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Course number HE643S
Length 2 days
Delivery method* Remotely assisted instructional learning ( RAIL)
Instructor-led training ( ILT)
Onsite dedicated training ( OST)
Price USD $1,600
CAD $1,760
*Courses are supported in the delivery formats above, but are not necessarily scheduled in every delivery format listed. Please click the schedule links at the top of the page to see which delivery formats are currently scheduled.

Course overview

This 2-day course provides essential HP ProLiant training to system administrators who are responsible for ProLiant ML, DL, and BL servers. Students will be presented with an overview of HP products, tools, agents, and utilities that will help them to set up, deploy, monitor, and maintain their ProLiant servers. Practical hands-on lab exercises are presented on an HP ProLiant BL460c Gen8 server.

Prerequisites

Students taking this course should have a basic understanding of the following operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008R2 SP1 Standard and Enterprise
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Standard

Audience

  • Administrators, engineers, and consultants who will configure and maintain HP ProLiant servers

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Course objectives

After completing this course, students should be able to:

  • Describe the HP ProLiant server portfolio and list some of the new features of the HP ProLiant Gen8 series
  • Describe the HP ProLiant server portfolio and list some of the new features of the HP ProLiant Gen8 series
  • Explain the boot process and configure a server by using the Option ROM (RBSU)
  • Explain how to use the HP Intelligent Provisioning in HP ProLiant Gen8 servers to configure and deploy an operating system to a single server
  • Explain how to use the HP Service Pack for ProLiant (SPP) to update system firmware and software
  • Describe how to proactively manage an HP ProLiant server by means of continuous monitoring and maintenance
  • Explain how to use HP ProLiant Gen8 diagnostics tools and identify troubleshooting resources and procedures

Course outline

Module 0: Course Overview

Module 1: HP ProLiant servers overview and resources

  • Introduction to the HP ProLiant servers
  • Overview of the new features and key technologies in HP ProLiant Gen8 servers
  • HP Services Media Library, self-repair services, and online documentation

Lab 0: Navigating the HPVL training environment

  • Access the HP Virtual Lab (HPVL) environment and identify the components on the HPVL for course exercises
  • Exit the HPVL environment

Lab 1: Using HP ProLiant website resources

  • Locate documentation for your HP ProLiant Gen8 server and navigate the HP Customer Self-Repair Services Media Library

After completing this module, you should be able to:

  • Describe the HP ProLiant Server family
  • Identify the new features and technologies of HP ProLiant eighth-generation (Gen8) servers
  • List the operating systems supported on ProLiant servers
  • Identify information resources such as the HP Customer Self-Repair Services Media Library

Module 2: HP integrated Lights-Out

  • Introduction to HP iLO 4 and its features
  • Review of the HP iLO Web Administration Interface
  • Introduction to the Integrated Remote Console

Lab 2: Using HP integrated Lights-Out 4

  • Describe the key features of the HP integrated Lights-Out (iLO) 4 web user interface (UI)
  • Differentiate the capabilities of the two main graphical consoles of the Integrated Remote Console (IRC)

After completing this module, you should be able to:

  • Describe HP Lights-Out management
  • Explain HP integrated Lights-Out (iLO) 4 functionality
  • Identify key features included in the iLO Advanced license
  • Explain how to configure and use iLO and its Web Administration Interface
  • Describe the options in the HP Integrated Remote Console

Module 3: Configuration using Option ROM

  • Introduction to the HP ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) and boot process
  • Features of the RBSU and configuration steps
  • Advanced iLO 4 configuration by means of the RBSU
  • Option ROM Configuration for Arrays (ORCA)
  • Accessing the RBSU and Intelligent Provisioning

Lab 3: Configuring servers using Option ROM

  • Configure systems by using the ROM-based setup utility (RBSU)
  • Configure HP integrated Lights-Out (iLO) 4 by using the iLO RBSU
  • Configure a logical drive by using the Option ROM Configuration for Arrays (ORCA)

After completing this module, you should be able to:

  • Identify features of the HP ProLiant Gen8 server ROM
  • Describe the HP ProLiant Gen8 server boot process
  • Explain how the HP RBSU can simplify server configuration
  • Identify the features of the iLO RBSU
  • Describe the ORCA configuration utility

Module 4: HP Intelligent Provisioning

  • Introduction to HP Intelligent Provisioning
  • Intelligent Provisioning maintenance utilities
  • HP Array Configuration Utility (ACU) and Array Diagnostics Utility (ADU)
  • HP iLO Configuration Utility in Intelligent Provisioning
  • HP Intelligent Provisioning configuration and operating system installation functionality

Lab 4: Setting up systems with HP Intelligent Provisioning

  • Configure the HP Intelligent Provisioning functionality
  • Configure a logical drive by using the HP Smart Array Configuration Utility (ACU)
  • Describe the functionality of the HP Intelligent Provisioning maintenance menu options

Lab 5: Provisioning systems

  • Explain how to perform a Microsoft Windows server installation using HP Intelligent Provisioning
  • Describe how to manage HP Intelligent Provisioning (IP) Deployment Settings Packages

After completing this module, you should be able to:

  • Describe HP Intelligent Provisioning
  • Identify the HP Intelligent Provisioning maintenance utilities
  • Explain how to configure and install HP Intelligent Provisioning
  • Describe the multiple-server provisioning capabilities of HP Insight Control server provisioning

Module 5: HP system software maintenance

  • Introduction to system updating-Importance and procedures
  • Introduction to the HP Service Pack for ProLiant
  • Review of the HP Smart Update Manager (HP SUM) options and installation methods
  • Review of the HP Intelligent Provisioning updating and reinstallation procedures

Lab 6: Updating systems

  • Explain how to download the HP Service Pack for ProLiant (SPP) ISO file from the HP website
  • Explain how to use the HP Smart Update Manager (HP SUM) to manage target server updates
  • Describe how to create HP SUM reports
  • Explain how to use HP SUM to install an SPP
  • Explain how to reinstall HP Intelligent Provisioning on an updated HP ProLiant server

After completing this module, you should be able to:

  • Describe the HP Smart Update solution
  • Describe the HP Service Pack for ProLiant (SPP) and the key benefits it provides
  • Describe the HP Smart Update Manager (HP SUM) tool

Module 6: Continuous system monitoring

  • Introduction to the Agentless Management and the Agentless Management Service (AMS)
  • Introduction to the Active Health System (AHS) and its log
  • Introduction to the HP System Management Homepage (SMH)
  • Overview of HP Insight Diagnostics
  • Configuring iLO with the HPONCFG and CPQLOCFG utilities by using RIBCL XML scripts
  • Managing iLO with the SMASH CLP scripting language

Lab 7: Configuring continuous system monitoring

  • Describe the functionality of the Agentless Management Service (AMS) on a running Microsoft Windows server
  • Identify key features of the HP System Management Homepage (SMH) and HP Insight Diagnostics
  • Explain how to use the HP Lights-Out Online Configuration (HPONCFG) utility
  • Explain how to use the HPONCFG command line interface (CLI) to configure HP integrated Lights-Out (iLO)

Lab 8: Managing remote control and provisioning

  • Explain how to use the CPQLOCFG Utility with command line interface (CLI) scripts to remotely configure HP integrated Lights-Out (iLO)
  • Explain how to use the Systems Management Architecture for Server Hardware (SMASH) Command Line Protocol (CLP) with PuTTY to manage the iLO
  • Describe how to perform a remote installation of the Microsoft Windows Server 2012 operating system using IP Deployment Settings with Remote Insight Board Command Language (RIBCL) XML scripts

After completing this module, you should be able to:

  • Describe the Agentless Management functionality and the AMS
  • Explain the purpose and collection methods of SNMP and the
  • WBEM providers
  • Describe the Active Health System and the AHS log
  • Describe the layout of the HP SMH
  • Identify the online and offline features of HP Insight Diagnostics
  • Explain how to use iLO scripting tools
  • Identify the components of HP SIM

Module 7: HP ProLiant ongoing system support

  • Introduction to HP Support options
  • Proactive Insight experience
  • What is HP Insight Online and how it works?
  • HP Insight Online - My IT Environment

After completing this module, you should be able to:

  • Identify the support options for HP ProLiant servers
  • Describe what is provided by HP Insight Remote Support and how to apply it to your environment

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