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Course Catalog » SDSF Curriculum

SDSF Concepts and Operation 2.1

8 hours



The SDSF Concepts and Operation course describes the purpose of SDSF, providing details on how it is accessed and how you interact with it. The course then explains how data is located and the use of filtering commands to display specific information. Details of SDSF initialization and shutdown are provided with solutions to common problems. Finally, a description of SDSF logs and how they are used is covered.


Operations, programming, and technical support personnel requiring an overview of SDSF functionality and operation.


A basic understanding of z/OS concepts and JES operation.


After completing this course the student should be able to:

  • List the main functions of SDSF
  • Navigate through and interact with SDSF screens
  • Configure SDSF screen data
  • Use logs to display system activity
  • Control the operation of the SDSF product

Course Content

Introduction to SDSF

What is SDSF?

SDSF and Job Processing

Online and Offline SDSF Processing

Accessing SDSF

SDSF Screen Attributes

Navigating through SDSF

Help and Tutorials

Using the Search Option

Interacting with SDSF

Defining SDSF Panel Defaults

Using Action Characters and Overtypeable Fields

Entering MVS and JES Commands

Printing Screen Data

Filtering Screen Data

Displaying and Hiding Filtering Criteria

Filtering by Job Name, Destination, Owner and System Name

Filtering by Temporary Selection

Using the Filter Command

Filtering Options in the Operlog

Filtering Using the Action Bar

Searching For and Reconfiguring Data

Using the Find and Locate Commands

Arranging Screen Columns

Modifying Column Widths

Displaying Sort Filters

Defining Sort Criteria

Operating the SDSF Server

Initializing SDSF

Starting and Stopping the SDSF Server

Displaying and Modifying SDSF Server Attributes

Displaying Server Communication Details

Identifying SDSF Server Problems

SDSF Abends

Using a SDSF Trace

Accessing and Interpreting Log Data

Accessing the Log

Understanding and Responding to WTOR Messages

Differences between SYSLOG and OPERLOG

Filtering the OPERLOG

OPERLOG Message Coloring

Working with the User Log

SDSF Concepts and Operation Mastery Test

Course Catalog » SDSF Curriculum
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