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Linux on IBM Z Fundamentals


5 hours


The Linux on IBM Z Fundamentals course discusses available Linux distributions for the IBM Z environment, its operational implementation, and the general monitoring and management of Linux. The final module provides an overview of the performance monitoring and management tasks performed by the Linux Administrator, and contains tips for best practice in these areas.


Anyone new to the Linux environment would benefit from the Introduction module, while the other modules are relevant for System Operators and Linux Administrators.


For those undertaking the Introduction module, a general knowledge of z/VM concepts is required, or z/VM Concepts and System Initialization course. Those undertaking the operations and administration modules should have the above knowledge in addition to the skills and knowledge associated with the Monitoring and Controlling z/VM Operations course and the Managing Guest Operating Systems course.


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

  • Identify Linux distributions used on IBM Z
  • Describe the IBM Z infrastructure in which Linux is installed
  • Describe how PuTTY and VNC are used to access Linux systems
  • List the processes involved in implementing and managing Linux on IBM Z
  • Identify the products, tools, commands and processes used to gather and analyze z/VM and Linux system data
  • Describe system resources that can impact on Linux on IBM Z performance and how they can be tuned

Course Content

Introduction to Linux on IBM Z

Common IBM Z Linux Distributions
Obtaining Linux Skills and Knowledge
Understanding Virtualization, Hypervisors and Linux
Benefits of Using Linux on IBM Z

Linux on IBM Z – Operations

Planning and Implementing Linux on IBM Z
Linux Distribution Tools and Utilities
Linux on IBM Z Backup Options
Tools and Commands Used to Gather Linux System Data
Running Linux Dumps and Traces

Introduction to Performance and Tuning with Linux on IBM Z

Understanding Performance Standards
Performance Monitoring and Management Basics
Performance Monitoring Tools, Utilities, and Commands
Real and Virtual Processor Requirements
Hypervisor and Linux Memory Configuration
Managing Disk I/O Performance
Tuning Linux on IBM Z Components

Linux on IBM Z Fundamentals Mastery Test