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This course describes basic work management concepts.

The course begins by discussing interactive jobs. These are the sessions that are started when users sign on the system. It then describes how batch jobs are executed in the system. Next, the course considers the role three components of the IBM i system - subsystems, job descriptions, and job queues - play in the processing of batch jobs. The course then discusses spooling, the process used to store printer output, and describes how spooled output is managed by the IBM i system. The course ends by illustrating the flow of an interactive job and a batch job through the system.

Approximate Study Time: 60 minutes


After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Name the types of IBM i jobs and identify how each is begun
  • Name the IBM i objects used to support job processing, and identify the functions performed by each
  • Name the IBM i components used to manage the output created by jobs, and identify the functions performed by each
  • List the steps performed by the IBM i operating system when running a batch or interactive job

Topic Outline

Job Types

Subsystems and Job Descriptions

Job Queues

Spooled Files and Output Queues

Job Flow


This course is intended for anyone responsible for managing the system activity of an IBM i system. System administrators, system programmers, and system operators would be personnel operating in this job capacity.


This course assumes that you have a basic knowledge of IBM i facilities. You can satisfy this prerequisite by successfully completing the courses in the Introduction to the IBM i Environment series.