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Test C2060-220: IBM Sterling Connect:Direct, Administration

The test contains five sections totalling 60 multiple-choice questions. The percentages after each section title reflect the approximate distribution of the total question set across the sections.  

Approximately 40% of the test questions are either platform-agnostics, or applicable to both UNIX and Windows platforms.  This exam does contain questions that are platform-specific.  To help you prepare, please note the following:

1Questions in this objective cover some z/OS content

2Questions in this objective cover only UNIX content

3Questions in this objective cover only Windows content

Section 1 - Architecture and Planning (17%)

  1. Understand the product functionalities and benefits of using Sterling Connect:Direct.

  2. Describe basic architecture of Sterling Connect:Direct and its components.1

  3. Identify environment components that interact with Connect:Direct (e.g. load balancers, firewalls, database for Connect:Direct on Microsoft Windows).2

  4. Identify system requirements using worksheets.3

  5. Explain the different methods used by Sterling Connect:Direct to store configurations on each platform.

  6. Apply TCP/IP concepts.1

  7. Solve a situation that has high availability requirements.

Section 2 - Installation and Configuration (25%)

  1. Apply installation procedure.2

  2. Configure initialization parameters.

  3. Modify configuration files (e.g. API, functional authorities, translation tables).2

  4. Configure remote nodes in the Network Map.

  5. Configure local and remote user and proxy authentication.2

  6. Verify installations.2

  7. Deploy patches for maintenance.2

  8. Identify Sterling Connect:Direct File Agent usage.

  9. Perform silent installs and mass rollouts.3

  10. Explain the use of checkpointing.

  11. Explain the use of cyclic redundancy check (CRC).

  12. Implement clustering or high availability.

Section 3 - Deployment Operations (Process Language Scripting) (17%)

  1. Describe different methodologies to write processes (e.g. requestor, browser, text editor).1

  2. Explain Process Language statements and logic flow.2

  3. Solve a situation using code pages.

  4. List different ways to submit processes.

  5. Understand the structure of SYSOPTS on different platforms.1

  6. Use binary and text transfers.1

  7. Solve a situation of moving data between disparate platforms.1

  8. Explain the use of Sterling Connect:Direct File Agent for automation.2

Section 4 - Administration (Monitoring, Maintenance and Tuning) (21%)

  1. Use Connect:Direct Requestor.3

  2. Use Command Line Interface (CLI).

  3. Use ISPF interface (IUI). (for z/OS)1

  4. Determine the process completion.

  5. Utilize and maintain statistics files or databases.2

  6. Understand Sterling Connect:Direct utilities.1

  7. Determine trace options.

  8. Manage and control Sterling Connect:Direct process queues.2

  9. Identify tuning requirements.

  10. Identify and apply the appropriate software patches.3

Section 5 - Security (20%)

  1. Explain local authentication and user roles (e.g. admin versus general user).

  2. Explain the different methods of remote user authentication (e.g. password, RACF, local versus proxy, snodeid, security exit).1

  3. Understand the process to create, request and validate x.509 certificates.

  4. Implement the Sterling Connect:Direct Secure+ STS protocol.

  5. Use different methods for maintaining security on Sterling Connect:Direct Secure+ (e.g. spadmin, SPCLI, Sterling Control Center).2

  6. Troubleshoot x.509 certificate issues (e.g. Sterling Connect:Direct traces).

  7. Implement Sterling External Authentication Server for Connect:Direct.3

  8. Implement FIPS option.


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