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Labs – z/OS UNIX (z/OS)


3.5 hours


These mainframe exercises provide scenarios where you are required to perform tasks and resolve simple and more complex z/OS-related problems, using your organization’s training sandbox.


These exercises are suitable for junior system programmers or senior operations staff.


A solid understanding of the z/OS UNIX environment, or the successful completion of the following Interskill courses:

  • z/OS UNIX System Services – Basics
  • Interacting with the z/OS UNIX System
  • Working with z/OS UNIX

Note: Each Lab below contains its own list of prerequisites or equivalent knowledge, which is displayed when accessing the module.


After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  • Display z/OS UNIX environment details
  • Display z/OS UNIX directory and file details
  • Create, move, rename, and delete z/OS UNIX files and directories
  • Suspend and delete OMVS sessions
  • Display active processes
  • Create new z/OS UNIX directories and access attributes
  • Create a symbolic link
  • Copy data from a z/OS UNIX file to another
  • Compare z/OS UNIX file data
  • Create and modify z/OS UNIX file attributes using ISPF 3.17
  • Invoke the BPXBATCH utility to create a z/OS UNIX directory
  • Create, test, and execute an interactive script

Course Content

Lab z/OS UNIX (z/OS) – OMVS Shell

Displaying and Modifying Environment Variables
Hiding/Showing PF Keys
Switching to TSO mode
Viewing Contents of the Current Directory
Creating, Moving, Renaming and Deleting z/OS UNIX Files and Directories
Editing File Data
Searching and Sorting Data
Displaying OMVS Session Values
Suspending and Killing an OMVS Session


Starting an ISHELL Session
Displaying Active Processes
Creating a Directory and Access Attributes Using ISHELL
Renaming a z/OS UNIX File
Creating a Symbolic Link
Copying z/OS UNIX File Data
Comparing z/OS UNIX File Contents

Lab z/OS UNIX (z/OS) – z/OS UNIX Directory List, Batch, and Scripts

Assigning and Modifying File Attributes Using the ISPF z/OS UNIX Directory List
Invoking the BPXBATCH Utility
Creating a Script
Testing and Running and Interactive Script