Course detail

IBM zSeries Servers

FIT-IIZAcad. year: 2020/2021

Not applicable.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Not applicable.


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Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

IBM. z/OS Internet Library.
M. Ebbers, J. Kettner, W. OBrien, B. Ogden. Introduction to the new Mainframe: zOS basics. 3. vydání. IBM Redbooks, 2011.
M. Ebbers, J. Kettner, W. OBrien, B. Ogden. Introduction to the new Mainframe: zOS basics. Third Edition. IBM Redbooks, 2011.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Not applicable.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Students can obtain:

  • 20 points from computer labs,
  • 30 points from assignments evaluated within computer labs,
  • 20 points from the first test that takes place in the middle of semester and concentrates on topics discussed within first five weeks,
  • 30 points from the second test that takes place at the end of semester and concentrates on all topics discussed within the course.

Exam prerequisites:
Students get points from computer labs, assignments, and tests. For the accreditation, it is necessary
  1. to actively participate in at least 75 % of computer labs and, at the same time,
  2. get at least 50 points.

Plagiarism as well as non-permitted cooperation within computer labs and homework or cheating during tests ;will cause that involved students are not classified and disciplinary action may be initiated.

Language of instruction

Czech, English

Work placements

Not applicable.


This course introduces students into principles of IBM zSeries servers and their maintenance. Students will learn general principles as well as exercise monitoring and maintaining of common applications running on zSeries servers.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

No attendance on lectures is monitored. Attendance in the computer labs is recorded. Dutiful attendance in at least 75 % of computer labs is necessary for accreditation.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BIT Bachelor's, 2. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, elective

  • Programme IT-BC-3 Bachelor's

    branch BIT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, elective

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


  1. Introduction of the zSeries servers, history of the HW, types of the zSeries processors, zStorage models, 3D presentation of the newest zSeries processor
  2. zOS SW; basic panels for zSeries administration - TSO and ISPF, basic commands of the operating system
  3. Types of the datasets and their use, zOS virtual storage concept
  4. Job control language (JCL), Parallel sysplex - possibilities of connecting server
  5. Job Entry Subsystem (JES), the start of the zOS operating system (IPL)
  6. Design of the zOS applications, programming languages
  7. Linking and compilation of programs for zOS
  8. zSeries transaction SW - CICS
  9. zSeries database systems - DB2, IMS
  10. Message queue server, Web application server and Web servers for zOS
  11. SW administration on mainframes - SMPE, zOS server security - RACF
  12. Storage management - Storage Management Subsystem, zOS network environment
  13. Summary, open discussion about the further use of zSeries for zVM or zLinux operating systems, future of the mainframes

Exercise in computer lab

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


  1. Log on to the system, user profiles, basic user interface settings
  2. Basic navigation in ISPF and getting of the system parameters
  3. Working with datasets
  4. Fundamentals of programming in JCL
  5. Working with jobs and JES2
  6. Character sets and basics of programming on mainframes
  7. Compiling and linking programs
  8. Working with the CICS transaction server
  9. Working with the DB2 database system
  10. Introduction to MQseries and Web Application Server on zOS
  11. IPL of the system, setting of zOS parameters
  12. Work with storage and networks on zOS
  13. Repetition exercises


7 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer