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HP-UX System Administration


Course Description

HP-UX Administration will teach a basic Unix user the skills needed to administer their own Unix infrastructure. The student will learn how to build & install HP-UX, perform system backups, allocate storage, and diagnose system problems. HP-UX Networking skills will also be covered in detail so the student will feel comfortable configuring NFS, Mail, and other critical services. This is a perfect course for anyone who can say they know "some" HP-UX, but need to be functional as an administrator. At PARSEC our trainers consult and our consultants train. Thus, you’ll be taught by an experienced administrator, not a person who only knows what’s in the book.

Who Should Attend

  • Experienced Unix users wishing to learn administration skills
  • System Admins who have never used HP-UX, but know other Unix variants
  • Developers who need in-depth knowledge of HP-UX system mechanics


Students should have a fundamental understanding of Unix. They should be able to operate as a user in their environment, use the vi editor, understand file operations, and have at least a cursory familiarity using terminal emulation programs.

Benefits of Attending this Class

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Install HP-UX and configure installation options
  • Setup network services such as Mail, NFS, FTP, and more
  • Administer users and groups under HP-UX
  • Create NFS shares and use them on client machines
  • Use permissions and ACLs to control file & directory access
  • Learn advanced usage for tools like Sed and Awk using regular expressions
  • Automate operations using shell scripts

Course Contents

  • The Function of an Admin
  • HP-UX Features for Admins
  • HP-UX Firmware Basics
File Systems
  • The VxFS Filesystems
  • CD and DVD Filesystems
  • Creating Filesystems
  • Filesystem Troubleshooting
Administering Logical Volume Manager
  • LVM Concepts and Limits
  • Working with Physical Volumes
  • Working with Volume Groups
  • Working with Logical Volumes
  • Advanced LVM Operations and Features
Startup and Shutdown
  • The HP-UX Boot Process
  • Entering Diagnostic Mode
  • Shutting down HP-UX
  • Troubleshooting Boot Problems
User Administration
  • Adding and Dropping HP-UX Users
  • Modifying User Characteristics
  • Advanced User Management Tools
Process Control for Admins
  • Viewing Process Attributes
  • Altering Process Priorities
  • Stopping Processes
Network Services
  • Configuring Network Interfaces
  • Network Diagnostics
  • Secure Shell Configuration
  • Setting up Services using inetd
  • Configuring Sendmail
  • Setting Up an NFS Server
  • Configuring Automount
  • Network Access Control Options
Managing Printing in HP-UX
  • Creating Print Queues
  • Administering Network Printers
  • Removing Print Jobs & Queues
System Security
  • Unix Permissions Review
  • Implementing Filesystem ACLs
  • Password Security Settings
  • Applying Patches
  • Detecting a Security Breach
  • HP-UX System Hardening
Performance Monitoring & Capacity Planning
  • Gathering Data with Unix Monitoring Tools
  • Using Glance Plus
  • Using sar, iostat, and vmstat
  • Planning for Upgrades
Backup & Restore
  • Creating Basic Backups with tar and cpio
  • Using dump
  • System and File Restore Operations
System Tuning
  • Using HP-UX tuning tools
  • Tuning Methods
Fixing Hardware Issues
  • Syslog Configuration
  • Firmware Updates
  • Using Diagnostics
  • Enhancing Error Reporting