Welcome
Part One

Part One objective is to logon to z/OS and complete a few simple tasks.

'No Experience Necessary'. You will be shown exactly what to do.

Contest IDs: Each contestant has a unique numeric identifier following the Z. When Z##### is mentioned or shown in a screen shot, please substitute your assigned ID or the challenges will not work as designed.

For example, if Z##### is in the written instructions or on a screen shot when your ID is Z00001, then replace Z##### with Z00001.

Success is a matter of reading the instructions carefully!

Questions & Password Resets
  • Contest Question & Answer Slack Channel
  • 3 failed password attempts result in the following messages:
    IKJ56425I LOGON REJECTED, RACF TEMPORARILY REVOKING USER ACCESS
    IKJ56418I CONTACT YOUR TSO ADMINISTRATOR
    We are aware your ID has been revoked.
    Wait for 20 minutes, then try to logon again with the initial password you received in an email.
    If a password reset is still needed after following instructions:
      Send note to zskills@us.ibm.com.
      On subject line write "Password Reset" and your unique ID.
  • Master the Mainframe Facebook Page

Master the Mainframe instruction page information:

  • When the instruction web page is large, then drop downs are visible
  • When the instrucion web page is small, then the drop downs may not be visible
  • When the instrucion web page is small, then click 'pancakes' to view options

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