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PLO201 - Operators Essentials
This course is for all operations staff who need a complete and broad-based introduction to operating the NonStop (Tandem) platform. This is an intensive 5-day, hands-on introduction to Tandem fundamentals, TACL, and operations utilities. The student will be introduced to the concepts of fault tolerance, parallelism, and scalable architecture. They will learn about all of Tandem's major utilities, including EDIT, TEDIT, FUP and PERUSE. They will also be introduced to the major operations utilites such as SPOOLCOM and SCF. They will be introduced to Pathway and TMF. They will have ten comprehensive hands-on labs using these utilities and products. This course covers the S-, and Integrity (Itanium) Series platforms.

Course Duration: 5 days

All operations personnel who are new to the NonStop (Tandem) platform, and who will be performing predominantly operations functions on the Tandem platform. This is an important first step to get your people the right foundation for success in their Tandem future.


  • Concept of fault-tolerant, scalable systems
  • The impact of parallelism
  • The features of SPOOLCOM, SCF, PERUSE, EDIT, and TEDIT
  • The essentials of TACL, up through basic macros
  • The essential features of Pathway, SQL/MP and /MX, and TMF
  • Operations concerns and features
  • Ten comprehensive and thorough Lab exercises

NOTE: - We encourage hands-on practice during lecture.


  • Familiarity with basic computer terminology and concepts, such as meaning of CPU, disc drive, controller, and so on. Experience on other computer platforms is anticipated and useful, but not required. No prior exposure to Tandem is anticipated.

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  • Module 1 The Basics Defined:
    • Tandem History
    • Fault Tolerance
    • Data Integrity
    • High Performance
    • Scalability
    • Continuous Availability
    • Parallelism
    • Interprocess Communication
    • ServerNet
  • Module 2 What is TACL?
    • TACL a short history
    • TACL - the command interpreter
    • Productivity features
    • Function Keys and ALIASes
  • Module 3 Using the RUN command
    • The RUN command the two formats and examples
    • Controlling Processes and Runtime options
    • LAB
  • Module 4 Variables, BUILTINS, and Expansions
    • All about Variables
    • Getting information with TACL
    • Using BUILTINS
    • Expansions and side effects
    • LAB
  • Module 5 Macros
    • What are Macros, what can they do?
    • Subsitution rules and examples
    • Limitations of macros
    • LAB
  • Module 6 LOGON process and other things
    • What happens at LOGON
    • LOAD vs. RUN when and why
    • Making OUTPUT pretty
    • LAB
  • Module 7 - Software Environment
    • EDIT and TEDIT
    • NonStop Technical Library
    • FUP
    • PERUSE
    • DSAP
    • LAB
  • Module 8 - Hardware and Software Features
    • S- and Integrity Series Components & Identification
    • Key Terms
    • NSAA Architecture
    • Software Migrating/Not Migrating to Integrity
    • Process Identification and Components
    • Essentials of NonStop Processes
    • "I'm Alive" messages
    • Process Priority, Ready List, Process status
    • Overview of Event Managment System (EMS)
    • EMS Filters and Distributors
    • LAB
  • Module 9 - Tandem Databases
    • Description of ENSCRIBE and SQL/MP File/Table Types
    • Description of Views
    • ENSCRIBE File types
    • Block Split Effects
    • Usage of Alternate Key Files
    • DEFINEs
    • Brief Intro to SQL/MX
    • LAB
  • Module 10 - The NonStop Appplication Environment
    • Description of Pathway/iTS and TS/MP
    • Use of RSC and iTP/Webserver
    • TCP and Screen COBOL
    • Linkage and Linkmon
    • Key Features of TMF, Database Consistency, Auditing, 2-Phase Commits
    • Basic Features of RDF
    • LAB
  • Module 11 - Security
    • System Views
    • User Logons and Identification
    • File Access Rules
    • File Access by Processes
    • Remote and Local Access Rules
    • $CMON
    • Safeguard Features
    • LAB
  • Module 12 - Systems Operations Utilities
    • Spooler Architecture and SPOOLCOM
    • Getting information from SPOOLCOM
    • Collectors, Print Processes, Devices, and Locations
    • Backup and Restore
    • ViewSys
    • ViewPoint
    • SCF
    • Open Service Manager
    • Measure
    • LAB
  • Module 13 - Overview of Networking and TCP/IP
    • Types of Networks
    • Tandem as a Communications Machine
    • S-Series Networking
    • EXPAND
    • Features of TCP/IP and TCP/IPv6; SCF Differences
    • TCP/IP Error Detection and Correction; restarting TCP/IP Processes
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