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This course is for technical individuals directly involved in the installation and support of creating and managing virtual servers using Unified Resource Manager. This could include technical personal in networking, storage and System z system programmers.


Since the audience could potentially cross many different IT profession skill sets, such as, mainframe system administrators, system programmers, distributed system administrators, networking and storage administrators and professions, there is no required prerequisites.

However the student should have a working knowledge and experience in their selected field. This could include working experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • System z architecture.
  • z/OS.
  • z/VM.
  • PowerVM, Power Systems.
  • Storage administration for mainframe or distributed systems.
  • Network administration.


3 days.


This course is designed to provide the students with the information and skills required to use the IBM zEnterprise Unified Resource Manager (zManager) to provision virtual servers on blades and under z/VM. The course will discuss all the elements that are used by Unified Resource Manager for creating and managing virtual servers. These include, zBX components, HMC usage to create an ensemble and perform Unified Resource Manager tasks, creating virtual networks (VLANs), assigning storage to hypervisors and virtual servers, creating and modifying virtual server definitions, and energy monitoring.

The course will use a combination of lecture topics and exercises to describe and implement a virtual server using Unified Resource Manager.

Course objectives include:

  • Describe the purpose of zEnterprise System:
    • Why it is needed, the value it can provide, the major components and their purpose.
  • Identify the two suites of Unified Resource Manager functionality to manage an ensemble.
  • Describe the zBX model 002:
    • The purpose of the model 002.
    • Identify server attachments and the zBX machine type.
    • Identify hardware components internal to the zBX.
    • What components are provided by IBM when ordering a zBX.
  • Describe a zEnterprise ensemble:
    • Minimum and maximum configurations.
  • Identify the OSA features and CHPID types required of ensemble networking.
  • Describe the INMN and IEDN, cabling required, routing and switch connections.
  • List networking security characteristics and considerations for the zEnterprise ensemble.
  • Identify hypervisor and virtual server operating systems supported with the Unified Resource Manager.
  • Describe basic concepts on how resources are provided to virtual servers.
  • Describe the difference between traditional System z HMC configurations and HMCs used for ensemble management.
  • Identify and describe the HMC tasks used to:
    • Create an ensemble, define HMCs and add members.
    • Perform a model conversion to entitle blades.
  • Identify the two new default HMC IDs defined for ensemble activities.
  • Explain why additional HMC access might be required beyond the traditional HMC users.
  • Describe how resource and task roles can be used to restrict HMC user access.
  • Use the HMC to access ensemble related tasks.
  • Describe several navigational techniques and tips to find ensemble related tasks using the tree style UI.
  • Identify storage types used by the zEnterprise System.
  • Describe basic SAN concepts as they apply to:
    • FC terminology, world wide names, logical units, zoning, LUN masking and multipathing.
  • Describe Unified Resource Manager storage concepts and usage for z/VM and zBX blades.
  • List the major steps used to define the storage types used by Unified Resource Manager.
  • Identify and describe the Unified Resource Manager tasks that are used to add storage resources to the hypervisor.
  • Describe the purpose and contents of the storage access list.
  • Identify the HMC task roles that are required to add storage resources to hypervisors and virtual servers.
  • Identify and explain the ensemble networks and key attributes.
  • Describe basic network concepts and terminology as they apply to an ensemble network.
  • Identify the different ways that customer managed networks can access the ensemble data network.
  • Describe how virtual networks are defined for the ensemble.
  • Explain different methods to communicate between VLANs.
  • Identify the prerequisite steps needed to successfully use the Unified Resource Manager tasks to create and define virtual networks.
  • Use Unified Resource Manager tasks to:
    • Create new virtual networks.
    • Display detail and status information about a virtual network.
    • Configure TOR switch.
  • Identify the hypervisors and virtual server operating systems that are supported with Unified Resource Manager.
  • Describe basic concepts on how resources are provided to the virtual servers.
  • Identify virtual server definition requirements for Unified Resource Manager.
  • Identify the prerequisite steps needed to successfully use the Unified Resource Manager tasks to create and define the virtual servers.
  • Use Unified Resource Manager tasks to:
    • Create new virtual servers with the virtual server wizard.
    • View and edit all available virtual resources using the details window. Mount virtual media.
  • Describe and identify initial boot options for System p and System x virtual servers.
  • Use Unified Resource tasks to:
    • Mount virtual media.
    • Boot from virtual media or network adapter.
  • Identify and perform operational tasks that is used for:
    • zEnterprise hardware management.
    • Virtual server life cycle management.
  • Identify and perform energy related tasks available to the zEnterprise System:
    • Tasks to monitor energy use.
    • Tasks to save or cap energy usage.
  • Describe the minimum task and resource roles required to perform operational management and energy tasks.
  • Identify workload flow (across servers), performance monitoring and adjustment capabilities.
  • Describe how a performance policy can be used to help achieve business goals of workloads in an ensemble:
    • Structure of a performance policy.
    • Dynamic resource adjustment because of missing goals.
  • Describe how a new workload and performance policy is created with Unified Resource Manager.
  • Identify the various panels used by the new workload wizard to define the performance policy.
  • Describe how Unified Resource Manager provides workload monitoring and reporting:
    • List available reports and their purpose.
    • Benefits of GPMP and ARM instrumentation.


Day 1
Unit 1: Introducing the zEnterprise System.
Unit 2: HMC usage and management.
Exercise 1: Web browser setup.
Exercise 2: HMC tree UI ensemble navigation.
Exercise 3: Verifying z/OS ensemble enablement.

Day 2
Unit 3: Unified Resource Manager storage concepts and implementation.
Unit 4: Unified Resource Manager network concepts and implementation.
Unit 5: Unified Resource Manager virtual server concepts and implementation.
Exercise 4: Auditing the ensemble configuration (zBX blades).
Exercise 5: (Optional) Auditing the ensemble configuration (zVM Linux).
Exercise 6: Removing ensemble resources: Networking, storage and virtual servers (blades only).
Exercise 7: Provisioning virtual server resources (blades only).

Day 3
Exercise 7: Provisioning virtual server resources (blades only) (Continued from Day 2).
Unit 6: Unified Resource Manager HMC operations.
Exercise 8: Installing AIX from NIM server.
Exercise 9: Operational tasks.
Unit 7: Performance management: Workloads, monitoring, and reporting.
Exercise 10: (Optional) Installing Linux from PXE server.
Exercise 11: (Optional) zVM VSwitches and VNICs.
Exercise 12: (Optional) New workloads and performance policies.

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