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IBM eX5 Enterprise Servers – Virtualization – xtr51gpl

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Duration: 2 Days

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The IBM eX5 product portfolio represents the fifth generation of servers built upon Enterprise X-Architecture which leverages decades of mainframe server design to deliver an open and affordable, industry-standard x86 server platform. This course presents an overview of IBM Virtualization Solutions for the IBM System x Enterprise server line with an in depth look at Microsoft Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V and Citrix XenServer. Additional topics include an overview of virtualization, virtualization history and terminology, hypervisor architectures, and virtualization management. Hands-on lab procedures include the IBM virtualization solutions Microsoft Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V and Citrix XenServer.


  • Articulate IBM Smarter Planet
  • Describe how System x and virtualization play a key role in IBM Smarter Planet
  • Articulate eX5 Enterprise systems hardware virtualization support
  • Using the memory subsystem, list the three IBM technologies and paraphrase their contributions to a virtualization environment
  • List three IT issues that helped virtualization become popular
  • List three benefits of using virtualization
  • Identify the key differences between type 1 and type 2 hypervisors
  • List the key differences between server and storage consolidation
  • Define cloud computing and its services, IBM's approach to cloud, and cloud security
  • List the IBM virtualization offerings available today
  • List the features and benefits of IBM BladeCenter Open Fabric Manager
  • Describe the new virtualization extension of IBM Systems Director - VMControl
  • List the features and benefits of the virtual client solution from IBM
  • List the architectural features of Microsoft Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V
  • List the architectural features of Red Hat KVM


This is an intermediate course for individuals who are involved in the planning, installation, configuration, and upgrading of System x Enterprise servers.


Students should complete:

  • System x Technical Principles (Enhanced) (XTR11), and IBM eX5 Enterprise Servers - Architecture and Product Overview (XTR50).

It is also recommended that students have some experience with Intel-based computer hardware and Windows or Linux operating systems.


Day 1

  • Welcome
  • Unit 1: IBM eX5 product review, IBM Smarter Planet, and virtualization background
  • Exercise 1: Install Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V
  • Exercise 2: Create and configure virtual machines using Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V

Day 2

  • Day one review
  • Unit 2: IBM virtualization solutions, hypervisors, and hypervisor deep-dives
  • Exercise 3: Invoke RHEV virt-manager
  • Exercise 4: Configure storage pools using virt-manager
  • Exercise 5: Networking in RHEV
  • Exercise 6: Configure and manage virtual machines through virt-manager

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