HP ProLiant Servers AIS: Official Study Guide and Desk Reference

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HP ProLiant Servers AIS: Official Study Guide and Desk Reference
By Bryan Weldon, Shawn Rogers
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Pub Date: October 06, 2004
ISBN: 0-13-146717-4
Pages: 576

The all-in-one HP ProLiant best-practice reference and HP Certified Professional AIS prep guide

Covers hardware, operating systems, storage, and much more

Authored by members of the HP ProLiant AIS and ASE exam development team

This book systematically reviews every HP ProLiant AIS exam objective and thoroughly covers technology-related exam components that are not addressed in HP's 4-day AIS and 5-day ASE courses. Even if you're not currently preparing for certification, its systematic "best practice" coverage makes it an indispensable single-source reference for deploying, optimizing, and maintaining HP ProLiant servers. Coverage includes

  • Assessing business needs and planning for the implementation and growth of server-based IT infrastructure

  • Understanding the HP ProLiant product line and choosing the right servers for any application

  • Reviewing key server subsystem technologies: system boards, processors, memory, bus, chipsets, power, racks, and more

  • The best practices for deploying servers using HP SmartStart and the Rapid Deployment Pack

  • Managing servers using Insight Manager and Remote Insight Lights-Out Edition (RILOE)

  • Planning, selecting, deploying, and managing storage for ProLiant server environments

  • Installing and configuring Windows, Linux, and NetWare operating systems on ProLiant servers

  • Integrating, optimizing, performance tuning, and troubleshooting ProLiant servers

  • Configuring, optimizing, and troubleshooting HP Array controllers and RAID subsystems

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• Table of Contents
• Index
HP ProLiant Servers AIS: Official Study Guide and Desk Reference
By Bryan Weldon, Shawn Rogers
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Pub Date: October 06, 2004
ISBN: 0-13-146717-4
Pages: 576

   Hewlett-Packard® Professional Books
      The Accredited Integration Specialist (AIS) Credential
   Part ONE.  Industry-Standard Server Technologies
        Chapter ONE.  Introduction to Server Technologies
      Section 1.1.  System Boards
      Section 1.2.  Processors
      Section 1.3.  Memory
      Section 1.4.  Bus
      Section 1.5.  Chipsets
      Section 1.6.  Storage Components
      Section 1.7.  Power
      Section 1.8.  Racks
      Section 1.9.  System Clock
      Learning Check
        Chapter TWO.  Server Chipsets
      Section 2.1.  Original Server Architecture
      Section 2.2.  Dual Independent Buses
      Section 2.3.  Bus Mastering
      Section 2.4.  MIOC Architecture
      Section 2.5.  Parallel I/O Buses
      Section 2.6.  Highly Parallel System Architecture
      Section 2.7.  Crossbar Switch
      Section 2.8.  ProFusion Chipset
      Section 2.9.  F8 Chipset
      Learning Check
        Chapter THREE.  Processors and Multiprocessing
      Section 3.1.  How Processors Work
      Section 3.2.  The Processor Performance Evolution
      Section 3.3.  Logical Processors and Hyper-Threading Technology
      Section 3.4.  Multiprocessor Servers
      Section 3.5.  Mixing Processors
      Learning Check
        Chapter FOUR.  Memory and Cache
      Section 4.1.  Memory and Cache
      Section 4.2.  How Memory Works
      Section 4.3.  Improving Memory Performance
      Section 4.4.  Memory Failures and Fault-Tolerant Memory
      Section 4.5.  Advanced Memory Protection
      Section 4.6.  Cache
      Section 4.7.  Improving Cache Performance
      Learning Check
        Chapter FIVE.  Bus Architecture
      Section 5.1.  Bus Architecture Overview
      Section 5.2.  Bus Performance
      Section 5.3.  PCI-Based Buses
      Section 5.4.  PCI-X
      Section 5.5.  Upcoming PCI Bus Technologies
      Section 5.6.  USB
      Learning Check
        Chapter SIX.  Server Storage
      Section 6.1.  ATA/IDE Hard Drive Technology
      Section 6.2.  Introduction to SCSI
      Section 6.3.  SCSI Characteristics
      Section 6.4.  SCSI Troubleshooting
      Section 6.5.  SCSI Compared to Parallel ATA/IDE
      Section 6.6.  Newer SCSI Technologies
      Learning Check
        Chapter SEVEN.  Disk Array Technologies
      Section 7.1.  Drive Array Technologies
      Section 7.2.  RAID Technology Overview
      Section 7.3.  RAID Implementation
      Section 7.4.  RAID 0—Disk Striping
      Section 7.5.  RAID 1—Disk Mirroring
      Section 7.6.  RAID 1+0—Striped Mirror Sets
      Section 7.7.  RAID 2—Data Sector Striping with ECC
      Section 7.8.  RAID 3—Parity Check
      Section 7.9.  RAID 4—Data Guarding
      Section 7.10.  RAID 5—Distributed Data Guarding
      Section 7.11.  RAID AD—Advanced Data Guarding
      Section 7.12.  RAID Level Performance Comparison
      Learning Check
        Chapter EIGHT.  Introduction to Fibre Channel
      Section 8.1.  Fibre Channel Benefits
      Section 8.2.  Fibre Channel Terminology
      Section 8.3.  Fibre Channel Hardware Components
      Section 8.4.  Fibre Channel Cabling and Cable Concepts
      Section 8.5.  Fibre Channel Topologies
      Section 8.6.  Asynchronous Transfer Mode
      Section 8.7.  Fibre Channel over IP
      Learning Check
   Part TWO.  HP Server Technologies
        Chapter NINE.  The HP ProLiant Server Line
      Section 9.1.  Basic Server Design
      Section 9.2.  The HP ProLiant Server Family
      Section 9.3.  Series Classifications
      Section 9.4.  Generation Identifier
      Learning Check
        Chapter TEN.  HP Rack and Power Technologies
      Section 10.1.  HP Racks
      Section 10.2.  HP Rack Options
      Section 10.3.  HP Enterprise Configurator Custom Builder
      Section 10.4.  HP Rack Service Considerations
      Section 10.5.  HP Power Distribution Units (PDUs)
      Section 10.6.  HP Uninterruptible Power Systems
      Section 10.7.  Service Considerations for All UPSs
      Learning Check
   Part THREE.  HP Storage Technologies
        Chapter ELEVEN.  HP SCSI Implementation
      Section 11.1.  HP StorageWorks SCSI Adapters
      Section 11.2.  HP SCSI Drives
      Section 11.3.  Hot-Plug SCSI Drives
      Learning Check
        Chapter TWELVE.  HP ProLiant Storage
      Section 12.1.  HP StorageWorks
      Section 12.2.  StorageWorks Disk Systems
      Section 12.3.  StorageWorks MSA20
      Section 12.4.  StorageWorks MSA30
      Section 12.5.  StorageWorks MSA500 G2
      Section 12.6.  StorageWorks MSA1000
      Section 12.7.  StorageWorks MSA1500
      Learning Check
        Chapter THIRTEEN.  HP Array Technologies
      Section 13.1.  Advantages of HP Smart Array Controllers
      Section 13.2.  HP Array Controller Utilities
      Section 13.3.  Array Controller Technologies and Capabilities
      Section 13.4.  ATA RAID
      Learning Check
   Part FOUR.  Systems Integration
        Chapter FOURTEEN.  Evaluating the Customer Environment
      Section 14.1.  Conducting a Needs Analysis
      Section 14.2.  Conducting a Site Survey
      Section 14.3.  Placing the ProLiant Server
      Section 14.4.  Determining Projected Budget, Value, and Return
      Section 14.5.  Writing a Scope of Work
      Section 14.6.  Resources Available from HP
      Learning Check
        Chapter FIFTEEN.  Installing, Configuring, and Deploying a Single Server
      Section 15.1.  Installing ProLiant Hardware Components
      Section 15.2.  Installing an Operating System on a ProLiant
      Section 15.3.  Using ProLiant Support Packs
      Section 15.4.  Validating and Testing the Solution
      Section 15.5.  Troubleshooting a Failed Installation
      Learning Check
   Part FIVE.  Systems Management
        Chapter SIXTEEN.  Introduction to HP Systems Management
      Section 16.1.  Insight Management Agents
      Section 16.2.  Prefailure Warranty
      Section 16.3.  Automatic Server Recovery
      Section 16.4.  Systems Management Home Page
      Section 16.5.  Insight Manager 7
      Section 16.6.  HP Systems Insight Manager
      Section 16.7.  HP OpenView
      Section 16.8.  HP Survey Utility
      Learning Check
        Chapter SEVENTEEN.  HP Lights-Out Management Technologies
      Section 17.1.  HP Lights-Out Technologies
      Section 17.2.  Integrated Lights-Out
      Section 17.3.  RILOE II
      Section 17.4.  Managing Lights-out Devices
      Section 17.5.  Network Configuration Options
      Learning Check
   Part SIX.  Performance
        Chapter EIGHTEEN.  Installing Hardware Options and Upgrades
      Section 18.1.  Installing Processors
      Section 18.2.  Installing Memory
      Section 18.3.  Installing Drives
      Section 18.4.  Installing PCI Cards
      Section 18.5.  Removing Hardware Options and Upgrades
      Section 18.6.  Troubleshooting a Failed Installation
      Learning Check
        Chapter NINETEEN.  Availability
      Section 19.1.  Critical Application Classes
      Section 19.2.  Percentages of Availability
      Section 19.3.  Availability-Level Server Classifications
      Section 19.4.  Increasing Availability Through Power Protection
      Section 19.5.  Improving Server Availability with Memory Technologies
      Learning Check
        Chapter TWENTY.  Optimizing Storage
      Section 20.1.  Array Performance Tuning
      Learning Check
   Part SEVEN.  Problem Resolution
        Chapter TWENTY ONE.  Backup Strategies
      Section 21.1.  Choosing a Backup Method
      Section 21.2.  Selecting and Installing Hardware
      Section 21.3.  Selecting and Installing Software
      Section 21.4.  Determining a Backup Tape Rotation Scheme
      Section 21.5.  Planning for Offsite Storage
      Section 21.6.  Planning for Disaster Recovery
      Section 21.7.  Using the StorageWorks Backup Sizing Tool
      Learning Check
        Chapter TWENTY TWO.  Problem Resolution, Performance Issues, and System Maintenance
      Section 22.1.  Assessing Normal Operation
      Section 22.2.  HP Troubleshooting Methodology
      Section 22.3.  Using HP System Information References
      Section 22.4.  Using HP Tools for Information Gathering and Troubleshooting
      Section 22.5.  Troubleshooting Networking Problems
      Section 22.6.  Troubleshooting Processor Problems
      Section 22.7.  Troubleshooting Storage Problems
      Section 22.8.  Troubleshooting Memory Issues
      Section 22.9.  Evaluating Other Subsystems
      Section 22.10.  Resolving and Preventing Software Issues
      Learning Check
        Appendix A.  AIS Competencies
      Competency 1 Explain and Recognize Fundamental Server Technologies
      Competency 2 Perform the Planning and Design Necessary to Achieve a Deployable Solution
      Competency 3 Install, Configure, Set Up, and Upgrade Systems and Options
      Competency 4 Solution Performance Tuning and Optimization
      Competency 5 Perform Troubleshooting of Server and Storage Problems
      Competency 6 Use HP Management and Serviceability Tools and Resources
      Competency 7 Perform Administrative and Operational Tasks
      Competency 8 Explain the Industry-Standard Systems Marketplace and Competitive Positioning
        Appendix B.  Answers to Learning Checks
      Chapter 1 Learning Check
      Chapter 2 Learning Check
      Chapter 3 Learning Check
      Chapter 4 Learning Check
      Chapter 5 Learning Check
      Chapter 6 Learning Check
      Chapter 7 Learning Check
      Chapter 8 Learning Check
      Chapter 9 Learning Check
      Chapter 10 Learning Check
      Chapter 11 Learning Check
      Chapter 12 Learning Check
      Chapter 13 Learning Check
      Chapter 14 Learning Check
      Chapter 15 Learning Check
      Chapter 16 Learning Check
      Chapter 17 Learning Check
      Chapter 18 Learning Check
      Chapter 19 Learning Check
      Chapter 20 Learning Check
      Chapter 21 Learning Check
      Chapter 22 Learning Check
        Appendix C.  Sample AIS Exam
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