Course ID 00604564
Course format ILT
Typical Course length 5 days
Delivery languages English,Czech,Latin American Spanish,Russian,German
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Course description

This course covers advanced topics such as scripting, performance planning and tuning, advanced troubleshooting, virtualization and clustered environments on HPE's latest generation of servers, including HPE ProLiant Gen8. It focuses on HPE Server solutions in the Enterprise and how these solutions address real problems that customers are facing today. Topics presented include using customized scripts to automate infrastructure deployments, and practices used to migrate from one server platform to another. It also includes high level technologies like Infiniband and Virtual Connect Enterprise Manager used with multiple blade enclosures. It introduces the HPE Matrix Operating Environment, the software solution for Converged Infrastructure.
This course covers the features of HPE ProLiant Gen8 servers including the HPE ProActive Insight systems architecture. This course also contains the latest software utilities from HPE for deploying, managing, and monitoring HPE Server Solutions.

Who should attend

HPE Solution Architects, HPE Authorized Reseller Partners, HPE Technical Client Consultants, HPE Field Presales and Competency Center Solution Architects who want the knowledge and skills necessary to properly setup, configure and deploy solutions based on HPE's rack or tower families of products.


For specific prerequisites and requirements to achieve any of the related certifications, see the certification description on the Certification and Learning website.


  • Module 1 — HPE ProLiant Portfolio Introduction
    ProLiant server family, Numbering convention for ProLiant series, 100 series, 300 series, 500 series, 700 series, 900 series, ProLiant lines, ProLiant server portfolio, Key ProLiant Gen8 server technologies, ProLiant ML350p Gen8 server, ProLiant DL160 Gen8 server, ProLiant DL360p Gen8 server, ProLiant DL380p Gen8 server, ProLiant SL230s Gen8 server, ProLiant SL250s Gen8 server, ProLiant BL420c Gen8 server blade, ProLiant BL460c Gen8 server blade, ProLiant BL465c Gen8 server blade, Integrating the HP Intelligent Series rack, Intelligent Series racks, HP Location Discovery Services, HP Thermal Discovery Services, HP BladeSystem components, BladeSystem product features, BladeSystem portfolio, BladeSystem enclosures, BladeSystem server blades, BladeSystem storage and expansion, HP Ultrium Tape Blades, HP X3800sb G2 Network Storage Blade, HP X1800sb G2 Network Storage Blade, HP IO Accelerator, HP D2200sb PCIe Storage Blade, PCI Expansion Blade, Ethernet interconnects, HP 10Gb Pass Thru module, HP GbE2c Ethernet and GbE2c Layer 2/3 blade switches, Cisco Catalyst Blade Switch 3020 features, Cisco Catalyst Blade Switch 3120 features, HP 1:10Gb Ethernet BL-c switch, Storage interconnects, Brocade 8Gb SAN Switch, HP 3Gb SAS switch, HP 6Gb/s SAS switch, Virtual Connect modules, 1/10Gb and 1/10Gb-F Virtual Connect Ethernet Modules, Virtual Connect Flex-10 10Gb Ethernet Module, HP Virtual Connect FlexFabric 10Gb/24-Port Module, HP Virtual Connect 8Gb 20-Port Fibre Channel Module, HP Virtual Connect 8Gb 24-Port Fibre Channel Module, Ethernet mezzanine cards, Storage mezzanine cards, ProLiant Blade Workstations, HP ProLiant WS460c G6 Blade Workstation, HP ProLiant xw2x220c Blade Workstation, Management and deployment tools, BladeSystem Onboard Administrator modules, BladeSystem Insight Display, Main Menu, Enclosure Settings Menu, Integrated Management Engine, Network management, HP PCM management, HP E-PCM Plus Network Management software series, HP Mobility Manager software series, HP Identity Driven Manager 3.0, HP E-Network Immunity Manager Software Series
  • Module 2 — HPE Storage Solutions
    HP storage product portfolio, HP storage arrays, HP 3PAR storage systems, 3PAR key architectural differentiators, HP 3PAR Gen4 ASIC, HP 3PAR F-Class storage systems, Features and positioning, HP 3PAR T-Class storage systems, Features and positioning, HP 3PAR V-Class storage systems, Comparing the 3PAR storage systems, HP 3PAR multitenant approach, Challenge and opportunity — Multitenancy, HP 3PAR case study — Variosystems, HP EVA products and technology, P6000 EVA, Features and positioning, HP Thin Provisioning, EVA 8400, EVA8400 architecture, Features and positioning, Virtual storage terminology, Storage system, Disk group, Disk group capacity, Disk group member terms, Virtual disk, Distributed virtual RAID technology, Conventional RAID, DVR, Snapshots and snapclones, Snapshots, Snapclones, Storage device management software, HP EVA Dynamic Capacity Management, P6000 Command View, P6000 Continuous Access, P6000 Business Copy, HP Enterprise Fabric Management Suite, HP SAN solutions, SAN target market — Storage consolidation and expansion, HP P4000 SAN Solutions, P4000 Network RAID, High availability for multisite virtualized environments, P4000 SAN/iQ software, P4800 SAN Solution for BladeSystem, HP P2000 G3 MSA arrays, Features and positioning, HP P2000 Remote Snap Software, HP disk storage solutions, HP XP24000/XP20000 disk array, Positioning, HP P9500 disk arrays with HP P9000 Software, Features and positioning, HP Smart Storage, Dynamic Smart Technology, HP SAS HBAs for Gen8
  • Module 3 — InfiniBand Connectivity
    InfiniBand technology, InfiniBand fabric communication, HP 4X InfiniBand, HP-MPI, Subnet managers, HP-UX configurations, Voltaire GridStack, Voltaire GridVision, Management capability access, InfiniBand products for HP ProLiant and HP Integrity servers, InfiniBand port LED function, Mellanox-based adapters, Mellanox-based switches, QLogic-based adapter, QLogic-based switches, InfiniBand switch modules for HP BladeSystem, Mellanox-based InfiniBand adapters for BladeSystem, Mellanox-based InfiniBand switches for BladeSystem, QLogic-based InfiniBand products for BladeSystem, InfiniBand cables
  • Module 4 — Virtual Connect Technology
    FlexNetwork architecture, Key principles, FlexFabric, FlexFabric network benefits, HP Virtual Connect technology, Virtual Connect benefits, Key features of Virtual Connect firmware 3.30, Virtual Connect FlexFabric adapters, Physical functions, Planning and implementing Virtual Connect, Building a Virtual Connect environment, Virtual Connect out-of-the-box steps, Virtual Connect Ethernet stacking, Virtual Connect Ethernet module stacking, Configuring Virtual Connect, Virtual Connect logical flow, Create a VC domain, Virtual Connect multi-enclosure VC domains, Define Ethernet networks, Define Fibre Channel SAN connections, Create server profiles, Implement the server profile, Managing data center changes, Virtual Connect Fibre Channel WWNs, Virtual Connect Fibre Channel port types and logins, Fibre Channel zoning and SSP, N_Port_ID virtualization, Virtual Connect server profile migration, Server profile migration for a failed server
  • Module 5 — Managing Virtual Connect
    Virtual Connect Enterprise Manager overview, HP product positioning, Typical environments for VCEM, Usage scenarios, VCEM compared with VC Manager, Installing VCEM, VCEM licensing, Preparing for a VCEM installation, Installation requirements, Installing VCEM, Managing Virtual Connect domains, VCEM single and multi-domain options, Domain grouping, Managing Virtual Connect domain groups, Managing server profiles, VCEM profile failover, Server profile movement, Additional management topics, MAC and WWN address pools, Logical serial numbers, Advanced settings of Virtual Connect domains, User accounts and security, Role-based security, User accounts — Advanced settings, Directory server settings, SSL certificates, Certificate request, Certificate upload, Domain IP address, Advanced settings of Virtual Connect networks, Smart Link, Private Networks, Server VLAN tag mapping, VLAN tagging, Multiple network connections for a server port, Dynamic SAN connections, Login distribution, Fast MAC Cache failover, VCEM user interfaces, Using the VCEM CLI, Command line syntax, Command batching, Command output filtering, Help subsystem, Domain setup, Importing an enclosure, Setting the domain name, Configuring local users, Configuring LDAP authentication support for users, Network setup, Server VLAN tagging support, Fibre Channel setup, Configuring WWN address ranges, Displaying Fibre Channel fabrics, Serial number settings, Server profile setup, Creating server profiles, Adding enet-network connections to a profile, Adding Fibre Channel fabric connections to a server profile, Assigning a server profile to device bay, Logging out and resetting the Virtual Connect Manager
  • Module 6 — Deployment Solutions and Techniques
    HP Matrix OE
    Improved VLAN management, On-demand storage provisioning, HP Intelligent Provisioning, HP Scripting Toolkit for Windows and Linux, Key features of Scripting Toolkit, Tools and utilities of Scripting Toolkit, Disk imaging, Partitions, Spanning media, Partition siz, Using RapiDeploy, RapiDeploy options for imaging, Best practices for imaging
  • Module 7 — Advanced Virtualization Options
    Virtualization, The HP approach to virtualization, Server virtualization, Server virtualization’s impact on storage, Storage virtualization, Storage virtualization levels, Network virtualization, Virtualization with HP Insight Control, Insight Control extensions for Microsoft products, Hyper-V, Insight Control for Systems Center, Gen8 enhancements, Key functions, Insight Control extensions for VMware, Insight Control for VMware vCenter Server, VMware vSphere 5 from HP, VMware ESXi, ProLiant virtualization with Citrix XenServer, Xen and XenServer, Comparing Xen platforms, Identifying the XenServer product line, Citrix XenCenter overview, Citrix XenServer architecture overview
  • Module 8 — High-Availability Clusters and Disaster Recovery Solution
    Definition of availability, Availability, High availability, Comparing high-availability and fault-tolerant systems, Availability levels, Percentages of availability, Reliability and availability, Scalability, Eliminating points of failure, Basic high-availability cluster planning, Clustering advantages, Cluster design goals, Protecting the data, Protecting the site, Protecting the server, Business functions, Hardware and software components, Planning the cluster, Planning cluster node capacity, Building effective data protection for a cluster environment, Data protection strategy, Types of HP ProLiant cluster, High-performance compute cluster, Dense configurations, Modular configurations, Building blocks for cluster platforms, Basic architecture components: Nodes, Basic architecture components: Networks, Basic architecture components: Storage, Basic architecture components: Infrastructure, Basic architecture components: Software, Microsoft Windows Clustering Services, Quorum model, Majority node set model, Failover cluster in Windows Server 2008, VMware HA and Dynamic Resource Scheduler clusters, DRS cluster, DRS prerequisites, Configuring DRS cluster, VMware HA, VMware HA prerequisites, VMware HA cluster architecture, HA cluster working flow, Merging VMware HA and DRS, Host failure detection, VMware ESXi/ESX host and cluster provisioning and resource, pools support, Clustering with storage virtualization
  • Module 9 —Integrating the Solution
    Planning a solution, Conducting a needs analysis, Conducting a site survey, Solution design considerations, Determining business value, Selecting a server, Developing the proposal, Writing a scope of work, HP Tools for selecting solution components, HP guide to servers, HP server buying guide, Storage tools, StorageWorks Sizer, SAN Design Reference Guide, HP ActiveAnswers, HP performance and configuration tools, SalesBuilder for Windows, HP eConfigure Solutions, Other HP tools, HP Services portfolio, Service portfolio for ProLiant Gen8 servers, HP Lifecycle Event Services, HP Foundation Care, HP Proactive Care, HP Converged Infrastructure services, CI-MM service, Converged Infrastructure roadmap, Cloud and Virtualization Consulting services, Insight Online, Insight Remote Support, Integration of Insight Remote Support with Insight Online, HP Education Services, Infrastructure Consulting for Microsoft solutions, HP Datacenter Care, Data Center Transformation services, HP product-related services, ProLiant Server services, BladeSystem services, Superdome 2 deployment services, HP Storage Technology services, HP Network services, Critical Advantage services, Mission Critical
  • Module 10 — Performance Planning and Bottleneck Detection
    ProLiant Gen8 servers increase application performance, Optimized for performance and efficiency, Smart resiliency to protect data, Smart data services with real-time analytics, Detecting and removing bottlenecks, Bottlenecks, Baseline, Performance baseline, Scaling up and scaling out, Scaling up, Scaling out, Better resource utilization with virtual machines, Components that contribute to performance, Processors, Processor type and system architecture, Processor core speed, Number of processor modules, Cache size and number of processors, Hyperthreading and multicore processors, Detection of processor bottlenecks, Memory, HP SmartMemory, Advanced memory architecture, Memory paging/swap, Memory optimization in Microsoft Windows Server, Using more than 4GB on 32-bit systems, PAE switch and AWE, Swapping, Detection of memory bottlenecks, Disk subsystem, High rpm disks and Tagged Command Queuing, Comparing SCSI and ATA, HP Smart Array controllers and software RAID performance, Smart Array drives set and logical drives architecture, Other ways to improve storage performance, Detection of disk bottlenecks, PCI Express, Network performance, TCP Offload Engine NIC, Adapter teaming, Network bottleneck detection, Performance measurement tools, Windows performance tools, System Monitor, Performance Monitor, Linux performance tools, Linux System Monitor, Command line tools


After completing this course, you should be able to do the following:
  • Describe HPE ProLiant Gen8 product features
  • Describe the ProLiant Gen8 rack and tower mounted server portfolio
  • Identify the components of the HPE BladeSystem portfolio
  • Describe the BladeSystem portfolio and supported operating systems
  • Identify management and deployment tools
  • Describe HPE services portfolio
  • Describe the products in the HPE storage portfolio
  • Describe InfiniBand technology
  • Explain InfiniBand subnet managers
  • Identify current InfiniBand products offered by HPE
  • Explain the features and functions of HPE FlexNetwork and FlexFabric
  • Describe the HPE Virtual Connect portfolio and the basic Virtual Connect technology
  • Plan and implement a Virtual Connect environment
  • Configure a Virtual Connect module
  • Manage a Virtual Connect domain
  • Explain how to install and configure HPE Virtual Connect Enterprise Manager (VCEM)
  • Explain how to implement the advanced settings of Virtual Connect domains and networks
  • Explain how to use the VCEM command line interface (CLI)
  • Describe HPE deployment solutions
  • Explain advanced imaging techniques
  • Explain the HPE approach to virtualization
  • Describe Insight Control extensions for Microsoft prroductsd, VMware and Citrix XenServer
  • Describe HPE ProLiant virtualization with Citrix XenServer
  • Describe high availability and name its different levels
  • List the advantages and goals of basic high-availability cluster planning
  • Identify the types of HPE ProLiant clustering solutions
  • Explain the technologies used in Microsoft Windows Clustering Services
  • Describe VMware High Availability (HA) and Dynamic Resource Scheduler (DRS) clusters
  • Explain how to configure clustering with storage virtualization
  • Describe the tasks required to develop a solution integration plan
  • Name the tools available from HPE for selecting solution components
  • Identify HPE Service options
  • Explain how HPE ProLiant Generation 8 (Gen8) servers increase application performance
  • Explain how to detect and remove a bottleneck
  • Discuss bottlenecks in system components

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