VERITAS Volume Manager 5.x Administration

Course Description
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 Code : RRS8 Category : VERITAS

Hardware: SunServers

This course is for system administrators, system engineers and technical support personnel, and system integration staff who are responsible for the design of VERITAS volume manager

Basic Knowledge of UNIX (Sun Solaris) or any other UNIX with networking basics.

Course Outline

  • Sun Storage Concepts
  • Managing Data
  • VERITAS Volume Manager Installation
  • VERITAS Volume Manager Basic Operation
  • VERITAS Volume Manager Volume Operations
  • VERITAS Volume Manager Advanced Operations
  • VERITAS File System Basic Operations
  • VERITAS Volume Manager Performance Management


  • Describe the major disk storage administration tasks
  • Describe Sun storage interface types
  • Describe available 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
  • Multihost access
  • Multipath access
  • Identify storage configurations including:
  • Conducting physical inventory
  • Displaying storage configurations
  • Decoding logical device paths
  • Verify storage array firmware revisions

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 - RAID 0+1
  • Mirrored Concatenation - RAID 0+1
  • Striped Mirror - 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

  • List the key elements of pre-installation planning
  • Research VxVM software patch requirements
  • Install the VxVM software
  • Initialize the VxVM software
  • Verify the post-installation environment
  • Prepare for virtual disk drive management
  • Install the VEA client software
  • Use the basic VEA features
  • Use the VxVM error numbering system

VERITAS Volume Manager Basic Operation

  • 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 VEA GUI

VERITAS Volume Manager Volume Operations

  • Interpret volume structure listings
  • Describe volume planning activities
  • Create volumes using the VEA GUI
  • Create volumes using the vxassist command
  • 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
  • Configure a best practice 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
  • Backup 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

VERITAS Volume Manager

  • Performance Management
  • Describe performance improvement techniques
  • Use the vxstat and vxtrace performance analysis tools
  • Describe RAID-5 write performance characteristics