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HP ServiceGuard on Linux (H4C21S)

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HP ServiceGuard on Linux (H4C21S)


This course is designed for experienced Linux system and network administrators implementing HP Serviceguard A.12.00. Topics include the basic requirements of a highly available system and progress through to the configuration of a Serviceguard cluster/packages, culminating in using both NFS and Oracle 11gR2 toolkit packages along with using the cluster simulator and analytics utilities. The course is 50 percent lecture and 50 percent hands-on labs using RHEL 6.4.

  • Linux system and network administrators who currently, or soon will, develop, design, implement, and monitor Serviceguard (SG) clusters on Linux
  • Background in Linux system and network administration including Logical Volume Manager (LVM) and/or Veritas Volume Manager (VxVM)

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

  • Configure, implement, and manage an HP SG cluster and packages
  • Install HP Serviceguard A.12.00 and Serviceguard Manager
  • Use ‘cmeasyinstall’
  • Utilize basic troubleshooting techniques
  • Install and configure NFS and Oracle packages using the toolkits
  • Use Live Application Detach and ‘rolling upgrade’
  • Configure generic resources
  • Use the SG simulator and SG cluster analytics
  • Protect mission critical applications against a variety of hardware and software failures through effective use of Serviceguard on Linux
  • Reduce application downtime by learning how to configure Serviceguard cluster and using Serviceguard’s rolling upgrade facility
  • Minimize, and in some instances eliminate, your application downtime by learning how to automate the detection of failures and restoration of application service

Introduction to High Availability

  • What is high availability and reducing the risk
  • Storage technologies and HA network design

High Availability with Serviceguard (SG)

  • SG features and benefits and SG packages
  • Minimizing planned downtime
  • Installing prerequisite software
  • Serviceguard Manager

Storage for Serviceguard

  • Volume management
  • Persistent reservation overview
  • Review of LVM and VxVM concepts
  • Configure a shared LVM volume and VxVM data group
  • Using hosttags

Cluster Concepts and Configuration

  • Describe the difference between heartbeat, stationary, and standby LAN interfaces
  • Configure active/standby LAN interfaces using channel bonding
  • Cluster arbitration using a LockLUN and Quorum server
  • Steps to configure a Serviceguard cluster
  • View the status of the cluster and log file

Additional Cluster Features

  • Test the local LAN failover
  • Node failures and cluster reformation
  • Node joining and leaving a cluster
  • Basic cluster management

Packages and Services

  • Configure a basic Serviceguard package
  • The package configuration file
  • Package and node switching management
  • Interpret package status from cmviewcl
  • Package log file

Package Policies

  • Package FAILOVER and FAILBACK policies
  • Package access control
  • Using package dependencies, priorities, and weights

Application Monitoring Scripts and Toolkits

  • Writing and using an application monitor
  • The package control script
  • Application integration toolkits

Cluster Troubleshooting

  • Test clusters and packages for problems
  • Using the log files
  • Using Serviceguard commands for troubleshooting
  • Approaches to troubleshooting

Cluster and Package Online Reconfiguration

  • Cluster modifications online and online package modifications
  • Storage reconfiguration
  • Add and remove a node or package while the cluster is running

Highly Available NFS

  • Install the NFS server toolkit
  • Configure an NFS server package using the NFS toolkit
  • Configure an NFS client package
  • Test the NFS server package for various failures

Highly Available Oracle Database

  • Install the Oracle database toolkit
  • Configure an Oracle 11gR2 database package using the Oracle toolkit
  • Check the operation of the Oracle database and failover

Cluster and Package Maintenance

  • Rolling upgrade of Serviceguard
  • Kernel parameter change using Live Application Detach
  • Package partial startup

Generic Resources

  • Configure and use generic resources in a packageCluster Simulation

Cluster Simulation 

  • Investigate the simulator interface and actions

Cluster Analytics

  • Install the Analytics utility
  • Display data collected by Serviceguard Cluster Analytics

Serviceguard Manager

  • Discuss the components of Serviceguard Manager
  • Navigate the Serviceguard Manager interface

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For whom it is intended:

  • Network administrator
  • Solution architect
  • System administrator
  • System architect
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