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HP Extended Distance Clusters for HP-UX and Linux

Course Code: HB507S
Length: 5 days

Schedule and Registration

This course is not currently scheduled.

Course Overview

This advanced course teaches system administrators about disaster tolerant clusters design and infrastructure. Topics include disaster tolerance concepts, overview of the architectures involved, installation and configuration of a Metrocluster and Continentalclusters, configuring a package in a Metrocluster, theory of product operation, basic Metrocluster maintenance and troubleshooting, maintenance mode, and disaster recovery dress rehearsal. The course is 60 percent lecture and 40 percent hands-on labs using HP Integrity and ProLiant servers and HP 3PAR storage systems.


  • HP-UX System and Network Administration I (H3064S) and HP-UX System and Network Administration II (H3065S) or
  • HP-UX System and Network Administration for Experienced UNIX® System Administrators (H5875S) and
  • HP Serviceguard I (H6487S) or equivalent experience and
  • HP 3PAR storage technology experience recommended


  • Senior systems administrators involved in planning, design, implementation, and support of a Serviceguard Metrocluster or Continentalcluster

Course objectives

At the conclusion of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the concepts of HP Serviceguard Extended Distance Clusters
  • Install and configure HP Metrocluster
  • Configure an HP Metrocluster package
  • Manage and maintain HP Metrocluster
  • Perform basic Metrocluster troubleshooting
  • Configure Continentalclusters
  • Perform a Continentalclusters recovery dress rehearsal

Benefits to you

  • Reduce time required to design and implement an HP Metrocluster or Continentalcluster solution while configuring your own equipment
  • Learn how to provide a higher level of data currency and application availability without significant impact to application performance
  • Increase your Data Center's level of protection and system availability during planned and unplanned downtime so users experience smooth functioning IT operations

Course Contents

Disaster Recovery Concepts
  • Levels of availability
  • Disaster tolerance architectures, requirements, and rules
  • Disaster tolerant design guidelines and tradeoffs
  • Choosing the right solution
  • Physical and logical replication advantages and disadvantages
  • Rolling disasters
Disaster Recovery Cluster Architectures
  • Range of architectures
  • Local cluster: Serviceguard
  • Serviceguard comparative features
  • Extended distance clusters: Serviceguard
  • Extended cluster rules and configuration requirements
  • Two and three data center extended cluster architecture
  • Arbitrator systems and quorum server
  • Extended distance cluster comparative features
  • Metrocluster and rules
  • Two data centers and a third location Metrocluster architecture
  • Metrocluster disk architecture
  • Extended distance cluster and Metrocluster network architecture
  • Metrocluster connectivity and comparative features
  • Continentalclusters and configurations
  • Continentalclusters comparative features
  • Criteria for choosing a cluster architecture
Metrocluster with 3PAR Remote Copy
  • Product description and dependencies
  • General cluster and configuration requirements
  • 3PAR storage system concepts
  • Remote Copy configurations
  • Metrocluster site-aware failover
Metrocluster with 3PAR Remote Copy Installation and Configuration
  • Installation and configuration steps
  • Create the Metrocluster package
  • 3PAR and Remote Copy commands
Metrocluster with 3PAR Remote Copy Theory of Operations
  • Basic design
  • Components in Metrocluster 3PAR Remote Copy
  • Remote Copy operation
  • Synchronous and asynchronous replication
  • Remote Copy volume group roles
  • Failure scenarios
Metrocluster Problem Analysis and Troubleshooting
  • Troubleshooting
  • Cluster problems
  • Package problems
  • 3PAR storage system problems
  • Patches
Disaster Recovery with Continentalclusters
  • Continentalclusters architectures
  • Installation and configuration of Continentalclusters
  • Testing packages and operations
Disaster Recovery Rehearsal with Continentalclusters
  • Network migration options
  • Enabling and disabling maintenance mode
  • Steps for a disaster recovery rehearsal