If you are looking to train your talent in IBM i System Adminstration, this is your solution. Under development, this series will consist of 17 lessons.

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Video Overview

Topics

  • Brief History of IBM i and Power Systems
    • Dates
    • Version History with Associated Hardware History
    • System Names
    • Communications Past (Twinax BiSync T/R SNA/SDLC FDDI IPX)
    • Modern Use Cases
  • System Concepts
    • Differences between IBM i and Other Systems
      • Integrated System
      • Main Storage (not memory)
      • IPL (unique to system)
      • PTFs (IBM i fix pack)
      • The Machine Interface
      • Everything Is an Object
  • Single-level Store
  • File Systems
  • Libraries
  • Messages and Message Queues
  • Printers, Output Queues and Spooled Files
  • Integrated File Systems
  • Storage Pools
  • Integrated Database (DB/2)
  • Security
    • Object Ownership
    • Hard Typing
  • Review of Interfaces to the System
    • Command Line Use and Command Construction
      • QSH and qp2term and Other Shells
      • Menu Structure
    • IBM Navigator for i Web Interface
    • Review of iSeries Access (historical, brief)
    • Access Client Solutions (the new, modern tool)
  • Security Basics
    • User Security
    • Limited User
    • Profile Types
    • Group Profiles
  • System Security
    • System Values
    • Password Rules
    • Auditing

Topics

  • Relationship of Physical Hardware to Operating System Resources
  • Physical, Partitioned vs Virtual Deployment
  • Understanding Port Numbering and Identifying Hardware
  • Tape Libraries and Tape Drives
  • Optical and RDX Drives
  • Virtual Interfaces
  • Disk Controllers and Raid
  • Internal Storage vs SAN
  • Printers and Output Queues
  • Hypervisor

Topics

  • Security Model
  • Root (IFS)
    • Case Sensitivity
  • Library File System, Files and Members
  • QOpenSys
  • QNTC
  • QFileSvr400
  • QIBM
  • QDLS and Its Limitations
  • User Defined File Systems (UDFS)
  • NFS
  • Netserver
  • Samba

Topics

  • Starting/Submitting Jobs
  • User Profiles
  • Library Lists
  • Subsystems
  • Class of Services
  • Routing Programs
  • Workstation Entries
  • Job Queues
  • Workload Capping
  • Performance
  • Spooled Files
  • OutQs
  • Memory Pools
    • Machine Pool
    • Base Pool
    • Interactive Pool
    • Spool Pool
    • Shared
    • Private Pools
  • Job Types
    • Batch Jobs
    • Interactive Jobs
    • Batch Immediate
    • Prestart vs Autostart
    • Writers
  • Ending Jobs
    • End Job vs End Job Abnormal

Topics

  • Work Contact Information
  • Working with Problems
  • Reporting Problems to IBM
  • Basics of QMGTOOLS
  • Use of System History Log
  • Reading Job Log, Green Screen, Navigator and SQL
  • QSYSOPR, QSYSMSG, QSRVMSG and Redirecting Messages to Other Queues
  • Introduction to Service Tools
    • SST vs DST
  • Information – Where Do I Go for More Info?

Topics

  • Methods to Initiate IPL
    • IPL Manual vs Auto
  • A/B/D Mode IPL
  • Abnormal IPLs
    • Causes
  • CHGIPLA
  • Custom Startup Jobs
  • System Level SRC Codes and the Control Panel / HMC

Topics

  • Intro to the System Console (ACS)
    • When to Use System Console
    • Which Consoles Are Available
    • Which Consoles Does Your System Have
  • System Resource Allocation
    • ASP
    • Memory Pool Allocation
  • System Values
    • Allow Object Restore
    • User Profile Password Level
    • Auditing Values
    • Append Jobs
    • Number of Jobs Initially Started
    • Date and Time
    • CCSIDs
    • History Log Size
    • QLIMIT SECOFR
    • System and User Library Set Defaults
    • System Security Level
    • QPRFADJ
  • Selecting a Controlling Subsystem
  • Subsystems to Start
  • TCP/IP Interfaces and Servers to Start
  • Network Attributes
  • Setting the Database Name
  • Migrating from a Previous System
    • Retrieve System Information
    • Update System Information
  • Host table entries and DNS
  • Domain information
  • Exit programs

Topics

  • Concepts
    • Performance Differences
    • Compare Virtual Tape and Optical Devices to Physical Tape, Devices and Libraries
    • Network-based Virtual Optical
    • Storage
  • Creating Image Catalogs
  • Creating Devices
  • Populating Image Catalogs
  • Managing Virtual Device and Storage
    • Initializing Previously Used Virtual Tapes
  • Save and Restore Considerations
    • New Cloud Storage Solutions

Topics

  • Line Descriptions
  • TCP/IP Interfaces, Creating, Sstarting, VIPs, VLANs, Naming
  • Routing
  • Starting/Stopping and Maintenance of Services and Defaults
  • Bridging, Aggregation, VLANs
  • Packet Filtering
  • High Level Monitoring How-to
  • SSL TLS
  • IPV4 vs IPV6

Topics

  • Know Your Recovery Strategy Before You Begin
  • Tape Drive and Tape Library Basics
  • FlashCopy Overview
  • Cloud Storage Solutions
  • Tour of the SAVE Menu
  • Save While Active Concepts
  • Backup and Recovery Management Tooling (i.e. BRMS)
  • Save Strategy
    • How Often to Save
    • Save Before and After Upgrades and Maintenance
    • Saving the Right Stuff
      • Security
      • Configuration
      • Libraries
      • DLO
      • IFS
  • Monitoring Your Backups
  • Finding the QJOBMSGQFL Landmine
  • Restoring Library Objects and Restoring to a Different Library
  • Restoring IFS Objects and Restoring to a Different Folder
  • Restoring Authorities
  • Transferring Configuration from One System to Another RtvSysInf/UpdSysInf
  • Testing Your Recovery

Topics

  • Security Concepts
    • Object-centric vs Data-centric Security
      • Data and Column Encryption
      • Row Column Access Control
  • User Profiles
    • Passwords
    • Group Profiles
    • Special Authorities
    • User ID/Group ID
    • Initial Program
    • Job Description
  • Security System Values
    • System Security Level
    • Password Level (10 Characters vs 120 Characters)
  • Authorization Lists
  • Adopted Authority
  • Limited Users
  • Single Sign-on
    • Kerberos and EIM Concepts
  • Auditing Concepts
    • Audit Logs
    • Generated columns
  • Public Authority
  • Authority Collection Support (7.3)

Topics

  • CL Program Basics
    • Identify Variables
    • Identify Subroutines
    • Control Flow
    • Monitor for Messages
    • ILE CL vs OPM
  • Where to Store CL Programs and Source
  • How to Find Correct Source for CL Program or Command
  • How to Retrieve Source When You Cannot Find Source
  • How to Edit and Compile CL
  • Modify and Deploy a Startup Program
  • Create Your Own Command
  • SQL Basics
  • Demo: Use CL and SQL to Determine PTF and Group Levels

Topics

  • No-charge vs Additional Charge LPPs
  • Obtaining – Intro to ESS, Registering, Selecting, Download Options
  • License Keys
    • Obtain
    • Install
  • Building Image Catalog and Virtual Optical
    • Maintenance Considerations – Delete or Leave?
  • GO LICPGM
    • Difference Between Programs and Options
    • Installing LPPs
    • Save/Restore/Deletion of LPPs
    • Saving and Restoring LPPs from Another System
    • Installing Secondary Language
  • Accepting License Agreement
  • Passport Advantage

Topics

  • Overview of PTFs, Purpose and Use
    • How to Figure Out What Is Installed
    • CUMes and Included Groups
    • Dependent Groups
    • Corequisites and Prerequisites
  • Perm and Temp, A and B Sides
    • Ramifications of Perm vs Temp Apply on Product Upgrades
  • PTF Groups
    • Fixing Group Status “Not Applied”
    • Why Are Groups Listed Twice?
  • Obtaining PTFs
    • Fix Central Overview
  • GO PTF Menu
    • Option 8 vs INSPTF
  • Loading, Applying  and Removing
    • Finding the QJOBMSGQFL Landmine
  • Firmware Updates – OS vs HMC
  • Recovering from a Failed Load or Apply
  • Querying PTF and Group Levels with SQL Services

Topics

  • Monitoring
  • Reporting
  • RtvDskInf / RtvDirInf Data Collection
    • SQL on the Retrieved Data
  • IFS Shell Commands, Find, Du, Ls
  • Disk Cleanup “Usual Suspects”
    • Journal Entries
    • Save Files
    • Virtual Tape and Virtual Optical
    • Deleted Record Space (RGZPFM)
    • Temporary Object Space

Topics

  • Create and Work with DB2 Objects (tables, indexes, views, user defined functions, etc.)
  • Understanding Database Statistics
  • Basic Index Strategy Skills
  • Manage Referential Integrity and Check Constraints
  • Manage Database Logging (Journaling)
  • SQL Plan Cache
  • Show Statements
  • Visual Explain
  • SQL Plan Cache Snapshots
  • SQL Performance Monitors
  • Reorganize Physical File Members
  • System Limits
  • Save and Restore Considerations
  • Determining Sources of Locking Problems
  • Reverse Engineer SQL DDL from Tables Created with SQL or DDS
  • Relevant Tools

Topics

  • Hands-on Practical Examples
  • Key Throughout Is to Know What Is Normal for Your System
  • Work Management
    • Verify That Your Jobs Are Running
  • Problem Management
    • Any New Open Problems
  • User Management
    • Disabled Users
    • Users That Have Not Signed On in X Amount of Time
  • Daily Backups
    • Did It Complete?
    • If Not, Why?
    • Did It Complete in Expected Amount of Time?
  • Audit Reviews
    • Where to Look
    • What to Look For
  • Storage
    • Growing At the Expected Rate?
    • Journal Cleanup
    • Temporary Storage Growth
  • Message Management
    • QSYSMSG, QSYSOPR Are They Clean?
  • Network Management
    • Failed Network Lines
    • Correct Services Running?
  • Spooled File Management
    • Impact on Job Structures
    • Disconnected Job Logs
  • Database Management
    • Review Index Advisor
  • Performance Management
    • Observe Paging and Faulting Rates
    • Observe Disk Percent Busy
    • Observe CPU Usage
  • Job Management
    • Identify Runaway Jobs
    • Fix Runaway Jobs
  • Working with Scheduled Jobs
    • Jobs that Failed
    • Jobs That Are Still Running That Shouldn’t Be Running