This course is designed to describe the basic components that apply to all z/OS systems. It includes high level concepts that apply to the z/OS hardware platform and the z/OS software. It then provides a more detailed analysis, description and lab activities that can be applied to the system programmer role to maintain z/OS systems. Discussion activities include: The POR, IPL process, JES implementation and operating environment, VTAM environment for TSO, ISPF, SNA and TCP/IP networking, RACF, ISPF/PDF and UNIX System Services. It defines the classic approach to data management in a z/OS system. It identifies various software products and utilities used to define, maintain, and manage catalogs and data sets in the z/OS environment. It also discusses Parmlib usage and requirements for system initialization and operation that include: System symbolics, WLM, SFM, RMF and system logger. Both single system and multi-system sysplex usage is identified. z/OS install, upgrade options, maintenance using SMP/E and I/O configuration requirements using HCD is listed and described.


Day 1

  • Welcome
  • Unit 1 - What makes up a z/OS system?
  • Exercise 1- Introduction to z/OS setup
  • Unit 2 - System boot: POR and IPL
  • Exercise 2 - Complete the IPL: Start JES,start networking
  • Unit 3 - Processing user work with z/OS
  • Exercise 3 - LOGON into TSO and create a new user profile

Day 2

  • Unit 4 - Networking, z/OS communication server
  • Exercise 4 - Data administration
  • Unit 5 - What else is needed for end user access to the system?
  • Exercise 5 - Automate startup and monitor the system

Day 3

  • Unit 6 - Data management
  • Exercise 6 - System logger
  • Unit 7 - A closer look at IPL: IPLPARM,SYS1.PARMLIB, SYS1.PROCLIB
  • Exercise 7- Define a string of DASD and ACTIVATE dynamically

Day 4

  • Unit 8 - System management: WLM, SMF, RMF, and system logger
  • Exercise 8 - Install and maintain a user function
  • Unit 9 - Hardware configuration definition
  • Unit 10 - Software maintenance: SMP/E
  • Unit 11 - Change management: ServerPac and other IBM services

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