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IBM BladeCenter Fundementals – xtr30gpl

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Duration: 2 Days

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


  • 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


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 course is required prior to this course:

  • IBM System x Technical Principles (XTR11)


Day 1

  • Welcome
  • Unit 1: IBM BladeCenter products
  • Unit 2: IBM BladeCenter architecture and components
  • Exercise 1: Identifying the BladeCenter environment
  • Unit 3: IBM BladeCenter management
  • Exercise 2: Systems management with advanced management module
  • Unit 4: IBM BladeCenter connectivity (Ethernet)

Day 2

  • Day 1 review
  • Unit 4: IBM BladeCenter connectivity (Storage)
  • Exercise 3: BNT 2-3 Gb Ethernet switch module
  • Exercise 4: Preparing to boot the blade from a SAN
  • Unit 5: IBM BladeCenter use case
  • Exercise 5: Microsoft Active Directory server on blade
  • Unit 6: IBM BladeCenter maintenance

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