Introduction to the System z Hardware Management Console

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 04 February 2010

Authors: Bill Ogden, Merwyn Jones, HMC & SE Development Team



In this textbook, we provide students with the background knowledge and skills that are necessary to begin using the basic functions and features of the System z Hardware Management Console (HMC) and System z Support Elements (SE). This book is part of a series of textbooks that are designed to introduce students to mainframe concepts and to help prepare them for a career in large systems computing.

For optimal learning, we assume that the students are literate in personal computing and have some computer science or information systems background. Others who can benefit from this textbook include z/VM® and z/OS® professionals who want to expand their knowledge of other aspects of the mainframe computing environment.

After reading this textbook and working through the exercises, the student will have a basic understanding of:

System z Hardware concept and the history of the mainframe.
HMC and SE components.
The HMC and SE user interface and user management.
System z First Failure Data Capture and Serviceability functions.
Monitoring the System z performance using the SAD.
Implementing the networking capabilities of the HMC.
Managing System z Partitions (LPAR)
Partition resource movement and sharing.
System z Customer Upgrade on Demand advanced functionality.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction to System z Hardware
Chapter 2. Systems management overview
Chapter 3. User experience
Chapter 4. User management
Chapter 5. Hardware Management Console remote access
Chapter 6. HMC networking
Chapter 7. Remote Support Facility
Chapter 8. HMC-based partitioning
Chapter 9. Automation
Chapter 10. Problem analysis
Chapter 11. Change management
Chapter 12. Input / Output
Chapter 13. System Activity Display
Chapter 14. Capacity on demand
Chapter 15. Repair and Verify
Appendix A. Chapter keys

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