Number of questions: 66
Number of questions to pass: 39
Time allowed: 120 mins
This exam consists of 15 sections described below.
Section 1 – Operating System Upgrades 7%
Explain critical factors when planning an upgrade to IBM i 7.2 (from IBM i 6.1 or IBM i 7.1), including using various planning resources such as Memo to Users, and Pre-Upgrade Verification Tool.
Explain various upgrade methods, including using image catalogues, distribution media, network-based installations, and mixed mode migration.
Demonstrate an ability to solve problems which commonly occur before, during, or shortly after an IBM i upgrade.
Section 2 – PTF Management 7%
Work with different types of PTFs (including temp/perm, supersedes, pre/co-req, defective) and understanding IPL source A/B/T/P).
Create and use distribution media, using image catalogues and virtual optical devices.
Explain the concepts of HIPER, Group, Cumulative and Recommended PTFs, and Technology Refresh; requirements for ordering PTF and FSP updates.
Section 3 – Problem Determination 8%
Given a situation, explain why a problem is occurring.
Demonstrate the appropriate use of various tools to diagnose a problem (for example, SST/DST, WRKPRB, PAL, ASMI, and various message queues).
Section 4 – Backup Tasks 8%
Solve typical problems encountered during various save operations.
Explain which type of save is appropriate to a given situation (including saves to virtual tape, save while active, full system, individual object, save security, etc.).
Explain how to save IFS objects.
Explain the purpose of various save commands.
Explain how different types of saves affect the restore process.
Section 5 – Recovery Tasks 8%
Restore various objects, including restore to different libraries, object ownership changes, journal relationships, and LF/PF relationships; restore deferred object apply to various restore operations.
Solve typical problems encountered during various restore operations; including resuming a failed restore operation.
Recover the system using LIC media (including slipping LIC and D-mode IPL, alternate IPL devices, and alternate Install devices).
Explain how to restore IFS objects.
Define system values that are critical to restore process, especially when performing a full system restore.
Explain how to restore security and private authorities.
Section 6 – Work Management 8%
Create and manage subsystems (including classes, routing entries, job queues and job queue entries).
Create and manage job descriptions (including assigning priorities, job queues, classes, library lists).
Manage jobs (including scheduled jobs, prestart jobs, changing the characteristics of running jobs, and ending jobs).
Use the native Job Scheduler to automate tasks.
Use the output presented by the Work with Active Jobs, Work with System Activity, and Work with System Status functions to perform daily performance tuning tasks.
Section 7 – User Administration 5%
Manage individual and group user profiles in IBM i.
Given a scenario, define the characteristics and appropriate uses of various profiles.
Explain how to manage SST/DST profiles and permissions.
Explain the appropriate use of special authorities and user classes.
Section 8 – Networking 6%
Create and manage a simple IP network (including creating lines, interfaces, and routes).
Given a scenario, determine the cause of a typical networking problem.
Manage host tables and DNS entries.
Manage common servers and services (for example, FTP, SNTP, SMTP, HTTP, Telnet, NFS, samba).
Explain creating and managing bridges and aggregated links in IBM i.
Explain how to manage remote data access (RDBDIRE, remote journaling, CFGLE, etc.).
Section 9 – HMC Management 5%
Explain how to back up the HMC (regular, and pre-update).
Explain how to restore the HMC after a failure.
Explain how to upgrade the HMC and apply firmware updates (including demonstrating an understanding of dependent relationships such as system firmware levels, and dual HMC configuration).
Explain how to access the HMC and system consoles remotely.
Section 10 – System Firmware (FSP) 4%
Install system firmware on single-image systems and HMC-managed systems.
Explain the impact of disruptive and concurrent firmware updates.
Section 11 – Performance Management and Tuning 7%
Use tools to investigate and tune system performance, including performance collection, performance agent, Navigator for i, and monitors.
Solve common performance problems.
Explain the use of SSDs in an environment, including determining if SSDs are practical in the environment.
Use tools to plan for OS and physical system upgrades.
Manage system performance using Work with Shared Pools functions such as expert cache.
Section 12 – Write and debug simple CL programs & queries in support of administrative tasks 5%
Given a CL code segment, explain its use.
Create customized commands, and change command defaults.
Section 13 – Security & Compliance 10%
Explain the purpose of various security related system values.
Given a situation, solve various problems related to object or system authority.
Explain how to use the Audit Journal.
Use tools to produce reports and take appropriate actions (SECTOOLS).
Demonstrate an understanding of the effect of security checking in IBM i.
Compare or contrast IFS security with library/object security.
Section 14 – Journaling & Database Management 8%
Explain the benefits of journaling, including remote journaling, and managing appropriately.
Given a situation, solve various journaling problems (including those with remote journaling).
Given a situation, use journaling to recover database records (including those with remote journaling).
Attach restored journals and receivers.
Create and manage journalled environments, including using remote journaling (QDFTJRN dtaara).
Section 15 – IBM i Access, Access Client Solutions, & IBM Navigator for i 4%
Install, configure, and manage IBM i Access and Access Client Solutions for end-users, including supporting interoperability between OS and Access releases.
Install, configure and manage Operations Console (65 plus 21).
Solve problems typically encountered by IBM i Access and Access Client Solution users.
Use Management Central and Navigator for i tools (inventory management, monitors, etc.).
Use database tools (visual explain, index advisor, etc.).
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PartnerWorld Code: 04010907
Replaces PW Code: 04010906
The IBM Certified System Administrator – IBM i V1 is familiar with all aspects of system administration, including upgrades from previous releases, backup and recovery, internal and external storage management, using journaling, understands the differences between different types of ASPs and their uses, and has strong HMC skills.
Since administrators require hands-on capabilities with the operating system, the accompanying certification exam only includes functionality that has been available for at least six months prior to the exam being published. This version of the certification (C9010-030 IBM I Administration V1) reflects IBM i features and capabilities incorporated up through IBM i 7.2 TR2 (i.e. Technology Refresh 2) and IBM i 7.1 TR10, available since May 2015.
Subsequent revisions of the exams will be named V2, V3, etc. With each new version of the exam, the accompanying description will be updated to reflect the level of operating system support that is included.
Recommended Prerequisite Skills
At least two years experience, preferably more, administering IBM i running on Power Systems servers
At least one major system hardware upgrade (for example POWER7 to POWER8)
At least one major operating system upgrade (for example, IBM i 6.1 or 7.1 to 7.2)
At least one full system restore (as if from a site-down crash)
Some experience in managing partitioned systems
Strong experience in using journaling, especially remote journaling
Understands the differences between independent ASPs, SYSBAS, and traditional ASPs
Understands the functional differences between logical replication and clustering
Keeps up with Technology Refreshes and has an awareness with new features and functions
Some experience managing IBM i with SAN-attached storage
Working knowledge of the HMC
Strong familiarity with the latest Memo to Users and v7.2 TR 2
Experience with Virtualized I/O (i hosting i, VIOS)
Which product gives MacBook users 5250 emulation and allows for native spooled file copy to the laptop?
A. IBM i Access for Windows using Wine on OS X
B. IBM i Access for Windows running in a virtual machine running on OS X
C. IBM i Access for OS X
D. IBM i Access Client Solutions
An administrator needs to secure a physical file that will have an exclusive lock by an application job.
Which object-level security will allow adding and removing private authorities without causing downtime for the application?
A. Private Authority
B. Primary Group
D. Authorization list
An administrator is recovering a single image system after a crash. The administrator has placed the latest SAVSYS into the external SAS TS2900 LTO tape drive and performed a D-Mode IPL.
Why is the system failing to find the SAVSYS media?
A. The TS2900 is an alternate installation device and requires an l_BASE_01 DVD in the alternate IPL device.
B. The TS2900 requires Alternate IPL Enablement feature to boot the SAVSYS.
C. The l_BASE_01 DVD must be loaded up to SST before a SAS tape device is
D. The TS2900 is an alternate IPL device but not an alternate installation device.
What is required to restore a Hardware Management Console (HMC) to the last working configuration?
A. The last HMC back up performed via Back Up Management Console Data task
B. Recovery DVDs and the last HMC back up performed via Save Upgrade Data task
C. The last HMC back up performed via Save Upgrade Data task
D. Recovery DVDs and the last HMC back up performed via Back Up Management Console Data task
Given the following code sample:
DCL VAR(&USER)TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(10)
DCL VAR(&EMAIL1)TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(30)
WHEN COND(&USER *EQ ‘JOHN”) THEN(CHGVAR + VAR(&EMAIL1) VALUECJOHNtgCOMPANY.COM’)) OTHERWISE CMD(DO)
SNDPGMMSG MSGID(CPF9898) MSGF(QCPFMSG) +
MSGDTA(‘YOU ARE NOT AUTHORIZED TO USE THE TOOL’) MSGTYPE
CHGUSRPRF USRPRF(&USER) STATUS(*DISABLED)
What will happen when user CARLA starts the program in interactive mode?
A. User gets the message YOU ARE NOT AUTHORIZED TO USE THE TOOL’ and disables the user profile.
B. User gets the message YOU ARE NOT AUTHORIZED TO USE THE TOOL’.
C. User starts the BSTSBS subsystem.
D. User gets the message YOU ARE NOT AUTHORIZED TO USE THE TOOL’, the user profile is disabled, and the BSTSBS subsystem is started.