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Evil Mainframe Hacking

We’re proud to announce another Evil Mainframe Training.

The event will be held at Van Der Valk Hotel Almere on November 19 and November 20 2019.

A short one-pager describing the highlights of the course can be found here and a Convince Your Boss is available should you require one.

For those wishing to attend use the registration form!

Any further information regarding this unique training can be found at https://evilmainframe.com

Any questions? Drop us an email at getsmarter@zdevops.com

 

Champions on Tour – part 1

Some Champions go to San Francisco, others thrown themselves in front of the Wolves…

February 13 my plane touched down on Luton Airport so I could make my way to Wolverhampton. Let me tell you, the M6 is *not* my friend.

Thanks to my fellow Champion Herbert, who set up “Critical MaSS: Introduction to the Mainframe Software Stack”, I could spend two days at the University of Wolverhampton to ‘Teach The Mainframe’ to the uninitiated.

During two days, with brilliant intermezzo’s from RSM Partners and JPMorganChase (can I say that? yeah I can say that, I just can’t share their awesome slides!) I could introduce the uninitiated students at Wolverhampton University into the wonderful world of Z.

I am willing to bet quite a few of those students will remember what they did for the first time in their lives on Valentines day 2019: Allocating a dataset! (via TSO, ISPF and JCL)

During the first day the students were introduced to the Mainframe Platform (yes, hardware things) and taught how to logon to z/OS running on such Mainframe. It should come as no surprise that logging on (in?) to a Mainframe takes about 30-45 minutes the first time 🙂

Most of the students came eye to eye with the fearsome endboss of level 1 : “X-Man“. But after beating him, they were logged on (in?) and ready for the next labs … (for some reason that X-Man reminds me of that ‘Blocker’ Lemming)

The rest of day one, and a great deal of day two were spent on basic navigation through the system, the concept of datasets, basic security, and rudimentary TSO functions. We even ventured into the depths of JCL and submitting jobs.

For the closing finale, and for a bit of extra fun, we ran the Initech CTF. A Capture the Flag scenario based on the Initech systems using the gateway drug ‘security’ to get the students hooked on ‘The Mainframe’.

I for one enjoyed my days in Wolverhampton and quite frankly can’t wait to get back 🙂

 

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Special Conference Offer

We will be present at the Dutch GSE Conference and will offer a single user one year subscription to the IBM Open Badge Program at a promotional discount price of EUR 999 per seat.

In order to be eligible for this offer, contact us at the conference, or send an email to getsmarter@zdevops.com with proof of your attendance to the conference.

For more information regarding the IBM Open Badge program head on over to Interskill.