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Basics of z/OS RACF Administration

This course begins with an introduction to the z/OS environment, TSO and ISPF/PDF, batch processing, and z/OS data sets. Hands-on labs allow you to gain experience with viewing and allocating data sets, submitting a batch job, and viewing job output. After the introduction to z/OS, you will then learn, through lecture and lab exercises, how to use basic RACF command parameters and/or panels to define users and groups, protect general resources, z/OS data sets, and choose a basic set of RACF options.

Target Audience

  • People who are new to z/OS and the RACF and responsible for security administration using the RACF element of the z/OS Security Server.
  • Students who need to implement some of the more advanced features of the RACF may want to attend one or more of the following courses:
    • Effective RACF Administration (BE87) or (H3927)
    • Implementing RACF Security for CICS (ES84) or (ES840)
    • Exploiting the Advanced Features of RACF (ES88) or (ES88A)

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Learning Objectives

  • List and describe the basic features and concepts of zSeries architecture and of the z/OS operating system as they relate to security administration
  • Describe the allocation process for data sets in the z/OS environment
  • Identify the security requirements of a system
  • Use the basic facilities and features of RACF
  • Define users to RACF
  • Set up an RACF group structure
  • Use RACF to protect resources
  • Select a base set of options to tailor RACF


You should have:

  • little familiarity with the facilities of the z/OS system.

The first day of the course presents the background material needed to proceed.

Course Content

  • Review of z/Architecture, and z/O
  • An introduction to TSO/E and ISPF/PDF
  • An introduction to z/OS data sets
  • Batch processing
  • Security and RACF overview
  • Administering groups and users
  • Protecting z/OS data sets
  • Introduction to general resources
  • RACF options
  • Other administrative features and facilities
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