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XTR30: IBM BladeCenter Fundementals

DURATION: 2 days

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The IBM BladeCenter Fundamentals course provides a detailed introduction and overview of the IBM BladeCenter. Major topics that are covered include the BladeCenter chassis components and infrastructure, management interface, blade servers, and I/O modules.

Each major lecture group is followed by a hands-on lab exercise, including chassis configuration and management, blade server control, and I/O module management and control.


Enrollment in this course is not restricted; however, typical students taking this course include technical IBM personnel from the FTSS, ATS, and Techline organizations as well as business partner technical personnel involved with planning, installation, configuration, and management of the IBM BladeCenter.


You should have some experience with Intel-based computer hardware and Windows or Linux operating systems.


Describe the motivation behind blade servers technology
List different components of chassis and blade server
List different types of BladeCenter chassis
Describe specifications of the latest IBM blade server products
Describe how IBM BladeCenter plays a key role in IBM Smarter Planet
List different components of BladeCenter
Describe high-level architecture of BladeCenter
Describe power domains configuration in each chassis
List subsystems of a blade server
List types of expansion cards and expansion blades
List different management components of BladeCenter
Explain the purpose of UEFI and IMM
Perform BladeCenter management using AMM
Understand network connectivity of BladeCenter
List various expansion cards and specifications
List various Ethernet switch modules and expansion cards
List various storage switch modules and expansion cards
List steps of workload deployment on blade servers
Deploy an operating system on a blade server
Set up an Active Directory server on a BladeCenter
List basic troubleshooting techniques
List best practices for a BladeCenter implementation
Locate the documentations available related to IBM BladeCenter
Know the compatibility matrix of IBM BladeCenter
Identify the major components of IBM PureFlex Systems