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Is it possible to setup a IBM AIX VM to run on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V.
I know some Linux Servers are supported as Guest OSs on Hyper-V...but I am struggling to find information with regards to the above mentioned.
I am new to IBM AIX and UNIX.
Any help will be greatly appreciated
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Question by:Jaco1_Kruger
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No, that's definitively impossible!
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AIX supports POWER architecture machines only, not Intel ones. In ancient history there was a product called AIX PS/2 which ran on IBM PS/2 machines but that disappeared over a decade ago.
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Hi there,

As mentioned by earlier comments, AIX is not available for X86 based processors, which currently is a requirement for running VM virtual machines on a windows server. Your best solution would be to pick a X86 unix variant. Possible choices are:
Solaris X86
X86 Linux distribustions such as ubuntu, RedHat and a lot more
BSD based distributions such a BSD

Can you please specify for what purpose you are going to use this proposed VM?

Regards Fritz
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by:Jaco1_Kruger
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Hi Fritz

Thank you for the feedback.

We are currently working on a project of which one part is running on IBM AIX. I was hoping to simulate/setup an IBM AIX machine without having to actually get another PC to set it up as an dedicated AIX machine. We want to use it to test end to end integration of our system. We have AIX boxes at our JHB offices but was hoping to simulate the environment locally.

Thanks
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Why not thry the IBM Virtual Loaner Programme? Take a look at www.ibm.com/systems/vlp. The idea is that you can get remote access to AIX running on a remote machine.
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Hi Jaco,

I guess the solution proposed by sjm_ee is a good one. Of course there are some considerations:

- how does your environment communicatie between platforms? Is this easily transported via a network
- Is the information confidential, in other words, can the data be safely exported out of your environment

If both qouestions are answered with yes, you can very well do with a remote machine, even on your JHB headquarters. If not, I guess hiring a machine is a good solution.

Regards Frits
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