SMP/E Fundamentals

Mainframe Training Overview

This course provides the fundamentals of SMP/E processing for installation and maintenance of systems software and program products. Topics will include an examination of SMP/E commands, a detailed review of MCS statements and their purpose, and exercises to enable the student to gain a working familiarity with SMP/E processing.

Mainframe Training Audience

This course is designed for systems programmers and support personnel that will have responsibility for maintaining the SMP/E environment.

Mainframe Training Prerequisites

Students should be familiar with JCL, MVS utilities, and the use of TSO/ISPF.

Mainframe Training Course duration

4 days

Mainframe Training Course outline

I. SMP/E Overview and Methodology

    A. Examine SMP/E data sets and their roles in maintaining system information

    B. Introduction to SMP/E dialogues

    C. Introduction to the SMP/E Zones; global, target, and distribution

    D. Establishing the SMP/E environment and its definitions
II. SYSMODS
    A. Introduction to SYSMOD types; PTF, APAR, FUNCTION, and USERMODS

    B. Review HOLDDATA and its role in managing SYSMODS

    C. Examine MCS statements and how they are used to perform specific utility functions for SMP/E
III. RECEIVE, APPLY, and ACCEPT Processing
    A. Examine the SMP/E process for introducing change into the z/OS environment

    B. RECEIVE processing

    C. APPLY CHECK and APPLY processing

    D. ACCEPT CHECK and ACCEPT processing
IV. RESTORE and REJECT Processing
    A. Examine the SMP/E process for restoring and removing changes from the z/OS environment

    B. RESTORE CHECK and RESTORE processing

    C. REJECT processing

    D. RECEIVE HOLDDATA

    E. APPLY CHECK

    F. Resolve HOLDDATA and BYPASS processing
V. Managing SYSMODS
    A. CLEANUP processing to remove extraneous data from the SMP/E zones

    B. Examine the REPORT processing commands for reviewing SYSMOD status
VI. Controlling SMP/E Data Sets
    A. Examine the role UCLIN processing to modify data elements within SMP/E zones

    B. ZONE processing commands to manage SMP/E zones

    C. Introduce the BUILDMCS command for migrating SMP/E managed elements to other systems
VII. SMP/E Reporting
    A. Use of SMP/E logging functions to trace activity

    B. SMP/E LIST command to report on managed elements
VIII. MCS Statements
    A. Structure of MCS statements

    B. Constructing a USERMOD
IX. SMP/E Service Routines
    A. GIMCPTS, GIMDTS, GIMXSID

    B. GIMZIP and GIMUNZIP

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