It might be useful to change some z/OSMF server properties between server restarts. For example, if you have to move the z/OSMF server from one lpar to another and need to update the host name or if you need to change the ports that the server uses to listen on for connections. I'll provide some suggestions as to how this can be accomplished.
After z/OSMF is configured, the host name that is specified during the configuration process is saved in the bootstrap.properties file. This file is read by the z/OSMF started task. The default... [More]
We put together a short list of FAQs for the Software Management task (part of the Software Deployment plug-in). We hope you find them useful. For more details on the Software Management task of z/OSMF V2R1, see the IBM Redbooks publication, IB M z/ OS M anag emen t Fa cili ty V 2R 1 , SG24-7851-01.
z/OSMF V2R1 Software Management FAQ
Q: Is Software Management in z/OS V2.1 a renaming of what was Software Deployment in z/OS V1.13?
A: Yes. In z/OS V1.13, the z/OSMF configuration included a plug-in component... [More]
In the example that follows, we chose to use a single XML definition file to create a workflow that gathers the input that is needed to define a user ID on z/OS. A walk through of the workflow was provided in a previous blog entry. The result of the workflow are a number of jobs covering all the typical definitions that are required for a new TSO user. The jobs can be submitted and the output viewed within the z/OSMF Workflows task.
Snippets of the definition file are shown to illustrate particular sections of the XML document... [More]
The IBM z/OS Management Facility Version 2 Release 1 adds a new core feature called Workflows. Today I’ll introduce workflows and provide some pointers to some exciting workflow implementations.
z/OSMF V2R1 Workflows
My way of looking at a workflow is to define it as a series of one or more repeatable steps which accomplishes a task. Often system programmers refer to this as a desk procedure. For example, every installation has a series of steps to perform when adding a new TSO user. z/OSMF Workflows can be used to... [More]
It's a source of frustration that you can not split screen and start another SMP/E dialog so you can browse multiple elements. Now we poor sysprogs get some relief.
With z/OS V2R1 SMP/E allows you to open multiple dialogs at one time , even split screens, using the same Consolidated Software Inventory dataset (CSI).
Makes it easier to view multiple entries or different zones.
A CSI dataset may be open for read in multiple dialogs at once
A CSI dataset may only be open for UPDATE in ONE dialog.
With the introduction of support for the HMC integrated 3270 console (HMCS) we also get a new state for HMCS and MCS consoles called STANDBY. Let's take a look at what this new state means.
STANDBY is a new state for a console, so now we have three states of interest (ACTIVE, STANDBY, INACTIVE).
Standby State is a new state for HMCS and MCS
Must be in full capability (FC) mode
SMCS, EMCS, subsystem consoles, the System Console, printer consoles or consoles in status display (SD) or message stream (MS) mode... [More]
There are times when you have no MCS consoles available and your only option is to use the HMC systems console. Unfortunately, the systems console is not very intuitive to use and doesn't present an interface similar to a traditional MCS console. z/OS Version 2 Release 1 comes to the rescue with support for the HMC integrated 3270 console, offering us a new type of MCS-like console called the HMCS. Let's take a look at this new HMCS console type.
The HMCS console is available during IPL and before and after SMCS... [More]
There a several cool new features for consoles introduced with z/OS Version 2 Release 1. In this entry I’ll cover how to add a console dynamically and how to delete a console dynamically.
Dynamic add of consoles
Prior to z/OS V2R1, an IPL was required to define a new console and a Sysplex-wide IPL was required to delete a console (except for the use of SAMPLIB utility IEARELCN).
Starting with z/OS V2R1, it is possible to add and delete MCS-type consoles dynamically without an outage.
Willie Favero is currently an IBM Senior Certified IT Software Specialist and the DB2 for z/OS SME for the Data Warehouse on System z Swat Team at IBM's Silicon Valley Lab. He is also a member of IBM's zChampion team, a representative for System z with IBM's Academic Initiative , an IBM Certified DBA for DB2 10 for z/OS, DB2 9 for zOS, and DB2 for z/OS Version 8, an IBM Certified DB2 9 and DB2 10 System Administrator for z/OS , and certified on DB2 UDB and DB2 for OS/390 Version 7.
Next up is a brand new Redbook. I just... [More]
Richard Lewis is an IBM employee who is part of the IBM Washington System Center, Advanced Technical Support Organization supporting z/VM and Linux on System z. This is part two of a multi-post series on IBM Wave for z/VM, a systems management GUI for z/VM .This software promises to simplify the task of administering Linux guests running on z/VM. To read part one, see https://ibm.biz/BdDaBv . To read part two, see https://ibm.biz/BdRS83
With z/VM and Linux for System z it is possible to consolidate hundreds to thousands of... [More]
The IBM Redbooks team recently published IBM Redpapers related to IBM System z® qualified Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) vendor products for IBM Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex™ (IBM GDPS®) solutions with Server Time Protocol (STP). The papers highlight the System z Qualified test process and technical details of the DWDM vendor platforms that were tested.
GDPS is an enterprise-wide continuous availability (CA) and disaster recovery (DR) automation solution that can manage recovery from planned... [More]
The GDPS Family An Introduction to Concepts and Facilities , SG24-6374 book provides information to help you understand the capabilities of the various GDPS offerings, and helps you identify the offering that most closely addresses your availability and disaster recovery requirements. It discusses both two-site and three-site scenarios, distributed over metro and global distances.
Now, the book has been updated with information about the latest release of the GDPS/Active-Active Sites offering, release 1.4. This release expands... [More]
InfiniBand coupling links were a huge step forward for System z coupling. For the first time, a single physical coupling link could be shared across more than one sysplex. They provide the flexibility to assign multiple CHPIDs to a single coupling link. The 1X links provide the ability to have up to 32 subchannels per CHPID, thereby addressing the high subchannel utilization that is common when using a sysplex that spans multiple sites. And the 12X links, when run in IFB3 mode, deliver significantly better response times... [More]
Richard Lewis is an IBM employee who is part of the IBM Washington System Center, Advanced Technical Support Organization supporting z/VM and Linux on System z. This is part two of a multi-post series on IBM Wave for z/VM, a systems management GUI for z/VM .This software promises to simplify the task of administering Linux guests running on z/VM. To read part one, see https://ibm.biz/BdDaBv .
Many customers who will be installing and implementing IBM Wave will no doubt have an existing z/VM and Linux for System z... [More]
Richard Lewis is an IBM employee who is part of the IBM Washington System Center, Advanced Technical Support Organization supporting z/VM and Linux on System z.
In August of this year IBM announced the acquisition of CSL International, a leading provider of virtualization management technology. As part of the sales enablement strategy for this new IBM technology, a team at the International Technical Support Organization (ITSO) in Poughkeepsie, NY, is beginning work to produce a Redbooks publication designed to help... [More]