HP Serviceguard II: ContinentalClusters, CFS, & Oracle RAC (U8601S)

Course overview

Experienced system administrators learn how to use cluster technology with a quorum service and appropriate CFS structures to support Oracle 11gR2 in data center environments. Students set up and test a failover cluster, configure a quorum server or lock disk cluster, incorporate cluster file systems into a Serviceguard cluster, explore extended distance clusters and configure ContinentalClusters including a dress rehearsal. The 3-day course is 40 percent lecture and 60 percent hands-on labs using HP servers.


HP-UX system administrators who develop, design, implement, and monitor Serviceguard clusters

  • HP-UX System and Network Administration I (H3064S) and HP-UX System and Network Administration II (H3065S) or
  • HP-UX System and Network Administration for Experienced UNIX® System Administrators  (H5875S) and
  • HP-UX Logical Volume Manager (H6285S) or HP-UX VERITAS Volume Manager (HB505S) and
  • POSIX Shell Programming (H4322S) or experience in shell scripting and
  • HP Serviceguard I (H6487S): Note that students who have not attended H6487S are likely to have great difficulty with U8601S
 Course objectives
  • Review Serviceguard concepts
  • Create a multi-node package
  • Configure and perfom a Continental Cluster dress rehearsal
  • Configure a Serviceguard cluster with the quorum service or lock disk
  • Understand a Cluster File System (CFS)
  • Learn how to create a Serviceguard CFS cluster using VxVM setup and multi-node, diskgroup, and mountpoint packages
  • Configure and test Oracle 11gR2 Clusterware and SGeRAC as a failover and RAC cluster
  • Discuss and understand “extended distance clusters”
  • Understand and configure a ContinentalCluster
 Benefits to you
  • Protect your mission critical applications against a wide variety of hardware and software failures through effective use of Oracle 11g in a Serviceguard environment
  • Deliver highly available database service to your applications by integrating Oracle 11gR2 Real Application Cluster with the Serviceguard Framework
  • Maintain a complex Oracle environment using SGeRAC
  • Reduce your database downtime by using Oracle’s RAC in conjunction with Serviceguard
  • Understand how Cluster File Systems (CFS) can achieve faster failover and facilitate management of applications
Next steps
  • Consider attending the other courses in the HP Virtual Server Environment (VSE) curriculum to learn more about HP-UX virtualization
Detailed course outline


  • State the pre-requisites and expectations of this training course.
  • State the purpose and scope of this training course
  • Identify the platforms, operating systems, and software products used in this course
  • Configure a cluster quickly from a base operating system install
  • Review some ‘new’ Serviceguard features

Multi-node Packages

  • Create a multi-node package
  • Understand Serviceguard command output for multi-node packages
  • Start and stop multi-node packages
  • Describe the differences between a fail-over package and a multi-node package
  • Explain the limitations of using filesystems in a multi-node package
  • Identify the problems of using floating IP addresses in multi-node packages

Serviceguard Storage Management Suite (CFS)

  • Understand key features of CFS
  • Configure Serviceguard multi-node packages
  • Configure CFS Mountpoint multi-node packages
  • Create a Serviceguard CFS cluster

Serviceguard Extensions for Oracle RAC

  • Describe the purpose, architecture and components of SGeRAC
  • Install/remove SGeRAC
  • Describe the difference between a Failover Cluster and a RAC Cluster
  • Install Oracle 11gR2 Clusterware
  • Create a Serviceguard package to control Clusterware
  • Outline the different storage options available for Clusterware and RAC
  • Deploy Oracle software on CFS storage

Extended Distance and Other Clusters

  • Understand the four types of clusters
  • Understand the difference between the four types of clusters
  • Understand the geographic limitations of each of the four types of clusters

Disaster Recovery with Continental Clusters

  • Describe the architecture used for HP's Continental Clusters product
  • List two supported methods for performing data replication in a Continental cluster
  • Setup and configure a primary cluster in a Continental clusters environment
  • Setup and configure a recovery cluster in a Continental clusters environment
  • Setup, configure and test a monitoring package for a Continental clusters environment
  • Put a recovery group into maintenance mode
  • Setup, configure and run a disaster recovery dress rehearsal
  • Revert a cluster after a disaster
  • Use commands to monitor the status of a Continental cluster
  • Be aware of the implications of data privacy laws on Continental cluster design

Extended Distance and Other Clusters

  • Understand the four types of clusters
  • Understand the difference between the four types of clusters
  • Understand the geographic limitations of each of the four types of clusters

Disaster Recovery Dress Rehearsals with Continental Clusters

  • Identify a suitable architecture for TCP/IP migration across clusters
  • Understand the uses and limitations of a dress rehearsal
  • Perform a disaster recovery dress rehearsal
  • Put a package into maintenance mode
  • Take a package out of maintenance mode
  • Create a dress-rehearsal package
  • Understand the important infrastructure changes which are not tested by a DR dress rehearsal

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