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Course number U3726S
Length 5 days
Delivery method Instructor-led training (ILT)
Onsite dedicated training (OST)
Price USD $4,000

Course overview

This course presents the concepts, features and specifics of managing OpenVMS complex systems. OpenVMS complex systems include OpenVMS Integrity nPars, OpenVMS Cluster Systems and storage options available to the system manager. The course presents configuration and design concepts and configuration options that may be implemented by the system manager.

OpenVMS Cluster System interconnect options, availability, scalability, and performance considerations are covered as well as disaster tolerant cluster configurations.

OpenVMS Integrity nPar concepts will include hardware concepts. These concepts are important for the configuration and implementation of an OpenVMS Integrity Cell based system.

Performance, availability, and scalability are common topics throughout the course. This course also describes general troubleshooting techniques for OpenVMS Cluster Systems and some system tools available for troubleshooting. Introduced are a number of PC based tools for maintaining and monitoring both the systems and data storage.


  • Students should have an understanding of general OpenVMS system management activities and tools
  • Completion of HP OpenVMS system management I: essentials for established systems (U3724S) and HP OpenVMS system management II: installation, configuration, and customization (U3725S) is recommended


  • System managers who need the skills to understand and be responsible for cluster, storage, and Galaxy management tasks

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Benefits to you

This course presents configuration and design concepts and configuration options that can be implemented by the system manager. Students are involved in relevant exercises, reinforcing the lectures and providing the knowledge and skills to be able to manage complex components of OpenVMS systems.

Next Steps

  • HP OpenVMS System Performance Management U3727S

Course Objective

After completing this course, students should be able to:

  • Configure and maintain Raid and Storage Area Networks (SAN) to work with OpenVMS
  • Choose, configure, and maintain OpenVMS cluster systems
  • Use troubleshooting methodology and tools to resolve OpenVMS SAN and cluster problems
  • Set up and use nPars (hard partitions) on OpenVMS
  • Use gWLM to manage workloads within or across containers
  • Understand virtualization concepts and existing tools

Detailed Course Outline

Storage Overview

  • Introduction to Storage Options with OpenVMS Systemsn
  • Storage Area Network Concepts
  • SAN Layered Architecture
  • Fibre Channel Configurations
  • RAID Concepts
  • Implementing Storage with an EVA
  • Fibre Channel Switch Overview
  • Data Replication Manager (DRM) and continuous access (CA)
  • Command view management utility

Volume Shadowing for OpenVMS

  • Volume Shadowing for OpenVMS Concepts
  • Creating a Shadow Set
  • Managing Shadow Sets
  • Volume Shadowing Bitmap and Mini-copy
  • Booting From a Shadow Set

Custer Concepts

  • OpenVMS Cluster Overview
  • Interconnects.
  • Cluster Connection Manager
  • Distributed Lock Manager
  • Shared Storage.
  • System Disk Structure

OpenVMS Cluster Design and Configuration

  • Business requirements for an OpenVMS Cluster
  • Design goals based on established business requirements
  • OpenVMS cluster design and configuration steps
  • OpenVMS cluster system configuration issues

OpenVMS Cluster Troubleshooting

  • Cluster State Transitions
  • Cluster Membership
  • Losing Quorum
  • CLUEXIT Bugchecks
  • Using SCACP and LANCP

Distributed Locking

  • Distributed Locking Concepts
  • Resource Mastership and LOCKDIRWT
  • PE1 Processing

Troubleshooting Basics and Tools

  • Troubleshooting Methodology
  • Troubleshooting Tools
  • DECamds/Availability Manager
  • DECevent


  • Cell-based Integrity hardware overview
  • Partitions
  • Cell communication
  • Creating hard partitions

OpenVMS Virtualization

  • Virtualization overview
  • gWLM
  • iCAP
  • TiCAP
  • PPU

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