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Learn how to administer the z/OS Security Server Resource Access Control Facility (RACF). Get an introduction to the z/OS environment, Time Sharing Option (TSO) & Interactive System Productivity Facility / Program Development Facility (ISPF/PDF), batch

  • Course Start Date: 2018-12-17
  • Time: 08:30:00 - 16:30:00
  • Duration: 5 days 08:30 AM - 04:30 PM
  • Location: Virtual
  • Delivery Methods(s): Virtual Instructor Led
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Course Outline

Pre-Requisites

Some familiarity with z/OS system facilities is beneficial. Background material needed to proceed is presented the first day.

Lessons

IBM Course Code: ES191CE

Learn how to administer the z/OS Security Server Resource Access Control Facility (RACF). Get an introduction to the z/OS environment, Time Sharing Option (TSO) and Interactive System Productivity Facility / Program Development Facility (ISPF/PDF), batch processing, and z/OS data sets. Gain experience with z/OS by viewing, and allocating datasets, submitting a batch job, and viewing job output. Learn how to use basic RACF command parameters, and panels, to define users and groups, protect general resources, z/OS data sets, and choose a basic set of RACF options.

Course Materials

The course materials cover z/OS Security Server RACF.

Hands-On Labs

Nine labs are included to address logging on to the z/OS system, working with z/OS data sets, submitting batch jobs to z/OS, using System Display and Search Facility (SDSF) to view jobs in the system, defining a RACF group structure, RACF user administration, delegating security administration, protecting z/OS data sets, and using RACF for TSO administration.

Hands-on lab projects may be done in teams depending on the number of attendees and location.

What You'll Learn
  • Understand 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
  • Understand how programs access data sets and how RACF security interacts in that process
  • Identify the security requirements of an z/OS system
  • Use basic facilities and features of RACF
  • Define new users and groups to RACF
  • Use RACF to protect z/OS data sets and general resources
  • Select a base set of options to tailor RACF
Who Needs to Attend

This is a basic course for individuals who are new to z/OS and the z/OS Security Server RACF and who administration security using the RACF element of the z/OS Security Server.

Experienced z/OS users should take:

  • Effective RACF Administration (BE87)

Course Outline
1. Review of z/Architecture and z/OS
  • Describe z/Architecture
  • Provide an overview of z/OS and its components
  • Explain the concept of virtual storage and its exploitation in z/OS
  • List the different kinds of data sets and discuss their management in z/OS
  • Name the main end-user interfaces of z/OS
2. An Introduction to ISPF and ISPF/PDF
  • Name and describe the components of ISPF
  • Log on to the lab system of this class
  • Log off from the lab system of this class
  • Start ISPF/PDF
  • Provide an overview of the structure of ISPF/PDF panels
  • Alter the ISPF/PDF settings
  • Use ISPF/PDF to view a data set
3. An Introduction to Data Sets
  • Describe data management concepts
  • Explain the data set allocation process
  • Describe the catalog structure
  • Explain how data sets are defined and used
  • Allocate a new data set
  • Edit a data set using ISPF/PDF
  • Delete a data set
  • Use ISPF/PDF data set list
4. Batch Processing
  • Name and explain the Job Entry Subsystem 2 (JES2) job processing phases
  • Describe the general layout of a job
  • List and describe the components of a Job Control Language (JCL) statement
  • Submit a batch job to z/OS
  • Use ISPF 3.8 and SDSF to handle the job output
5. Security and RACF Overview
  • Explain the role RACF plays in data security
  • List the four major functions of RACF
  • Explain how RACF allows or denies a user access to a resource, given a diagram of RACF's resource authorization checking process
  • Define the terms Universal Access Authority (UACC), access list, user profile, and resource profile
  • Describe the role of the security administrator and the auditor
  • Explain the features of RRSF
6. Administering Groups and Users
  • Describe the group structure in RACF
  • Create a group structure by defining appropriate RACF group profiles
  • Define new users to RACF
  • Implement a centralized or decentralized administrative structure
7. Protecting z/OS Data Sets
  • State the differences between generic and discrete data set profiles
  • Explain the process RACF uses to grant or deny user access to a data set
  • Use the RACF commands or panels to define data set profiles
8. Introduction to General Resources
  • Describe the concepts of general resources
  • Add a Time Sharing Option (TSO) user to RACF
  • Add a UNIX System Service user to RACF
  • Set up a user help desk function
10. RACF Options
  • Understand the impact that RACF options have on an installation
  • Identify those options that require special planning before activation
  • Identify a basic set of options appropriate for an installation
11. Other Administrative Facilities and Features
  • Describe the use of the global access table
  • Describe the purpose of the started procedure table
  • Define a protected user
  • Explain the use of the restricted user attribute
  • Use the RACF database unload utility to document your RACF system
  • Describe how to map a digital certificate to a RACF userid

Cancellation Policy

We require 16 calendar days notice to reschedule or cancel any registration. Failure to provide the required notification will result in 100% charge of the course. If a student does not attend a scheduled course without prior notification it will result in full forfeiture of the funds and no reschedule will be allowed. Within the required notification period, only student substitutions will be permitted. Reschedules are permitted at anytime with 16 or more calendar days notice. Enrollments must be rescheduled within six months of the cancel date or funds on account will be forfeited.

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Training Provider Rating

This vendor has an overall average rating of 4.38 out of 5 based on 419 reviews.

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Wasn’t as advanced as I thought it would be. There was an issue when the day my course was the first time they used a new platform.. from adobe to something called zoom; I had to call support line cause it stated our instructor wasn’t present. Thankfully I called cause everyone online was in the adobe virtual classroom waiting for what looked like a teacher who didn’t show up for class (IT didn’t get anything resolved until 10mins after start time). I felt like he was really getting hung up on very basic knowledge for the first half of the course (talking about how to create tabs and drag formulas as an example). I completed files a few times before he was done explaining. There was a scheduled fire drill for them (roughly 30mins)that also cut into our time, which wasn’t deducted from the hour lunch break or the two, fifteen min breaks. I also really wish he touched base more on the automating workbook functions portion which we barely did. I'm happy there were/are those study guides (learning videos) and exams to take on my own time that I hope after I've had the class are still available for me to learn from.

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It was difficult to practice on my PC while trying to watch the presentation online.
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David was excellent!! I am very for having this course!!
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Everything was great, but the instructor wasted a lot of time talking about unrelated subjects (like demo-ing different programs, talking about other classes, and talks about how Excel/technology has changed) took up way too much time. The course could have been condensed or better focus would have been great

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