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 server, as a console need only consist of a 32-bit Intel-based desktop PC with a DVD-RAM drive.HMC is used to:
Configure and manage logical partitions and partition profiles