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This course is designed to help programmers, operations staff and managers new to the z/OS environment gain an understanding of MVS concepts, a working knowledge of TSO, ISPF and JCL

Course Outline

This course is designed to help programmers, operations staff and managers new to the z / OS environment gain an understanding of MVS concepts, a working knowledge of TSO, ISPF and JCL. The lecture components and hands-on labs will give each student the opportunity to understand and use the basic facilities of an MVS environment.


  • MVS operating system terminology
  • Introduction to DASD, Tape, and Systems Managed Storage
  • Intro to Catalogs, VTOCs, and Tape Labels
  • MVS Networking: TCP / IP and SNA
  • JES2 vs JES3
  • MVS Security Overview
  • What is a Parallel Sysplex
  • What is UNIX System Services
  • Program Product Overview: CICS, DB2, IMS, WebSphere MQ
  • Third-party Program Product Overview
  • TSO / ISPF introduction
  • ISPF hierarchy
  • ISPF commands
  • Using SDSF to view job output
  • Coding the JCL JOB and EXEC statements
  • Coding JCL DD statements
  • IF / THEN / ELSE / ENDIF JCL statements
  • JOBLIB, STEPLIB, and JCLLIB JCL statements
  • OUTPUT JCL statements
  • SET and INCLUDE members
  • Using cataloged and in-stream JCL procedures with symbolic overrides
  • Using the IBM SORT program

This course is intended for personnel who are new to the MVS operating system or those who are seeking a refresher course in basic to intermediate JCL programming execution.

Course Outline

I. MVS Overview

  • A. zSeries & S / 390 Operating Systems
  • B. A Typical zSeries Data Center
  • C. Real & Virtual Memory
  • D. Multiprogramming vs. Multiprocessing
  • E. Interrupts
  • F. Bits and Bytes
  • H. The CPU (Central Processing Unit)
  • I. MVS in a TCP / IP Network
  • J. Understanding the Network Controllers
  • K. Understanding the 3270 Terminal
  • L. S / 390 Printer Hardware Categories
  • M. Storage Devices: DASD
  • N. Storage Device Connections
  • O. Storage Subsystems
  • P. MVS Address Spaces
  • Q. MVS Data Spaces
  • R. z / OS 64 Bit Address Space
  • S. MVS HiperSpaces
  • T. MVS Dispatching
  • U. MVS Customization
  • V. The MCS Console
  • W. MVS Data Management
  • X. MVS Data Set Types
  • Y. Sequential Datasets
  • Z. Partitioned Datasets
  • AA. VSAM Datasets
  • BB. Systems Managed Storage (SMS)
  • CC. Catalogs
  • DD.VTOC: Volume Table of Contents
  • EE. Tape Labels
  • FF. Recovery / Termination Mgmt
  • GG. SMF - System Management Facilities
  • HH.Serialization: ENQ / DEQ
  • II. Shared DASD & Reserve / Release
  • JJ. Security Overview
  • KK. JES Overview
  • LL. Job Life Cycle Phases
  • MM. Job Execution Phase
  • NN.JES2 vs. JES3
  • OO. A Parallel Sysplex
  • PP. UNIX System Services
  • QQ. The UNIX Hierarchical File System
  • RR.The UNIX Shell
  • SS. Using the OMVS TSO Command
  • TT. File Mgmt using the ISPF Shell
  • UU.Program Products: CICS
  • VV. Program Products: DB2
  • WW. Program Products: IMS
  • XX. Today's Application Architectures
  • YY. Program Products: WebSphere MQ
  • ZZ. What is a Job Scheduler?
II. TSO/E and ISPF Overview
  • A. TSO / E Overview: Features
  • B. TSO Operating Modes
  • C. Interactive TSO Commands
  • D. TSO / E Logon and Logoff
  • E. TSO / E Line Mode
  • F. ISPF / PDF Option 6
  • G. Issuing TSO cmd from ISPF Panel
  • H. TSO / E Command Syntax
  • K. Example REXX EXEC
  • L. REXX Language Features
  • M. Languages: Compiled vs. Scripting
  • N. ISPF Overview
  • O. What is a Panel?
  • P. Menu Panel
  • Q. List Panel
  • S. ISPF Primary Option Menu
  • T. Standard CUA Format
  • U. ISPF Panel Terminology
  • V. ISPF Hierarchy
  • W. ISPF Panel Hierarchies
  • X. ISPF Navigation
  • Y. ISPF Line and Primary Commands
  • Z. ISPF Primary Commands
  • AA. ISPF Split Screen
  • BB. ISPF Help
III. Navigating MVS Documentation
  • A. IBM Library Reader on CD
  • B. IBM Internet Library
  • C. MVS / QuickRef Overview
  • D. Abend Code Display
  • E. Select Information By Category
  • F. Sample JCL Information: NOTIFY Keyword
  • G. Looking up an Error by Message ID
  • H. Example Error Message Info: IOS000I
  • I. Selecting Vendor, Product, Release
  • J. Selecting DASD Free Space Information
  • K. Displaying DASD Hardware Characteristics
IV. ISPF Hierarchy & Settings
  • A. Primary Option Menu
  • B. Utility Selection Panel (=3)
  • C. Library Utility 3.1
  • D. Data Set Utility 3.2
  • E. Move Copy Utility 3.3
  • F. Data Set List Utility 3.4
  • G. ISPF Jump Function
  • H. Allocating Data Sets w/ ISPF
  • I. Data Set Allocation
  • J. Allocation Suggestions
  • K. ISPF Settings
  • L. PF Key Definitions and Labels
  • M. Keylist Utility
  • N. FKA / PFSHOW Example
  • O. Other ISPF Settings: Color, Environ
V. ISPF Edit and View
  • A. ISPF Edit, View, Browse
  • B. Edit Panel: Action Bar Choices
  • C. ISPF Edit Primary Commands
  • D. ISPF Edit Scroll Commands
  • E. Browse and Edit FIND command
  • F. Edit Change Command
  • G. Change Command Examples
  • H. FIND command: Advanced topics
  • I. Edit Session: Sequence Numbers
  • J. Special Editing Keys: Insert, Delete, & EOF
  • K. Line Edit Commands
  • L. Advanced Edit Line Commands
  • M. Text Entry mode
  • N. Text Flow Line Command
  • O. MASK and TS Line Command
  • P. Column and Data Shifting
  • Q. ISPF Edit Primary Commands
  • R. Locate Primary Commands
  • S. Delete Primary Commands
  • T. SORT Primary Command
  • U. COPY & MOVE Primary Commands
  • V. CUT & PASTE Primary Commands
  • W. Data Movement Commands
  • X. Nesting Edit
VI. SDSF Overview & Features
  • A. SDSF Primary Option Menu
  • B. SDSF Key End-User Commands
  • C. SDSF Input Queue Display
  • D. SDSF Input Action Characters
  • E. SDSF Active Display
  • F. SDSF Held Output Queue Display
  • G. SDSF Output Queue Display Cmd
  • H. More SDSF Commands
VII. MVS Job Control Language
  • A. JCL Overview and Syntax
  • B. JCL Statement Types Covered
  • C. JCL Statement Categories
  • D. JCL Syntax: Fields
  • E. JCL Syntax: Parameters
  • F. JCL Syntax: Comments
  • G. JCL Syntax: Continuation
  • H. JES JCL Statements
  • I. JOB Statement
  • J. JOB Statement: Jobname
  • K. JOB Statement: Accounting Info
  • L. JOB Statement: Programmer-Name
  • M. JOB Statement: Apostrophe Rules
  • N. JOB Statement: Keyword Parameters
  • O. JOB Statement: CLASS Keyword
  • P. JOB Statement: MSGCLASS Keyword
  • Q. JOB Statement: MSGLEVEL Keyword
  • R. JOB Statement: NOTIFY Keyword
  • S. JOB Statement: TYPRUN Keyword
  • T. JOB Statement: RESTART Keyword
  • U. JOB Statement: Other Keywords
  • V. MVS Utilities: IEFBR14
  • W. EXEC Statement
  • X. Big Picture: Compile & Link Process
  • Y. EXEC Statement: PGM Keyword
  • Z. EXEC Statement: PROC Keyword
  • AA. EXEC Statement: PARM Keyword
  • BB. Using PARM in a COBOL Program
  • CC.EXEC Statement: TIME Keyword
  • DD.EXEC Statement: REGION Keyword
  • EE. EXEC Statement: COND Keyword
  • FF. DD Statement
  • GG. DD Statement: DDNAME
  • HH.Referring to the DDNAME in COBOL
  • II. DD Statement: SYSOUT=
  • JJ. DD Statement: *
  • KK. DD Statement: DATA
  • LL. DD Statement: DUMMY
  • MM. MVS Utilities: IEBGENER
  • NN.DD Statement: DSN=
  • OO. DD Statement: DISP=
  • PP. DD Statement: UNIT=
  • QQ. DD Statement: VOL= & VOL=SER=
  • RR.DD Statement: DCB=
  • SS. DD Statement: SPACE=
  • TT. DD Statement: AVGREC=
  • UU.DD Statement: LIKE=
  • VV. DD Statement: Generation Data Sets
  • WW. DD Statement: Backward Reference
  • YY. Data Set Concatenation
  • ZZ. Special DD Names
  • AAA. JOBLIB Statement
  • BBB. STEPLIB DD Statement
  • CCC. JCLLIB Statement
  • DDD. OUTPUT Statement
  • EEE. INCLUDE Statement
  • FFF. Procedures: Symbolic Parameters
  • GGG. Procedures: Statement Overrides
  • HHH. Procedures: Adding In-stream data
  • III. SET Statement
  • JJJ.SORT Overview
  • KKK. Example Sort JCL
  • LLL. SORT DD Statements
  • MMM. SORT control statements

Prerequisites & Certificates

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I took the training remotely so I cannot comment on some of the questions. I think that this seminar has too much content to squeeze it into one week.... might be better as a two week course?
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