Introduction to Helix Core

This class introduces Helix Versioning Engine to anyone who expects to use or administer Helix and prepares them to use it with confidence. It provides users with general concepts and practical skills, with ample opportunity to practice concepts and techniques in a lab environment.

Note: This course will be taught on Windows.

Course Objectives

  • Understand fundamental aspects of Helix
  • Process support with changelists, labels, and jobs
  • Report techniques using Helix metadata

Prerequisites

  • Software development experience
  • Familiarity with at least one operating system

Course Agenda

  • Helix system overview and user interfaces
  • Workspaces and client view maps
  • Basic user operations: creating workspaces, working with files and changelists, submitting changelists, keeping workspaces in sync with the depot
  • Parallel development: merging files, resolving file conflicts
  • Branching and codeline management: creating branches, integrating changes between branches, using named branch views

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Introduction to Helix VCS Administration

This class covers varying topics essential to administering Helix including basic deployment architecture, backup and recovery, etc.

Note: This course will be taught on Windows.

Course Objectives

  • Provide students with a firm understanding of administering Helix

Prerequisites

  • Successful completion of "Introduction to Helix" or equivalent experience
  • Software development or system administration experience
  • Familiarity with at least one operating system

Course Agenda

  • Installation
  • Setup
  • Protections
  • Depots
  • Email reviews
  • Helix jobspec
  • Backup and recovery
  • Maintenance
  • Monitoring
  • Trigger capabilities overview

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Advanced Helix VCS Administration

This course builds on the material covered in the Introduction to Helix Administration course. It covers more advanced topics related to sophisticated enterprise deployment architectures, and provides an introduction to scripting with Helix.

Note: This course will be taught on Windows.

Course Objectives

  • Provide students with a firm understanding of deploying Helix in an enterprise environment

Prerequisites

  • Successful completion of both "Introduction to Helix" and "Introduction to Helix Administration" or equivalent experience
  • Experience with a scripting language

Course Agenda

  • P4Broker
  • P4Proxy
  • Replication
  • Security
  • Advanced administration
  • Tools
  • Introduction to scripting with Helix

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Helix DVCS

This class develops skills for implementing the distributed version control system (DVCS) features of Helix server. After an exposure to general DVCS concepts, students connect lectures and hands-on lab exercises to facilitate implementation in Helix.

Note: Class is taught using Helix command-line interface.

Course Objectives

  • Provide students with a firm understanding of DVCS concepts (why, what, how)
  • Learn how to implement DVCS using Perforce
  • Explore various DVCS use­case scenarios and workflows

Prerequisites

  • Successful completion of "Introduction to Helix" or equivalent experience
  • Familiarity with at least one operating system command-­line interface/li>

Course Agenda

  • Why DVCS?
  • Overview of DVCS architecture and workflows
  • Basic operations
  • Initial setup
  • Working with multiple streams
  • Rewriting history

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Git Management with Helix4Git

GitSwarm and Git Fusion offer developers a way to collaborate using familiar Git workflows, while simultaneously providing DevOps a way to consolidate and manage projects using the robust scalability and security provided by Helix.

Note: This course will be taught on Windows.

Course Objectives

  • Enable collaboration between your Git and Helix development teams, and scale your Git repos in a highly distributed work environment.

Prerequisites

  • Familiarity with Git and Helix

Course Agenda

  • Overview
    • DVCS Workflow
    • Helix Git Tools overview
  • Helix GitSwarm installation
  • Hybrid version control and one source of truth
  • Labs
    • Clone and get started
    • Pull and push
    • Code review with GitSwarm
    • etc.

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Battle School: Interactive Problem Solving + Debugging

The Perforce Knowledge Base and documentation contain the information needed to implement backup and recovery procedures, troubleshoot replication issues, and execute failover. But do you have the confidence in your ability to apply that knowledge when disaster strikes at 2:00 AM?

Course Objectives

  • Learn to plan a Perforce deployment architecture that meets typical enterprise requirements.
  • Learn the critical thinking and problem-solving skills in a variety of simulated failure scenarios.

Prerequisites

  • Prior hands-on experience administering Perforce.
  • Completion of Introduction to Helix Core, Introduction to Helix Administration, and Advanced Helix Administration training courses, or equivalent work experience.
  • Hands-on labs are run on Linux, so basic familiarity with Linux OS is required. The underlying principles of Perforce can be applied to all other supported operating systems such as Windows and UNIX.

Course Agenda

Part 1: Deployment Architecture Planning

We'll explore the following topics related to planning an enterprise deployment architecture:

  • High availability and how to limit downtime and data loss in common failure scenarios
  • Disaster recovery and how to provide for business continuity in the event of a site-wide disaster
  • Failover terminology and common failover options, such as local failover (same machine), high-availability failover, and disaster recovery failover
  • Globally distributed development and how to take advantage of proxies and replicas to support multiple development sites and remote users
  • Capacity planning and how to support a large number of demanding users
  • Comprehensive digital asset management, including version control for much more than source code

Part 2: Battle School Labs

The Battle School Labs will test how much knowledge administrators can quickly apply when disaster strikes. In a virtual lab environment, we simulate nasty things happening to Helix servers. Then help you learn the skills and knowledge to repair and recover from the damage in a variety of failure scenarios. We will help you determine what problems you are facing in each scenario and examine the critical thinking required of an admin in a firefight.