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Hints and tips for installing IBM Tape Manager for z/VM

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Are there any hints or tips for installing IBM Tape Manager for z/VM?


Following are some hints and tips for installing IBM Tape Manager for z/VM for the first time on a z/VM system:
  1. If you are also installing Operations Manager for z/VM, IBM recommends you install that product first. It will make it easier to look at service machine consoles when you are ready to start and test Tape Manager. That is, you can use XAUTOLOG and then view the console from MAINT, MAINT710, MAINT720, or your system programmer user ID. See these hints and tips for installing Operations Manager for z/VM.
  2. Before you install Tape Manager, you must install the Rexx Library or Alternate Library if you haven't already done it. See these hints and tips for installing a Rexx Library.
  3. If you are using an Automated Tape Library or Virtual Tape Server, install and configure any prerequisite software:
    • Review this white paper concerning Tape Manager and TS7700 configuration steps and options.
    • IBM tape libraries and virtual tape servers require DFSMSRMS for z/VM (a free but separately installed component of z/VM.) IBM recommends you test the RMS command to successfully mount a tape before proceeding with the Tape Manager installation:
      DFSMSRM MOUNT VOL xxxxxx
    • Oracle STK tape libraries require software from Oracle. Refer to the Tape Manager Administration Guide for more details.
    • EMC and Luminex Virtual Tape Libraries do not require any additional software on z/VM. Tape Manager interacts with them as manual mount devices. The VTL is designed to automatically mount volumes when manual mount display messages are in a specific format.
  4. Make sure you have Tape Manager for z/VM V1.3 plus all recent PTFs.  The PSP for Tape Manager lists the PTFs. If you ordered Tape Manager from Shopz after 20 November 20 2020, all PTFs through UI68309 are preinstalled.
  5. If you are installing Tape Manager on more than one z/VM system, see these FAQs about sharing a tape catalog and running Tape Manager in an SSI or non-SSI environment.
  6. Obtain the latest copies of the Program Directory, Administration Guide, and User Guide on the Tape Manager website.
  7. Installing Tape Manager is greatly simplified by the free INSTPROD EXEC provided on the z/VM Downloads website.  This will perform many of the installation steps described in the Program Directory and some of the steps described in the Administration Guide. 
    Note: INSTPROD will not install any additional PTFs.  You must still perform this step when directed to do so in the INSTPROD documentation.  It's important to install all service before production directory entries are created.  To install the PTFs, follow the instructions in topic 7.0 of the Program Directory.
  8. Once you complete the installation steps using INSTPROD, go to the Administration Guide.
  9. Proceed to Chapter2 of the Administration Guide.  Note the following:
    • Most customers can skip "Tailor the Command Management Machine" - this is for advanced installations that need to implement exit processing on Tape Manager commands.
    • If you don't plan to integrate Tape Manager with RMM on z/OS, you can skip
      • "Tailor the RMM Machine (RMM mode only)".
      • "Install the Tape Manager z/OS Agent (RMM mode only)"
  10. Continue with Chapter 3 in the Administration Guide, creating the configuration file. Be sure to use the correct sample file based on the type of catalog you are using (Shared, Dedicated, etc.)
  11. After you've created a configuration file, continue with Chapter 4 to start all the service machines and do an installation verification test. Remember, you can use the VIEWCON function in Operations Manager to look at the consoles of the Tape Manager service machines.

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Modified date:
21 March 2022