This 4-day course provides an introduction, including hands-on exercises, to the new Independent Product version of RDF. After a brief review of Transaction Monitoring Facility (TMF) operation and audit trails, there will be an overview of RDF operational features and functions.

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  • Concepts and Facilities for NonStop Systems (U4147S)
  • NonStop Transaction Manager/MP Operations and Management (U4186S)

Who Should Attend?

  • Anyone interested in receiving an introduction to RDF

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Delegates will learn how to

  • Understanding of the proper use and integration of RDF in the customer's Disaster Recovery Plan
  • Understanding of RDF's basic software process, file, and performance requirements
  • Defining an effective environment for RDF operation
  • Understanding RDF installation and management
  • Commands and procedures needed to run RDF
  • Recognition of (and planning for) various failure scenarios
  • Use of various RDF-related utility programs designed to monitor RDF operations and the associated databases
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Module 1 — Introduction to the Remote Database

  • RDF purpose and features
  • RDF system requirements
  • RDF volume, file and network considerations

Module 2 — RDF System Description

  • TMF concepts
  • RDF processing tasks
  • RDF processes
  • RDF Process Functions:
  • Monitor

  • RDF modes of operation
  • Report generation on backup database

Module 3 — RDF Installation and Characteristics

  • RDF product family
  • RDF/IMPX product architecture
  • Overview of RDF installation
  • Security attributes
  • RDF control files
  • Performance and sizing considerations
  • Optimizing expand line performance for RDF
  • Lab exercise:
  • Installing RDF software

Module 4 — Introduction to RDFCOM Commands

  • RDF command interface
  • RDF command categories
  • RDFCOM utility commands:
  • HELP

  • The STATUS command
  • Status RTD calculation

Module 5 — Configuring an RDF Environment

  • Preparing RDF for the first time test
  • The INITIALIZE RDF command
  • RDF configuration commands:
    • SET
      SHOW and RESET

  • RDF global configuration parameters
  • Receiver and purger configuration parameters
  • Image-Trail parameter
  • Volume (Updater) configuration parameters
  • The INFO command
  • The ALTER command
  • The DELETE VOLUME command
  • RDF configuration sample
  • Lab exercises:
  • Creating an RDF configuration for the Master Audit Trail (MAT)
  • Initializing RDF and activating the configuration

Module 6 — Running an RDF Environment

  • Starting RDF
  • Controlling the application of updates
  • Stopping RDF processes
  • Database synchronization concepts
  • Synchronization methods
  • Overview of online database synchronization
  • Planned primary system switchover to backup system
  • Plan for controlled switchover, controlled switchover procedure
  • Lab exercise: Starting the RDF environment

Module 7 — RDF Working with NonStop SQL

  • Summary of RDF Working with NonStop SQL/MP
  • NonStop SQL/MP objects defined, NonStop SQL/MP objects protected by RDF
  • Configuring the replication of Enscribe purges
  • Enscribe purge replication
  • Planning the backup database
  • Index replication
  • Program object files
  • Recommended procedure for RDF database structure changes
  • NonStop SQL/MX considerations
  • Lab exercises:
  • Understanding RDF features
  • Online database synchronization
  • Creating an RDF configuration for an auxiliary audit trail
  • Understanding various RDF features with an auxiliary audit trail

Module 8 — Takeover Processing

  • The TAKEOVER command
  • Tasks not performed by RDF following a takeover
  • Switching back to the primary system
  • Lab exercise: RDF takeover and reversal

Module 9 — RDF Failure Scenarios and Utilities

  • Communications and process failures
  • File resynchronization considerations and procedures
  • NonStop TMF volume crash, NonStop TMF system crash
  • FileIncomplete, FileComplete audit records, and the problem with FileIncomplete records
  • RDF health checks, problem escalation
  • RDF utilities: RDRCHEK, RDFSNOOP
  • Lab exercise: RDF utilities

Module 10 — RDF Advanced Topics

  • RDF versions:
  • 1.1, 1.3, 1.3, 1.4, 1.6, 1.7
  • Configuring RDF with SMF
  • SMF catalogs
  • Interactions between RDF and SMF
  • File placement of new files
  • Adding and removing disks in the SMF pools
  • RDFCOM validation changes
  • Errors and troubleshooting
  • Updater opens
  • Lockstep operation
  • Introduction to NonStop AutoTMF
  • AutoTMF Software and Runtime
  • NonStop TMF and AutoTMF performance
  • Introduction to ASAP
  • Architectural overview
  • Installation and auto discovery
  • Monitoring of specific RDF environments
  • Adding and removing RDF environments
  • ASAP version compatibility
  • RDF metrics reported by ASAP
  • Additional enhancements in RDF 1.6 & 1.7
  • Product installation instructions

Onsite-Delivery Equipment Requirements

  • Two NonStop servers with:
  • D46.xx or later version of the NonStop Kernel
  • operating system for K-series servers, or
  • G06.03xx or later version for NonStop
  • S-series servers
  • RDF/IMP IMPX installed
  • Eight volumes each
  • NonStop SQL/MP
  • Terminal access for each attendee
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