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Course number HE646S
Length 3 days
Delivery method* Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT)
Instructor-led training (ILT)
Onsite dedicated training (OST)
Price USD $2,400
CAD $2,640
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Special Note

  1. HP strongly recommends the 2 day HE643S Introduction to HP ProLiant Servers course also to learn about HP products, tools, agents, and utilities such as iLO, IRC, CLI, HP SUM, SPP products and tools to simplify the installation, deployment, configuration, firmware updates and maintenance of HP ISS/ProLiant servers and HP BladeSystem c-class Enclosures.
  2. This HE646S course (along with the 2 day HE643S Introduction to HP ProLiant Servers course and 3 day H4C04S HP OneView Administration course) provides skills to manage your HP BladeSystem environment.
  3. Students will perform their hands-on labs using remote access to the HP c-Class BladeSystem and Enclosures within our state-of-art HP Virtual Labs datacenter.

To purchase, use one of the following method of payments or contact your HP sales or HP reseller representative:

  • Credit card or Purchase Order
  • HP Care Pack Total Education One (U5466#4NK/UC818E)– quantity 24 units –purchase standalone or with services quote
  • HP Services Support Contract Attach (HA167AC) - $2400 USD/$2640 CAD
  • HP Care Pack for ProLiant Training (Day Rate CarePack) (HF385E/HF385A1) - quantity 3 units – when attached with HP product quote
  • This Course version includes HP Gen8 and HP Gen9 features and hands-on labs

Course overview

This 3-day course provides instruction on HP BladeSystem administration and management. Discussion of the portfolio overview ensures an understanding of components, configurations, and solutions.


  • System administrators, engineers and consultants who will manage and monitor the HP ProLiant BladeSystem c-Class environment


HP recommends that participants have attained the following credentials or levels of experience before taking this course:

  • Introduction to HP ProLiant Servers (HE643S) or similar experience is recommended

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Course objectives

  • Explore the functional architecture of the ProLiant BL c-Class environment, including management infrastructure (Insight Display, Onboard Administrator and iLO Management Engine), power and cooling and servers
  • Review the HP c-Class BladeSystem Portfolio and equipment capabilities
  • Introduce Virtual Connect (basic concepts)

Benefits to you

  • Gain the ability to perform successful site planning and infrastructure design needed to deploy an HP c-Class BladeSystem solution
  • Understand the various management tools and tasks required in the solution
  • Be able to perform effective local and remote administration using HP Onboard Administrator

Next steps

Select courses from HP BladeSystem server management Curriculum path:

  • HP Virtual Connect (HK758S)
  • 3 day HP OneView Administration course (H4C04S) - for in-depth, hands-on practice
    1 day HP OneView QuickStart (H7H10S) - for existing HP customers with Insight Control experience

Course outline

Module 1: HP BladeSystem portfolio introduction

  • Identify resources for information about the current HP c-Class BladeSystem portfolio
  • Differentiate the two types of HP BladeSystem enclosures
  • Identify HP BladeSystem ProLiant servers
  • Identify HP Integrity server blades
  • Describe other components in the c-Class portfolio:
    • HP BladeSystem adapters and mezzanines
    • HP BladeSystem interconnects
    • HP BladeSystem c-Class options
  • Define the warranty and support options for HP BladeSystem solutions

Module 2: HP BladeSystem c-Class enclosures

  • Describe the HP BladeSystem c-Class enclosures
  • Describe the c-Class enclosure structure
  • Explain c-Class enclosure signal pathing for installing mezzanines and interconnects in the correct locations
  • Define an enclosure numbering scheme
  • Explain how to access the HP Onboard Administrator

Module 3: HP BladeSystem power and cooling

  • Explain how to configure power for an HP BladeSystem c-Class enclosure
  • Explain how to control power in a c-Class enclosure
  • Describe HP intelligent location and power discovery services
  • Describe the structural cooling components and features

Module 4: HP BladeSystem c-Class servers

  • Identify the distinctions between the HP ProLiant G7 and Gen8 servers
  • Describe the technologies on the ProLiant system board:
    • Mezzanines
    • USB and SD cards
    • Embedded LOM and FlexibleLOM
  • Identify c-Class Integrity servers and their requirements

Module 5: HP BladeSystem c-Class storage, tape, and expansion blades

  • Describe how the HP BladeSystem c-Class enclosure architecture enables partnering of server blades with storage or expansion blades
  • Explain the placement rules and installation guidelines for storage and expansion blades
  • Describe the features and components of:
    • Storage blades
    • Tape blades
    • Expansion blades

Module 6: HP BladeSystem c-Class connectivity options

  • Describe the HP BladeSystem c-Class interconnect module architecture
  • List the BladeSystem c-Class interconnect modules:
    • Ethernet
    • Fibre Channel
    • InfiniBand
    • SAS
  • Describe the mezzanine cards and slots available in the BladeSystem c-Class server blades
  • Describe HP BladeSystem c7000 and c3000 enclosure port mapping

Module 7: HP Virtual Connect overview

  • Define the benefits of HP BladeSystem solutions with HP Virtual Connect technology
  • Describe Virtual Connect technology and its main components
  • Identify ways to use Virtual Connect technology in a data center
  • Describe the VC Flex technology
  • Describe the VC FlexFabric Fibre Channel storage with 3PAR solution

Module 8: HP BladeSystem c7000 enclosure and infrastructure installation and management

  • List the steps for planning an HP BladeSystem c7000 enclosure installation
  • Explain the process for installing the c7000 enclosure components
  • List the initial steps involved in setting up the c7000 enclosure using the:
    • HP Insight Display Initial Setup Wizard
    • HP Onboard Administrator (OA) First Time Setup Wizard
  • Describe the OA management features
  • Describe the HP BladeSystem c-Class enclosure power and thermal monitoring

Module 9: HP BladeSystem c-Class firmware

  • Determine what firmware is embedded in various components in the enclosure and how to update it
  • Explain how to access the HP SPP download and documentation
  • Describe how to update firmware for the HP OA using:
    • HP SUM
    • EFM
  • Explain how to implement HP BladeSystem c-Class enclosure firmware
  • Explain how to update firmware embedded in the OA for a blade enclosure

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