Fundamental System Skills in z/OS

Overview

This course is designed to teach you the fundamental practical skills to navigate and work in a z/OS environment.

This includes the use of ISPF/PDF dialogs, TSO/E commands, JCL, UNIX System Services shell, and BookManager.

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Audience

This basic course is for IT personnel with a theoretical background of z/OS (for example, as taught in An Introduction to the z/OS Environment (ES050) ) and some general practical IS experience.

Prerequisites

You should complete:

  • An Introduction to the z/OS Environment (ES050) or equivalent on-the-job training

Key topics

Day 1

  • Welcome
  • Unit 1: Review of the z/Architecture and z/OS
  • Unit 2: An introduction to ISPF, ISPF/PDF, and RACF
  • Exercise 1: System familiarization
  • Unit 3: Working with ISPF/PDF (Part 1)
  • Exercise 2: Allocate new data sets

Day 2

  • Review/wrap up
  • Unit 3: Working with ISPF/PDF (Part 2)
  • Exercise 3: ISPF editor primary commands
  • Exercise 4: ISPF editor line command
  • Exercise 5: Copy/move/rename/delete data sets and members
  • Exercise 6: Data set lists
  • Unit 4: Working with TSO/E
  • Exercise 7: Using TSO/E commands

Day 3

  • Review/wrap up
  • Unit 5: Working with JCL
  • Exercise 8: Submit a job
  • Exercise 9: JCL exercises
  • Exercise 10: Procedures (Part 1)

Day 4

  • Review/wrap up
  • Unit 6: Working with UNIX System Services
  • Exercise 10: Procedures (Part 2)
  • Exercise 11: ISHELL and hierarchical file system

Objectives

  • Review the main concepts of z/OS
  • Log on to TSO and start ISPF/PDF
  • Navigate through ISPF/PDF dialogs and use the basic ISPF/PDF functions and the ISPF Editor
  • Use ISPF/PDF to allocate data sets and edit data sets (including hierarchical file system (HFS) files) using the ISPF Editor primary and line commands
  • Use ISPF to create and manipulate (copy, rename, delete, list, sort, and merge) data sets
  • Identify security considerations for Multiple Virtual Storage (MVS) data sets and HFS files
  • Describe and use TSO/E commands
  • Perform simple modifications to existing ISPF/PDF panels
  • Invoke a REXX exec and TSO CLIST
  • Tailor existing JCL and submit batch jobs
  • Review job status and job output using SDSF
  • Invoke UNIX processes
  • Manipulate HFS directories and file systems using the UNIX System
  • Services ISHELL

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