IBM zSeries Servers
IIZ Acad. year 2021/2022 Summer semester 5 credits
Language of instruction
This course introduces students into principles of IBM zSeries servers and their maintenance. Students will learn general principles as well as exercise monitoring and maintaining of common applications running on zSeries servers.
Why is the course taught
IBM zSeries servers (mainframes) are used for the execution of critical applications in large companies. This area of IT is quite specialized what means that there are only a few experts available. This course is provided by IBM.
- Operating Systems (IOS)
- IBM. z/OS Internet Library. http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/z/os/zos/library/bkserv/index.html
- M. Ebbers, J. Kettner, W. OBrien, B. Ogden. Introduction to the new Mainframe: zOS basics. Third Edition. IBM Redbooks, 2011.
Syllabus of lectures
- Introduction of the zSeries servers, history of the HW, types of the zSeries processors, zStorage models, 3D presentation of the newest zSeries processor
- zOS SW; basic panels for zSeries administration - TSO and ISPF, basic commands of the operating system
- Types of the datasets and their use, zOS virtual storage concept
- Job control language (JCL), Parallel sysplex - possibilities of connecting server
- Job Entry Subsystem (JES), the start of the zOS operating system (IPL)
- Design of the zOS applications, programming languages
- Linking and compilation of programs for zOS
- zSeries transaction SW - CICS
- zSeries database systems - DB2, IMS
- Message queue server, Web application server and Web servers for zOS
- SW administration on mainframes - SMPE, zOS server security - RACF
- Storage management - Storage Management Subsystem, zOS network environment
- Summary, open discussion about the further use of zSeries for zVM or zLinux operating systems, future of the mainframes
Syllabus of computer exercises
- Log on to the system, user profiles, basic user interface settings
- Basic navigation in ISPF and getting of the system parameters
- Working with datasets
- Fundamentals of programming in JCL
- Working with jobs and JES2
- Character sets and basics of programming on mainframes
- Compiling and linking programs
- Working with the CICS transaction server
- Working with the DB2 database system
- Introduction to MQseries and Web Application Server on zOS
- IPL of the system, setting of zOS parameters
- Work with storage and networks on zOS
- Repetition exercises
Students can obtain:
- 20 points from computer labs,
- 30 points from assignments evaluated within computer labs,
- 20 points from the first test that takes place in the middle of semester and concentrates on topics discussed within first five weeks,
- 30 points from the second test that takes place at the end of semester and concentrates on all topics discussed within the course.
No attendance on lectures is monitored. Attendance in the computer labs is recorded. Dutiful attendance in at least 75 % of computer labs is necessary for accreditation.
Students get points from computer labs, assignments, and tests. For the accreditation, it is necessary
- to actively participate in at least 75 % of computer labs and, at the same time,
- get at least 50 points.
Plagiarism as well as non-permitted cooperation within computer labs and homework or cheating during tests ;will cause that involved students are not classified and disciplinary action may be initiated.
Course inclusion in study plans