Db2 for z/OS database administration

At the end of this course, the participant will:

  • have a clear overview of the very versatile tasks of a DBA in Db2;
  • have a thorough technical insight into the physical and logical structure of the different objects in Db2;
  • have learned to translate a logical data model into a physical database in test/acceptance/production environments;
  • have practical skills to define and prepare procedures for the management of the databases.


10 Dec4Leuven 2620 EUR (excl. VAT)
10 Dec4web based 2620 EUR (excl. VAT)

Intended for

New database administrators and other users occupied with (part of) the tasks of a DBA.

Database administrators of Db2 who want a refresh, specifically regarding new possibilities in versions 10 , 11, and 12.


Sufficient practical experience with Db2 (see course Db2 for z/OS fundamentals course).

Main topics

  • PART 1: Database Implementation
  • Overview of the versatile tasks of a DBA.
  • Physical design and implementation of Db2 objects:
  • Db2 object definition: decision rules
  • Possibilities for the implementation of a logical design: referential integrity (primary/foreign keys), check constraints, triggers, sequence objects, identity columns, distinct types, XML, LOBs, views and MQTs; index and tablespace design; partitioning; temporal tables and transparent archiving
  • schema evolution: possibilities of ALTER; pending changes
  • implementing a test environment: DDL • test data • statistics
  • preparing for migration
  • prepare the database for performance analysis (but see also course Db2 for z/OS SQL performance)
  • Access control to Db2 objects:
  • scenarios for efficient security management and auditing requirements
  • details regarding the different possibilities: owner-based, role-based, multilevel-based, or object-based; trusted context; "separate security" possibilities (incl. row permissions and column masks)
  • plans, packages, and bind & rebind options
  • The Catalog and the Directory:
  • contents • usage • management
  • effective use of the real-time statistics (RTS)
  • PART 2: Database maintenance & integrity control
  • Data Utilities:
  • Using utilities: Db2I & JCL • listdef and templates • exec sql • tablespace sets • terminate and restart
  • online reorg • load & unload • check data & check index • rebuild • runstats & stospace • statistics profiles
  • Related aspects:
  • dynamic allocation of datasets (with or without SMS)
  • (re)partitioning of tables; moving data to other volumes
  • use of data compression
  • possibilities of and potential problems with foreign keys
  • PART 3: Database recovery
  • Internal physical structure of Db2 data objects:
  • tablespaces and indexspaces, partitions; page sets and fan sets; VSAM; BSDS
  • Db2 backup and recovery utilities & service aids:
  • using utilities & service aids to backup, recover & verify integrity of data
  • inspect and copy the contents of Db2 datasets or selective pages
  • point-in-time recovery and disaster recovery: best practices

Training method

Theory with ample room for practical exercises.


4 days.

Course leader

Peter Vanroose.


4.5/5 (based on 15 evaluations; the most recent ones are shown below)

Ik had al een fundamentele cursus gedaan. Deze is wat dieper, veel zaken nog onbekend omdat ik nog niet op z/os werk. Door fundamentale cursus zijn veel termen toch wel bekend.

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Cursusduur (4 dagen) was voor de stof (700 blz syllabus) aan de korte kant. De uitleg van de theorie door de docent was uitstekend, maar de tijd voor de praktische oefeningen was krap.

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Goede cursus, goed overzicht van alle DBA aspecten.

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Ik heb hier heel veel van geleerd!

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Goed, maar de docent zou af en toe iets minder mogen uitweiden over zaken.

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Veel geleerd, wel erg intensief.

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Très bonne connaissance de la part de l'instructeur.

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Prima cursus, losse puzzelstukjes vielen op hun plaats

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