TruCluster Server Handbook

TruCluster Server Handbook

1st Edition - December 16, 2002

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  • Authors: Scott Fafrak, Jim Lola, Dennis O'Brien, Gregory Yates, Brad Nichols
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080519753

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The TruCluster Server Handbook authoritatively details how to plan, design, install, configure, and administer a cluster of Tru64 UNIX systems. The book explains how to configure and optimize hardware underlying a TruCluster server, including storage servers so critical to running a high-end cluster operation. This book provides best practices and techniques drawn from the authors' extensive experiences in the field with systems designers, systems managers, developers, and users. The authors include a former Tru64 UNIX Technical Group Leader with HP's Consulting Division and a top industry figure, and two former TruCluster Server Team Leaders with the Customer Support Center.

Key Features

  • Learn to install TruCluster Server from the ground up
  • Get the most out of your cluster environment with the authors' practical tips and tricks
  • Attain availability, scalability, and simplified manageability in your IT systems operation


Tru64 UNIX system administrators, designers, and developers; IT managers, and designers and managers using other UNIX systems

Table of Contents

  • Part I: Introduction; Tru64 UNIX and TruCluster Overview
    Part II: Design and Configuration of a Tru64 UNIX Cluster: Designing a Cluster; Technology Considerations for a Cluster; Cluster Configuration Planning
    Part III: Installing and Configuring the Tru64 Operating System: Installing Tru64 UNIX; Configuring Tru64 UNIX
    Part IV: Cluster Hooks: File System Hierarchy, Context Dependent; Symbolic Links, Process IDs; Device Naming and Hardware Management; The Event Manager; Network Interface Failure Finder, NetRAIN, and Link Aggregation
    Part V: Creating a Cluster: Planning the Cluster Implementation; Creating and Configuring a Single Node Cluster; Cluster Installation Verification; Part VI: Adding and Removing Cluster Members: Planning for Adding a New Cluster Member; Adding and Configuring the New Cluster Member/Deleting a Cluster Member; Verifying the Configuration of a New Cluster Member; Cluster Hooks; Part VII: Cluster Subsystems: Devices and File Systems; Communications
    Part VIII: Cluster System Administration: System, Network, and Cluster Administration Tasks; Maintenance and Recovery
    Part IX: Application Deployment in a Cluster: Cluster Application Availability; Application Deployment Examples
    Part X: Upgrading and Patching a Cluster: Performing a Rolling Patch or Upgrade; Considerations for Migrating to TruCluster Server
    Part XI: Appendices: Programming APIs; Resources; Glossary

Product details

  • No. of pages: 854
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Digital Press 2002
  • Published: December 16, 2002
  • Imprint: Digital Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080519753

About the Authors

Scott Fafrak

Scott Fafrak is a Senior Consultant and Instructor for BRUDEN Corporation, which provides TruCluster, Tru64 UNIX, and OpenVMS training and course development throughout the US. He is also on the Advisory Board for the Tru64 UNIX Ambassadors at Compaq Computer Corporation. He was formerly the TruCluster Focal Team Leader for the UNIX Expert Team at Compaq's Customer Support Center in Alpharetta, GA. During his 13+ years with Compaq (and Digital) he supported UNIX and cluster technology as a Consultant, Software Engineer, Instructor, and System Administrator.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Consultant and Instructor, Bruden Corporation, USA

Jim Lola

Jim Lola is a member of the Computing Technologies Group at Genentech, Inc., in South San Francisco, CA. He was formerly a Senior UNIX Systems Consultant and UNIX Ambassador with Digital Equipment Corporation/Compaq Computer Corp. He has been designing and implementing UNIX Clustered solutions (from Compaq, Sun/Veritas, and Linux/Beowulf) for 6 years and has been working on different variants of UNIX since 1978.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Systems Programmer and Manager, UNIX Systems Programming for CIT, Genentech, Inc., South San Francisco, CA, USA

Dennis O'Brien

Dennis F. O'Brien is a private consultant having held senior IT security positions within Bell Laboratories, AT&T, Citigroup and other Fortune 100 financial sector enterprises. Dennis is a well-known technical expert having more than 30 years’ experience in the exploitation of controls, comes to us as a canary to discuss the kinds of “evil things” that can be done using well-intended, generally available, tools and services such as RFID. Examining the big picture and then presenting realistic scenarios, such as destabilizing public faith in the financial services industry or corrupting an asset database through input data tampering, are examples of his work.

He is known for his annual predictions of possible mal-events may occur in the near future and what the results might be.

Affiliations and Expertise

Co-owner of the Bruden Corporation, Danvers, MA, USA

Gregory Yates

Greg Yates is currently a Senior Consultant on the Tru64 UNIX Support team at Hewlett-Packard Company.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior consultant, UNIX support group, Hewlett-Packard Company

Brad Nichols

Bradford Nichols is an Enterprise UNIX Consultant in the Transition

Engineering and Consulting organization, Hewlett-Packard Company.

Affiliations and Expertise

Enterprise UNIX Consultant, Transition Engineering and Consulting organization, Hewlett-Packard Company

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