About this Course

Code TPZL1_XTR11
Duration 3 Days

This is the entry course for all of the System x Technical Education Roadmaps, including certification, clustering, and systems management. The student will gain a thorough understanding of the design, architectures, features, and functions of IBM System x servers and IBM BladeCenter products.


Enrollment in this course is not restricted. However, typical students taking this course include technical IBM personnel from the FTSS, ATS and Techline organizations as well as business partner technical personnel involved with planning, installation, configuration and upgrading of xSeries servers and use of IBM Director systems management software.

Some experience with Intel-based computer hardware and Windows or Linux operating systems.

Delegates will learn how to

  • Define features common to IBM ServeRAID adapters
  • Describe current IBM ServeRAID adapter models
  • List the key elements of the System x memory subsystem
  • Identify the various System x processor options
  • Describe features common to System x networking subsystem
  • Examine the System x PCI subsystem
  • Provide a comprehensive overview of systems management framework and topology
  • List hardware and software based systems management options
  • Describe the major components of the Cool Blue Portfolio
  • Recognize and detail the highlights of the IBM System x Tower Server line
  • Recognize and detail the highlights of he IBM System x rack-optimized server line
  • Recognize and detail the highlights of the IBM System x high performance server line
  • Recognize and detail the highlights of the IBM BladeCenter Components
  • Summarize the IBM TotalStorage Entry-level Disk System product line
  • Summarize the IBM TotalStorage Mid-range Disk System product line
  • Summarize the IBM TotalStorage Enterprise Disk System product line
  • Introduce the concepts and considerations for rack design and implementation in the datacenter
  • Provide an overview of power requirements and options, including PDU selection and IBM configuration and planning tools
  • Introduce chassis cooling concepts
  • Identify the six possible states of a system
  • List the tools that are available to gather information for a given system state
  • Identify the tools that are available to analyze information for a given system state
  • Apply your knowledge to correctly identify a system state and list possible actions to identify faults
  • Examine IBM Dynamic System Analysis (DSA) to aid in diagnosing system
  • List the benefiting features of UpdateXpress, ServerGuide, and ServeRAID Manager
  • Understand the tested compatibility information provided by IBM ServerProven
  • Describe benefits of using the Configuration and Options Guide
  • Recognize the benefit to installing the Standalone Solutions configuration Tool (SSCT)
  • Describe the recommendations provided by the Sizing Guide
  • Identify Dynamic System Analysis (DSA) features used to aid in diagnosing system problems
  • Identify the Remote Technical Support (RTS) features that are available for the IBM family of products
  • Recognize the key components listed in the System x and BladeCenter Reference sheet (XREF)
  • Understand the How-to technical information provided in the IBM Redbooks


Day 1

  • Welcome
  • Unit 1: Introduction to IBM System x
  • Unit 2: System x server subsystem technologies: Disk subsystem
  • Unit 3: System x server subsystem technologies: Memory and PCI subsystems
  • Unit 4: System x server subsystem technologies: Processor and network subsystems
  • Unit 5: System x systems management
  • Lab 1: Connecting to remote lab hardware
  • Lab 2: Configuring a solution using Standalone Solutions Configuration Tool (SSCT)
  • Lab 3: Verifying a solution using IBM ServerProven

Day 2

  • Unit 6: System x tools and support
  • Unit 7: System x systems overview: Tower servers
  • Unit 8: System x systems overview: Rack servers
  • Unit 9: System x systems overview: IBM eX5 enterprise servers
  • Unit 10: IBM BladeCenter overview
  • Lab 4: Configuration: Integrated Management Module (IMM)
  • Lab 5: Configuration: Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI)
  • Lab 6: Configuration: Advanced Settings Utility (ASU)
  • Lab 7: Configuration: IBM System x DDR3 Memory Configurator

Day 3

  • Unit 11: IBM System Storage DS3000 overview
  • Unit 12: IBM System x iDataPlex overview
  • Unit 13: Rack, power, and cooling - Data center design
  • Unit 14: System x business solutions: Virtualization
  • Unit 15: System x business solutions: Could computing
  • Lab 8: Management: Updating drivers using UpdateXpress System Pack (UXSP)
  • Lab 9: Management: MegaRAID Storage Manager (MSM)
  • Lab 10: Problem determination: Dynamic System Analysis (DSA)

3 Days

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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