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VERITAS CLUSTER SERVER 5.1

COURSE DESCRIPTION 

The Veritas Cluster Server course is designed for the IT professional tasked with installing, configuring, and maintaining VCS clusters. This five-day, instructor-led, hands-on class covers how to use Veritas Cluster Server to manage applications in a high availability environment. After gaining the fundamental skills that are needed to manage a highly available application in a cluster, you deploy VCS in a lab environment to implement a sample cluster design.

Duration of Training : 6 weekends

Delivery Method

Instructor-led training (ILT)

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Manage existing highly available application servicesusing Veritas Cluster Server.
  • Install VCS and create a cluster.
  • Configure service groups and resources.
  • Implement and verify failover and failback capability for application, storage, and network services.
  • Configure and optimize cluster behavior.
  • Protect data in a shared storage environment.
  • Configure VCS to manage an Oracle database, an NFS share, and other applications.
  • Analyze, troubleshoot, and correct cluster problems.
  • Implement four-node clusters.
  • Configure service group dependencies and workload management.
  • Implement alternative network configurations.

Who Should Attend 

This course is for system administrators, system engineers, network administrators, system integration orDevelopment staff and technical support personnel who will be working with Veritas Cluster Server. 

Prerequisites

You must have experience as a system and network administrator working in a UNIX environment. Experience developing shell or Perl scripts is helpful. 

Hands-On

This course includes practical exercises that enable you to test your new skills and begin to transfer them into your working environment.

Syllabus

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 Common 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

Configuring Notification

  • Notification overview
  • Configuring notification
  • Using triggers for notification

Handling Resource Faults

  • VCS response to resource faults
  • Determining failover duration
  • Controlling fault behavior
  • Recovering from resource faults
  • Fault notification and event handling

Cluster Communications

  • VCS communications review
  • Cluster membership
  • Cluster interconnect configuration
  • Joining the cluster membership
  • Changing the interconnect configuration

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 

Troubleshooting

  • Monitoring VCS
  • Troubleshooting VCS
  • Archiving VCS-related files 

Veritas Cluster Server for UNIX: Manage and Administer 

Veritas Cluster Server: Example Application Configurations 

Clustering Applications

  • Application service overview
  • VCS agents for managing applications
  • The Application agent

Clustering Databases

  • VCS database agents
  • Database preparation
  • The database agent for Oracle
  • Database failover behavior
  • Additional Oracle agent functions

Clustering NFS

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

 

Veritas Cluster Server for UNIX: Cluster Management

Service Group Dependencies

  • Common application relationships
  • Service group dependencies
  • Service group dependency examples
  • Configuring service group dependencies
  • Alternative methods of controlling interactions

Startup and Failover Policies

  • Startup rules and policies
  • Failover rules and policies
  • Limits and prerequisites
  • Modeling startup and failover policies

Multiple Network Interfaces

  • Alternative network configurations
  • MultiNICB
  • IPMultiNICB
  • Example configuration

Data Center Availability

  • VCS Management Console
  • Storage Foundation Manager
  • Disaster recovery

Workshop: Reconfiguring Cluster Membership

Workshop overview

Task 1: Removing a system from a running VCS cluster

Task 2: Adding a new system to a running VCS cluster

Task 3: Merging two running VCS clusters