Using IBM Workload Scheduler for z/OS (OPC)

This course teaches how to effectively and confidently use IBM Workload Scheduler for z/OS, formerly known as Tivoli Workload Scheduler for z/OS (and before that, OPC - Operations Planning & Control). IBM Workload Scheduler for z/OS (IWSZ) is IBM's strategic product for scheduling and managing the enterprise's workload.

The course introduces IWSZ and shows how to model the data centre in OPC databases, how to schedule work in its Long Term Plan and manage work in the Current Plan. Advanced techniques including Special Resources, OPSTAT, SRSTAT, Event Triggered Tracking, Automatic Recovery, Restart & Cleanup and JCL Automation are covered.

On successful completion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • use IBM Workload Scheduler for z/OS with confidence
  • update IBM Workload Scheduler for z/OS databases with the information needed to schedule and run work
  • identify the two plans used by IBM Workload Scheduler for z/OS
  • manage work by checking statuses, re-running jobs and by adding ad-hoc work into the plan
  • create and use Special Resources
  • use OPSTAT, SRSTAT and ETT
  • code Automatic Recovery statements
  • describe and use the Restart & Recovery function
  • use JCL automation and code JCL Directives.

Schedule

No public sessions are currently scheduled. We will be pleased to set up an on-site course or to schedule an extra public session (in case of a sufficient number of candidates). Interested? Please contact ABIS.

Intended for

Operations analysts and operators, plus anyone who wants to understand the product.

Background

The ability to use ISPF and a basic knowledge of JCL. No previous product knowledge is required.

Main topics

  • Introduction to the IBM Workload Scheduler for z/OS

What is IBM Workload Scheduler?; What is IBM Workload Scheduler for z/OS?; What does IBM Workload Scheduler for z/OS do?; How does IBM Workload Scheduler do it?; IBM Workload Scheduler offers.

  • IBM Workload Scheduler for z/OS Databases

IWSz databases: What?, When?, Where?, How?; Planning; Calendar & Period databases; Calendar database; Periods - processing cycles. Workstation database; Workstation types; Workstation tasks and status changes; Automatic Reporting workstation; Manual Reporting workstation; Non-reporting workstation; WTO general workstation; Automatic general workstation; Workstation resources; workstation open intervals; Lab - Calendar & Workstation Databases.

  • Workstation database

Workstation database; Workstation types; Workstation tasks and status changes; Automatic Reporting workstation; Manual Reporting workstation; Non-reporting workstation; WTO general workstation; Automatic general workstation; Workstation resources; workstation open intervals; Lab - Calendar & Workstation Databases.

  • Application Database

Application database; Application Description; Application Description graphic; Defining operations; Operation details (optional); Scheduling instructions; Free Day rules; Job Description database; Lab - Calendar & Workstation Databases.

  • Managing the Current Plan

Managing the Current Plan; Occurrence status codes; Operation status codes; Status A R & S - what they really mean; Operation Status Codes - less often seen; Status I & U - what they really mean; Extended Status Codes - for status S; Extended Status Codes - for status codes A * R; Extended Status Codes - for status codes R & E; Status change sequence; Application status W and S; Application status S; Application status S & C; Managing work; What you can do in the Current Plan; Ended in Error list; Special Resource Monitor; Status code quiz.

  • Planning

The Long Term Plan; Extending the Long Term Plan; Daily Planning; Current Plan Extend and Long Term Plan; Keeping the Current Plan up to date.

  • Special Resources

Using Special Resources; Special Resource database; Operation Special Resource requirements; pecial Resource Monitor.

  • Unplanned work

Unplanned work; OPSTAT; Coding an OPSTAT command; SRSTAT; Coding an SRSTAT command; Event Triggered Tracking; ETT triggers; ETT - SRSTAT trigger; ETT - Job Name trigger; Dataset Triggering.

  • Automatic Recovery

Automatic Recovery; Automatic Recovery functions; Recovery actions; Automatic Job Recovery; Recovery statements - selection criteria; Recovery statements - rebuild & recovery; Recovery statements - sysplex recovery.

  • Restart & Cleanup

Restart & Cleanup; What Cleanup does; Restart & Cleanup options; Operation Details; Ended in Error list options; Operation Restart; Step Restart dialog options; Modifying Cleanup Actions dialog panel; Automatic Cleanup Check Dialog Panel; Other Cleanup functions; Cleanup Actions for Data Set Dispositions in a Job.

  • JCL Automation

JCL automation; JCL tailoring; Including and excluding JCL; JCL variables; Naming variable tables; Precedence of variable tables; Recognising variables; When variable substitution takes place; Variable types; Variables prefixed with %; Variables prefixed with &; Variables prefixed with ?; Dependency and validation; Variable format; JCL directives; Coding JCL directives; BEGIN and END; FETCH; SEARCH; SETFORM; SETVAR; TABLE; COMP Keyword on BEGIN and FETCH Directives.

Training method

Practical sessions using a live system take about 50% of course time.

Duration

3 days.

Course leader

RSM Technology.

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