Course ID 00071750
HP product number U4146S
Course format ILT
Typical Course length 4 days
Skill level Expert
Delivery languages English
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Course description

This course provides an introduction, including hands on exercises, to the new Independent Product version of RDF. After a brief review of Transaction Monitoring Facility (TMF) operation and audit trails, there will be an overview of RDF operational features and functions.

Ideal candidate for this course

Anyone interested in receiving an introduction to


• Concepts and Facilities for NonStop Systems (U4147S)
• NonStop Transaction Manager/MP Operations and Management (U4186S)
For complete prerequisites and requirements to achieve any of the related certifications or upgrade paths, see the certification description on the Certification and Learning website.


  • Module 1 — Introduction to the Remote Database Facility
    • RDF purpose and features
    • RDF system requirements
    • RDF volume, file and network considerations
  • Module 2 — RDF System Description
    • TMF concepts
    • RDF processing tasks
    • RDF processes
    • RDF Process Functions:
      o Monitor
      o Extractor
      o Receiver
      o Updater
      o Purger
    • RDF modes of operation
    • Report generation on backup database
  • Module 3 — RDF Installation and Characteristics
    • RDF product family
    • RDF/IMPX product architecture
    • Overview of RDF installation
    • Security attributes
    • RDF control files
    • Performance and sizing considerations
    • Optimizing expand line performance for RDF
    • Lab exercise:
      o Installing RDF software
  • Module 4 — Introduction to RDFCOM Commands
    • RDF command interface
    • RDF command categories
    • RDFCOM utility commands:
      o HELP
      o OBEY and HISTORY
      o FIX
      o OPEN
      o OUT
    • The STATUS command
    • Status RTD calculation
  • Module 5 — Configuring an RDF Environment
    • Preparing RDF for the first time test
    • The INITIALIZE RDF command
    • RDF configuration commands:
      o SET
      o SHOW and RESET
      o ADD
    • RDF global configuration parameters
    • Receiver and purger configuration parameters
    • Image-Trail parameter
    • Volume (Updater) configuration parameters
    • The INFO command
    • The ALTER command
    • The DELETE IMAGETRAIL command
    • The DELETE VOLUME command
    • RDF configuration sample
    • Lab exercises:
      o Creating an RDF configuration for the Master Audit Trail (MAT)
      o Initializing RDF and activating the configuration
  • Module 6 — Running an RDF Environment
    • Starting RDF
    • Controlling the application of updates
    • Stopping RDF processes
    • Database synchronization concepts
    • Synchronization methods
    • Overview of online database synchronization
    • Planned primary system switchover to backup system
    • Plan for controlled switchover, controlled switchover procedure
    • Lab exercise: Starting the RDF environment
  • Module 7 — RDF Working with NonStop SQL
    • Summary of RDF Working with NonStop SQL/MP
    • NonStop SQL/MP objects defined, NonStop SQL/MP objects protected by RDF
    • Configuring the replication of Enscribe purges
    • Enscribe purge replication
    • Planning the backup database
    • Index replication
    • Program object files
    • Recommended procedure for RDF database structure changes
    • NonStop SQL/MX considerations
    • Lab exercises:
    • Understanding RDF features
    • Online database synchronization
    • Creating an RDF configuration for an auxiliary audit trail
    • Understanding various RDF features with an auxiliary audit trail
  • Module 8 — Takeover Processing
    • The TAKEOVER command
    • Tasks not performed by RDF following a takeover
    • Switching back to the primary system
    • Lab exercise: RDF takeover and reversal
  • Module 9 — RDF Failure Scenarios and Utilities
    • Communications and process failures
    • File resynchronization considerations and procedures
    • NonStop TMF volume crash, NonStop TMF system crash
    • FileIncomplete, FileComplete audit records, and the problem with FileIncomplete records
    • RDF health checks, problem escalation
    • RDF utilities: RDRCHEK, RDFSNOOP
    • Lab exercise: RDF utilities
  • Module 10 — RDF Advanced Topics
    • RDF versions: 1.1, 1.3, 1.3, 1.4, 1.6, 1.7
    • Configuring RDF with SMF
    • SMF catalogs
    • Interactions between RDF and SMF
    • File placement of new files
    • Adding and removing disks in the SMF pools
    • RDFCOM validation changes
    • Errors and troubleshooting
    • Updater opens
    • Lockstep operation
    • Introduction to NonStop AutoTMF
    • AutoTMF Software and Runtime
    • NonStop TMF and AutoTMF performance
    • Introduction to ASAP
    • Architectural overview
    • Installation and auto discovery
    • Monitoring of specific RDF environments
    • Adding and removing RDF environments
    • ASAP version compatibility
    • RDF metrics reported by ASAP
    • Additional enhancements in RDF 1.6 & 1.7
    • Product installation instructions
  • Onsite Delivery Equipment Requirements
    • Two NonStop servers with: D46.xx or later version of the NonStop Kernel operating system for K-series servers, or G06.03xx or later version for NonStop S-series servers
    • RDF/IMP IMPX installed
    • Eight volumes each
    • NonStop SQL/MP
    • Terminal access for each attendee


After completing this course, you should be able to do the following:
  • Understand the proper use and integration of RDF in the customer’s Disaster Recovery Plan
  • Understand RDF’s basic software process, file, and performance requirements
  • Define an effective environment for RDF operation
  • Understand RDF installation and management
  • Understand commands and procedures needed to run RDF Recognition of (and planning for) various failure scenarios
  • Use of various RDF-related utility programs designed to monitor RDF operations and the associated databases

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