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TCP/IP and VTAM Networking Concepts
Mainframe Training Overview

This course provides the fundamentals of TCP/IP and VTAM network operations to systems programmers and I/T professionals. Topics include basic networking, TCP/IP architecture, TCP/IP functions, VTAM architecture, and VTAM functions in use in z/OS.

Mainframe Training Topics
  • Introduction to Networking
  • TCP/IP Overview
  • TCP/IP Configuration Overview
  • TCP/IP Customization
  • Routing and VIPA
  • Application Customization
  • VTAM Overview
  • Start Up Options and Configuration List LAB
  • Connecting APPN Nodes to VTAM
  • APPN and LEN Node Structure
  • APPN Services
  • TCP/IP and VTAM Commands
Mainframe Training Audience

This course is designed for systems programmers and analysts that need a better understanding of the TCP/IP and VTAM environments.

Mainframe Training Course duration

5 days

Mainframe Training Course outline

I. Introduction to Networking
    A. Define functions of gateways, front-end processors

    B. Explain network bridges and routers

    C. Examine networking protocols concepts.

    D. Review use of modems, multiplexors, concentrators, and other connection mechanisms

    E. Review network connectivity issues
II. TCP/IP Overview
    A. Introduction to the TCP/IP protocol stack, MPC I/O processes, and CSM.

    B. Review connectivity and gateway functions supported by Communications Server

    C. Examine networking protocols using IPv4 or IPv6.

    D. Review file systems and application interfaces.

    E. Examine TCP/IP packaging for z/OS.
III. TCP/IP Configuration Overview
    A. UNIX System Services concepts and file structure.

    B. Understanding Resolvers.

    C. Configuration files for the TCP/IP stack and search orders.

    D. Configuration files for TCP/IP applications.

    E. Review consideration for Enterprise Extender, VIPA, and multiple instances of TCP/IP.
IV. TCP/IP Customization
    A. Configuring the syslog daemon.

    B. Configuring TCPIP.DATA and PROFILE.TCPIP.

    C. Configuring the local host table.

    D. Verifying the configuration
V. Routing and VIPA
    A. IPv4 and IPv6 overview.

    B. Dynamic versus Static routing.

    C. Routing verification.

    D. Dynamic versus Static VIPA

    E. OMPRoute (Open MVS MultiProtocol Routing Daemon).
VI. Application Customization
    A. Configuration and customization requirements for FTP.

    B. Domain Name System (DNS).

    C. Network management and SNMP configuration.

    D. Verifying the configuration.

    E. TELNET.
VII. TCP/IP Commands
    A. Basic TCP/IP and network commands

VIII. Overview
    A. Understand SNA concepts and definitions

    B. Examine SNA protocol stack

    C. Review basic VTAM/SNA function.

    D. Introduce subarea vs APPN networks
IX. Start Up Options and Configuration List LAB
    A. Review basic VTAM operation

    B. Review VTAM parameters for startup and configuration definitions

    C. Review VTAM buffering specifications
X. Connecting APPN Nodes to VTAM
    A. Basic examination of APPN/VTAM connectivity

    B. Introduce terminology for VTAM/APPN
XI. APPN and LEN Node Structure
    A. Examine basic components of node structure

    B. Examine methods of routing information

    C. Investigate particular structures pertinent to node management
XII. APPN Services
    A. APPN Services:

    B. Address Space Management

    C. Configuration Services

    D. Topology and Routine Services

    E. Directory Services

    F. Session Services
XIII. High Performance Routing (HPR)
    A. Examine High Performance Routing

    B. Review Adaptive Rate Based (ARB) flow control mechanism
XIV. VTAM Commands
    A. Basic VTAM and network commands

 
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