HP BladeSystem Administration: c-Class

Course overview

This 3-day course provides instruction on HP BladeSystem administration and management. Discussion of the portfolio overview will ensure understanding of components and solutions. Students will configure HP Insight Control tools featuring HP Systems Insight Manager and HP Deployment tools. Labs engage students in configuring management and monitoring components for: HP Onboard Administrator,HP Integrated Lights-Out 4,HP BladeSystem instrumentation, Performance Monitoring and Blade Server deployment. Virtual Connect discussion includes examples of configuration with simple network setups.

 Course objectives

  • Review the HP c-Class BladeSystem Portfolio and equipment capabilities
  • Discuss the functional architecture of the ProLiant BL c-Class environment, including the servers, management infrastructure (Insight Display, Onboard Administrator and iLO), and power
  • Introduce Virtual Connect (basic concepts)

Course outline

Module 1: HP BladeSystem c-Class Enclosures

  • Identify the c-Class enclosures
  • Understand the c-Class enclosure structure
  • Install mezzanines and interconnects in the correct locations
  • Identify components by numbering 

Module 2: HP BladeSystem c-Class Management

  • Setup and manage a c-Class enclosure
  • Configure out-of-band-management

Module 3: HP BladeSystem Power and Cooling

  • Understand and configure c-Class Power
  • Describe the structural cooling components and features
  • Determine best-practice temperature thresholds

Module 4: HP Intelligent Provisioning

  • Configure Intelligent Provisioning
  • Implement Agentless Management
  • Understand and use the Active Health System
  • Describe the difference between Agentless Management Service and the traditional System Management Homepage
  • Appreciate the advantages of Insight Remote Support

Module 5: HP Integrated Lights-Out Management Engine

  • Understand the changes to the Gen8 iLO structure and functionality
  • Understand the changes to the iLO interface
  • Configure and script iLO
  • Understand iLO 4 licensing

Module 6: HP BladeSystem c-Class Firmware

  • Access HP Service Pack for ProLiant download and documentation
  • Deploy firmware using the Enclosure Firmware Manager (EFM)
  • Update servers using Intelligent Provisioning
  • Know what firmware is embedded in the Onboard Administrator and how to implement it

Module 7: HP BladeSystem c-Class Servers

  • Identify the distinctions between the G7, Gen8 and Gen9 servers
  • Understand and identify the technologies on the ProLiant system board
  • Identify c-Class Integrity servers and their requirements

Module 8: HP Virtual Connect Overview

  • Understand the benefits of HP BladeSystem with Virtual Connect
  • Describe function of Virtual Connect in a datacenter
  • Compare the differences between Virtual Connect and an Ethernet switch
  • Describe the key Virtual Connect components