HP Integrity Cell-Based Server Administration (U5075S)

Course overview

This course prepares experienced HP-UX system administrators to successfully manage HP Integrity rx7620, rx7640, rx8620, rx8640, and cell-based Superdome servers. Learn about HP’s cell-based server architecture and gain in-depth intensive hands-on experience with HP’s nPar, vPars, and Integrity Virtual Machine technologies as implemented on Integrity cell-based servers.

Notes
- Students who attend U5075S need not attend HP’s Integrity Virtual Machine (HB506S) course as U5075S and HB506S include identical Integrity Virtual Machine content.
- Students responsible for managing HP Integrity Superdome 2 servers should attend HP Superdome 2 Administration (HK713S) rather than U5075S.

Audience

Experienced HP-UX system administrators responsible for managing HP Integrity rx7620, rx7640, rx8620, rx8640, and cell-based Superdome servers

Prerequisites
  • HP-UX System and Network Administration I and H3064S
  • HP-UX System and Network Administration II or H3065S
  • HP-UX System and Network Administration for Experienced UNIX System Administrators or equivalent experience H5875S
Course objective

At the conclusion of this course you should be able to:

  • Identify the hardware and software components of HP’s Virtual Server Environment (VSE)
  • Configure and manage cell-based node partitions (nPars)
  • Configure and manage virtual partitions (vPars v5)
  • Configure and manage HP Integrity Virtual Machines
  • Use Ignite-UX to install HP-UX in partitions
Benefits to you
  • Determine and utilize the appropriate combination of HP Partitioning Continuum technologies that best meet your data center needs
  • Increase server flexibility and utilization by knowing how to easily reconfigure and resize partitions
  • Learn how to use Integrity VM to set up isolated virtual machines as test environments to reduce the time required to deploy new applications or application revisions
  • Gain valuable hands-on experience with installing HP Virtual Machines on a properly configured Integrity server
Next steps
  • Learn more about HP virtualization technologies by attending HP-UX Systems Insight Manager (HK712S) and HP Capacity Advisor and Global Workload Manager (HF869S) or
  • Expand your HP-UX administration skills by attending additional courses in the HP-UX advanced administration curriculum
Detailed course outline

Introduction to the HP Virtual Server Environment

  • Why virtualize or partition systems?
  • HP partitioning continuum
  • Instant capacity solutions
  • A cell-based system with node partitions
  • Virtual partitions (vPars v5)
  • Integrity Virtual Machines (VM)
  • HP Process Resource Manager
  • VSE management tools
  • Workload managers
  • Capacity Advisor
  • Virtualization Manager

Addressing Hardware

  • HP servers supporting partitioning
  • HP-UX address types
  • Legacy vs. agile view hardware addresses
  • Viewing nPar, vPar and VM hardware addresses
  • Device special files: legacy vs. persistent
  • Slot addresses
  • EFI hardware addresses (Integrity only)
  • Viewing interface cards with pdweb
  • Addressing tools summary
  • Cell-based servers Integrity boot disk format

Administering Node Partitions (nPars)

  • What are node partitions?
  • Partition planning
  • Interleaved vs. cell local memory
  • The first and genesis partitions
  • The complex profile
  • HP-UX nPar management tools
  • parmgr
  • Booting nPars
  • Displaying complex information
  • Dynamic nPartitions
  • Cell state transitions
  • Hyper-threading

Brief Introduction to Ignite-UX

  • What is Ignite?
  • Ignite-UX use models
  • Interacting with Ignite-UX
  • Ignite recovery choices

Virtual Partitions Preparation and Planning

  • vPars v5 concepts
  • Partition configuration key points
  • nPar/vPar boot sequence
  • vPars v5 planning and current releases
  • Mixed release environments
  • Installing vPars v5
  • Minimum vPars v5 requirements
  • Planning vPar resources
  • Dynamic memory migration
  • Locality of reference

Creating Virtual Partitions

  • vPars v5 commands
  • Interacting with the vPars v5 monitor
  • Setting Integrity environment variables
  • Managing and accessing the vPars v5 console

Virtual Partitions Management

  • Display vPars v5 status
  • Find unused resources in a vPars v5 environment
  • Migrate CPUs and memory between running vPars v5
  • Flexible administrative capability
  • vPars v5 - Ignite-UX considerations

Integrity Virtual Machines Introduction

  • Virtualization concepts and terminology
  • Shared resources
  • VM host, virtual machines, and VM guests
  • Virtual networks and storage devices
  • Reserved devices
  • Integrity Virtual Machine Manager

Preparing the Physical Server

  • Integrity VM requirements
  • Creating virtual networks and storage backing devices
  • Reserving access to VM host devices
  • VM host HP-UX upgrade

Creating and Running Integrity Virtual Machines

  • Integrity VM administration, configuration, and VM management
  • VM CPU, memory, and I/O allocation
  • Starting and stopping a VM
  • Accessing a VM console
  • Suspend and resume a VM

Managing and Monitoring Integrity VMs

  • Managing I/O devices
  • Adding devices to a running VM
  • Storage — high availability guidelines
  • Accelerated Virtual I/O (AVIO)
  • Managing virtual DVD devices and VLANs
  • VM guest dynamic memory
  • Dynamic CPU management
  • Cloning and removing a virtual machine
  • Monitoring VMs and VMs from the host
  • Configuration and log files
  • Glance (and Performance Agent) in a virtual OS environment
  • VM host CPU monitoring - hpvmsar

Migrating Integrity Virtual Machines

  • Why migrate a VM?
  • VM host configuration to support VM migration
  • VM host requirements and recommendations
  • VM configuration to support online migration
  • VM migration procedures
  • Offline and online VM migration

Using HP Serviceguard with Integrity VMs

  • Integrity VM commands
  • Serviceguard commands
  • Serviceguard and Integrity VM use models
  • Integrity VMs as Serviceguard nodes
  • Cluster in a box
  • Integrity VMs as Serviceguard packages
  • Serviceguard and online VM guest migration
  • Application monitoring in a VM guest package
  • HPVM toolkit
  • Serviceguard on VM host - LAN failover

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