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HP0-D21: IMPLEMENTING

THE HP MATRIX OPERATING


ENVIRONMENT
Converged Infrastructure
Exam preparation guide

HP0-D21: IMPLEMENTING THE HP MATRIX


OPERATING ENVIRONMENT
Converged Infrastructure
Exam preparation guide

Overview
Requirements for successful completion
This guide helps you to study for the Implementing the HP Matrix Operating Environment (HP0-D21) exam. You
can benefit from this guide whether you are attempting to expand your existing HP certification or you have
another vendor presale background and want to get certified with HP.
To pass the exam, you will need to demonstrate that you have the expertise to implement an HP Converged
Infrastructure solution that integrates heterogeneous server, storage, and networking functions into one
holistically managed pool of IT resources that can be dynamically provisioned, shared by many applications,
offered on-demand, and ultimately managed as a service. You are able to incorporate virtualized servers,
massive and redundant storage, high-speed networking, and high-availability for all. You have the validated
expertise to perform all aspects of installation and start-up tasks through the HP Matrix Operating Environment,
including hardware configuration, operating system installation, HP driver installation, and full management
instrumentation.

Table of Contents
Overview ............................................................................................................................................ 2
Table of Contents ................................................................................................................................. 3
Why take the exam? ............................................................................................................................ 4
HP ATP Converged Infrastructure Integrator V1 certification .................................................................... 4
Path 1 ............................................................................................................................................. 4
Path 2 ............................................................................................................................................. 4
Who should take this exam? ................................................................................................................. 5
How to study for the exam .................................................................................................................... 5
Attend recommended ILT ....................................................................................................................... 6
Purchase self-study materials .................................................................................................................. 7
Obtain hands-on experience ................................................................................................................. 7
How to take the Implementing the HP Matrix Operating Environment (HP0-D21) exam ................................. 8
Exam objectives ................................................................................................................................... 8
Tips for taking HP exams ...................................................................................................................... 9
Register ............................................................................................................................................ 10
Conclusion ........................................................................................................................................ 10

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Why take the exam?


Based on your current achievements, passing this test gives you one component toward:

HP Accredited Technical Professional (ATP) Converged Infrastructure Integrator V1certification

HP ATP Converged Infrastructure Integrator V1 certification


This certification attests that you can:

perform all aspects of installation and startup tasks, including hardware configuration, operating
system installation, HP driver installation, and full management instrumentation of HP BladeSystem
servers, networking, and storage solution components

install and configure the software solution, Matrix Operating Environment, which integrates all of the
virtualized components to enable on-demand fulfillment of server, storage, and networking functions to
meet the business computing needs

implement a data center of the future, IT delivered via a shared services environment with agility,
availability, simplicity, and automation

There are two paths to achieve this certification, as outlined below. The exams you must pass are dependent
upon which achievements you currently hold.

Path 1
This path is designed for networking professionals who have the following certification:

HP AIS HP Converged Infrastructure [2009]

If you meet this criterium, then passing the Implementing the HP Matrix Operating Environment exam (HP0D21) alone gives you the certification. By completing this path, you will be granted the HP ATP Converged
Infrastructure Integrator V1 certification.

Path 2
If you do not meet the requirement for path 1, then you must complete this path, which is designed for new
candidates. First, you must achieve the following prerequisite certifications:

HP ATP BladeSystem Solutions Integrator V8.1

HP ATP Converged Infrastructure Administrator V1

Second, you must pass the following exam:

Implementing the HP Matrix Operating Environment (HP0-D21)

Table 1 summarizes the requirements for both paths.

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Table 1: HP ATP Converged Infrastructure Integrator V1 requirements based on current achievement


Current achievements

HP ATP Converged
Infrastructure Integrator V1

Requirements for

AIS HP Converged
Infrastructure [2009]

Any other candidate

HP ATP BladeSystem Solutions Integrator


V8.1
and

HP ATP Converged Infrastructure


Administrator V1
Proctored Exam Implementing the HP
Matrix Operating Environment (HP0-D21)

Who should take this exam?


All candidates for HP ATP Converged Infrastructure Integrator V1 certification must take the Implementing the
HP Matrix Operating Environment (HP0-D21) exam.
Although anyone can take the exam, most successful candidates have a minimum of one year experience with
HP Converged Infrastructure solutions. It is also expected that you will have industry-standard server technology
knowledge from training, hands-on experience or participation in other technical events. This guide describes
some of these ways and provides references to materials for further preparation.
NOTE
Although anyone can take the exam, passing it helps you to achieve certification only if you have one of the
achievements listed in Table 1.
If you are a new candidate and want to earn the HP ATP - Converged Infrastructure Integrator V1 certification,
you need to complete the prerequisite HP ATP Converged Infrastructure Administrator V1 and HP ATP
BladeSystem Solutions Integrator V8.1 certifications, first.

How to study for the exam


The Implementing the HP Matrix Operating Environment (HP0-D21) exam tests you on topics that are covered
in an HP instructor-led training (ILT) courses (5 days total). This training is recommended for all candidates no
matter what their current achievements.
While it is recommended that you complete this training, the training is neither required nor does it guarantee
that you will pass the exam. It is expected that you will study on your own and draw on your real-world
experience. Also remember that the exam tests you on design concepts, which are covered in a documentbased course and not at the ILTs.
Read the sections below to assess your options. Even if you do not intend to complete the recommended ILTs
and document-based course, you should examine the topics that are listed for them in the sections below; the
exam will test you on your mastery of these topics.

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contained herein.
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Attend recommended ILT


ILT to help to prepare you for this exam:

Implementing the HP Matrix Operating Environment, Rev 13.31 (5 days)

You are highly encouraged to attend this course, particularly because it offers content on the latest HP
Converged Infrastructure solutions that have been designed to make the data center simpler, more flexible,
more efficient and less expensive to operate. With the HP Converged Infrastructure solution you are positioned
to deliver any workload, anywhere, anytime to "accelerate time to application and business value". And do so
across a hybrid IT delivery environment that includes a mix of traditional IT with private, managed, and public
cloud deployments. In other words, you can accelerate your IT based on your unique requirements to
achieve better business results today while being ideally positioned for what's next.
After completion of this training, students will walk away with a strong knowledge of the Matrix
Operating Environment (Matrix OE) and its position within a Converged Infrastructure and Cloud solutions.
They will also have hands on experience and training for the implementation of Matrix OE and how to
integrate it as part of a larger customer solution.
Topics included are:
[Presentation modules]
Describe the HP position in the converged infrastructure solution area
Identify opportunities for converged infrastructure solutions
Explain ways to achieve a converged infrastructure
Describe the business advantages of a CI
Explain the CI
Identify and differentiate CI offerings
Describe a basic HP CloudSystem Matrix environment
Identify installation requirements for HP Insight Management software solutions
List best practices for using Insight Management
Describe the features and benefits of HP SIM
Compare Agentless Management with using agents for management
Explain how HP SIM integrates with the iLO Management Engine
Explain how to use a federated search
Explain how you can use HP SIM to manage third-party servers
List advantages of Insight Control for Microsoft System Center
Explain the functions of Insight Control for Microsoft System Center
Describe how Insight Control for Microsoft System Center integrates with an HP Insight Control solution
Define the business and use cases for Insight Control for Microsoft System Center
List advantages of Insight Control for VMware vCenter Server
Explain the functions of Insight Control for VMware vCenter Server
Describe how Insight Control for VMware vCenter Server integrates with an HP Insight Control solution
Define the business and use cases for Insight Control for VMware vCenter Server
List and describe features of RSS
List and describe features of RSA
Explain the differences between RSS and RSA
Describe the business benefits of using RSS and RSA
Explain how to maintain Matrix OE infrastructure orchestration solutions
o Configure Operations Orchestration
o Configure users
o Configure resources
o Configure virtual and physical provisioning
o Use Matrix OE capacity planning
Explain how to implement Matrix OE capacity planning
Differentiate the available capacity planning reports

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Explain how HP logical server technology is implemented by Matrix OE


Explain how Matrix OE offers recovery management capability for certain enterprise environments
List the steps to configure Matrix OE recovery management
Describe the features and functions of the Insight CMU
Explain the customer environments where Insight CMU can be used most effectively and its benefits in
those environments
Explain the features and benefits of Storage Provisioning Manager
Describe how SPM interacts with the Matrix OE infrastructure orchestration

[Hands-on labs]
Using the HP BladeSystem Matrix TCO Calculator
Licensing HP Matrix Operating Environment and Using the Managed Setup Wizard
Configuring and Implementing HP Power Management
HP Data Center Smart Grid
Using Advanced HP SIM Reporting
HP Insight Control Videos and Demos
Using HP Capacity Advisor
Using HP Infrastructure Orchestration Designer
Using the HP Infrastructure Orchestration Self-Service Portal
HP Insight Cluster Management Utility Video and Demo
Configuring HP Matrix Operating Environment Prerequisites
Installing the HP Matrix Operating Environment
Performing Post-Installation Discovery
Format offered
Five-day instructor-led class with lab and classroom activities.

Purchase self-study materials


Rather than attend the ILTs, you can purchase self-study materials. Typically, materials consist of the Learners
Guide provided to the ILT participants, which you can read and study at your own pace. Note that these
materials were designed for use in a participative ILT. Therefore, you will see discussion questions and
activities, which you can use to practice and assess your progress. Answers are provided in an appendix at
the end of the guide.
For some courses, you might also be able to purchase a Lab Guide.
Note, however, that because the training for this exam features an even higher than normal ratio of lab
activities versus lecture, the self-study materials might not give you enough information and hands-on
experience. Most successful candidates have experience troubleshooting HP products as well as deploying
Cisco and HP products in a heterogeneous environment.
To purchase the self-study materials associated with the ILTs described above, visit:
http://learningpartnerconnection.com/coursemanuals

Obtain hands-on experience


All HP server exams are designed for server solution professionals with on-the-job experience, but this exam, in
particular, requires such experience.

Copyright 2013 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. The
only warranties for HP products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services.
Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions
contained herein.
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How to take the Implementing the HP Matrix Operating


Environment (HP0-D21) exam
Table 2 provides details about the exam. Note that this is a proctored exam, which you must complete at a
scheduled time and authorized location. You will not be allowed to take any reference materials with you.
Table 2: HP0-D21 exam details
Parameter

Description

Number of items

60

Item types

Multiple choice (single response)


Multiple Response
Matching

Exam time

90 minutes

Passing score

55%

Additional guidelines

No online or hard copy reference material will be


allowed at the testing site.

Exam objectives
HP0-D21

Sections/Objectives

10%

Define the HP Converged Infrastructure and explain its benefits

24%

Identify the infrastructure management challenges that HP customers face


Define and position the HP Converged Infrastructure solutions as they relate to
the HP Cloud portfolio
Identify HP Converged Infrastructure components
Identify and use appropriate information resources for building, configuring, and
validating HP CI solutions
Identify and position the components of an HP infrastructure software solution (SIM,
Insight Control, Matrix OE)
Identify the components/requirements of the HP Matrix OE and describe how
they work
Configure a central management server (CMS)
Explain the features and benefits of Storage Provisioning Manager
Explain how insight orchestration works

10%

Explain how to install and use Insight Software including Matrix

8%

8%

Explain how to license managed systems for Insight software


Explain how to use the CloudSystem Matrix Versioning Tool
Configure HP Matrix OE infrastructure orchestration resources: users, networking,
storage, servers, application, software
Set the DNS properties for the DHCP server

Identify and use the most appropriate tools

Explain

Explain and use the Insight Advisor tool


Use troubleshooting tools
how infrastructure orchestration works
Describe the infrastructure orchestration resource pools

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HP0-D21

Sections/Objectives

7%

Explain how to configure IO


Use IO tools (designer/user/administrator)
Explain how to design a valid template using IO Designer
Describe the features and functions of Matrix OE capacity planning
Collect performance data using Matrix OE capacity planning and generate
utilization reports
Use Matrix OE capacity planning to consolidate workloads
Create reports using Matrix OE capacity planning
Describe the features and benefits of Insight Control for Microsoft System Center
Describe the features and functions of Insight Control for Microsoft System Center
Describe the benefits of Insight Control for Microsoft System Center
Compare the differences between Microsoft System Center and Insight Control
Describe the features and benefits of Insight Control for VMware vCenter Server
Describe the features and functions of Insight Control for VMware vCenter Server
Describe the benefits of Insight Control for VMware vCenter Server
Explain the options for installing Insight Control for VMware vCenter Server
Explain how HP Insight Remote Support works
Explain the features and benefits of Insight Remote Support
Compare the versions of Insight Remote Support
Explain the functions of Insight Remote Support
Describe the features and benefits of the Insight Cluster Management Utility
Describe the features and functions of Insight CMU
Describe the benefits of Insight CMU
Describe the Matrix OE features and implementation
Explain how HP logical server technology is implemented by HP Matrix OE
Explain how Matrix OE offers recovery management capability for enterprise
environments

8%

5%

3%

7%

5%

5%

Tips for taking HP exams


ExpertOne exams will be presented in blocks. You can move from question to question within the block,
and/or skip questions and/or change your answers. However, once you submit your answers for each block,
you cannot return to a previous block to review these questions or change your answers.
Rather than emphasize simple memorization, HP exams attempt to assess whether you have the knowledge
and skills that an IT professional requires on the job. Therefore, test itemsmay present a scenario, which
outlines a particular network environment or problem. Some test items also include exhibits, which might show:

Network diagram for cable connections to interconnect module

Enclosure rack placement and configuration

Screenshot showing the results of executing a command

SIM Web browser interface screenshot

You will need to use the exhibit to complete the test item successfully. The test may include:

Multiple choice questions that have a single correct answer

Multiple response questions that have two or more correct answer

Pull-down or matching items

Point-and-click questions that require you to click on the correct answer

Before you answer a question, take the time to read the entire question and all of the options carefully. If the
question indicates that it features an exhibit, study the exhibit and reread the question. Make sure to select the

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only warranties for HP products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services.
Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions
contained herein.
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answer that correctly responds to the question that is asked not simply an answer that includes some correct
information.
If the question asks for more than one answer, remember to select each correct answer. You do not receive
partial credit for a partially correct answer.

Register
To register for this exam, please go to the exam tab in The Learning Center and click on Access more
information.
Visit http://www.hp.com/go/ExpertOne for access.

Conclusion
HP wishes you success in passing the exam and joining the HP ExpertOne program.

Copyright 2013 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. The
only warranties for HP products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services.
Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions
contained herein.
HP0-D21: Implementing the HP Matrix Operating Environment
Exam Preparation Guide / Updated August 2013