SMP/E for Installation & Maintenance


An absolutely essential course for all z/OS Systems Programmers, this four-day course is a complete introduction to the use of SMP/E for installing new software and applying changes to existing software (PTFs, APARs, etc.) for the z/OS environment.
All the important aspects of using SMP/E are covered, including a detailed explanation of what happens 'under the covers'.
The course contains valuable and extensive hands-on exercises that demonstrate all the major aspects of using SMP/E to install products and apply maintenance.

This course is also available for one-company, on-site presentations and for live presentation over the Internet, via the Virtual Classroom Environment service.

Public dates - click to book!

18 September 2017 27 November 2017

Virtual Classroom Environment dates - click to book!

8 January 2018

What is a 'Virtual Classroom Environment'?

 

What do I need?

  • webcam
  • headphones with microphone
  • sufficient bandwidth, at least 1.5 Mb/s in each direction.

Objectives

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • explain what SMP/E is and how it works and describe the SMP/E installation process
  • install products & service (PTFs & APARs) in a z/OS environment (including related products such as CICS, DB2 etc.)
  • identify and correct common SMP/E installation problems
  • understand the major configuration and control options available in SMP/E
  • discuss the various product and service delivery options available from IBM (including ServerPac, CBPDO, ESO and RSU)
  • interpret the output produced during SMP/E processing
  • resolve maintenance conflicts using appropriate SMP/E reports
  • correctly handle missing prerequisite, requisite, and conditional requisite conditions
  • resolve error holds using both automatic and manual procedures
  • correctly install products and service in a cross-zone environment.

Who Should Attend

Systems Programmers responsible for using SMP/E to install products and service in the z/OS environment.

Prerequisites

Attendees must be able to use TSO/ISPF, write JCL and run batch jobs, as well as having a clear understanding of the z/OS environment.

Duration

4 days

Fee (per attendee)

£1575 (ex VAT)

Course Code

MSMP

Contents

Introduction

SMP/E elements; how products are packaged; system modifications; the SMP/E database; sysmod: receiving, applying, accepting, restoring; System Generation; CSI; CSI configuration options; invoking SMP/E.

Receive Processing

The Receive process; Modification Control Statements; MCS: header statement functions, software environment statement; the Global Zone definition entry; GZONE entry example; Global Zone options entry; options entry example; Global Zone utility entry; Utility entry example; SMP/E allocation; Global Zone DDDEF entry; DDDEF entry example; review of Global Zone entries; creating Global Zone entries - UCLIN; relative file packaged tapes; receive processing; Global Zone sysmod entry example; Exception sysmods; held sysmod entry example; Holddata example; the RECEIVE command; Sysmod entry with SOURCEID example; REPORT SOURCEID output examples; SMP/E dialogs primary option menu & query selection menus.

Apply Processing

Product function & installation methods; Target Zone definition entry; TZONE entry example; Target Zone DDDEF entry; Target Zone DDDEF entry example; Target Zone DDDEF PATH entry; Target Zone DDDEF PATH entry example; MAC, SRC, and MOD element MCS; Data Element MCS; Program Element MCS; identifying the target system structure; how JCLIN processing works; JCLIN processing example; JCLIN report example; JCLIN - MAC and ASSEM entries; JCLIN - MOD and LMOD entries; JCLIN - DLIB entries; Invoking JCLIN; the save control dataset; determining target libraries; apply processing; concatenating macro libraries for assemblies; SYSLIB DDDEF example; the APPLY command; Target Zone SYSMOD entry example; element service level; Target Zone MAC and SRC element entries; Target Zone MOD and DATA element entries; base and dependent functions revisited; replacing an existing product; Sysmod installation via the SMP/E dialogs; SMP/E dialogs - sysmod management options.

Accept Processing

Function installation methods; Distribution Zone definition entry; DZONE entry example; Distribution Zone DDDEF entries; Distribution Zone DDDEF entry example; Accept processing; concatenating macro libraries for assemblies; the ACCEPT command; Distribution Zone SYSMOD entry example; Distribution Zone MAC and SRC element entries; Distribution Zone MOD and DATA element entries; Sysmod installation via the SMP/E dialogs; SMP/E dialogs - sysmod management options.

Product Maintenance

Product maintenance (service); product maintenance sysmods; product maintenance sysmod naming convention; product maintenance ++VER statement; updating MAC and SRC elements; updating MOD (and LMOD) elements; Sysmod relationships; the prerequisite relationship; the requisite relationship; the supersede relationship; the negative prerequisite relationship; TZONE sysmod entries - examples; related APPLY command parameters; element service level; tracking the service level of an element; element entries - service level; exception sysmods; resolving error holds; resolving system holds; the RELEASE MCS statement; maintenance exposure; the REPORT ERROR SYSMODS command; Sysmod regression; Sysmod construction rules; managing regression; restore processing; concatenating macro libraries for assemblies; the RESTORE command; Sysmod relationships and restore; Reject processing; the REJECT command; service delivery mechanisms used by IBM; the Recommended Service Upgrade.

Additional SMP/E Features

The conditional requisite relationship; the REPORT CROSSZONE command; cross product 'borrowing' - the problem, the solution; cross zone 'borrowing' - the problem, the solution; callable services support; processing SYSLIB in JCLIN; CALLIBS in LMOD element entries; installing LMODs that use CALLIBS; the zone management commands; installing SYSGEN and SMP/E products; the GENERATE command; the CLEANUP command; descriptive MCS statements; product and feature entries.

Installing Products and Service

Reporting problems to the vendor; preparing for installation; installing maintenance; product delivery mechanisms used by IBM.


What the students say

Very good course. Many thanks

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