z/VM Concepts & Facilities

This course introduces z/VM at a conceptual and terminological level, and it is suitable for all IT staff responsible for the implementation, operation, administration and management of VM systems.


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

  • explain the concepts and facilities of z/VM
  • understand and use the terminology associated with VM
  • describe the components of VM and how they relate to each other
  • understand, in the context of their job or role, what needs to be planned for to support the implementation of z/VM in their environment.

Who Should Attend

All IT staff involved in the implementation, operation, administration and management of VM systems.


A basic knowledge of IBM mainframe-related hardware and operating system concepts.


1 day

Fee (per attendee)

£450 (ex VAT)

Course Code



z/VM Origins & Evolution

The development of VM from CP-40 (1965) through to today's current z/VM.

Major z/VM Components

The Control Program (CP); The ·Conversational Monitor System (CMS); Directory Maintenance for z/VM; RACF Security Server for z/VM; Performance Toolkit for z/VM.

A Review of the Control Program (CP)

Emulating and simulating real components; Inter-machine communication (VMCF, IUCV, Guest LANs and VSWITCHes); Resource management.

z/VM Networking

z/VM Networking Capabilities; z/VM Networking Components: TCPIP, GCS, VTAM, RSCS.

A Review of the Conversational Monitor System (CMS)

CMS command structure; The CMS File System; REXX; CMS Pipelines.

Monitoring & Managing z/VM

Defining virtual machines and the User Directory; Controlling access to resources; Backing up the system; Automation of system initialisation and operation; Monitoring and capacity planning.

z/VM Planning & Installation

Planning a z/VM system; The z/VM installation process; Customising the system.

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