About this Course

Code TPHB507S
Duration 3 Days

This advanced course teaches system administrators about disaster tolerant clusters design and infrastructure. Topics include disaster tolerance concepts, overview of the architectures involved, installation and configuration of a Metrocluster and Continentalclusters, configuring a package in a Metrocluster, theory of product operation, basic Metrocluster maintenance and troubleshooting, maintenance mode, and disaster recovery dress rehearsal. The course is 60 percent lecture and 40 percent hands-on labs using HP Integrity and ProLiant servers and HP 3PAR storage systems.


  • 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 Serviceguard I (H6487S) or equivalent experience and
  • HP 3PAR storage technology experience recommended

Delegates will learn how to

At the conclusion of this course you should be able to:

  • Understand the concepts of HP Serviceguard Extended Distance Clusters
  • Install and configure HP Metrocluster
  • Configure an HP Metrocluster package
  • Manage and maintain HP Metrocluster
  • Perform basic Metrocluster troubleshooting
  • Configure Continentalclusters
  • Perform a Continentalclusters recovery dress rehearsal


Disaster Recovery Concepts

  • Levels of availability
  • Disaster tolerance architectures, requirements, and rules
  • Disaster tolerant design guidelines and tradeoffs
  • Choosing the right solution
  • Physical and logical replication advantages and disadvantages
  • Rolling disasters

Disaster Recovery Cluster Architectures

  • Range of architectures
  • Local cluster: Serviceguard
  • Serviceguard comparative features
  • Extended distance clusters: Serviceguard
  • Extended cluster rules and configuration requirements
  • Two and three data center extended cluster architecture
  • Arbitrator systems and quorum server
  • Extended distance cluster comparative features
  • Metrocluster and rules
  • Two data centers and a third location Metrocluster architecture
  • Metrocluster disk architecture
  • Extended distance cluster and Metrocluster network architecture
  • Metrocluster connectivity and comparative features
  • Continentalclusters and configurations
  • Continentalclusters comparative features
  • Criteria for choosing a cluster architecture

Metrocluster with 3PAR Remote Copy

  • Product description and dependencies
  • General cluster and configuration requirements
  • 3PAR storage system concepts
  • Remote Copy configurations
  • Metrocluster site-aware failover

Metrocluster with 3PAR Remote Copy Installation and

  • Installation and configuration steps
  • Create the Metrocluster package
  • 3PAR and Remote Copy commands

Metrocluster with 3PAR Remote Copy Theory of Operations

  • Basic design
  • Components in Metrocluster 3PAR Remote Copy
  • Remote Copy operation
  • Synchronous and asynchronous replication
  • Remote Copy volume group roles
  • Failure scenarios

Metrocluster Problem Analysis and Troubleshooting

  • Troubleshooting
  • Cluster problems
  • Package problems
  • 3PAR storage system problems
  • Patches

Disaster Recovery with Continentalclusters

  • Continentalclusters architectures
  • Installation and configuration of Continentalclusters
  • Testing packages and operations

Disaster Recovery Rehearsal with Continentalclusters

  • Network migration options
  • Enabling and disabling maintenance mode
  • Steps for a disaster recovery rehearsal

3 Days


This is a QA approved partner course

Delivery Method

Delivery method


Face-to-face learning in the comfort of our quality nationwide centres, with free refreshments and Wi-Fi.

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