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CICS is the first planned delivery of a ServerPac in z/OSMF Software Management portable software instance format. The z/OSMF portable software instance format is designed to be deployed using z/OSMF Software Management and ServerPac Workflows. This initial offering of an IBM ServerPac in a z/OSMF portable software instance represents the next step in IBM’s collaboration with other leading z/OS platform software vendors to deliver a consistent package format intended to be used with z/OSMF Software Management as a common installer.

Big Picture: CICS Installation using z/OSMF

check that zosmf is installed

Make sure you have z/OSMF installed. You must also have authority to log in and access its resources.

place the order

Visit Shopz and place the order for your CICS ServerPac.

download the cics serverpac

Download the CICS ServerPac using z/OSMF to your system.

deploy cics

Follow the directions to deploy CICS.

How to get started with CICS Installation using z/OSMF

Overview

For ServerPac orders that are delivered in portable software instance format, you will use z/OSMF Software Management to acquire the files. The eletronic delivery method are ones that you are already using, and you can continue to use with a ServerPac portable software instance. There are two download options for ServerPac in portable software instance format.

The download option you select will depend on whether you have direct connection to an IBM download server.

You need to have it acquired through z/OSMF in order to deploy it.

Download direct to your z/OS System

If you currently download software orders from IBM’s download server direct to your z/OS System, you can continue to do so for a portable software instance. On the Software Management Portable Software Instance page, choose Actions --> Add --> From Download Server.

As you have done before, the Shopz download page for your order will contain information necessary to add your portable software instance with z/OSMF.

Download to your workstation and upload to your z/OS System

If you currently download software orders from IBM’s download server to your workstation and subsequently upload them to a z/OS System, you can continue to do so for a portable software instance. Do the following:

  • On the Shopz download page for your order, use Download to your workstation using IBM Download Director to download the files from the IBM server to your workstation.
  • On the Software Management Portable Software Instance page, choose Actions --> Add --> From Local Workstation to upload the files from your workstation to z/OS.

Deploying a Portable Software Instance

A Software Management task deployment is a checklist that guides you through the software deployment process, and it is the object in which z/OSMF stores your input and any output generated for each step in the checklist. Deployment is the process you use to install your CICS portable software instance.

When the deployment is complete, your software will be installed, configured, and verified. The configuration and verification will be accomplished with z/OSMF workflows, provided with the portable software instance, performed during the deployment operation.

z/OSMF Portable Software Instance Demo

To try it yourself, install a sample z/OSMF Portable Software Instance onto your system by using the demo package below. By installing this sample, you can help verify your z/OSMF configuration and learn the steps to download and deploy a z/OSMF Portable Software Instance.

You can use z/OSMF Software Management to download the sample Portable Software Instance directly to your z/OS host, or you can download the Portable Software Instance to your workstation and then use z/OSMF Software Management to upload it from your workstation to your z/OS host.

Technical resources for CICS Installation for z/OSMF