Solaris Volume Manager Administration

3 Day Course
Hands On
Official Unix Curriculum
Code ES-222

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Introduction to Managing Data (4 topics)

  • Describe the advantages of virtual disk management
  • Describe RAID technology standards and terminology
  • Desbribe the appropriate use of each supported RAID level
  • Optimize system configurations for each supported RAID level

Introduction to the Solaris Volume Manager Software (5 topics)

  • Describe the upgrade process for the Solaris 10 OS
  • Perform basic Solaris Management Console operations
  • Perform basic Enhanced Storage tool operations
  • Describe state database features
  • Initialize the Solaris Volume Manager software

Administer the State Database (6 topics)

  • Describe the state database consensus algorithm
  • Describe state database best practices
  • Describe the Solaris Volume Manager software configuration files
  • Analyze state database status flags
  • Add state database replicas
  • Recover from state database failures

Administer Concatenated and Striped Volumes (9 topics)

  • Describe non-redundant volume characteristics
  • Describe concatenated and striped volume best practices
  • Describe logical volume naming conventions
  • Use the metainit command to create non-redundant volumes
  • Use the file to create non-redundant volumes
  • Use the Enhanced Storage tool to create non-redundant volumes
  • Display volume properties and status
  • Add file systems to new volumes
  • Create soft partitions

Administer Mirrored Volumes and Hot Spares (12 topics)

  • Describe mirrored volume characteristics
  • Describe mirrored volume best practices
  • Describe optimized mirror resynchronization
  • Describe mirrored volume read, write, and synchronization policies
  • Use the metainit command to create mirrored volumes
  • Configure hot spares for mirrored volumes
  • Describe the use of complex mirror structures
  • Administer volume submirrors
  • Use the Enhanced Storage tool to create mirrored volumes
  • Mirror existing file systems
  • Mirror the system boot disk
  • Use soft partitions with mirrored volumes

Administer RAID-5 Volumes (4 topics)

  • Describe RAID-5 volume characteristics
  • Describe RAID-5 volume best practices
  • Create RAID-5 volumes
  • Create soft partitions on top of RAID-5 volumes

Performing Advanced Operations (7 topics)

  • Modify the mdmonitord daemon error reporting behavior
  • Describe using soft partitions with hardware RAID devices
  • Describe how to recover from soft disk errors
  • Expand existing file systems
  • Use the metassist command to perform top-down volume creation
  • Un-mirror the system boot disk
  • Replace a failed disk drive


To succeed fully in this course, students should be able to: - Use the OPEN LOOK graphical user interface (GUI) - Use the Solaris 2 Operating System (OS) device naming conventions - Administer disks and file systems - Back up and restore file systems - Change system run levels - Configure environmental variables - Use basic OpenBoot commands - Configure UNIX file systems (UFS) - Use the following UNIX administrative commands: chmod, chown, and chgrp format mkdir mkfs and newfs mount patchadd vi man

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