[v9 z/OS] The Test

Philip Sevetson

[v9 z/OS] The Test
All,
I just sat for the IBM DB2 V9 for z/OS Database Administrator (000-732) test: "Test 000-732: DB2 9 DBA for z/OS" - the $10 assessment version, not the $200 real-credit test. The assessment test has 71 questions (the one with live ammo has 69). Passing score is 57%.

I passed the assessment version, with less than one question to spare.

I'm not protesting the test (although that $200 price tag is somewhat north of irritating). I'm warning y'all. Take the assessment test if you haven't intensively used DB2V9 new features; it'll give you some ideas about what to study, and unless you're _very_ good (and I used to think I was), it'll set you back on your heels. There is V9 material about the trace facility, recovery, Conditional Restart, coupling facility, and SYSCTRL/SYSOPR responsibilities, just to name a few. I take tests well, and I passed the comparable V8 examination with room to spare. Someone's been tuning this one up - it had me sweating by question 3.

I also recommend studying with Lawson and Luksetich's V9 DBA Certification Study Guide; before I took the test I was thinking it was too thick with material; after, I'm much more comfortable with it.

I'm going back to my Study Guide now.

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Daniel Luksetich

Re: [v9 z/OS] The Test
(in response to Philip Sevetson)
If you ever wonder why the study guide seems to cover a topic in general
terms, and then gives a very specific example, well wonder no more. In
fact, as you are reading the book grasp those moments!

DB2 10 for z/OS DBA Certification Guide is finished and off to IBM review.
Hoping for a May publication.

Dan

On Fri, 11 Feb 2011 13:55:35 -0500, "Sevetson, Phil"
<[login to unmask email]> wrote:
> All,
> I just sat for the IBM DB2 V9 for z/OS Database Administrator (000-732)
> test: "Test 000-732: DB2 9 DBA for z/OS" - the $10 assessment version,
not
> the $200 real-credit test. The assessment test has 71 questions (the
one
> with live ammo has 69). Passing score is 57%.
>
> I passed the assessment version, with less than one question to spare.
>
> I'm not protesting the test (although that $200 price tag is somewhat
> north of irritating). I'm warning y'all. Take the assessment test if
you
> haven't intensively used DB2V9 new features; it'll give you some ideas
> about what to study, and unless you're _very_ good (and I used to think
I
> was), it'll set you back on your heels. There is V9 material about the
> trace facility, recovery, Conditional Restart, coupling facility, and
> SYSCTRL/SYSOPR responsibilities, just to name a few. I take tests well,
> and I passed the comparable V8 examination with room to spare.
Someone's
> been tuning this one up - it had me sweating by question 3.
>
> I also recommend studying with Lawson and Luksetich's V9 DBA
Certification
> Study Guide; before I took the test I was thinking it was too thick with
> material; after, I'm much more comfortable with it.
>
> I'm going back to my Study Guide now.
>
> _____________________________________________________________________
> * IDUG North America * Anaheim, California * May 2-6 2011 *
> http://IDUG.ORG/NA *
> * Your only source for independent, unbiased, and trusted DB2
> information. *
> ** The best DB2 technical sessions in the world
> ** Independent, not-for-profit, User Run - the IDUG difference!
> _____________________________________________________________________
>
> If you need to change settings, http://www.idug.org/cgi-bin/wa?A0=DB2-L
is
> the home of IDUG's Listserv

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Philip Sevetson

Re: [v9 z/OS] The Test
(in response to Daniel Luksetich)
Dan, is there anyone to whom Your Adoring Public may whine, about getting this version published to the various e-book formats (my personal preference being Kindle)?

-----Original Message-----
From: IDUG DB2-L [mailto:[login to unmask email] On Behalf Of Dan Luksetich
Sent: Friday, February 11, 2011 2:10 PM
To: [login to unmask email]
Subject: Re: [DB2-L] [v9 z/OS] The Test

If you ever wonder why the study guide seems to cover a topic in general
terms, and then gives a very specific example, well wonder no more. In
fact, as you are reading the book grasp those moments!

DB2 10 for z/OS DBA Certification Guide is finished and off to IBM review.
Hoping for a May publication.

Dan

On Fri, 11 Feb 2011 13:55:35 -0500, "Sevetson, Phil"
<[login to unmask email]> wrote:
> All,
> I just sat for the IBM DB2 V9 for z/OS Database Administrator (000-732)
> test: "Test 000-732: DB2 9 DBA for z/OS" - the $10 assessment version,
not
> the $200 real-credit test. The assessment test has 71 questions (the
one
> with live ammo has 69). Passing score is 57%.
>
> I passed the assessment version, with less than one question to spare.
>
> I'm not protesting the test (although that $200 price tag is somewhat
> north of irritating). I'm warning y'all. Take the assessment test if
you
> haven't intensively used DB2V9 new features; it'll give you some ideas
> about what to study, and unless you're _very_ good (and I used to think
I
> was), it'll set you back on your heels. There is V9 material about the
> trace facility, recovery, Conditional Restart, coupling facility, and
> SYSCTRL/SYSOPR responsibilities, just to name a few. I take tests well,
> and I passed the comparable V8 examination with room to spare.
Someone's
> been tuning this one up - it had me sweating by question 3.
>
> I also recommend studying with Lawson and Luksetich's V9 DBA
Certification
> Study Guide; before I took the test I was thinking it was too thick with
> material; after, I'm much more comfortable with it.
>
> I'm going back to my Study Guide now.
>
> _____________________________________________________________________
> * IDUG North America * Anaheim, California * May 2-6 2011 *
> http://IDUG.ORG/NA *
> * Your only source for independent, unbiased, and trusted DB2
> information. *
> ** The best DB2 technical sessions in the world
> ** Independent, not-for-profit, User Run - the IDUG difference!
> _____________________________________________________________________
>
> If you need to change settings, http://www.idug.org/cgi-bin/wa?A0=DB2-L
is
> the home of IDUG's Listserv

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Todd Burch

Re: [v9 z/OS] The Test
(in response to Philip Sevetson)
I hear ya Phil.

I took both this test and the prior one both at IDUG in 2008 (for free
- thank you IDUG). I walked in cold for both tests.

DB2 V8 - breezed it. So I figured - what the heck, I'll try for DB2 9
too. I mean, I had just sat through a full day of listening to Phil
Grainger go over all the new features of DB2 9, so I was thoroughly
trained, right?!!!

Well, I barely... and I mean barely... passed. (Phil's class was NOT
a certification class, it was a "What's new?" class... er, seminar.)

It seemed as if this test went into about each and every crevice of
new features of DB2 9, and when it got to the depth of each crevice,
it took a left turn and made my head spin.

But, like in professional sports, when you win, it's counted as a win,
even if it's an ugly win.

Todd



On Feb 11, 2011, at 12:55 PM, Sevetson, Phil wrote:

All,
I just sat for the IBM DB2 V9 for z/OS Database Administrator
(000-732) test: “Test 000-732: DB2 9 DBA for z/OS” – the $10
assessment version, not the $200 real-credit test. The assessment
test has 71 questions (the one with live ammo has 69). Passing score
is 57%.

I passed the assessment version, with less than one question to spare.

I’m not protesting the test (although that $200 price tag is somewhat
north of irritating). I’m warning y’all. Take the assessment test if
you haven’t intensively used DB2V9 new features; it’ll give you some
ideas about what to study, and unless you’re _very_ good (and I used
to think I was), it’ll set you back on your heels. There is V9
material about the trace facility, recovery, Conditional Restart,
coupling facility, and SYSCTRL/SYSOPR responsibilities, just to name a
few. I take tests well, and I passed the comparable V8 examination
with room to spare. Someone’s been tuning this one up – it had me
sweating by question 3.

I also recommend studying with Lawson and Luksetich’s V9 DBA
Certification Study Guide; before I took the test I was thinking it
was too thick with material; after, I’m much more comfortable with it.

I’m going back to my Study Guide now.


_____________________________________________________________________
* IDUG North America * Anaheim, California * May 2-6 2011 * http://IDUG.ORG/NA *
* Your only source for independent, unbiased, and trusted DB2 information. *
** The best DB2 technical sessions in the world
** Independent, not-for-profit, User Run - the IDUG difference!
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William Favero

Re: [v9 z/OS] The Test
(in response to Todd Burch)
All of the DB2 certification test are almost always available at
no-charge at many of the major conference and occasionally, at local DB2
User Groups.

The DB2 10 for z/OS DBA Certification test is also now available...

Willie

The

On 2/11/2011 12:55 PM, Sevetson, Phil wrote:
>
> All,
>
> I just sat for the IBM DB2 V9 for z/OS Database Administrator
> (000-732) test: "Test 000-732: DB2 9 DBA for z/OS" -- the $10
> assessment version, not the $200 real-credit test. The assessment
> test has 71 questions (the one with live ammo has 69). Passing score
> is 57%.
>
> I passed the assessment version, with less than one question to spare.
>
> I'm not protesting the test (although that $200 price tag is somewhat
> north of irritating). I'm warning y'all. Take the assessment test if
> you haven't intensively used DB2V9 new features; it'll give you some
> ideas about what to study, and unless you're _/very/_ good (and I used
> to think I was), it'll set you back on your heels. There is V9
> material about the trace facility, recovery, Conditional Restart,
> coupling facility, and SYSCTRL/SYSOPR responsibilities, just to name a
> few. I take tests well, and I passed the comparable V8 examination
> with room to spare. Someone's been tuning this one up -- it had me
> sweating by question 3.
>
> I also recommend studying with Lawson and Luksetich's V9 DBA
> Certification Study Guide; before I took the test I was thinking it
> was too thick with material; after, I'm much more comfortable with it.
>
> I'm going back to my Study Guide now.
>
>
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
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--
Willie
My DB2 blog --> http://it.toolbox.com/blogs/db2zos/
Houston, TX, USA


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Leslie

Re: [v9 z/OS] The Test
(in response to William Favero)
Phil

this is where it should have headed years ago, so when we read "certified"
on the bottom of somebody's email we think .. "mmmm nice one, well done,
good on you old sport (English term)" .... not ... "did you take it while
eating your lunch" ...

Les

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From: IDUG DB2-L [mailto:[login to unmask email] On Behalf Of Sevetson, Phil
Sent: 11 February 2011 18:56
To: [login to unmask email]
Subject: [DB2-L] [v9 z/OS] The Test



All,

I just sat for the IBM DB2 V9 for z/OS Database Administrator (000-732)
test: "Test 000-732: DB2 9 DBA for z/OS" - the $10 assessment version, not
the $200 real-credit test. The assessment test has 71 questions (the one
with live ammo has 69). Passing score is 57%.



I passed the assessment version, with less than one question to spare.



I'm not protesting the test (although that $200 price tag is somewhat north
of irritating). I'm warning y'all. Take the assessment test if you haven't
intensively used DB2V9 new features; it'll give you some ideas about what to
study, and unless you're _very_ good (and I used to think I was), it'll set
you back on your heels. There is V9 material about the trace facility,
recovery, Conditional Restart, coupling facility, and SYSCTRL/SYSOPR
responsibilities, just to name a few. I take tests well, and I passed the
comparable V8 examination with room to spare. Someone's been tuning this
one up - it had me sweating by question 3.



I also recommend studying with Lawson and Luksetich's V9 DBA Certification
Study Guide; before I took the test I was thinking it was too thick with
material; after, I'm much more comfortable with it.



I'm going back to my Study Guide now.


_____

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Raymond Bell

Re: [v9 z/OS] The Test
(in response to Leslie)
Good lord, I find myself about to agree with Leslie... ;o)

Certification should be difficult, otherwise it just devalues the test. Which is why I wasn't a big fan awhile ago. But can I let you in on a little secret? I failed my first crack at the DB2 9 System Admin certification test 737, mostly 'cause I thought I'd just rock up, sit it and pass - like all the others.

Well done, Phil. Keep an eye out for the free certification offers that come out every now 'n then, typically at conferences. Hmmm... is it a saving if you save $200 on the test but pay $1500 or so on the conference?

Laters,


Raymond

From: IDUG DB2-L [mailto:[login to unmask email] On Behalf Of Leslie
Sent: 13 February 2011 10:07
To: [login to unmask email]
Subject: Re: [DB2-L] [v9 z/OS] The Test

Phil

this is where it should have headed years ago, so when we read "certified" on the bottom of somebody's email we think .. "mmmm nice one, well done, good on you old sport (English term)" .... not ... "did you take it while eating your lunch" ...

Les

________________________________
From: IDUG DB2-L [mailto:[login to unmask email] On Behalf Of Sevetson, Phil
Sent: 11 February 2011 18:56
To: [login to unmask email]
Subject: [DB2-L] [v9 z/OS] The Test
All,
I just sat for the IBM DB2 V9 for z/OS Database Administrator (000-732) test: "Test 000-732: DB2 9 DBA for z/OS" - the $10 assessment version, not the $200 real-credit test. The assessment test has 71 questions (the one with live ammo has 69). Passing score is 57%.

I passed the assessment version, with less than one question to spare.

I'm not protesting the test (although that $200 price tag is somewhat north of irritating). I'm warning y'all. Take the assessment test if you haven't intensively used DB2V9 new features; it'll give you some ideas about what to study, and unless you're _very_ good (and I used to think I was), it'll set you back on your heels. There is V9 material about the trace facility, recovery, Conditional Restart, coupling facility, and SYSCTRL/SYSOPR responsibilities, just to name a few. I take tests well, and I passed the comparable V8 examination with room to spare. Someone's been tuning this one up - it had me sweating by question 3.

I also recommend studying with Lawson and Luksetich's V9 DBA Certification Study Guide; before I took the test I was thinking it was too thick with material; after, I'm much more comfortable with it.

I'm going back to my Study Guide now.

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Barbara Koenen

Re: [v9 z/OS] The Test
(in response to Raymond Bell)
I'd like to echo this request. I wanted it for V9. I'm a Kindle person
too, but even a format that I can put on my work laptop would be nice
too. I'm old-fashioned and disliked when IBM pushed us away from paper
copies of the manuals and then away from Book Manager, but I'm trying to
live in the 21st century now.

I really like to use the Certification Guide exactly to brush up on some
of the features I might not have used recently, as there are so many
these days. I purchased a Certification Guide for V8 and reviewing it
made it easy for me to pass those tests. I took the V9 certification
test right as the book was coming out, so I had to go into that test
cold, and admit I that even though I passed, it wasn't with flying
colors.

I'm at a stage in life where I'm trying to purge my possessions and my
husband has threatened a book burning if I bring any more into the
house, so I really don't need a paper copy of another certification
guide. I donated the V8 one to the local library, and that is probably
where a V10 one would end up.

-----Original Message-----
From: IDUG DB2-L [mailto:[login to unmask email] On Behalf Of Sevetson,
Phil
Sent: Friday, February 11, 2011 2:12 PM
To: [login to unmask email]
Subject: Re: [DB2-L] [v9 z/OS] The Test

Dan, is there anyone to whom Your Adoring Public may whine, about
getting this version published to the various e-book formats (my
personal preference being Kindle)?

-----Original Message-----
From: IDUG DB2-L [mailto:[login to unmask email] On Behalf Of Dan Luksetich
Sent: Friday, February 11, 2011 2:10 PM
To: [login to unmask email]
Subject: Re: [DB2-L] [v9 z/OS] The Test

If you ever wonder why the study guide seems to cover a topic in general
terms, and then gives a very specific example, well wonder no more. In
fact, as you are reading the book grasp those moments!

DB2 10 for z/OS DBA Certification Guide is finished and off to IBM
review.
Hoping for a May publication.

Dan

On Fri, 11 Feb 2011 13:55:35 -0500, "Sevetson, Phil"
<[login to unmask email]> wrote:
> All,
> I just sat for the IBM DB2 V9 for z/OS Database Administrator
(000-732)
> test: "Test 000-732: DB2 9 DBA for z/OS" - the $10 assessment version,
not
> the $200 real-credit test. The assessment test has 71 questions (the
one
> with live ammo has 69). Passing score is 57%.
>
> I passed the assessment version, with less than one question to spare.
>
> I'm not protesting the test (although that $200 price tag is somewhat
> north of irritating). I'm warning y'all. Take the assessment test if
you
> haven't intensively used DB2V9 new features; it'll give you some ideas
> about what to study, and unless you're _very_ good (and I used to
think
I
> was), it'll set you back on your heels. There is V9 material about
the
> trace facility, recovery, Conditional Restart, coupling facility, and
> SYSCTRL/SYSOPR responsibilities, just to name a few. I take tests
well,
> and I passed the comparable V8 examination with room to spare.
Someone's
> been tuning this one up - it had me sweating by question 3.
>
> I also recommend studying with Lawson and Luksetich's V9 DBA
Certification
> Study Guide; before I took the test I was thinking it was too thick
with
> material; after, I'm much more comfortable with it.
>
> I'm going back to my Study Guide now.
>
> _____________________________________________________________________
> * IDUG North America * Anaheim, California * May 2-6 2011 *
> http://IDUG.ORG/NA *
> * Your only source for independent, unbiased, and trusted DB2
> information. *
> ** The best DB2 technical sessions in the world
> ** Independent, not-for-profit, User Run - the IDUG difference!
> _____________________________________________________________________
>
> If you need to change settings,
http://www.idug.org/cgi-bin/wa?A0=DB2-L
is
> the home of IDUG's Listserv

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Philip Sevetson

Re: [v9 z/OS] The Test
(in response to Barbara Koenen)
Willie, I'm hourly paid by a government agency. They won't cover me to attend an outside class held _inside_ the building; you think they're going to pay me to attend a conference? They'd give me the time off; unpaid; and I'd be on my own to cover costs. The exam fee is a bargain by comparison, but it's still enough to sting quite a bit.

Okay, done whining now.

--Phil

________________________________
From: IDUG DB2-L [mailto:[login to unmask email] On Behalf Of Willie Favero
Sent: Friday, February 11, 2011 6:12 PM
To: [login to unmask email]
Subject: Re: [DB2-L] [v9 z/OS] The Test

All of the DB2 certification test are almost always available at no-charge at many of the major conference and occasionally, at local DB2 User Groups.

The DB2 10 for z/OS DBA Certification test is also now available...

Willie

The

On 2/11/2011 12:55 PM, Sevetson, Phil wrote:
All,
I just sat for the IBM DB2 V9 for z/OS Database Administrator (000-732) test: "Test 000-732: DB2 9 DBA for z/OS" - the $10 assessment version, not the $200 real-credit test. The assessment test has 71 questions (the one with live ammo has 69). Passing score is 57%.

I passed the assessment version, with less than one question to spare.

I'm not protesting the test (although that $200 price tag is somewhat north of irritating). I'm warning y'all. Take the assessment test if you haven't intensively used DB2V9 new features; it'll give you some ideas about what to study, and unless you're _very_ good (and I used to think I was), it'll set you back on your heels. There is V9 material about the trace facility, recovery, Conditional Restart, coupling facility, and SYSCTRL/SYSOPR responsibilities, just to name a few. I take tests well, and I passed the comparable V8 examination with room to spare. Someone's been tuning this one up - it had me sweating by question 3.

I also recommend studying with Lawson and Luksetich's V9 DBA Certification Study Guide; before I took the test I was thinking it was too thick with material; after, I'm much more comfortable with it.

I'm going back to my Study Guide now.

________________________________

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--

Willie

My DB2 blog --> http://it.toolbox.com/blogs/db2zos/

Houston, TX, USA

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Re: [v9 z/OS] The Test
(in response to Philip Sevetson)
Raymond,

> is it a saving if you save $200 on the test but pay $1500 or so on the conference?

Exactly the point I just made to Willie.

--Phil Sevetson

________________________________
From: IDUG DB2-L [mailto:[login to unmask email] On Behalf Of Bell, Raymond
Sent: Monday, February 14, 2011 5:42 AM
To: [login to unmask email]
Subject: Re: [DB2-L] [v9 z/OS] The Test

Good lord, I find myself about to agree with Leslie... ;o)

Certification should be difficult, otherwise it just devalues the test. Which is why I wasn't a big fan awhile ago. But can I let you in on a little secret? I failed my first crack at the DB2 9 System Admin certification test 737, mostly 'cause I thought I'd just rock up, sit it and pass - like all the others.

Well done, Phil. Keep an eye out for the free certification offers that come out every now 'n then, typically at conferences. Hmmm... is it a saving if you save $200 on the test but pay $1500 or so on the conference?

Laters,


Raymond

From: IDUG DB2-L [mailto:[login to unmask email] On Behalf Of Leslie
Sent: 13 February 2011 10:07
To: [login to unmask email]
Subject: Re: [DB2-L] [v9 z/OS] The Test

Phil

this is where it should have headed years ago, so when we read "certified" on the bottom of somebody's email we think .. "mmmm nice one, well done, good on you old sport (English term)" .... not ... "did you take it while eating your lunch" ...

Les

________________________________
From: IDUG DB2-L [mailto:[login to unmask email] On Behalf Of Sevetson, Phil
Sent: 11 February 2011 18:56
To: [login to unmask email]
Subject: [DB2-L] [v9 z/OS] The Test
All,
I just sat for the IBM DB2 V9 for z/OS Database Administrator (000-732) test: "Test 000-732: DB2 9 DBA for z/OS" - the $10 assessment version, not the $200 real-credit test. The assessment test has 71 questions (the one with live ammo has 69). Passing score is 57%.

I passed the assessment version, with less than one question to spare.

I'm not protesting the test (although that $200 price tag is somewhat north of irritating). I'm warning y'all. Take the assessment test if you haven't intensively used DB2V9 new features; it'll give you some ideas about what to study, and unless you're _very_ good (and I used to think I was), it'll set you back on your heels. There is V9 material about the trace facility, recovery, Conditional Restart, coupling facility, and SYSCTRL/SYSOPR responsibilities, just to name a few. I take tests well, and I passed the comparable V8 examination with room to spare. Someone's been tuning this one up - it had me sweating by question 3.

I also recommend studying with Lawson and Luksetich's V9 DBA Certification Study Guide; before I took the test I was thinking it was too thick with material; after, I'm much more comfortable with it.

I'm going back to my Study Guide now.

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Kirk Hampton

Re: [v9 z/OS] The Test
(in response to Philip Sevetson)
Phil,

Your type of conference cost restrictions are by no means limited to
government agencies, I'm right there in the same boat with you. I was a
long-term employee who is now outsourced to an India-based technology
firm, still doing the same job as before but now a contractor to my
former employer. Under the old regime I could choose one outside class
or conference per year, travel included. My new employer has no training
budget at all, just whatever free in-house online courses they make
available, and almost none of those have to do with mainframe, much less
DB2 for z/OS.



I have mixed emotions on hearing that the newer tests are tougher. Like
you, I passed the v8 cert test with room to spare, and never cracked a
book. At the time, we did not even have that version in the shop yet,
all my v8 experience was from IDUG presentations or posts here on the
list. I was a little shocked that I was able to pass the test, but it
gave me the feeling that at least I was getting credit for 20+ years of
work experience. I have seen posts here on the list that sounded like
people were attempting to read one of the certification guides and go
pass the test with little or no work experience. And with the older
tests, I'll bet that was possible, although I consider that wrong...



J Kirk Hampton

Sr. Specialist - Mainframe

HCL Technologies America

Mesquite Data Center

972-216-3119



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From: IDUG DB2-L [mailto:[login to unmask email] On Behalf Of Sevetson,
Phil
Sent: Monday, February 14, 2011 9:12 AM
To: [login to unmask email]
Subject: Re: [v9 z/OS] The Test



Willie, I'm hourly paid by a government agency. They won't cover me to
attend an outside class held _inside_ the building; you think they're
going to pay me to attend a conference? They'd give me the time off;
unpaid; and I'd be on my own to cover costs. The exam fee is a bargain
by comparison, but it's still enough to sting quite a bit.



Okay, done whining now.



--Phil



________________________________

From: IDUG DB2-L [mailto:[login to unmask email] On Behalf Of Willie Favero
Sent: Friday, February 11, 2011 6:12 PM
To: [login to unmask email]
Subject: Re: [DB2-L] [v9 z/OS] The Test



All of the DB2 certification test are almost always available at
no-charge at many of the major conference and occasionally, at local DB2
User Groups.

The DB2 10 for z/OS DBA Certification test is also now available...

Willie

The

On 2/11/2011 12:55 PM, Sevetson, Phil wrote:

All,

I just sat for the IBM DB2 V9 for z/OS Database Administrator (000-732)
test: "Test 000-732: DB2 9 DBA for z/OS" - the $10 assessment version,
not the $200 real-credit test. The assessment test has 71 questions
(the one with live ammo has 69). Passing score is 57%.



I passed the assessment version, with less than one question to spare.



I'm not protesting the test (although that $200 price tag is somewhat
north of irritating). I'm warning y'all. Take the assessment test if
you haven't intensively used DB2V9 new features; it'll give you some
ideas about what to study, and unless you're _very_ good (and I used to
think I was), it'll set you back on your heels. There is V9 material
about the trace facility, recovery, Conditional Restart, coupling
facility, and SYSCTRL/SYSOPR responsibilities, just to name a few. I
take tests well, and I passed the comparable V8 examination with room to
spare. Someone's been tuning this one up - it had me sweating by
question 3.



I also recommend studying with Lawson and Luksetich's V9 DBA
Certification Study Guide; before I took the test I was thinking it was
too thick with material; after, I'm much more comfortable with it.



I'm going back to my Study Guide now.



________________________________

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Edward Long

Re: [v9 z/OS] The Test
(in response to Kirk Hampton)
At some point, the questions in these cert exams become trivial pursuits that in the actual practice of our trade one doesn't need to know unless you can't read the fine manual when you do need to know it.

I am more impressed by cert exams that require you to accomplish something in a time certain even using the fine manuals. That is much more read world.

I agree that these tests are over priced. The other guys appear to charge at least as much which suggests that the tests are assumed to be covered by deep pockets (i.e. company paid).
Too many certifications on somebody's resume raises a caution flag; what does the guy actually know and care about? Certification alone has yet to impress.
Edward Long

--- On Mon, 2/14/11, Sevetson, Phil <[login to unmask email]> wrote:

From: Sevetson, Phil <[login to unmask email]>
Subject: Re: [DB2-L] [v9 z/OS] The Test
To: [login to unmask email]
Date: Monday, February 14, 2011, 10:12 AM























Willie, I’m hourly paid by a government
agency.  They won’t cover me to attend an outside class held _inside_ the building; you think they’re
going to pay me to attend a conference?  They’d give me the time off; unpaid;
and I’d be on my own to cover costs.   The exam fee is a bargain by comparison,
but it’s still enough to sting quite a bit.

 

Okay, done whining now.

 

--Phil

 









From: IDUG DB2-L
[mailto:[login to unmask email] On Behalf Of Willie
Favero

Sent: Friday, February 11, 2011
6:12 PM

To: [login to unmask email]

Subject: Re: [DB2-L] [v9 z/OS] The
Test



 

All of the DB2 certification test are almost always
available at no-charge at many of the major conference and occasionally, at
local DB2 User Groups.



The DB2 10 for z/OS DBA Certification test is also now available...



Willie



The



On 2/11/2011 12:55 PM, Sevetson, Phil wrote:

All,

I just sat for the IBM DB2 V9 for z/OS Database
Administrator (000-732) test: “Test 000-732: DB2 9 DBA for z/OS” – the $10
assessment version, not the $200 real-credit test.  The assessment test has
71 questions (the one with live ammo has 69).  Passing score is 57%.

 

I passed the assessment version, with less than one
question to spare. 

 

I’m not protesting the test (although that $200 price
tag is somewhat north of irritating).  I’m warning y’all.  Take the
assessment test if you haven’t intensively used DB2V9 new features; it’ll give
you some ideas about what to study, and unless you’re _very_ good (and I used to think I was),
it’ll set you back on your heels.  There is V9 material about the trace
facility, recovery, Conditional Restart, coupling facility, and SYSCTRL/SYSOPR
responsibilities, just to name a few.  I take tests well, and I passed the
comparable V8 examination with room to spare.  Someone’s been tuning this
one up – it had me sweating by question 3.

 

I also recommend studying with Lawson and Luksetich’s
V9 DBA Certification Study Guide; before I took the test I was thinking it was
too thick with material; after, I’m much more comfortable with it.

 

I’m going back to my Study Guide now.

 









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Daniel Luksetich

Re: [v9 z/OS] The Test
(in response to Edward Long)
I was just told ebook, including kindle, will happen.
Dan

On Mon, 14 Feb 2011 07:04:59 -0700, Barbara Koenen
<[login to unmask email]> wrote:
> I'd like to echo this request. I wanted it for V9. I'm a Kindle person
> too, but even a format that I can put on my work laptop would be nice
> too. I'm old-fashioned and disliked when IBM pushed us away from paper
> copies of the manuals and then away from Book Manager, but I'm trying to
> live in the 21st century now.
>
> I really like to use the Certification Guide exactly to brush up on some
> of the features I might not have used recently, as there are so many
> these days. I purchased a Certification Guide for V8 and reviewing it
> made it easy for me to pass those tests. I took the V9 certification
> test right as the book was coming out, so I had to go into that test
> cold, and admit I that even though I passed, it wasn't with flying
> colors.
>
> I'm at a stage in life where I'm trying to purge my possessions and my
> husband has threatened a book burning if I bring any more into the
> house, so I really don't need a paper copy of another certification
> guide. I donated the V8 one to the local library, and that is probably
> where a V10 one would end up.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: IDUG DB2-L [mailto:[login to unmask email] On Behalf Of Sevetson,
> Phil
> Sent: Friday, February 11, 2011 2:12 PM
> To: [login to unmask email]
> Subject: Re: [DB2-L] [v9 z/OS] The Test
>
> Dan, is there anyone to whom Your Adoring Public may whine, about
> getting this version published to the various e-book formats (my
> personal preference being Kindle)?
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: IDUG DB2-L [mailto:[login to unmask email] On Behalf Of Dan Luksetich
> Sent: Friday, February 11, 2011 2:10 PM
> To: [login to unmask email]
> Subject: Re: [DB2-L] [v9 z/OS] The Test
>
> If you ever wonder why the study guide seems to cover a topic in general
> terms, and then gives a very specific example, well wonder no more. In
> fact, as you are reading the book grasp those moments!
>
> DB2 10 for z/OS DBA Certification Guide is finished and off to IBM
> review.
> Hoping for a May publication.
>
> Dan
>
> On Fri, 11 Feb 2011 13:55:35 -0500, "Sevetson, Phil"
> <[login to unmask email]> wrote:
>> All,
>> I just sat for the IBM DB2 V9 for z/OS Database Administrator
> (000-732)
>> test: "Test 000-732: DB2 9 DBA for z/OS" - the $10 assessment version,
> not
>> the $200 real-credit test. The assessment test has 71 questions (the
> one
>> with live ammo has 69). Passing score is 57%.
>>
>> I passed the assessment version, with less than one question to spare.
>>
>> I'm not protesting the test (although that $200 price tag is somewhat
>> north of irritating). I'm warning y'all. Take the assessment test if
> you
>> haven't intensively used DB2V9 new features; it'll give you some ideas
>> about what to study, and unless you're _very_ good (and I used to
> think
> I
>> was), it'll set you back on your heels. There is V9 material about
> the
>> trace facility, recovery, Conditional Restart, coupling facility, and
>> SYSCTRL/SYSOPR responsibilities, just to name a few. I take tests
> well,
>> and I passed the comparable V8 examination with room to spare.
> Someone's
>> been tuning this one up - it had me sweating by question 3.
>>
>> I also recommend studying with Lawson and Luksetich's V9 DBA
> Certification
>> Study Guide; before I took the test I was thinking it was too thick
> with
>> material; after, I'm much more comfortable with it.
>>
>> I'm going back to my Study Guide now.
>>
>> _____________________________________________________________________
>> * IDUG North America * Anaheim, California * May 2-6 2011 *
>> http://IDUG.ORG/NA *
>> * Your only source for independent, unbiased, and trusted DB2
>> information. *
>> ** The best DB2 technical sessions in the world
>> ** Independent, not-for-profit, User Run - the IDUG difference!
>> _____________________________________________________________________
>>
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> is
>> the home of IDUG's Listserv
>
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> * Your only source for independent, unbiased, and trusted DB2
> information. *
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> ** Independent, not-for-profit, User Run - the IDUG difference!
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>
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>
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> information. *
> ** The best DB2 technical sessions in the world
> ** Independent, not-for-profit, User Run - the IDUG difference!
> _____________________________________________________________________
>
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> is the home of IDUG's Listserv
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> http://IDUG.ORG/EMEA *
> * If you are going to attend only one conference this year, this is
it!
> *
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> IDUG is offering up to 80% off when you both come to the conference!
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>
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Philip Sevetson

Re: [v9 z/OS] The Test
(in response to Daniel Luksetich)
::CHEER::

-----Original Message-----
From: IDUG DB2-L [mailto:[login to unmask email] On Behalf Of Dan Luksetich
Sent: Monday, February 14, 2011 11:19 AM
To: [login to unmask email]
Subject: Re: [DB2-L] [v9 z/OS] The Test

I was just told ebook, including kindle, will happen.
Dan

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Martin Hubel

Re: [v9 z/OS] The Test
(in response to Philip Sevetson)
I'm not saying that they are currently there, but I recall the Cert Guides being on Safari.

Also, for another reason to attend IDUG or IOD, the cert exams are free to take at the conference, and if you fail, you can try again (once) the following day.

hth,
Martin

>> I'd like to echo this request. I wanted it for V9. I'm a Kindle person
>> too, but even a format that I can put on my work laptop would be nice
>> too. I'm old-fashioned and disliked when IBM pushed us away from paper
>> copies of the manuals and then away from Book Manager, but I'm trying to
>> live in the 21st century now.

>> I really like to use the Certification Guide exactly to brush up on some
>> of the features I might not have used recently, as there are so many
>> these days. I purchased a Certification Guide for V8 and reviewing it
>> made it easy for me to pass those tests. I took the V9 certification
>> test right as the book was coming out, so I had to go into that test
>> cold, and admit I that even though I passed, it wasn't with flying
>> colors.

>> I'm at a stage in life where I'm trying to purge my possessions and my
>> husband has threatened a book burning if I bring any more into the
>> house, so I really don't need a paper copy of another certification
>> guide. I donated the V8 one to the local library, and that is probably
>> where a V10 one would end up.

>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: IDUG DB2-L [mailto:[login to unmask email] On Behalf Of Sevetson,
>> Phil
>> Sent: Friday, February 11, 2011 2:12 PM
>> To: [login to unmask email]
>> Subject: Re: [DB2-L] [v9 z/OS] The Test

>> Dan, is there anyone to whom Your Adoring Public may whine, about
>> getting this version published to the various e-book formats (my
>> personal preference being Kindle)?

>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: IDUG DB2-L [mailto:[login to unmask email] On Behalf Of Dan Luksetich
>> Sent: Friday, February 11, 2011 2:10 PM
>> To: [login to unmask email]
>> Subject: Re: [DB2-L] [v9 z/OS] The Test

>> If you ever wonder why the study guide seems to cover a topic in general
>> terms, and then gives a very specific example, well wonder no more. In
>> fact, as you are reading the book grasp those moments!

>> DB2 10 for z/OS DBA Certification Guide is finished and off to IBM
>> review.
>> Hoping for a May publication.

>> Dan

>> On Fri, 11 Feb 2011 13:55:35 -0500, "Sevetson, Phil"
>> <[login to unmask email]> wrote:
>> > All,
>> > I just sat for the IBM DB2 V9 for z/OS Database Administrator
>> (000-732)
>> > test: "Test 000-732: DB2 9 DBA for z/OS" - the $10 assessment version,
>> not
>> > the $200 real-credit test. The assessment test has 71 questions (the
>> one
>> > with live ammo has 69). Passing score is 57%.
>> >
>> > I passed the assessment version, with less than one question to spare.
>> >
>> > I'm not protesting the test (although that $200 price tag is somewhat
>> > north of irritating). I'm warning y'all. Take the assessment test if
>> you
>> > haven't intensively used DB2V9 new features; it'll give you some ideas
>> > about what to study, and unless you're _very_ good (and I used to
>> think
>> I
>> > was), it'll set you back on your heels. There is V9 material about
>> the
>> > trace facility, recovery, Conditional Restart, coupling facility, and
>> > SYSCTRL/SYSOPR responsibilities, just to name a few. I take tests
>> well,
>> > and I passed the comparable V8 examination with room to spare.
>> Someone's
>> > been tuning this one up - it had me sweating by question 3.
>> >
>> > I also recommend studying with Lawson and Luksetich's V9 DBA
>> Certification
>> > Study Guide; before I took the test I was thinking it was too thick
>> with
>> > material; after, I'm much more comfortable with it.
>> >
>> > I'm going back to my Study Guide now.
>> >
>> > _____________________________________________________________________
>> > * IDUG North America * Anaheim, California * May 2-6 2011 *
>> > http://IDUG.ORG/NA *
>> > * Your only source for independent, unbiased, and trusted DB2
>> > information. *
>> > ** The best DB2 technical sessions in the world
>> > ** Independent, not-for-profit, User Run - the IDUG difference!
>> > _____________________________________________________________________
>> >
>> > If you need to change settings,
>> http://www.idug.org/cgi-bin/wa?A0=DB2-L
>> is
>> > the home of IDUG's Listserv

>> _____________________________________________________________________
>> * IDUG North America * Anaheim, California * May 2-6 2011 *
>> http://IDUG.ORG/NA *
>> * Your only source for independent, unbiased, and trusted DB2
>> information. *
>> ** The best DB2 technical sessions in the world
>> ** Independent, not-for-profit, User Run - the IDUG difference!
>> _____________________________________________________________________

>> If you need to change settings, http://www.idug.org/cgi-bin/wa?A0=DB2-L
>> is the home of IDUG's Listserv

>> _____________________________________________________________________
>> * IDUG North America * Anaheim, California * May 2-6 2011 *
>> http://IDUG.ORG/NA *
>> * Your only source for independent, unbiased, and trusted DB2
>> information. *
>> ** The best DB2 technical sessions in the world
>> ** Independent, not-for-profit, User Run - the IDUG difference!
>> _____________________________________________________________________

>> If you need to change settings, http://www.idug.org/cgi-bin/wa?A0=DB2-L
>> is the home of IDUG's Listserv

>> _____________________________________________________________________
>> * IDUG EMEA * Prague, Czech Republic * 14-18 November 2011 *
>> http://IDUG.ORG/EMEA *
>> * If you are going to attend only one conference this year, this is it!
>> *
>> _____________________________________________________________________
>> http://www.IDUG.org/mentor
>> Mentoring should be a rewarding experience for everyone...
>> IDUG is offering up to 80% off when you both come to the conference!
>> _____________________________________________________________________

>> If you need to change settings, http://www.idug.org/cgi-bin/wa?A0=DB2-L is
>> the home of IDUG's Listserv






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Philip Sevetson

Re: [v9 z/OS] The Test
(in response to Martin Hubel)
Martin,
While they are (were?) on Safari along with a lot of other good stuff, they're unfortunately not available through O'Reilly for purchase. (Someone prove me wrong - PLEASE!!!)

________________________________
From: IDUG DB2-L [mailto:[login to unmask email] On Behalf Of Martin Hubel
Sent: Monday, February 14, 2011 12:07 PM
To: [login to unmask email]
Subject: Re: [DB2-L] [v9 z/OS] The Test

I'm not saying that they are currently there, but I recall the Cert Guides being on Safari.

Also, for another reason to attend IDUG or IOD, the cert exams are free to take at the conference, and if you fail, you can try again (once) the following day.

hth,
Martin

>> I'd like to echo this request. I wanted it for V9. I'm a Kindle person
>> too, but even a format that I can put on my work laptop would be nice
>> too. I'm old-fashioned and disliked when IBM pushed us away from paper
>> copies of the manuals and then away from Book Manager, but I'm trying to
>> live in the 21st century now.

>> I really like to use the Certification Guide exactly to brush up on some
>> of the features I might not have used recently, as there are so many
>> these days. I purchased a Certification Guide for V8 and reviewing it
>> made it easy for me to pass those tests. I took the V9 certification
>> test right as the book was coming out, so I had to go into that test
>> cold, and admit I that even though I passed, it wasn't with flying
>> colors.

>> I'm at a stage in life where I'm trying to purge my possessions and my
>> husband has threatened a book burning if I bring any more into the
>> house, so I really don't need a paper copy of another certification
>> guide. I donated the V8 one to the local library, and that is probably
>> where a V10 one would end up.

>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: IDUG DB2-L [mailto:[login to unmask email]<mailto:[login to unmask email]> On Behalf Of Sevetson,
>> Phil
>> Sent: Friday, February 11, 2011 2:12 PM
>> To: [login to unmask email]<mailto:[login to unmask email]>
>> Subject: Re: [DB2-L] [v9 z/OS] The Test

>> Dan, is there anyone to whom Your Adoring Public may whine, about
>> getting this version published to the various e-book formats (my
>> personal preference being Kindle)?

>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: IDUG DB2-L [mailto:[login to unmask email]<mailto:[login to unmask email]> On Behalf Of Dan Luksetich
>> Sent: Friday, February 11, 2011 2:10 PM
>> To: [login to unmask email]<mailto:[login to unmask email]>
>> Subject: Re: [DB2-L] [v9 z/OS] The Test

>> If you ever wonder why the study guide seems to cover a topic in general
>> terms, and then gives a very specific example, well wonder no more. In
>> fact, as you are reading the book grasp those moments!

>> DB2 10 for z/OS DBA Certification Guide is finished and off to IBM
>> review.
>> Hoping for a May publication.

>> Dan

>> On Fri, 11 Feb 2011 13:55:35 -0500, "Sevetson, Phil"
>> <[login to unmask email]><mailto:[login to unmask email]> wrote:
>> > All,
>> > I just sat for the IBM DB2 V9 for z/OS Database Administrator
>> (000-732)
>> > test: "Test 000-732: DB2 9 DBA for z/OS" - the $10 assessment version,
>> not
>> > the $200 real-credit test. The assessment test has 71 questions (the
>> one
>> > with live ammo has 69). Passing score is 57%.
>> >
>> > I passed the assessment version, with less than one question to spare.
>> >
>> > I'm not protesting the test (although that $200 price tag is somewhat
>> > north of irritating). I'm warning y'all. Take the assessment test if
>> you
>> > haven't intensively used DB2V9 new features; it'll give you some ideas
>> > about what to study, and unless you're _very_ good (and I used to
>> think
>> I
>> > was), it'll set you back on your heels. There is V9 material about
>> the
>> > trace facility, recovery, Conditional Restart, coupling facility, and
>> > SYSCTRL/SYSOPR responsibilities, just to name a few. I take tests
>> well,
>> > and I passed the comparable V8 examination with room to spare.
>> Someone's
>> > been tuning this one up - it had me sweating by question 3.
>> >
>> > I also recommend studying with Lawson and Luksetich's V9 DBA
>> Certification
>> > Study Guide; before I took the test I was thinking it was too thick
>> with
>> > material; after, I'm much more comfortable with it.
>> >
>> > I'm going back to my Study Guide now.
>> >
>> > _____________________________________________________________________
>> > * IDUG North America * Anaheim, California * May 2-6 2011 *
>> > http://IDUG.ORG/NA *
>> > * Your only source for independent, unbiased, and trusted DB2
>> > information. *
>> > ** The best DB2 technical sessions in the world
>> > ** Independent, not-for-profit, User Run - the IDUG difference!
>> > _____________________________________________________________________
>> >
>> > If you need to change settings,
>> http://www.idug.org/cgi-bin/wa?A0=DB2-L
>> is
>> > the home of IDUG's Listserv

>> _____________________________________________________________________
>> * IDUG North America * Anaheim, California * May 2-6 2011 *
>> http://IDUG.ORG/NA *
>> * Your only source for independent, unbiased, and trusted DB2
>> information. *
>> ** The best DB2 technical sessions in the world
>> ** Independent, not-for-profit, User Run - the IDUG difference!
>> _____________________________________________________________________

>> If you need to change settings, http://www.idug.org/cgi-bin/wa?A0=DB2-L
>> is the home of IDUG's Listserv

>> _____________________________________________________________________
>> * IDUG North America * Anaheim, California * May 2-6 2011 *
>> http://IDUG.ORG/NA *
>> * Your only source for independent, unbiased, and trusted DB2
>> information. *
>> ** The best DB2 technical sessions in the world
>> ** Independent, not-for-profit, User Run - the IDUG difference!
>> _____________________________________________________________________

>> If you need to change settings, http://www.idug.org/cgi-bin/wa?A0=DB2-L
>> is the home of IDUG's Listserv

>> _____________________________________________________________________
>> * IDUG EMEA * Prague, Czech Republic * 14-18 November 2011 *
>> http://IDUG.ORG/EMEA *
>> * If you are going to attend only one conference this year, this is it!
>> *
>> _____________________________________________________________________
>> http://www.IDUG.org/mentor
>> Mentoring should be a rewarding experience for everyone...
>> IDUG is offering up to 80% off when you both come to the conference!
>> _____________________________________________________________________

>> If you need to change settings, http://www.idug.org/cgi-bin/wa?A0=DB2-L is
>> the home of IDUG's Listserv






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Philip Sevetson

Re: [v9 z/OS] The Test
(in response to Philip Sevetson)
* not available as *e-books* -- sorry, lack of clarity there.

________________________________
From: IDUG DB2-L [mailto:[login to unmask email] On Behalf Of Sevetson, Phil
Sent: Monday, February 14, 2011 12:12 PM
To: [login to unmask email]
Subject: Re: [DB2-L] [v9 z/OS] The Test

Martin,
While they are (were?) on Safari along with a lot of other good stuff, they're unfortunately not available through O'Reilly for purchase. (Someone prove me wrong - PLEASE!!!)

________________________________
From: IDUG DB2-L [mailto:[login to unmask email] On Behalf Of Martin Hubel
Sent: Monday, February 14, 2011 12:07 PM
To: [login to unmask email]
Subject: Re: [DB2-L] [v9 z/OS] The Test

I'm not saying that they are currently there, but I recall the Cert Guides being on Safari.

Also, for another reason to attend IDUG or IOD, the cert exams are free to take at the conference, and if you fail, you can try again (once) the following day.

hth,
Martin

>> I'd like to echo this request. I wanted it for V9. I'm a Kindle person
>> too, but even a format that I can put on my work laptop would be nice
>> too. I'm old-fashioned and disliked when IBM pushed us away from paper
>> copies of the manuals and then away from Book Manager, but I'm trying to
>> live in the 21st century now.

>> I really like to use the Certification Guide exactly to brush up on some
>> of the features I might not have used recently, as there are so many
>> these days. I purchased a Certification Guide for V8 and reviewing it
>> made it easy for me to pass those tests. I took the V9 certification
>> test right as the book was coming out, so I had to go into that test
>> cold, and admit I that even though I passed, it wasn't with flying
>> colors.

>> I'm at a stage in life where I'm trying to purge my possessions and my
>> husband has threatened a book burning if I bring any more into the
>> house, so I really don't need a paper copy of another certification
>> guide. I donated the V8 one to the local library, and that is probably
>> where a V10 one would end up.

>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: IDUG DB2-L [mailto:[login to unmask email]<mailto:[login to unmask email]> On Behalf Of Sevetson,
>> Phil
>> Sent: Friday, February 11, 2011 2:12 PM
>> To: [login to unmask email]<mailto:[login to unmask email]>
>> Subject: Re: [DB2-L] [v9 z/OS] The Test

>> Dan, is there anyone to whom Your Adoring Public may whine, about
>> getting this version published to the various e-book formats (my
>> personal preference being Kindle)?

>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: IDUG DB2-L [mailto:[login to unmask email]<mailto:[login to unmask email]> On Behalf Of Dan Luksetich
>> Sent: Friday, February 11, 2011 2:10 PM
>> To: [login to unmask email]<mailto:[login to unmask email]>
>> Subject: Re: [DB2-L] [v9 z/OS] The Test

>> If you ever wonder why the study guide seems to cover a topic in general
>> terms, and then gives a very specific example, well wonder no more. In
>> fact, as you are reading the book grasp those moments!

>> DB2 10 for z/OS DBA Certification Guide is finished and off to IBM
>> review.
>> Hoping for a May publication.

>> Dan

>> On Fri, 11 Feb 2011 13:55:35 -0500, "Sevetson, Phil"
>> <[login to unmask email]><mailto:[login to unmask email]> wrote:
>> > All,
>> > I just sat for the IBM DB2 V9 for z/OS Database Administrator
>> (000-732)
>> > test: "Test 000-732: DB2 9 DBA for z/OS" - the $10 assessment version,
>> not
>> > the $200 real-credit test. The assessment test has 71 questions (the
>> one
>> > with live ammo has 69). Passing score is 57%.
>> >
>> > I passed the assessment version, with less than one question to spare.
>> >
>> > I'm not protesting the test (although that $200 price tag is somewhat
>> > north of irritating). I'm warning y'all. Take the assessment test if
>> you
>> > haven't intensively used DB2V9 new features; it'll give you some ideas
>> > about what to study, and unless you're _very_ good (and I used to
>> think
>> I
>> > was), it'll set you back on your heels. There is V9 material about
>> the
>> > trace facility, recovery, Conditional Restart, coupling facility, and
>> > SYSCTRL/SYSOPR responsibilities, just to name a few. I take tests
>> well,
>> > and I passed the comparable V8 examination with room to spare.
>> Someone's
>> > been tuning this one up - it had me sweating by question 3.
>> >
>> > I also recommend studying with Lawson and Luksetich's V9 DBA
>> Certification
>> > Study Guide; before I took the test I was thinking it was too thick
>> with
>> > material; after, I'm much more comfortable with it.
>> >
>> > I'm going back to my Study Guide now.
>> >
>> > _____________________________________________________________________
>> > * IDUG North America * Anaheim, California * May 2-6 2011 *
>> > http://IDUG.ORG/NA *
>> > * Your only source for independent, unbiased, and trusted DB2
>> > information. *
>> > ** The best DB2 technical sessions in the world
>> > ** Independent, not-for-profit, User Run - the IDUG difference!
>> > _____________________________________________________________________
>> >
>> > If you need to change settings,
>> http://www.idug.org/cgi-bin/wa?A0=DB2-L
>> is
>> > the home of IDUG's Listserv

>> _____________________________________________________________________
>> * IDUG North America * Anaheim, California * May 2-6 2011 *
>> http://IDUG.ORG/NA *
>> * Your only source for independent, unbiased, and trusted DB2
>> information. *
>> ** The best DB2 technical sessions in the world
>> ** Independent, not-for-profit, User Run - the IDUG difference!
>> _____________________________________________________________________

>> If you need to change settings, http://www.idug.org/cgi-bin/wa?A0=DB2-L
>> is the home of IDUG's Listserv

>> _____________________________________________________________________
>> * IDUG North America * Anaheim, California * May 2-6 2011 *
>> http://IDUG.ORG/NA *
>> * Your only source for independent, unbiased, and trusted DB2
>> information. *
>> ** The best DB2 technical sessions in the world
>> ** Independent, not-for-profit, User Run - the IDUG difference!
>> _____________________________________________________________________

>> If you need to change settings, http://www.idug.org/cgi-bin/wa?A0=DB2-L
>> is the home of IDUG's Listserv

>> _____________________________________________________________________
>> * IDUG EMEA * Prague, Czech Republic * 14-18 November 2011 *
>> http://IDUG.ORG/EMEA *
>> * If you are going to attend only one conference this year, this is it!
>> *
>> _____________________________________________________________________
>> http://www.IDUG.org/mentor
>> Mentoring should be a rewarding experience for everyone...
>> IDUG is offering up to 80% off when you both come to the conference!
>> _____________________________________________________________________

>> If you need to change settings, http://www.idug.org/cgi-bin/wa?A0=DB2-L is
>> the home of IDUG's Listserv






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DB2 LUW 9.7 Advanced DBA
DB2 z/OS 10 DBA
DB2 9.7 Solutions Developer
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Mark Labby

Re: [v9 z/OS] The Test
(in response to Philip Sevetson)
Well...

You can win a free registration to any of the IDUG DB2 Tech conferences
this year in Anaheim or Prague and also up to $1500 in travel allowance by
entering the DB2's Got Talent contest. Then take as many certification
exams as you can fit in for FREE. :-)

1st Prize: One FREE IDUG Conference Registration to any IDUG
Conference in 2011 (North America, Europe, or Australia) provided by
IDUG, plus up to $1,500 USD travel expense allowance provided by DBI.
Approximate value of prize package: $3,500 USD
2nd Prize: Xbox 360 250GB Console with Kinect (approximate value
$500) provided by IDUG.
3rd Prize: $100 Amazon.com Gift Certificate provided by DBI.
Finalist Prizes: Each of the top 10 Contestants that are invited by
the judges to participate in Finals Shows will win $50 Amazon.com
Gift Certificates provided by DBI.

Details can be found at
http://www.dbisoftware.com/db2nightshow/db2sgottalent.php

I've seen the way people here respond to questions and can offer good solid
advice on so many topics. DB2-L'ers should be owning this contest!



Mark Labby



Senior Database Administrator International DB2 Users
Group

American Education Board of Directors
Services/PHEAA

717-720-2731 -- IBM Information Champion
[login to unmask email] 2010








From: "Sevetson, Phil" <[login to unmask email]>

To: [login to unmask email]

Date: 02/14/2011 10:14 AM

Subject: Re: [DB2-L] [v9 z/OS] The Test

Sent by: "IDUG DB2-L" <[login to unmask email]>






Willie, I’m hourly paid by a government agency. They won’t cover me to
attend an outside class held _inside_ the building; you think they’re going
to pay me to attend a conference? They’d give me the time off; unpaid; and
I’d be on my own to cover costs. The exam fee is a bargain by comparison,
but it’s still enough to sting quite a bit.

Okay, done whining now.

--Phil


From: IDUG DB2-L [mailto:[login to unmask email] On Behalf Of Willie Favero
Sent: Friday, February 11, 2011 6:12 PM
To: [login to unmask email]
Subject: Re: [DB2-L] [v9 z/OS] The Test

All of the DB2 certification test are almost always available at no-charge
at many of the major conference and occasionally, at local DB2 User Groups.

The DB2 10 for z/OS DBA Certification test is also now available...

Willie

The

On 2/11/2011 12:55 PM, Sevetson, Phil wrote:
All,
I just sat for the IBM DB2 V9 for z/OS Database Administrator (000-732)
test: “Test 000-732: DB2 9 DBA for z/OS” – the $10 assessment version, not
the $200 real-credit test. The assessment test has 71 questions (the one
with live ammo has 69). Passing score is 57%.

I passed the assessment version, with less than one question to spare.

I’m not protesting the test (although that $200 price tag is somewhat north
of irritating). I’m warning y’all. Take the assessment test if you
haven’t intensively used DB2V9 new features; it’ll give you some ideas
about what to study, and unless you’re _very_ good (and I used to think I
was), it’ll set you back on your heels. There is V9 material about the
trace facility, recovery, Conditional Restart, coupling facility, and
SYSCTRL/SYSOPR responsibilities, just to name a few. I take tests well,
and I passed the comparable V8 examination with room to spare. Someone’s
been tuning this one up – it had me sweating by question 3.

I also recommend studying with Lawson and Luksetich’s V9 DBA Certification
Study Guide; before I took the test I was thinking it was too thick with
material; after, I’m much more comfortable with it.

I’m going back to my Study Guide now.




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My DB2 blog --> http://it.toolbox.com/blogs/db2zos/
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William Favero

Re: [v9 z/OS] The Test
(in response to Mark Labby)
You can also try to get your local user group to try a sponsor the
certification test... I've seen this done at a couple of local user
group meetings that I spoke at.

Willie

On 2/14/2011 4:45 PM, Mark Labby wrote:
> Well...
>
> You can win a free registration to any of the IDUG DB2 Tech conferences
> this year in Anaheim or Prague and also up to $1500 in travel allowance by
> entering the DB2's Got Talent contest. Then take as many certification
> exams as you can fit in for FREE. :-)
>
> 1st Prize: One FREE IDUG Conference Registration to any IDUG
> Conference in 2011 (North America, Europe, or Australia) provided by
> IDUG, plus up to $1,500 USD travel expense allowance provided by DBI.
> Approximate value of prize package: $3,500 USD
> 2nd Prize: Xbox 360 250GB Console with Kinect (approximate value
> $500) provided by IDUG.
> 3rd Prize: $100 Amazon.com Gift Certificate provided by DBI.
> Finalist Prizes: Each of the top 10 Contestants that are invited by
> the judges to participate in Finals Shows will win $50 Amazon.com
> Gift Certificates provided by DBI.
>
> Details can be found at
> http://www.dbisoftware.com/db2nightshow/db2sgottalent.php
>
> I've seen the way people here respond to questions and can offer good solid
> advice on so many topics. DB2-L'ers should be owning this contest!
>
>
>
> Mark Labby
>
>
>
> Senior Database Administrator International DB2 Users
> Group
>
> American Education Board of Directors
> Services/PHEAA
>
> 717-720-2731 -- IBM Information Champion
> [login to unmask email] 2010
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> From: "Sevetson, Phil"<[login to unmask email]>
>
> To: [login to unmask email]
>
> Date: 02/14/2011 10:14 AM
>
> Subject: Re: [DB2-L] [v9 z/OS] The Test
>
> Sent by: "IDUG DB2-L"<[login to unmask email]>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Willie, I’m hourly paid by a government agency. They won’t cover me to
> attend an outside class held _inside_ the building; you think they’re going
> to pay me to attend a conference? They’d give me the time off; unpaid; and
> I’d be on my own to cover costs. The exam fee is a bargain by comparison,
> but it’s still enough to sting quite a bit.
>
> Okay, done whining now.
>
> --Phil
>
>
> From: IDUG DB2-L [mailto:[login to unmask email] On Behalf Of Willie Favero
> Sent: Friday, February 11, 2011 6:12 PM
> To: [login to unmask email]
> Subject: Re: [DB2-L] [v9 z/OS] The Test
>
> All of the DB2 certification test are almost always available at no-charge
> at many of the major conference and occasionally, at local DB2 User Groups.
>
> The DB2 10 for z/OS DBA Certification test is also now available...
>
> Willie
>
> The
>
> On 2/11/2011 12:55 PM, Sevetson, Phil wrote:
> All,
> I just sat for the IBM DB2 V9 for z/OS Database Administrator (000-732)
> test: “Test 000-732: DB2 9 DBA for z/OS” – the $10 assessment version, not
> the $200 real-credit test. The assessment test has 71 questions (the one
> with live ammo has 69). Passing score is 57%.
>
> I passed the assessment version, with less than one question to spare.
>
> I’m not protesting the test (although that $200 price tag is somewhat north
> of irritating). I’m warning y’all. Take the assessment test if you
> haven’t intensively used DB2V9 new features; it’ll give you some ideas
> about what to study, and unless you’re _very_ good (and I used to think I
> was), it’ll set you back on your heels. There is V9 material about the
> trace facility, recovery, Conditional Restart, coupling facility, and
> SYSCTRL/SYSOPR responsibilities, just to name a few. I take tests well,
> and I passed the comparable V8 examination with room to spare. Someone’s
> been tuning this one up – it had me sweating by question 3.
>
> I also recommend studying with Lawson and Luksetich’s V9 DBA Certification
> Study Guide; before I took the test I was thinking it was too thick with
> material; after, I’m much more comfortable with it.
>
> I’m going back to my Study Guide now.
>
>
>
>
> Independent, not-for-profit, User Run - the IDUG
> difference!
>
>
> The IDUG DB2-L Listserv is only part of your membership in IDUG. If you are
> not already an IDUG member, please register here.
>
>
> --
> Willie
> My DB2 blog --> http://it.toolbox.com/blogs/db2zos/
> Houston, TX, USA
>
>
>
>
> Independent, not-for-profit, User Run - the IDUG difference!
>
>
> The IDUG DB2-L Listserv is only part of your membership in IDUG. If you are
> not already an IDUG member, please register here.
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Independent, not-for-profit, User Run - the IDUG difference!
>
>
> The IDUG DB2-L Listserv is only part of your membership in IDUG. If you are
> not already an IDUG member, please register here.
>
>
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Re: [v9 z/OS] The Test
(in response to William Favero)
Kirk

I think you not in a minority of people that have seen their job go to an
"Indian based company" ...

In the UK many of the major banks have outsourced this way to reduce
headcount without paying, then of course the Indian outsourcers let people
go ... I think we are on the spiral down, but maybe I will be proved wrong.

Les

_____

From: IDUG DB2-L [mailto:[login to unmask email] On Behalf Of Kirk Hampton
Sent: 14 February 2011 15:47
To: [login to unmask email]
Subject: Re: [DB2-L] [v9 z/OS] The Test



Phil,

Your type of conference cost restrictions are by no means limited to
government agencies, I'm right there in the same boat with you. I was a
long-term employee who is now outsourced to an India-based technology firm,
still doing the same job as before but now a contractor to my former
employer. Under the old regime I could choose one outside class or
conference per year, travel included. My new employer has no training budget
at all, just whatever free in-house online courses they make available, and
almost none of those have to do with mainframe, much less DB2 for z/OS.



I have mixed emotions on hearing that the newer tests are tougher. Like you,
I passed the v8 cert test with room to spare, and never cracked a book. At
the time, we did not even have that version in the shop yet, all my v8
experience was from IDUG presentations or posts here on the list. I was a
little shocked that I was able to pass the test, but it gave me the feeling
that at least I was getting credit for 20+ years of work experience. I have
seen posts here on the list that sounded like people were attempting to read
one of the certification guides and go pass the test with little or no work
experience. And with the older tests, I'll bet that was possible, although I
consider that wrong.



J Kirk Hampton

Sr. Specialist - Mainframe

HCL Technologies America

Mesquite Data Center

972-216-3119



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From: IDUG DB2-L [mailto:[login to unmask email] On Behalf Of Sevetson, Phil
Sent: Monday, February 14, 2011 9:12 AM
To: [login to unmask email]
Subject: Re: [v9 z/OS] The Test



Willie, I'm hourly paid by a government agency. They won't cover me to
attend an outside class held _inside_ the building; you think they're going
to pay me to attend a conference? They'd give me the time off; unpaid; and
I'd be on my own to cover costs. The exam fee is a bargain by comparison,
but it's still enough to sting quite a bit.



Okay, done whining now.



--Phil



_____

From: IDUG DB2-L [mailto:[login to unmask email] On Behalf Of Willie Favero
Sent: Friday, February 11, 2011 6:12 PM
To: [login to unmask email]
Subject: Re: [DB2-L] [v9 z/OS] The Test



All of the DB2 certification test are almost always available at no-charge
at many of the major conference and occasionally, at local DB2 User Groups.

The DB2 10 for z/OS DBA Certification test is also now available...

Willie

The

On 2/11/2011 12:55 PM, Sevetson, Phil wrote:

All,

I just sat for the IBM DB2 V9 for z/OS Database Administrator (000-732)
test: "Test 000-732: DB2 9 DBA for z/OS" - the $10 assessment version, not
the $200 real-credit test. The assessment test has 71 questions (the one
with live ammo has 69). Passing score is 57%.



I passed the assessment version, with less than one question to spare.



I'm not protesting the test (although that $200 price tag is somewhat north
of irritating). I'm warning y'all. Take the assessment test if you haven't
intensively used DB2V9 new features; it'll give you some ideas about what to
study, and unless you're _very_ good (and I used to think I was), it'll set
you back on your heels. There is V9 material about the trace facility,
recovery, Conditional Restart, coupling facility, and SYSCTRL/SYSOPR
responsibilities, just to name a few. I take tests well, and I passed the
comparable V8 examination with room to spare. Someone's been tuning this
one up - it had me sweating by question 3.



I also recommend studying with Lawson and Luksetich's V9 DBA Certification
Study Guide; before I took the test I was thinking it was too thick with
material; after, I'm much more comfortable with it.



I'm going back to my Study Guide now.



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William Shipley

Re: [v9 z/OS] The Test
(in response to Leslie)
Todd, I too took the IBM DB2 V9 for z/OS Database Administrator test
(732) at IDUG NA in 2008. It was the most difficult test I had seen in a
very long time. I was really glad I passed because I don't think I would
have had the stomach to have taken it again at the conference so it would
have made Tampa in 2009 a little stressful. I will be investing in the
DB2 10 for z/OS DBA Certification Guide before I attempt 10.

Bill Shipley
Vanguard
Malvern, PA



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I hear ya Phil.

I took both this test and the prior one both at IDUG in 2008 (for free -
thank you IDUG). I walked in cold for both tests.

DB2 V8 - breezed it. So I figured - what the heck, I'll try for DB2 9
too. I mean, I had just sat through a full day of listening to Phil
Grainger go over all the new features of DB2 9, so I was thoroughly
trained, right?!!!

Well, I barely... and I mean barely... passed. (Phil's class was NOT a
certification class, it was a "What's new?" class... er, seminar.)

It seemed as if this test went into about each and every crevice of new
features of DB2 9, and when it got to the depth of each crevice, it took a
left turn and made my head spin.

But, like in professional sports, when you win, it's counted as a win,
even if it's an ugly win.

Todd



On Feb 11, 2011, at 12:55 PM, Sevetson, Phil wrote:

All,
I just sat for the IBM DB2 V9 for z/OS Database Administrator (000-732)
test: ?Test 000-732: DB2 9 DBA for z/OS? ? the $10 assessment version, not
the $200 real-credit test. The assessment test has 71 questions (the one
with live ammo has 69). Passing score is 57%.

I passed the assessment version, with less than one question to spare.

I?m not protesting the test (although that $200 price tag is somewhat
north of irritating). I?m warning y?all. Take the assessment test if you
haven?t intensively used DB2V9 new features; it?ll give you some ideas
about what to study, and unless you?re _very_ good (and I used to think I
was), it?ll set you back on your heels. There is V9 material about the
trace facility, recovery, Conditional Restart, coupling facility, and
SYSCTRL/SYSOPR responsibilities, just to name a few. I take tests well,
and I passed the comparable V8 examination with room to spare. Someone?s
been tuning this one up ? it had me sweating by question 3.

I also recommend studying with Lawson and Luksetich?s V9 DBA Certification
Study Guide; before I took the test I was thinking it was too thick with
material; after, I?m much more comfortable with it.

I?m going back to my Study Guide now.




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Re: [v9 z/OS] The Test
(in response to William Shipley)
Les



I think you are correct. We are on a spiral down.



- Ray



From: IDUG DB2-L [mailto:[login to unmask email] On Behalf Of Leslie
Sent: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 8:10 AM
To: [login to unmask email]
Subject: Re: [DB2-L] [v9 z/OS] The Test



Kirk



I think you not in a minority of people that have seen their job go to an "Indian based company" ...



In the UK many of the major banks have outsourced this way to reduce headcount without paying, then of course the Indian outsourcers let people go ... I think we are on the spiral down, but maybe I will be proved wrong.



Les



________________________________

From: IDUG DB2-L [mailto:[login to unmask email] On Behalf Of Kirk Hampton
Sent: 14 February 2011 15:47
To: [login to unmask email]
Subject: Re: [DB2-L] [v9 z/OS] The Test

Phil,

Your type of conference cost restrictions are by no means limited to government agencies, I’m right there in the same boat with you. I was a long-term employee who is now outsourced to an India-based technology firm, still doing the same job as before but now a contractor to my former employer. Under the old regime I could choose one outside class or conference per year, travel included. My new employer has no training budget at all, just whatever free in-house online courses they make available, and almost none of those have to do with mainframe, much less DB2 for z/OS.



I have mixed emotions on hearing that the newer tests are tougher. Like you, I passed the v8 cert test with room to spare, and never cracked a book. At the time, we did not even have that version in the shop yet, all my v8 experience was from IDUG presentations or posts here on the list. I was a little shocked that I was able to pass the test, but it gave me the feeling that at least I was getting credit for 20+ years of work experience. I have seen posts here on the list that sounded like people were attempting to read one of the certification guides and go pass the test with little or no work experience. And with the older tests, I’ll bet that was possible, although I consider that wrong…



J Kirk Hampton

Sr. Specialist - Mainframe

HCL Technologies America

Mesquite Data Center

972-216-3119



________________________________

From: IDUG DB2-L [mailto:[login to unmask email] On Behalf Of Sevetson, Phil
Sent: Monday, February 14, 2011 9:12 AM
To: [login to unmask email]
Subject: Re: [v9 z/OS] The Test



Willie, I’m hourly paid by a government agency. They won’t cover me to attend an outside class held _inside_ the building; you think they’re going to pay me to attend a conference? They’d give me the time off; unpaid; and I’d be on my own to cover costs. The exam fee is a bargain by comparison, but it’s still enough to sting quite a bit.



Okay, done whining now.



--Phil



________________________________

From: IDUG DB2-L [mailto:[login to unmask email] On Behalf Of Willie Favero
Sent: Friday, February 11, 2011 6:12 PM
To: [login to unmask email]
Subject: Re: [DB2-L] [v9 z/OS] The Test



All of the DB2 certification test are almost always available at no-charge at many of the major conference and occasionally, at local DB2 User Groups.

The DB2 10 for z/OS DBA Certification test is also now available...

Willie

The

On 2/11/2011 12:55 PM, Sevetson, Phil wrote:

All,

I just sat for the IBM DB2 V9 for z/OS Database Administrator (000-732) test: “Test 000-732: DB2 9 DBA for z/OS” – the $10 assessment version, not the $200 real-credit test. The assessment test has 71 questions (the one with live ammo has 69). Passing score is 57%.



I passed the assessment version, with less than one question to spare.



I’m not protesting the test (although that $200 price tag is somewhat north of irritating). I’m warning y’all. Take the assessment test if you haven’t intensively used DB2V9 new features; it’ll give you some ideas about what to study, and unless you’re _very_ good (and I used to think I was), it’ll set you back on your heels. There is V9 material about the trace facility, recovery, Conditional Restart, coupling facility, and SYSCTRL/SYSOPR responsibilities, just to name a few. I take tests well, and I passed the comparable V8 examination with room to spare. Someone’s been tuning this one up – it had me sweating by question 3.



I also recommend studying with Lawson and Luksetich’s V9 DBA Certification Study Guide; before I took the test I was thinking it was too thick with material; after, I’m much more comfortable with it.



I’m going back to my Study Guide now.



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Barbara Koenen

Re: [v9 z/OS] The Test
(in response to Ray Gaston)
Thanks very much!

-----Original Message-----
From: IDUG DB2-L [mailto:[login to unmask email] On Behalf Of Dan Luksetich
Sent: Monday, February 14, 2011 10:19 AM
To: [login to unmask email]
Subject: Re: [DB2-L] [v9 z/OS] The Test

I was just told ebook, including kindle, will happen.
Dan

On Mon, 14 Feb 2011 07:04:59 -0700, Barbara Koenen
<[login to unmask email]> wrote:
> I'd like to echo this request. I wanted it for V9. I'm a Kindle person
> too, but even a format that I can put on my work laptop would be nice
> too. I'm old-fashioned and disliked when IBM pushed us away from paper
> copies of the manuals and then away from Book Manager, but I'm trying to
> live in the 21st century now.
>
> I really like to use the Certification Guide exactly to brush up on some
> of the features I might not have used recently, as there are so many
> these days. I purchased a Certification Guide for V8 and reviewing it
> made it easy for me to pass those tests. I took the V9 certification
> test right as the book was coming out, so I had to go into that test
> cold, and admit I that even though I passed, it wasn't with flying
> colors.
>
> I'm at a stage in life where I'm trying to purge my possessions and my
> husband has threatened a book burning if I bring any more into the
> house, so I really don't need a paper copy of another certification
> guide. I donated the V8 one to the local library, and that is probably
> where a V10 one would end up.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: IDUG DB2-L [mailto:[login to unmask email] On Behalf Of Sevetson,
> Phil
> Sent: Friday, February 11, 2011 2:12 PM
> To: [login to unmask email]
> Subject: Re: [DB2-L] [v9 z/OS] The Test
>
> Dan, is there anyone to whom Your Adoring Public may whine, about
> getting this version published to the various e-book formats (my
> personal preference being Kindle)?
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: IDUG DB2-L [mailto:[login to unmask email] On Behalf Of Dan Luksetich
> Sent: Friday, February 11, 2011 2:10 PM
> To: [login to unmask email]
> Subject: Re: [DB2-L] [v9 z/OS] The Test
>
> If you ever wonder why the study guide seems to cover a topic in general
> terms, and then gives a very specific example, well wonder no more. In
> fact, as you are reading the book grasp those moments!
>
> DB2 10 for z/OS DBA Certification Guide is finished and off to IBM
> review.
> Hoping for a May publication.
>
> Dan
>
> On Fri, 11 Feb 2011 13:55:35 -0500, "Sevetson, Phil"
> <[login to unmask email]> wrote:
>> All,
>> I just sat for the IBM DB2 V9 for z/OS Database Administrator
> (000-732)
>> test: "Test 000-732: DB2 9 DBA for z/OS" - the $10 assessment version,
> not
>> the $200 real-credit test. The assessment test has 71 questions (the
> one
>> with live ammo has 69). Passing score is 57%.
>>
>> I passed the assessment version, with less than one question to spare.
>>
>> I'm not protesting the test (although that $200 price tag is somewhat
>> north of irritating). I'm warning y'all. Take the assessment test if
> you
>> haven't intensively used DB2V9 new features; it'll give you some ideas
>> about what to study, and unless you're _very_ good (and I used to
> think
> I
>> was), it'll set you back on your heels. There is V9 material about
> the
>> trace facility, recovery, Conditional Restart, coupling facility, and
>> SYSCTRL/SYSOPR responsibilities, just to name a few. I take tests
> well,
>> and I passed the comparable V8 examination with room to spare.
> Someone's
>> been tuning this one up - it had me sweating by question 3.
>>
>> I also recommend studying with Lawson and Luksetich's V9 DBA
> Certification
>> Study Guide; before I took the test I was thinking it was too thick
> with
>> material; after, I'm much more comfortable with it.
>>
>> I'm going back to my Study Guide now.
>>
>> _____________________________________________________________________
>> * IDUG North America * Anaheim, California * May 2-6 2011 *
>> http://IDUG.ORG/NA *
>> * Your only source for independent, unbiased, and trusted DB2
>> information. *
>> ** The best DB2 technical sessions in the world
>> ** Independent, not-for-profit, User Run - the IDUG difference!
>> _____________________________________________________________________
>>
>> If you need to change settings,
> http://www.idug.org/cgi-bin/wa?A0=DB2-L
> is
>> the home of IDUG's Listserv
>
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> http://IDUG.ORG/NA *
> * Your only source for independent, unbiased, and trusted DB2
> information. *
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> information. *
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> ** Independent, not-for-profit, User Run - the IDUG difference!
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> http://IDUG.ORG/EMEA *
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> *
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Max Scarpa

Re: [v9 z/OS] The Test
(in response to Barbara Koenen)
Unfortunately you're right. We are on an uncontrolled spiral down, the
worst configuration (while flying but I think it's the same for us :-( ).

Max Scarpa
Certified next to deploy emergency chute





From: "Gaston, Raymond" <[login to unmask email]>
To: [login to unmask email]
Date: 15/02/2011 15.32
Subject: Re: [DB2-L] [v9 z/OS] The Test
Sent by: IDUG DB2-L <[login to unmask email]>



Les

I think you are correct. We are on a spiral down.

- Ray

From: IDUG DB2-L [mailto:[login to unmask email] On Behalf Of Leslie
Sent: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 8:10 AM
To: [login to unmask email]
Subject: Re: [DB2-L] [v9 z/OS] The Test

Kirk

I think you not in a minority of people that have seen their job go to an
"Indian based company" ...

In the UK many of the major banks have outsourced this way to reduce
headcount without paying, then of course the Indian outsourcers let people
go ... I think we are on the spiral down, but maybe I will be proved
wrong.

Les


From: IDUG DB2-L [mailto:[login to unmask email] On Behalf Of Kirk Hampton
Sent: 14 February 2011 15:47
To: [login to unmask email]
Subject: Re: [DB2-L] [v9 z/OS] The Test
Phil,
Your type of conference cost restrictions are by no means limited to
government agencies, I’m right there in the same boat with you. I was a
long-term employee who is now outsourced to an India-based technology
firm, still doing the same job as before but now a contractor to my former
employer. Under the old regime I could choose one outside class or
conference per year, travel included. My new employer has no training
budget at all, just whatever free in-house online courses they make
available, and almost none of those have to do with mainframe, much less
DB2 for z/OS.

I have mixed emotions on hearing that the newer tests are tougher. Like
you, I passed the v8 cert test with room to spare, and never cracked a
book. At the time, we did not even have that version in the shop yet, all
my v8 experience was from IDUG presentations or posts here on the list. I
was a little shocked that I was able to pass the test, but it gave me the
feeling that at least I was getting credit for 20+ years of work
experience. I have seen posts here on the list that sounded like people
were attempting to read one of the certification guides and go pass the
test with little or no work experience. And with the older tests, I’ll bet
that was possible, although I consider that wrong…

J Kirk Hampton
Sr. Specialist - Mainframe
HCL Technologies America
Mesquite Data Center
972-216-3119


From: IDUG DB2-L [mailto:[login to unmask email] On Behalf Of Sevetson, Phil
Sent: Monday, February 14, 2011 9:12 AM
To: [login to unmask email]
Subject: Re: [v9 z/OS] The Test

Willie, I’m hourly paid by a government agency. They won’t cover me to
attend an outside class held _inside_ the building; you think they’re
going to pay me to attend a conference? They’d give me the time off;
unpaid; and I’d be on my own to cover costs. The exam fee is a bargain
by comparison, but it’s still enough to sting quite a bit.

Okay, done whining now.

--Phil


From: IDUG DB2-L [mailto:[login to unmask email] On Behalf Of Willie Favero
Sent: Friday, February 11, 2011 6:12 PM
To: [login to unmask email]
Subject: Re: [DB2-L] [v9 z/OS] The Test

All of the DB2 certification test are almost always available at no-charge
at many of the major conference and occasionally, at local DB2 User
Groups.

The DB2 10 for z/OS DBA Certification test is also now available...

Willie

The

On 2/11/2011 12:55 PM, Sevetson, Phil wrote:
All,
I just sat for the IBM DB2 V9 for z/OS Database Administrator (000-732)
test: “Test 000-732: DB2 9 DBA for z/OS” – the $10 assessment version, not
the $200 real-credit test. The assessment test has 71 questions (the one
with live ammo has 69). Passing score is 57%.

I passed the assessment version, with less than one question to spare.

I’m not protesting the test (although that $200 price tag is somewhat
north of irritating). I’m warning y’all. Take the assessment test if you
haven’t intensively used DB2V9 new features; it’ll give you some ideas
about what to study, and unless you’re _very_ good (and I used to think I
was), it’ll set you back on your heels. There is V9 material about the
trace facility, recovery, Conditional Restart, coupling facility, and
SYSCTRL/SYSOPR responsibilities, just to name a few. I take tests well,
and I passed the comparable V8 examination with room to spare. Someone’s
been tuning this one up – it had me sweating by question 3.

I also recommend studying with Lawson and Luksetich’s V9 DBA Certification
Study Guide; before I took the test I was thinking it was too thick with
material; after, I’m much more comfortable with it.

I’m going back to my Study Guide now.



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