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SM917G - IBM System Automation for z/OS 4.1 Architecture


Duration: 3 days

This course introduces and explains the System Automation for z/OS (SA z/OS) components, architecture, and concepts. Focus is on the System Operations component with Processor Operations as an optional topic. It is a prerequisite for attending the operations or admin classes. 
This course does not include labs.


The learning objectives are to get the required knowledge to attend the System Automation for z/OS operations or admin classes: 

  • Purpose and features 
  • Major components
  • Architecture and design of the System Operations component
  • Policy-based automation and concepts 
  • Goal-driven automation 
  • Describe the IBM System Automation for z/OS 4.1 Architecture
  • Describe the components of the product 
  • Describe the product’s automation capabilities 
  • Describe policy-based and goal-driven automation
  • Describe the automation agent role and operation 
  • Describe the automation manager role and operation 
  • Explain the key automation concepts 
  • Describe goal-driven automation 
  • Explain the automation statuses and their effect on automation
  • Describe automation policy for applications 
  • Describe resource dependencies and relationships 
  • Provide an overview of application groups 
  • Explain automation flags, threshold processing, and notify operators 
  • Explain threshold processing for major and minor resources 
  • List transient resource automation 
  • List MVS automation 
  • Describe resource relationships details 
  • Explain the request process 
  • List and describe factors that can influence goal-driven automation 
  • List types and natures of application groups 
  • Explain behavior or attributes of application groups 
  • Describe architecture including implementation options 
  • Explain usage and operator interface 
  • Describe automation policy


  • IBM System Automation for z/OS 4.1 architecture 
  • Architecture and concepts 
  • Details 
  • Processor operations


This course is designed for users of IBM System Automation for z/OS, especially operators, administrators, and system programmers. It is the required prerequisite course of all other IBM System Automation for z/OS courses and should be attended first.


Before taking this course, you should have basic skills in z/OS and NetView. You should also complete these courses: 

  • IBM Tivoli NetView for z/OS 6.1 Fundamentals (TZ203G) 
  • IBM Tivoli NetView for z/OS 6.1 Automation (TZ213)


This course is not associated with any Certification.


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