IBM mainframes are a complex environment. In any system there is the potential for failure. Systems are more complex and more integrated than ever: Errors can occur anywhere in a complex system Difficult to detect, difficult to diagnose, symptoms / problems can manifest hours/ days later Problem can grow, cascade, snowball Volume of data is unmanageable - you need information and insight Systematic 'soft failures' (sick but not dead) are much harder to detect - several anomalies can build up over time The job of the System Programmer is to deal with failures. The complexity and rate of change of today's IT infrastructures stress the limits of IT to resolve problems quickly and accurately--while preserving SLAs. The challenge lies in IT ability to identify the causes of system anomalies and other problems and repair them quickly. z/OS now provides an integrated solution approach to avoiding, detecting, diagnosing soft failures, and managing problem data. Detection: z/OS components Avoidance: Health Checks Detection and diagnosis: PFA, Runtime Diagnostics, zAware Problem data management: IBM z/OS Management Facility (z/OSMF) and systems management products In this course, you will learn how z/OS now integrates problem determination simplification, built on z/OS's robust and continually evolving RAS technology. You will learn how all elements work together for an integrated IBM soft failure solution. The lectures will be reinforced by labs where you will implement and use the following soft failure Detect/Diagnose/Avoid capabilities in z/OS:
The prerequisites can be met through on the job training or completion of z/OS Facilities (ES150). You should also have practical experience with logging on to TSO and working with JCL. This experience can be obtained by attending Fundamental System Skills for z/OS (ES100).
This intermediate course is for anyone who has to diagnose software problems that occur while running the operating system. This person is typically a system programmer for the installation. Information Technology (IT) professionals responsible for z/OS problem determination and diagnosis and subsystem programmers will also benefit from this class.
Describe how z/OS now integrates problem determination simplification Understand how all elements work together for an integrated IBM soft failure solution Implement and use the following soft failure Detect/Diagnose/Avoid capabilities in z/OS, and learn how they interact: Analysis/Diagnosis: Predictive Failure Analysis + Runtime Diagnostics + IBM zAware Avoidance: Health Checker First point of defense: z/OS components Problem data management: IBM z/OS Management Facility (z/OSMF) Identify and resolve problems in a z/OS environment Know the procedures to properly collect problem data, avoid potential problems, and diagnose failures Implement the basic diagnostic approaches for various problems such as abends, loops, hangs, overlays Describe the various kinds of problem documentation available in z/OS debugging Use the common tools for problem determination, and the main sources of diagnostic data (logs, dumps, tracing, performance documentation helpers)