Introduction to the New Mainframe: z/VM Basics

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ISBN-10: 0738488550
ISBN-13: 9780738488554
IBM Form #: SG24-7316-00


Authors: Lydia Parziale, Edi Lopes Alves, Klaus Egeler, Clive Jordan, Jason Herne, Eli M Dow, Eravimangalath P Naveen, Manoj S Pattabhiraman and Kyle Smith

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    Abstract

    This textbook provides students with the background knowledge and skills necessary to begin using the basic functions and features of z/VM Version 5, Release 3. It is part of a series of textbooks designed to introduce students to mainframe concepts and help prepare them for a career in large systems computing. For optimal learning, students are assumed to be literate in personal computing and have some computer science or information systems background. Others who will benefit from this textbook include z/OS professionals who would like to expand their knowledge of other aspects of the mainframe computing environment. This course can be used as a prerequisite to understanding Linux on System z. After reading this textbook and working through the exercises, the student will have received a basic understanding of the following topics:

    The Series z Hardware concept and the history of the mainframe

    Virtualization technology in general and how it is exploited by z/VM

    Operating systems that can run as guest systems under z/VM

    z/VM components

    The z/VM control program and commands

    The interactive environment under z/VM, CMS and its commands

    z/VM planning and administration

    Implementing the networking capabilities of z/VM

    Tools to monitor the performance of z/VM systems and guest operating systems

    The REXX programming language and CMS pipelines

    Security issues when running z/VM

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. Introduction to the mainframe hardware systems

    Chapter 2. Introduction to virtualization and z/VM

    Chapter 3. History of z/VM

    Chapter 4. z/VM - job roles and basic concepts

    Chapter 5. Control Program for new users

    Chapter 6. Conversational Monitor System

    Chapter 7. The REXX programming language

    Chapter 8. CMS pipelines

    Chapter 9. System administration tasks

    Chapter 10. Performance

    Chapter 11. Networking and connectivity

    Chapter 12. z/VM security

    Chapter 13. Guest operating systems

    Appendix A. Enhancements in z/VM Version 5, Release 3

    Appendix B. Answer key

     

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