3 Day(s)


This 3 day course overviews 3PAR hardware and architecture along with giving administrators insight in to the constructs within the 3PAR array family. Students will explore Virtual Volumes and Thin Provisioning along with performing other administrative tasks via both GUI and CLI methods. The class discusses local and remote data copies along with reporting, scheduling and space management. Remote hands-on lab exercises will help illustrate the concepts learned during the course

Skills Gained

By attending this course delegates will learn how to

  • Understand the Layout/Structure of 3PAR Training Material
  • List the new features of InForm Release 2.3.1


Students should have an understanding of general storage concepts, preferably having studied Fibre Channel theory, and should at least be OS proficient at 'operator' level

Course Specifics

Course Outline

Course Introduction

  • General Information

Overview of Hardware and Architecture

  • 3PAR Value Proposition + InServ Hardware
  • 3PAR InSpire architecture: Cabinet
  • Hardware Product Structure for T-Series
  • 3PAR InSpire architecture: T-Class Controller Node
  • 3PAR InSpire Architecture: Drive Chassis (DC3)
  • InSpire (TM) Architecture : Data Flow
  • InServ Numbering Systems
  • Node Numbering
  • Fibre Channel and PCI Slot Numbering

Virtual Volume (VV) Concepts

  • InServ Concepts for Volume Management
  • Physical Disk - Chunklets (256 MB)
  • 3PAR RAID 1 Concepts
  • 3PAR RAID 5 Concepts
  • 3PAR RAID Multi Parity (MP) Concepts
  • Meaning of "-ha cage" For RAID MP
  • 3PAR Volume Management View
  • 3PAR InServ Virtual Volume
  • Chunklets: Foundation of Virtual Volume
  • Logical Disks
  • InServ Virtual Volume For RAID 5

Persistent Cache

  • What is Persistent Cache?
  • Persistent Cache - vs the Competition!Persistent Cache View
  • Administering Persistent Cache

Using InForm CLI

  • Using CLI to Provision Storage
  • Installing CLI Administrative Tools
  • Provisioning Storage Using CLI
  • Commands to Provision/Manage Storage
  • Steps for Creating a Virtual Volume to Make Visible to Host
  • Display Host Information - CLI
  • Export a Virtual Volume to a Host - CLI

Show and Stat Commands

  • Getting Information on the InServ
  • Displaying the Current Version on Your InServ
  • Determining Free Space
  • Displaying Ports on Nodes
  • Displaying Information on the System's Logical Disks
  • Determining LUN #s and Exported Virtual Volumes
  • Displaying Information on Virtual Volumes
  • Gathering Statistics on a VV in a Timed Loop
  • Display Statistics for Virtual Volumes and LUN Host Attachments
  • Useful Options for Statvlun

Thin Provisioning

  • Traditional versus Thin Provisioning
  • Typical 3PAR Virtual Volume Management
  • 3PAR Thin Provisioned Volume Management
  • Common Provisioning Group (CPG)
  • Thin Provisioned Virtual Volumes (TPVVs)
  • Administering CPGs and TPVVs
  • Creating a Common Provisioning Group (CPG) - CLI
  • Growth Increment Considerations
  • Determining Space Usage
  • Viewing Alerts Using InForm GUI
  • Snapshot Data Space
  • Snapshot Administration
  • Removing a CPG

Virtual Copy

  • Virtual Copy Characteristics
  • Virtual Copy Limits 2.3.1
  • Virtual Copy Promotion
  • Virtual Copy Relationships
  • Suggested Virtual Copy Naming Convention
  • Virtual Copy Policy Settings
  • Creating a Virtual Copy Using CLI
  • Consistency Groups - VC
  • Promoting a Virtual Copy

Dynamic Optimization

  • Dynamic Optimization - Data Service Level Control
  • 3PAR Dynamic Optimization Benefit For Storage Administration
  • 3PAR Dynamic Optimization at a Customer
  • Moving a Virtual Volume to New Drive Cages

Policy Advisor

  • Policy Advisor

Host Personas

  • Why Host Personas
  • Advantages of Host Personas
  • Setting Personas

Space Management

  • Thin Conversion
  • Thin Persistence
  • Thin Copy Reclamation
  • Installation and Upgrade Considerations

Autonomic Groups

  • Autonomic Groups - Properties
  • Host Groups
  • Domain Groups

InForm Scheduler and VV Retention

  • Scheduler
  • Virtual Lock
  • Retention Time Rules
  • Retention Time Rules - Domains
  • System Scheduler - Usage

System Reporter 7

  • System Reporter Requirements
  • Installing System Reporter
  • Theory of Operation: Database Schema
    • Naming convention:
    • Implementation: Database
  • Implementation: Reports
  • System Reporter Web Interface
  • Quick Reports
  • Scheduled Reports
  • Custom Reports
  • Generate Report
  • Configuring Alerts

Remote Copy

  • Setup RC for Disaster Recovery
  • Monitor RC
  • Using CLI to Provision Storage
  • Periodic Asynchronous RC
  • Synchronous RC
  • SLDRC (Synchronous Long Distance Remote Copy)
  • Using RC CLI commands to configure RC
  • Remote Copy Pairs
  • Remote Copy Configurations
  • Synchronous Long Distance Remote Copy


  • Domain Overview
  • Domain Objects
  • Creating a Domain
  • Modifying a Domain
  • Removing a Domain
  • Administering Domain Objects

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.

Submit an enquiry from any page on this site, and let us know you are interested in the requirements box, or simply mention it when we contact you.

Upcoming Dates

Course Location Days Cost Date
3 1890 £1890 2018-09-12
3 1695 £1695 2017-12-11
3 1695 £1695 2017-12-04
3 1890 £1890 2017-11-12
3 1695 £1695 2017-11-06
3 1695 £1695 2017-10-02