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Course number U4158S
Length 15 days
Delivery method Instructor-led training (ILT)
Onsite dedicated training (OST)
Price USD $10,500
CAD $11,550

Course overview

This 15-day class teaches skills necessary to perform operational procedures on HP NonStop S-series servers and associated equipment.


  • Electronics background with general computer knowledge


  • HP service providers
  • HP account or support engineers
  • Customer service personnel responsible for NonStop S-series Servers

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Course objectives

  • Describe the NonStop server architecture and the changes that have resulted from the introduction of the ServerNet system area network (SAN) technology
  • Use the OSM application to operate, manage, and maintain the NonStop S-Series server
  • Install, configure, and troubleshoot a NonStop S-series server
  • Install, configure, and troubleshoot the NonStop S-series server storage subsystem
  • Install, configure, and troubleshoot the NonStop S-series server communications subsystems
  • Perform online expansion and/or reduction of a NonStop S-series server
  • Recognize proper system operations
  • Perform system monitoring
  • Isolate and repair malfunctions to the CRU/FRU

Benefits to you

  • Understand the NonStop server architecture and the changes that have resulted from the introduction of the ServerNet system area network (SAN) technology
  • Using the OSM system to operate, manage, and maintain a NonStop S-series server; and installing, configuring, and troubleshooting a NonStop S-series server
  • Installing, configuring, and troubleshooting the NonStop S-series storage subsystem
  • Installing, configuring, troubleshooting the NonStop S-series server communications subsystem and performing online expansion and reduction of a system and recognizing proper system operations

Next Steps

  • HP NonStop TCP/IP System Management (U4176S)
  • HP NonStop SWAN troubleshooting and maintenance workshop (U4175S)

Course outline

Module 1: course introduction

Module 2: HP NonStop S-series servers

  • Lesson 1a: Introduction to NonStop S-series Servers
    • NonStop Server design goals
    • Availability
    • Data integrity
  • Lesson 1b: Performance and scalability
    • Compatibility and flexibility
    • NonStop Server Software Environment
  • Lesson 2: NonStop Server Software Environment
    • Major functions of the NonStop Kernel file and message systems
    • The role of process pairs in ensuring fault tolerance

Module 3: HP NonStop Systems Architecture

  • Lesson 1: NonStop Server architecture
    • The NonStop S-series and K-series server product lines
    • Hardware and software fault tolerance
  • Lesson 2: NonStop S-series Servers
    • The ServerNet system area network (SAN) and the role it plays in meeting the demand for performance and scalability in NonStop S-series servers
    • How HP provides hardware fault tolerance in its NonStop S-series servers

Module 4: NonStop Technical Library (NTL)

  • Lab exercise:
    • Accessing NTL

Module 5: NonStop S-series Server Architecture

  • Lesson 1a: Introduction to NonStop S-series Servers
    • Fundamentals of the ServerNet system area network (SAN)
    • Comparing and contrasting NonStop K-series and NonStop S-series server architectures
  • Lesson 1b: NonStop S-series server enclosures and components
    • ServerNet communications (comm) subsystems
    • Functions of the communications subsystems
    • Purpose of the ServerNet LAN systems Access (SLSA) subsystem
  • Lesson 1c: Purpose of the asynchronous wide area network (AWAN) subsystem
    • Purpose of the wide area network (WAN) subsystem
    • Supported communications products
  • Lesson 1d: Non-supported communications products
    • Introduction to the HP OSM application
    • Serviceability and testability features of the NonStop S-series server
    • New end-to-end service model
  • Lab Exercise
  • Lesson 2a: Data Transfer Through the ServerNet SAN
    • Options for transferring data through the ServerNet SAN and its impact on I/O for NonStop Kernel systems
  • Lesson 2b: Data transfer for interprocessor communications
    • Standard model for I/O
    • I/O models used for NonStop S-series server
    • Layered model for I/O
  • Lesson 3: ServerNet Hardware Overview
    • Review of the fundamental elements of the ServerNet SAN
    • Structure of a ServerNet packet
    • Identifying the purpose of various fields within the ServerNet packet

Module 6: TACL

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to TACL
  • Lesson 2: File Terminology
  • Lab Exercise: Using TACL

Module 7: PS text edit (TEDIT)

  • Purpose of the TEDIT program
    • Creating a document using TEDIT

Module 8: file utility program (FUP)

  • FUP overview
    • Nonstop Kernel files
    • File names, filesets, and fileset lists
    • Starting FUP interactively or non-interactively
    • FUP commands
    • Security levels for a file
    • Common file system errors
  • Lab Exercise: FUP and TEDIT Obey Files

Module 9: HP NonStop S-series Hardware Components and Power System Description

  • Lesson 1: Processor and I/O Enclosure
    • Subsystem Overview
    • Processor enclosures
    • I/O enclosures
    • The NonStop S-series naming convention
  • Lesson 2a: Power Subsystem Description
    • Power subsystem of the NonStop Sx000, and Sxx000 server
    • Power subsystem of the I/O enclosures
    • Power system architecture
    • Components of the power system
  • Lesson 2b: Explanation of the power sequences
    • Power monitor and control unit (PMCU)
    • Power scrubbing background
    • What power scrubbing does
    • Description of some OSM event messages

Module 10: LAN Topologies, Media and Protocols

  • Lesson 1a: Introduction to LAN Topologies, Media , and Protocols
    • Definition of a LAN
    • Common LAN topologies and variations
    • Common Ethernet media types
    • The Open Systems Interconnect (OSI) model and its relationship to LANs
  • Lesson 1b: The access methods CSMA/CD and token passing
    • Common protocols
    • Describing in writing how to extend an Ethernet network
    • Describing in writing the basic differences between a repeater, bridge, and router
  • Lesson 2a – Networking Concepts Overview for the NonStop S-series Server
    • Components of client/server computing
    • Data communication protocols utilized by the TSM software
    • Purpose of the Ethernet LAN as used by the NonStop S-series servers
  • Lesson 2b: TCP/IP communications environment
    • IP addressing, including classes, subnet addressing, and masks
    • Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP)
    • Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol (CHAP)
  • Lesson 2c: Simple Network Management
    • Protocol (SNMP), including its main components and use by OSM
    • File transfer protocol (FTP)
    • Remote Procedure Call (RPC) and its use with OSM

Module 11: Service Processor (SP) Functions and Features

  • The service processor (SP) environment
    • SP components at a block-diagram level
    • SP configuration tables and their structure
    • SP services and their functions
    • Connectivity between the SP and the system
    • PC console

Module 12: System Management Applications

  • Lesson 1 – OSM Overview
  • Lesson 2 - OSM configuration

Module 13 Introduction to Subsystem Control Facility (SCF)

  • SCF overview:
    • Subsystem managers
    • Online configuration changes
    • Security
  • Brief explanation of:
    • SCF commands
    • SCF subsystems
    • object types
  • Identifying peripheral devices attached to your system
  • Identifying the paths to those devices
  • Determining what state the devices and paths are in

Module 14: Storage Subsystem

  • Lesson 1: Disk Storage Subsystem
    • Introduction to the disk storage subsystem
    • System configuration and control by means of SCF
    • Plug and play
    • Online disk upgrade
    • Enclosure interleaving for storage devices
  • Lesson 2: Tape Storage Subsystem
    • Introduction to the disk storage subsystem
    • System configuration and control by means of SCF
    • Plug and play
    • Online disk upgrade
    • Enclosure interleaving for storage devices
  • Lesson 3a: Introduction to ServerNet/DA
    • Adapter
    • ServerNet/DA
    • Supported products
    • Installing the ServerNet/DA
    • Legal configurations
  • Lesson 3b: Configuring disk and tape devices
    • Performing SAC installation and/or removal and replacement
    • Nomadic disk

Module 15: Disk and Tape Utilities

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Disk and Tape
  • Disk and Tape Utilities
    • The BACKUP utility
    • The RESTORE utility
    • The BACKCOPY utility
    • The labeled tape environment
    • Processing modes
    • MEDIACOM commands
  • Lab Exercise: Tape Utilities
  • Lesson 2: DSAP/DCOM
    • Disk space utilization
    • The Disk Space Analysis Program (DSAP)
    • Methods of compressing disk space
    • Using DSAP to determine file ownership and age
    • Using DCOM to reallocate

Module 16: Peruse / SPOOLCOM

  • Spooler subsystem
    • Using Peruse to perform basic functions
    • Determining the status of the job
    • Re-assigning the job output location
    • Deleting the job
    • Identifying the spooler components
    • Various states the spooler can be in
  • Use SPOOLCOM to:
    • Check the status of the spooler components
    • Properly drain and restart the spooler and devices
  • Lab Exercise: Using Peruse/Spoolcom

Module 17: System Monitoring

  • Web Viewpoint
    • The Web ViewPoint product
    • Features and benefits
    • Main components of Web ViewPoint
    • Starting Web ViewPoint
    • Using Web ViewPoint
    • Customizing object trees
  • Lab Exercise: Using Web ViewPoint

Module 18: Processor Recovery Operations

  • Lesson 1: Memory Dumps
    • Identify processor problems
    • Determining when a processor memory dump should be performed
    • Performing a processor memory dump
    • Additional information to include when sending a dump to the GCSC
  • Lesson 2: Tandem Failure Data System (TFDS)
    • Benefits of TFDS
    • Components of TFDS
    • Configuring TFDS

Module 19: Server Configuration and Management

  • Various types of configuration files
    • Creating a base configuration
    • Creating a user configuration
    • Online configuration changes
    • NonStop Kernel configuration services SCF0000, STARTCOM, and STARTSCF files
  • Lab Exercise: Using SCF to Manage and Configure a NonStop S-series server

Module 20: Software Management

  • Lesson 1a: Software Management Using DSM/SCM and SYSGENR
    • How an OSIMAGE is created using SYSGENR
    • How SYSGENR is run
    • Files that result from a SYSGEN operation
    • Features and capabilities of DSM/SCM
  • Lesson 1b: Typical DSM/SCM process flow
    • Five actions performed by the DSM/SCM application for software management
    • Contents of the CONFTEXT file
    • Changes to the ALLPROCESSORS paragraph
  • Lesson 2: Electronic Delivery And Installation of SPRs
    • Access IPM Scout
    • Search for an IPM
    • Access IPM details
    • Download an IPM
  • Lesson 2b: Upload an IPM
    • Use SWARCSET
    • How to request a software update tape (SUT)
    • How to request an Independent Product
    • Software Product Relationship Query (SPRQ)
  • Lab Exercise: Using the DSM/SCM Planner Interface

Module 21: NonStop S-series Server Maintenance and Expansion

  • Lesson 1a: Online CRU Replacement
    • Physical and functional characteristics of PMF and IOMF CRUs
    • How the loss of a PMF or IOMF CRU in an enclosure affects the adapters in associated enclosures
  • Lesson 1b: Replacing a PMF or IOMF CRU online
    • Steps necessary to resume operations
    • Using the Guided Replacement Tools for online removal and replacement of PMFs, IOMFs, NonStop Sxx000 power supplies, and ServerNet Device Adapter (SNDAs)
  • Lab exercise:
    • Removing and Replacing a PMF CRU
    • Removing and Replacing an IOMF CRU
  • Lesson 2a: Online Expansion and Reduction
    • Understanding the prerequisites and planning requirements
    • Building blocks
  • Lesson 2b: Preparing your target system Preparing a block
    • Adding a block to your target system
    • Verifying the resized system
  • Lab Exercise: Expanding a 4-Processor System to a 16-Processor System (Including I/O Enclosures)

Module 22: NonStop S-series Communications Subsystems

  • Lesson 1: Expand Networks
    • Basic Expand architecture
    • Expand components
    • New features and functions that let Expand work with the ServerNet Cluster more efficiently
  • Lesson 2a: ServerNet Lan System Access (SLSA) configuration and management
    • Matching components with product name and number
    • Functions of the SLSA components
    • SCF/SLSA object hierarchy
  • Lesson 2b: Recommended names of the SLSA adapter components
    • SLSA and QIO subsystem relationship
    • Steps to install the adapters
    • Features of the Fast Ethernet ServerNet adapter (FESA)
  • Lesson 2c: The 6763 Common Communications ServerNet adapter (CCSA) components
    • Functions of CCSA components
    • The SCF/CCSA object hierarchy
    • Recommended names of the CCSA components
  • Lesson 3a: ServerNet Wide Area Network (SWAN) Concentrator configuration and Management
    • SWAN 2 (3881) concentrator hardware components
    • Processes required for proper SWAN and SWAN 2 operation
  • Lesson 3b: IOPs available for use with the SWAN and SWAN 2 concentrators
    • Startup files used to configure processes for proper SWAN operation
    • Using Wan Wizard Pro to configure a SWAN or SWAN 2 concentrator
  • Lab Exercise: Installing and Configuring a SWAN Concentrator

Onsite-Delivery Equipment Requirements

  • Each group of two students requires a minimum of:
  • One 2-processor model NonStop Sxx000 server with G06.21 or later version of the NonStop Kernel operating system (4-processor system recommended)
  • One I/O expansion enclosure with cables for each processor enclosure
  • One PC workstation per student
  • One S7X-iPAQ PC TSM console
  • Two ServerNet expansion boards (6750) (may be replaced by MSEBs (6750M). MSEBs are required if ServerNet clustering is being taught
  • Two 3861 ServerNet Ethernet adapters with cables
  • One 3880 SWAN or 3881 SWAN 2 concentrator with cables and 2 two multiport Ethernet hubs
  • Three multiport Ethernet hubs, including cables
  • One 5525B printer or equivalent
  • One tape drive (525x, CT9840, 519x, etc.) and appropriate tape cartridges and cables
  • Optional equipment:
  • Two 6760 ServerNet/DA adapters with cables and a minimum of one F-SAC for each SNDA
  • One 455MOD8 disk module with at least two drives
  • One 6760 ServerNet/DA adapter with cables and a minimum of one S-SAC
  • Two 6740 ServerNet/FX or 6742 ServerNet/FX2 adapters with cables
  • One 3863 Fast Ethernet ServerNet adapter
  • A minimum of two systems as listed above is required for the class
  • ServerNet cables of appropriate length are required to connect the servers to form one server during the class
  • Additional optional equipment:
  • Two ServerNet Cluster Switches (SC-xx) as appropriate for the location with NNA PICs, and appropriate PICs and cables as required for the system
  • Two modular ServerNet expansion boards (6750M) with appropriate PICs for the selected cable types (ECL, SMF, MMF, SCu) and appropriate cables

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