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XTR33: IBM BladeCenter H Workshop


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This course builds on the skills gained from the IBM BladeCenter Fundamentals (XTR30) course, which focused on BladeCenter chassis servers, how they communicate with each other, and their redundancy. This one day class builds on those skills by placing emphasis on the BladeCenter H: Its unique components, power and cooling, midplane connections, and systems management. The next topic explains the high-speed connectivity infrastructure and the available options. IBM Fabric Manager (IFM) is discussed to help you get the most from your I/O followed by showing the sequence of events in a blade failover and recovery. The last topic covers important elements that are related to installation and the associated tools. The lab environment includes the BladeCenter H environment overview and IFM.


This is an intermediate course for those individuals that are involved in the planning, installation, configuration, and upgrading of IBM BladeCenter H.


List the different components of BladeCenter H
Describe the high-level architecture of a BladeCenter H
Describe the power domains configuration in the BCH chassis
List the cooling components in a BCH
Describe management features of the BladeCenter H
Understand the network connectivity of BladeCenter H
List the various Ethernet switch modules and expansion cards
List the features of Virtual Fabric technology
List the various storage switch modules and expansion cards
List the features of FCoE technology
List the features implemented in the IBM Fabric Manager (IFM)
Understand the IBM Fabric Manager configuration steps
Configure IBM Fabric Manager for IBM BladeCenter
List the basic questions to ask in preparation form and IBM BladeCenter H installation
List the power considerations for the IBM BladeCenter H
Match power requirements to connection options
Describe and list the cooling requirements for the IBM BladeCenter H
List the problem determinations tools available