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MCP System Administration (CEL5013)

Length: 5 days

Objectives: At the completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Install, configure and manage system software
  • Use system commands to manage the disk subsystem
  • Create and maintain usercodes
  • Create guard files to protect files and databases
  • Create a backup Halt/Load unit
  • Identify Client Access Services software files and their functions
  • Identify Windows server software reinstallation tasks
  • Identify types of networks supported by an MCP system
  • Identify means of defining and managing networks
  • Configure security-related entities using Transaction Server UTILITY Window or Transaction Center
  • Identify system commands important for print management
  • Plan, create, and maintain job queues
  • Configure the system to create memory dumps when necessary
  • Configure and manage the system memory
  • Manage the logging functions
  • Identify the components, features, and basic operations of System Assistant

Audience: This course is intended for system administrators, operators, database administrators, and network administrators who will manage and/or operate the MCP environment.

Prerequisites: Students entering this course should be familiar with MCP environment operations.

Key Topics:

  • Software installation
  • Disk and memory subsystems
  • Data communications
  • Print System administration
  • Operations Management
  • Security
  • System Assistant

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MCP Overview for Programmers (CEL5001)

Length: 5 days

Objectives: Learn MCP hardware and software concepts and use utilities to monitor and control the system.

Audience: Programmers, analysts and database administrators.

Prerequisites: Knowledge of basic computer programming terminology and techniques.

Key Topics:

  • Hardware and software overview
  • MCP
  • CANDE, MARC, WFL
  • System utilities
  • Database management
  • System initialization
  • Data communications overview

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Introduction to MCP Programmer's Workbench (CEL5010)

Length: 2 days

Objectives: At the completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Initiate Programmer's Workbench from a PC where Programmer's Workbench is installed
  • Create and modify Symbol and Data files
  • Create and modify Patch files
  • Configure MCP hosts for use with Programmer's Workbench
  • Compile Symbol and Patch files
  • Correct compile errors
  • Start WFL jobs for syntax
  • Run Object programs with Debug features
  • Use Xref (cross reference) features of Programmer's Workbench
  • Save Symbol, Patch, Data, and Object files on PC environment and/or MCP host
  • Use Task Wizard and Import Wizard features
  • Customize Programmer Workbench functionality through setting appropriate options

Audience: Developers and personnel that are required to create and modify files for use on the ClearPath MCP host server systems.

Prerequisites: None.

Key Topics:

  • Programmer's Workbench initiation
  • Task Wizard
  • Entering Text
  • Selecting Text for Maintenance
  • Deleting Text
  • Copy and Moving Text
  • Undo and Redo features
  • Align and Shift Text
  • Convert Text to Upper and Lower Case
  • Auto Sequencev
  • Re-sequence
  • Jump to Sequence line
  • Moving to Location within text
  • Mark ID
  • Search and Replace Text
  • Bookmarks
  • Insert and Merge files
  • Save
  • Compiling
  • Starting for Syntax
  • Opening Files
  • Renew
  • Running Object Programs with Debug
  • Debugging
  • Host Manager
  • Option
  • Import Wizard

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MCP Operations (CEL5011)

Length: 5 days

Objectives: At the completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Define the functions of the major subsystems within a ClearPath MCP computer system
  • Identify the functions of ClearPath MCP peripheral subsystems
  • Identify the four major categories of ClearPath MCP software
  • Identify characteristics of disk families, file names and directories
  • Use the PD system command to display identifiers of file names residing on a particular disk family
  • Use the PG and SN system commands to purge tapes and assign serial numbers to tapes
  • Use the Work Flow Language COPY statement to create library maintenance tapes
  • Copy files from backup tapes to disk to recover lost disk files
  • Use the archive subsystem statements to perform file maintenance
  • Identify the functions of Work Flow (WFL) jobs, job queues, and job summaries
  • Initiate WFL jobs and application programs using WFL statements
  • Describe ClearPath MCP program status terms such as job, task, and priority
  • Set up messages to be automatically displayed using an ADM system command
  • Use system commands to control jobs, programs (tasks) and libraries
  • Determine what is required to reactivate a suspended task
  • Use the MARC menu and command modes to perform system operations
  • Use Operations Center to perform system operations
  • Define the printer backup file naming conventions
  • Create print requests using the WFL PRINT statement
  • Use PS Print Subsystem commands to interrogate, modify, and delete print requests
  • Initialize and terminate the data communications hardware and networking software
  • Use Transaction Server control commands to determine the status of a data communications station
  • Describe the procedures used to halt/load a ClearPath MCP system
  • Use commands to display software configuration and maintain it
  • Transfer the current log file to an archive log file using the TL system command
  • Use the LOG system command to interrogate the contents of the current log file or an archive log file
  • Use SYSTEM/DUMPALL to list, copy and concatenate files

Audience: This course is intended for computer system operators and administrators.

Prerequisites: None

Key Topics:

  • System Commands
  • MARC
  • Operations Center
  • Peripheral Management
  • Job and Task Management
  • File- Maintenance

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Transaction Server for MCP Administration and Operations (CEL5018)

Length: 3 days

Objectives: At the completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Describe the features of Transaction Server.
  • Interrogate the status of Transactional Server activities.
  • Explain the relationship of Transactional Server entities, elements, and attributes.
  • Initiate and control a Utility session.
  • Demonstrate your ability to configure and operate a station using a Declared Remote Window.
  • Perform all the necessary steps to configure and run a Direct Window utilizing Trancodes, Agendas, and Processing-Items.
  • Determine the status of elements in a Transactional Server system.
  • Control the operation of a Transactional Server system.
  • Control the security options available in Transactional Server.
  • Maintain the configuration file.
  • Use Transactional Server statistics menu screens.
  • Configure application windows for synchronized recovery requirements.
  • Operate Transactional Server -controlled databases.
  • Identify components of Open/OLTP application environments.
  • Configure elements of Open/OLTP application entities.

Audience: This course is intended for MCP platform system administrators and programmers.

Prerequisites: Experience in MCP platform system administration and operations.

Key Topics:

  • Transaction Server components
  • User, administrative, and control commands
  • UTILITY Window operations
  • Security
  • Configuration file maintenance
  • Synchronized recovery
  • Open/OLTP transaction control
  • Open/OLTP Client - Server configuration

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MCP Enterprise Database Server - Administration and Operations (CEL5021)

Note: Enterprise Database Server was formerly known as DMS II

Length: 5 days classroom training or 20-hours web-based training (delivered in five 4-hour sessions).

Objectives: At the completion of this course, the student should be able to update, reorganize, recover, and manage Enterprise Database Server databases.

Audience: This course is intended for database or system administrators and support personnel.

Prerequisites: Knowledge of database concepts, as well as MCP operations.

Key Topics:

  • Enterprise Database Server (DMS II) components
  • Control file layout
  • DASDL updates and reorganization
  • Halt/Load recovery
  • Rebuild and rollback operations
  • Enterprise Database Server utilities

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Transaction Server (COMS) Programming (CEL5022)

Note: Transaction Server was formerly known as COMS.

Length: 5 days

Objectives: At the completion of this course, the student should be able to

Configure a Direct Window Environment

  • Identify the requirements for using service functions.
  • Identify the requirements to route output from a program.
  • Write a program that has Transaction Server synchronized recovery support.
  • Configure elements of Open/OLTP application entities.
  • Identify the Service Functions and Transaction Server library procedures used by Open/OLTP server and client programs.
  • Identify the configuration requirements for Windows NT client applications.

Audience: This course is intended for experienced programmers and analysts.

Prerequisites: Experience writing COBOL or ALGOL programs for ClearPath MCP systems, and familiarity with Enterprise Database Server (DMSII) extensions.

Key Topics:

  • Use of the Transaction Server UTILITY window
  • Direct Window interface program logic and syntax
  • Use of input and output headers
  • Configuration file designators and Service Functions
  • Synchronized recovery requirements
  • Direct window programs as client servers

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ClearPath MCP Application Development using Enterprise Database Server (CEL5026)

Length: 5 days

Overview: ClearPath MCP Application Development using Enterprise Database Server (CEL5026) prepares programmers and database administrators to successfully write Enterprise Database Server programs, employ recovery, improve database security and explain the different structures and storage options. This 5-day, hands-on, instructor-led training deals with opening the database, using selection expressions, DASDL, auditing and recovery, REMAP and client/server programming.

Objectives: At the completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Write a program using Enterprise Database Server host language constructs
  • Employ recovery from a database rollback of transactions
  • Improve database security using logical databases and REMAPs
  • Explain the different structures and storage options available

Audience: This course is intended to teach both programmers, who will use COBOL to read from and update Enterprise Database Server databases, and database administrators. ALGOL programmers can also use these materials.

Prerequisites: COBOL programming skills, basic MCP operations, and the ability to use CANDE are required. Some knowledge of database concepts or ALGOL would be useful.

Key Topics:

  • Opening the database for inquiry or update, opening database structures
  • Learning to use selection expressions, retrieving the appropriate records
  • Reviewing Data and Structure Definition Language (DASDL)
  • Auditing and recovery
  • Redefining the database with REMAPs and logical databases
  • Introducing client/server programming with Enterprise Database Server

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MCP Enterprise Database Server Data and Structure Definition Language (DASDL) (CEL5027)

Length: 5 days

Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Correctly create DASDL source to generate a database complete with data sets, sets and subsets
  • Establish Data relationships in DASDL to support 1:1, 1:Many, and Many:Many
  • Use the DASDL compiler to create a database Description file, used to describe the database for application program compilation
  • Create DASDL source to support a database with a variety of physical attributes - FAMILY attributes, AREASIZE, POPULATION, etc.
  • Create DASDL source to use a specific data set and set types, and to understand the benefits of each
  • Provide for data item and record level security using logical views of the data
  • Determine the steps involved in each type of database update, and to identify which updates cause database reorganization
  • List the phases of the design process for new databases
  • Understand the process of normalization, and how to decide what datasets are required, and where to place data items
  • Create DASDL source that takes advantage of Enterprise Database Server Extended Edition features

Audience: This course is intended to teach both programmers, who will use COBOL to read from and update Enterprise Database Server databases, and database administrators.

Prerequisites: Basic MCP operations skills and the ability to use CANDE or Programmers Workbench for editing and compiling are required.

Key Topics:

  • DASDL
  • Data and index structures
  • REMAPs and logical databases
  • Options, parameters and defaults
  • Reorganization
  • Data Base Design considerations
  • Enterprise Database Server Extended Edition

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MCP Work Flow Language (WFL) (CEL5012)

Length: 5 days

Objectives: At the completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Identify the five sections of a Work Flow Language (WFL) Job.
  • Initiate a WFL job from MARC or CANDE.
  • Interpret the printed WFL job summary output.
  • Write WFL jobs which
    • Execute synchronous and asynchronous programs.
    • Assign task and file attributes.
    • Perform various library maintenance functions including archiving and compiling.
    • Include conditional and iteration statements.
    • Contain variable declarations, assignment statements and functions.
    • Use job parameters and pass parameters to tasks and subroutines.
    • Handle errors such as task faults and system failures.

Audience: This course is intended for programmers, administrators and support personnel.

Prerequisites: ClearPath MCP Operations (CEL5011) or ClearPath MCP Overview for Programmers (CEL5001) or ClearPath MCP System Administration (CEL5013) or equivalent experience, especially use of CANDE or Programmer's Workbench for ClearPath MCP.

Key Topics:

  • Work Flow Language components and syntax rules
  • Task initiation, task attributes and task variables
  • File maintenance, file attributes and file equations
  • Use of Boolean, integer, real, and string variables
  • Conditional and iteration statements
  • Subroutines
  • Parameters
  • Error handling
  • Operator Communication

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MCP Server and Enterprise Database Server Performance Essentials (CEL5034)

Length: 5 days

Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Describe the way application programs interface with the operating system.
  • Describe the impact of changing system parameters on MCP and Enterprise Database Server (DMSII) performance.
  • Describe the key factors that impact the interaction of system and Enterprise Database Server (DMSII) performance.

Audience: Personnel involved in and responsible for MCP Server System Performance and the management of Enterprise Database Server (DMSII) database and their performance.

Prerequisites: Knowledge of MCP Server administration and Enterprise Database Server (DMSII) concepts.

Key Topics:

  • Performance Overview
  • Monitoring Tools
  • Tasks and the Processor
  • The Disk Subsystem
  • Memory Management
  • Disk File Handling
  • Enterprise Database Server (DMSII) Database
  • Transaction and Recovery
  • Enterprise Database Server (DMSII) Memory Management
  • Logic Consideration

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MCP CANDE Usage (CEL5008)

Length: 2 days

Objectives: Upon successful completion of the course the participant should be able to:

  • Create, modify, compile and test ClearPath/A Series MCP (Master Control Program) source programs and data files using the CANDE (Command and Edit) language.
  • Use CANDE Control commands to monitor and modify source compilation and program run environment.

This course is intended to benefit programmers and testing staff by providing them with the necessary commands to create source files, compile, run and monitor programs. The course will consist of instructor-led discussions and demonstrations while students try the commands being learnt. There are written practice exercises and lab assignments.

Audience: Systems development and systems testing staff.

Prerequisites: Knowledge of program development and/or systems testing.

Key Topics:

  • CANDE commands for creating and modifying program source and data files.
  • CANDE commands to initiate, monitor and control source compilations, program runs and WFL (Workflow Language) jobs.

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MCP Overview for Managers (CEL5009)

Length: 3 days

Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the attendee should be able to:

  • Understand the Unisys ClearPath MCP architecture
  • Identify and understand the purpose and capabilities of system and development software available on ClearPath MCP systems
  • Understand the development process of applications deployed on ClearPath MCP systems
  • Effectively communicate using Unisys ClearPath MCP terminology

Audience: Managers and group leaders that manage developers, operations staff and support staff that requires a basic, high-level understanding of Unisys ClearPath MCP capabilities and environment. Managers of end users of applications deployed on ClearPath MCP systems that wish to have a better understanding of the Unisys ClearPath MCP capabilities and environment.

Prerequisites: Knowledge of basic computer concepts.

Key Topics:

  • ClearPath MCP architecture.
  • Hardware and software overview
  • Data Communications and Terminal Emulation
  • MCP, COBOL, ALGOL, COMS, CANDE, MARC, BNA
  • System utilities
  • Database management
  • Print System
  • Enterprise Application Environment (formerly LINCII and LDAIII)
  • Graphical User Interface (formerly Power Client Edition)
  • ClearPath NX Services
  • Web Enable options

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DMSII as an Open Database Server (EL2044)

Length: 3 Days

Objectives: This class reviews the capabilities of DMSII as an open database server. Through lecture and hands-on labs, it will be shown how DMSII can be used in much the same way as any open SQL-based database management system. In particular, the class demonstrates how DMSII can be used by standard desktop tools such as Microsoft Excel and Access. The class will also discuss how DMSII data can be integrated with client/server applications written in languages such as Microsoft's Visual Basic. In addition, mechanisms for integrating data from DMSII with other SQL based database management systems will be examined. An example of a decision support database environment using a ClearPath/HMP environment will be reviewed.

Audience: This class is designed for professionals that are responsible for providing access to mainframe database data from a variety of platforms. In particular, database administrators, application programmers, and application development managers would be particularly interested in the topics covered by this class. In addition, users that are establishing database environments on ClearPath/HMP systems should be particularly interested in the topics that discuss integration of A Series DMSII databases with databases residing on Windows NT systems.

Prerequisites: No specific training is required before attending this class; however, students should have a working knowledge of DMSII and familiarity with SQL database concepts.

Key Topics:

  • Preparing DMSII for open access
  • Accessing DMSII with desktop tools
  • Developing client/server applications using DMSII
  • Inte-roperability with non-DMSII database systems

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ClearPath ePortal for MCP Systems (CEL5042)

Length: 4 to 5 days; duration is based on the selected modules.

Audience: Experienced application developers.

Overview: This will provide experienced application developers (mainframe or web) comprehensive training for ClearPath ePortal. The course will provide an in-depth discussion of ePortal capabilities - how ClearPath ePortal can easily expose ClearPath applications as web services or transform them into web and/or mobile applications. Students will participate in hands-on labs where ClearPath applications will be used to create web services, web and mobile applications using point-and-click development paradigm and deployed into a highly-automated runtime platform. The course will also cover ClearPath ePortal hardware and software architecture, as well as the administration of the ePortal runtime environment.

Objectives: Upon completion, students should be able to: Understand the capabilities supported by ePortal; Identify the ClearPath hardware and software required by ePortal and the administration of the ePortal environment; Use ePortal Developer to transform an existing ClearPath application into a web service, a web browser and a mobile application; and Deploy the application into the run-time environment.

Prerequisites: Experience using Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 or higher; Web Services Concepts: WCF, ASP.Net and RESTful; Basic ClearPath MCP concepts: COBOL, COMS, CCF, ConnectorPSH and SDF (where applicable); and Basic knowledge of HTML, Web Page Design, Cascading Style Sheets and ASP.Net.

Key Topics:

Key topics to be included are based on each Client’s individual environment and the skill level of the students.

  • ePortal Overview
  • ClearPath Host Configuration
  • Overview of the Visual Studio Integrated Development Environment (IDE) & ePortal Developer
  • Planning and Creating DataSource Projects
  • Planning and Generating Web Presentations Projects
  • Orchestration
  • Testing and Debugging
  • Modernizing Browser Projects
  • Web Services Presentation Projects
  • Mobile Presentation Development
  • Staging and Deploying Applications
  • ePortal Management

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ClearPath MCP Enterprise Server Security Administration (CEL5030)

Length: 4 days

Objectives: At the completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Create, maintain, and manage usercodes
  • Configure and manage file security
  • Configure Transaction Server security features
  • Create and implement MARC menus
  • Implement auditing and reporting of security related issues
  • Configure and manage Secure Access Control Module security-enhancement software
  • Understand and administer external interface security
  • Use Security Center Graphical User Interface

Audience: ClearPath MCP Security Administrators, System Security Auditors

Prerequisites: MCP Operations skills (CEL5011 or equivalent) or MCP Administration skills (CEL5013 or equivalent)

Key Topics: Usercode creation and management

  • Usercode features of Secure Access Control Module security-enhancement software
  • File maintenance, security file attributes and guard files
  • Transaction Server security
  • System/IMG and menugraph creation and management
  • Auditing and reporting
  • Secure Access Control Module security-enhancement software
  • CANDE security
  • External interface security

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Introduction to ClearPath MCP IDE for Eclipse™ (ECP35046)

Length: 2-days classroom delivery or 8-hours instructor-led, web-based delivery (delivered in two 4-hour sessions).

Objectives: Upon completion of this training, the student should be able to:

  • Install the MCP IDE for Eclipse on a workstation
  • Initiate MCP IDE for Eclipse from a workstation where the MCP IDE for Eclipse has been installed
  • Customize the MCP IDE for Eclipse functionality through setting appropriate options
  • Configure MCP host connections for use with MCP IDE for Eclipse
  • Use Projects to manage the tasks involved in programming and testing
  • Create and modify program source files
  • Save Source and Patch files in the PC environment and/or MCP environment
  • Develop using Patch files
  • Compile Source and Patch files
  • Correct compile errors with the aid of appropriate documentation
  • Start WFL jobs for syntax and for execution
  • Use XREF (Cross Reference) features of MCP IDE for Eclipse
  • Run programs
  • Create and use debug configurations to test programs.

Audience: This course is designed for ClearPath MCP software developers, system administrators, operations personnel or others who need to be able to edit native MCP program source files or work flows.

Prerequisites: Knowledge of basic ClearPath MCP concepts and terminology and knowledge of ClearPath MCP file types. Previous experience using ClearPath MCP editors such as CANDE or Programmers Workbench.

Key Topics:

  • MCP IDE for Eclipse Overview and Installation
  • Eclipse User Interface
  • Workspaces and Projects
  • Using the Editor
  • Compiling/Running Programs
  • Using the Debugger
  • Web Enabler

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Client Access Services Administration and Operations Workshop (CEL5033)

Length: 4 days

Course Overview: Client Access Services Administration and Operations Workshop (CEL5033) prepares systems administrators, operators and software support personnel to successfully install, configure, manage and operate a Unisys ClearPath MCP server using Client Access Services interfaces and applications. This 5-day, hands-on, instructor-led training covers Client Access Services concepts, installation, configuration and operations of Client Access Services and Web based products of the MCP system. The majority of topics consist of using GUI (Graphical User Interface) applications to simplify operation and administration of the MCP system. This workshop may be tailored to the audience.

Objectives: At the completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Identify the features of Client Access Services
  • Install and configure Client Access Services and Client Access Services applications on MCP and Windows systems
  • Use Client Access Services GUI (Graphical User Interface) applications for operations and administration of an MCP server

Audience: This course is intended for MCP server system administration, software support and operations personnel. Certain topics are appropriate to programmers and end users.

Prerequisites: Experience in MCP administration, software support, and/or operations.

Key Topics:

  • Client Access Services overview and Client Access Services applications
  • Client Access Services Installation and configuration
  • Installation Center
  • Operations Center
  • Print Center and MCPPRT
  • Explorer extensions and MCP File copier
  • Administration Center
  • Security Center
  • Web Transaction Server for MCP
  • Database Operations Center
  • Transaction Center
  • Programmer's Workbench
  • CD Formatter
  • MCP Logon Agent
  • Web Enabler for MCP
  • Programmatic interface overview including Launcher, WIN RPC, COMTI for MCP, XML Provider, NXPipe COM component, JCA Resource Adapter, MQSeries for MCP, OLEDB Data Provider for MCP and JDBC Driver for OLEDB

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