HPE Primera I: Management and Connectivity (HM9Q5S)

The HPE Primera I: Management and Connectivity course provides an overview of the HPE Primera portfolio. The session reviews how to perform common day-to-day management tasks with hands-on labs (HOL), including creating the right data efficient volumes on an all-flash HPE Primera array, and leveraging the power of HPE InfoSight. The course prepares learners for deeper follow-on training from HPE, including the 2-day, HM9Q6S: HPE Primera II: Monitoring and Replication course


Customers, administrators and channel partner sales or technical sales


  • An understanding of general storage concepts including fibre channel technology and RAID
  • Operator level functionality in a Windows environment

Course objectives

After completing this course, the student should be able to:

  • Discuss Primera hardware offerings
  • Describe HPE Primera family features
  • List management options
  • Describe the HPE Primera Storage software portfolio
  • Explain provisioning terminology
  • Understand the concepts of chunklets and logical disks
  • Explain the HPE Primera concepts of a common provisioning group (CPG)
  • Explain thin provisioned virtual volumes (VV)
  • Overview Primera data reduction technologies
  • Prepare a host to access an HPE Primera storage array
  • Create hosts in an HPE Primera storage array
  • Explain how to add fibre channel (FC) ports to a host
  • Explain the advantages of HPE Smart SAN for Primera
  • Export virtual volumes (VV) to a host as VLUNs
  • Unexport virtual volumes (VV) from a host
  • Describe the advantages of host sets and volume sets
  • Create and maintain host sets and volume sets
  • Use SSMC and the CLI to create and manage host sets and volume sets
  • Discuss the guidelines and rules regarding host sets and volume sets
  • Describe app volume sets
  • Describe the use of InfoSight to monitor Primera and its surroundings
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Course Outline

Module 1: Solution Overview:

  • Part 1—Hardware
    • Primera technical specifications
    • HPE Primera hardware building blocks
    • Data-in-place upgrade
    • Primera persistency and high availability features
  • Part 2—Software and Features
    • Management options overview
    • Primera and 3PAR SSMC
    • HPE Primera storage management—HPE Primera UI
    • HPE Primera command line interface (CLI)
    • HPE Primera integration portfolio overview
    • Selected data protection and security features overview
    • HPE Primera leadership—replication
    • Peer Persistence
    • HPE Cluster Extension CLX
    • VMware vSphere® disaster recovery with Site Recovery Manager
    • Sources of information

Module 2: Storage Concepts and Terminology

  • HPE Primera OS virtualization—logical view
  • HPE Primera OS virtualization concepts
  • HPE Primera OS virtualization advantages
  • Chunklet concepts
  • System wide sparing
  • Logical disk concepts
  • HPE Primera high availability
  • CPG concepts
  • Virtual volume overview
  • Thin provisioning overview
  • HPE Primera data reduction overview

Module 3: Host Connectivity and Storage Allocation

  • Host to HPE Primera front-end configuration—FC example
  • HPE Primera block I/O connectivity
  • HPE Primera Persistent Ports
  • HPE Primera WWN format
  • HPE Primera OS 4.x host OS support
  • HPE Primera implementation guide
  • Host HBAs and WWNs—commands/utilities
  • HPE Smart SAN for Primera
  • HPE Primera zoning overview
  • Adding hosts in SSMC—SMART SAN enabled
  • Making VLUNs visible to hosts
  • HPE Host Explorer
  • HPE LunInfo

Module 4: Host, Volume, and App Volume Sets

  • Host sets and virtual volume sets overview and advantage
  • Virtual volume set—other use cases
  • Host sets and virtual volume sets— SSMC and CLI examples
  • App volume sets overview
  • App volume sets— SSMC examples
  • SSMC dashboard—top app vol sets

Module 5: HPE InfoSight Introduction

  • HPE InfoSight sees and predicts behind the scene
  • Get the full picture with HPE Primera and InfoSight
  • The AI process for HPE self-healing storage
  • HPE Primera—dashboard
  • HPE Primera—systems view
  • HPE Primera—detailed systems view
  • HPE Primera—system performance view
  • HPE Primera—performance insights view
  • HPE Primera—PDF report
  • HPE InfoSight Cross-Stack Analytics for VMware environments

Appendix 1: HPE Primera On-Node Management

  • Discovering the HPE Primera array
  • HPE Primera initial setup
  • Checking hardware
  • Creating user on the array and configuring the network
  • Initializing the array
  • Configuring date/time, Infosight and system support contact
  • InfoSight
  • Enabling remote support data scrubbing
  • First time login
  • Primera UI dashboard—overview, alerts, and tasks
  • On-node management performance dashboard
  • Customer self-update option
  • Customer self-repair option

Detailed Lab Outline

Lab 0: vLabs Access

  • Task 1: Accessing the vLab

Lab 1: Working with SSMC and CLI

  • Exercise 1: Reviewing the SSMC GUI and online help
  • Exercise 2: Reviewing the dashboard and changing output views
  • Exercise 3: Accessing the SSMC settings screen
  • Exercise 4: Adding a user
  • Exercise 5: Working with the SSMC activity screen
  • Exercise 6: SSMC hardware introduction
  • Exercise 7: Launching the CLI

Lab 2: Storage Configuration

  • Exercise 1: Log in to SSMC
  • Exercise 2: Working with CPGs in SSMC
  • Exercise 3: Working with virtual volumes (VV) in SSMC
    • Exercise 3-1: Creating thin provisioned virtual volumes
    • Exercise 3-2: Creating thin volumes (TPVV) with data reduction enabled
    • Exercise 3-3: Creating multiple virtual volumes using a count
    • Exercise 3-4: Displaying/editing/removing virtual volumes
  • Exercise 4: Working with VVs using the CLI

Lab 3: Host Configuration and Storage Allocation

  • Exercise 1: Identify the HBA type (Windows)
  • Exercise 2: Determining host port WWNs
  • Exercise 3: Adding a host using HBA WWNs in SSMC
    • Exercise 3-A: Adding a host using Host Explorer in SSMC
    • Exercise 3-B: Adding a host manually using HBA WWNs in SSMC
  • Exercise 4: Export/unexport VLUNs in SSMC
  • Exercise 5: Windows host configuration formatting and mounting VLUNs
  • Exercise 6: Online virtual volume increase
  • Exercise 7: Working with default reports
  • Exercise 8: Working with HPE LUNInfo for HPE Primera and HPE 3PAR
  • Exercise 9: Working with hosts and storage using the CLI

Lab 4: Host, Volume and App Volume Sets

  • Exercise 1: Working with host sets and virtual volume sets
    • Exercise 1-1: Working with host sets in SSMC
    • Exercise 1-2: Working with virtual volume sets in SSMC
    • Exercise 1-3: Export virtual volume sets to hosts sets in SSMC
    • Exercise 1-4: Unexport virtual volume sets from hosts sets in SSMC
    • Exercise 1-5: Delete virtual volume sets and hosts sets in SSMC
  • Exercise 2: Working with app volume sets using SSMC
  • Exercise 3: Working with host sets and volume sets using CLI

Lab 5: Using InfoSight

  • Exercise 1: Logging in and dashboard
  • Exercise 2: Access InfoSight support
  • Exercise 3: Array overview
  • Exercise 4: Physical disk details
  • Exercise 5: Reports
  • Exercise 6: InfoSight scenarios (optional)
    • Exercise 6-1: Health check
    • Exercise 6-2: Planning for growth
    • Exercise 6-3: Using InfoSight to troubleshoot