VERITAS Volume Manager 4.1 Administration

5 Day Course
Hands On
Official Symantec Curriculum
Code ES-311

This course has been replaced by the Storage Foundation 5.0 course.


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Sun Storage Concepts (6 topics)

  • Describe the major disk storage administration tasks
  • Describe Sun storage interface types
  • Describe available Redundant Array of Independent
  • Disks (RAID) technologies including host-based RAID technology and controller-based RAID technology
  • Describe disk storage concepts that are common to many storage installations including hot swapping, storage area networking, multihost access and multipath access
  • Identify storage configurations by conducting a physical inventory and displaying storage configurations

Managing Data (12 topics)

  • List the advantages of using virtual disk management
  • Describe standard RAID terminology
  • List the common features of each supported RAID level including:
  • Concatenation - RAID 0
  • Striping - RAID 0
  • Mirroring - RAID 1
  • Mirrored Stripe (Striping plus mirroring) - RAID 0+1
  • Mirrored Concatenation - RAID 0+1
  • Striped Mirror (Mirroring plus striping) - RAID 1+0
  • Concatenated Mirror - RAID 1+0
  • Striping with distributed parity - RAID 5
  • Describe the optimum hardware configuration for each supported RAID level

VERITAS Volume Manager Installation (14 topics)

  • Identify the new features of VERITAS Volume Manager 4.1
  • List the key elements of preinstallation planning
  • Research VxVM software patch requirements
  • Install the VxVM software
  • Describe the three installation methods:
  • The installvm method
  • The installer method
  • The pkgadd method
  • Initialize the VxVM software
  • Verify the post-installation environment
  • Install the VEA client software
  • Use the basic VEA features
  • Use the VxVM error numbering system
  • Describe upgrading the VxVM using Solaris Live Upgrade

VERITAS Volume Manager Basic Operations (11 topics)

  • Describe the function of VxVM disk groups
  • List disk group administrative operations including:
  • Initialize disk drives for VxVM use
  • Create disk groups
  • Add and remove disk drives for a disk group
  • Import and deport disk groups
  • Destroy a disk group
  • Rename VxVM disk drives
  • Administer disk groups using the vxdiskadm utility
  • Administer disk groups using command-line programs
  • Administer disk groups using the Veritas Enterprise Administrator (VEA) GUI

VERITAS Volume Manager Volume Operations (8 topics)

  • Interpret volume structure listings
  • Describe volume planning activities
  • Create volumes using the vxassist command
  • Create volumes using the VEA GUI
  • Modify volume access attributes
  • Add file systems to existing volumes
  • Add and remove volume logs
  • Use the VEA GUI to analyze volume structures

VERITAS Volume Manager Advanced Operations (12 topics)

  • Encapsulate and mirror the system boot disk
  • Administer hot spares and hot relocation
  • Evacuate all subdisks from a disk drive
  • Move a disk drive without preserving data
  • Move a populated disk drive to a new disk group
  • Back up and restore a disk group configuration
  • Describe how to import a disk group after a system crash
  • Perform a volume snapshot backup
  • Perform an online volume relayout
  • Create VxVM layered volumes
  • Perform basic Intelligent Storage Provisioning administration
  • Replace a failed disk drive

VERITAS File System Basic Operations (8 topics)

  • Describe basic VxFS features
  • Install the VxFS software
  • Create VxFS file systems
  • Use extended VxFS mount options
  • Perform online VxFS administration tasks
  • Modify kernel tunable parameters
  • Describe Storage Checkpoints
  • Describe VxFS file system quotas

VERITAS Volume Manager Performance Management (3 topics)

  • Describe performance improvement techniques
  • Use the vxstat and vxtrace performance analysis tools
  • Describe RAID-5 write performance characteristics


To succeed fully in this course, students should be able to: - Configure the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) - Control Solaris OS run levels - Understand the Solaris OS file system structure - Perform basic file ownership and protection using the chgrp, chmod, and chown commands - Perform common file system administration using the format, mkdir, newfs, and mount commands - Administer Solaris OS packages using the pkgadd, pkgrm, and patchadd commands - Use basic OpenBoot programmable read-only memory (PROM) commands - Cable Sun systems and peripherals

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