IBM Flex System X-Architecture Compute Nodes (NGT21)

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About this Course

The IBM PureFlex System is a category of computing that integrates multiple server architectures, networking, chassis, storage, and system management capability into a single system that is easy to deploy and manage.

This intermediate class on X-Architecture compute nodes starts with an overview of IBM PureSystems and IBM PureFlex Systems to position the X-Architecture compute nodes within the product portfolio. A comprehensive deep-dive of the IBM Flex System X-Architecture compute nodes, their architecture, subsystems, I/O and systems management provide the foundation for this course. Finally, configuring an X-Architecture compute node is explored including two features of the IBM Flex System Manager: configuration patterns and compute node image deployment.

Audience Profile

Enrollment in this intermediate course is not restricted.Typical students may include those persons involved with the planning, installation, configuration and upgrade of the IBM PureFlex Systems where X-Architecture Compute Nodes are involved. This may include:

  • Customers
  • IT Consultants
  • Technical IBM personnel
  • Business Partner technical personnel

At Course Completion

Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Summarize the features of the IBM Flex System X-Architecture Compute Nodes
  • Distinguish the major elements of the IBM Flex System X-Architecture Compute Nodes
  • Select processor and memory options for the IBM Flex System X-Architecture Compute Nodes
  • Recognize the steps necessary to perform an initial configuration of an X-Architecture compute node
  • Recall the procedures necessary to update, configure, and install an operating system on an X-Architecture compute node


You should complete:

  • IBM PureFlex System Fundamentals (NGT11)

Course Outline

Day 1

  • Welcome
  • Unit 1: IBM Flex System overview
  • Exercise 1: IBM PureFlex System introduction
  • Unit 2: IBM Flex System x240 Compute Node
  • Exercise 2: Connecting to a compute node

Day 2

  • Review
  • Unit 3: IBM Flex System x222 Compute Node
  • Unit 4: Configuring an X-Architecture Compute Node
  • Exercise 3: Starting the Setup utility
  • Exercise 4: Configuring a compute node using the Setup utility
  • Exercise 5: Configuring a compute node using configuration patterns using FSM 1.3
  • Exercise 6: Configuring VMware ESX5i

Day 3

  • Review
  • Unit 5: IBM Flex System x440 Compute Node
  • Exercise 7: Preparing for VMware vCenter Server installation
  • Exercise 8: Installing VMware vCenter Server
  • Exercise 9: Configuring VMware vCenter Server
  • Exercise 10: Deploy compute node images