September 26, 2017

Support for CentOS 7.4

UNIX Health Check's version for Red Hat Enterprise Linux has been validated as well to function properly on the latest release of CentOS and Scientific Linux, version 7.4.

September 6, 2017

PowerHA 7.2 support update

UNIX Health Check for AIX is now also supported for PowerHA SystemMirror 7.2! The UNIX Health Check for AIX software has been successfully tested and updated for use with PowerHA 7.2.

It is our goal to always keep our software up-to-date with any new AIX related software releasees, and updating the support of UNIX Health Check for AIX for PowerHA SystemMirror 7.2 showcases that we indeed do this. UNIX Health Check for AIX also recently received many updates regarding other AIX related software and firmware/microcode.

August 16, 2017

UNIX Health Check supports RHEL 7.4

UNIX Health Check extends support for it's UNIX Health Check for Red Hat Enterprise Linux product to the latest version of RHEL, version 7.4.

As always, you can expect from us to stay up-to-date to the latest changes on AIX and Red Hat. We'll make sure to incorporate any new releases within our health check software. Red Hat has released version 7.4 of its popular operating system on August 1st, 2017.

June 6, 2017

UNIX Health Check website launched

As of today, the new website for UNIX Health Check is available. Both websites aixhealthcheck.com and redhathealthcheck.com will now redirect to the new website called unixhealthcheck.com.

The new website represents more accurately what our organization stands for: Creating the best health check software for different UNIX versions and brands.

June 1, 2017

Red Hat version available

The entire UNIX Health Check team is very proud to announce the release of their latest product:

Unix Health Check for Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Now the same functionality of UNIX Health Check for AIX becomes available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, Oracle Linux and Scientific Linux systems, something that many of our customers have asked us to provide.

UNIX Health Check for Red Hat Enterprise Linux offers the exact same options and features as UNIX Health Check for AIX.

If you're familiar with the AIX version, you'll find that it will be very easy for you to also use it on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

UNIX Health Check for Red Hat Enterprise Linux supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 5 through 7.3, and similar versions of CentOS, Oracle Linux and Scientific Linux. The Fedora Linux distribution, even though being closely related to Red Hat, however, is not supported.

Considerable time and effort went in to developing, programming, designing and regression testing UNIX Health Check for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, to ensure our software is reliable, fast and creates valuable output for our customers, and works on various Red Hat Enterprise Linux versions. And just like UNIX Health Check for AIX, a demo version is available for customers. This demo version includes the first 50 checks of the full version of UNIX Health Check for Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

For a limited time, we are offering a discounted rate for licensing UNIX Health Check for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, as an introductory rate. A discount of 20% is also available if you license both AIX and Red Hat Enterprise Linux versions of UNIX Health Check at the same time. And if you are an existing customer using the AIX version, and you also wish to start using the Red Hat Enterprise Linux version, then please contact us and we'll make sure you can benefit from the same discounted rate.

April 2, 2017

Products renamed

With the introduction of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux version of our software, we will be renaming our software. AIX Health Check will be renamed to UNIX Health Check for AIX. And the new version for Red Hat Enterprise Linux will be called UNIX Health Check for Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

January 7, 2017

PowerHA/XD and GLVM support

AIX Health Check now supports systems that run PowerHA/XD and use GLVM. PowerHA/XD is for clusters that span long distances (XD = Extended Distance), and GLVM is short for Geographic Logical Volume Management, and is used for clusters that need to have shared storage, and where synchronizing data over storage fiber is not an option due to long distances between cluster nodes. GLVM uses network connectivity to synchronize shared logical volumes and shared file systems instead.

New check scripts have been added to AIX Health Check in the cluster category. An easy way to run the check scripts in the cluster category, is by using the -C option:
# checkall.ksh -C cluster

Customers with a valid license for AIX Health Check may download the latest version of AIX Health Check to benefit from this newly added functionality.

September 19, 2016

IBM Edge discount

Representatives of UNIX Health Check will be present at the IBM Edge conference in Las Vegas in September 2016.

You can now benefit from a special conference discount: Order by November 1, 2016 for a $450 conference savings on the regular price, when you mention "Outthink Status Quo" while ordering.

January 20, 2016

Support for AIX 7.2 announcement

Starting today, the UNIX Health Check team is happy to report that AIX 7.2 is supported as well within AIX Health Check. AIX 7.2 was released in December 2015 by IBM and includes many new exciting features. AIX Health Check has been successfully tested on AIX 7.2.


If you have licensed AIX Health Check, please make sure to visit our download page to get the latest version that includes new updates for AIX 7.2.

April 1, 2015

1,200 checks and increased security

Although it's April fool's day today, we're not joking when we announce that we've reached the 1,200th check script included in AIX Health Check.

If you have licensed AIX Health Check, please make sure to visit our download page to get the latest version.

Amongst the improvements are many security checks that will assist you in improving your AIX systems' security.

January 13, 2015

Categories of scripts

In our effort to continuously improve our UNIX Health Check products, a new feature was recently included, that provides the possibility to run categories or groups of scripts through both AIX Health Check and Red Hat Health Check. There may often be times that you do not wish to run all the check scripts included in our products (simply because there so many of them!), but wish to focus on a certain aspect of the server instead, such as security.

Now you can do so by using the new -C option that has been added to both Red Hat Health Check and AIX Health Check. It allows you to specify a category of scripts to be run. Several available categories of scripts exist. For example, you can run all security check scripts, or all storage check scripts, or all check scripts in the backup category. You can review a full list of the available categories in our online documentation.

August 13, 2014

POWER8 support

The validation of AIX Health Check for POWER8 systems has been completed successfully, and starting today AIX Health Check will also support the new line of scale-out POWER8 systems, that have recently been released by IBM, such as the S814, S822 and S824.

New in the latest version of AIX Health Check is support for SMT8, as well as support for the latest technology levels of AIX 7.1, such as Technology Level 3, including the latest Service Packs.

August 11, 2014

1,100 checks

And just 4 months later, the UNIX Health Check team announces the 1,100th check script to be included in AIX Health Check. Although we're continuously improving our products by including more and more check scripts, the cost of our products remains unchanged, creating more value to our customers.

May 14, 2014

PowerHA 7.1 support

AIX Health Check is now also supported for PowerHA SystemMirror 7.1. We have completed all our validation steps; performed all the necessary tests on countless of clustered systems in various configurations (even clusters halfway migration from PowerHA 6.1 to PowerHA 7.1); and we completed all required updates to our software, to allow AIX Health Check to properly scan and check PowerHA SystemMirror 7.1 clusters.

Please note that PowerHA 6.1 is moving out of IBM support on April 30th, 2015. At that time, you'll either need extended support for PowerHA 6.1 (equals additional cost!) or have migrated all your clusters to PowerHA 7.1.

April 11, 2014

1,000 Checks

Today, we're celebrating the 1,000th check script to be included in AIX Health Check. You can now literally run 1,000 checks in a few minutes on any AIX system, and get a wonderful report on the performance, security, configuration, and any issues on your AIX system.

April 10, 2014

OpenSSL Heartbleed bug

You may have heard about the Heartbleed bug that occurred in OpenSSL. And you may be wondering if any of your UNIX systems are impacted by it?

UNIX Health Check makes it easy for you. Our latest version (version 14.04.10 and up) includes a check to make sure your UNIX systems are secure. Another good example of how UNIX Health Check stays up to date with the latest developments in UNIX security.

For more information, visit our blog at unixhealthcheck.com/blog.

February 25, 2014

Global presence

UNIX Health Check currently has a global presence across all 6 continents. From Sydney to Reykjavik, and from Lima to Moscow, our software is in use with many of our customers across the globe to help them improve their UNIX systems' performance, security and stability.


UNIX Health Check customer locations

May 1, 2013

900 checks

Today we're happy to announce that AIX Health Check has reached its 900th check. You can now run 900 checks on an AIX system in just a matter of minutes, and get a full report on your AIX system's health.

If you'd like to review the latest updates to AIX Health Check, please visit the overview of most recent updates to AIX Health Check on our website. The same information can also be found in the CHANGES file that is included in the AIX Health Check distribution.

And always make sure to download the latest version of AIX Health Check.

April 28, 2013

POWER7+ certification

Today, we've completed the certification of AIX Health Check for the new POWER7+ hardware, recently released by IBM.

January 31, 2013

IBM Business Partner

UNIX Health Check is now an official IBM Business Partner as an ISV, an Independent Software Vendor.

December 6, 2012

WPAR support

AIX Health Check now includes WPAR (Workload Partition) support. You can use AIX Health Check either on systems running 1 or more WPARs, or you can use it inside a system WPAR itself. With the recent introduction of Virtual I/O Server support, this again extends the capability of doing health checks on different configurations of AIX.

October 23, 2012

XML output

Starting with version 12.10.23 of AIX Health Check, besides HTML, CSV and TEXT output formats, you can now also generate output files in Extensible Markup Language (XML) format using the -x flag. XML is a markup language that helps structure data, is both human and machine readable, and is often used to transfer data from one system to another. XML files generated by AIX Health Check can be used to load data into any other application or database, or it can be viewed in a tree-like form using a XML reader:


XML tree of AIX Health Check output displayed using Foxe XML viewer.
For a larger image, click here.

October 18, 2012

IBM Power Systems Technical University discount



Representatives of UNIX Health Check will be present at the Dublin and Las Vegas versions of the 2012 IBM Power Systems Technical University in October 2012. Because of that, you can now benefit from a special conference discount on AIX Health Check: Order by November 2, 2012 for a $300 conference savings on the regular price. For more information, download our flyer:

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September 10, 2012

Introducing VIOS support

As requested by many of our customers, we've now included support for Virtual I/O servers in AIX Health Check. Included are several checks for VIOS systems as well; but stay tuned for more updates to come as our creative team is developing and testing out many more checks for Virtual I/O servers.

Be sure to download the latest version of AIX Health Check.

August 15, 2012

750 checks

In less than 1 year time, AIX Health Check has grown from 450 checks to 750 checks. Seven hundred and fifty items that can, and most importantly, that should be checked on an AIX system on a regular basis. And, we won't stop here. Our development team is working consistently on adding new checks on a regular basis, and testing AIX Health Check to the fullest on different system configurations.

August 10, 2012

Performance Improvements realized using AIX Health Check

By using AIX Health Check, significant performance improvements can be achieved. Not only will AIX Health Check notify you where performance bottlenecks on your AIX system may exist, such as disk parameters that are incorrectly set, DNS configuration issues or storage adapter speed settings that may help improve disk throughput, but also the overall performance of an AIX system will improve, by applying the best practices suggested in the AIX Health Check report.

The following is the result of an AIX Health Check exercise with one of our clients, where we were asked to showcase AIX Health Check. The system involved is a Power7 795, with 1280 GB memory and 256 processors. The initial run of AIX Health Check yielded the following results:



As you can see, 736 checks were run in 364 seconds, and the score was almost 92%. After making several improvements, as suggested in the AIX Health Check report, AIX Health Check report was run again on the same system, and yielded the following results:



Now, when the score of the system had improved to 99%, the same 736 checks could be run in only 126 seconds, in 66% less time. Although this doesn't constitute a true performance test, it does show that AIX is capable of running AIX Health Check a lot less time, if all best practices are applied. And it does prove as well that by not configuring and tuning your AIX system properly, that you may be wasting a lot of system performance.

February 28, 2012

AIX Health Check featured in IBM Systems Magazine

AIX Health Check is featured in the Solutions section of the March 2012 issue of IBM Systems Magazine:



URL: http://www.ibmsystemsmag.com/power/productnews/AIX-Health-Check/

January 31, 2012

Automating the download of AIX Health Check

AIX Health Check is updated frequently, to make sure it remains fully up-to-date to the latest and greatest best practices for AIX systems. You can review the most recent updates to AIX Health Check here.

There's no need to download AIX Health Check on a regular basis to your desktop system, and then to manually transfer the software to your AIX systems. We understand that doing so, involves a lot of manual labor, especially if you're managing many AIX instances.

Instead, it is possible to download AIX Health Check directly to your AIX systems. And it is also possible to automate downloading the latest version through the use of a simple script.

If you own a valid license of AIX Health Check and you want to automate the manual task of downloading updates of AIX Health Check to your AIX systems, please be sure to check out this page for instructions on automating the download of AIX Health Check.

January 31, 2012

Demo version available

Did you know that you can download a demo versions of AIX Health Check and Red Hat Health Check on our website?

The demo version includes the first 50 checks of AIX Health Check and Red Hat Health Check. The full version of AIX Health Check consists of over 600 checks, and comes with a full year of maintenance and support, including the possibility of downloading the most recent update of AIX Health Check.

November 17, 2011

Number 560

Just a little over 2 months ago, we were excited to announce that AIX Health Check had reached its 450th check. Development and improvements however, did not come to a standstill. We pushed on, and we're now up to the 560th check. Yes, we achieved that in just 2 months' time. Many improvements were made, especially in the area of security, making AIX Health Check also a strong and robust tool to provide security guidelines for your AIX systems.

The average runtime of a full AIX Health Check scan on your systems did not change much. On average, AIX Health Check will run within just a few minutes. Some of the latest Power7 systems clocked in at 89 seconds. Some larger systems (with thousands of users and thousands of devices) can take up to 25 minutes to run. But then again, are your systems administrators capable of checking 560 items within 25 minutes?

If you'd like to review the latest updates to AIX Health Check, please visit the Overview of most recent updates to AIX Health Check on our website. The same information can also be found in the CHANGES file that is included in the AIX Health Check distribution.

October 2, 2011

AIX Health Check sample reports

We've generated some sample reports, for you to review. It includes reports generated in different formats, such as CSV, HTML, XML and general TEXT. It also includes different options used to run AIX Health Check.

Please have a look at them at http://aixhealthcheck.com/samples.

September 4, 2011

Number 450

AIX Health Check is continuously being developed. This has resulted in the 450th check being added to the comprehensive collection of checks that make up AIX Health Check software.

Traditional monitoring has provided a solid starting point for identification of issues. But as environments become more compartmentalized and interdependent, monitoring must become more pro-active in nature.

Since as much as 80 percent of infrastructure problems are related to configuration changes, organizations cannot rely solely on static views of configuration. This is especially true if change-control processes are not well enforced or communicated across operational boundaries.

When we look at how organizations are attempting to reduce costs and build agility into operations, several initiatives are prevalent that must drive change in systems management thinking. AIX Health Check is such an initiative. Continuously checking the configuration of AIX systems ensures proper configuration and aids stability and reliability.

July 17, 2011

Let's talk about results

AIX Health Check was honored with the prestigious 2011 Transform IT Simplification Award by CES.

"AIX Health Check exhibits excellence in their solution such as efficiency, ease of use, increased system utilization, commitment to excellence, innovative business and web-based solutions. AIX Health Check was evaluated on how well their solution demonstrates business innovation, supports outstanding achievement and highlights value to their company, end users or others."



June 12, 2011

Health Checks in the Healthcare Industry

More and more of our customers are members of the healthcare industry. That's easy to understand. Healthcare organizations have a higher-than-normal need for their systems to perform optimally, especially important when AIX systems are used where lives could be at stake, and federal regulations are prevalent. AIX Health Check supports healthcare organizations by providing stability for their AIX systems.

AIX Health Check is software aimed at proactively detecting configuration abnormalities or other issues that may keep AIX and PowerHA clustered systems from performing optimally. Key benefits:
  • Based on best practices and years of experience supporting AIX systems.
  • Improves AIX system health by automatically scanning the system for any known issues, and providing suggestions to resolve any issue found.
  • Runs hundreds of checks in minutes.
  • Reduces manual checking and monitoring systems.
  • Avoids system outages by discovering misconfigurations pro-actively.
  • Can be automated to run at set intervals.
  • Verifies AIX systems audit and federal regulations compliancy.
  • Inventories the configuration of the AIX system.
  • Creates reports in CSV, text or HTML format and is capable of sending email reports.
  • Helps to standardize AIX system configurations.
  • Educates AIX admins on AIX best practices.