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z/OS System Engineer Boot Camp

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This z/OS System Engineer Boot Camp course is designed to provide students with the essential skills necessary to become a System Engineer in z/OS. The course covers core subjects in z/OS, including fundamental system skills, JCL and utilities, facilities, system services structure, SMP/E, installation, and Hardware Configuration Definition (HCD) and Dynamic I/O.

This boot camp course will span six weeks to cover the core topics. Each of these programs can be tailored or customized to meet the specific client needs or serve to deliver essential learning which would be augmented through additional technologies specific to an individual client. Optional skill subjects include REXX, HMC, JES, performance management, operating a Parallel Sysplex Environment, etc.

Students will learn fundamental and practical skills necessary to navigate and work in a z/OS environment; how to use z/OS job control language (JCL) and selected z/OS utility programs in an online batch environment; system service facilities that are provided by the z/OS Base Control Program (BCP); functions of major software base elements in the management of jobs, tasks, storage, data, and problems; how to identify potential bottlenecks and performance problems; how to perform initial error symptom gathering; and how to identify opportunities and requirements for tailoring a z/OS system.

In addition, students gain practical experience in the SMP/E tasks involved in installing a z/OS product. Students also learn how to perform automated SMP/E delivery of z/OS; product maintenance with an automated SMP/E process that downloads and installs IBM preventive and corrective services over the Internet; how to use the CustomPac installation dialog to receive and install a new z/OS ServerPac order; and how to use the Hardware Configuration Definition (HCD) of z/OS to create an I/O configuration and dynamically alter the I/O configuration.


Upon completion of the z/OS System Engineer Boot Camp course, students will be able to:
  • 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
  • Describe and use TSO/E commands
  • Perform simple modifications to existing ISPF/PDF panels
  • Invoke a REXX exec and TSO CLIST
  • Code basic JCL statements using proper syntax and coding rules
  • Identify Storage Management Subsystem requirements
  • Code instream and cataloged procedures
  • Use symbolic parameters in procedures
  • Code procedure overrides and additions super
  • Code sort and merge control statements and associated JCL statements
  • Describe the system initialization process of the z/OS operating systems
  • Define a z/OS task
  • Explain the z/OS recovery processes and list available Problem Determination Tools
  • Create a high-level plan for the installation and configuration of a z/OS environment
  • Describe the software and hardware functions that allow a program to interact with programs running in other address spaces, use data in other address spaces, and use data in data spaces
  • Trace the flow of an I/O operation from the initial request in the application program through the completion of data transfer
  • Identify the control blocks that describe the current status of an I/O request
  • Identify and explain the purpose of the cache, list, and lock structures
  • Interpret modification control statements in a sample SYSMOD
  • Create a consolidated software inventory database to support installation and maintenance requirements
  • Use the SMP/E dialogs to install a product and its related service
  • Manage exception SYSMOD data
  • Analyze output from SMP/E processing and resolve commonly encountered problems
  • Create a z/OS implementation plan based on installing a z/OS ServerPac
  • Install and activate the CustomPac installation dialog
  • Use the CustomPac installation dialog to configure the z/OS system layout according to local requirements
  • Execute the installation jobs created by the installation dialog and any related customization task necessary to build an initial IPLable z/OS system
  • Perform the hardware and software configuration tasks required to IPL a z/OS system
  • Code new zSeries processors (z9 to z196)
  • Code FICON channels and FICON CTCs
  • Code Coupling Facilities (CF) and CF links
  • Code cascaded FICON Directors
  • Create an IODF work file on a z processor from scratch
  • Build a LOADxx parmlib member for initial program load (IPL)
  • Create appropriate configuration reports


This course is designed for persons who are new to the z/OS platforms but have a technical background in information technology. It is intended for those who require an in-depth understanding of z/OS.


    • Successful completion of ES050 An Introduction to the z/OS Environment, or equivalent knowledge:
      • Basic knowledge of IS technologies
      • Familiarity with z/OS concepts
      • Understanding of how these systems support the Enterprise servers


This course is a combination of multiple classes in a boot camp format. Please refer to the links below for details on each component of the boot camp.
ES10A Fundamental System Skills in z/OS ES070 z/OS JCL and Utilities ES155 z/OS Facilities ES200 z/OS System Services Structure ES261 SMP/E for z/OS Workshop ES41A z/OS Installation ES962 z/OS Hardware Configuration Definition (HCD) and Dynamic I/O
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