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IBM System z Parallel Sysplex Operations (ES73G)

IBM System z Parallel Sysplex Operations (ES73G)

Overview

Duration : 3 Days

This course is designed so that students can learn how z/OS systems operate in a Parallel Sysplex environment through discussion topics and hands-on lab exercises. Students learn problem determination skills, practice enhanced sysplex operations, including management of the coupling facility (CF), and use recovery capabilities provided by the System z servers.
The course consists of six units and 12 hands-on lab exercises.

Objectives

Course Objectives

  • Describe common sysplex terminology, concepts, and benefits provided by a Parallel Sysplex configuration
  • Identify the basic hardware and software components that make up the Parallel Sysplex environment and how they are used
  • Use z/OS MVS commands to identify XCF signaling and sysplex shared couple data set usage and to determine current operational status
  • Describe CF operation; how and when the CFCC is loaded on a System z LPAR, the various CF link definitions and how they can be used
  • Identify CF structure types, definition and allocation process, and how they are used in the CF
  • Use z/OS MVS commands to display structure status
  • Use CF operator commands to display and change the operational status of a CF
  • Describe and demonstrate recommended procedures and typical z/OS MVS commands to manage sysplex members, coupling facilities, structure rebuilds, and couple data sets
  • Identify potential problems during system removal, CF structure or CDS usage, and determine appropriate operator action
  • Explain the differences and benefits of having stand-alone CF and internal CF configurations
  • Describe the purpose and use of Sysplex Failure Manager and how SFM can be used to address sympathy sickness
  • Explain why time synchronization is important and how server time protocol is used
  • Describe console usage and mode of operation for a system and a sysplex
  • Describe the IPL sequence and identify where and when sysplex activation is done during IPL
  • Identify key areas with the IPL, explaining potential problems and how to avoid them

Course Content

Day 1

  • Welcome
  • Unit 1: Sysplex overview
  • Unit 2: Coupling Facility
  • Supporting labs

Day 2

  • Review
  • Unit 3: Sysplex operation and recovery
  • Supporting labs

Day 3

  • Review and labs
  • Unit 4: Sysplex Failure Manager and console operations
  • Unit 5: Sysplex timer and Sever Time Protocol operation
  • Unit 6: z/OS IPL flow
  • Supporting labs

 


Prerequisites

You should have an understanding of:

  • Basic data processing and I/O concepts and terminology
  • z/OS console operation, including display of device, job, and console status

 

Course ID:
ES73G


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