Deploy reliable, available critical production services in a high availability cluster
In the Red Hat High Availability Clustering (RH436) course, you will learn how to provide highly available network services to a mission-critical enterprise environment through the deployment and management of shared storage and server clusters. Created for senior Linux system administrators, this 4-day course strongly emphasizes lab-based activities.
You will set up a cluster of systems running the Pacemaker component of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux High-Availability Add-On, and deploy Linux-based services such as web servers and databases on that cluster. Cluster storage components from the Resilient Storage Add-On are also covered; installations and applications that require multiple cluster nodes can access the same storage simultaneously. This includes Logical Volume Manager (LVM) Shared Volume Groups, Red Hat Global File System 2 (GFS2), and Device-Mapper Multipath.
This course is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.3.
Course content summary
- Install and configure a Pacemaker-based high availability cluster.
- Create and manage highly available services.
- Troubleshoot common cluster issues.
- Work with shared storage (iSCSI) and configure multipathing.
- Implement Logical Volume Manager (LVM) in cluster-aware configurations.
- Configure GFS2 file systems on storage shared by multiple nodes.
Audience for this course
- Senior Linux system administrators who use high-availability clustering and fault-tolerant shared storage technologies to maximize resiliency of production services.
Prerequisites for this course
- Take our free assessment to gauge whether this offering is the best fit for your skills.
- Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) exam (EX200) and associated courses.
- Red Hat Cerfitied Engineer (RHCE) exam (EX294) and associated courses.
- Internet access is required.
Outline for this course
- Creating high availability clusters
- Create a basic high availability cluster.
- Managing cluster nodes and quorum
- Manage node membership in the cluster and describe how it impacts cluster operation.
- Isolating malfunctioning cluster nodes
- Isolate unresponsive cluster nodes to protect data and recover services and resources after a failure.
- Creating and configuring resources
- Create basic resources and resource groups to provide highly available services.
- Troubleshooting high availability clusters
- Identify, diagnose, and fix cluster issues.
- Automating cluster and resource deployment
- Deploy a new high availability cluster and cluster resources using Ansible automation.
- Managing two-node clusters
- Operate two-node clusters while identifying and avoiding issues specific to a two-node cluster configuration.
- Accessing iSCSI storage
- Configure iSCSI initiators on your servers to access block-based storage devices provided by network storage arrays or Ceph storage clusters.
- Accessing storage devices resiliently
- Configure resilient access to storage devices that have multiple access paths.
- Configuring LVM in clusters
- Select, configure, and manage the correct LVM configuration for use in your cluster.
- Providing storage with the GFS2 cluster file system
- Use the GFS2 cluster file system to simultaneously pProvide tightly coupled shared storage that can be accessed by multiple nodes.
- Eliminating single points of failure
- Identify and eliminate single points of failure in your cluster to decrease risk and increase average service availability.
Note: Course outline is subject to change with technology advances and as the nature of the underlying job evolves. For questions or confirmation on a specific objective or topic, please contact a training specialist.
Impact on the organization
High availability clustering can improve reliability, availability, and resiliency of your mission-critical services, resulting in reduced downtime and easier hardware maintenance.
Red Hat has created this course in a way intended to benefit our customers, but each company and infrastructure is unique, and actual results or benefits may vary.
Impact on the individual
As a result of attending this course, you will be able to create, manage, and troubleshoot highly available network services and tightly-coupled cluster storage for business-critical applications.
Students should be able to demonstrate the following skills:
- Improve application uptime by using high availability clustering.
- Manage storage in an high availability environment using iSCSI initiators, HA-LVM or LVM Shared Volume Groups as appropriate, and GFS2 cluster file systems.
- Implement strategies to identify and eliminate single points of failure in high availability clusters.