Certification Guide Series: IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager V5.1

Book description

IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager, built on a Service Oriented Architecture, enhances usability for executing changes while keeping server and desktop software compliant.

It helps organizations with provisioning, configuration and maintenance of servers and virtual servers, operating systems, middleware, applications, storage and network devices acting as routers, switches, firewalls, and load balancers. This IBM Redbooks publication is a study guide for IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager V5.1 for people who want to get an IBM Professional Certification for this product.

The IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager V5.1 Certification, offered through the Professional Certification Program from IBM, is designed to validate the skills required of technical professionals who work in the implementation of the IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager V5.1 product.This book provides a combination of theory and practical experience needed for a general understanding of the subject matter and sample questions that will help in the evaluation of personal progress and provide familiarity with the types of questions in the exam.

The chapters are based on the sections of the Tivoli Provisioning Manager V5.1 Implementation Certification test.

Studying each chapter will help you prepare for one section of the exam.

Table of contents

  1. Figures
  2. Tables
  3. Examples
  4. Notices
    1. Trademarks
  5. Preface
    1. The team that wrote this redbook
    2. Become a published author
    3. Comments welcome
  6. Chapter 1: Certification overview
    1. IBM Professional Certification Program
      1. Benefits of certification
      2. Tivoli Software Professional Certification
    2. Tivoli Provisioning Manager V5.1 Implementation certification
      1. Test 898 objectives
      2. How to get your 15% discount on the Tivoli Provisioning Manager V5.1 certification
    3. Recommended resources for study
      1. Courses
      2. Publications
  7. Chapter 2: Planning and architecture
    1. Tivoli Provisioning Manager V5.1 components
    2. Scalability
      1. Scalable Distribution Infrastructure for Tivoli Provisioning Manager v.5.1
    3. Supported Platforms for Tivoli Provisioning Manager version 5.1
    4. Infrastructure deployment considerations
      1. Demo installation
      2. Small Data Center
      3. Small branch office
      4. Large data center
      5. Large branch office
      6. System management across firewalls
      7. Ports used by Scalable Distribution Infrastructure components
  8. Chapter 3: Installing Tivoli Provisioning Manager V5.1
    1. Installation methods
      1. Regular installation
      2. Silent installation
      3. Fast Start installation
    2. Topology Installer Launcher
    3. Supported installation topologies and operating system versions
      1. AIX and Linux
      2. Solaris (Sun SPARC)
      3. Windows
    4. Account required by the installation
    5. Preinstallation checklist
      1. Topology Installer Launcher requirements
      2. Tivoli Provisioning Manager server requirements
      3. Additional software requirements
      4. Prerequisite software versions
    6. Installing behind a firewall
    7. Overview of the installation flow
      1. Invoking the installer
      2. Installation phases
    8. Installation log files
      1. Installer logs
      2. Tivoli common directory
      3. Directory containing output from the installation
    9. Post installation steps
      1. Changing default passwords
      2. Importing sample data
    10. Automation Package Developer Environment (APDE) installation
      1. Automation Package Developer Environment installation requirements
      2. Installing the Automation Package Developer Environment
      3. Configuring database connectivity
      4. Configuring deployment engine connectivity
      5. Starting the Automation Package Developer Environment
      6. Configuring Automation Package Developer Environment preferences
      7. Automation Package Developer Environment views
  9. Chapter 4: Configuration
    1. Discovery
      1. Discovery scan types
      2. Tivoli Provisioning Manager Inventory Discovery
      3. Network discovery
      4. IBM discovery library reader
      5. Microsoft Active Directory discovery
      6. Run a discovery
    2. Service access points (SAP)
    3. Credentials
    4. Groups
      1. Creating a static group
      2. Creating a dynamic group
    5. Applications
      1. Creating a customer
      2. Creating a resource pool
      3. Creating an administrative domain
      4. Creating a cluster domain
    6. Reports
    7. Automation packages
      1. Install an automation package
      2. Updating an automation package
      3. Creating an automation package
      4. Creating a workflow
    8. Software Package Editor
  10. Chapter 5: Troubleshooting
    1. Essentials
      1. Recording the symptoms of the problem
      2. Recreating the problem
      3. Eliminating possible causes
    2. Directory structure
    3. Log Files
      1. Log file types
      2. Subsystem messages
      3. Setting log level
    4. Workflow troubleshooting
      1. Setting log level
      2. Workflow execution logs
    5. Agent installation
      1. Time drift
      2. RXA problems
      3. Service access point (SAP) problems
      4. Communication issues
    6. Depot issues
    7. Performance tuning
      1. Configuring maximum number of concurrent jobs
      2. Workflow performance
      3. Software Package Editor
  11. Chapter 6: Administration
    1. Accessing the console
    2. Managing security
      1. Creating a security role
      2. Creating an access group
      3. Creating a permission group
      4. Associate objects to an access group
      5. Adding a new user
      6. Assigning a security role to a user
      7. Associating access and permission groups to a user
      8. Enabling access control
    3. Network discovery and agent distribution
      1. Preparing network discovery
      2. Discovery policy
      3. Performing the discovery task
      4. Installing Tivoli Common Agent
    4. Software Package Editor
      1. Using the Software Package Editor
      2. Saving a software package
    5. Compliance management
      1. Adding software compliance check
      2. Adding security compliance check
      3. Running inventory scan and compliance check
      4. Handle recommendation
      5. Verifying changes
    6. Software Management
      1. Software stack
      2. Software Catalog
    7. Virtual servers
      1. Installing tcdriver
      2. Creating host platform server
      3. Adding resource to host platform server
      4. Creating virtual server template
      5. Adding resource requirements
      6. Allocating the virtual server
    8. Imaging
      1. Installing a boot server
      2. Capturing an image with Rembo Boot Server
      3. Deploying an image with Rembo Boot Server
    9. Software distribution and installation
      1. Software distribution
      2. Software installation
      3. Requirements on target endpoints
      4. User role for software distribution
    10. Web services
      1. Extensible Markup Language
      2. Simple Object Access Protocol
      3. Web services description language
      4. Web Services Resource Framework
    11. Using Automation Package Development Environment
      1. Creating automation packages
      2. Creating new workflow
      3. Working with Workflows
      4. Modify existing automation packages
      5. Workflow syntax
      6. Exporting created or modified workflows
  12. Chapter 7: Infrastructure
    1. The Data Center Model
      1. What is Data Center Model
      2. Data Center Model objects
      3. Customer
      4. Application tier
      5. Resource pool
      6. Management operations and Logical Device Operations
      7. Workflows
      8. Device drivers
    2. Scalable Distribution
      1. File repository
      2. Software Catalog, Software Products and Software Installables
      3. Software stacks
      4. The dynamic content delivery service
      5. The dynamic content delivery service Management Center
      6. Depot server
      7. Regions
      8. Zones
      9. Device Management Service
      10. Peer-to-peer file sharing
      11. Publishing to depots
      12. Inside the distribution process
    3. Tivoli Common Agent Services
      1. Agent Manager
      2. Resource manager
      3. Tivoli Common Agent
    4. Software Life Cycle
    5. Security model
      1. User authentication and accounts
      2. User authorization
      3. User roles and accounts
      4. Access groups
      5. Permission groups
      6. Access Permission group
  13. Chapter 8: Sample questions
    1. Sample questions
    2. Answer Key
  14. Related publications
    1. IBM Redbooks
    2. Online resources
    3. How to get IBM Redbooks
    4. Help from IBM
  15. Index (1/2)
  16. Index (2/2)
  17. Back cover

Product information

  • Title: Certification Guide Series: IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager V5.1
  • Author(s): Vasfi Gucer, David Campbell, Martin Caesar, Markus Helbig, Fabrizio Salustri, Petra Unglaub-Lloyd
  • Release date: January 2007
  • Publisher(s): IBM Redbooks
  • ISBN: None