Z software Z management z/OS Hardware Configuration Manager Hardware Configuration Manager
A client/server interface to HCD that combines the logical and physical aspects of z/OS hardware configuration management
HCM user guide
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Hardware Configuration Manager (HCM) is a Personal Web Server (PWS)-based client/server interface to z/OS® Hardware Configuration Definition (HCD). It combines the logical and physical aspects of z/OS hardware configuration management.

Define the logical connections (accomplished via HCD) and manage the physical aspects of your configuration with z/OS Hardware Configuration Manager. All updates are done with HCM's intuitive graphical user interface, and all changes of logical I/O configuration are written into the IODF and fully validated for accuracy and completeness by HCD, avoiding unplanned system outages that are due to incorrect definitions.

Benefits Logical and physical hardware management

HCM combines the logical and physical aspects of z/OS hardware configuration management. Defining logical connections is accomplished via Hardware Configuration Definition.

Intuitive graphical user interface

An interactive interface allows you to define the hardware configuration for both a processor's channel subsystem and the operating system running on the processor.

Easily record/validate changes

All changes are written into the input/output definition file (IODF) and fully validated for accuracy and completeness by HCD, avoiding unplanned system outages that are due to incorrect definitions.

Features
Manage logical & physical aspects of hardware configuration

Manage the physical aspects and the logical connections of a configuration. For example, you can effectively manage the flexibility offered by the FICON infrastructure (cabinet, cabling). Due to the client/server relationship with HCD, all changes of the logical I/O configuration are written into the IODF and fully validated and checked for accuracy and completeness by HCD, thus avoiding unplanned system outages due to incorrect definitions.

Physical and logical data in one place

Intuitive graphical user interface

Navigate around the configuration diagram and dialogs to edit information, create or delete objects (including only physical objects such as cabinets, patchports, crossbar switches or converters), and modify any object by double-clicking it in the configuration diagram and adjusting its information in the resulting dialog.


Manage objects via the interface

Physically connect and logically define the objects you've created/modified. HCM intelligently adjusts the positions of objects in the diagram to clearly display all connections. Generate reports and wall charts to help you analyze, plan, and implement changes to your configuration. Tailor your view of the diagram to display only the objects of interest. Zoom in to focus on one area of the diagram, or crop, reorder, show, or hide selected objects. Highlight all connections to selected objects.


Activate your system with HCM-defined data

The data you define with HCM is used to activate your system. You can use the same data to automatically generate reports and diagrams, eliminating inconsistencies and ensuring accurate documentation of system definitions. By skipping the tedious process of manual data entry, you make fewer errors and save significant amounts of time.


Useful to multiple configuration management stakeholders

System programmers can more easily create and edit configuration definitions that have been previously maintained in HCD. Hardware support groups can add physical data to the configuration. System planners can generate reports and diagrams to develop future or alternate configurations for planning purposes.


Find and fix configuration problems

Because physical and logical information cannot diverge in HCM (the IODF and the configuration file data together form a single data source or repository), finding and fixing configuration problems becomes much easier and less tedious.

Resources HCM overview

Discover HCM, how to install and use it to create and maintain hardware configuration information.

Get started

Learn how to use the HCM user interface.

Scenarios

Browse typical procedures that you would go through in the course of maintaining your configuration.

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