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XTRB3: IBM BladeCenter Fundamentals – BladeCenter H

DURATION: 3 days

SCHEDULED DATES: TBD – Contact Us for more Information


The IBM BladeCenter Fundamentals course provides a detailed introduction and overview of the IBM BladeCenter. Major topics 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, I/O module management and control.

Building on these skills and with emphasis on the IBM BladeCenter H, we discuss the IBM BladeCenter H and its unique components, power and cooling, midplane connections, and systems management. We then cover the high-speed connectivity infrastructure and options that are available. 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 portion of this three day class covers important elements related to installation and the associated tools. The lab environment includes the BladeCenter H environment and IFM.


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.


The following courses are required prior to this course:
•System x Technical Principles (Enhanced) (XTR11)


After completing this course, you should be able to:
•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
•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