Arrow Electronics, Inc.

Fundamental System Skills in z/OS


LENGTH: 5 day(s)

PRICE: £3,250.00


This course is designed to teach you the fundamental practical skills to navigate and work in a z/OS environment.

This includes the use of ISPF/PDF dialogs, TSO/E commands, JCL, UNIX System Services shell, and BookManager.


  • Review the main concepts of z/OS
  • Log on to TSO and start ISPF/PDF
  • Navigate through ISPF/PDF dialogs and use the basic ISPF/PDF functions and the ISPF Editor
  • Use ISPF/PDF to allocate data sets and edit data sets (including hierarchical file system (HFS) files) using the ISPF Editor primary and line commands
  • Use ISPF to create and manipulate (copy, rename, delete, list, sort, and merge) data sets
  • Identify security considerations for Multiple Virtual Storage (MVS) data sets and HFS files
  • Describe and use TSO/E commands
  • Perform simple modifications to existing ISPF/PDF panels
  • Invoke a REXX exec and TSO CLIST
  • Tailor existing JCL and submit batch jobs
  • Review job status and job output using SDSF
  • Invoke UNIX processes
  • Manipulate HFS directories and file systems using the UNIX System
  • Services ISHELL


This basic course is for IT personnel with a theoretical background of z/OS (for example, as taught in An Introduction to the z/OS Environment (ES05G)  and some general practical IT experience.


You should complete:

  • An Introduction to the z/OS Environment (ES050) or equivalent on-the-job training


Unit 1: Introduction to the IBM Z Systems environment

Topic 1: Architecture in the z Systems environment

Topic 2: Operating systems

Topic 3: IBM z Systems 

Unit 2: z/OS security

Topic 1: System security

Topic 2: RACF

Topic 3: RACF profiles 

Unit 3: TSO ISPF panel

Topic 1: TSO familiarization

Exercise 1: System familiarization

Topic 2: Introduction to z/OS data set

Topic 3: Allocating data sets 

Exercise 2: Allocate new data sets

Topic 4: Creating data sets and members

Topic 5: Edit data sets 

Topic 6: Line commands

Topic 7: Copy, move, rename, and delete data sets and members

Exercise 3: ISPF editor primary commands

Exercise 4: ISPF editor Line commands

Exercise 5: Copy, move, rename, and delete data sets and members

Topic 8: Data set lists

Exercise 6: Data set lists 

Unit 4: TSO commands

Topic 1: TSO ISPF commands

Topic 2: Edit data sets using line commands 

Exercise 7: Using TSO/E commands 

Unit 5: JES and JCL

Topic 1: Introduction to JES and JCL

Topic 2: Coding JCL

Topic 3: Submitting jobs using JCL

Topic 4: JCL utilities

Topic 5: Managing data sets using JCL) 

Exercise 8: Submit a job

Exercise 9: JCL exercises 

Exercise 10: Procedures 

Unit 6: UNIX

Topic 1: UNIX system services

Topic 2: File systems 

Topic 3: UNIX program support and security 

Topic 4: Application services

Topic 5: Security

Exercise 11: ISHELL and hierarchical file system

Further Information

Prior to enrolling, IBM Employees must follow their Division/Department processes to obtain approval to attend this public training class. Failure to follow Division/Department approval processes may result in the IBM Employee being personally responsible for the class charges.  

GBS practitioners that use the EViTA system for requesting external training should use that same process for this course.  Go to the EViTA site to start this process:

Once you enroll in a GTP class, you will receive a confirmation letter that should show:

  • The current GTP list price
  • The 20% discounted price available to IBMers. This is the price you will be invoiced for the class.

Session Dates
Time Zone

05 Sep 2022

London (Arrow)




£ 3,250.00

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