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Introduction to SMP/E

Duration

3 hours

Overview

Ensuring that all of your organization's z/OS system software is current, and that any fixes and improvements have been applied, is paramount to maintaining system availability. This course looks at the SMP/E software and how it is used by the z/OS Systems Programmer to provide best practice installation, management and reporting of z/OS system software.

Audience

Although designed for IT technical personnel responsible for installing and managing z/OS system software, this course is also an excellent introduction for management and operations staff, explaining the z/OS system software installation process and the role that SMP/E plays.

Prerequisites

Completion of the following Datatrain courses: Introduction to the IBM Enterprise environment, z/OS Concepts and Components or equivalent knowledge.

Objectives

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

  • Identify the software components managed by SMP/E
  • Describe the main functions performed by SMP/E
  • Identify the three SMP/E steps used to install z/OS system software
  • Explain how CSIs and Zones are used in SMP/E processing
  • Describe how SMP/E uses target and distribution libraries

Course Content

SMP/E Basics

z/OS system software elements
Overview of SMP/E
Understanding SYSMODs, FMIDs, PTFs and APARs
Pre-installation, installation and post-installation tasks performed by SMP/E
Obtaining SMP/E packaged software
RECEIVE, APPLY and ACCEPT commands
Target and distribution libraries
Consolidated Software Inventory (CSI)
Global, target and distribution zones

Maintaining Software with SMP/E

Managing temporary and permanent fixes
Receiving, applying, and accepting fixes
Requisite requirements
Using HOLDDATA to manage z/OS software implementation
Un-installing z/OS software using SMP/E
Creating CSIs, zones and SMP/E required data sets
UCLIN commands
Managing SMP/E zones
SMP/E reports

Introduction to SMP/E Mastery Test

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