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SMP/E Fundamentals


Duration: 2 Days

Method: Instructor led, Hands-on workshops

Price: $1275.00

Course Code: MF5020


System programmers or administrators or other technical support people which need to understand SMP/E and how to use it.


So you need to learn how to maintain z/OS software plus other products. Then this is the course for you. First we will cover the basic concepts of SMP/E. Next we will get into working with the options to utilize SMP/E to apply maintenance. We will then have a look at recommendations for use plus some possible standards you may want to implement.


Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Understand the facilities of SMP/E
  • Identify the various datasets involved
  • Understand how to apply maintenance to your system
  • Identify key recommendations for use in your environment


Good working knowledge of z/OS plus its key components from a usage point of view. Several months experience using TSO/ISPF and JCL. A basic knowledge of other subsystem components like CICS, MQ or Db2 under z/OS.


  • I. Overview of Concepts and capabilities
    • What is SMP/E
    • Identify key concepts and terminology of SMP/E
    • What are the necessary datasets involved and their purpose
    • Introduction to use with new installs versus maintaining existing products
  • II. Obtaining products or PTFs
    • Prepare your system to receive products or maintenance
    • Research for maintenance
    • Typical method to obtain new products
    • Typical method to obtain maintenance for existing products
  • III. Day-to-Day Use of SMP/E
    • Downloading products or PTFs from ShopZ
    • Receiving products or maintenance
    • Applying products or maintenance
    • Accepting products or maintenance
  • IV. IT Usage Considerations
    • Working with multiple SMP/E CSIs
    • Working with multiple Target zones in a single CSI
    • Considerations for multiple CSIs and their content
    • Possible standardization of SMP/E usage
    • Discussion items for your site