HP Insight Control Server Deployment Foundations

Course overview

This 3-day course provides students with the knowledge and skills to effectively deploy Windows and Linux operating systems to HP ProLiant servers using the HP Insight Control Server Deployment software. By taking this course, the student will learn the basics of the HP Insight Control Server Deployment software and will gain practical skills from several hands-on labs.

Course objectives

HP Insight Control Rapid Deployment software is a server deployment solution that facilitates the installation, configuration, and consistent deployment of high-volumes of servers through either a GUI-based or a web-based console, using either scripting or imaging technology. Server configuration time is reduced, making it possible to scale server deployments to high volumes in rapid fashion. At the conclusion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the HP Insight Control Server Deployment software
  • Describe the PXE technology
  • Complete the pre-installation requirements
  • Describe and perform installation of the HP Insight Control Server Deployment software
  • Perform HP Insight Control Server Deployment configuration
  • Describe the Deployment Console
  • Describe the scripted installation and imaging jobs
  • Explain the role of deployment agents
  • Deploy Microsoft Windows Server 2008 with scripting and imaging
  • Demonstrate the use of conditional jobs and filters
  • List and describe available support resources
  • Deploy Red Hat Enterprise Linux with scripting and imaging
  • Deploy SuSE Linux Enterprise Server with scripting and imaging

Course outline

Module 1: Touring the HP Insight Control Server Deployment

  • Describe the benefits of the HP Insight Control Server Deployment
  • Name what is new with HP Insight Control Server Deployment version 6.3
  • Name the components of the HP Insight Control Server Deployment
  • Describe the licensing and update options
  • Explain how HP Insight Control Server Deployment and HP Systems Insight Manager provide a complete deployment and change management solution
  • Explain how HP Insight Control Server Deployment supports the HP BladeSystem solutions
  • Explain the relationship between HP Insight Control Server Deployment and Insight Control management software
  • Name other HP server deployment tools and compare them with the HP Insight Control Server Deployment

Module 2: PXE Technology

  • Describe the Preboot eXecution Environment (PXE) technology and its key benefits
  • Explain how to configure HP servers for PXE deployment
  • Name the alternatives to PXE and how to use them

Module 3: Installing and Configuring HP Insight Control Server Deployment

  • Describe the hardware and software requirements for installing HP Insight Control Server Deployment
  • Explain the process of installing HP Insight Control Server Deployment and upgrading from previous version
  • Describe the configuration steps necessary to deploy an operating system to a server

Module 4: Using the Deployment Console

  • Describe the features of the Deployment Console
  • Name the tools available from the Deployment Console Tools menu
  • List the remote operations available from the Deployment Console Operations menu

Module 5: Scripted Installation and Imaging Jobs

  • Define jobs and tasks and explain how they are used
  • Describe how HP Insight Control Server Deployment uses scripting for server deployment
  • Describe how HP Insight Control Server Deployment uses imaging for server deployment\
  • Describe how to create conditional jobs and tasks
  • Describe how to create custom filters

Module 6: Deployment Agents

  • Identify the HP Insight Control Server Deployment agents for Windows and Linux
  • Describe the tasks these agents perform
  • Explain how to install and configure these agents

Module 7: HP Insight Control Server Deployment Support

  • List the available documentation and online resources for HP Insight Control Server Deployment 6.x
  • List the HP support and services available for HP Insight Control Server Deployment 6.x
  • Identify some of the known issues with version 6.x and describe how to remedy them
  • Identify the PXE error codes and describe the reason for error