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This course is designed for administrators of CICS Transaction Server for z/OS.

Dates (Bath):

12 Nov 2018

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Before attending this course you should:

  • Be familiar with CICS architecture and facilities, either through experience or by successfully completing CICS V5.3 Fundamentals (WM806G)
  • Have a working knowledge of z/OS, JCL, and TSO/ISPF
  • Have a basic knowledge of z/OS Communications Server concepts
  • Have a basic knowledge of VSAM concepts and Access Method services


5 days.


This course teaches CICS system programmers how to install, tailor, and administer CICS Transaction Server (TS) for z/OS. You learn to construct, run, and administer a CICS system. You tailor the system by configuring CICS to run applications, defining transactions, programs, files, web services, and other resources that CICS applications need. You administer CICS by using CICS transactions and the CICS Explorer.

The course also provides a thorough introduction to security and recovery concepts that are needed to administer new or existing installations of CICS TS. Topics include resource management, storage management, system control, task management, measurement and problem determination tools, intercommunication services, CICSPlex SM, Cloud, Liberty, DevOps, IBM UrbanCode Deploy, DB2, IBM MQ, DBCTL, and more. You practice your new skills on a z/OS system that is configured specifically for this lab-intensive course.

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Define and set up CICS regions
  • Analyze application descriptions, define resources, and customize
  • Define the major functions and parameters that are used to control CICS
  • Identify CICS procedures
  • Identify system control functions
  • Administer CICS resources with CICS transactions and the CICS Explorer
  • Define the functions of intercommunication services
  • Identify sources of information that is necessary to aid problem determination
  • Measure and evaluate information that is used to measure and tune the environment
  • Describe how the other MVS resource managers that IBM offers interface with CICS Transaction Server
  • Describe the choices for starting CICS programs and accessing CICS data from outside CICS
  • Describe how CICS uses z/OS Sysplex


Course introduction

CICS Transaction Server for z/OS overview

Installation and verification

Exercise: Getting acquainted with CICS TS for z/OS

Resource definition

Exercise: Preparing and starting a CICS region

Supporting terminal access

Exercise: Administering terminals

Defining transactions, programs, and map sets

Exercise: Defining transactions, programs, and map sets

File control functions and file definition

Exercise: Defining files and LSR pools

CICS queuing facilities

Exercise: Defining transient data queues

CICS intercommunication services

Exercise: Connecting systems

Administering application resources

Storage management and storage protection

System control

Exercise: Administering with CICS Explorer

Startup, recovery, and restart

Exercise: Defining recoverable resources and journal models

Accessing external resource manager data

Basic problem determination

Exercise: JSON web services, DB2 resources, and OTE

Measurement and evaluation

Security and the external security manager

Exercise: Statistics, dumps, and security

Sysplex support functions

Course summary

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