IBM DS8000 Implementation Workshop for z Systems (SSF1G)

IBM DS8000 Implementation Workshop for z Systems (SSF1G)


Duration : 3 Days

To learn the DS8000 storage subsystem and its hardware components and logical structure. You configure the DS8000 storage subsystem using a DS8000 Storage Manager GUI and review the DS CLI interface for scripting configuration functions. You will also perform dynamic data relocation using Easy Tier function.


  • Describe the hardware components of the IBM DS8000
  • Recognize the architecture of the DS8000
  • Install the DS CLI interface
  • Configure the DS8000 for System z environment using DS CLI
  • Configure the DS8000 for System z environment using DS GUI
  • Recall the zSeries host attachment considerations
  • Recognize the DS8000 Copy Services
  • Classify performance, tuning, and monitoring for DS8000
  • Only Windows servers are used during all the lab sessions to access
  • DS8000 storage using DSCLI and DS GUI

Course Outline

Day 1

  • Unit 1: Concepts and architecture
  • Unit 2: Concepts of virtualization
  • Unit 3: DS Command Line Interface
  • Exercise 0: Lab setup and preliminary instruction
  • Exercise 1: DS8000 DS CLI: Installation and configuration
  • Exercise 2: DS8000 DS CLI: DDMs, array sites, arrays, ranks, and extent pools
  • Exercise 3: DS8000 DS CLI: LCU, CKD volumes, and PAVs

Day 2

  • Unit 4: DS8000 Storage Manager GUI
  • Exercise 4: DS8000 Storage Manager: Arrays, ranks, and extent pools
  • Exercise 5: DS8000 Storage Manager: LCU, CKD volumes, and PAVs
  • Exercise 6: DS8000 Storage Manager: I/O ports configuration
  • Exercise 7: DS8000 Storage Manager: Other functions
  • Exercise 8: DS8000 Easy Tier: Dynamic volume relocation

Day 3

  • Exercise 9: DS8000 Easy Tier: Dynamic pool merge
  • Unit 5: Host attachment
  • Unit 6: Performance, tuning, and monitoring
  • Unit 7: Business continuity


You should have completed:

  • An Introduction to Data Storage (SS05)
  • Fundamentals in Storage Management (SS06)
  • Or equivalent knowledge.

In addition you need to have an understanding of DASD and date sets and how client hosts access data directly or through FICON channels.

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