HMC Administration & Operation

This course introduces and explains the administration and operation of IBM's Hardware Management Console (HMC). The course teaches configuration, administration, navigation, operation, and recovery techniques for the HMC in a System z environment.
Through lectures and hands-on exercises, attendees are taught how to setup and operate the HMC, and will gain problem determination skills, practice HMC operations including IPLs, and understand the recovery capabilities of the System z servers.

This course is available 'on demand' (minimum 2 students) for public presentations or for one-company, on-site presentations.

What you will learn

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

  • describe how the z Server is laid out as regards hardware
  • identify the difference between the LPARS and the CPCs and the operational usage of the various types of channels, logical and physical on current servers
  • identify and use the functions of the HMC Console to operate your System z mainframe environment in Classic style and Tree style
  • describe the functions provided by the HMC and SE, and understand their differences
  • use the various methods to open groups, objects, display status, and perform tasks on these objects using task lists
  • identify the different types of groups, Defined and Undefined CPCs, together with CPC Images
  • define how each type of group is created and used
  • understand the Details panel and its status
  • resolve exception conditions
  • use the hardware messages task
  • use the operating system messages task
  • create the three types of Activation profiles, RESET, IMAGE and LOAD to perform POR, LPAR activation and IPL
  • understand how these profiles are used
  • create userids to accomodate different levels of authorization
  • understand HMC/SE security
  • establish a single object operations session (CPC session) to the SE and understand how to use the SE.

Who Should Attend

Systems Programmers, Operations Analysts and Senior Operations personnel who are directly involved in the installation, operation and support of their System z mainframe environment.


A sound understanding of the z/OS operations environment, including I/O concepts and terminology, LPAR technology, how a system is IPL'd and configured and how to operate a z/OS system.


2 days

Fee (per attendee)

£950 (ex VAT)

Course Code



Introduction to the Hardware Management Console (HMC)

The HMC: Common terms; The CPC layout; Model numbers; Blade Server zBX; Server Activation; Channel configuration; HMC styles; Logging onto the HMC; Managing CPCs and LPARs.

Using the HMC Console

Using The HMC console; Userids; Settings; Styles; Classic CPC and LPAR; Tree CPC and LPAR; Details panel of CPC; Details panel of a CPC Image (LPAR); Console Tasks (Classic); Console Tasks (Tree); Daily tasks; Recovery Tasks; Service Tasks; Change Management Tasks; CPC Operational Tasks.

Activation Profiles

Activation Profile types; Reset Profiles: General & Storage, Dynamic & Options, CP/SAP & Partitions; Image Profiles: General & Processor, Security, Options, Crypto; Load Profile; Load Profile General.

Operational Tasks and Messages

Single Object Selection; Locked Objects; Automatically Locking Objects; Toggle Lock; Activate Task; Using the Activate Task for a CPC with a Reset Profile; Checking the Profile assigned; CPC Image Activation using an Image Profile; CPC Image Activation using a LOAD Profile; CPC and CPC Image Activation Success and Failure; CPC Activation using the Reset Profile; LPAR Activation using the Image Profile; IPL'ing a system with a LOAD Profile; Hardware messages; Details of Hardware messages; Logs for Hardware problems; Operating System Messages; Sending Commands to the Operating System; Manual Loads and Manual PORs; Deactivation of CPC and CPC Image using the Deactivate Task; Changing LPAR Weights; Initial weight; Minimum weight; Maximum weight; Initial capping; Monitor Dashboard.

Single Object Operations with the CPC

Connectivity to the SE; User Styles; SE activities; Displaying Hardware components; Individual Hardware components; Exceptions.


Setting up security; User IDs; Customising User Controls; Password Profiles; Manage User Wizard; Domain Security; Certificate Management; Manage SSH Keys; Manage Directory Server Definitions.

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