CICS System Administration

5 days


This course is designed to help CICS system administration personnel understand CICS from initialisation through to shutdown, including maintenance, performance and availability.

Upon completion of this course, attendees will appreciate how CICS works and be able to:

  • Start, run and shut down a CICS system.
  • Perform CICS administration duties.
  • Understand and work with resource naming conventions
  • Use CEDA, CEDB, and CEDC to manage CICS resources on-line.
  • Understand and maintain the System Initialisation Table parameters including those relating to performance.


This course is intended for personnel responsible for CICS administration, experienced application programmers, system programmers and managers.


Delegates are expected to have prior CICS experience.

Course Outline

  • CICS/TS Overview
  • Who might be involved.
  • What is CICS?
  • Programming Interfaces (API, SPI and XPI).
  • Transaction flow.
  • Terminal versus non-terminal.
  • Data Types
  • Local Shared Resources (LSR).
  • Temporary storage (TS).
  • Transient Data (TD).
  • CICS Log Manager.
  • Local and Global catalogues.
  • DB2.
  • User Application Files.
  • CICS/TS Data Sets
  • SYSIN.
  • Extra-partition data sets.
  • Local and Global catalogue data sets.
  • CAVM.
  • CICS Dump data sets.
  • System dump data sets.
  • C Language data sets.
  • CICS BTS data set.
  • Sample FILEA data set.

System Initialization Parameters A look at the many SIT parameters and where they can be used (i.e., Macro, SYSIN or CONSOLE).

  • CICS/TS Start and Stop
  • COLD.
  • WARM.
  • Effects of the Local and Global catalogues.
  • Started Task invocation.
  • Batch job submission.
  • CICS Shut down.
  • Supplied Transactions
  • CEMN.
  • CEMT.
  • CEBR.
  • CECI.
  • CEDA.
  • CEDF and CEDX.
  • CETR.
  • CMAC.
  • Transaction Management
  • Relevant SIT parameters.
  • Resource Definition controls.
  • Resource Overview
  • Resource packaging (GROUPS and LISTS).
  • Resource definition methods.
  • Auto-install and security implications.
  • CSD SIT parameters.
  • General list of resource types.

DFHCSDUP A description of the various commands, with exercises.

  • File Related Definitions
  • Using FILE definition.
  • Using LSRPOOL definition.
  • Using LIBRARY definition.
  • Transaction Related Definitions
  • Using MAPSET definition.
  • Using PROGRAM definition.
  • Using TRANSACTION definition.
  • Using TRANCLASS definition.
  • Defining Peripheral Services
  • Using TD Queue definition.
  • Using CONSOLE definition.
  • Using Terminal Model definitions.
  • CICS to CICS Connectivity
  • MRO vs. ISC vs. IPIC.
  • z/OS IEFSSN implications.
  • SIT implications.
  • Using the CONNECTION resource.
  • Using the SESSION resource.
  • CICS to DB2 Connectivity
  • How a connection is made.
  • Thread types.
  • How threads work.
  • Using DB2CONN definitions.
  • Using DB2ENTRY definitions.
  • Attachment commands – DSNC.
  • CICS to MQ Connectivity
  • CICS / MQ Relationship.
  • SIT Implications.
  • CSD implications.
  • Using the CKQC transaction.
  • CICS / Batch Interface
  • LINK Interface.
  • CALL Interface.
  • Security implications.
  • JES2 Interface.
  • CICS / WEB Interface
  • WEB support overview.
  • Using TCPIPSERVICE definition.
  • Using DOCTEMPLATE definition.
  • Using URIMAP definition.
  • PIPELINE definition described.
  • Security
  • Ensuring CICS has the authority to access non-CICS resources.
  • Protecting the APPLID.
  • Impact of SEC=NO in the SIT.
  • Defining a default user.
  • Transaction security.
  • The granular security controls within RACF.
  • Storage
  • General z/OS Address Space structure.
  • Exploiting the Page-able Link Pack Area (PLPA).
  • Impact of z/OS GETMAIN requests.
  • SIT parameters.
  • DSA vs. EDSA.
  • Sizing EDSA.
  • Problem Determination
  • Transaction dumps.
  • Transaction DUMP SIT parameters.
  • DFHDU670 and transaction dumps.
  • System Dumps.
  • SIT Parameters.
  • z/OS influencing parameters.
  • IPCS overview.
  • CICS Trace facility.
  • DFHTU670 and trace information.
  • Tuning and Statistics
  • A general review of statistics collection including SMF.
  • Practical use of the statistics reporting program.
  • A review of some common performance themes.
  • A brief review of GTF.

Appendices Sample Program and Map.

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Glasgow5 800 £800 2019-11-11
Birmingham5 800 £800 2019-11-11
Manchester5 800 £800 2019-11-11