IBM z/VM V6.3 - Virtualization with efficiency at scaleIBM Asia Pacific Software Announcement AP13-0295
July 23, 2013
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IBM® z/VM® V6.3 extends the mainframe virtualization platform to help you reshape and derive more value from your experiences. z/VM V6.3 is designed to offer:
Today's z/VM provides a highly secure and scalable enterprise cloud infrastructure and an environment for efficiently running multiple diverse critical applications with support for more virtual servers than any other platform in a single footprint. Enhancements that provide improved scalability and better price performance strengthen z/VM as a foundation for optimized workload deployment with reduced costs per virtual server.
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Organizations around the world are recognizing the increasing role that technology plays in driving change as they shift investments from infrastructure maintenance toward new projects that drive business innovation. The explosive growth of mobile devices, big data, cloud computing, and social media represents a clear opportunity to reshape business models, create competitive advantage, and help deliver significant business value. In order to capitalize on these emerging opportunities, you recognize the need to respond with increased agility to deliver new services, while addressing cost, complexity, and risk. This requires an optimized infrastructure that is integrated, flexible, and secure.
The IBM zEnterprise System is a modern mainframe that is uniquely suited to deliver industry-leading innovation and value. It allows your organization to exploit new technologies to help improve efficiency and speed time to market. It is designed to unlock the power of big data with the integration of business intelligence and transactional processing to help deliver competitive advantages through actionable insights gained from real-time analytics. Advanced virtualization features like multisystem virtualization and Live Guest Relocation with System z , z/VM , and Linux on System z help to provide an efficient infrastructure for deploying private clouds to support workloads that scale both horizontally and vertically at a low total cost of ownership. And, with its high level of security, you can put your trust in the IBM zEnterprise System to protect your most valuable information, helping to reduce organizational and reputational risk.
With the increase of business scale, workloads are continuing to grow in size, putting significant pressure on the resource requirements of virtual machines. New enhancements to z/VM V6.3 now support 1 TB of real memory to help clients keep pace with increasing business demands while continuing to allow for the highest levels of shared resource utilization. This support may increase server consolidation ratios. z/VM V6.3 is the premier virtualization platform, supporting more virtual servers than any other in a single footprint. It provides industry-leading capabilities to efficiently scale both horizontally and vertically, enabling clients to support growing business demands while lowering the cost of service delivery.
In addition to more memory we have also addressed the increasing workload demands for processor cycles and for quicker access to memory. z/VM HiperDispatch does that by strengthening the affinity between where work is dispatched and where the data used by that work exists, thereby avoiding delays to retrieve that data. z/VM HiperDispatch is expected to provide improved throughput depending on workload characteristics, with memory-intensive workloads running on large numbers (16 to 32) of physical processors most likely to achieve the highest performance gains.
To accelerate the delivery of its cloud offerings, IBM recently announced plans to base all of its cloud services and software on open architecture and standards, including OpenStack. OpenStack is an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud computing open source project. IBM joined the project in 2012 and in support of System z is making contributions to the OpenStack project that are designed to enable z/VM V6.3 to be the first System z operating environment that can be managed with these open cloud architecture-based interfaces.
For clients who want to administer virtual servers with Extreme Cloud Administration Toolkit (xCAT), a scalable open source tool developed by IBM , xCAT is now provided with z/VM V6.3. It no longer needs to be separately downloaded, installed, and configured. Users can quickly deploy xCAT with a small amount of tailoring.
Clients can migrate from z/VM V6.2 to z/VM V6.3 in a shorter period of time with automation provided by a new upgrade installation procedure. Automation eliminates the effort required to copy and reconfigure your current environment and the hardware resources associated with migration. Taking advantage of Live Guest Relocation in conjunction with such an upgrade can completely eliminate a planned outage of active workloads.
z/VM V6.3 security enhancements provide support for extending digital signature cryptography with support for the IBM Enterprise Public Key Cryptography Standards (PKCS) #11 (EP11) coprocessor. z/VM provides guest support to protect data and comply with Europay, Mastercard, and Visa (EMV), the global standard for authenticating credit and debit card transactions.
This new release of z/VM , coupled with support for the new IBM System zEC12 and zBC12 servers, helps provide the foundation for a highly secure and scalable enterprise cloud infrastructure and an environment for efficiently running multiple critical industry applications. Examples of new solutions well suited for this environment are:
For the most current information on z/VM V6.3, refer to the z/VM website at
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|Planned availability date|
July 26, 2013
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Virtualization technology and Linux enablement
z/VM V6.3 includes extensions to z/VM virtualization technology in support of Linux on System z , z/OS® , and other guests.
IPL changes for NSS in a Linux dump
The IPL command function has been enhanced to provide the capability to retain the contents of a named saved system (NSS) in guest memory if one is in use. This enhancement allows stand-alone dump tools, such as those used with the Linux operating system, to include the contents of the NSS in a stand-alone dump.
z/VM V6.3 includes support for the newest IBM System z hardware technologies.
Note: Support and exploitation of hardware functions depend on hardware level and availability. For detailed information on hardware capabilities, requirements, and availability, see the appropriate Hardware Announcement materials. Also refer to the hardware Preventive Service Planning (PSP) buckets at IBM Resource Link®
A Resource Link user ID and password are required.
IBM zEnterprise EC12 and IBM zEnterprise BC12
z/VM supports the IBM zEnterprise EC12 (zEC12) and IBM zEnterprise BC12 (zBC12) and enables guests to exploit selected new features.
z/VM support for the zEC12 and zBC12 includes support for:
Fibre Channel Protocol Data Router support
Fibre Channel Protocol (FCP) QEBSM support has been enhanced to allow guest exploitation of the Data Router facility to directly transfer data from guest memory to an FCP device.
FICON® DS8000® Series new functions
z/VM supports the following functions on IBM System Storage® DS8700 and later devices:
This support is intended to reduce the amount of false HyperSwap events by GDPS and reduce the amount of processing required to handle PPRC suspend events, which previously came via state change interrupts. This is particularly useful for clients with large sets of DASD under GDPS PPRC control.
This satisfies the statement of direction made in IBM Software Announcement AP11-0390, dated October 12, 2011 .
HiperSockets completion queue guest exploitation support
z/VM provides guest support for asynchronous HiperSockets data transmission provided by completion queues when deploying a HiperSockets network in a virtualized environment. Completion queues perform requests asynchronously to improve performance for peak workload intervals.
This satisfies the statement of direction made in IBM Software Announcement AP11-0390, dated October 12, 2011 .
Multiple Subchannel Set support for mirrored DASD
The Multiple Subchannel Set (MSS) support for mirrored DASD provides a subset of host support for the MSS facility to allow using an alternate subchannel set for Peer-to-Peer Remote Copy (PPRC) secondary volumes.
This satisfies the statement of direction made in IBM Software Announcement AP11-0390, dated October 12, 2011 .
z/VM HiperDispatch is intended to improve efficiency in the use of CPU resources. This enhancement can help to improve performance and allow you to get more business value from your existing IBM System z servers, perhaps by consolidating z/VM workloads into fewer (larger) z/VM LPARs.
z/VM HiperDispatch improves CPU efficiency by causing the Control Program to run work in a manner that recognizes and exploits System z machine topology to increase the effectiveness of physical machine memory cache. This includes:
z/VM HiperDispatch can also improve CPU efficiency by automatically tuning the LPAR's use of its logical CPUs to try to reduce multiprocessor effects. This includes:
The supported processors limit for z/VM V6.3 remains 32, but with improved multiprocessor efficiency.
z/VM V6.3 includes systems management improvements that help to provide self-configuring, self-managing, and self-optimization facilities
z/VM V6.3, OpenStack and zManager
IBM zEnterprise Unified Resource Manager (zManager) is designed to provide systems management capabilities across the multi-architecture environment of zEnterprise . Many of you are planning to exploit these system management capabilities to deploy a framework for a heterogeneous cloud environment, thereby providing an effective means to help deliver IT services. To accelerate the delivery of its cloud offerings, IBM recently announced plans to base all of its cloud services and software on open architecture and standards, including OpenStack.
OpenStack is an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud computing open source project. IBM joined the project in 2012 and in support of System z is making contributions to the OpenStack project that are designed to enable z/VM V6.3 to be the first System z operating environment that can be managed with these open cloud architecture-based interfaces.
The management of z/VM environments in zManager is now stabilized as part of the evolution of the IBM cloud strategy and adoption of OpenStack. Accordingly, zManager does not provide systems management support for z/VM V6.3. However, zManager will continue to play a distinct and significant role in the management of virtualized environments created by zEnterprise integrated firmware hypervisors - PR/SM , PowerVM , and x hypervisor based on Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM).
Looking ahead, IBM will continue to enable OpenStack to provide heterogeneous systems management across zEnterprise , z/VM , and distributed platforms, which in turn can be exploited by subsequent IBM SmartCloud offerings. These offerings are designed to provide you enablement for enterprise-wide cloud deployments and greater flexibility by removing the need to develop specific interfaces for different cloud services.
Enhanced Performance Toolkit
The Performance Toolkit for VM, function level 630, includes new and updated reports containing the following information:
Enhanced z/VM systems management application programming interface (SMAPI)
SMAPI enhancements include:
Extending zBX connectivity options to Layer-2
Customer experience with the IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter® Extension (zBX) has led IBM to depart from its original requirement to exclusively support Layer-3 connectivity between the external data network and the intraensemble data network (IEDN) top-of-rack (TOR) switches in the zBX. With this change, a z/VM Virtual Switch can be used to provide a Layer 2 connection through the IEDN TOR switch using an OSD, thus extending IEDN connectivity to z/VM guests without requiring an OSX and without requiring z/VM to participate in an Ensemble.
A Redpaper is now available, illustrating a set of pre-tested configuration examples in support of both Layer-2 and Layer-3 connectivity. The Redpaper, IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension: Network Connectivity Options (REDP-5036), includes a description of limitations and trade-offs when deploying Layer-2 versus Layer-3 connectivity.
The Redpaper can be accessed at the following website
z/VM V6.3 includes enhancements to z/VM network virtualization.
Virtual switch HiperSockets bridge
The z/VM virtual switch is enhanced to transparently bridge a guest virtual machine network connection on a HiperSockets LAN segment. This bridge allows a single HiperSockets guest virtual machine network connection to also directly communicate with the following:
Live Guest Relocation support for port-based virtual switches
This support builds on the existing Live Guest Relocation framework to:
The support adds the checks that are needed to safely relocate a guest with a port-based virtual switch interface. Eligibility tests are performed before relocation to determine if the destination network is equivalent.
The support improves the preexisting base network eligibility test by testing other attributes that would prevent the guest from establishing connectivity. Without the improved checks, if you accidentally mislabel two networks as equivalent, a guest might be relocated to the destination node but find it impossible to establish network connectivity, and the reason for the loss of connectivity might not be clear.
The MPROUTE server has been upgraded to provide functional equivalency to z/OS V1.13 OMPROUTE.
Virtual switch recovery stall prevention
A new SET VSWITCH UPLINK SWITCHOVER command provides a fast mechanism to switch an uplink port's network connection from its current device to one of its configured backup devices. The use of this new command is less disruptive to virtual switch external network connectivity when there is a need to apply service to an OSA-Express feature.
Additionally, support is added to automatically enable or disable the z/VM Missing Interruption Handler (MIH) function for an OSA-Express or HiperSockets read, write, and data uplink device. MIH is used to detect and recover (failover) from network connectivity problems due to unresponsive or broken hardware.
Virtual switch support for VEPA
The z/VM virtual switch has been enhanced to support Virtual Edge Port Aggregator (VEPA) mode, which allows advanced access, traffic, and security controls to be performed on network traffic.
VEPA is part of the IEEE 802.1Qbg standardization effort and is designed to reduce the complexities associated with highly virtualized deployments such as hypervisor virtual switches bridging many virtual machines. VEPA provides the capability to take all virtual machine traffic sent by the server and send it to an adjacent network switch. This mode of operation moves all frame relay switching from the hypervisor virtual switch to the (external) adjacent switch. With the adjacent switch handling the frame relay for virtual switch guest port to guest port communications, imbedded network-based appliances in the adjacent switch, such as firewalls, Access Control Lists (ACLs), Quality of Service (QoS), port Quality of Service (QoS), and port mirroring, are available to be deployed for this guest port to guest port switching. VEPA eliminates the need to provide and support these network-based appliances in the hypervisors or LPARs. VEPA mode is supported on OSA-Express3 and later on IBM zEnterprise EC12 and later.
z/VM V6.3 includes scalability enhancements that can help support increased workloads on z/VM .
The z/VM memory management algorithms are redesigned to enable support for real memory up to 1 TB. These enhancements are intended to improve efficiency for the overcommitment of virtual to real memory for guests and to improve performance. Some benefits of these memory management changes are:
Preparing for the increased memory scalability will depend on your current hardware configuration for memory and CPUs. Depending on the workload you plan to run, you might need to add capacity to take full advantage of the 1 TB support provided with z/VM V6.3. This might mean adding memory and CPUs to your existing configuration, adding books or drawers to your system, or reconfiguring XSTORE and DASD paging space.
Enhanced dump support
z/VM dump capabilities have been enhanced:
z/VM V6.3 includes enhancements to the security characteristics of z/VM .
System z Security Portal
IBM urges all z/VM users to register for the System z Security Portal and to keep current with security and system integrity fixes.
Many security experts agree that, in today's world of heightened cybersecurity concerns, it is more important than ever to track and install critical security and system integrity fixes as part of your overall enterprise security policy to mitigate risk. IBM recommends that users of the z/VM operating system validate the currency of security and system integrity service and take prompt action to install all security and integrity PTFs. Security and system integrity fixes are included in Recommended Service Upgrades (RSUs), and maintaining RSU currency can help you minimize exposure to security and integrity issues.
The System z Security Portal is intended to help you stay current with security and system integrity. The System z Security Portal now provides Associated Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) V2 ratings for new APARs.1 Because widespread specifics about a vulnerability could increase the likelihood that an attacker could successfully exploit it, and in response to many customer requests to maintain the confidentiality of any vulnerability information reported to IBM , this information is available only to registered z/VM customers who agree not to distribute it to others. IBM recommends that you visit the System z Security Portal site to get the information you need to be registered as an authorized user of this information. Visit
Also, questions can be directed to: email@example.com
- According to the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST), the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) is an "industry open standard designed to convey vulnerability severity and help to determine urgency and priority of response." IBM PROVIDES THE CVSS SCORES "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. CUSTOMERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF ANY ACTUAL OR POTENTIAL SECURITY VULNERABILITY IN THEIR SPECIFIC ENVIRONMENT.
IBM DOES NOT PROVIDE A CVSS ENVIRONMENT SCORE. THE CVSS ENVIRONMENT SCORE IS CUSTOMER ENVIRONMENT SPECIFIC AND WILL IMPACT THE OVERALL CVSS SCORE. CUSTOMERS SHOULD EVALUATE THE IMPACT OF ANY ACTUAL OR POTENTIAL SECURITY VULNERABILITY AND CAN CALCULATE A CVSS ENVIRONMENT SCORE.
z/VM provides guest support for the Crypto Express4S feature, which is exclusive to the zEC12 and zBC12, for z/Architecture guests.
The Crypto Express4S can be configured in one of three ways using the Hardware Management Console (HMC) panels:
The new EP11 coprocessor is designed to provide open industry standard cryptographic services. It provides enhanced firmware capabilities that are designed to meet the rigorous FIPS 140-2 Level 4 and Common Criteria EAL4+ certifications.
EP11 provides enhanced security qualities when using PKCS #11 functions. EP11 supports secure PKCS #11 keys that never leave the secure boundary of the coprocessor unencrypted. With EP11, keys can now be generated and securely wrapped under the EP11 Master Key, all within the bounds of the coprocessor.
z/Architecture guests can be authorized in the z/VM directory for shared or dedicated access to the Crypto Express4S. When Crypto Express4S is configured as an accelerator or a CCA coprocessor, z/VM supports the device for shared or dedicated use. When Crypto Express4S is configured as an EP11 coprocessor, z/VM supports the device for dedicated use only.
SSL server upgrade and TLS 1.2 support
The z/VM SSL server has been upgraded to z/OS V1.13 equivalency. This upgrade includes support for Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol, version 1.2, which provides support for SHA-256 certificates. A new PROTOCOL operand on the VMSSL command allows the system administrator to enable and disable SSL and TLS protocols for cryptographic use in the operation of the SSL server.
The z/VM SSL server also has been enhanced to support secure IPv6 SSL connections. The following servers and clients have added support for secure IPv6 connections:
Furthermore, NETSTAT IDENT SSL and SSLADMIN have been enhanced to display secure IPv6 connections.
z/VM V6.3 includes enhancements to support application development and deployment on z/VM .
Program Management Binder upgrade
The Program Management Binder for CMS has been upgraded to z/OS V1.13 equivalency. The new level of the Binder includes the following enhancements:
Installation, serviceability, and packaging
z/VM V6.3 includes enhanced functions and processes to improve the installation and serviceability of z/VM .
Upgrade installation technique
With z/VM V6.3, a new installation technique called upgrade installation is introduced (for upgrading from z/VM V6.2 only). In a traditional installation, the new release is installed on a separate set of volumes, after which the users and data from the current running system are migrated to the system running the new release. In an upgrade installation, a new release system to be used as a temporary work system is installed as a second-level guest of the current release system that you wish to upgrade. The new level of code from the work system is then moved to your current system with minimal impact to your current running system. This current running system can be a non-SSI system, the only member of a single-member SSI cluster, or any member of a multimember SSI cluster. In a multimember SSI cluster, you will upgrade one member at a time so that there is minimal impact to the other members.
An upgrade installation is performed using a two-stage approach, with two separate sets of changes being defined and then made on your current system. The first set of changes, STAGE 1, can be made to your current system without disrupting your production workload. After the STAGE 1 changes have been made you must stop all normal production work on your current system or move that work to another system. In an SSI cluster environment, you can relocate production Linux workloads from your current system to other members of your cluster before performing STAGE 2 activities.
Once you have relocated or stopped your workloads, you should create a backup of the system you are upgrading using your normal backup procedures. You are then ready to proceed to STAGE 2. When the STAGE 2 changes are complete you will IPL your current system and restart your normal workloads.
In an SSI environment you can run multiple levels of z/VM on the members of the SSI cluster. This allows you to upgrade one member at a time and thoroughly test your current workloads on the new level of z/VM before upgrading additional members.
Cross-system highest level program handling
In an SSI cluster in which members have different levels of z/VM installed, certain programs that manage shared resources are required to be at the highest release level that is running in the cluster. These programs must be on all members in the cluster regardless of the release level running on each member. Handling the highest release level program is accomplished by having a common test/production build disk set, where programs that must be at the highest release level are shipped and maintained. These disks are on the common volume and are owned by the PMAINT user ID. When a z/VM release which supersedes all other releases running on the members in an SSI cluster is installed on a member of the cluster, the z/VM installation processing places these programs from the superseding release on the SSI system common disk, replacing all programs from the superseded release.
z/VM includes the following service enhancements:
xCAT appliance packaged with z/VM V6.3
The Extreme Cloud Administration Toolkit (xCAT) appliance is packaged with z/VM V6.3. xCAT is an open source scalable distributed computing management and provisioning tool that provides a unified interface for hardware control, discovery, and OS diskful/diskfree deployment. The toolkit is configured to be ready for use with no modification.
z/VM license information provided on DVD
License information for z/VM V6.3 is provided on a DVD supplied with the z/VM product:
The DVD includes the following documents:
Withdrawal of support
With z/VM V6.3, IBM has withdrawn support for the following functions:
IBM Systems Lab Services and Training
IBM Systems Lab Services and Training ("Lab Services") provides leading-edge consulting, custom solutions, support services, and proofs-of-concept to meet your business requirements now and to support your strategic initiatives in the future. Lab Services can leverage the worldwide intellectual and technical resources of IBM product development labs to assist you in taking advantage of emerging technologies on z/VM and Linux , explaining these innovative solutions and delivering the training needed to use them. And, sometimes, you just need a helping hand. Lab Services can provide the help you need, including such services as:
To learn more about our offerings, visit
To discover what IBM System Lab Services and Training can do for you, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Engine-based Value Unit pricing
Engine-based Value Unit pricing for z/VM V6 is designed to provide a decreasing price curve as hardware capacities and workload grow, which may help improve price/performance.
There may also be a price benefit when you grow your capacity. Additional capacity is not priced starting at the base with a flat price per unit. Instead, additional capacity is priced starting at the capacity (processors) on which z/VM V5 has already been installed, which may result in a lower unit price.
Note: Value Units of a given product cannot be exchanged, interchanged, or aggregated with Value Units of another product.
A no-charge Subscription and Support registration record will be established for each designated machine where z/VM V6.3 and the priced, optional features of Single System Image Feature, DirMaint , RSCS, RACF® Security Server, and the Performance Toolkit for VM are running. These no-charge Subscription and Support registration records will be linked to the billable Subscription and Support and all billable Subscription and Support within the scope of the engine-based Value Units aggregation will be linked together.
Subscription and Support (S&S) is an annual charge and should be kept at an annual term.
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Today's announcement strengthens the scalability of z/VM with support for 1 TB of real memory. This provides relief for large workloads, for example Oracle database servers that consume 256 GB of memory today. In addition, with the support for 1 TB of real memory the capability exists to consolidate considerably more virtual machines into a single LPAR, depending on workload characteristics, especially if you assume the same characteristics and resource requirements as the existing workload and with a comparable increase in other resources such as CPU, I/O, network, paging, and spooling resources.
z/VM HiperDispatch support improves performance through more efficient use of processor cache. This will most benefit the performance of memory-intensive workloads running on a large number (16 to 32) of physical processors.
z/VM V6.3 operates on all servers starting with IBM System z10® and newer including the latest IBM System zEC12 and zBC12 servers announced today.
Clients can add capacity to IBM mainframe servers for hosting Linux on System z workloads by configuring their servers with Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL) processors.
z/VM V6.3 provides additional support and exploitation opportunities for many users who have built enterprise-wide automation and infrastructure enhancements on the z/VM platform in support of their applications, database systems, and on-demand business solutions. For example, upgrade in place provides a more attractive, lower cost, and quicker release upgrade for migrating from z/VM V6.2 than that available in previous releases.
The success of Linux on System z can be attributed in part to the business value that Linux-based solutions derived from the IBM mainframe virtualization technology provided by z/VM running on IBM System z servers. z/VM technology offers the ability to host more virtual servers than any other platform in a single footprint and now with a 4x increase in the real memory limit supported, z/VM V6.3 supports larger workloads while continuing to maintain greater than 90% resource utilization.
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For information about the IBM zEnterprise , refer to:
For IBM zEnterprise z114 hardware capabilities, refer to:
For IBM zEnterprise z196 hardware capabilities, refer to:
For information about the System z10 Enterprise Class, refer to:
For information about the System z10 Business Class, refer to:
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|Availability of national languages|
z/VM V6 offers National Language translation for message repositories, help files, and other panels or files depending on the function translated.
Description Availability date Language z/VM V6.3 12/02/11 Japanese Kanji DirMaint FL630 Feature 12/02/11 Japanese Kanji DFSMS/VM Feature 12/02/11 Japanese Kanji
The following components and features are supported by z/VM V6 in the following languages:
The z/VM V6 translated help files for Japanese Kanji are packaged on the system DASD Dump Restores (DDRs) and the DVD system image.
To receive the translated help files for DFSMS/VM in Kanji, you must order the no-charge optional feature available with the z/VM V6 System Delivery Option (SDO). You will also receive the base DFSMS/VM feature when ordering the DFSMS/VM Kanji feature.
The DirMaint Feature for z/VM provides National Language translation for DirMaint messages in Kanji and is automatically included with this feature.
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Program Program name number z/VM Version 6 (V6.3) 5741-A07 z/VM Version 6 SDO (V6.3) 5741-A08 z/VM Subscription & Support (V1.1) 5741-SNS
Note: z/VM V6.3 and the optional features must be ordered using the z/VM V6.3 SDO packaged offering, program number 5741-A08. Program number 5741-A07 is used for pricing, billing, and central service.
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IBM Training offers classroom training, e-learning, conferences, certification, course roadmaps, and more. These publicly held or privately available courses are focused on z/VM and Linux for System z . IBM Training also provides on-site training with customized content and course materials for small or large groups.
The z/VM and Linux course catalog includes:
The Linux course catalog includes:
Private offerings of these classes and customized education may also be requested from IBM .
For information on these courses or additional z/VM education, contact your local IBM IT Education Services (ITES) for catalogs, schedules, and enrollments.
You may also visit the IBM Training website at
Select "Browse for training by country," select a country, then select "Courses A - Z," then select desired course from the alphabetical list.
IBM IT Training offers various savings programs on IBM education. For more information on the savings programs available in your country, visit the IBM Training website at
Select "Browse for training by country," select a country, then select " IBM Education Pack."
IBM Training offers public and private z/VM classes and annual Technical Conferences in Europe (in the first half of the year) and in the United States (in the second half of the year).
For more information about IBM Technical Conferences, visit
Information on live virtual classes available for z/VM , Linux , and z/VSE® can be found at
Additional z/VM educational resources can be found on the z/VM website at
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Product information is available via the Offering Information website
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The z/VM V6.3 product information is provided in the z/VM V6.3 Information Center. The z/VM V6.3 publications are also available as Adobe PDF files.
z/VM V6.3 Information Center
The z/VM information center provides z/VM information through the IBM User Interface Help System built on Eclipse. The z/VM information center includes documentation for the z/VM base product and optional features, the prerequisite IBM products, and some optional IBM products and facilities.
An information center offers the following advantages:
The z/VM V6.3 Information Center is available:
Adobe PDF files
The z/VM publications are also available as Adobe PDF files, which are included in the z/VM information center. The PDF files are also included on the IBM Online Library: z/VM Collection and are available from the IBM Publications Center.
You can view a PDF file using the Adobe Reader, which is available free from the Adobe website at
You can also print the entire publication or just the section in which you are interested.
z/VM V6.3 Agreements and License Information
License information for z/VM V6.3 is provided on the z/VM V6.3 Agreements and License Information DVD, LC27-5378. The DVD is supplied with z/VM and includes the following documents:
IBM Online Library: z/VM Collection
The IBM Online Library: z/VM Collection, SK5T-7054, includes product information libraries for z/VM and current IBM licensed programs that run on z/VM . The z/VM Collection is available as a downloadable .zip file that can be obtained from the IBM Publications Center.
z/VM Internet Library
The z/VM Internet Library is the Library page of the z/VM product website
The z/VM Internet Library provides links to various online z/VM information resources, such as:
IBM Publications Center
z/VM publications can be obtained separately from IBM using the specific publication numbers through the IBM Publication Center at
The IBM Publications Center is a worldwide central repository for IBM product publications and marketing material with a catalog of 70,000 items. Extensive search facilities are provided. A large number of publications are available online in various languages and file formats, and they can be downloaded by all countries, free of charge. Payment options for orders of physical media are via credit card (in the USA) or customer number for 20 countries.
Documentation supplied with z/VM
The following documentation is supplied with z/VM V6.3:
z/VM V6.3 publications
All new edition and unchanged publications for z/VM V6.3 are listed below. All publications are planned to be available from the z/VM V6.3 Information Center and the IBM Publications Center on July 26, 2013.
z/VM base product publications -- new editions
z/VM : General Information, z/VM : Installation Guide, and z/VM : License Information are not included in the z/VM V6.3 Information Center or the IBM Online Library: z/VM Collection. PDF files are available from the z/VM Internet Library and the IBM Publications Center. A printed copy of z/VM : Installation Guide is provided with the z/VM product. z/VM : License Information is included on the z/VM V6.3 Agreements and License Information DVD provided with the z/VM product.
z/VM base product publications - unchanged editions
Optional DFSMS/VM feature publications - unchanged editions
Optional z/VM Directory Maintenance Facility feature publications - new editions
Optional Performance Toolkit for VM feature publications - new editions
Optional RACF Security Server feature publications - new editions
Optional RACF Security Server feature publications - unchanged editions
Optional RSCS Networking feature publications - new editions
Optional RSCS Networking feature publications - unchanged editions
Other publications - new editions
Note: The updates in these new editions might not contain any new z/VM information.
Other publications - unchanged editions
Note: Common Programming Interface Resource Recovery Reference is available only in BookManager® format and printed.
Redbooks and Redpapers
IBM Redbooks and Redpapers are developed and published by the IBM International Technical Support Organization (ITSO). They are intended to develop and deliver skills, technical know-how, and materials to technical professionals of IBM Business Partners, and customers.
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Specified operating environment
z/VM V6.3 does not require a new Architecture Level Set (ALS). It will run on the same ALS that is available for z/VM V6.2 as described on the z/VM website at
Refer to the appendix of the z/VM General Information manual for more information.
PTFs for the following APARs are required for the z/VM base components in V6.2. These APARs provide support for maintaining the highest level of common parts in a mixed release z/VM Single System Image.
The prerequisite no-charge products EREP and ICKDSF are preinstalled on the base product system deliverable.
When ordering z/VM V6.3, you must already be licensed for EREP (5654-260) and ICKDSF (5684-042) or a separate order must be placed for each of these products to establish a license.
Refer to the Preinstalled products and features section for additional information on ordering EREP and ICKDSF.
Optional product/feature requirements
OSA and Open Systems Adapter/Support Facility (OSA/SF) program requirements
OSA/SF V4.4.0 is provided with and supported on z/VM and can be accessed by a CMS user ID, a REXX EXEC, or a Java-based graphical user interface (GUI). The GUI needs access to the Java 1.4 runtime and help on the workstation.
Access at the OSA/SF GUI requires the following communications protocols:
To support an OSA in TCP/IP Passthru mode in a z/VM V6.3 environment, OSA/SF requires TCP/IP for z/VM V6.3. OSA/SF support is required in this mode only if access to one of the OSA's ports is being shared by more than one host program.
The following PTFs have been applied to the z/VM V6.3 system deliverable:
For additional information about OSA/SF, refer to Hardware Announcement AG03-0160, dated May 13, 2003 .
TCP/IP for z/VM V6.3 program requirements
TCP/IP for z/VM V6.3 has the following additional program requirements:
Linux on System z
In order to operate Linux on System z as a guest of z/VM , a Linux on System z distribution must be obtained from a Linux Distribution Partner.
For specific function and for the most current information on Linux distributions, refer to
For current promotional pricing for Linux distributions, refer to
For additional information, refer to Usage restriction in the Terms and conditions section of this announcement, or to the license information document that is available on the IBM Software License Agreement website
System performance depends on the hardware resources allocated to z/VM V6.3 and on the level of activity within each Linux image.
z/VM performance information is available on the z/VM website at
For assistance in understanding the performance implications for a particular situation, contact your IBM representative or your IBM Business Partner.
IBM Electronic Support
The IBM Support Portal is your gateway to technical support. This includes IBM Electronic Support tools and resources, for software and hardware, to help save time and simplify support. The Electronic Support tools can help you find answers to questions, download fixes, troubleshoot, automate data collection, submit and track problems through the Service Request online tool, and build skills. All these tools are made available through your IBM support agreement, at no additional charge.
- Read about the Electronic Support portfolio of tools
- Access the IBM Support Portal
- Access the online Service Request tool
User group and customer requirements
This announcement satisfies or partially satisfies requirements from customer suggestions or one or more of the worldwide user group communities. Groups include COMMON, COMMON Europe, Guide Share Europe (GSE), InterAction (Australia/New Zealand), Japan Guide Share (JGS), and SHARE Inc.
User group and customer requirements satisfied with this announcement:
Requirement number Requirement description MR0513111155 Improve duplicate IP address handling on VSWITCH MR063011175 Keep in-use zLinux guest pages in real storage when running under z/VM MR1019112549 Support Greater Than 256Gig MR0426125518 DIRMAP's UNSORT File Should Contain SUBCONFIG and Member Data MR0907111236 Standalone Dump without Tape MR1220054748 Able to direct standalone dump outoup to DASD MR0809063354 SADUMP MR0110082559 Standalone dump load from DVD/CD DASD MR0216102445 z/VM support SA DUMP on SCSI MR0825111220 Improve VSwitch Failover & MIH Detection MR061112320 PRIROUTER configuration failure enhancement
z/VM V6.3 Subscription and Support (S&S)
To order z/VM V6.3, you must use the SDO, program number 5741-A08. The z/VM base system, any ordered optional z/VM features, and any ordered SDO licensed products will be delivered as part of the z/VM SDO.
If you desire the level of service provided under the IBM ICA license agreement with S/390® and z/VM licensed products, you are strongly encouraged to order the program number for z/VM S&S (5741-SNS). This program number provides enhanced support that includes telephone assistance (voice support for defects during normal business hours) and access to updates, releases, and versions of the program for as long as support is in effect. z/VM S&S will be automatically added to your order. If you do not desire the S&S license for z/VM and/or the optional features of DirMaint , RSCS, RACF Security Server, VMSSI, or the Performance Toolkit for VM, you must take specific action to decline this support.
To host Linux guests of z/VM V6, you must also obtain a Linux for System z distribution. Information on those Linux distributor partners that have a marketing relationship with IBM can be found at
Licensed products packaged with z/VM V6.3
With the availability of z/VM V6, the following priced, optional products or features are automatically shipped and preinstalled on the z/VM V6 base product media:
For more information on these products or features, refer to the Preinstalled products and features section.
These products or features must be enabled before using. If you choose to enable them, you must have a license for the product or the feature.
If you do not have a license for DirMaint , RSCS, RACF , VMSSI, or the Performance Toolkit for VM, you may establish one by placing an order for the optional features. You will receive a Memo to Users for the optional feature or program product. The Memo to Users includes the instructions for enabling use of the products.
For other IBM licensed products or products from independent software vendors (ISVs), you should review the following support documents:
High Level Assembler (5696-234)
The High Level Assembler (5696-234) or an equivalent product is required for z/VM to:
The High Level Assembler is available for use with Linux on System z on IFL processors as a programming request for price quotation (PRPQ). A PRPQ must be submitted to purchase the High Level Assembler for Linux on System z (5799-TCQ) and for its annual Subscription and Support (5799-TCR).
Running 370-mode applications
To simplify the migration of older applications and facilitate the running of 370-mode-only CMS applications in XA-mode, ESA-mode, or XC-mode virtual machines, IBM provides the 370 Accommodation function. This function originally shipped with VM/ESA V1.2.1 (available July 1993). 370 Accommodation handles the vast majority of inconsistencies between 370-mode and XA-mode, ESA-mode, or XC-mode, eliminating the need to change these applications to exploit the new architectures.
z/VM V6 supports only XA-mode, ESA-mode, and XC-mode virtual machines. z/VM V6 does not support 370-mode virtual machines. 370-mode virtual machines are converted to XA mode during logon processing. The 370 Accommodation function is still supported for applications. If you find your applications cannot run under the current level of CMS, you should use the 370 Accommodation function or modify your applications, if possible. If problems persist, contact IBM Service for assistance.
The z/VM V6.3 product package is distributed with the following:
Restricted source and PL/X source
The restricted source and the PL/X source are not orderable or shipped with z/VM V6. Both will be available as no-charge downloads from IBM Resource Link at
If you are not registered with Resource Link , you will be required to register for a user ID and password. You must also be licensed for z/VM V6.3 and entitlement will be verified when you request the source code. After approval, you will receive instructions describing how to download the code.
Security, auditability, and control
The announced program uses the security and auditability features inherent in the virtual machine and the System/370, ESA/370, and ESA/390 architectures, and z/Architecture . The security and auditability of z/VM V6 are the same as for ESA/390 and z/Architecture . The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.
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Pricing metric description
The products and features in this announcement have one pricing metric - Value Units based on the number of processors. Value Unit pricing with a decreasing one-time charge (OTC) price per engine, subject to the tiers as documented in Value Unit Exhibit VUE021, is available for the z/VM V6 optional features of DirMaint , RSCS, RACF , the Performance Toolkit for VM, and VMSSI for S&S entitlements at initial order of z/VM V6 or its features. Value Units of a given product cannot be exchanged, interchanged, or aggregated with Value Units of another product.
Engine-based Value Unit pricing of z/VM V6 is different than MSU-based Value Unit pricing, which is available on other IBM software products.
Program Pricing metric Program name number description z/VM V6 5741-A07 Value Units RSCS Feature 5741-A07 Value Units RACF Security Server Feature 5741-A07 Value Units DirMaint Feature 5741-A07 Value Units Performance Toolkit for VM Feature 5741-A07 Value Units Single System Image Feature 5741-A07 Value Units
Value Unit pricing for the z/VM V6 S&S and its optional, priced features provides a lower price per processor as more Value Units are licensed with z/VM V6 and the optional, priced features. Clients may aggregate the capacity for all the processors running z/VM V6 and the optional, priced features across the enterprise to achieve a more economical price. There may also be a price benefit when clients increase their capacity. Additional capacity is not priced starting at the base with a flat price per unit. Instead, additional capacity is priced starting at the capacity on which z/VM V6 has already been installed, which may result in a lower unit price for the z/VM V6.2 S&S and the optional, priced features.
Engine-based Value Unit pricing is designed to provide a lower entry price and a decreasing price curve as hardware capacities and workload grow, which may help improve price/performance. Engine-based Value Unit pricing is different than MSU-based Value Unit pricing, which is available on other IBM software products. Value Unit pricing may help clients:
If the client purchased an S&S contract for the z/VM V4 or V5 optional features of DirMaint , RACF Security Server, RACF for z/VM , RSCS, and the Performance Toolkit for VM, the client is entitled to a no-charge upgrade to those same optional features on z/VM V6.3.
Translation from Processor to Value Units
The total number of engine-based Value Units is calculated according to the following example.
If the customer has installed six processors and will be operating z/VM V6 on all six processors, the applicable Value Units would be:
(3 * 10) + (3 * 9) = 57 Value Units
The following z/VM V6 products and optional features and their associated Subscription and Support (S&S) are affected by the metric change from a "flat per-processor price" to "engine-based Value Units":
IPLA S&S program program Program number number description 5741-A07 5741-SNS z/VM V6 5741-A07 5741-SNS RSCS Feature 5741-A07 5741-SNS RACF Security Server Feature 5741-A07 5741-SNS DirMaint Feature 5741-A07 5741-SNS Performance Toolkit for VM Feature 5741-A07 5741-SNS Single System Image Feature
The products in this announcement are available with IBM Software On/Off Capacity on Demand (On/Off CoD). If clients are running On/Off CoD on their IBM servers, they can now also pay for z/VM V6 on a processor per-day basis during your peak periods. For additional information about On/Off CoD, refer to Software Announcement AA03-3094, dated August 12, 2003 , and Marketing Announcement 304-004.
The programs in this announcement have Value Unit-Based pricing.
Program number Program name Value Unit exhibit 5741-A07 z/VM V6 VUE021
For each System z IPLA program with Value Unit pricing, the quantity of that program needed to satisfy applicable IBM terms and conditions is referred to as the "required license capacity." Your required license capacity is based upon the following factors:
Value Unit exhibit VUE021
Engine-based Value Units for a specified number of engines are determined by the following table:
Engines Engines Value Units Level minimum maximum per engine From 1 to 3 1 3 10 From 4 to 6 4 6 9 From 7 to 9 7 9 8 From 10 to 12 10 12 7 From 13 to 16 13 16 6 From 17 to 20 17 20 5 From 21 to 25 21 25 4 For more than 25 26 + 3
Licensing for z/VM V6.3
The following z/VM V6 base and optional features and their associated Subscription and Support (S&S) are affected by the metric change from "flat price per engine" on z/VM V4 to "Value Units" based on the number of processors with z/VM V6:
IPLA SDO S&S program program program Program number number number description 5741-A07 5741-A08 5741-SNS z/VM V6 5741-A07 5741-A08 5741-SNS RSCS Feature 5741-A07 5741-A08 5741-SNS RACF Security Server Feature 5741-A07 5741-A08 5741-SNS DirMaint Feature 5741-A07 5741-A08 5741-SNS Performance Toolkit for VM Feature 5741-A07 5741-A08 5741-SNS Single System Image Feature
The program number, 5741-A07, is used for licensing z/VM V6. You must specify the number of engine-based Value Units for the number of processors required as calculated by the Workload Pricer tool, WL Pricer.
When ordering z/VM V6.3 to operate on standard processors (CPs) for a single server within the enterprise, you must specify Value Units equal to the Value Units to cover the number of standard processors (CPs) on your server.
For a single server in an enterprise, the number of Value Units ordered for any optional feature to operate on standard processors must be equal to the number of Value Units ordered for the base z/VM V6 product operating on standard processors.
When ordering z/VM V6.3 to operate on IFL processors for a single server within the enterprise, you must specify Value Units equal to the Value Units to cover the number of IFL processors on your server.
For a single server in an enterprise, the number of Value Units ordered for any optional feature to operate on IFL processors must be equal to the number of Value Units ordered for the base z/VM V6 product operating on IFL processors.
The quantity ordered cannot exceed the maximum number of processors per server. The number of processors for a single server to be used to calculate Value Units should not be more than:
Quantity IFL Standard Maximum processors processors processors Processor for each server 64 64 64 System z10 EC (2097) 10 5 10 System z10 BC (2098) 80 80 80 zEnterprise 196 (2817) 10 5 10 zEnterprise 114 (2818) 101 101 101 zEnterprise EC12 (2827) 13 6 13 zEnterprise BC12 (2828)
The optional features DirMaint , RSCS, RACF , VMSSI, and the Performance Toolkit for VM are preinstalled on the base system media. Ordering these features establishes a license for entitlement purposes and will ship a Memo to Users for the optional features ordered. If you intend to use DirMaint , RSCS, RACF , VMSSI, or the Performance Toolkit for VM, now or at a later date, you must establish a license for billing.
The Performance Toolkit for VM feature is considered a program update for the RTM and PRF features as defined in the IBM International Agreement for Acquisition of Support. Therefore, any existing z/VM V4 customers with licenses for the RTM or PRF features who have also purchased S&S for either the RTM or PRF feature are entitled to receive a no-charge upgrade for the Performance Toolkit for VM feature when ordering z/VM V6.
z/VM V6.3 (5741-A07) Basic License
Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric S015HSV z/VM V6 Use-based OTC, Per Value Unit S015HST DirMaint Feature Use-based OTC, Per Value Unit S015HSX RSCS Feature Use-based OTC, Per Value Unit S015HSZ RACF Feature Use-based OTC, Per Value Unit S015HSW Performance Toolkit Use-based OTC, Per Value Unit for VM Feature S016SX7 z/VM Single System Use-based OTC, Per Value Unit Image Feature
z/VM V6.3 Base SDO (5741-A08) - S015HT5
Orderable supply ID Language Distribution medium S016VLH US English 3590 Tape S016VLJ US English 3592 Tape
z/VM V6.3 Base SDO (5741-A08) - S015HTF
Orderable supply ID Language Distribution medium S016VLK US English DVD
Optional Features of z/VM V6.3 SDO (5741-A08)
DirMaint Feature (5741-A08) - S015HT7
Orderable supply ID Language Distribution medium S016VKV US English 3590 Tape S016VKW US English 3592 Tape S016VL4 US English DVD
RSCS Feature (5741-A08) - S015HTD
Orderable supply ID Language Distribution medium S016VL9 US English 3590 Tape S016VLB US English 3592 Tape S016VLC US English DVD
RACF Security Server Feature (5741-A08) - S015HTC
Orderable supply ID Language Distribution medium S016VL2 US English 3590 Tape S016VL3 US English 3592 Tape S016VL8 US English DVD
Performance Toolkit for VM Feature (5741-A08) - S015HTB
Orderable supply ID Language Distribution medium S016VL0 US English 3590 Tape S016VL1 US English 3592 Tape S016VL7 US English DVD
z/VM Single System Image Feature (5741-A08) - S016SX7
Orderable supply ID Language Distribution medium S016VLG US English 3590 Tape S016VLD US English 3592 Tape S016VLF US English DVD
z/VM Subscription and Support (5741-SNS)
Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric S0111PX z/VM Basic ASC, per Value Unit SW S&S No charge, decline SW S&S No-charge, SW S&S Registration S016VRV Single System Image Basic ASC, per Value Unit SW S&S No charge, decline SW S&S No-charge, SW S&S Registration S0111R1 DirMaint Feature Basic ASC, per Value Unit SW S&S No charge, decline SW S&S No-charge, SW S&S Registration S013T6B RSCS Feature Basic ASC, per Value Unit SW S&S No charge, decline SW S&S No-charge, SW S&S Registration S0111R0 RACF Feature Basic ASC, per Value Unit SW S&S No charge, decline SW S&S No-charge, SW S&S Registration S0111PZ Performance Toolkit for VM Feature Basic ASC, per Value Unit SW S&S No charge, decline SW S&S No-charge, SW S&S Registration
The features are for the stand-alone product and not for ordering.
z/VM Base S&S (5741-SNS) - S0111HH Orderable supply ID Language Description S0111HJ US English z/VM V6.3 3390 Sys DDR (Support for 5741-A07) z/VM Base S&S (5741-SNS) - S0111HK Orderable supply ID Language Description S0111HL US English z/VM V6.3 DVD Sys Image (Support for 5741-A07) z/VM Base S&S (5741-SNS) - S0111H7 Orderable supply ID Language Description S0111H8 US English DirMaint Feature (Support for 5741-A07) z/VM Base S&S (5741-SNS) - S013T6C Orderable supply ID Language Description S013T6D US English RSCS Feature (Support for 5741-A07) z/VM Base S&S (5741-SNS) - S0111HC Orderable supply ID Language Description S0111HD US English RACF Security Server Feature (Support for 5741-A07) z/VM Base S&S (5741-SNS) - S0111HF Orderable supply ID Language Description S0111HG US English Performance Toolkit for VM feature (Support for 5741-A07) z/VM Base S&S (5741-SNS) - S016VKN Orderable supply ID Language Description S016VKT US English Single System Image feature (Support for 5741-A07) z/VM Base S&S (5741-SNS) - S0111H9 Orderable supply ID Language Description S0111HB US English z/VM V6.3 DFSMS/VM feature (Support for 5741-A07)
Ordering z/VM V6.3 using the VM/SDO
Orders for z/VM V6.3 will be accepted beginning July 23, 2013. When placing an order, if you wish to have that order fulfilled with z/VM V6.3, you will need to specify a customer requested arrival date (CRAD) of July 26, 2013, or later. Orders for V6.3 may not be scheduled to ship prior to July 26, 2013. z/VM V6.2 and its priced, optional features of SSI, RSCS, DirMaint , RACF , and the Performance Toolkit for VM will be withdrawn from marketing on July 23, 2013, and will be supported until April 30, 2015.
Orders for z/VM V6.3 and the optional features must use the z/VM V6.3 VM/SDO packaged offering, program number 5741-A08. The z/VM base system, any ordered optional z/VM features, and any ordered SDO licensed products will be delivered as part of the z/VM SDO.
You must specify the desired distribution medium.
With the ordering of z/VM V6.3, you will receive a system deliverable tape, DVD, or electronic media image containing the program code for z/VM V6.3, an IPLA and LID on DVD, and one copy of each publication available for z/VM V6.3 as listed in the Planning information, Packaging section of this announcement.
Support for z/VM V6.3
Program Name: z/VM Subscription and Support
Program Number: 5741-SNS
Support for z/VM V6 is provided and licensed under the IBM International Agreement for Acquisition of Support (Z125-6011).
This 5741-SNS order establishes entitlement records as well as support for z/VM V6.3 or the optional features. If a 5741-SNS order is declined, you will only be entitled to support under the basic warranty for z/VM V6.3 (5741-A07).
z/VM has adopted the support lifecycle extensions as announced in Software Announcement AA03-3093, dated August 12, 2003 , which provide for three years of technical support after general availability.
Central service for z/VM V6.3 (5741-A07) is planned to be available by IBM until April 30, 2017.
IBM announced its intention to discontinue service support for z/VM V5.4 (5741-A05) to be effective December 31, 2014, in Withdrawal Announcement WP12-0088, dated August 07, 2012 .
The date planned for discontinuing service support for z/VM V5.4 has been extended. z/VM V5.4 will continue to be supported until December 31, 2014, or until the IBM System z9 EC and IBM System z9 BC are withdrawn from support, whichever is later. Refer to Withdrawal Announcement WP12-0088, dated August 07, 2012 .
The z/VM S&S provides:
On-site (local) support, although available, is provided as part of the IBM portfolio of fee-based services.
z/VM S&S annual support charges, based on the number of Value Units specified, will be automatically added to your order. If you do not desire the S&S license for z/VM and/or the optional features of DirMaint , RSCS, RACF , VMSSI, or the Performance Toolkit for VM, you must take specific action to decline this support.
A no-charge S&S registration record will be established on each designated machine where z/VM V6 and the priced, optional features of DirMaint , RSCS, RACF , VMSSI, and the Performance Toolkit for VM are running. These no-charge S&S registration records will be linked to the billable S&S and all billable S&S within the scope of the engine-based Value Units aggregation will be linked together.
Within the scope of an enterprise aggregation, the number of Value Units ordered for the S&S license(s) must equal the number of Value Units ordered for the OTC license(s).
The quantity ordered cannot exceed the maximum number of processors per server.
National language translation
When you order z/VM V6.3, the national language translation files for message repositories, help files, and other panels or files are included with the system.
The following components or features are supported by z/VM V6.3 in the following languages:
The DirMaint feature provides national language translation for DirMaint messages in Kanji and is automatically included with this feature.
To receive the translated help files for DFSMS/VM in Kanji, you must order the no-charge optional DFSMS/VM feature using the z/VM V6 System Delivery Option (SDO).
z/VM V6.3 SDO optional licensed products
Program Name: z/VM V6.3 SDO
Program Number: 5741-A08
The following table provides the orderable supply features for the optional licensed products with z/VM V6.3. These optional products may be ordered for delivery on tape (3590 or 3592) or DVD, as well as Internet delivery from Shopz in countries where Shopz product ordering is offered.
Note: There is no media delivered for the preinstalled base product options. Preinstalled base product options require a license. Enablement instructions for these options are provided when these supply features ( DirMaint , RSCS, RACF , VMSSI, and Performance Toolkit for VM) are ordered.
Orderable supply feature numbers for 5741-A08
Orderable supply Language Medium Description S016VLH US English 3590 Tape 5741-A07 3590 3390 Sys DDR S016VLJ US English 3592 Tape 5741-A07 3592 3390 Sys DDR S016VLK US English DVD 5741-A07 DVD System Image S016VLV US English 3590 Tape 5741-A07 3590 DirMaint S016VLW US English 3592 Tape 5741-A07 3592 DirMaint S016VL4 US English DVD 5741-A07 DVD DirMaint S016VL9 US English 3590 Tape 5741-A07 3590 RSCS S016VLB US English 3592 Tape 5741-A07 3592 RSCS S016VLC US English DVD 5741-A07 DVD RSCS S016VL2 US English 3590 Tape 5741-A07 3590 RACF Sec Server S016VL3 US English 3592 Tape 5741-A07 3592 RACF Sec Server S016VL8 US English DVD 5741-A07 DVD RACF Sec Server S016VL0 US English 3590 Tape 5741-A07 3590 Performance Toolkit for VM S016VL1 US English 3592 Tape 5741-A07 3592 Performance Toolkit for VM S016VL7 US English DVD 5741-A07 DVD Performance Toolkit for VM S016VLD US English 3590 Tape 5741-A07 3590 VMSSI S016VLF US English 3592 Tape 5741-A07 3592 VMSSI S016VLG US English DVD 5741-A07 DVD VMSSI S016VL5 US English DVD 5741-A07 z/VM Collection Kit DVD S016VKR US English 3590 Tape 5741-A07 3590 DFSMS/VM Feature S016VKS US English 3592 Tape 5741-A07 3592 DFSMS/VM Feature S01788T US English DVD 5741-A07 DVD DFSMS/VM Feature
Orderable supply Language Medium Description S015TFL US English 3590 Tape 5684-042 3590 ICKDSF SES/E S015TFM US English 3592 Tape 5684-042 3592 ICKDSF SES/E S017823 US English DVD 5684-042 DVD ICKDSF SES/E S015T97 US English 3590 Tape 5686-065 3590 ACF/VTAM SUITE S015T98 US English 3592 Tape 5686-065 3592 ACF/VTAM SUITE S017824 US English DVD 5686-065 DVD ACF/VTAM SUITE S015TBN US English 3590 Tape 5654-010 3590 ACF/VTAM - VM S015TBP US English 3592 Tape 5654-010 3592 ACF/VTAM - VM S017825 US English DVD 5654-010 DVD ACF/VTAM - VM S015TDJ US English 3590 Tape 5654-260 EREP VM S015TDK US English 3592 Tape 5654-260 EREP VM S017826 US English DVD 5654-260 EREP VM S015TDL US English 3590 Tape 5668-801 3590 GDDM/IMD V2 S015TDM US English 3592 Tape 5668-801 3592 GDDM/IMD V2 S017B3W US English DVD 5668-801 DVD GDDM® IMD V2 S015TDN US English 3590 Tape 5668-723 3590 GDDM/IVU V1 S015TDP US English 3592 Tape 5668-723 3592 GDDM/IVU V1 S017B3V US English DVD 5668-723 DVD GDDM IVU V1 S015TDT US English 3590 Tape 5668-812 3590 GDDM/PGF V2 S015TDV US English 3592 Tape 5668-812 3592 GDDM/PGF V2 S017B3T US English DVD 5668-812 DVD GDDM PGF V2 S015TDW US English 3590 Tape 5684-168 3590 GDDM/VM V3 S015TDX US English 3592 Tape 5684-168 3592 GDDM/VM V3 S017B3S US English DVD 5684-168 DVD GDDM/VM V3 S015TBZ US English 3590 Tape 5695-013 REXX/370 Compiler S015TC0 US English 3592 Tape 5695-013 REXX/370 Compiler S017827 US English DVD 5695-013 REXX/370 Compiler S015TC1 US English 3590 Tape 5695-014 REXX/370 Library S015TC2 US English 3592 Tape 5695-014 REXX/370 Library S017828 US English DVD 5695-014 REXX/370 Library S015TDZ US English 3590 Tape 5696-234 3590 HLASM V1.6 S015TF0 US English 3592 Tape 5696-234 3592 HLASM V1.6 S017829 US English DVD 5696-234 3592 HLASM V1.6 S015TF1 US English 3590 Tape 5696-234 3590 HLASM V1.6 Toolkit S015TF2 US English 3592 Tape 5696-234 3592 HLASM V1.6 Toolkit S01782B US English DVD 5696-234 3592 HLASM V1.6 Toolkit S015TBB US English 3590 Tape 5654-A22 3590 XL C/C++ for z/VM S015TBC US English 3592 Tape 5654-A22 3592 XL C/C++ for z/VM S01782C US English DVD 5654-A22 3592 XL C/C++ for z/VM S015TD8 US English 3590 Tape 5654-A23 3590 Debug Tool S015TD9 US English 3592 Tape 5654-A23 3592 Debug Tool S01782D US English DVD 5654-A23 3590 Debug Tool S015TBT US English 3590 Tape 5655-T13 3590 zSecure Mgr for RACF S015TBV US English 3592 Tape 5655-T13 3592 zSecure Mgr for RACF S01782F US English DVD 5655-T13 3592 zSecure Mgr for RACF S015TB6 US English 3590 Tape 5697-F42 3590 DB2 Client for VM S015TB7 US English 3592 Tape 5697-F42 3592 DB2 Client for VM S01782G US English DVD 5697-F42 3592 DB2 Client for VM S015TCH US English 3590 Tape 5697-F42 3590 DB2 Control Ctr S015TCJ US English 3592 Tape 5697-F42 3592 DB2 Control Ctr S01728H US English DVD 5697-F42 3592 DB2 Control Ctr S015TCX US English 3590 Tape 5697-F42 3590 DB2 Data Res S015TCZ US English 3592 Tape 5697-F42 3592 DB2 Data Res S01782J US English DVD 5697-F42 3592 DB2 Data Res S015TBW US English 3590 Tape 5697-F42 3590 DB2 RXSQL VM S015TBX US English 3592 Tape 5697-F42 3592 DB2 RXSQL VM S01782K US English DVD 5697-F42 3592 DB2 RXSQL VM S015TD0 US English 3590 Tape 5697-F42 3590 DB2 Svr for VM S015TD1 US English 3592 Tape 5697-F42 3592 DB2 Svr for VM S01782V US English DVD 5697-F42 3592 DB2 Svr for VM S015TBJ US English 3590 Tape 5697-F42 3590 QMF for VM S015TBK US English 3592 Tape 5697-F42 3592 QMF for VM S01782L US English DVD 5697-F42 3592 QMF for VM S015T9V US English 3590 Tape 5697-J05 3590 Archive Manager z/VM S015T9W US English 3592 Tape 5697-J05 3592 Archive Manager z/VM S01782M US English DVD 5697-J05 3592 Archive Manager z/VM S015T9X US English 3590 Tape 5697-J06 3590 Backup/Restore S015T9Z US English 3592 Tape 5697-J06 3592 Backup/Restore S01782N US English DVD 5697-J06 3592 Backup/Restore S015TC5 US English 3590 Tape 5697-J08 3590 Tape Manager S015TC6 US English 3592 Tape 5697-J08 3592 Tape Manager S01782P US English DVD 5697-J08 3592 Tape Manager S016H71 US English 3590 Tape 5697-J10 3590 Operations Manager S016H70 US English 3592 Tape 5697-J10 3592 Operations Manager S01782R US English DVD 5697-J10 3592 Operations Manager S0167RS US English 3590 Tape 5698-A36 3592 OMEGAMON® XE S0167RT US English 3592 Tape 5698-A36 3592 OMEGAMON XE S01782S US English DVD 5698-A36 3592 OMEGAMON XE S015KBX US English 3590 Tape 5684-043 3590 ISPF V3 ENU S015KC5 US English 3592 Tape 5684-043 3592 ISPF V3 ENU S01782T US English DVD 5684-043 3592 ISPF V3 ENU S015KCH US English 3590 Tape 5684-123 3590 ISPF/PDF V3 S015KCF US English 3592 Tape 5684-123 3592 ISPF/PDF V3 S01788S US English DVD 5684-123 3592 ISPF/PDF V3
Preinstalled products and features
z/VM V6.3 is eligible for On/Off CoD with a temporary use charge calculated based on processor-per-day use.
z/VM V6.3 (5741-A07) Temporary Use Charge
Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric S015HSV z/VM V6 On/Off CoD, Per Processor-day TUC S015HST DirMaint Feature On/Off CoD, Per Processor-day TUC S015HSX RSCS Feature On/Off CoD, Per Processor-day TUC S015HSZ RACF Feature On/Off CoD, Per Processor-day TUC S015HSW Performance Toolkit On/Off CoD, Per Processor-day TUC for VM Feature S016SX7 VM Single System On/Off CoD, Per Processor-day TUC Image Feature
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|Terms and conditions|
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IBM International Program License Agreement including the License Information document and Proof of Entitlement (PoE) govern your use of the program. PoEs are required for all authorized use.
This software license includes Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance).
Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance
The following agreement applies for Software Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance) and does not require customer signatures:
These programs are licensed under the IBM Program License Agreement (IPLA) and the associated Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance, which provide for support with ongoing access to releases and versions of the program. These programs have a one-time license charge for use of the program and an annual renewable charge for the enhanced support that includes telephone assistance (voice support for defects during normal business hours), as well as access to updates, releases, and versions of the program as long as support is in effect.
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On or near the planned availability date, the License Information (LI) document will be available for review on the IBM Software License Agreement website
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IBM will maintain this information for at least one year after the original licensee acquires the program (warranty period).
Enhanced support, called Subscription and Support, includes telephone assistance, as well as access to updates, releases, and versions of the program as long as support is in effect. You will be notified of discontinuance of support with 12 months' notice.
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For clarification, note that for programs acquired under any of IBM's On/Off Capacity on Demand (On/Off CoD) software offerings, this term does not apply since these offerings apply to programs already acquired and in use by you.
Volume orders (IVO)
Passport Advantage applies
Software Subscription and Support applies
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While your Software Subscription and Support is in effect, IBM provides you assistance for your routine, short-duration installation and usage (how-to) questions, and code-related questions. IBM provides assistance via telephone and, if available, electronic access, only to your information systems (IS) technical support personnel during the normal business hours (published prime shift hours) of your IBM support center. (This assistance is not available to your end users.) IBM provides Severity 1 assistance 24 hours a day, every day of the year. For additional details, consult your IBM Software Support Handbook at
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System i® Software Maintenance applies
Variable charges apply
Educational allowance available
15% to qualified educational institution customers.
Products eligible for single version charging
SVC is applicable only when running on standard processors and the maximum time for which it applies is 12 months.
The SVC offering is valid only while both the predecessor product and the replacement product are:
Note: When the SVC offering meets these requirements, you must order the appropriate number of Value Units for z/VM V6.3 to be eligible.
Replaced program Replacement program Program Program Program Program number name number name 5654-A17 z/VM Version 3 5741-A07 z/VM V6.3 5654-030 VM/ESA Version 2 5741-A07 z/VM V6.3 5684-112 VM/ESA Version 1 5741-A07 z/VM V6.3 5664-167 VM/SP 5741-A07 z/VM V6.3 5664-173 VM/SP HPO 5741-A07 z/VM V6.3 5664-301 VM/IS Base (Core) 5741-A07 z/VM V6.3 5664-308 VM/XA SP 5741-A07 z/VM V6.3 5735-FAL TCP/IP Version 2 5741-A07 z/VM V6.3 5798-FAL TCP/IP Version 1 5741-A07 z/VM V6.3 5796-PNA VM Realtime Monitor 5741-A07 z/VM V6.3 5664-191 VMMAP 5741-A07 z/VM V6.3 5798-DWD RealTime Monitor VM/ESA 5741-A07 z/VM V6.3 5684-073 VMPRF 5741-A07 z/VM V6.3 5748-XE4 DirMaint 5741-A07 z/VM V6.3 5740-XXH RACF 5741-A07 z/VM V6.3 5664-188 RSCS V2 5741-A07 z/VM V6.3 5684-096 RSCS V3 5741-A07 z/VM V6.3 5688-198 Language Environment/370 5741-A07 z/VM V6.3 5706-116 DFSMS/VM 5741-A07 z/VM V6.3 5668-911 OS/PL/I V2 Library 5741-A07 z/VM V6.3 5734-LM4 OS PL/I Resident Library 5741-A07 z/VM V6.3 5734-LM5 OS PL/I Transient Library 5741-A07 z/VM V6.3 5688-022 VS COBOL II Library Only 5741-A07 z/VM V6.3 5668-940 VS COBOL II Library Only 5741-A07 z/VM V6.3 5740-LM1 OS/VS COBOL Library Only 5741-A07 z/VM V6.3 5688-039 C/370 Library 5741-A07 z/VM V6.3
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|Products eligible for Single Version Charging (SVC)|
On/Off Capacity on Demand (CoD)
To be eligible for On/Off CoD pricing, you must be enabled for temporary capacity on the corresponding hardware, and the required contract, Attachment for IBM System z On/Off Capacity on Demand (Z125-7883), must be signed prior to use.
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IT system security involves protecting systems and information through prevention, detection, and response to improper access from within and outside your enterprise. Improper access can result in information being altered, destroyed, or misappropriated, or can result in misuse of your systems to attack others. Without a comprehensive approach to security, no IT system or product should be considered completely secure and no single product or security measure can be completely effective in preventing improper access. IBM systems and products are designed to be part of a comprehensive security approach, which will necessarily involve additional operational procedures, and may require other systems, products, or services to be most effective. IBM does not warrant that systems and products are immune from the malicious or illegal conduct of any party.
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|IBM Electronic Services|
Electronic Service Agent and the IBM Electronic Support web portal are dedicated to providing fast, exceptional support to IBM Systems customers. The IBM Electronic Service Agent tool is a no-additional-charge tool that proactively monitors and reports hardware events, such as system errors, performance issues, and inventory. The Electronic Service Agent tool can help you stay focused on your company's strategic business initiatives, save time, and spend less effort managing day-to-day IT maintenance issues. Servers enabled with this tool can be monitored remotely around the clock by IBM Support all at no additional cost to you.
Now integrated into the base operating system of AIX® 5.3, AIX 6.1, and AIX 7.1, Electronic Service Agent is designed to automatically and electronically report system failures and utilization issues to IBM , which can result in faster problem resolution and increased availability. System configuration and inventory information collected by the Electronic Service Agent tool also can be viewed on the secure Electronic Support web portal, and used to improve problem determination and resolution by you and the IBM support team. To access the tool main menu, simply type "smitty esa_main", and select "Configure Electronic Service Agent ." In addition, ESA now includes a powerful web user interface, giving the administrator easy access to status, tool settings, problem information, and filters. For more information and documentation on how to configure and use Electronic Service Agent , refer to
The IBM Electronic Support portal is a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used to access IBM Internet services and support. This portal enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems. The My Systems and Premium Search functions make it even easier for Electronic Service Agent tool-enabled customers to track system inventory and find pertinent fixes.
Increased uptime: The Electronic Service Agent tool is designed to enhance the Warranty or Maintenance Agreement by providing faster hardware error reporting and uploading system information to IBM Support. This can translate to less wasted time monitoring the "symptoms," diagnosing the error, and manually calling IBM Support to open a problem record. Its 24x7 monitoring and reporting mean no more dependence on human intervention or off-hours customer personnel when errors are encountered in the middle of the night.
Security: The Electronic Service Agent tool is designed to be secure in monitoring, reporting, and storing the data at IBM . The Electronic Service Agent tool securely transmits via either the Internet (HTTPS or VPN) or modem, and can be configured to communicate securely through gateways to provide customers a single point of exit from their site. Communication is one way. Activating Electronic Service Agent does not enable IBM to call into a customer's system. System inventory information is stored in a secure database, which is protected behind IBM firewalls. It is viewable only by the customer and IBM . The customer's business applications or business data is never transmitted to IBM .
More accurate reporting: Since system information and error logs are automatically uploaded to the IBM Support center in conjunction with the service request, customers are not required to find and send system information, decreasing the risk of misreported or misdiagnosed errors. Once inside IBM , problem error data is run through a data knowledge management system and knowledge articles are appended to the problem record.
Customized support: Using the IBM ID entered during activation, customers can view system and support information in the "My Systems" and "Premium Search" sections of the Electronic Support website at
My Systems provides valuable reports of installed hardware and software using information collected from the systems by Electronic Service Agent . Reports are available for any system associated with the customer's IBM ID. Premium Search combines the function of search and the value of Electronic Service Agent information, providing advanced search of the technical support knowledgebase. Using Premium Search and the Electronic Service Agent information that has been collected from their system, customers are able to see search results that apply specifically to their systems.
For more information on how to utilize the power of IBM Electronic Services, contact your IBM Systems Services Representative, or visit
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The products and features in this announcement have one pricing metric - Value Units based on the number of processors. The charge applies only to the z/VM V6.3 base and the priced, optional features of DirMaint , RSCS, RACF , Performance Toolkit for VM, the VMSSI, and the S&S entitlements at the initial order.
For all local charges, contact your IBM representative.
IBM Global Financing
IBM Global Financing offers competitive financing to credit-qualified customers to assist them in acquiring IT solutions. Offerings include financing for IT acquisition, including hardware, software, and services, from both IBM and other manufacturers or vendors. Offerings (for all customer segments: small, medium, and large enterprise), rates, terms, and availability can vary by country. Contact your local IBM Global Financing organization or visit
IBM Global Financing offerings are provided through IBM Credit LLC in the United States, and other IBM subsidiaries and divisions worldwide to qualified commercial and government customers. Rates are based on a customer's credit rating, financing terms, offering type, equipment type, and options, and may vary by country. Other restrictions may apply. Rates and offerings are subject to change, extension, or withdrawal without notice.
Financing from IBM Global Financing helps you preserve cash and credit lines, enables more technology acquisition within current budget limits, permits accelerated implementation of economically attractive new technologies, offers payment and term flexibility, and can help match project costs to projected benefits. Financing is available worldwide for credit qualified customers.
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