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SAN

SAN
Course Contents
Unit 1: AIX in a SAN Environment

  • Describe IBM SAN product offerings
  • Discuss basic aspects of SAN interaction with Power systems
  • Describe course lab environment
  • Use AIX commands to identify system resources

Unit 2: AIX Device Management

  • Discuss VIO server architecture as it relates to Fibre Channel
  • Describe how to configure virtual Fibre Channel adapters
  • Utilize VIO server commands to identify Fibre Channel resources
  • Differentiate between physical and virtual Fibre Channel resources

Unit 3: SAN Boot

  • Interpret AIX boot strategies using SAN
  • Identify resources required to complete a SAN boot
  • Configure a SAN attached hdisk as a boot device

Unit 4: Storage Server Design Concepts

  • Define storage server architecture models
  • Active/Passive
  • Active/Active
  • Discuss common terminology used with storage servers
  • Identify storage manager functions
  • Unit 5: SAN Fabric Concepts and Operations

    • Summarize SAN fabric design elements
    • Describe SAN addressing
    • Discuss virtual FC resources

    Unit 6: Fibre Channel Switching Configuration

    • Describe basic FC switch configuration elements
    • Navigate switch environment
    • Define zoning process

    Unit 7: Virtual I/O Server

    • Discuss VIO server architecture as it relates to Fibre Channel
    • Describe how to configure virtual Fibre Channel adapters
    • Utilize VIO server commands to identify Fibre Channel resources
    • Differentiate between physical and virtual Fibre Channel resources

    Unit 8: SAN Performance Monitoring Considerations

    • Identify the I/O layers where queuing is handled
    • View and change a FC disk and FC disk adapter's tuning attributes
    • Monitor and tune the queue depth of disks and disk adapters
    • Identify the filemon reports that display I/O activity
    • Test I/O throughput using:
    • The time and dd commands
    • The ndisk program (part of the nstress package)

    Unit 9: SAN Problem Determination

    • Describe the FC problem determination process
    • Identify the FC path selection algorithms
    • Use the iostat -m command to display path priorities
    • List the attributes that are used for FC health checking
    • Define the FC reservation policies that can be used
    • Explain the purpose of fast I/O failure and dynamic tracking