Hardware Management Consoles

Hardware Management Consoles

Hardware Management Console is a technology created by IBM to provide a standard interface for configuring and operating partitioned (also known as an LPAR or virtualized system) and SMP systems such as IBM System iIBM System pIBM System z, and IBM Power Systems.

The HMC is a Linux kernel using Busybox to provide the base utilities and X Window using the Fluxbox window manager to provide graphical logins. The HMC also utilizes Java applications to provide additional functionality.

Using an HMC, the system administrator is able to manage the software configuration and operation of partitions in a server system, as well as to monitor and identify hardware problems. HMCs offer an inexpensive method to administer complex and expensive servers, as a console need only consist of a 32-bit Intel-based desktop PC with a DVD-RAMdrive. HMC is used to:

  • Configure and manage logical partitions and partition profiles
  • Perform DLPAR functions.
  • Activate and manage Capacity on Demand resources.