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CXFS Administration

Course Length: Price:

Current Schedule:
4.5 days
$4500 (plus local applicable Tax)

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The CXFS Administration course is designed to provide an introduction and overview of the CXFS product and the hardware environment in which it is intended to exist. The course also provides students with an opportunity to explore the CXFS software environment and see it function.

The CXFS Administration course covers SGI ISSP (Infinite Storage Software Package) on Linux Servers. Additionally, representative MultiOS client-only operating systems are covered as well.

Procedures to administer the cluster as a whole and at the node level are discussed in detail and practiced in lab. This entails starting nodes with just the base O/S installed and creating a viable CXFS Cluster.

Labs require students to exercise hardware and software to create CXFS cluster and and participating Metadata Server nodes along with client nodes, test them, create XVM logical volumes, create and mount the Clustered XFS filesystem using CXFS administrative tools.

Procedures to bring up and shutdown a node and a cluster are discussed and practiced in lab.

Topics Covered

  • CXFS Overview
  • Software Setup
  • Check and change initial configuration as necessary (lab)
  • CXFS GUI (introduction to CXFS configuration and administration via CXFS GUI)
  • Create CXFS Cluster by using the CXFS GUI (lab)
  • XVM Concepts and Creating XVMs
  • Create XVM logical volume structures (lab)
  • Make XFS filesystems (lab)
  • Define XFS filesystems to CXFS (lab)
  • CXFS mount XFS filesystems (lab)
  • CXFS CLI (Command Line Interface)
  • Create CXFS Cluster and do on-going administration by using the CXFS CLI (lab)
  • Troubleshooting
  • Obtain information from the CXFS environment to send to SGI support (lab)
  • Review SGI CXFS "Best Practices" (lab)
  • Troubleshoot hardware and software induced problems as time permits (lab)

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Describe the CXFS hardware and software environments
  • Configure and administer a CXFS environment by using the CXFS GUI and various command line interfaces
  • XVM label luns and create basic logical volumes by using XVM
  • Make XFS filesystems by using command line interface and/or the GUI
  • Define XFS filesystems for CXFS
  • Mount and unmount filesystems by using CXFS
  • Test and shutdown CXFS nodes and clusters
  • Develop familiarity with CXFS daemons and their inter-operation to support troubleshooting
  • Troubleshoot by using log files


  • Familiarity with SGI storage area networks (SAN)
  • Familiarity with Brocade series Fibre Channel (FC) switches
  • Familiarity with the SGI Infinite Storage (IS4XXX or IS5XXX) systems would be very helpful
  • Familiarity with Linux operating system at the command line level
  • Familiarity to ISSP
  • Experience with Server BMC interfaces
  • General introduction to the CXFS™ MultiOS client-only clients has been incorporated into the standard CXFS Administration course.
  • Linux MultiOS client and Windows MultiOS client platforms are available for labs and will be used to represent all CXFS MultiOS clients.


  • Instructor led (Lecture/Lab)