Introduction to the New Mainframe: z/VM Basics

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IBM Redbooks, Jan 10, 2008 - Computers - 457 pages
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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


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