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Veritas Volume Manager Online Training Course Content

Module 1 – Sun Storage Concepts

  • Describe the major disk storage administration tasks
  • Describe Sun storage interface types
  • Describe available Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) technologies including
  • Host-based RAID technology
  • Controller-based RAID technology
  • Describe disk storage concepts that are common to many storage installations, including:
  • Hot swapping
  • Storage area networking
  • Multihost access
  • Multipath access
  • Identify storage configurations by:
  • Conducting a physical inventory
  • Displaying storage configurations
  • Identifying controller addresses
  • Decoding logical device paths
  • Verify storage array firmware revisions

┬áModule 2 – Managing Data

  • List the advantages of using virtual disk management
  • Describe standard RAID terminology
  • List the common features of each supported RAID level including:
  • Concatenation – RAID 0
  • Striping – RAID 0
  • Mirroring – RAID 1
  • Mirrored Stripe (Striping plus mirroring) – RAID 0+1
  • Mirrored Concatenation – RAID 0+1
  • Striped Mirror (Mirroring plus striping) – RAID 1+0
  • Concatenated Mirror – RAID 1+0
  • Striping with distributed parity – RAID 5
  • Describe the optimum hardware configuration for each supported RAID level

Module 3 – VERITAS Volume Manager Installation

  • Identify the new features of VERITAS Volume Manager 4.1
  • List the key elements of preinstallation planning
  • Research VxVM software patch requirements
  • Install the VxVM software
  • Describe the three installation methods:
  • The installvm method
  • The installer method
  • The pkgadd method
  • Initialize the VxVM software

Module 4 – VERITAS Volume Manager Basic Operations

  • Describe the function of VxVM disk groups
  • List disk group administrative operations including:
  • Initialize disk drives for VxVM use
  • Create disk groups
  • Add and remove disk drives for a disk group
  • Import and deport disk groups
  • Destroy a disk group
  • Rename VxVM disk drives
  • Administer disk groups using the vxdiskadm utility
  • Administer disk groups using command-line programs
  • Administer disk groups using the Veritas Enterprise Administrator (VEA) GUI

Module 5 – VERITAS Volume Manager Volume Operations

  • Interpret volume structure listings
  • Describe volume planning activities
  • Create volumes using the vxassist command
  • Create volumes using the VEA GUI
  • Modify volume access attributes
  • Add file systems to existing volumes
  • Add and remove volume logs
  • Use the VEA GUI to analyze volume structures

Module 6 – VERITAS Volume Manager Advanced Operations

  • Encapsulate and mirror the system boot disk
  • Administer hot spares and hot relocation
  • Evacuate all subdisks from a disk drive
  • Move a disk drive without preserving data
  • Move a populated disk drive to a new disk group
  • Back up and restore a disk group configuration
  • Describe how to import a disk group after a system crash
  • Perform a volume snapshot backup
  • Perform an online volume relayout
  • Create VxVM layered volumes
  • Perform basic Intelligent Storage Provisioning administration
  • Replace a failed disk drive

Module 7 – VERITAS File System Basic Operations

  • Describe basic VxFS features
  • Install the VxFS software
  • Create VxFS file systems
  • Use extended VxFS mount options
  • Perform online VxFS administration tasks
  • Modify kernel tunable parameters
  • Describe Storage Checkpoints
  • Describe VxFS file system quotas

Module 8 – VERITAS Volume Manager Advanced Operations

  • Encapsulate and mirror the system boot disk
  • Administer hot spares and hot relocation
  • Evacuate allSubdisk from a disk drive
  • Move a populated disk drive to a new disk group
  • Backup and restore a disk group configuration
  • Describe how to import a disk group after a system crash
  • Perform a volume Snapshot backup
  • Perform an online volume relayout
  • Create Vxvm Layered volumes
  • Replace a failed disk drive

Module9 – VERITAS Volume Manager Performance Management

  • Describe performance improvement techniques
  • Use the vxstat and vxtrace performance analysis tools
  • Describe RAID-5 write performance characteristics

Veritas Cluster 4.1 & 5.1

High Availability Concepts

  • High availability concepts
  • Clustering concepts
  • HA application services
  • Clustering prerequisites
  • High availability references

VCS Building Blocks

  • VCS Terminology
  • Cluster Communication
  • VCS Architecture

Preparing a Site for VCS Implementation

  • Hardware requirements and recommendations
  • Software requirements and recommendations
  • Preparing installation information
  • Preparing to upgrade

Installing VCS

  • Using the Veritas Product Installer
  • VCS Configuration Files
  • Viewing the Default VCS Configuration
  • Other Installation Considerations

VCS Operations

  • Common VCS tools and operations
  • Service group operations
  • Resource operations
  • Using the VCS Simulator

VCS Configuration Methods

  • Starting and Stopping VCS
  • Overview of Configuration Methods
  • Online Configuration
  • Offline Configuration
  • Controlling Access to VCS

Preparing Services for High Availability

  • Preparing applications for VCS
  • Performing one-time configuration tasks
  • Testing the application service
  • Stopping and migrating an application service
  • Collecting configuration information

Online Configuration

  • Online Service Group Configuration
  • Adding Resources
  • Solving Common Configuration Errors
  • Testing the Service Group

Offline Configuration

  • Offline configuration procedures
  • Solving offline configuration problems
  • Testing the service group

Cluster Communications

  • VCS Communications Review
  • Cluster Membership
  • Cluster Interconnect Configuration
  • Joining the Cluster Membership
  • Changing the Interconnect Configuration

Clustering NFS

  • Preparing NFS for high availability
  • Testing the NFS service
  • Configuring NFS resources
  • NFS lock failover
  • Alternative NFS configurations

System and Communication Faults

  • Ensuring data integrity
  • Cluster interconnect failures

I/O Fencing

  • Data protection requirements
  • I/O fencing concepts and components
  • I/O fencing operations
  • I/O fencing implementation
  • Configuring I/O fencing
  • Coordination point server


  • Monitoring VCS
  • Troubleshooting Guide
  • Archiving VCS-Related Files