Certifications – VXVM/VCS-Symantec storage foundation

The Symantec Certification Program is a valuable investment in the current market.Since acquisition of veritas, its become very important for system admins who needs to be get certified on their products like veritas volume manager and veritas cluster.By completing these certification,system admins will be experts on Installation,configuration,product administration, day-to-day maintenance, and basic troubleshooting. Symantec recommends to take training prior to the certification and also its very important to be hands on experience on those products.

Products Exam Details:
Exam Title Exam codes Duration(Minitues) Number of Questions Passing Score Description
Administration of Veritas Cluster Server 6.0 for Unix 250-253 105 70-80 74% Version: 6.0
Administration of Veritas Storage Foundation 6.0 for Unix 250-252 105 75-85 62% Version: 6.0

Administration of Veritas Storage Foundation 6.0 for Unix
Recommend course for Exam 250-252

1.Veritas Storage Foundation 6.0 for UNIX

Suggested Preparation for Exam 250-252

1.Use Symantec sort tool to get more information about storage foundation product and its system requirements. And also you will have fair idea about upgrading storage foundation from one version to another version.
Go to the  Symantec sort webpage. https://sort.symantec.com/checklist/install#report
once you click on the generate checklist,you will get below information which will very useful for exams.
And further,you will get system requirements and product documentation on this.
System requirements
Required number of CPUs: 1
Required memory: 1 GB
Required disk space:
Partitions Minimum space required Maximum space required Recommended space
/opt 173 MB 538 MB 536 MB
/root 42 MB 42 MB 42 MB
/usr 189 MB 189 MB 189 MB
/var 1 MB 1 MB 1 MB
Supported architectures:
SPARC T3 Series [1]
SPARC T4 series [1]
SPARC64-V Series
SPARC64-VI Series
UltraSPARC II Series
UltraSPARC III Series
UltraSPARC IV Series
UltraSPARC T1 Series [1]
UltraSPARC T2/T2+ Series [1]
2.Go through the VXVM tutorial to learn more about vxvm objects and volume layouts.

3.Install storage foundation on test machine to learn more about VXVM product installation.

4.Upgrade VXVM from older version to new version.

5. Learn more about VXVM daemons and its operations. 

6.Install product license and check the license using vx commands.

7.Have a hands on experience on vxdisk operations

8.Have a hands on experience on disk group operations

9.Have a hands on experience on volume operations

10.Install and configure VOM and Perform the above operations using VOM.

11.Have a knowledge on Dynamic Multi-Pathing, load balancing, and failover.

12.Have a hands on experience on VXVM snapshots

More information has been found on Symantec website.

Administration of Veritas Cluster Server 6.0 for Unix
Recommend course for Exam 250-253
1.Veritas Cluster Server 6.0 for Unix: Administration
Suggested Preparation for Exam 250-253:

1.Install,configure and administrate veritas cluster in real server or vmware if you don;t have the real one.

2.Understand cluster concepts, components, and configurations

3.Go through VCS questions and answers part and check it on here as well

4.Perform troubleshooting, including gathering of log files.

5.Use VCS GUI if you are beginner in VCS.

6.Add service group and resources from VCS GUI and create a decencies tree.

7.Create I/O fencing between the cluster nodes and practice on it.

8.Create a disk heartbeat and disconnect the LLT links and see what happens.

9.Learn more about split brain scenarios.

10.Upgrade the VCS from lower version to higher version  

11.Stop/start cluster services without impacting the service.

More information can be found in Symantec website.

All the best for your exams from Unixarena.

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