Overview

This course teaches you navigation, operation, and recovery techniques for the Hardware Management Console (HMC) in the System z environment. Through lecture and hands-on exercises, you learn setup and operating procedures for the HMC, gain in-depth problem determination skills, practice HMC operations, and utilize recovery capabilities provided by the System z servers.

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Prerequisites

This course is for operations personnel and technical staff who are directly involved in the installation, operation, systems support, and software support of their System z mainframe environment.

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
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Delegates will learn how to

  • Identify the zEnterprise 196, System z10, System z9, and zSeries servers
  • Describe the major differences of the function and features between the System z servers
  • Identify and explain the concept of logical partitioning, initialization, and the operational usage of the various types of channels on current servers
  • Describe the functions provided by the HMC and SE
    • User interface styles, local and remote connectivity
  • Identify HMC home page to log on HMC application
  • Use the classic UI to:
  • Log on and log off
  • Open objects
  • Navigate the HMC workplace using various selection techniques
  • Exit a task on a window
  • View the online books and use the Help functions
  • Identify the different types of groups
    • CPC group, control hardware
    • Images group, control operating system
  • Build new CPC and images groups
  • Identify the contents of the Details window and determine object status
  • Identify the various task lists
  • Use the tree UI to:
  • Log on and log off
  • Open objects
  • Navigate the HMC workplace using various selection techniques
  • Exit a task on a panel
  • View the online books and use the Help functions
  • Identify the different types of groups
    • CPC group, control hardware
    • Images group, control operating system
  • Build new CPC and images groups
  • Identify the contents of the Details window and determine object status
  • Identify the various task lists
  • Identify recent HMC Tree style enhancements
  • Monitor all defined CPCs
  • Determine the cause of exceptions
  • Use the Hardware Messages task
  • Use the Operating Systems Messages task
  • Use ACSADMIN tasks
  • Describe the purpose, functions and use of the different types of activation profiles
  • Use the HMC to build and assign profiles
  • Provide operational recommendations for HMC user settings
  • Use the HMC to perform operational tasks and problem determination
  • Invoke the system activity display and describe its purpose
  • Establish an HMC/SE session using the Single Object Operations task
  • Identify the difference between the HMC and SE workplace
  • Navigate using classic or tree UI to Identify CP, channel, and CHPID status for the physical CPC and all LPs
  • Identify the entry point for I/O and Channel Problem Determination panels
  • Log off from a CPC session
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Outline

Day 1

  • Welcome
  • Unit 1: IBM mainframe server hardware overview
  • Unit 2: Using the HMC Classic style user interface
  • Unit 3: Using the HMC Tree style user interface
  • Unit 4: Using the HMC to monitor System z servers
  • Supporting labs

Day 2

  • Review
  • Unit 5: Activation profiles and operational tasks
  • Unit 6: Single Object Operations: CPC session
  • Supporting labs
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