IBM System z Parallel Sysplex Operations


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IBM System z Parallel Sysplex Operations

Course code: ES73G

Duration: 3 Days


You should have an understanding of: 

•    Basic data processing and I/O concepts and terminology
•    z/OS console operation, including display of device, job, and console status

Course Description:

This course is designed so that students can learn how z/OS systems operate in a Parallel Sysplex environment through discussion topics and hands-on lab exercises. Students learn problem determination skills, practice enhanced sysplex operations, including management of the coupling facility (CF), and use recovery capabilities provided by the System z servers.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

•    Describe common sysplex terminology, concepts, and benefits provided by a Parallel Sysplex configuration
•    Identify the basic hardware and software components that make up the Parallel Sysplex environment and how they are used
•    Use z/OS MVS commands to identify XCF signaling and sysplex shared couple data set usage and to determine current operational status
•    Describe CF operation; how and when the CFCC is loaded on a System z LPAR, the various CF link definitions and how they can be used
•    Identify CF structure types, definition and allocation process, and how they are used in the CF
•    Use z/OS MVS commands to display structure status
•    Use CF operator commands to display and change the operational status of a CF
•    Describe and demonstrate recommended procedures and typical z/OS MVS commands to manage sysplex members, coupling facilities, structure rebuilds, and couple data sets
•    Identify potential problems during system removal, CF structure or CDS usage, and determine appropriate operator action
•    Explain the differences and benefits of having stand-alone CF and internal CF configurations
•    Describe the purpose and use of Sysplex Failure Manager and how SFM can be used to address sympathy sickness
•    Explain why time synchronization is important and how server time protocol is used
•    Describe console usage and mode of operation for a system and a sysplex
•    Describe the IPL sequence and identify where and when sysplex activation is done during IPL
•    Identify key areas with the IPL, explaining potential problems and how to avoid them

Intended Audience:

•    The audience includes operations personnel and technical staff who are directly involved in the installation, operation, systems support, and software support of their Parallel Sysplex environment.

Course Outlines:

•    Day 1
o    Welcome
o    Unit 1: Sysplex overview
o    Unit 2: Coupling facility
o    Supporting labs

•    Day 2
o    Review
o    Unit 3: Sysplex operation and recovery
o    Supporting labs

•    Day 3
o    Review and labs
o    Unit 4: Sysplex Failure Manager
o    Unit 5: Server Time Protocol operation
o    Unit 6: z/OS IPL flow
o    Supporting labs