z/OSMF optional services

You can add significant function to z/OSMF by adding one or more of the optional services. Which services you select depends on your goals for z/OSMF.

In this part, you choose the z/OSMF optional services that you require, then configure those services. Because some z/OSMF services require other z/OSMF services to be enabled, you might need to configure more services than only the ones you plan to use. These dependencies are noted in each service description.

When you configure the optional services, you might find it easier to start with services that require little or no system customization, such as ISPF and Network Configuration Assistant, and then progress to services with more extensive requirements, such as Cloud Provisioning and Incident Log. In this document, the optional services are presented in ascending order, based on their complexity of setup. Table 1 lists the services in this order.

Table 1. z/OSMF optional services: Listed in order of setup complexity
Complexity of setup Instructions for configuring the z/OSMF service Notes:
Low Configure the Security Configuration Assistant service None.
Low Configure the Network Configuration Assistant service None.
Low Configure the Software Management service Requires common event adapter (CEA) to be active on your system in full function mode.
Low Configure the ISPF service Requires common event adapter (CEA) to be active on your system in full function mode.
Low Configure the z/OS Management Services Catalog task None.
Start of changeLowEnd of change Start of changeConfigure the Storage Management serviceEnd of change Start of changeNone.End of change
Moderate Configure the Resource Monitoring service Requires the RMF Distributed Data Server (DDS) to be active. Might require the use of a PassTicket for authentication.
Moderate Configure the console services Requires common event adapter (CEA) to be active on your system in full function mode.
Moderate Configure the Workload Management service Requires the CIM server to be active.
Moderate Configure the Sysplex Management service Intended for sysplex configurations.
Moderate Configure the Capacity Provisioning service Requires the CIM server to be active.
Moderate Configure IBM z/OS Encryption Readiness Technology (zERT) Network Analyzer Requires Db2
High Configure the Cloud Provisioning services Requires a number of other z/OSMF services to be configured.
High Configure the Incident Log service Requires a number of z/OS components to be enabled, such as CEA, CIM, DAE, EREP, IPCS dump services, SDUMP, and System Logger.
In general, enabling an optional service involves the following activities:
  • In your active IZUPRMxx member, ensure that the PLUGINS statement is uncommented and includes the service ID for the required service. See Statements and parameters for IZUPRMxx.
  • Create security profiles for the z/OSMF tasks and REST services that are associated with the service. IBM provides a set of IZUnnSEC jobs in SYS1.SAMPLIB with RACF commands to help with performing these changes. Each IZUnnSEC job is associated with a service, as described in Security concepts in z/OSMF.
  • Perform the various z/OS system customization updates that are associated with each service, as described in the sections that follow.
Note: Some z/OSMF tasks use FTP to transmit data. If your network contains a firewall that blocks FTP traffic or does not allow authentication using FTP, you must perform an additional action to allow the traffic to pass. For considerations, see the online help for the Task Settings task.

Removing services

After a service is enabled, you might later decide to remove it. To do so:
  1. Edit the IZUPRMxx parmlib member and remove the service identifier from the PLUGINS statement. Not all services have an associated identifier in IZUPRMxx.
  2. Remove the security profiles and authorizations for the service from your external security manager (ESM).
  3. Restart the z/OSMF server. This action removes the icons from the z/OSMF desktop. Any residual data that is associated with the service is saved in z/OSMF, in case you decide to enable it again later.

External applications

Besides the services that are supplied with z/OSMF, your installation can choose to add applications from other sources (IBM or other vendors) to your configuration. In such cases, a z/OSMF administrator can use the Import Manager task to import the applications into z/OSMF. For more information, see the online help for the Import Manager task.

As an example, z/OS System Display and Search Facility (SDSF) supplies a service for use with z/OSMF. For the installation and customization requirements for a particular application, see the documentation that is provided with the application. For example, the setup requirements for the SDSF service are described in the topic about z/OSMF considerations in z/OS SDSF Operation and Customization.

Further, your installation can create its own applications to use with z/OSMF. For more information, see IBM z/OS Management Facility Programming Guide.