System i (AS/400, iSeries, i5) System Management and Administration

Course Details:

Course code: ISADM View/Download data sheet (PDF)
Duration: 4 Days Book Course
Price: £1,495 Return to Courses

Course Outline:

This course is intended for experienced operators and support staff who are involved in managing and administering the system. The course covers H/W (manage LPARs etc.), System S/W (licensed programs, firmware, upgrade the operating system, how to load, apply and manage all types of PTF etc.). Security is covered in depth (e.g. system values, create and manage user and group profiles, object authorities, authorisation lists, auditing etc.) as is Work Management (e.g. create subsystems, customise the system, performance tuning etc.). Backup, recovery and availability of the system and effective management of the system (e.g. full saves and restores, setup and manage journaling, ASPs, Independent AS’s, disk protection, manage and reduce disk storage capacity etc.) are all covered.


Ideally delegates will have attended the Advanced Operations course (ISOPA) or have the equivalent hands on experience.

Course content:

• Detail the key design principles and architecture of the system
• Display and manage HW resources using commands
• Manage hardware resources in Navigator
• Understand Commercial Processing Workload (CPW)
• Introduce the key concepts of Logical Partitioning (LPAR)
• Understand the benefits of LPAR and how it can be used
• Manage LPARs (CPU, Memory, devices, IPLs, backups, PTF’s, VIOS etc.)
• Detail and manage licensed programs
• Detail SW maintenance and work with license information
• Display and manage server firmware and HMC firmware
• Detail how to upgrade the operating system (plan, prepare, upgrade,post upgrade etc.)
• Learn how to load and apply PTFs, group PTFs and cumulative PTFs
• Manage PTFs (PTF order methods, copy/display/remove PTFs etc.)
• Detail the PTF tools in Navigator to easily apply, distribute and manage
   PTFs across one or more servers
• How to setup and use image catalogues to install PTFs
• Detail Technology Refreshes
• Detail objects, libraries, library lists and the Integrated File System (IFS)
• Understand and work with system values
• Manage system values across servers
• Detail the security related system values
• How to setup system, object and user auditing
• Analyse audit entries and manage auditing
• Create/change/copy/delete/display/print and manage user and group profiles
   using CL commands and Navigator
• Additional commands to manage user profiles (automatically disable/delete user profiles,
  analyse default passwords, schedule the availability of user profiles, change object ownership etc.)
• Detail adopted authority and how to monitor and manage it
• Create and manage Service Tools User IDs, recover QSECOFR password
• Detail how object authority works
• Detail the 10 authorities to an object and how to assign authorities
• How Public authority is assigned
• Create and manage authorisation lists to secure objects
• Use the security tools menus
• How the system authenticates a user to an object
• How to secure the IFS (i.e. directories, objects, file shares etc.)
• Limit access to system functions (e.g. FTP, Client Access, Navigator etc.) using WRKFCNUSG or Application Administration
• Introduction to work management (how work flows through the system)
• How to create and modify subsystems (subsystem descriptions, work entries, routing entries etc.)
• Understand how user profiles, job descriptions and job classes interrelate
• Detail how system storage pools work and how to change pool sizes and activity levels
• Tuning the system for good performance (fault rates, job transitions etc.)
• Detail the work management related system values
• Detail the key backup, recovery and availability options (e.g. full system backups, restoring the system,
   commitment control, access path protection, high availability, disk protection, user and Independent ASP’s)
• How to set up and manage the journaling of files, access paths, libraries etc.
• Key commands to analyse and manage disk storage capacity
• Dealing with disk storage capacity problems
• Key housekeeping tasks to reduce disk storage capacity (reorganise files,
   reclaim storage, cleanup menu and other options for clearing down data)
• How to speed up IPLs and change IPL attributes

Follow on Courses:

We recommend that after a suitable period of time after attending this course (e.g. 6 months hands on experience) delegates may want to enhance the knowledge they have gained by attending the System Facilities (ISSFC) or CL programming (ISCLP) course depending on the job role of the delegate.


  2018         2019            
Public schedule Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul
Northampton 20     5     19   29     16
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Aug 20
Nov 5
Jan  2019  
Feb 19
Apr 29
Jul 16
We can run this course at our location or on your site – Please contact us for details


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