Boost Your Mainframe Skills

Have you been lost in the massive IBM Z learning materials and don’t know where to start?

Are you struggling to find easy-to-consume IBM Z learning courses?

Do you want simple but well-organized IBM Z learning plans?

It’s time to start your IBM Z learning journey and earn digital badges with a series of z/OS online learning courses. 5 digital courses with badges are available.

1. z/OS Network Security Foundations—Get knowledge and foundational understanding of z/OS network security.

To earn this badge, the badge earner should have knowledge and foundational understanding of z/OS network security, including network security overview, IPSec general knowledge, zERT general knowledge, AT-TLS general knowledge, and IDS general knowledge. This individual is able to begin using communications facilities on z/OS to perform basic operations.

The badge earner must complete the Mainframe Network Security Foundations online course, and pass the badge assessment quiz with a passing score of 80%.

IBM Open Badge: https://ibm.biz/zosnetsecuritybadge

Online course: https://ibm.biz/zosnetsecuritycourse

2. Networking on z/OS – Foundations—Get foundational understanding of networking on z/OS.

To earn this badge, the badge earner should have knowledge and foundational understanding of networking on z/OS including networking principles, TCP/IP and SNA communication protocols, and the logical and physical components associated with them. This individual is able to begin using communications facilities on z/OS to perform basic operations.

The badge earner must complete the Networking on z/OS – Foundations online course, and pass the badge assessment quiz with a passing score of 80%.

IBM Open Badge: https://ibm.biz/zosnetworkingbadge

Online course: https://ibm.biz/zosnetworkingcourse

3. z/OS TCP/IP Configuration with NCA—Use IBM Configuration Assistant for z/OS Communications Server(NCA) to create and manage TCP/IP profiles.

To earn this badge, the badge earner should have knowledge and foundational understanding of z/OS TCP/IP configuration provided with the IBM Configuration Assistant for z/OS Communications Server (NCA). This individual is familiar with using the NCA to create and

manage TCP/IP profiles, including import of exitsting TCP/IP profiles, dynamic reconfiguration of running stacks, and configuration for disaster recovery and planned outages.

The badge earner must

  • Complete the z/OS TCP/IP Configuration with NCA online course, and pass the badge assessment quiz with a passing score of 80%.
  • Or have practical experience on the following, and pass the badge assessment quiz with a passing score of 80%:
    • Creating and dynamically modifying a TCP/IP profile with NCA.
    • Importing a TCP/IP profile,
    • Creating and working with alternate configurations.

IBM Open Badge: https://ibm.biz/NCAbadge

Online course: https://ibm.biz/NCATCPIPcourse

4. zERT Policy Enforcement Configuration with NCA—Configure zERT Policy Enforcement using the IBM Configuration Assistant for z/OS Communications Server (NCA)

To earn this badge, the badge owner should has the knowledge and foundational understanding of configuring zERT Policy Enforcement using the IBM Configuration Assistant for z/OS Communications Server (NCA). This individual can create various objects and rules in zERT, install rules to policy agents, and use zERT reports to analyze their NCA zERT configuration.

The badge earner must complete the zERT Policy Enforcement Configuration with NCA, and pass the badge assessment quiz with a passing score of 80%.

IBM Open Badge: https://ibm.biz/NCA_zERTbadge

Online course: https://ibm.biz/NCA_zERTcourse

5. TCP/IP on z/OS Essentials – Level 1—Understand general knowledge TCP/IP on z/OS

This badge earner has a general knowledge and understanding of TCP/IP on z/OS. This individual is familiar with network layers, protocols at each layer, and the hardware that facilitates the transport of data.

The badge earner must complete the TCP/IP Protocol Overview, and pass the badge assessment quiz with a passing score of 80%.

IBM Open Badge: https://ibm.biz/tcpipl1badge

Online course: https://ibm.biz/tcpipl1course

Start your IBM Z online learning journey now and earn your badges. After getting the badge, you can share your badge to LinkedIn to share your digital professional recognition from IBM with others.

By Flora Gui

Flora Gui is the Content Designer for Enterprise Network Solutions in IBM Systems, with rich experience in designing and developing technical content.

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