Course ID 00379688
HP product number SA120
Course format SCA
Course length 5 day(s)
Skill level Foundational
Delivery languages English
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Course description

This course provides the necessary foundation to manage the data center server and application environment using HP Server Automation (SA). The course covers key components of SA and their functionality. Through lecture and hands on practice, you develop the skills necessary to successfully provision servers and manage physical and virtual environments. You also learn how to manage software, packages, patches, and application configurations using SA. You learn how to enforce compliance and audit and report on server activities through SA (with an introduction to HP Business Service Automation Essentials [BSAE]).

Who should attend

This course is designed for users who are new to Server Automation.
The primary target audience for this course is systems administrators responsible for the day to day operations of a data center using SA.
Security administrators, SA administrators, IT/Application architects, Data Center/Operations managers, and other technical audiences can also benefit from this entry level course to learn the basic operations of SA.

Prerequisites

For complete prerequisites and requirements to achieve any of the related certifications or upgrade paths, see the certification description on the HP ExpertOne website.

Topics

  • Module 1: Introducing HP Server Automation
    • Systems Administrators are being asked to do more with less
    • HP provides an integrated solution
    • HP Business Service Automation
    • Introducing Server Automation
    • Introducing SA – an automation and management engine
    • Typical customer use cases
    • Server Automation – Measurable return on investment
    • SA enterprise architecture scales globally
  • Module 2: Exploring the Architecture and Interfaces
    • SA Core
    • An SA Core definition
    • SA Core supported OS
    • SA agent – Server architecture
    • Beginning of configuration possibilities
    • Multimaster mesh
    • Satellite facility
    • SA Satellite-supported OS
    • Multimaster and Satellite capabilities enable global visibility
    • SA Core components
    • SA Core architecture
    • Component bundles
    • Component bundles – Infrastructure
    • Component bundles – Infrastructure/Software Repository store
    • Component bundles – OS provisioning
    • Component bundles – The slice
    • Basic SA Core architecture
    • SA components on multiple servers
    • SA interfaces
    • SA interfaces and tools
    • Prerequisites for using the SAS web client
    • Using the SAS web client user interface
    • Managed and unmanaged environment
    • Performing operations on managed servers
    • Viewing managed server information
    • Features supported inly in SAS web client
    • Supported custom extensions
    • SA client
    • SA client and SA Client Launcher
    • SA client installation and launch process
    • Launching SA client
    • SA client user interface
    • Server status
    • Browsing devices
    • Viewing Core content in the library
    • Server inventory
    • Browsing job logs
    • SA users
    • Types of SA users
    • The basics of SA users
    • Public and private user groups
    • Users, user groups, and permissions
    • Access context-sensitive help
  • Module 3: Agent Functionality and Server Integration
    • SA agent types
    • SA agent overview
    • Functions of SA agent
    • Agent and Core communication
    • SA agent installation requirement
    • Installation system requirement
    • Supported operating systems
    • Agent installation
    • SA agent installation types
    • Integrating servers into an SA managed environment
    • ODAD process
    • Automated deployment advantages
    • Prerequisite setup for ODAD on Windows
    • Samba4
    • SA agent installer options
    • Manual agent installation
    • Manual agent install examples
    • Agent inventory schedule
    • Post-installation directory and file layout
    • SA agent upgrade
    • Troubleshooting
    • Verify agent installation
    • Run communication test
    • Other troubleshooting tips
    • Exploring server objects
    • Objects in server inventory
    • Controlling object permissions
    • Server file system
    • Windows COM+, IIS metabase and registry services
    • Services
    • Server module objects
    • Server module objects – OOTB
    • Agent tools
    • What are agent tools?
    • Why agent tools?
    • Use cases
    • Agent tools installation requirements
    • Installing agent tools
    • Executing agent tools
    • Agent tools scripts
    • Sample – UNIX
    • Sample – Windows
    • Best practice
  • Module 4: Provisioning Operating Systems
    • OS provisioning in SA
    • Challenges of OS provisioning
    • SA OS provisioning solution
    • Features of OS provisioning
    • Roles and environment in OS provisioning
    • Components of OS provisioning
    • OS provisioning process in SA
    • Configuring the OS provisioning components
    • Defining server build policies
    • Provisioning and managing the server life cycle
    • Environment requirements for OS provisioning
    • Manage boot clients overview
    • Defining and running an OS Sequence
    • Overview of an OS Sequence
    • Defining an OS Sequence
    • Specifying tasks
    • Running an OS Sequence on unprovisioned servers
    • Reprovisioning a managed server
    • OS build plans
  • Module 5: Managing Virtualization
    • Virtualization management in SA
    • Virtualization overview
    • Concepts and terms
    • Managing a virtual environment
    • Supported features
    • Provisioning VMware ESX and Solaris 10
    • VMware ESX provisioning
    • New support for VMware ESX 3.5 i, ESX 4.0 i
    • VMware ESX Hypervisor and VMs provisioning process
    • Solaris 10 provisioning
    • Solaris gobal zone and zone provisioning process
    • Identifying the relationship between the Hypervisor and the virtuals
    • Viewing virtual servers in the SA client
    • Viewing the Hypervisor and VS relationship
    • Viewing virtual servers in Hypervisor device explorer
    • Virtual server status
    • Managing VMware virtual machines
    • ESX server management tools
    • Manage VMs in SA client
    • Roles in VM provisioning
    • Creating and provisioning a VM
    • Controlling VM states
    • Modifying a VM
    • Launching VMware tools
    • Managing Solaris zones
    • Managing Solaris zones in SA
    • SA client zone management UI
    • Deploying an agent to a zone
    • Creating and defining a zone using the SA client
    • Zone properties
    • Zone definition – Wizard
    • Modifying a zone
    • Other zone management tasks
    • Hyper-V virtualization
    • Windows server 2008 x64
    • Provision WS 08 x64 with Hyper-V
  • Module 6: Creating Device Groups
    • Types of device groups in SA
    • Characteristics of device group
    • Static and dynamic server group
    • Creating static and dynamic device groups
    • Other operations on a device group
    • Creating device groups from search results
    • SA client search
    • Criteria for search and dynamic group rules
    • Saving search criteria as a dynamic or static froup
  • Module 7: Managing Packages
    • Package management in SA
    • Tasks of managing packages
    • Supported OS and package types
    • Package management relies on vendor-specific tools
    • RPM
    • Solaris packages in SA
    • Solaris response files
    • Windows packages
    • HP-UX packages
    • AIX packages
    • ZIP packages
    • Re-locatable ZIP
    • Application installation media
    • Importing and exporting packages
    • Organizing packages
    • Multi-platform packages
    • Package install process
    • View and modify package properties
    • General available package properties
    • ZIP package properties
    • Application installation media properties
    • Executables properties
  • Module 8: Software Management
    • Policy-based software management
    • Software sources in a policy
    • Software provisioning and update with software policy
    • Roles and tasks of software provisioning and change management
    • Software policy association
    • Software policy inclusion
    • Software policy install order
    • Software policy uninstall order
    • Setting custom attributes for software policy
    • Setting up software management
    • Software management set up
    • Folder structure for software storage
    • Design hierarchies for business units and software types
    • Folder access permissions
    • Preparing software resources for software policy
    • Software provisioning
    • Creating a software policy
    • Provisioning a baseline server
    • Remediating software policy
    • Managing software updates using a software policy
    • Application deployment manager
    • Installing and uninstalling packages
    • Ad-hoc installation
    • Installing packages using software policy
    • Uninstalling packages
    • Deploying RPM packages
    • Supported RPM deployment features
    • RPM dependencies
    • RPM install options in a software policy
    • Automatically update RPM packages
    • Install mode in package properties
    • RPM install/uninstall order
  • Module 9: Application Deployment Manager
    • Basic features of Application Deployment Management (ADM)
    • Defining applications
    • Components
    • Defining targets
    • Deploying applications
    • Managing application deployment jobs
    • Setting permissions
    • Administering the ADM
  • Module 10: Application Configuration Management
    • Application configuration management in SA
    • What are configuration files?
    • Types of application configuration
    • Application configuration management process
    • Roles in application configuration management
    • Application configuration components
    • Value set
    • Configuration template properties and content
    • Examples – CML, XML, XML DTD
    • XML-based application configuration templates
    • Application configuration objects, properties, and content
    • Pre and post scripts
    • Application configuration values inheritance model
    • Setting default values using value set editor
    • Pushing application configurations to servers
    • Managing application configurations with SA client
    • Pushing application configuration values to a server directly
    • Deploying an application configuration using a software policy
  • Module 11: Managing Patches
    • Patch management in SA
    • SA patch management overview and capabilities
    • Software versus patch policy
    • Patching UNIX and Windows server
    • Patching Linux and VMware ESX server
    • Supported patching platforms
    • Patch management relies on vendor-specific tools
    • Patch management roles
    • Getting started with patch management
    • Viewing patches installed on servers
    • Filtering the type of patches
    • Viewing patches stored in the software library
    • Patch properties
    • Patches ad-hoc installation
    • Patching UNIX server
    • Uploading UNIX patches
    • Using software policy to install UNIX patches
    • Solaris patch management
    • Solaris patching overview
    • Changes to the GUI
    • Solpatch_import scripts
    • Patch policies
    • Patch remediation
    • Patch clusters
    • Zones and offline patching
    • HP-UX patch management
    • AIX patch management
    • Patching Windows servers
    • Windows patch management overview
    • Windows patch management improvements
    • Windows patch policy
    • Patch policy exception
    • Create and attach patch policies to install patches
    • Patch compliance
    • Viewing patch compliance status on a server
    • Patch remediation
    • Patch administration for Windows
    • Integrate with Microsoft tools
    • Selecting products to track
    • Importing Microsoft’s patch database
    • Importing the patches
    • Scheduling compliance scans
    • Setting compliance levels
    • Patching Red Hat Linux server
    • Integrating with Red Hat Network for Linux updates
    • Red Hat Linux errata
    • Viewing errata-based and channel-based software policies
  • Module 12: Audit, Snapshots, and Remediation
    • Audit and remediation overview and definition
    • Terminology review
    • Supported audit and remediation features in SA
    • Roles and tasks in audit and remediation
    • Creating and running audits
    • Types of audits
    • Audit policy
    • Server objects for checks
    • How audit policies are used in audits
    • Creating a comparison-based audit
    • Sources for comparison-based audit
    • Snapshot specification, snapshot, and audit policy
    • Using snapshot to create an audit
    • Using snapshot specification to create reflexive audits
    • Creating a value-based audit
    • Running audits
    • Configuring rules for file audits and snapshots
    • File audit inclusion and exclusion
    • Parameterized file paths
    • Setting audit rule exceptions
    • Adding audit rule exceptions
    • Limitations and considerations for applying rule exceptions
    • Adding exceptions
    • Viewing and remediating audit results
    • Accessing audit results
    • Enhanced compliance check management
    • Remediating audit results differences
    • Archiving audit and snapshot results
    • Audit policy linking
    • Improved Audit Result Summary page
    • New IIS 7 SMO, APX as SMO
    • New registry rule option
    • Improve email notification
  • Module 13: Ensuring Compliance
    • Basics of SA compliance
    • Server configuration definition
    • Compliance policies
    • Compliance management in SA
    • Roles and tasks of compliance management
    • Compliance policy categories
    • Compliance scan
    • Compliance scan – Software policy
    • Running compliance scan
    • Compliance status
    • Viewing compliance status
    • Compliance status icons
    • Viewing compliance status of a policy
    • Viewing compliance status of a server
    • Viewing compliance status of a device group
    • Configuring device group compliance setting
    • Compliance remediation
  • Module 14: Exploring Servers using the Global Shell and Global File System
    • Managing servers using Global Shell and OGFS
    • Global Shell and OGFS overview
    • Global file system (OGFS)
    • Opening a Global Shell sessions – SA client and direct
    • Global Shell audits
    • Navigating and filtering in the OGFS
    • The directories in OGFS
    • Server filtering in OGFS
    • Using the Remote Shell (rosh) command
    • Remote Shell (rosh) command
    • The rosh command syntax
    • The rosh command operations
    • Remote terminal
  • Module 15: Scripting and Server Automation
    • Script management and execution in SA
    • Flexible scripting support in SA
    • Types of scripts
    • Windows script example
    • Roles and tasks of DSE
    • Permissions for script execution and management
    • Creating scripts
    • Scripts creation procedures
    • Scripts creation permissions
    • Super user script
    • Script creation guideline
    • Executing scripts
    • Executing server scripts
    • Executing OGFS scripts
    • Script execution permissions
    • Ad-hoc script and execution permission
    • Scripts execution results
    • Viewing script execution results in job logs
    • Script system error resolution
    • PowerShell overview and SA integration
    • Integration features
    • Remote PowerShell terminal
    • Running SA cmdlets
    • Extensible discovery
    • How to run ED
    • How to run ED from OGSH
    • How to create your own ED script
    • APX (Automated Platform Extensions)
    • APX interface
    • RightClickToRun from servers
    • Program APX load management
  • Module 16: Creating Reports using BSA Essentials
    • Basic reporting with BSAE

Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to do the following:
  • Describe the SA core architecture and key components
  • Integrate unmanaged servers
  • Use the OS Provisioning feature of SA
  • Provision and manage virtual servers
  • Create device groups
  • Manage software
  • Use policy based management
  • Manage configuration files
  • Manage patches
  • Use audit and remediation
  • Discover out of compliance server
  • Use the Global Shell and Global File System (OGFS)
  • Create, manage, and execute scripts in SA to manage servers or server group

How to register

Click on this link to register for this course: http://h20546.www2.hp.com/main/

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