2 Day(s)


A hands on course focusing on Linux clustering using heartbeat v1 and v2


Technical staff working with Linux clusters

Skills Gained

By the end of the course delegates will be able to

  • Build Linux clusters.
  • Configure Linux clusters.
  • Manage Linux clusters.
  • Troubleshoot Linux clusters.


Introduction to Linux administration

Course Specifics

Course Outline

HA and cluster concepts

High Availability, downtime, redundancy, single points of failure, what is clustering? Cluster components, Cluster architectures, performance, shared file systems, RAID issues, making applications highly available

Preparing Linux for clustering

Linux hardware components, creating shared filesystems. Hands on: Installing Linux for clustering


What is heartbeat? Heartbeat versions, obtaining heartbeat, installing heartbeat. Hands on: Installing Heartbeat

Heartbeat configuration

  • ha.cf
  • Configuring the primary system
  • configuring the secondary system. Hands on: Creating clusters

Configuring resources

Resource types, Resource agents, cib.xml, resource groups, constraints. Data access architectures. IO fencing, STONITH. Hands on: Resource configuration

How heartbeat works

Membership, heartbeat messages, authentication. Time. Log files, crm_verify. Hands on: Troubleshooting

Cluster management

Failover methods, failover testing, ipfail, DRBD, verifying shared resources. Hands on: Managing clusters, failover analysis

Highly available network resources

DNS, DHCP, Apache, others. Configuring Heartbeat to control the applications. Hands on: Apache and clusters

Thinking about Onsite?

If you need training for 3 or more people, you should ask us about onsite training. Putting aside the obvious location benefit, content can be customised to better meet your business objectives and more can be covered than in a public classroom. It's a cost effective option.

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Upcoming Dates

a Location Cost Days Date  
London 225 Sep 17
Glasgow 215 Sep 17
Cardiff 231 Aug 17
Belfast 231 Aug 17
Reading 228 Aug 17
Oxford 214 Aug 17
Birmingham 228 Jul 17
Exeter 211 Jul 17
Manchester 226 Jun 17