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This basic course is for IT personnel with a theoretical background of z/OS (for example, as taught in An Introduction to the z/OS Environment (ES05G) and some general practical IS experience.

Dates (Bath):

5 Nov 2018

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You should complete An Introduction to the z/OS Environment (ES05G) or have equivalent on-the-job training.



5 days.



This course is designed to teach you the fundamental practical skills to navigate and work in a z/OS environment.

This includes the use of ISPF/PDF dialogs, TSO/E commands, JCL, UNIX System Services shell, and BookManager.

  • Review the main concepts of z/OS
  • Log on to TSO and start ISPF/PDF
  • Navigate through ISPF/PDF dialogs and use the basic ISPF/PDF functions and the ISPF Editor
  • Use ISPF/PDF to allocate data sets and edit data sets (including hierarchical file system (HFS) files) via the ISPF Editor primary and line commands
  • Use ISPF to create and manipulate (copy, rename, delete, list, sort and merge) data sets
  • Identify security considerations for Multiple Virtual Storage (MVS) data sets and HFS files
  • Describe and use TSO/E commands
  • Perform simple modifications to existing ISPF/PDF panels
  • Invoke a REXX exec and TSO CLIST
  • Tailor existing JCL and submit batch jobs
  • Review job status and job output using SDSF
  • Invoke UNIX processes
  • Manipulate HFS directories and file systems using the UNIX System Services ISHELL



Unit 1: Review of the z/Architecture and z/OS
Unit 2: An Introduction to ISPF, ISPF/PDF, and RACF
Exercise 1: System familiarization
Unit 3: Working with ISPF/PDF (Part 1)
Exercise 2: Allocate new data sets
Unit 3: Working with ISPF/PDF (Part 2)
Exercise 3: ISPF editor primary commands
Exercise 4: ISPF editor line command
Exercise 5: Copy/move/rename/delete data sets and members
Exercise 6: Data set lists
Unit 4: Working with TSO/E
Exercise 7: Using TSO/E commands
Unit 5: Working with JCL
Exercise 8: Submit a job
Exercise 9: JCL exercises
Unit 6: Working with UNIX System Services
Exercise 10: Procedures
Exercise 11: ISHELL and hierarchical file system

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