GT.M Admin & Operations Class- VCM32 Regenstrief Institute

Indianapolis, Indiana
Thursday, January 14, 2016

" The place to connect with people who are serious about VistA"

GT.M Admin & Operations Class- VCM32 Regenstrief Institute

Thursday, January 14, 2016 - Saturday, January 16, 2016

Regenstrief Institute
1101 West Tenth Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
United States

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GT.M ​provides ​a ​tremendous ​breadth ​of ​functionality ​designed ​to ​to ​develop ​and ​deploy ​large ​scale ​applications. ​The ​GT.M ​Administration ​& ​Operations ​course ​provides ​training ​on ​setting ​up, ​managing, ​and ​troubleshooting ​GT.M ​environments. ​It ​it ​taught ​by ​KS ​Bhaskar ​who ​manages ​the ​GT.M ​for ​FIS ​and ​is ​a ​programmer ​and ​very ​knowledgeable ​about ​Linux ​independent ​of ​his ​"day ​job". ​GT.M ​is ​the ​open ​source ​version ​of ​M ​that ​is ​used ​for ​hosting ​VistA.

This ​is ​a ​very ​hands-on ​course. ​As ​the ​subject ​matter ​is ​empirical ​rather ​than ​theoretical, ​the ​emphasis ​in ​the ​course ​is ​on ​learning ​by ​doing ​under ​the ​guidance ​of ​the ​instructor, ​rather ​than ​learning ​by ​being ​taught ​by ​the ​instructor.

Target ​audience

The ​target ​audience ​for ​the ​GT.M ​Administration ​& ​Operations ​course ​is ​those ​responsible ​for ​configuring ​and ​managing ​GT.M ​environments. ​Organizations ​often ​refer ​to ​such ​people ​as ​“Database ​administrators”. ​As ​a ​practical ​matter, ​a ​separate ​DBA ​is ​not ​required ​for ​GT.M, ​and ​UNIX/Linux ​system ​administrators ​who ​take ​the ​GT.M ​Administration ​& ​Operations ​should ​be ​able ​to ​manage ​GT.M ​environments ​very ​well. ​Although ​programmers ​will ​benefit ​from ​it, ​MUMPS ​or ​GT.M ​programming ​are ​not ​taught. ​Working ​knowledge ​of ​UNIX/Linux ​at ​the ​shell ​level ​would ​be ​very ​helpful. ​

Topics ​Covered

The ​following ​topics ​are ​covered ​in ​the ​course. ​With ​the ​exception ​of ​the ​first ​topic, ​they ​are ​all ​learned ​by ​working ​through ​hands-on ​exercises.

* ​Theory ​of ​Operation ​– ​Throughout ​the ​course, ​along ​with ​the ​hands ​on ​working ​with ​GT.M, ​the ​underlying ​principles ​of ​operation ​of ​GT.M ​are ​presented.
* ​Setup ​and ​Configuration ​– ​Environment ​variables, ​especially ​$gtmgbldirand ​$gtmroutines ​control ​the ​operation ​of ​GT.M. ​These ​variables ​and ​the ​role ​of ​the ​global ​directory ​in ​partitioning ​the ​database ​are ​covered.
* ​Security ​– ​GT.M ​environments ​are ​secured ​using ​the ​capabilities ​of ​the ​underlying ​operating ​system. ​Securing ​GT.M ​applications ​is ​discussed.
* ​ ​Continuity ​of ​Business ​– ​GT.M ​is ​designed ​as ​a ​platform ​for ​deploying ​applications ​that ​must ​be ​robust ​and ​continuously ​available. ​These ​are ​implemented ​through ​use ​of ​journaling ​and ​*logical ​dual ​site ​operation*, ​both ​of ​which ​are ​covered, ​along ​with ​recovering ​from ​crashes. ​*Backup*and ​recovery ​are ​covered.
* ​Lessons ​learned ​from ​VistA ​administration ​presented ​by ​Larry ​Landis

Other ​topics ​(e.g., ​leveraging ​features ​of ​operating ​system, ​database ​repair, ​program ​tracing, ​database ​encryption, ​UTF-8), ​per ​audience ​interest ​and ​as ​time ​permits.

Note: ​as ​you ​will ​need ​to ​bring ​your ​own ​laptop ​to ​the ​course, ​please ​contact ​K.S. ​Bhaskar ​at ​ ​in ​advance ​of ​the ​class.
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