Interest in a GTM Administration and Operations Course after VistA Community Meeting

Please drop me an email if you have interest in taking the GT.M Administration and
Operations course after the VistA Community Meeting. The description of the course
is below. The VistA Community Meeting is Jan 11-13 and the course would be held
immediately following the meeting for 3 or 4 days.

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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.

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.
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Overview

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.

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.

Depending on factors such as background of the audience, depth to which the
material is to be explored, size of the class, etc., the material can be
covered in three to five days, with four days being typical.
Target audience

The target audience for the GT.M Administration & Operations course is
those responsible for configuring and managing GT.M
environments. 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 $gtmgbldir and
$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.

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

1 Organizations using other database systems 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.

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Nancy Anthracite

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