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Storage Networks, Administration, and DASD Management Using ICKDSF


4 hours


This course describes the common configurations when implementing networked data storage, and includes information relating to cloud based storage structures. An overview of the monitoring and management tasks performed by the Storage Administrator are covered, focusing heavily on performance and capacity aspects. Details on using the ICKDSF program in z/OS, z/VSE and z/VM environments for DASD initialization and other administration tasks, is also covered.


This course is suitable for Storage Administrators new to this position or senior data center staff that require general knowledge of the storage network and its management.


Successful completion of the "Storage Fundamentals for Data Centers" course, or equivalent knowledge.


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

  • Identify Components of a Storage Network
  • Describe the Characteristics of Various Storage Networks
  • Identify Storage Components that Require Monitoring
  • List Storage Management Tasks Performed by the Administrator

Course Content

Overview of Networked Storage

Storage Network Components
Direct Attached Storage (DAS)
Storage Area Network (SAN)
Network Attached Storage (NAS)
IP Storage Networks
Cloud Storage Configurations

Storage Administrator Basics

Storage Components Requiring Monitoring
Monitoring Storage Performance
Key Storage Performance Metrics
Managing the Storage Configuration
Monitoring and Managing Storage Capacity
Disaster Recovery
Backup, Recovery and Archiving
Data Security Management
Data Compliance Regulations

Introducing ICKDSF

Overview of ICKDSF Functions
Environments Supporting ICKDSF
Invoking ICKDSF from z/OS, z/VSE and z/VM
ICKDSF Maintenance and Configuration Capabilities

Managing the Storage Network Mastery Test

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