Veritas InfoScale Availability 7.4.2 for UNIX/Linux: Administration

Duration: 5 Days (40 Hours)

Veritas InfoScale Availability 7.4.2 for UNIX/Linux: Administration Course Overview:

The Veritas InfoScale Availability 7.4.2 for Unix/Linux: Administration course is specifically designed for IT professionals who are responsible for the installation, deployment, configuration, and maintenance of Veritas Cluster Server (VCS) clusters in Unix/Linux environments. This comprehensive course covers the usage of InfoScale Availability to manage applications in a high availability environment, including support for Cloud environments.

Throughout the course, participants will acquire the fundamental and advanced skills necessary to effectively manage highly available applications in a cluster using InfoScale Availability. They will gain a deep understanding of the core concepts, components, and features of InfoScale Availability, and how to leverage them to ensure the continuous availability and reliability of critical applications.

Practical hands-on exercises and lab sessions provide participants with the opportunity to deploy InfoScale Availability in a lab environment. This hands-on experience allows them to practically implement a sample cluster design and deployment, reinforcing their understanding and proficiency in managing high availability environments.

Intended Audience:

This course is for UNIX/Linux system administrators, system engineers, technical support personnel, network/SAN administrators, and systems integration/development staff, who will be installing, operating, or integrating InfoScale Availability.

By the completion of this course, you will be able to:
• Describe how clustering is used to implement high availability in the data center environment.
• Describe VCS and cluster communication mechanisms.
• Create a cluster, and 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.
• Describe I/O fencing operations, and its implementation.
• Configure VCS to manage an Oracle database and other applications.
• Describe InfoScale support for Cloud Environments.
• Configure and manage VCS clusters on virtual machines in VMware environment.
• Implement Just in Time Availability for single node VCS cluster on virtual machine in a VMware environment.

Cluster Server Basics

High Availability Concepts
• High availability concepts
• Clustering concepts
• High availability application services
• Clustering prerequisites

Labs: Intro Lab
Exercise A: Viewing the virtual machine
Exercise B: Verifying network

Labs: Validating Site Preparation
Exercise A: Performing a CPI pre-installation verification
Exercise B: Performing a SORT pre-installation verification

Installing and Licensing InfoScale
• Introducing the Veritas InfoScale product suite
• Tools for installing InfoScale products
• Installing Veritas InfoScale Availability
• InfoScale cloud offerings
• Upgrading to InfoScale Enterprise

• Exercise A: Installing InfoScale Enterprise using the

Common Product Installer (CPI)]
• Exercise B: Running a post-installation check
• Exercise C: Adding cluster systems to VIOM as managed hosts

VCS Building Blocks
• VCS terminology
• Cluster communication
• VCS architecture
• Multi version cluster

• Exercise A: Working with the VIOM GUI Dashboard and inventory information
• Exercise B: Exploring the VIOM GUI Licensing option
• Exercise C: Working with the VIOM GUI Settings option

VCS Operations
• Common VCS tools and operations
• Service group operations
• Resource operations

• Exercise A: Displaying cluster information
• Exercise B: Displaying status and attributes
• Exercise C: Performing service group operations
• Exercise D: Manipulating resources

VCS Configuration Methods
• Starting and stopping VCS
• Overview of configuration methods
• Online configuration
• Controlling access to VCS

• Exercise A: VCS configuration state and stopping VCS
• Exercise B: Configuring automatic backup of the VCS configuration
• Exercise C: Setting non default VCS stop options

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

• Exercise A: Configuring and examining storage for the service
• Exercise B: Examining the application
• Exercise C: Manually starting and stopping the application

Online Configuration
• Online service group configuration
• Adding resources
• Solving common configuration errors
• Testing the service group

• Exercise A: Creating a service group for the loopy application
• Exercise B: Configuring resources for the loopy application
• Exercise C: Performing a virtual fire drill on the service group
• Exercise D: Testing the service group
• Exercise E: Setting resources to critical
• Exercise F: (Optional) Examining Veritas File System locking by VCS

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

• Exercise A: Editing a copy of the file using a system editor
• Exercise B: Stopping VC

• Exercise C: Restarting VCS using the edited file

Configuring Notification
• Notification overview
• Configuring notification
• Overview of triggers

• Exercise A: Configuring and testing the notifier using VIOM
• Exercise B: Configuring trigger scripts

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

• Exercise A: Observing non-critical resource faults
• Exercise B: Observing critical resource faults
• Exercise C: (Optional) Observing faults in frozen service groups
• Exercise D: (Optional) Observing ManageFaults behavior
• Exercise E: (Optional) Observing restart limit behavior

Intelligent Monitoring Framework
• IMF overview
• IMF configuration
• Faults and failover with intelligent monitoring

• Exercise A: Examining IMF monitoring on a resource
• Exercise B: (Optional) Examining the IMF default configuration

Cluster Communications
• VCS communications review
• Cluster interconnect configuration
• Cluster startup
• System and cluster interconnect failure
• Changing the interconnect configuration

• Exercise A: Reconfiguring LLT
• Exercise B: Observing jeopardy membership

Using I/O Fencing for Application Data Integrity
• Data protection requirements
• I/O fencing concepts
• I/O fencing operations

• I/O fencing implementation
• Fencing configuration

• Exercise A: Fencing configuration pre-checks
• Exercise B: Configuring VCS for I/O fencing
• Exercise C: I/O fencing configuration verification
• Exercise D: Verifying data disks for I/O fencing

Clustering Applications
• Application service overview
• VCS agents for managing applications
• The Application agent
• IMF support and prevention of concurrency violation

• Exercise A: Adding a resource of type Application
• Exercise B: Testing the resource
• Exercise C: IMF and Application agent monitoring options

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

• Exercise A: Verifying the Oracle configuration
• Exercise B: Preparing storage and network resources for the Oracle service group
• Exercise C: Testing the Oracle database manually
• Exercise D: Configuring Oracle under VCS control
• Exercise E: Running a virtual fire drill and switching the Oracle service group
• Exercise F: (Optional) Oracle monitoring

InfoScale support for Cloud Environments
• InfoScale solutions for cloud environments
• Preparing for InfoScale installations in cloud environments
• Configurations for cloud environments
• Troubleshooting issues in cloud environments

• Exercise A: Verify S3 server details (sys3)
• Exercise B: Create InfoScale storage support for S3 connector
• Exercise C: Using VIOM deploy Application Migration

VMware vSphere Data Center Architecture
• VMware vSphere high availability architecture
• VMware administration
• VMware storage architecture
• Server and storage migration

• Exercise A: Verifying the VMware vSphere lab environment
• Exercise B: Connecting to the nested virtual machines
• Exercise C: Testing vMotion

Veritas High Availability Deployment in VMware
• Veritas high availability architecture in VMware
• Deploying InfoScale Availability on virtual machines
• Configuring the vSphere Web Client for Veritas HA

• Exercise A: Preparing the nested virtual machine lab environment
• Exercise B: Deploying a Veritas cluster on nested virtual machines
• Exercise C: Adding cluster systems as managed hosts to VIOM
• Exercise D: Installing the VIOM Control Host add-on on mgt
• Exercise E: Adding virtualization information to the VIOM management server
• Exercise F: Installing and registering the Veritas HA

Veritas High Availability Configuration and Administration

• Configuring storage for VCS failover cluster
• Configuring shared storage for CFS clusters
• Configuring availability
• Veritas high availability operations
• Just-In-Time Availability solution

Labs – Part A
• Exercise A: Preparing the nested virtual machine lab environment
• Exercise B: Using the vSphere Web Client to monitor Veritas high availability
• Exercise C: Setting EnableUUID parameter for virtual machine disks
• Exercise D: Testing vMotion with Veritas in-guest clustering
• Exercise E: (Optional) Managing the Oracle Disk group configuration

Labs – Part B
• Exercise A: Preparing the nested virtual machine lab environment
• Exercise B: Configuring a shared VMFS datastore
• Exercise C: Configuring virtual and physical RDM disks on sys3
• Exercise D: Creating a service group to manage the virtual and physical RDM disks
• Exercise E: (Optional) Observing vMotion with RDM disks
• Exercise F: (Optional) Enabling shared storage across multiple VMs using physical RDM disks
• Exercise G: (Optional) Aligning the shared disk device names across multiple virtual machines

Labs: Challenge Lab (Linux)
• Exercise A: Creating a 4-Node West cluster (VCS type)
• Exercise B: Creating a local mount point (VxFS type) and backup data to S3 server (sys3)
• Exercise C: Using VIOM install Application Migration and Control Host Add-ons

Knowledge of and hands-on experience with UNIX/Linux systems administration is required.

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