Veritas Volume Manager

The Veritas Volume Manager (VVM or VxVM) is a proprietary logical volume manager from Veritas (now part of Symantec). It is available for Windows, AIX, Solaris, Linux, and HP-UX. A modified version is bundled with HP-UX as its built-in volume manager. It offers volume management and Multipath I/O functionalities (when used with Veritas Dynamic Multi-Pathing feature).

Course Content

Sun Storage Concepts

Describe the major disk storage administration tasks
Describe Sun storage interface types
Describe available Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) technologies including:
Host-based RAID technology
Controller-based RAID technology
Describe disk storage concepts that are common to many storage installations, including:
Hot swapping
Storage area networking

Managing Data

List the advantages of using virtual disk management
Describe standard RAID terminology
List the common features of each supported RAID level including:
Concatenation – RAID 0
Striping – RAID 0
Mirroring – RAID 1
Mirrored Stripe (Striping plus mirroring) – RAID 0 1
Mirrored Concatenation – RAID 0 1
Striped Mirror (Mirroring plus striping) – RAID 1 0
Concatenated Mirror – RAID 1 0
Striping with distributed parity – RAID 5
Describe the optimum hardware configuration for each supported RAID level

VERITAS Volume Manager Installation

Identify the new features of VERITAS Volume Manager 4.1
List the key elements of preinstallation planning
Research VxVM software patch requirements
Install the VxVM software
Describe the three installation methods:
The installvm method
The installer method
The pkgadd method
Initialize the VxVM software
Verify the post-installation environment
Install the VEA client software
Use the basic VEA features
Use the VxVM error numbering system
Describe upgrading the VxVM using Solaris Live Upgrade

VERITAS Volume Manager Basic Operations

Describe the function of VxVM disk groups
List disk group administrative operations including:
Initialize disk drives for VxVM use
Create disk groups
Add and remove disk drives for a disk group
Import and deport disk groups
Destroy a disk group
Rename VxVM disk drives
Administer disk groups using the vxdiskadm utility
Administer disk groups using command-line programs
Administer disk groups using the Veritas Enterprise Administrator (VEA) GUI

VERITAS Volume Manager Volume Operations

Interpret volume structure listings
Describe volume planning activities
Create volumes using the vxassist command
Create volumes using the VEA GUI
Modify volume access attributes
Add file systems to existing volumes
Add and remove volume logs
Use the VEA GUI to analyze volume structures

VERITAS Volume Manager Advanced Operations

Encapsulate and mirror the system boot disk
Administer hot spares and hot relocation
Evacuate all subdisks from a disk drive
Move a disk drive without preserving data
Move a populated disk drive to a new disk group
Back up and restore a disk group configuration
Describe how to import a disk group after a system crash
Perform a volume snapshot backup
Perform an online volume relayout
Create VxVM layered volumes
Perform basic Intelligent Storage Provisioning administration
Replace a failed disk drive

VERITAS File System Basic Operations

Describe basic VxFS features
Install the VxFS software
Create VxFS file systems
Use extended VxFS mount options
Perform online VxFS administration tasks
Modify kernel tunable parameters
Describe Storage Checkpoints
Describe VxFS file system quotas