Part 2 Challenge 1 solution - Getting started Master the Mainframe 2019 IBM MTM 2019

MTM – Master the Mainframe 2019 – Part 2 Challenge 1 Solution

In my previous post, I gave you the solution for Part 1 of MTM 2019. In this post, I will give you the solution of Part 2 Challenge 1 of Master the Mainframe (MTM) 2019. This challenge will teach you the basics of TSO/ISPF Navigation on z/OS. This challenge will only give you a little exposure to TSO/ISPF. In the later challenges, we will deal with TSO/ISPF in detail.

Introduction to MTM Part 2

Part 2 of the challenge will give you hands-on experience of many subsystems as well as technologies of z/OS. These include TSO/ISPF, JCL, SDSF, System Log, System commands, System utilities, Unix system services, etc.

Challenge 1 is all about TSO – Time Sharing Option.

Before we proceed, please note that i have also made a video lecture of this post. So, if you prefer watching a video tutorial instead of reading a post then you can go to the below link. It contains the same post but in a video tutorial format.

Video tutorial for Part 2 Challenge 1 of Master the Mainframe (MTM) 2019 contest

TSO Tasks

Log in to the TSO. Now give the below command:

PFSHOW OFF
PFSHOW OFF command will hide the Function keys at the bottom of the screen
PFSHOW OFF command will hide the Function keys at the bottom of the screen
Function Keys are now hidden
Function Keys are now hidden

This will hide the Function keys at the bottom of the screen. Now enter the command ‘x’ on the ISPF Primary option menu.

Give x in ISPF Primary options menu
Give x in ISPF Primary options menu

If a screen like this appears then give the option 2.

Give option 2 if a screen like this appears
Give option 2 if a screen like this appears

TSO READY prompt will now appear.

TSO READY prompt
TSO READY prompt

Completing Challenge 1 of MTM 2019

Enter the command time on the READY prompt and press the ENTER key.

TIME
TIME command will show DATE and TIME of the MTM system
TIME command will show DATE and TIME of the MTM system

Now enter the command netstat home. It will display the system IP address.

netstat home
NETSTAT HOME will display the network statistics of MTM system
NETSTAT HOME will display the network statistics of MTM system

Enter the command listc. It will display the current list of your personal data sets.

listc
listc command to display catalog information of your datasets allocated on the MTM system
listc command to display catalog information of your datasets allocated on the MTM system

Execute the below command now. It will allocate data sets on the system.

submit 'zos.public.jcl(part2)'

Enter a when it asks for Jobname character.

Submit JCL to allocate part 2 datasets
Submit JCL to allocate part 2 datasets

Now enter listc again to see the list of your personal data sets. You will see the below output.

Give LISTC again to list all your datasets on the MTM system
Give LISTC again to list all your datasets on the MTM system

The below command will submit a background job which executes the same commands.

submit 'zos.public.jcl(tsojcl)'

Give b when it asks for Jobname character.

Execute TIME, NETSTAT HOME and LISTC in background using this command
Execute TIME, NETSTAT HOME and LISTC in background using this command

Now enter ISPF again to go to the ISPF primary options menu.

Go to ISPF primary options menu by giving the ISPF command
Go to ISPF primary options menu by giving the ISPF command

Give PFSHOW ON again to display function keys at the bottom of the list.

PFSHOW ON
PFSHOW ON command to display the function keys at the bottom
PFSHOW ON command to display the function keys at the bottom
Function keys are now visible again at the bottom
Function keys are now visible again at the bottom

Verify Successful completion of Challenge 1

Follow the below steps to verify that your Challenge 1 has completed successfully. Enter the below command on your command line:

dslist p2.output
dslist command to view p2.output dataset

Give b in front of the P2.OUTPUT dataset to browse the content of this dataset.

browse the p2.output dataset
browse the p2.output dataset

In the next screen give s in front of #01

Select #01 member of this dataset
Select #01 member of this dataset

If your dataset contains the below data then your challenge was successful.

Content of the P2.OUTPUT(#01) dataset
Content of the P2.OUTPUT(#01) dataset

That is it !!!

In the next post, we will solve Part 2 Challenge 2.

See you there !!!

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