SMP/E for z/OS Workshop Course Overview

SMP/E for z/OS Workshop Course Overview

The SMP/E for z/OS Workshop course is a comprehensive program designed to equip learners with the skills necessary for system maintenance using the System Modification Program/Extended (SMP/E) tool. The course provides an in-depth understanding of how to manage and deploy software updates, apply patches, and ensure system reliability on z/OS platforms.

Starting with the basics, Module 1 lays the foundation by explaining the role of SMP/E in system maintenance. As participants progress through the course, they'll learn to interpret and manage modification control statements (Module 2), create a software inventory database (Module 3), and utilize SMP/E dialogs for product installation (Module 4). Managing exception SYSMOD data (Module 5), understanding primary and secondary data sets (Module 6), and analyzing SMP/E output to troubleshoot issues (Module 7) are crucial skills developed in subsequent modules.

Advanced topics include using the REPORT command for software dependencies (Module 8), the BUILDMCS process for function SYSMODs (Module 9), and leveraging new SMP/E functions for automatic software service installation over the internet (Module 10). The course also covers FTP client support (Module 11) and the RECEIVE ORDER command to automate z/OS maintenance (Module 12).

This workshop empowers learners with the knowledge to effectively manage z/OS environments, ensuring streamlined software delivery and system integrity.

This is a Rare Course and it can be take up to 3 weeks to arrange the training.

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Course Prerequisites

To ensure a successful learning experience in the SMP/E for z/OS Workshop course, participants should meet the following minimum prerequisites:


  • Basic understanding of z/OS, including job submission and the ability to navigate the z/OS user interfaces.
  • Familiarity with JCL (Job Control Language) and commonly used JCL statements.
  • Knowledge of z/OS data set types and file structures, such as PDS, PDSE, sequential, and VSAM.
  • Experience with TSO/ISPF (Time Sharing Option/Interactive System Productivity Facility) for performing basic tasks on z/OS.
  • An introductory level of understanding of RACF or equivalent security software used on z/OS for dataset and resource protection.
  • Awareness of the concepts and basic principles of system software installation and maintenance on z/OS.

These prerequisites are intended to provide a foundation that will help learners effectively absorb the course content and actively engage in the workshop's practical exercises.


Target Audience for SMP/E for z/OS Workshop

The SMP/E for z/OS Workshop is designed for professionals managing system maintenance and updates on mainframe environments.


  • Mainframe System Administrators
  • System Programmers
  • IT Specialists in charge of z/OS software installation and maintenance
  • Mainframe Support Engineers
  • Infrastructure Architects focusing on z/OS
  • Technical Support Staff for z/OS systems
  • Mainframe Operators with responsibilities in system updates and maintenance
  • IT Professionals looking to specialize in mainframe system management


Learning Objectives - What you will Learn in this SMP/E for z/OS Workshop?

Introduction to Learning Outcomes

Gain expertise in managing system maintenance for z/OS using SMP/E, from interpreting control statements to automating software service installation over the internet.

Learning Objectives and Outcomes

  • Understand the role of SMP/E in z/OS system maintenance and its importance for managing updates and patches.
  • Interpret and analyze modification control statements, understanding their impact on software updates (SYSMODs).
  • Create and maintain a consolidated software inventory database to streamline installation and support maintenance activities.
  • Utilize SMP/E dialogs effectively to install new products and apply related service updates.
  • Manage exception SYSMOD data, including identifying and handling special cases in system maintenance.
  • Identify and utilize the primary and secondary data sets required by SMP/E for efficient system management.
  • Analyze SMP/E processing output to troubleshoot and resolve commonly encountered issues during maintenance.
  • Use the SMP/E REPORT command to assess software dependencies and ensure compatibility between different system zones.
  • Employ the BUILDMCS process to generate a functional SYSMOD, incorporating service updates into installed products.
  • Implement new SMP/E functions for automatic software service installation via the internet, enhancing efficiency and reducing manual intervention.
  • Support and configure the communication server FTP client to facilitate smooth and secure file transfers.
  • Master the RECEIVE ORDER command to automate the ordering and installation process for z/OS maintenance via the internet.