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An Introduction to the z/OS Environment

This course is designed for persons with a technical background in information technology, who are new to the z/OS platforms and do not have prior MVS experiences.

Target Audience

This course is designed for persons with a background in information technology and who are new to the z/OS platform, and require conceptual knowledge of z/OS functionality and services.

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Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify the installations requirements for an enterprise server and how z/OS supports these requirements
  • Discuss the services for application enablement in a z/OS environment
  • Identify how z/OS provides support for e-business
  • Describe how security is ensured in a z/OS environment
  • Identify products and tools that support central point of control
  • Characterize products and facilities that support z/OS systems
  • Describe z/OS^s essential system services
  • List the S/390 and z/Architecture processor configurations for z/OS
  • Describe z/OS connectivity, communication facilities, and interfaces


Basic knowledge of IS technologies, including S/390 hardware. No z/OS knowledge is required.

Course Content

  • The concept, strategy and benefits of the z/OS environment
  • Application enablement in z/OS
  • Overview of e-business support in z/OS
  • Connectivity to the z/OS environment
  • Security support provided by z/OS
  • Systems Management support (Tivoli, SMP/E, SMF, and RMF)
  • Scalability, availability, backup, and recovery features in z/OS
  • System Services support (storage management, job management, work management, data sets, and data set management)
  • S/390 and zSeries processor configurations
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