ES19G | Basics of z/OS RACF Administration

ES19G| Basics of z/OS RACF Administration



This course begins with an introduction to the z/OS environment, TSO and ISPF/PDF, batch processing, and z/OS data sets. Hands-on labs allow you to gain experience with viewing and allocating data sets, submitting a batch job, and viewing job output. After the introduction to z/OS, you will then learn, through lecture and exercises, how to use basic RACF command parameters and panels to define users and groups, protect general resources, z/OS data sets, and choose a basic set of RACF options.


Learning Journeys that reference this course:

  • z/OS Security



This basic course is for those who are new to z/OS and the RACF and responsible for security administration using the RACF element of the z/OS Security Server. Those who need to implement some of the more advanced features of the RACF might want to attend one or more of the following courses:

  • Effective RACF Administration (BE87G)
  • Implementing RACF Security for CICS (ES84G)
  • Exploiting the Advanced Features of RACF (ES88G)



You should have:

  • Some familiarity with z/OS system facilities (beneficial).
  • Background material needed to proceed is presented the first day.


Key topics

Day 1


Unit 1: Review of z/Architecture and z/OS

Unit 2: An introduction to ISPF and ISPF/PDF

Exercise 1: Logging on to the lab system

Unit 3: An introduction to z/OS data sets

Exercise 2: Working with z/OS data sets

Unit 4: Batch processing

Exercise 3: Job submit and SDSF view Exercise review

Unit 5: Security and RACF overview (part 1)


Day 2

Unit 5: Security and RACF overview (part 2)

Unit 6: Administering groups and users (section 6.1)

Exercise 4 (including review): Defining an RACF group structure

Unit 6: Administering groups and users (section 6.2)

Exercise 5: User administration Exercise review


Day 3

Unit 6: Administering groups and users (section 6.3)

Exercise 6: Delegating security administration Exercise review

Unit 7: Protecting z/OS data sets (to section 7.3)

Exercise 7: Protecting z/OS data sets: Part 1 Exercise review


Day 4

Unit 7: Protecting z/OS data sets (continued)

Exercise 8: Protecting z/OS data sets: Part 2 Exercise review

Unit 8: Introduction to general resources

Exercise 9: Using RACF for TSO administration


Day 5

Exercise review

Unit 9: RACF options

Unit 10: Other administrative facilities and features



List and describe the basic features and concepts of zSeries architecture and of the z/OS operating system as they relate to security administration

Describe the allocation process for data sets in the z/OS environment

Identify the security requirements of a system

Use the basic facilities and features of RACF

Define users to RACF

Set up an RACF group structure

Use RACF to protect resources

Select a base set of options to tailor RACF

ES19G | Basics of z/OS RACF Administration

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