enables the formatting, reading, and writing of DOS-compatible disks (through the DOS utilities software)

AIX administration tools

  • System Management Interface Tool (SMIT) provides menu-driven configuration, installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting
  • Visual System Management (VSM) interface permits system tasks to be performed through direct manipulation of icons
  • Common Desktop Environment (CDE) presents an interactive graphical interface for using and customizing the system

Reliability and scalability

  • Logical Volume Manager (LVM) provides system administrators the flexibility to change storage configurations without interrupting user services
  • Journal File System (JFS) helps prevent data loss from system failures
  • LVM supports multiple file systems up to 256GB and files up to 2GB

Apple added value

  • High-performance AppleTalk protocol stack for powerful, easy-to-use network services
  • Disk Management Utility and CommandShell terminal emulator
  • Support for Apple events developer APIs
  • High-performance drivers for disk access and networking

Technical Specifications

AIX compatibility

  • AIX 4.1 applications
  • Most AIX 3.2.5 applications

System features

  • Pre-emptive multiprocessing
  • Memory-protected multithreaded OS
  • Journal File System
  • Logical Volume Manager
  • Disk striping (software RAID 0)
  • Disk mirroring (software RAID 1)

Networking support

  • AppleTalk
  • Ethernet (10Mbps and 100Mbps)
  • TCP/IP (including telnet, FTP, NFS, SNMP, SLIP, PPP, DNS, and DHCP protocols and services)

AppleTalk services

  • AppleTalk protocol stack
  • AppleTalk router
  • Support for Apple events developer APIs
  • AppleTalk SNMP MIB

I/O support

  • PCI card drivers
    • 10Mbps Ethernet
    • 100Mbps Ethernet
    • Fast-and-Wide SCSI-2
  • On-board drivers
    • 10Mbps Ethernet
    • Fast-and-Wide SCSI-2
    • SCSI-1
    • Video
    • Serial
    • Apple Desktop Bus (for mouse and keyboard)
    • Floppy disk drive
  • One- or three-button mouse

Internal RAID support

  • Works with optional PCI RAID card in Network Servers
  • Drives can be hot-swapped
  • Supports RAID levels 0, 1, and 5

System requirements

  • Apple Network Server 500/132 or Network Server 700/150 system
  • 32MB of RAM
  • 1GB hard disk drive
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Multisync monitor

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