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This course presents the system manager who has been running an existing OpenVMS system with advanced information and skills needed to manage complex areas such as OpenVMS nPars, cluster configuration and management, storage options, and troubleshooting techniques. Performance, availability, and scalability are common topics throughout the course.


OpenVMS System Management I and OpenVMS System Management II or equivalent experience.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Configure and maintain RAID and Storage Area Networks (SAN) to work with OpenVMS
  • Choose, configure, and maintain OpenVMS cluster systems
  • Use troubleshooting methodology and tools to resolve OpenVMS SAN and cluster problems
  • Set up and use nPars (hard partitions) on OpenVMS
  • Use gWLM to manage workloads within or across containers
  • Understand virtualization concepts and existing tools

Course Audience

OpenVMS system managers
OpenVMS system programmers

Course Outline

  • Introduction to storage options with OpenVMS systems
  • Storage area network concepts
  • SAN layered architecture
  • Fibre channel configurations
  • RAID concepts
  • Implementing storage with an EVA
  • Fibre channel switch overview
  • Data replication manager (DRM) and continuous access (CA)
  • Command view management utility
  • Volume shadowing for OpenVMS concepts
  • Creating a shadow set
  • Managing shadow sets
  • Volume shadowing bitmap and mini-copy
  • Booting from a shadow set
  • OpenVMS cluster overview
  • Interconnects
  • Cluster connection manager
  • Distributed lock manager
  • Shared storage
  • System disk structure
  • Business requirements for an OpenVMS cluster
  • Design goals based on established business requirements
  • OpenVMS cluster design and configuration steps
  • OpenVMS cluster system configuration issues
  • Cluster state transitions
  • Cluster membership
  • Losing quorum
  • CLUEXIT bugchecks
  • Using SCACP and LANCP
  • Distributed locking concepts
  • Resource mastership and LOCKRMWT
  • PE1 processing
  • Troubleshooting methodology
  • Troubleshooting tools
  • Cell-based Integrity hardware overview
  • Partitions
  • Cell communication
  • Creating hard partitions
  • Virtualization overview
  • gWLM
  • iCAP
  • TiCAP
  • PPU

Instructors in this course

Jim McLean

30+ years of OpenVMS experience in system management and support.
Languages: English

Gerrit Woertman

38 years of OpenVMS support and teaching experience. Application support, Fortran programming, demo-center, consultancy, pre-sales. HP Certified OpenVMS Systems Engineer with extensive systems management and migration experience.
Languages: English, Dutch

Mark Jilson

20 years of VMS support and teaching experience.
Languages: English

Tom Wade

HP Certified OpenVMS Systems Engineer with 36 years of OpenVMS support and teaching experience; has lectured in UCD to degree level in computer science and computer networking.
Languages: English