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Course number U8601S
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
*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

Experienced system administrators learn how to use cluster technology with a quorum service and appropriate CFS structures to support Oracle 11gR2 in data center environments. Students set up and test a failover cluster, configure a quorum server or lock disk cluster, incorporate cluster file systems into a Serviceguard cluster, exploreextended distance clusters and configure ContinentalClusters including a dress rehearsal. The 3-day course is 40 percent lecture and 60 percent hands-on labs using HP servers.


  • HP-UX System and Network Administration I (H3064S) and HP-UX System and Network Administration II (H3065S) or
  • HP-UX System and Network Administration for Experienced UNIX® System Administrators (H5875S) and
  • HP-UX Logical Volume Manager (LVM) (H6285S) or HP-UX VERITAS Volume Manager (VxVM) (HB505S) and
  • POSIX Shell Programming (H4322S) or experience in shell scripting and
  • HP Serviceguard I (H6487S): Note that students who have not attended H6487S are likely to have great difficulty with U8601S


  • HP-UX system administrators who develop, design, implement, and monitor Serviceguard clusters

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Course Objectives

  • Review Serviceguard concepts
  • Create a multi-node package
  • Configure and perfom a Continental Cluster dress rehearsal
  • Create a multi-node package
  • Configure a Serviceguard cluster with the quorum service or lock disk
  • Understand a Cluster File System (CFS)
  • Learn how to create a Serviceguard CFS cluster using VxVM setup and multi-node, diskgroup, and mountpoint packages
  • Configure and test Oracle 11gR2 Clusterware and SGeRAC as a failover and RAC cluster
  • Discuss and understand “extended distance clusters”
  • Understand and configure a ContinentalCluster

Next steps

  • Consider attending the other courses in the HP Virtual Server Environment (VSE) curriculum to learn more about HP-UX virtualization

Benefits to you

  • Protect your mission critical applications against a wide variety of hardware and software failures through effective use of Oracle 11g in a Serviceguard environment
  • Deliver highly available database service to your applications by integrating Oracle 11gR2 Real Application Cluster with the Serviceguard Framework
  • Maintain a complex Oracle environment using SGeRAC
  • Reduce your database downtime by using Oracle's RAC in conjunction with Serviceguard
  • Understand how Cluster File Systems (CFS) can achieve faster failover and facilitate management of applications

Course outline


  • State the pre-requisites and expectations of this training course
  • State the purpose and scope of this training course
  • Identify the platforms, operating systems, and software products used in this course
  • Configure a cluster quickly from a base operating system install
  • Review some ‘new’ Serviceguard features

Multi-node Packages

  • Create a multi-node package
  • Understand Serviceguard command output for multi-node packages
  • Start and stop multi-node packages
  • Describe the differences between a fail-over package and a multi-node package
  • Explain the limitations of using filesystems in a multi-node package
  • Identify the problems of using floating IP addresses in multi-node packages

Serviceguard Storage Management Suite (CFS)

  • Understand key features of CFS
  • Configure Serviceguard multi-node packages
  • Configure CFS Mountpoint multi-node packages
  • Create a Serviceguard CFS cluster

Serviceguard Extensions for Oracle RAC

  • Describe the purpose, architecture and components of SGeRAC
  • Install/remove SGeRAC
  • Describe the difference between a Failover Cluster and a RAC Cluster
  • Install Oracle 11gR2 Clusterware
  • Create a Serviceguard package to control Clusterware
  • Outline the different storage options available for Clusterware and RAC
  • Deploy Oracle software on CFS storage

Extended Distance and Other Clusters

  • Understand the four types of clusters
  • Understand the difference between the four types of clusters
  • Understand the geographic limitations of each of the four types of clusters

Disaster Recovery with Continental Clusters

  • Describe the architecture used for HP's Continental Clusters product
  • List two supported methods for performing data replication in a Continental cluster
  • Setup and configure a primary cluster in a Continental clusters environment
  • Setup and configure a recovery cluster in a Continental clusters environment
  • Setup, configure and test a monitoring package for a Continental clusters environment
  • Put a recovery group into maintenance mode
  • Setup, configure and run a disaster recovery dress rehearsal
  • Revert a cluster after a disaster
  • Use commands to monitor the status of a Continental cluster
  • Be aware of the implications of data privacy laws on Continental cluster design

Extended Distance and Other Clusters

  • Understand the four types of clusters
  • Understand the difference between the four types of clusters
  • Understand the geographic limitations of each of the four types of clusters

Disaster Recovery Dress Rehearsals with Continental Clusters

  • Identify a suitable architecture for TCP/IP migration across clusters
  • Understand the uses and limitations of adress rehearsal
  • Perform a disaster recovery dress rehearsal
  • Put a package into maintenance mode
  • Take a package out of maintenance mode
  • Create a dress-rehearsal package
  • Understand the important infrastructure changes which are not tested by a DR dress rehearsal

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