Operating System Upgrades (4%)
- Explain critical factors when planning an upgrade to IBM i 7 (from 6.1or 5.4), including using various planning resources such as Memo to Users, and Pre-Upgrade Verification Tool.
- Explain various upgrade methods, including using image catalogs, distribution media, and network-based installations.
- Demonstrate an ability to solve problems which commonly occur during or shortly after an IBM i upgrade.
PTF Management (5%)
- Use and install different types of PTFs, including demonstrating and understanding temp/perm status, superseding PTFs, pre/co-req relationships, removing PTFs, and test PTFs.
- Explain the concepts of HIPER, Group, Cumulative and Recommended PTFs.
Problem Determination (5%)
- Given a situation, explain why a problem is occurring.
- Demonstrate the appropriate use of various tools to diagnose a problem, including SST/DST, WRKPRB, PAL, ASMI, and various message queues.
Backup Tasks (10%)
- Solve typical problems encountered during various save operations.
- Explain how the relationships of various object types (hierarchy) affects save operations.
- Explain which type of save is appropriate to a given situation, including saves to virtual tape, save while active, full system, individual object, save security, etc.
- Save IFS objects.
- Explain the purpose of various save commands.
- Explain how different types of saves affect the restore process
Recovery Tasks (10%)
- Restore various objects, including different libraries, object ownership changes, journal relationships, LF/PF relationships, and new "position" parameter for fast tape restore.
- Solve typical problems encountered during various restore operations.
- Recover the system using LIC media, including slipping LIC and D-mode IPL, alternate IPL devices, and alternate Install devices.
- Restore IFS objects.
- Explain how to resume a failed restore operation.
- Define system values that are critical to restore process, especially when performing a full system restore.
- Restore security and private authorities
Work Management (11%)
- Create and manage subsystems, including classes, routing entries, job queues and job queue entries.
- Create and manage job descriptions, including assigning priorities, job queues, classes, library lists.
- Manage jobs, including scheduled jobs, prestart jobs, changing the characteristics of running jobs, and ending jobs.
- Use the native Job Scheduler to automate tasks.
- Use the output presented by the Work with Active Jobs, Work with System Activity, and Work with System Status functions to perform daily performance tuning tasks.
User Administration (7%)
- Manage individual and group user profiles in IBM i.
- Given a scenario, define the characteristics and appropriate uses of various profiles.
- Manage SST/DST profiles and permissions.
- Explain the appropriate use of special authorities and user classes.
- Create and manage a simple IP network .
- Given a scenario, determine the cause of a typical networking problem.
- Manage host tables and DNS entries.
- Manage common servers and services (for example, FTP, SNTP, SMTP, HTTP, Telnet).
- Manage remote data.
- Configure and manage Electronic Customer Support.
HMC Management (5%)
- Back up the HMC (regular, and pre-update).
- Upgrade the HMC and apply firmware updates, including demonstrating an understanding of dependent relationships.
- Access the HMC remotely.
- Access the 5250 console remotely.
System Firmware (FSP) (4%)
- Install system firmware on single-image systems and HMC-managed systems.
- Explain the impact of disruptive and concurrent firmware updates.
- Explain the relationship between system firmware and PTFs.
Performance Management and Tuning (6%)
- Use tools, including performance collection, performance agent, Systems Director Navigator Console, and monitors, to investigate and tune system performance.
- Solve common performance problems.
- Explain the use of SSDs in an environment, including adding, migrating data to/from, and determining if SSDs are practical in the environment.
- Manage system performance using Work with Shared Pools functions such as expert cache.
Write and Debug Simple CL Programs & Queries in Support of Administrative Tasks (5%)
- Given a situation, explain why a query or a CL program is appropriate
- Create, modify and debug CL programs, including message handling within a program
- Use queries and output files to create tools
- Create customized commands, and change command defaults
Security & Compliance (9%)
- Explain the purpose of various security related system values.
- Given a situation, solve various problems related to object or system authority.
- Use the Audit Journal.
- Define appropriate situations for, and risks related to using, adopted authority.
- Use Security Tools to produce reports and take appropriate actions.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the effect of security checking in IBM i.
Journaling & Database Management (6%)
- Explain the benefits of journaling, including remote journaling.
- Given a situation, use journaling to recover database.
- Explain the "Reorganize Physical File" function, including what types of reorganization are possible, considerations when using this function, and when it is appropriate to reorganize.
- Create and manage journaled environments, including using remote journaling.
- Create and manage access paths and indices.
IBM i Access Management & Systems Director Navigator for IBM i (6%)
- Install, configure and manage IBM i Access for end-users, including supporting interoperability between OS and Access releases.
- Install, configure and manage Operations Console.
- Solve problems typically encountered by IBM i Access users.
- Use Management Central tools (fix distribution, inventory management, monitors, etc.).
- Use i Access database tools (visual explain, index advisor, etc.).