This course reviews HP 3PAR hardware and architecture along with providing administrators insight into the constructs within the HP 3PAR array family. Topics include Management Console (MC)and Command Line Interface (CLI), Common Provisioning Groups, Thin Provisioning, data encryption used by self-encrypting drives and Virtual Lock. Dynamic Optimization and Adaptive Optimization are also discussed. Virtual Copies and Physical Copies are addressed as well. The course is approximately 50 percent lecture and 50 percent hands-on labs using HP 3PAR arrays. Note: hosts used are MS Windows.


The following topics are not included in this course:

  • Hands-on hardware installation
  • Hands on with hardware
  • Array installation
  • Service processor
  • Hands-on Peer Motion
  • On-line Import
  • VMware labs
  • Upgrades
  • Adaptive Optimization
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  • An understanding of general storage concepts including fibre channel
    technologies, and RAID.

  • Operator level functionality in a Windows environment. (Labs are
    performed on a Windows host.)

Who Should Attend?

HP 3PAR administrators who desire training on basic concepts and
best practices needed to administer the array.

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Delegates will learn how to

  • Explain the HP 3PAR current hardware offerings: including the 7000 series, 7000c series, and the V-Series (10000)
  • Know the numbering schemes for the HP 3PAR hardware components (controllers, physical disks, ports)
  • Understand data flow and communication concepts in an HP 3PAR controller node
  • Use Management Console and CLI and SSMC to perform administrative tasks
  • Set-up a Common Provisioning Group (CPG)
  • Create a Thin Provisioned Virtual Volume (TPVV) and a Thin Dedup Virtual Volume (TDVV)
  • Use Autonomic Groups (Host Sets and Volume Sets) to simplify provisioning storage
  • Change volume RAID, availability, and service levels using DynamicOptimization
  • Work with Virtual Lock for Virtual Volumes and Snapshots
  • Administer Virtual Volumes using the CLI, SSMC, and Management Console to manage space
  • Create a Virtual Copy Volume (Snapshot)
  • Convert a Virtual Volume from fully-provisioned to thin-provisioned
  • Use HP 3PAR info to analyze luns presented to hosts
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HP 3PAR Solution Overview

  • Current product line overviews
  • Software suites and licensing overview
  • Benefits and advantages of HP 3PAR virtualized storage architecture
  • HP 3PAR hardware offerings (10000 Series and 7000 Series)
  • Basic HP 3PAR high availability advantages
  • Gen4 ASIC chip functionality
  • Advantages of cache persistence and persistent ports
  • Data flow and communication concepts in an HP 3PAR controller node
  • Self-encrypting drives
  • HP 3PAR component connectivity
  • HP 3PAR remote support

HP 3PAR Array Management: MC, SSMC and CLI

  • Installing
  • Logging In
  • Basic features and commands
  • Wizards
  • Benefits

7000 Series Hardware Overview

  • HP 3PAR controller options basics
  • Drive cage expandability options
  • HP 3PAR hardware components basics
  • HP 3PAR hardware components numbering schemes

10000 Series Hardware Overview

  • HP 3PAR controller options basics
  • Drive cage expandability options
  • HP 3PAR hardware components basics
  • HP 3PAR hardware components numbering schemes

Storage Concepts and Terminology

  • HP 3PAR provisioning terminology
  • HP 3PAR concept of a disk chunklet and Logical Disk (LD)
  • HP 3PAR concept of a Common Provisioning Group (CPG)
  • HP 3PAR Virtual Volumes (VV) types
  • Thin Provisioning

Storage Configuration

  • CPGs using Management Console, SSMC, and CLI
  • Fully provisioned and thin provisioned VVs using Management Console, SSMC, and CLI

Host Connectivity and Storage Allocation

  • Supported operating systems
  • How to prepare a host to access an HP 3PAR storage array
  • Adding hosts in an HP 3PAR storage array
  • Adding FC ports to a host
  • Export VVs to a host as VLUNs
  • Unexport VVs/VLUNs from a host
  • Using Management Console, SSMC, and CLI to work with hosts and storage
  • Use Host Explorer to add hosts
  • Use HP3PARInfo to gather information

Autonomic Groups and Virtual Lock

  • Host and volume sets advantages
  • Creating and maintaining host and volume sets
  • Management Console, SSMC, and CLI to work with host and volume sets
  • Host and volume sets guidelines and rules
  • Understand the Virtual Lock feature

Dynamic Optimization

  • Dynamic Optimization (DO) benefits
  • Changing VV RAID level
  • Changing VV setsize and availability level
  • Changing VV service level
  • Changing VV user data and copy space
  • Online VV Conversion

Thin Technologies

  • Benefits of the Zero Detection/Thin Persistence feature
  • Administering Virtual Volumes using the MC, SSMC, and CLI to manage space

Local Replication: Virtual and Physical Copy

  • Virtual and Physical Copy benefits
  • Creating, exporting, unexporting, and deleting a virtual copy volume
  • Rules of virtual copy relationships
  • Restore from a virtual copy
  • Resynchronize a PC to a base volume
  • Promote a PC to a base volume
  • Use the MC and CLI to manage physical and virtual copies

SSMC 2.0 Overview

  • Installing SSMC
  • Reviewing the dashboard within SSMC
  • Managing hardware components within SSMC
  • Reporting capabilities


  • Deduplication Process
  • Interpreting dedup output from CLI commands
  • Purpose of the Garbage Collector
  • How dedup works with virtual, physical, and remote Copies

Adaptive Flash Cache

  • Understanding what and what cannot be moved into AFC
  • Explaining the different LRU queues and queue demotion
  • Using CLI commands to setup, enable, disable, remove, and monitor AFC

File Persona

  • Installing and configuring File Persona
  • Working with File Persona authorization and authentication
  • Understanding the logical layers of File Persona
  • Explaining how snapshots work with File Persona
  • Configuring and using Antivirus capabilities
  • Working with File Services Quota Management

Benefits to You

  • Gain the knowledge necessary to perform day-to-day administration functions on an HP 3PAR array.
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