Course outline

Basics of z/OS RACF Administration

Categories: Guaranteed To Run™, IBM

GK IBM LS Partner

Duration: 5 Days

This course begins with an introduction to the z/OS environment, TSO and ISPF/PDF, batch processing, and z/OS data sets. Hands-on labs allow you to gain experience with viewing and allocating data sets, submitting a batch job, and viewing job output. After the introduction to z/OS, you will then learn, through lecture and exercises, how to use basic RACF command parameters and panels to define users and groups, protect general resources, z/OS data sets, and choose a basic set of RACF options.

This course begins with an introduction to the z/OS environment, TSO and ISPF/PDF, batch processing, and z/OS data sets. Hands-on labs allow you to gain experience with viewing and allocating data sets, submitting a batch job, and viewing job output. After the introduction to z/OS, you will then learn, through lecture and exercises, how to use basic RACF command parameters and panels to define users and groups, protect general resources, z/OS data sets, and choose a basic set of RACF options.

You should have:

  • Some familiarity with z/OS system facilities (beneficial).

Background material needed to proceed is presented the first day.

This basic course is for those who are new to z/OS and the RACF and responsible for security administration using the RACF element of the z/OS Security Server. Those who need to implement some of the more advanced features of the RACF might want to attend one or more of the following courses:

  • Effective RACF Administration (BE87G)
  • Implementing RACF Security for CICS (ES84G)
  • Exploiting the Advanced Features of RACF (ES88G)

Day 1

  • Welcome
  • Unit 1: Review of z/Architecture and z/OS
  • Unit 2: An introduction to ISPF and ISPF/PDF
  • Exercise 1: Logging on to the lab system
  • Unit 3: An introduction to z/OS data sets
  • Exercise 2: Working with z/OS data sets
  • Unit 4: Batch processing
  • Exercise 3: Job submit and SDSF view Exercise review
  • Unit 5: Security and RACF overview (part 1)

Day 2

  • Unit 5: Security and RACF overview (part 2)
  • Unit 6: Administering groups and users (section 6.1)
  • Exercise 4 (including review): Defining an RACF group structure
  • Unit 6: Administering groups and users (section 6.2)
  • Exercise 5: User administration Exercise review

Day 3

  • Unit 6: Administering groups and users (section 6.3)
  • Exercise 6: Delegating security administration Exercise review
  • Unit 7: Protecting z/OS data sets (to section 7.3)
  • Exercise 7: Protecting z/OS data sets: Part 1 Exercise review

Day 4

  • Unit 7: Protecting z/OS data sets (continued)
  • Exercise 8: Protecting z/OS data sets: Part 2 Exercise review
  • Unit 8: Introduction to general resources
  • Exercise 9: Using RACF for TSO administration

Day 5

  • Exercise review
  • Unit 9: RACF options
  • Unit 10: Other administrative facilities and features
This course is delivered by an authorized IBM Global Training Provider.
  • Guaranteed to Run™. This ensures you will attend the instructor led class or live online class you want as scheduled without any disruptive cancellations*. You book the training you need, get back to focusing on your job and are sure your training requirements will be met saving time, money and ensuring peace of mind.
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