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UNIX Virtualization and High Availability

A 5 day
training course

UNIX Virtualization and High Availability training course description

This course covers administering UNIX enterprise-wide with an emphasis on virtualization and high availability.

Key outcomes from this course

By the end of the course delegates will be able to:
  • Manage Virtual Machines.
  • Manage containers.
  • Manage HA clusters.
  • Manage HA cluster storage.

UNIX Virtualization and High Availability training course details

Who will benefit:
Enterprise-level UNIX professional.
UNIX professionals working with virtualization and/or High availability.
Linux network administration 2 (LPIC-2)
5 days

Training approach

This structured training course seeks to build upon workbook learning through the use of group exercises, dynamic discussion and individual tasks in order to deliver an engaging and interactive module that will ensure all candidates are able to transfer their new skills into the workplace.

Overall rating:

Customer reviews

"Hard concepts were explained very simply."
J. S. Framestore CFC
"Excellent presentation - very good course structure."
B. M. London Internet Exchange

UNIX Virtualization and High Availability training course contents


Virtualization concepts and theory
Terminology, Pros and Cons of virtualization, variations of Virtual Machine monitors, migration of physical to VMs, migration of VMs between host systems, cloud computing.

Xen architecture, networking and storage, Xen configuration, Xen utilities, troubleshooting Xen installations, XAPI, XenStore, Xen Boot Parameters, the xm utility.

KVM architecture, networking and storage, KVM configuration, KVM utilities, troubleshooting KVM installations.

Other virtualization solutions
OpenVZ and LXC, other virtualization technologies, virtualization provisioning tools.

Libvirt and Related Tools
libvirt architecture, networking and storage, basic technical knowledge of libvirt and virsh, oVirt.

Cloud Management Tools
Basic feature knowledge of OpenStack and CloudStack, awareness of Eucalyptus and OpenNebula.

Containers versus VMs, Docker, Kubernetes.

Load balanced clusters
of LVS/IPVS, VRRP, configuration of keepalived, configuration of ldirectord, backend server network configuration. HAProxy, configuration of HAProxy.

Failover clusters
Pacemaker architecture and components (CIB, CRMd, PEngine, LRMd, DC, STONITHd), Pacemaker cluster configuration, Resource classes (OCF, LSB, Systemd, Upstart, Service, STONITH, Nagios), Resource rules and constraints (location, order, colocation), Advanced resource features (templates, groups, clone resources, multi-state resources), Pacemaker management using pcs, Pacemaker management using crmsh, configuration and management of corosync in conjunction with Pacemaker, other cluster engines (OpenAIS, Heartbeat, CMAN).


DRBD resources, states and replication modes, configuration of DRBD resources, networking, disks and devices, configuration of DRBD automatic recovery and error handling, management of DRBD using drbdadm. drbdsetup and drbdmeta, Integration of DRBD with Pacemaker, cLVM, integration of cLVM with Pacemaker.

Clustered File Systems
Principles of cluster file systems. Create, maintain and troubleshoot GFS2 file systems in a cluster, create, maintain and troubleshoot OCFS2 file systems in a cluster, Integration of GFS2 and OCFS2 with Pacemaker, the O2CB cluster stack, other commonly used clustered file systems.

Why Choose Us

SNT trainers score an average of over 90% on the three main areas of:
  • Ability to teach
  • Technical knowledge
  • Answering questions
“Excellently presented by a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic trainer.” P.D. General Dynamics

We limit our maximum class size to 8 delegates; often we have less than this. This ensures optimal interactivity between delegates and instructor.
"Excellent course. The small class size was a great benefit…" M.B. IBM

We write our own courses; courseware does not just consist of slides and our slides are diagrams not bullet point text. A typical chapter provides clearly defined objectives with a chapter overview, slides with text underneath, a quiz at the end to check the learning of the students. Hands on exercises are at the end and are used to reinforce the theory.

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