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Course Catalog » Linux Curriculum » Linux on z Systems Series

Linux on z Systems Fundamentals

5 hours



The Linux on z Systems Fundamentals course discusses common Linux distributions for the z systems environment, how Linux is accessed, its operational implementation, and the general monitoring and management of Linux. The final module provides an overview of the performance monitoring and management tasks performed by the Linux Administrator, and includes tips for best practice in these areas.


Anyone new to the Linux environment would benefit from the Introduction module, while System Operators and Linux Administrators should undertake the other relevant modules.


For those undertaking the Introduction module, a general knowledge of z/VM concepts is required, or Interskill's 'z/VM Concepts and System Initialization' course.

Those undertaking the operations and administration modules should have the above knowledge in addition to the skills and knowledge associated with the following Interskill courses;

  • Monitoring and Controlling z/VM Operations course
  • Managing Guest Operating Systems course


After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  • Identify Linux distributions used on z Systems
  • Describe the configuration in which Linux is installed
  • Describe how PuTTY and VNC are used to access Linux systems
  • List the processes involved in implementing and managing Linux on z Systems
  • Identify the products, tools, commands and processes used to gather and analyze z/VM and Linux system data
  • Describe z/VM and Linux on z Systems resources that can impact on performance

Course Content

Introduction to Linux on z Systems

Common z Systems Linux Distributions

Obtaining Linux Skills and Knowledge

Understanding Virtualization, z/VM and Linux

Benefits of Using Linux on z Systems

Accessing Linux Systems Using PuTTY and VNC

Linux on z Systems Operations

Planning and Implementing of Linux on z Systems

Distribution Tools and Utilities

Linux on z Systems Backup Options

Tools and Commands Used to Gather Linux System Data

Running Linux Dumps and Traces

Introduction to Performance and Tuning with Linux on z Systems

Understanding Performance Standards

Performance Monitoring and Management Basics

Performance Monitoring Tools, Utilities, and Commands

Real and Virtual Processor Requirements

z/VM and Linux Memory Configuration

Managing Disk I/O Performance

Linux on z Systems Mastery Test

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