HP-UX System Administration

5 days


This course will enable delegates to understand:

  • The role of a system administrator
  • Using the SAM and SMH Administration Tools
  • Manage user and group issues
  • Implement secure policies under HP-UX
  • Manage all aspects of printer administration
  • Disks on an HP-UX system
  • Understanding and Using the HP-UX Logical Volume Manager to Manage Disks and Filesystems
  • How to resize filesystems that are too full
  • How to fix broken filesystems
  • How to recover in the event of a total failure
  • Understanding Processes
  • Using the HP-UX Task Scheduler
  • Creating Backups
  • The HP-UX Software Distributor
  • Installing Patches
  • Altering Kernel Parameters
  • How to tell if a system is healthy


The HP-UX System Administration course is designed for System Administrators and Programmers and other Technical IT staff who require a working knowledge of the key tasks required to administer an HP-UX system.

The course assumes knowledge of the HP-UX Operating System to the level covered in the HP-UX Introduction Course. Some shell programming experience may also prove advantageous; this can be gained on the HP-UX Shell Programming Course.

Skills Gained

On completion of the HP-UX System Administration course the delegate will have a greater awareness,both technical and practical,of the key tasks required to administer an HP-UX system,and completing these tasks by interacting via the command line or the System Management Homepage (SMH).


Delegates should have a basic understanding of UNIX and ideally some experience in the workplace. Attending our UNIX & Linux Essentials course is recommended.

Knowledge of a standard UNIX editor (e.g., vi) is required.

Course Outline

  • System Administration
  • The Superuser
  • Switching Users
  • System Administration Menu
  • Adding Custom Commands to SAM
  • System Management HomePage (SMH)
  • Customising SMH
  • User Management
  • Adding a User
  • Using SAM to Create a New User Account
  • The User Environment
  • Security
  • Why Security?
  • The HP-UX Advanced Security Sub-system
  • Hardware and Device Files
  • Hardware Overview
  • Device Files
  • Filesystems
  • SVR4 Directory Layout
  • HFS Filesystems Structure
  • The Veritas Filesystems (VxFS)
  • The HP-UX LVM
  • Manual Commands
  • Using Logical Volumes to Hold Filesystems
  • Mounting Filesystems
  • Filesystems Mounted at Boot
  • Unmounting Filesystems
  • Listing Mounted Filesystems
  • Creating Filesystems Using SAM
  • Filesystem Maintenance
  • Monitoring Disk Usage
  • Typical Areas That Need Monitoring
  • HP-UX Housekeeping Scripts
  • Maximum File Sizes
  • Expanding Filesystems
  • Swap
  • Fixing Broken Filesystems - fsck
  • The Software Distributor
  • Distribution Depots and Spooling Software
  • Creating a Distribution Depot
  • Installing Software
  • Examining a Directory Depot
  • Verification
  • Processes
  • Understanding the Process
  • Examining Processes
  • Killing Processes
  • Glance
  • Timing Commands
  • Timing and Scheduling
  • Scheduling One-off Jobs
  • Regular Job Scheduling
  • Setting up Schedules
  • Security Considerations
  • Backup and Restoring
  • Why Backup?
  • Choices of Backup Command
  • The make-recovery Command
  • The fbackup Command
  • The cpio Command
  • Restoring Files
  • Tar
  • The dd Command
  • Creating an Ignite/UX Backup
  • Printer Management
  • Printing
  • Printer Administration
  • Printer Interface Scripts
  • Local, Remote and Network Printers
  • Starting/Stopping the Spooler
  • Creating Print Queues
  • Print Queue Maintenance
  • HPDPS - HP Distributed Print System
  • Booting and Shutting Down
  • Init States (Run Levels)
  • HP-UX Start-up Sequence
  • Starting Daemons at Boot Time
  • Starting and Stopping Subsystems
  • Shutdown Commands
  • The Boot Process (PA-RISC)
  • Interrupting the Boot Process (PA-RISC)
  • The Boot Process (Integrity Systems)
  • Interrupting the Boot Process (Integrity Systems)
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Boot Failures
  • System Recovery Tape
  • Creating a System Recovery Tape
  • Using a System Recovery Tape
  • Recovering a System from an Ignite/UX Backup
  • Problem Scenarios and Solutions
  • Recovering from a Broken Kernel
  • No root Password
  • Problems With a Non-root Filesystem
  • Broken root VG
  • Cloning a System
  • Changing Tunable Values in the HP-UX Kernel
  • Why Modify The HP-UX Kernel?
  • Dynamic Versus Static Elements
  • Getting Information About Tunables
  • Managing Kernel Configurations
  • Viewing Current Kernel Tunable Usage
  • Changing Kernel Tunable Values

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