Welcome
Part One

You need a mainframe user ID before starting this contest. If you registered for the contest prior to the start date in your region, you should have already received a user ID via email. If you did not receive your ID, or if you need it sent again, please send an email to zskills@us.ibm.com. If you registered after the start date in your region, IBM will send you a user ID within a few days.

Check your regional contest page to sign up today!

The objective of Part One is to get you logged on and familiar with the various interfaces you will be using throughout the contest. As an introduction to the z/OS operating system, Part One is the 'No Experience Necessary' portion of the contest.

Note About Contest User IDs: The challenges described within use CC##### as a placeholder to describe instances where you should insert your contest user ID. Each country and geographic region participating in the contest will have their own unique prefix and each contestant will have their own unique numeric identifier. These two values combine to create a unique user ID for each contestant. Wherever you see CC##### mentioned, please change this to your specific user ID or the challenges will not work as designed.

For example, if a challenge indicates CC##### and you are participating in the China contest with an ID of CN90505, you should logically replace CC##### with CN90505.

The list of user ID prefixes for each country's particular user ID format are as follows:

RegionPrefix
IndiaIN#####
JapanJA#####
ChinaCN#####
UKIGB#####
DACHZC#####
ItalyIT#####
US & CanadaUS#####
SSAAR#####
BeNeLuxBE#####
CEEHU#####
SpainES#####
Russia & UkraineRU#####
MEAME#####
BrazilBR#####
Learning SystemAU#####

Read the instructions carefully and you will have success! Many of the terms and vocabulary used by mainframers are probably new to you. If you come across a term you are unfamiliar with, take a moment to look it up with a search engine. We recommend that you maintain a list of terms and definitions that are new and refer to it as needed.

If you experience any problems with the contest, the odds are that others are also having the same issue. Please check the following resources for help:

z Systems is the oldest general-purpose computing platform still in use today and has undergone countless design changes over the years. Today, there are many Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) available for z Systems and they are being adopted across industries. That being said, we feel that it is important to understand what is happening behind the GUI. This contest is designed to give you these insights and as a result, your experiences with mainframe CLIs (command line interfaces) will distinguish you from your peers. In other words, be sure to put the technologies and products you learn about during this contest on your résumé! We promise that future employers are very interested to hear about your exposure.

Approximate time to completion for Part One: 1 hour

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