Exam ID HP0-A23
Exam type Proctored exam taken at dedicated testing center
Exam duration 2 hours
Exam length 74 questions
Passing score 70%
Delivery languages English
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You will need an HPE Learner ID and a Pearson VUE login and password.

No online or hard copy reference material will be allowed at the testing site. This exam may contain beta test items for experimental purposes. During the exam, you can make specific comments about the items (i.e. accuracy, appropriateness to audience, etc.). HPE welcomes these comments as part of our continuous improvement process.

Exam description

This exam tests your skills on NonStop NS-series Configuration and Planning.

Ideal candidate for this exam

You should have a minimum of six months to one year experience on HP NonStop NS-Series servers running the H-Series NonStop Kernel of the NonStop NB-Series running the J-Series NonStop Kernel. Examples of job roles include: 
• Authorized service and support personnel (field support technicians) who perform installations and upgrades and troubleshoot and maintain HP NonStop NS-Series servers. 
• Global Customer Support Center personnel who serve as support for both field support technicians and customers 
• Professional Services (Configuration and Integration) personnel who assist NonStop customers 
• Presales technical support personnel who perform pre-sales consulting and technical account support
Others who might find this exam beneficial include: 
• Authorized service channel partners 
• Customers authorized to service their own equipment 
• NonStop technical consultants (both internal and external), system integrators and consultant partners, authorized service channel partners and distributors, and customers authorized to service their own equipment 

Exam contents

This exam has 74 questions.

Advice to help you take this exam

References to the majority of questions found in this exam can be found in manuals contained in the Online TIM collections. TIM (Total Information Manager) is a single interface to all NonStop Systems documentation and support information. 
 External users must subscribe to the TIM CD collection. See your NonStop Representative for more information. 
 NOTE: TIM must be installed on your system before using the default access settings.


This exam validates that you can successfully perform the following:

Data Gathering

  • Collect required existing processing environment data from customer site

  • Determine specific application requirements, resources, and utilization

  • Determine current networking environment structure

  • Identify specific device types utilized in system

  • Determine current support structure and relationship with customer 

  • Identify requirements for migrating existing applications 



  • Describe the process of designing and developing a valid and workable solution for the customer

  • State the required elements of a standard support plan

  • State the purpose of the Tandem Capacity Modeling (TCM) tool

  • List necessary criteria to insure fault tolerance in proposed system

  • Describe design goals and baseline improvements of proposed solution

  • Describe the elements to consider when planning a multiple node solution

  • Determine the proper number of system consoles and locations to accomplish the proposed solution

  • Determine growth trends of customer system to accommodate for future planning (expansion)

  • Discuss proper planning for testing and migrating, porting or upgrading legacy applications 


Site preparation and environment

  • Identify the various elements of a site survey checklist / worksheet

  • Describe the key requirements necessary for planning and configuring an NS-series system 



  • Discuss the initial system configuration elements

  • Describe the primary functions of the SCF utility

  • Identify the primary tools used during initial system configuration

  • Identify the necessary elements of a logical network topology (IP addresses, system names, etc.)

  • Describe physical characteristics and limitations 



  • Identify the key elements of project management (logistics, coordination, checklists, project plan)

  • Describe the basic installation procedure  


Benchmark validation and optimization

  • Describe the steps necessary to validate original design (benchmark) goals and projected baseline improvements 


Migration and updates

  • Describe the issues that need to be considered when migrating or upgrading system elements 

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