HP-UX System Administration Part 1

HP-UX System Administration Part 1


This course is aimed at those who need to expand their basic knowledge of HP-UX to enable them to successfully administer activities to be undertaken within the HP-UX environment.

This course is suitable for users of HP-UX 11i V1, V2 or V3, and covers both PA-RISC and Integrity Systems.


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.


3 days. Hands on.

Course Objectives

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

Course Content

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

Why Security?
The HP-UX Advanced Security Sub-system

Hardware and Device Files
Hardware Overview
Device Files

SVR4 Directory Layout
HFS Filesystems Structure
The Veritas Filesystems (VxFS)
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
Fixing Broken Filesystems - fsck

The Software Distributor
Distribution Depots and Spooling Software
The Software Distributor
Creating a Distribution Depot
Installing Software
Examining a Directory Depot

Understanding the Process
Examining Processes
Killing Processes
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
The dd Command
Creating an Ignite/UX Backup

Printer Management
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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