z/OS Networking

This course examines network theory and architectures (TCP/IP and SNA/APPN), the business problems to be solved and actual implementations, as well as security, administration, and operations. A PC with Windows is required to complete assignments where you learn and investigate general computer networking, and 2 hands-on labs where you will work on your own virtual z/OS system: examining, modifying, and repairing its network. The labs and lectures are an introduction to the tasks of a z Systems network administrator and will enable you to discuss data center issues with network managers as an informed and active participant.

This module is based on the text “Introduction to the New Mainframe: Networking” which is available here. The topics covered in this module include:

  • Mainframes and Networks
  •  Network layers and protocols
  • IP Addressing, Protocol Examples
  • Address Exhaustion
  • Routing, Encapsulation, Physical Signalling
  • Standards, Reliable Messages
  • Multiplexing, Virtual LANS
  • Hardware Connectivity to the Mainframe
  • Sample Configuration
  •  Fiber Optics
  • TCP/IP Implementation on the mainframe
  • TCP/IP on z/OS, TCP/IP in a Sysplex
  • Sockets
  • SNA and SNA/IP implementation on the mainframe
  • Systems Network Architecture Basics and Implementation
  • SNA Advanced Peer-to-Peer Networking (APPN)
  • SNA/IP Implementation
  • TN3270 Enhanced
  • Network Operations and administration
  • Operational Procedures
  • Network Security
  • Problem Determination
  • Change Control and Administration