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Course Catalog » Security Curriculum » RACF Series

Defining Users to RACF

6 hours



The Defining Users to RACF course details the skills that are required by a security administrator, programmer, or DBA in using RACF to secure systems and data. It explains how to define and maintain individual users and groups system security access.


Application programmers, systems programmers, database administrators, security administrators and anyone requiring knowledge about the use of the Security Server (RACF) on the z/OS platform.


Know how to use TSO and ISPF and have an understanding of data sets and basic security issues.


After completing this course the student should be able to:

  • Describe how RACF protects a z/OS environment
  • Describe how RACF uses profiles to define and control access to resources.
  • Identify and use RACF commands through TSO
  • Identify describe the use of the RACF batch and programming interfaces
  • Describe the use and structure of group profiles
  • Identify and use the commands available to maintain group profiles
  • Maintain group profiles through the RACF ISPF Interface
  • Describe a user profile and its structure
  • List the commands used to define and maintain user profiles
  • Use the CONNECT and REMOVE RACF commands
  • Describe the effect of Group and Class Authorities on user administration privileges
  • Use Attributes and Authorities to delegate RACF administration responsibilities

Course Content

Introduction to RACF

Introduction to RACF

Accessing Resources

RACF Interfaces

Online Interfaces

The ISPF Interface

Batch and Programming Interfaces

Defining Group Profiles to RACF

Group Profiles

Group Profile Commands

Using the ISPF Interface to Maintain Group Profiles

Defining User Profiles to RACF

User Profile Record Structure

User Profile Commands

Using the ISPF Interface to Maintain User Profiles

Connecting Users, Groups and Administration Authorities

Connecting User and Group Profiles

Group Authorities

RACF Administration

Defining Users to RACF Mastery Test

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