Introduction to ClearCase Administration

Training Summary
ClearCase is an enterprise level configuration management product which was adopted by many large organizations, both public and private, as part of the IBM Rational Suite. Because ClearCase is an enterprise level product, it has a rich and complex infrastructure that supports a highly customizable environment with a rich feature set. . Being able to get the full benefits of ClearCase directly depends on the ClearCase administrator being able to customize the product to the specific environment it runs in, the user requirements and the organizational governance policies and procedures This course provides students with an administrator’s view of how ClearCase works from both architectural and functional perspectives and then builds on that understanding to identify, understand and master the core and critical administration tasks. In addition to developing a thorough understanding of the normal administrative tasks, students also explore identifying and repairing ClearCase problems and issues; planning restructuring and migrating ClearCase artifacts and installations. Emphasis during the course will be on developing and administering a ClearCase installation that supports the various configurations in both Windows and Unix environments. A critical component of each module is a review of best practices for that topic as well as common errors that administrators make and how to diagnose and fix common problems. Almost all of the course is presented in a hands on environment where concepts are introduced through both theory and instructor led walk through exercises where students follow along on their own lab machines as the instructor illustrates techniques and ideas. At the end of each module, students work on individual lab problems to reinforce the skills they are learning.
The course does not require any prior ClearCase knowledge, however since this is an administration course, system administration concepts such as working at the command line, understanding files, permissions, system processes and other topics at a basic will be assumed. Experience with the Unix shell is not necessary but is useful. Prior experience with software configuration management concepts is also useful.
3 Days/Lecture & Lab
This course is intended for anyone either in or moving into an administrative role who will be managing or supporting a ClearCase installation, especially for those who will be working in a hands on manner administering the product. The course in not intended for ClearCase end users.
Course Topics
  • Configuration Management Overview
  • ClearCase Design and Architecture
  • VOB Basics
  • View Basics
  • The Registry and Regions
  • VOB Meta-data Types
  • Extended Path Names and config specs
  • Administering VOBs
  • Administering VOBs
  • Snapshot Views
  • Merging
  • ClearTools
  • Administrative Tasks Review

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