If you are enrolling in a Self Paced Virtual Classroom or Web Based Training course, before you enroll, pleasereview the Self-Paced Virtual Classes and Web-Based Training Classes on our Terms and Conditions page,as well as the system requirements, to ensure that your system meets the minimum requirements for thiscourse.This is the entry course for all of the System x Technical Education Roadmaps including certification,clustering, and systems management. The student will gain a thorough understanding of the design,architectures, features, and functions of IBM System x servers.This course will cover all the technological innovations that comprise the System x and BladeCenter productportfolio. First, we will build a foundation centered around basic System x architectures and technologies thatare featured across the product line. Next, we focus on the products that comprise the System x serverportfolio: tower, rack, and the new eX5 line of servers. Finally, we will look at one of the hottest infrastructuresolutions: virtualization. This course will show how the System x technologies, tools, systems managementoptions, and support combine to provide a total end-to-end business solution.There is also an instructor-led online version of this course: IBM System x Technical Principles - ILO(XTV11)

Target Audience:

Enrollment in this course is not restricted. However, typical students taking this course include technical IBM personnel from the FTSS, ATS and Techline organizations as well as business partner technical personnel involved with planning, installation, configuration and upgrading of xSeries servers and use of IBM Director systems management software.


Some experience with Intel-based computer hardware and Windows or Linux operating systems.


List the features of IBM X-Architecture

Recognize the System x server product line

Articulate the elements that comprise IBM Smarter Planet

Describe how System x plays a key role in IBM Smarter Planet

List the three key requirements of IBM Smarter Planet

Recognize the basic server type

Articulate the features of the System x disk subsystem

List the RAID levels supported by IBM ServeRAID adapters

List the key elements of the System x memory subsystem

Identify the various System x processor options

Describe the features common to System x networking


Examine the System x PCI subsystem

Articulate the features of the Integrated Management Module (IMM)

List the features of Light Path Diagnostics

Describe the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI)

Articulate the benefits of IBM Systems Director

Describe the new virtualization extension of IBM Systems Director - VMControl

Articulate the ways that IBM Active Energy Manager can save a typical data center power and cooling costs

List all the deployment, update, diagnostic, and configuration tools

available from the IBM ToolsCenter

Recognize the IBM System x tower server portfolio

Recognize the IBM System x rack server portfolio

Recognize the IBM eX5 enterprise server portfolio

Recognize the benefit to installing the Standalone Solutions Configuration Tool (SSCT)

List the features of the IBM Hardware Configurator

Describe benefits of using the Configuration and Options Guide

Understand the value of the BladeCenter & System x Power Configurator Tool

Describe the recommendations provided by the Sizing Guides

Recognize the key components listed in the IBM Workload Estimator (WLE)

Introduce the concepts and considerations for rack design and

implementation in the data center

Provide an description of power requirements and options, including PDU selection and IBM configurationand planning tools

Introduce chassis cooling concepts

List three IT issues that helped virtualization become popular

List three benefits of using virtualization

Identify the key differences between Type 1 and Type 2 hypervisors

Distinguish the System x product line by listing the features that

support virtualization

List the IBM virtualization offerings available today

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