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Classroom IBM


Available dates

Mon05Jul 21 TO Tue06Jul 21


Tech Data ILO UK
Connection details will be communicated separately
Instructor Led


Tue05Oct 21 TO Wed06Oct 21


Tech Data ILO UK
Connection details will be communicated separately
Instructor Led




This course is designed to provide an understanding of today’s complex system mainframe environment on the IBM z Systems. It is mainly targeted for operators, technical support, system programmers, and any others who need to keep current in this mainframe environment. Through lecture you learn how the hardware and operating systems interact.


The class should consist of lead operators, technical support personnel, system programmers, or anyone in the technical field who requires an understanding of how the current hardware and software interact in the large mainframe environment.

z/Architecture and z/OS overview and concepts is an optional unit depending on the student audience. It is the instructor’s decision to either present the material in the unit or explain to the students that the unit contains detailed z/Architecture information and might not be applicable to the student’s job role and responsibilities.


You should have an understanding of:
• Basic data processing concepts
• I/O concepts


• Describe the evolution of the data center, categorize the various server platforms, and servers that are commonly found there and their workloads
• Identify past, current, and future data center trends
• Describe the basic functions, characteristics, and terminology of z Systems servers
• Identify and list the various z Systems servers and hardware models, from zSeries server to the
latest z14 and z14 ZR1 servers
• Identify the number of CPs and specialty processors available to various z Systems
• Identify and describe key components of z Systems and compare various z Systems
▪ Frame layout, drawer, and cage usage
▪ Server models, processor drawers, books, memory, and cache structure
▪ Performance and millions of service units (MSUs)
• Describe and compare I/O infrastructure and processor usage across z14 to zEC12 mainframes
▪ I/O drawers, cages, and technology used
▪ PU, cache, and fan-out connectivity
• Describe how and what z Systems physical components are used when processing instructions
and performing an I/O operation
• Identify z Systems Capacity on Demand (CoD) options available for planned and unplanned
• Describe how logical partitioning is used, resource assignments, channel and CHPID types,
assignments and initialization activities
• Describe the purpose and use of HCD
• Use the HMC to control basic operational tasks and monitor z Systems servers
• Identify and describe mainframe operating systems and their supported mainframe servers
• Describe the difference between a base and Parallel Sysplex
• Identify and describe the major enhancements provided by the recent z Systems software and
hardware platform
• The following are optional objectives in the z/Architecture and z/OS overview and concepts unit:
▪ Explain basic z/Architecture terminology and concepts for Real and virtual storage Address spaces, data spaces, and hiperspaces
▪ Identify processor architectural modes and their supported addressing implementations
▪ Define what is z/OS
▪ Name the server solutions included in z/OS
▪ Identify the characteristics of a base and Parallel Sysplex
▪ Identify current CFs and connectivity options
▪ Describe the purpose and use of the coupling facility

Course Outline

Day 1
(00:30) Welcome
(00:30) Introduction and course overview
(02:00) Unit 1: Mainframe directions and z Systems (04:00) Unit 2: Server hardware and I/O configuration

Day 2
(02:00) Unit 3: MVS to z/OS overview and processor concepts
(01:30) Unit 4: Hardware Management Console basics
(02:00) Unit 5 (Optional): z/Architecture and z/OS overview and concepts


What do I need to bring with me to my public class?

All required learning materials and equipment are provided in the classroom.





When do public training course fees have to be paid?

For public training classes payment must be received no later than three business days prior to the first day of class in order to remain in the class and confirm your seat. Failure to provide payment by this date may result in removal from the class, and/or late cancellation fees applied. You can submit payment in the form of a Purchase Order or credit card.





On-site (private) Course Pricing:

To find out more about On-site training e-mail us at enablement@agilesolutions.co.uk or call one of our offices.





What is the cancellation policy?

Requests for cancellations or date transfers need to be received at least ten (10) business days prior to the event start date in order to receive a full refund. If a cancellation or reschedule request is received less than ten (10) business days before the start date, the penalty of 100% of the cost of the course will be applied, resulting in no amount of the fee being refunded. Refunds will not be allowed for “no-shows” in our public training or IVA courses. This cancellation policy is strictly enforced.





What happens if Agile Solutions needs to cancel or reschedule a course?

Agile Solutions reserves the right to cancel events for any reason at any time. Cancellation liability for Agile Solutions, if Agile Solutions cancels the course, is limited to the return of course payment ONLY. Agile Solutions will not reimburse registrants for any other costs including but not limited to any travel cancellation fees or penalties, including airfare and hotel costs. PLEASE NOTE: If your registration status is either “Approved”, or “Pending Payment” you have not been confirmed for the class and it is recommended that you do not make any travel arrangements until you have received a confirmation e-mail letting you know the class and registration is confirmed.





How will I know if my course has been rescheduled?

Agile Solutions reserves the right to reschedule or cancel a course due to low enrollment or if necessitated by other circumstances. Agile Solutions will contact you via e-mail or phone to inform you of the change of schedule. Once you have been notified you may reschedule or receive a full credit. Agile Solutions shall not be liable for any other costs including but not limited to any non-refundable travel arrangements if a course is rescheduled or cancelled.