Sun Fire High-End Server Administration

4 Day Course
Hands On
Official Sun Microsystems Curriculum
Code ES-421

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The Sun Fire High-End Server (HES) Administration course provides students with the skill set necessary to identify the features and architecture specifics of the Sun Fire 15K/12K and Sun Fire E25K/E20K servers. These skills include performing configuration and platform administration methodologies supported by Sun on the Sun Fire HES; be familiar with and use troubleshooting tools and techniques available within the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) relevant to the Sun Fire high-end servers.

Course Objectives

On completing the course, you will be able to:

- Describe the architecture, functional goals, and advanced reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) features of the Sun Fire 15K/12K server
- Identify system components by location, layout, and function
- Perform configuration and platform administration methodologies supported by Sun on the Sun Fire high-end servers
- Be familiar with and use troubleshooting tools and techniques available within the Solaris OS
- Configure and manage the platform using System Management Services (SMS) utilities
- Initialize and configure the Solaris OS on a domain
- Define and edit nonvolatile random access memory (NVRAM) parameters
- Perform flash programmable read-only memory (PROM) image updates
- Create, manage, and delete multiple domains using hardware, system configuration, and available component lists (ACLs)
- Use OpenBoot(TM) programmable read-only memory (PROM) commands to gather system information and interpret the results

Who Should Attend

Students who can benefit from this course are all major audiences who must perform the roles of platform administrators, platform operators, platform service engineers, domain administrators, and domain configurators, including:

- Senior Sun Enterprise system administrators
- Senior service providers
- Operations managers
- Information technology planners
- Individuals responsible for supporting mainframe-style networked database servers
- Individuals responsible for configuring, upgrading, and supporting the Sun Fire HESs

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Introducing the Sun Fire High-End Servers (7 topics)

  • List the functional goals of the Sun Fire high-end servers (Sun Fire HESs)
  • Identify the different high-end servers
  • Describe domains, board sets, and domain configuration units
  • Describe the key features of the Sun Fire HES
  • Describe the roles of the system controller and the System Management Services (SMS) software
  • Describe some of the advanced reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) features of the Sun Fire HES
  • Describe Capacity-on-Demand (COD)

Exploring Sun Fire HES Architecture (3 topics)

  • Describe the Sun Fire HES architecture
  • Identify field-replaceable units (FRUs) by location and function
  • Power on and power off the Sun Fire HES

Using the Sun Fire HES System Controller Networks and Software (6 topics)

  • Understand the management networks
  • Identify the SC SMS platform management features
  • Identify the SC's unique SMS startup scripts and their functions
  • Identify the SC's unique SMS daemons and their functions
  • Identify the Sun Fire HES SC's management software and applications
  • Configure SMS on the system controller

Configuring the Sun Fire HES Platform (9 topics)

  • Verify platform hardware resources
  • Verify system environments
  • Configure an available component list (ACL) for a domain
  • Set the time-of-day (TOD) clock
  • View system controller message logs
  • Perform flash PROM image updates on various system components
  • Save and restore the system controller configuration data
  • Configure system controller failover
  • Force system controller failover

Configuring Sun Fire HES Domains (8 topics)

  • Describe the characteristics of a Sun Fire HES domain
  • List the information required to create a new domain
  • Create a new Sun Fire HES domain from the system controller
  • Explain the structure of a Sun Fire HES OpenBoot PROM device tree
  • Describe how to locate CPUs, memory banks, and I/O interface cards given their device tree address
  • Configure the Solaris OS after installing it on the Sun Fire HES domain
  • Perform the default configuration for Network Time Protocol (NTP) in a domain
  • Assess domain configuration using standard Solaris OS utilities

Exploring Dynamic Reconfiguration (4 topics)

  • Describe the benefits of dynamic reconfiguration (DR)
  • Discuss the restrictions and concerns that can occur with DR
  • Analyze domain configuration status using DR
  • Identify the steps required for removing system boards and I/O boards using DR

Exploring Sun Fire HES Capacity-On-Demand (COD) Version 2.0 (9 topics)

  • Configure the platform for Capacity-on-Demand(COD) version 2.0 software
  • Identify COD systems
  • Identify COD part number and license requirements
  • Manage COD right-to-use (RTU) licenses
  • Identify COD SMS commands
  • Install and remove a COD RTU license key
  • Enable COD resources
  • Monitor COD resources
  • Service COD V2.0 FRUs

Sun Fire HES System Management Through Sun MC 3.x Software (5 topics)

  • Explore the Sun Management Center (Sun MC)software on a Sun Fire HES
  • Install Sun MC software on Sun Fire HES
  • Identify Sun Fire HES administrative groups and security
  • Identify Sun Fire HES topology objects
  • Describe the use of Platform/Domain State Management (PDSM)

Troubleshooting the Sun Fire HES (7 topics)

  • Understand how a Sun Fire HES fails and recovers
  • Understand the role of the system controller in failure logging
  • Describe the different types of failures
  • Find where failure information is recorded
  • Interpret failure information
  • Interpret system configuration using the Sun Explorer utility
  • Understand support information requirements

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