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This course teaches the hands-on skills needed to set up and manage the IBM Advanced Job Scheduler for i using the web-based IBM Navigator for i. This is IBM's strategic product for IBM i system management. Because the screens are similar, students can also take this course to learn how to use the older System i Navigator product to perform many of the same tasks. You should be aware, however, that newer features of the Advanced Job Scheduler are available only through the Navigator for i interface.

The course begins by showing you where the Advanced Job Scheduling functions are located and how to use them to schedule a job for repeated execution. You will learn how to identify the commands making up the job, provide parameter information, specify job attributes, define a schedule, identify dependencies, provide notifications to users, initialize the job's local data area, and specify recovery procedures to be used in the case of job failure. Subsequent sessions of the course cover the creation of supporting items including calendars, job queue monitors, report distribution lists, and escalation lists.

As you progress from session to session, the discussion moves from scheduling an individual job to the creation of job groups and applications. The final session of the course covers those tasks related to the set-up and management of the job scheduler as a whole. Tasks include starting and stopping the scheduler, defining global defaults, and controlling the permissions of users to perform job scheduling tasks.

Approximate Study Time: 3.5 hours


After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Schedule a job for repeated, automatic execution
  • Provide job attributes for a single job, for all jobs within an application, or for all jobs run by the job scheduler
  • Submit a job for immediate execution
  • Display, change, or delete the information defining a job to the scheduler
  • Implement a desired job schedule
  • Create and change the following job scheduler items:
    • Scheduling calendars, holiday calendars, and fiscal calendars
    • Job groups
    • Applications
    • Library lists
    • Job queue monitors
    • Report distribution lists
    • Escalation lists
  • Add a job to a job group
  • Identify job, active, and resource dependencies
  • Create a work flow
  • Indicate that a work flow has started or that a work flow step is complete
  • Define command variables that can be used to supply common parameter information to multiple programs and jobs
  • Create a recipient to hold user address information
  • Stop the escalation of a message
  • Use AJS facilities to send an e-mail to a user
  • Route job reports to specified users, either by copying spooled files to specified output queues or by sending reports as PDF attachments
  • Monitor an output queue, causing spooled files placed in the queue to be sent to specified users
  • Control the format of banner pages added to routed reports
  • Display a job's scheduling history and the log of job scheduler activity
  • Specify a retention period for history and log entries
  • Set up the job scheduler by specifying its global properties
  • Reset all scheduled jobs
  • Control the permissions of users to perform job scheduling tasks
  • Start and stop the job monitor

Topic Outline

Defining a Job

Scheduling a Job

Defining Job Dependencies

Applications and Job Controls


Report Distribution

Job History and Activity Logs

System Controls


This course teaches the hands-on skills needed to set up and manage the job scheduler using the web-based IBM Navigator for i or the PC client-based System i Navigator. As a result, it should be taken by all operators and system administrators responsible for performing those tasks.


Before you begin your study of the material, you should have a working knowledge of basic IBM i concepts and facilities. You can satisfy this prerequisite by successfully completing the courses in the Manta Introduction to the IBM i Environment series.

Certain topics within this course assume you also have a detailed understanding of IBM i security and work management. You can satisfy these prerequisites by successfully completing the courses in the following Manta series:

This course also assumes you are familiar with IBM's Navigator for i product, including how to sign onto your IBM i system using a browser and navigate the menu structure. You can satisfy this prerequisite by successfully completing the Manta course Using IBM Navigator for i.

You may also have gained this knowledge from attending classes or from relevant work experience.

Finally, the course also assumes you have taken the first course of this series, Advanced Job Scheduler Concepts.