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Running Linux Systems in a z/VM Virtualized Environment

Course Description:

z/VM is one of the most cost effective platforms for running Linux systems in an virtualized enterprise environment. z/VM provides a centrally managed hosting environment with all the tools needed to define, deploy and operate hundreds of Linux guests natively on the platform with no additional tools. Unlike any other platform, z/VM provides a function rich environment for managing hundreds of Linux guests efficiently from one central location, greatly reducing overall operation costs. 

 After completing this class, you will have the skills needed to efficiently deploy Linux systems in a running virtualized z/VM environment. All technology discussed will be native features of z/VM.  You will learn how to define, setup, deploy, and manage hundreds of Linux systems which are defined in a single centralized z/VM directory. We will discuss disk storage management, shared memory, CPU and network resources and point out the differences and efficiencies when managing these resources with z/VM compared to other platforms.  You will learn to manage a robust network spanning multiple VLANs using highly available z/VM VSWITCH technology.  Additionally, we will discuss other z/VM high available features including SSI which enables Live System Migration across LPARS or z/Series mainframes.  

In this class, each student will IPL their own instance of a z/VM system, define a Linux guest and network within that system in the z/VM directory and install and run a SLES 15 SP1 Linux guest.

 Topics Covered:

•    The concept of virtualization

•    z/VM Administration

      •  Directory Maintenance

      •  Storage Administration

      •  Network Administration

•    Linux Installation  

•    System Administrative tasks required to administer a healthy z/VM production system running Linux  guests

 Prerequisite:  A basic understanding of Linux or zSeries hardware is recommended, but not required.