IBM United States
Software Announcement 203-131
May 13, 2003

IBM z/OS V1.4: Support for IBM eServer zSeries z990 Multipurpose On Demand Servers and Preview: z/OS V1.5

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At a Glance

Enhancements to z/OS V1.4 further extend dynamic, flexible partitioning and resource management, availability, scalability, clustering, and Quality of Service (QoS). These enhancements include:

  • Support for the zSeries z990
  • Improved operator messaging architecture of z/OS
  • Concurrent access to VSAM datasets for both batch and CICS online transactions
  • The IBM Health Checker for z/OS and Sysplex in the msys for Operations element of z/OS
  • EIM infrastructure for help when managing multiple user registries across an enterprise
  • Updates to DFSMS Removable Media Manager (DFSMSrmm) to help improve usability, availability, and security

For ordering, contact:

Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or the Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: YE001).

Overview

z/OS® V1.4 supports the zSeries™ 990 (z990) server, the second generation of enterprise servers. Together, z/OS and the z990 server are designed to meet the on demand challenges of the e-business world with improvements to:

  • Dynamic, flexible partitioning and resource management in mixed and unpredictable workload environments
  • Availability
  • Scalability
  • Clustering
  • Qualities of Service (QoS)

For more information, refer to Hardware Announcement 103-142 , dated May 13, 2003.

What's New

  • z/OS V1.4 Consoles Enhancements improve the operator messaging architecture of z/OS.
  • z/OS V1 DFSMS Transactional VSAM Services improve the availability of VSAM data sets for both batch and CICS® online transactions.
  • IBM Health Checker for z/OS and Sysplex helps to identity potential problems before they can affect availability.
  • Enterprise Identity Mapping (EIM) infrastructure manages multiple user registries across an enterprise.
  • Enhancements to DFSMS Removable Media Manager (DFSMSrmm™) help improve usability, availability, and security.
  • New versions of Open Systems Adapter Support Facility (OSA/SF) and Device Support Facilities (ICKDSF) are available.

What's Next

z/OS V1.5 offers:

  • Multilevel security
  • DFSMShsm™ fast replication in support of DB2 Universal Database® (UDB) for z/OS V8
  • Enhancements to IPv6
  • Enhanced Intrusion Detection Services

Reference: Software Announcement 202-190 , dated August 13, 2002

Key Prerequisites

For detailed information, refer to the Technical Information section.

Planned Availability Dates

  • June 13, 2003:
    • z/OS V1 DFSMS Transactional VSAM Services
    • z/OS V1.4 z990 Compatibility Support
    • z990 Compatibility for selected releases (Web deliverable)
    • z990 Cryptographic CP Assist Support for z/OS V1.3 (Web deliverable)
  • October 31, 2003: z/OS V1.4 z990 Exploitation Support
  • First Quarter 2004: z/OS V1.4 Consoles Enhancements

Planned availability for the z990 Cryptographic Support Web deliverable:

  • October 31, 2003: z/OS V1.4
  • November 28, 2003: z/OS V1.3 and z/OS V1.2
  • December 31, 2003: OS/390® V2.10

Description

z990 Support and New Support for z/OS V1.4

The z/OS support for the new z990 server is planned to be delivered in stages.

June 13, 2003: z/OS will provide z990 compatibility support to enable OS/390 and z/OS to run on a z990 server. With the installation, OS/390 V2.10 and z/OS V1.2, V1.3, and V1.4 will run on z990 with:

  • Single Logical Channel SubSystem (LCSS)
  • Up to 15 logical partitions (LPARS)

Compatibility support is also required on all OS/390 V2.10 and z/OS V1.2, V1.3, and V1.4 systems in a sysplex when a z/OS or Coupling Facility (CF) image in that same sysplex is running on a z990 server and the LPAR ID of the z/OS or CF image is greater than 15 (x"F").

Note: A z/OS V1.4 system requires the z/OS V1.4 z990 Exploitation Support to run with an LPAR ID greater than 15 (x"F"). Only z/OS V1.4, or later, can run with an LPAR ID greater than 15 (x"F").

z990 compatibility support is planned to be made available as follows:

Note: Because compatibility support is not provided for z/OS V1.1, z/OS V1.1 will not run on a z990 server. Also, z/OS V1.1 cannot coexist in a Parallel Sysplex® if any OS/390, z/OS, or CF image in that sysplex is running on a z990 server. Refer to the General Coexistence, Release Migrations, and Fallback section for additional information on how z/OS provides compatibility and flexibility as you migrate your system.

In addition, Integrated Cryptographic Service Facility (ICSF) will provide support for Clear Key data encryption and decryption through the use of CP Assist for Cryptographic Functions (CPACF) cryptographic feature of z990 and SSL acceleration using the PCICA feature. This support will be made available as follows:

  • z/OS V1.4: Through the z/OS V1.4 z990 Compatibility Support
  • z/OS V1.3: Through the z990 Cryptographic CP Assist Support for z/OS V1.3 Web deliverable

Secure Key data encryption and decryption through the use of the PCIX cryptographic coprocessor (PCIXCC) will not be supported on z990 in June 2003.

October 31, 2003: z/OS will allow exploitation of several new z990 server features. z/OS V1.4 z990 Exploitation, an unpriced, optionally orderable feature will allow z/OS V1.4 to exploit new features of the z990, in particular:

  • Up to two LCSS

    Note: The 256-channel limitation per operating system image remains unchanged. z/OS V1.4 z990 Exploitation Support will allow z/OS V1.4 to access the channels within one of two LCSS on the z990 server.

  • A total of up to 30 LPARs

Fourth Quarter 2003: ICSF will support Secure Key data encryption and decryption through the use of the PCIXCC feature of z990, Clear Key data encryption and decryption through the use of the CP Assist feature on z990, and SSL acceleration using the PCICA feature. This support is planned to be made available via the z990 Cryptographic Support Web deliverable as follows:

  • z/OS V1.4: October 31, 2003
  • z/OS V1.3 and z/OS V1.2: November 28, 2003
  • z/OS V2.10: December 31, 2003

z/OS V1.4 Consoles Enhancements

z/OS V1.4 Consoles Enhancements extends the availability capabilities of z/OS V1.4 and represents the first phase of the IBM Consoles strategy to enhance the operator messaging architecture of z/OS. IBM intends to provide z/OS V1.4 Consoles Enhancements through an early availability program, planned to begin on November 14, 2003. General availability is planned for first quarter 2004. For information on participation in this program, visit:

Select Planning on the left navigation bar, and then select z/OS V1.4 Console Restructure Customer Request Form under Software.

For more information on z/OS V1.4 Consoles Enhancements , refer to the Additional Information section of this announcement.

DFSMStvs — Data Access and Business Continuance Support

z/OS V1 DFSMS Transactional VSAM Services (DFSMStvs) is a new priced, optionally orderable z/OS feature that enables batch jobs and CICS online transactions to update shared VSAM data sets concurrently. Multiple batch jobs and online transactions can be run against the same VSAM data sets, and DFSMStvs provides data integrity for concurrent batch updates while CICS provides it for online updates. For a detailed description of this support, refer to the DFSMSTvs topic in the Additional Information section.

z/OS msys for Operations — z/OS Built-In Self-Healing

Several enhancements to msys for Operations are planned to be shipped via SPE in second quarter 2003 (APAR OW56107):

  • Integration of the IBM Health Checker for z/OS and Sysplex into the z/OS msys for Operations element
  • Hardware policy validation
  • Critical ENQ resources detection
  • Ability to remove failed systems from a Parallel Sysplex

These enhancements also help improve the performance, recovery, and availability of business critical applications. Detailed descriptions of these z/OS msys for Operations enhancements can be found in the Additional Information section.

Security for Your e-business — Enterprise Identity Mapping (EIM)

The z/OS support for EIM is available on z/OS V1.4 with APAR OW57137. EIM is designed to give you and your business partners a technology that maps a user identity on one system to the user's identity on another system. For further details, refer to the EIM topic under the Additional Information section.

Enhancements to DFSMS Removable Media Manager (DFSMSrmm)

Enhancements to DFSMSrmm help improve usability, availability, and security elements for customers using IBM's premiere tape management solution for z/OS. The enhancements are available via APAR OW56584, which can be applied on release z/OS V1.3, and later. A detailed description of these enhancements can be found under the DFSMSrmm topic in the Additional Information section.

Workload Manager (WLM) Support of Workload Capacity (WLC) Pricing

Enhancements to WLM support new WLC pricing announced in Software Announcement 202-105 , dated April 30, 2002. These enhancements are available via PTFs for APAR OW55509. For further details, refer to the WLM Support of WLC Pricing topic in the Additional Information section.

Additional z/OS Enhancements

Other enhancements include Hardware Configuration Manager/Hardware Diagnostic Monitor (HCD/HCM) support for z990, Communications Server support for z990, and the availability of an Open Systems Adapter Support Facility (OSA/SF) Java™ GUI for client operating system independence. Information about these enhancements can be found under the Additional z/OS Enhancements topic in the Additional Information section.

Release 17 of Device Support Facilities (ICKDSF) is also included in the z/OS support for z990. For more information, refer to Software Announcement 202-309 , dated November 11, 2002.

Architectural Level Set

z/Architecture™ provides performance and reliability improvements. To exploit these enhancements and still support the older ESA/390 architecture, z/OS must provide simulations or dual paths. In z/OS V1.6, planned for September 2004, IBM plans to no longer support the ESA/390 architecture. This will eliminate the need for redundant code in z/OS and potentially enable greater exploitation of zArchitecture by designers and programmers and delivery of enhancements to customers more quickly.

IBM plans to establish a new Architectural Level Set and require zArchitecture servers. z/OS V1.6 must be IPLed in z/Architecture mode. z/OS V1.6 is planned to support only the following server models:

  • zSeries z990, or equivalent
  • zSeries z900, or equivalent
  • zSeries z800, or equivalent

The following IBM servers do not support the zArchitecture and are not planned to be supported with z/OS V1.6:

  • S/390 Parallel Enterprise Servers — Generation 5 (G5) and Generation 6 (G6) models, or equivalent
  • All models of the Multiprise® 3000 Enterprise Server, or equivalent

Enhancements to Variable Workload License Charges (VWLC)

For updated software pricing, refer to Software Announcement 203-130 , dated May 13, 2003.

Important Web Sites

Euro Sign Support: z/OS V1.4 includes euro currency symbol support for an additional set of countries and languages.

Statement of Direction

IBM plans to take the following actions in the future.

Refer to the corresponding Statement of Direction section in the Additional Information section for more detailed information.

The following is planned to be made available on z/OS V1.4, or later:

  • IBM intends to support four LCSS in z/OS.

The following action is planned to be effective with z/OS V1.5:

  • Application development support will be withdrawn from the C/C++ IBM Open Class® Library (IOC).

The following actions are planned to be effective with z/OS V1.6:

  • IBM intends to support more than 16 engines in a single image of z/OS.
  • IBM intends to provide support for up to 60 LPARs running z/OS on a single z990.
  • Language Environment's use of Run Time Library Support (RTLS) will be withdrawn.
  • Base locales for the participating EU countries will be modified to contain the Euro Monetary Symbol as the default currency symbol.
  • The C/C++ ISPF panels, which include panels for C/C++ foreground compiles, C/C++ background compiles, and help panels for these compiles, will be removed.
  • The Dynamic Link Library (DLL) Rename Utility, part of z/OS Language Environment®, will be removed.

The following actions are planned to be effective in a future release of z/OS:

  • The OS/390 V2.10 C/C++ compiler will be removed from the C/C++ feature.
  • z/OS Communication Server support for the SMIv1 version of the SNMP IBM MVS™ Enterprise-specific MIB module will be eliminated.

These statements represent current intentions of IBM.

Any reliance on this Statement of Direction is at the relying party's sole risk and will not create any liability or obligation for IBM.

All statements regarding IBM's plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice.

Hardware and Software Support Services

SmoothStart™/Installation Services

IBM offers a number of remote and on-site SmoothStart Services, Operational Support Services, Migration Services, and Installation Services designed to accelerate your productive use of your IBM solution. These services are provided by IBM or your IBM Business Partner at an additional charge. For additional information, contact your IBM representative and ask for IGS Services for z/OS or z/OS.e.

Reference Information

  • Software Announcement 201-248 , dated September 11, 2001
  • Software Announcement 202-032 , dated February 19, 2002
  • Software Announcement 202-031 , dated February 19, 2002
  • Software Announcement 202-191 , dated August 13, 2002
  • Software Announcement 202-190 , dated August 13, 2002
  • Software Announcement 202-189 , dated August 13, 2002
  • Software Announcement 202-185 , dated August 13, 2002
  • Software Announcement 202-187 , dated August 13, 2002
  • Hardware Announcement 102-209 , dated August 13, 2002
  • Software Announcement 203-131 , dated May 13, 2003
  • Software Announcement 203-132 , dated May 13, 2003
  • Software Announcement 203-128 , dated May 13, 2003
  • Software Announcement 203-125 , dated May 13, 2003
  • Hardware Announcement 103-142 , dated May 13, 2003

Trademarks

 
The e-business logo, zSeries, DFSMSrmm, DFSMShsm, z/Architecture, MVS, and SmoothStart are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
CICS, z/OS, DB2 Universal Database, Multiprise, OS/390, Parallel Sysplex, Open Class, and Language Environment are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

Additional Information

z/OS® V1.4 Consoles Enhancements

In a future release of z/OS, IBM plans to eliminate the one-byte console interface. With the advent of four-byte console IDs (in MVS™ SP4.1.0), customers and vendors have been encouraged to migrate away from the use of one-byte interfaces. Details of the one-byte console ID interface elimination are planned to be communicated in a future z/OS announcement. To help you prepare for the removal of this interface, an operator command will be provided in the z/OS V1.4 Consoles Enhancements feature that will identify uses of one-byte console ID interface in your environment.

IBM intends to provide Consoles Enhancements through an early availability program, planned to begin on November 14, 2003. Availability is planned for first quarter 2004. For information on participation in this program, visit:

Select Planning on the left navigation bar, and then select z/OS V1.4 Console Restructure Customer Request Form under Software.

DFSMStvs — Data Access and Business Continuance Support

z/OS V1 DFSMS Transactional VSAM Services (DFSMStvs) is a new priced, optionally orderable z/OS feature that enables batch jobs and CICS® online transactions to update shared VSAM data sets concurrently. Multiple batch jobs and online transactions can be run against the same VSAM data sets, and DFSMStvs helps ensure data integrity for concurrent batch updates while CICS ensures it for online updates.

Prior to DFSMStvs, record-level sharing (RLS) with integrity was available to CICS applications with VSAM RLS while transactional support for commit and rollback was provided by CICS TS. With DFSMStvs, RLS with integrity and transactional support for commit and rollback are now available to all non-CICS VSAM applications.

DFSMStvs is designed to offer the following benefits:

  • Contributes to the reduction or elimination of your batch window for CICS applications and other VSAM applications by allowing concurrent batch and online updating of VSAM recoverable data sets
  • Delivers increased system availability with simpler, faster, and more reliable recovery operations for VSAM storage structures
  • Simplifies scheduling batch jobs because multiple batch jobs that access the same files can be run concurrently on one or more z/OS images in a Parallel Sysplex® instead of serially on one image
  • Provides the ability to share VSAM data sets at record-level with integrity and commit and rollback functions for non-CICS applications
  • Offers Backup-while-open to be taken using DFSMSdss™ and DFSMShsm™
  • Enables batch applications to use the same forward recovery logs
  • Helps enable 24x7 CICS Transaction Server (TS) applications
  • Supports System-Managed CF Structure Duplexing

DFSMStvs is an extension to the function provided by VSAM RLS and requires RLS for accessing VSAM recoverable data sets. VSAM RLS (and therefore, DFSMStvs) requires the use of a system coupling facility for caching, locking, and buffer coherency.

z/OS msys for Operations — z/OS Built-In Self-Healing

Several enhancements to msys for Operations are planned to be shipped via SPE in second quarter 2003 (APAR OW56107). These enhancements include integration of the IBM Health Checker for z/OS and Sysplex into the z/OS msys for Operations element, hardware policy validation, critical ENQ resources detection, and the ability to remove failed systems from a Parallel Sysplex. These enhancements build on msys for Operations' ability to help improve the performance, recovery, and availability of business-critical applications.

About the IBM Health Checker: The IBM Health Checker for z/OS and Sysplex helps improve availability by reporting on active z/OS and Parallel Sysplex settings that are different from best practices recommended by IBM or customer-defined settings. msys for Operations will be enhanced to include an interface to these functions with panels to simplify viewing of results.

The stand-alone version of the IBM Health Checker for z/OS and Sysplex tool can be downloaded from:

Hardware Policy Validation: New function for msys for Operations will enable cross-validation of the hardware configuration that is mapped out in the msys for Operations policy against the actual running hardware configuration. Validation of this type is critical to help accurately control LPARs and determine that LPARS defined in the policy are actually on the correct system and located in the correct partition by name and number. The validation takes place during msys for Operations initialization and whenever disruptive requests are about to be executed.

Hung Command Recovery: msys for Operations will help prevent multisystem outages by detecting critical ENQ resources that have been held for an extended period of time.

Removing Failed Systems from a Parallel Sysplex: Automated response to the IXC402D message isolates and removes failed systems from a Parallel Sysplex as quickly as possible. This can provide faster mean-time-to-recovery (MTTR) for those system images the enterprise wishes to restart immediately should an unavoidable outage occur.

For more information on msys for Operations, visit:

Security for Your e-business — Enterprise Identity Mapping (EIM)

z/OS delivers on the IBM commitment to provide self-managing solutions through the industry-leading implementation of EIM. EIM is designed to give you and your business partners a technology that maps a user identity on one system to the user's identity on another system. Applications that use EIM C/C++ programming interface can equate JSMITH on iSeries™ to JIMSMITH on z/OS.

EIM is an LDAP-based application that uses the LDAP database as a central repository of user mapping information. Designed to lead to better tools for managing user IDs that belong to an individual within your enterprise, it simplifies applications that run on multiple platforms. The application doesn't need to invent yet another way to identify a user and it can exploit platform-specific authorization mechanisms. The EIM client is available on IBM eServer™ platforms, Linux™, and Microsoft™ Windows® 2000. The EIM domain controller is available on select IBM eServer platforms. For the latest on EIM, visit:

z/OS support for EIM clients and the EIM domain controller is available now on z/OS V1.4 with APAR OW57137.

Enhancements to DFSMS Removable Media Manager (DFSMSrmm™)

New enhancements to DFSMSrmm are intended to help improve usability, availability, and security elements for customers using IBM's premiere tape management solution for z/OS.

Individual improvements include:

  • DFSMSrmm backup improvements: Users can now run backups of the RMM CDS and journal at any time, even during inventory management. This enhancement also enables users to backup and clear just the journal data set to help minimize the time required. The backup of the journal without the CDS is designed to be non-intrusive enabling CDS updates to continue throughout the backup.
  • DFSMSrmm duplicate volume support: DFSMSrmm supports multiple, physical volumes with the same internal volume serial number. A duplicate volume is defined to RMM using a unique volume serial number together with the VOL1 label volser. A duplicate volume must be a physical non-scratch standard label volume and can be used for input and output requests. On return to scratch, the volume is relabelled to a non-duplicate volume.
  • DFSMSrmm control information: The DFSMSrmm LISTCONTROL command is updated to display the CDS percentage used and journal status. The operator QUERY ACTIVE command has been updated with the journal status information. When the status of the journal changes a new message is issued to notify the operator.
  • DFSMSrmm command authorization: DFSMSrmm optionally supports security profiles in the RACF® DATASET and TAPEVOL classes as a way to authorize the use of certain RMM TSO subcommands against data set and volume information defined in the CDS. This capability can provide a more flexible alternative to the use of volume ownership for authorization for the general user.

All of these functions are supported in z/OS V1.3 and z/OS V1.4 environments. They can be obtained by applying APAR OW56584.

For more information on DFSMSrmm, visit:

WLM Support of WLC Pricing

Enhancements to WLM support new WLC pricing announced in Software Announcement 202-105 , dated April 30, 2002. These enhancements enable WLM to calculate the four-hour rolling average for LPARs. This calculation is now available regardless of whether a defined capacity is in effect or not.

The WLM enhancements are now available via PTFs for APAR OW55509. The Sub-Capacity Reporting Tool (SCRT) relies on four-hour rolling averages for LPARS and requires the PTFs to enable z/OS to collect and record four-hour rolling average utilization data for native z/OS partitions. Before the PTFs were available, IBM had recommended a temporary workaround which is no longer necessary. To read more about APAR OW55509, which applies to z/OS V1.1 through z/OS V1.4. SCRT Support Page, visit:

Additional Enhancements in z/OS

Other enhancements in z/OS include HCD/HCM support for z990, Communications Server support for z990, and the availability of an Open Systems Adapter Support Facility (OSA/SF) Java™ GUI for client operating system independence.

Release 17 of Device Support Facilities (ICKDSF) will also be included in the z/OS support for z990. For more information, refer to Software Announcement 202-309 , dated November 11, 2002.

HCD/HCM Support for z990: HCD/HCM support will be part of the z990 server compatibility support. The z990 compatibility support is available via the z/OS V1.4 z990 Compatibility Support feature and the z990 Compatibility for Selected Releases Web deliverable. The HCD/HCM support enables you to define a z990 server configuration consisting of:

  • Multiple Logical Channel SubSystems (LCSS)
  • More than 15 logical partitions
  • More than 256 channel paths
  • Channel paths spanning multiple channel subsystems
  • Mapping a channel path ID (CHPID) to a physical channel ID (PCHID)

With HCD/HCM delivered with the z990 compatibility support, you can define two LCSS. Initially, you can use LCSS 0 for z/OS and LCSS 1 for other operating systems such as VM or Linux. When the z/OS V1.4 z990 Exploitation Support feature is installed, you can use LCSS 1 for z/OS V1.4.

HCD also offers:

  • Both compatibility and exploitation support for I/O on z990
  • Input for the CHPID mapping tool which will help establish the CHPID to PCHID relationship; you can import the output of the CHPID Mapping Tool to the I/O Definition File (IODF)
  • Defaulting the IODF size for the INITODF utility
  • IODF prompt showing the IODF size and the creation date

Along with the hardware support, HCD addresses:

  • HCD Enhancement to IODF Compare
  • Redesigned Switch Configuration Detail Report to significantly decrease the size of the report
  • Enhanced validation checking
  • Mapping an IODF into a data area in virtual storage as a default

The z/OS V1.4 z990 Compatibility Support and the z/OS V1.4 z990 Exploitation Support features, as well as the z990 Compatibility for Selected Releases Web deliverable, include HCM disabled. Customers wishing to use HCM must enable it. Customers must notify IBM when they enable a feature that was shipped disabled. For more information on enabling a priced feature, refer to z/OS and z/OS.e Planning for Installation (GA22-7504) at:

z/OS Communications Server Support for z990: z/OS Communications Server supports z990 and includes:

  • HiperSockets 16 Internal LANs support: Communications Server supports up to 16 internal LANs on all z990 servers. When HiperSockets was first introduced, only up to four internal LANs could be configured. No additional code is required for this support.
  • HiperSockets IQD CHPID Spanning Support: Communications Server HiperSocket interfaces for TCP/IP exploit the IQD CHPID spanning function provided with the new multiple LCSS structure. This allows TCP/IP stacks running on z990 to communicate using HiperSockets channels configured to multiple Channel Subsystems and transparently shared by any or all configured LPARs without regard to the LCSS to which the LPAR is configured.

    The IQD CHPID spanning support will be delivered via the following PTFs:

    • OA02212/UA01784 — z/OS V1.2 and V1.3
    • UA01785 — z/OS V1.4

OSA/SF Java GUI for Client Operating System Independence: A new version of the Open Systems Adapter Support Facility (OSA/SF) includes a Java-based GUI in support of the client application. The Java GUI is independent of any operating system or server (transparent to operating system), and is expected to operate wherever the Java V1.4 run times are available. Interoperability testing has been performed for Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Linux for zSeries™.

Use of the GUI is optional. A REXX command interface is also included with OSA/SF. OSA/SF is not required to set up the OSA-Express features in QDIO mode (OSD CHPID type).

IBM Device Support Facilities (ICKDSF) R17: ICKDSF R17 is designed to offer full support for the TotalStorage™ Enterprise Storage Server™ (ESS), including Peer-to-Peer Remote Copy-Extended Distance. This release includes:

  • RACF protection of commands
  • Printing of dataset name when an uncorrectable data check is detected
  • Checking connectivity of devices to help verify cabling

R17 is available in MVS, CMS, VSE, and as a stand-alone. The stand-alone version is optionally available on CD-ROM.

ICKDSF R17 is also included in the z/OS V1.4 z990 Compatibility Support, z/OS V1.4 z990 Exploitation Support, and z990 Compatibility for Selected Releases features.

For more information, refer to Software Announcement 202-309 , dated November 11, 2002.

z/OS Wizards

IBM eServer Security Planner: An enhanced version of the Security Planner is now available at:

Security Planner is a Web-based tool that assists security administrators with security policy planning for each of its IBM eServer platforms. Version 2 extends the scope of the Security Planner to include recommendations for designing network security including: network architecture, Firewall and other network security technologies, TCP/IP security, and intrusion detection.

e-care

Systempac® for z/OS, V1.4: SystemPac offers the capability to build a system with integrated subsystems in either full volume dump/restore format or dataset copy format. The full volume dump/restore format enables you to install z/OS without using the dialog. Installation is done via pack restore using DFSMSdss or FDR (if the vendor product is selected in the order).

SystemPac is designed for those who have limited skill or time to install or upgrade z/OS but who want to install or upgrade to exploit z/OS functions in e-commerce or other areas.

The unpriced, optionally orderable feature, z/OS V1.4 z990 Compatibility Support, will also be available for ordering on June 24, 2003, in ProductPac®.

For more information about SystemPac, ProductPac, visit:

Fee-Based Software Services Offerings are covered in more detail in Software Announcement 202-190 , dated August 13, 2002.

Withdrawal of 6250 Media Support: 6250 is no longer a supported media for the Customized Offerings:

  • CBPDO (5751-CS3)
  • ServerPac (5751-CS9)
  • RefreshPac (5751-CS7)
  • ProductPac (5751-CS5)
  • SystemPac (5751-CS4)
  • Subscription CBPDO (5751-CS8)

IBM License Manager (ILM): IBM will not deliver the ILM tool for zSeries, as previously announced.

The IBM long-term objectives remain the same:

  • Deliver a heterogeneous software license management tool
  • Support open standards, where applicable, such as X-Open Software License Management (XSLM) standard
  • Offer a mechanism to help customers, independent software vendors, and IBM understand software use, as it relates to Ts & Cs

This announcement does not alter the terms and conditions of zSeries WLC. IBM will continue to deliver sub-capacity software pricing benefits using the Sub-Capacity Reporting Tool (SCRT), until a strategic solution is available. IBM will continue to enhance SCRT over time. If you have questions about a specific vendor's support of SCRT or other sub-capacity pricing implementations, contact that vendor directly.

Tivoli® software, the IBM center of competency for managing technology, will take a leadership role in defining and delivering the cross-platform roadmap for future license management technologies. The first of these license management technologies is Tivoli License Manager V1.1, which became available for distributed platforms in November 2002. Tivoli is currently developing follow-on plans for the zSeries platform.

Preview: z/OS V1.5

Previews provide insight into IBM plans and direction. Availability, prices, ordering information, and terms and conditions will be provided when the product is announced.

Note: This statement represents current intentions of IBM. IBM development plans are subject to change or withdrawal without further notice.

Ease-of-Use through IBM Innovative Technologies

Data Access and Storage Management Enhancements: In z/OS V1.5, enhancements to DFSMS will focus on improving business continuity by:

  • Reducing the occurrence of system outages and enhancing disaster recovery capabilities
  • Improving business efficiency with better system performance and throughput and with usability enhancements that increase storage administrator productivity
  • Enhancing security with improvements such as optionally hiding names of data sets from unauthorized users and allowing DFSMShsm commands to be controlled by a RACF Facility class

Descriptions of these and other functions were published in Software Announcement 202-190 , dated August 13, 2002. (Use Ctrl+F and search on Preview: z/OS V1.5. )

In addition, DFSMS plans to significantly enhance application backup by enabling DFSMShsm to utilize volume-level fast replication. Fast replication will be designed to exploit the FlashCopy® and virtual concurrent copy capability of IBM Enterprise Storage Server and IBM RAMAC® Virtual Array (RVA) respectively.

This capability will offer the ability to define a set of storage groups as a copy storage pool using the new ISMF Copypool application. The volumes in this pool will then be processed, collectively creating, via fast replication, backup versions managed by DFSMShsm. DFSMS will provide the capability to perform fast recovery at the volume or copy storage pool level. Copies of the backup versions that DFSMShsm creates can be made using PPRC for remote disaster recovery or using DFSMSdss for local recovery.

DFSMShsm fast replication will also offer a fast, easy to use backup and recovery solution designed to work specifically with DB2 Universal Database (UDB) for z/OS V8. Fast, non-disruptive backups can be taken at appropriate events during minimum activity at the application level or when a fast point-in-time backup is desired. For more details about DB2® UDB for z/OS V8 and the Point-In-Time Backup and Recovery functions, refer to Software Announcement 203-019 , dated January 28, 2003.

Although it is targeted for interrelated table spaces, DFSMShsm fast replication can be used for DB2 and CICS applications and other application data that can be aggregated into a copy storage pool.

Resource Measurement Facility (RMF™) Enhancements: In addition to RMF msys customization support (msys for Setup updates are further explained in the section titled msys for Setup Support: DB2, RMF, and FTP ), several new RMF functions are planned for z/OS V1.5.

  • Monitor II and Monitor III performance data will be RACF-protected. You can deny unauthorized RMF PM users access to z/OS performance data.
  • RMF will provide 64-bit API support by enabling its callable Sysplex Data Services Erbdsqry, Erbdsrec, Erb2xdgs, and Erb3xdrs for 64-bit callers.
  • RMF Spreadsheet Reporter will be designed to provide further usability improvements.
  • Monitor I Paging and Virtual Storage reporting will be enhanced to report on shared virtual memory with addresses above 2 GB.

WLM Improvements: Several new WLM functions are planned with z/OS V1.5.

  • Importance-Based Initiator Dispatch Priority (DP) Control: In goal mode, all work can be classified to a system or user-defined service class with the exception of initiators before they start to execute a job.

    In z/OS V1.5, enhancements to Importance-Based Initiator DP Control will address this exception. The Importance-Based Initiator DP Control function provides the capability to set the dispatching priority for initiators so that no work with a lower business importance will ever have a higher dispatching priority than the most critical applications in the installation. Only system-related work can go above this critical work. To allow prioritization of the initiator processing that occurs before job execution, a new parameter in the IEAOPTxx member of SYS1.PARMLIB will be defined to allow an installation to set initiator dispatch priorities below this critical work.

    This support is for OMVS, JES, and APPC initiators.

  • WLM WebSphere® Dynamic Application Environment API: WLM is designed to provide the capability to manage server address spaces for scalable applications such as WebSphere V4 and V5, and DB2 Stored Procedures. To enable WLM to start and stop server regions for these applications, you need to define an application environment in the WLM service definition. This definition tells WLM the name of the JCL procedure that must be used to start the server address space.

    The application control regions also need the name of the application environment to pass work requests to WLM for queuing to the application environment and processing by the server address space.

    The need to define the application environment in multiple places presents a challenge since the definitions must be done by different administrators, one for the system (WLM) and one for the application (WebSphere, for example). To address this issue, WLM will support the definition of dynamic application environments. These environments will be defined dynamically by the control region when they are needed and will be removed from the system when the control region terminates. Definition of the application environment in the WLM service definition will no longer be required. The command interface to operate WLM application environments will be enhanced to support both user defined application environments (which still exist) and dynamic application environments. The installation will still possess all capabilities to monitor and operate application environments with the benefit of less required definition steps.

Library Server: Starting with z/OS V1.5, BookManager® BookServer will have a new name, Library Server. The new name is the result of significant changes to the function and user interface, and because it supports not only BookManager books, but also portable document format (PDF) files.

Changes to Library Server include:

  • Improved end-user interface: Improved and expanded support for customizing and tailoring the Library Server end-user interface will enable configuring Library Server installations to present an enterprise's choice of look and feel. Users will also be able to employ filtered views, navigation, and searches of books based upon topic classifications such as concept, reference, or task.
  • Enhanced bookshelves and bookcases: Bookshelf and bookcase contents will be presented as expandable/collapsible nodes, providing the ability to view book topics in the context of the books on the shelf and shelves in the case. Also, a new high-performance table of contents (TOC) component will support bookshelves and bookcases in addition to books. Shelf support will be included for PDFs with a corresponding BookManager file and for stand-alone PDFs (PDFs that do not have a corresponding BookManager file).
  • Improved search: Search dialog and search results will appear in context with, and be synchronized with, the book topic and the TOC. The ability to launch the search function for multiple bookshelves will also be provided.
  • Enhanced tables: Enhanced HTML table generation will handle most tables, including those with revision bars, complex structures, non-uniform rows, variable-width columns, and specific cell data alignment.
  • Handheld device support: A new administrative option will permit end users to generate Library Server HTML pages enabled for clipping. End users will be able to clip page content for display on handheld devices. They will also be able to choose whether pages optimized for display on a handheld device have an Internet connection.

msys for Setup Support: DB2, RMF, and FTP: The value of msys for Setup will be extended in z/OS V1.5 with DB2, RMF, and FTP exploitation.

  • msys for Setup DB2 Customization Support: DB2 UDB for z/OS V8 joins the growing number of products that system administrators can customize with msys for Setup. msys for Setup for DB2 simplifies the task of customizing a DB2 subsystem on z/OS. A set of wizards provides guidance for specifying settings for DB2 subsystem parameters (DSNZPARMs) and reduces the amount of data that you need to enter to set up and configure DB2. The configuration windows provide default values and recommendations for best practices wherever possible. After completion of the initial setup and configuration of DB2, system administrators can view and update the parameters and other information through notebooks.

    The msys for Setup DB2 Customization Support is planned to be made available via an APAR on z/OS V1.4 and will have a prerequisite of SDK for z/OS, Java 2 Technology Edition, V1.4.1 (5655-I56).

  • msys for Setup RMF Customization Support: RMF run-time problems can be avoided and System Administrator productivity may improve through the use of msys for Setup RMF customization support. msys for Setup RMF customization will help reduce the complexity of RMF release migration and customization by guiding you through the various steps of the customization process.

  • msys for Setup FTP Customization Support: msys for Setup support will also be extended to FTP Servers and FTP Clients. The extensions will support complete configuration as well as multiple FTP servers and clients.

SMP/E Enhancements: SMP/E is the software installation and maintenance tool for the z/OS, z/OS.e, and OS/390® platforms. It also maintains an inventory of the installed software and service.

SMP/E is planned to be enhanced for z/OS V1.5. For more information on SMP/E V3.2, refer to Software Announcement 203-125 , dated May 13, 2003.

e-business Enabling

Multilevel Security Support: IBM plans to provide a Trusted Computing Base in z/OS (which is expected to include TCP/IP, Security Server, Language Environment®, and UNIX® System Services). This is collectively called Multilevel Security and is planned to be delivered with function staged in several releases.

For more information, refer to the overview of Multilevel Security previewed in Software Announcement 202-190 , dated August 13, 2002. (Use Ctrl+F and search on Preview: z/OS V1.5. )

Infoprint® Server Enhancements

  • IP PrintWay™ — e-mail Enhancements: With Infoprint Server you can send a report to an e-mail destination as an attachment instead of printing it on a physical printer. In z/OS V1.5, this capability will be enhanced to give you control over the following parameters:
    • Primary recipient list ("to" address)
    • Copy recipient list ("cc" address)
    • Blind copy recipient list ("bcc" address)
    • Sender name ("from" name)
    • Reply-to address
    • Attachment name

    This support will enable you to control how you send reports to suppliers and vendors. Currently, the print administrator has to define the e-mail recipient information ahead of time in the printer definition. In z/OS V1.5, you will be able to control the recipient list at the time that the file is submitted to Infoprint Server.

  • IP PrintWay Extended Mode: A new IP PrintWay architecture is being designed to provide better performance and more flexibility for managing print jobs. IP PrintWay Extended Mode uses the Sysout API (SAPI) to obtain jobs from the JES spool and send them to remote TCP/IP-attached printers and e-mail destinations. IP PrintWay Extended Mode will give you better control of work selection criteria and improved ease-of-use by enabling administrators to cancel the currently printing job, stop and restart printing to a printer, and restart retained jobs.

Networking for Large-Scale e-business: A number of enhancements are planned for z/OS Communications Server:

IPv6 Enhancements and Support: z/OS V1.4 Communications Server enables e-business growth by delivering an IPv6-enabled stack. zSeries servers can interact with other network devices using the IPv6 Internet Protocol standard. This support permits the enhanced applications to communicate with both IPv4 and IPv6 partners. In z/OS V1.5, IPv6 support will be extended to include commonly used TCP/IP applications:

  • SNMP Applications: Communications Server will offer IPv6 network management support to allow SNMP management applications to manage IPv6 networks.

  • Enterprise Extender: Applications using Enterprise Extender will be able to communicate over an IPv6 network.

  • CICS Sockets API: The following CICS TCP/IP socket APIs will be enabled for IPv6 communications:
    • C Language Socket API
    • Sockets Extended API (COBOL, PL/I, and other assembler language programs)

    These APIs will allow CICS applications to be enhanced so that they can communicate with IPv6-enabled partner applications over an IPv6 network.

  • Multipath Channel Point-to-Point (MPCPTP) Interfaces: MPCPTP support will provide IPv6 connectivity between TCP/IP stacks using cross-system coupling facility (XCF), SAMEHOST, and ESCON®/FICON™ interfaces. With this support, a new interface definition type, MPCPTP6, is created.

  • TN3270 Server: The TN3270 Server will support IPv6 clients. This will allow the server to interoperate with clients in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks.

  • OMPRoute: OMPRoute, the routing daemon provided by z/OS Communications Server, will support RFC2080, which defines the support for RIPng, the new-generation Routing Information Protocol. This will be added to support dynamic routing for IPv6 networks. OMPRoute will support both routing for IPv4 and IPv6 networks.

Additional applications that will support IPv6 are:

  • Simple Network Time Protocol Daemon (SNTPD)
  • Digital Certificate Access Server (DCAS)
  • Trivial File Transfer Protocol Daemon (TFTPD)
  • Sendmail 8.12.1
  • Remote Execution Protocol (rexec) and Remote Shell Execution (rsh) client
  • RXSERVE (Remote Execution Server)
  • System Log Daemon (syslogd)

More Communications Server Enhancements

  • FTP Enhancements: Several enhancements will be provided for FTP, including removing some restrictions and extending capabilities. These enhancements include:
    • Removing the restriction requiring the FTP server load module to be loaded below the 16M line, which will help ease possible memory constraints.
    • Enabling an FTP client to login without having to specify a password via TLS authentication certificates.
    • Displaying the current setting of the FTPKEEPALIVE timer rather than having to look in the FTP.DATA data set.
    • Automatically creating the target load PDS(E) data set, based on the attributes of an existing PDS(E), if the target PDS(E) does not exist when load module members are transferred.
    • Configuring the FTP server to select passive data port numbers from a specific range of values for better coordination of your FTP server with your FTP firewall configuration.
    • Implementing RFC 2428 for encrypted IPv4 FTP sessions to allow these sessions to traverse network address translation (NAT) Firewalls.
  • TN3270 Server Enhancements: In addition to the TN3270 IPv6 support mentioned previously, TN3270 Server enhancements will include:
    • A new Communications Server TN3270 SNMP subagent and Enterprise-Specific TN3270 MIB will allow SNMP management applications to gather and display information about the TN3270 server and its client connections. It will also provide operational and performance data.
    • The TN3270 that server will support takeover of connections without end-users having to specify an LU name. This will allow clients that do not have preassigned LU names to benefit from a TN3270 takeover which is used to recover a connection. Prior to z/OS V1.5, the TN3270 takeover was available only to end users who specify an LU name at connection time.
    • The TN3270 server will enable customized control of the keyboard unlock function in conjunction with SNA read commands received from the host application. This function can be used to resolve application errors when buffered keyboard data is unexpectedly received from the client.
    • The ability for system programmers to specify IP ranges in IPGROUP or DESTIPGROUP statements in addition to exact IP addresses and IP subnets. This enhancement will provide flexibility for address configuration.
  • QoS Policy Enhancements:
    • A new programming interface will be provided for the QoS Policy Agent to allow local network applications to retrieve performance-related information regarding QoS policies active in TCP/IP.
    • A new QoS Service Level Agreement Policy Management (SLAPM) MIB will provide improved QoS policy performance data with support for IPv4 and IPv6 SNMP monitoring applications.
  • Enterprise Extender/SNA Enhancements: Enhancements will be provided for SNA and Enterprise Extender beyond the IPv6 Enterprise Extender support mentioned previously, including new functions and serviceability improvements.
    • For enterprises using connection networks, VTAM® will support more than a single local and a single global virtual routing node definition. This will provide the ability to use multiple connection networks to support disjoint IP networks or networks with different characteristics.
    • You will be able to define a model PU type for nonconnection network Enterprise Extender PUs. This will provide the ability to code certain PU parameters that control characteristics of that EE connection such as allowing for redial attempts and specification of TG characteristics.
    • Multiple, concurrent Display APING commands will be supported, helping to eliminate the need to wait until a previous APING has completed before issuing another. This improves testing, for example, by allowing the exchange of data over several sessions to various target LUs or to the same LU.
    • Display RTPS operator command will have new operands for displaying RTP connections. These new operands will offer additional filtering capabilities for improved usability.
    • GROUP statements will be supported in model major nodes to simplify coding LU definitions with similar parameters.
    • System administrators can allow the network node server for end nodes housing generic resources to reside outside of the sysplex to help reduce the chance of session failure if the network node server in the sysplex fails. This will enable the provision of a backup network node server without requiring two network nodes in the same sysplex.
    • SSCPORD start option can be coded in the ADJSSCP tables, providing more granular control over resource searches.
    • New messages and functions will be added to help with problem determination, including new and enhanced messages associated with activation or termination of a DLUR/DLUS resource.
    • A new start option, DISRFMSG, will be provided to further control the display of search messages when sessions fail.
    • New slowdown monitoring and operator awareness will be provided for external communications adapter (XCA) subchannels. This enhancement will provide new messages to alert the operator to XCA slowdown conditions, allowing intervention to be performed if needed.
    • Several CSDUMP command usability enhancements will be provided to display the reason the CSDUMP was triggered and the current CSDUMP triggers. An option to remove CSDUMP triggers will also be provided.
    • The ability to specify a hostname instead of an explicit IP address for EE definitions will be provided. The ability to exchange hostnames instead of IP addresses allows Enterprise Extender nodes to coexist in a network where network address translation (NAT) is used.
  • Communications Server Sysplex Enhancements: Several sysplex enhancements will be added to provide needed expansion for certain Dynamic Virtual IP Address (DVIPA) limitations as well as to enhance capability and availability to servers in a sysplex environment:
    • Allowing VIPABackup before VIPADefine in the TCP/IP profile which will remove dependencies on the order in which TCP/IP stacks are activated.
    • Providing client-to-server affinity whereby connections from the same client, as identified by IP address, are routed to the same server instance. This will also allow client-server functions that rely on affinity, such as connection recovery type functions, to work in a load balancing environment.
  • Intrusion Detection Services (IDS) Enhancements: Introduced in z/OS Communications Server V1.2, Intrusion Detection Services can help detect attacks on the TCP/IP stack that would potentially harm its ability to function normally and cause a misuse of system resources. In z/OS Communications Server V1.5, interface flood detection will be added to this function. A corresponding OSA-Express enhancement is required to support MAC identification. Source MAC identification is supported for all z990 OSA-Express features when configured in QDIO mode.
  • Full Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN) Support: This support will extend the z/OS V1.2 VLAN priority-tagged frame support to full VLAN defined by the IEEE standard 802.1Q support. This support provides the ability for z/OS packets with VLAN IDs to be seen only by other systems in the network that support the same VLAN ID. This will be accomplished by the use of VLAN-aware bridges. Support will be offered for one global VLAN (ID) per IP version per TCP/IP stack. That is:
    • One Global VLAN (ID) for IPv4 and
    • One Global VLAN (ID) for IPv6

    A corresponding OSA-Express enhancement is also required which is supported on the following OSA-Express features when in QDIO mode:

    • 1000BASE-T Ethernet (feature number 1366)
    • Fast Ethernet (feature number 2366)
    • Gigabit Ethernet (feature numbers 2364, 2365, 1364, andn 1365)

  • Checksum Offload for IPv4 Packets: Checksum Offload provides the capability of offloading, to OSA-Express, the processing associated with calculating the checksums for the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP), User Datagram Protocol (UDP), and Internet Protocol (IP) headers. By offloading the checksum calculations to OSA-Express, host CPU cycles are reduced. Improved performance for most types of IPv4 packets can be realized by taking advantage of the Checksum Offload function of the new OSA-Express when operating in QDIO mode with the following features:
    • OSA-Express GbE (features numbers 1364 and 1365)
    • 1000BASE-T Ethernet (feature number 1366)

    This function is not supported for IPv6 packets and does not apply to ICMP checksum processing.

  • HiperSockets IPv4 Broadcast Support: Communications Server will be enhanced to support IPv4 broadcast packets over HiperSocket LANs. TCP/IP applications that support IPv4 broadcast, such as OMPROUTE when running RIPv1, will be able to send and receive broadcast packets over HiperSocket interfaces. HiperSockets broadcast support is available on all z990 servers.

  • Other OMPRoute Enhancements In addition to OMPRoute IPv6 support mentioned previously, OMPRoute will be enhanced as follows:
    • OMPROUTE will allow its debug trace to be redirected to CTRACE, significantly reducing the overhead associated with running the OMPROUTE debug trace.
    • The limit on the number of equal cost routes to the same destination that OMPROUTE can learn and install in the TCP/IP routing table will be raised from 4 to 16.
    • The number of local interfaces supported by OMPROUTE will be relaxed. For IPv4, OMPROUTE can now support a large number of VIPAs in addition to 255 physical interfaces. For IPv6, OMPROUTE does not limit the number of physical interfaces and therefore can support a large number of VIPAs and physical interfaces.
  • Upgrade for Sendmail: The Sendmail application will be upgraded to program level 8.12.1, providing new functions such as:
    • Mail filter support
    • TLS for authenticating mail between client and server and between servers
  • IPSec CPACF Exploitation: z/OS V1.5 Communications Server plans to use the new CP Assist for Cryptographic Functions (CPACF) available on z990 to improve IPSec encryption and decryption performance.

Security for Your e-business — Enterprise Identity Mapping (EIM): In z/OS V1.5, EIM will be enhanced to provide more secure methods for communicating with the EIM domain controller. The enhanced support will include SSL and Kerberos. These extensions will provide state of the art methods for authenticating the identity of the EIM client user and the EIM domain controller, and will ensure that communications between the EIM client and domain controller are secure from eavesdropping and tampering.

Application Flexibility

Preventing Sysplex System Outages: Today when a system is joining the sysplex and its level of UNIX System Services is incompatible with the systems that are already in the sysplex, it enters into a "disabled wait state" and the system must be re-IPLed, thus resulting in a system outage. In z/OS V1.5, when the joining system's level of UNIX System Services is incompatible with the systems that are already in the sysplex, the joining system will shut down UNIX System Services rather than hard-waiting the entire system. This support is planned to be provided on z/OS V1.3 and V1.4.

Improvements to Mount Processing

  • Dynamically Create Mountpoints: Directives will be added to BPXPRMxx to dynamically add system-specific mountpoints. This functionality will provide stability of mountpoints during system cloning or propagation.
  • Availability Improvements: Currently with UNIX System Services Filesystem Sysplex Support, in order to change the mount mode (read-only or read-write) of a mounted filesystem, it must be unmounted, and then mounted again in the desired mode. But in order to unmount a filesystem, all filesystems mounted under it must be unmounted first. z/OS V1.5 will allow changing the mount mode of a mounted filesystem without needing to explicitly unmount and mount it again. It also helps to provide ease of use when changes are to be applied to read-only file systems without disrupting the applications using them.
  • New Symlink Symbolics: You will be able to control the location of mounts within the filesystem hierarchy through the creation of symlink symbolics.

ISPF: In z/OS V1.5, ISPF plans to provide greater flexibility and ease-of-use in many areas:

  • Greater panel design capabilities: Dialog developers will be able to design and build panels that are more flexible than ever before with additional panel definition statements that will enable developers to:
    • Define panel fields as scrollable from left to right, allowing the display of variable data that is longer than the field length
    • Define input and output fields as expandable, so that a user can enter a command (or use a PF key) to have all the data in the field displayed in a pop-up window
    • Define multi-line input fields in scrollable areas
    • Use the new built-in function, Length, to determine the data length within a variable
  • Improved ease-of-use in the Member List commands: End users can save time and effort when viewing, finding, moving, and copying data sets with:
    • Modifications in the support for member aliases, so that aliases can be automatically moved or copied when associated members are selected in the Move/Copy utility
    • Extensions to the SRCHFOR command, allowing users to take advantage of the powerful search capabilities of the SuperC Utility
    • Addition of the SORT PROMPT command, giving users greater control over the display order of their data
    • New configuration table option that allows users to customize the member list scroll behavior to suit their own requirements
  • Easy identification of duplicate data sets in Data Set Lists: Users will be able to include catalog names in their Data Set List display, making it easy to identify data sets with the same name by determining the user catalog to which they belong.
  • Response to user requests: This release of ISPF will implement a number of FIN and SUG APARs, including:
    • OW49665 — Developers will have access to more information for accounting and monitoring purposes as the Exit 11 process now returns the next displayed logical screen
    • OW51425 — Users will be able to process HFS files directly within ISPF with the addition of HFS command support in the Data Set List utility
    • OW51634 — References to obsolete IDCAMS commands will be removed from ISPTCM
    • OW52732 — Users will be able to customize the minimum and maximum scroll amounts, including the ability to set a scroll amount of zero.

ISPF also plans to include these enhancements to SCLM functionality:

  • Faster restoration of executable environments: Authorized personnel, such as project managers and team leaders, will be able to backup and recover non-editable types, so as to fully restore an executable environment. Source members and editable types will be recoverable through separate versioning processes.
  • Better management of source versions: Developers will be able to view and compare source versions and browse the version history of individual members, increasing their ability to manage their source code.
  • Easier integration of SCLM with external products: Developers will be able to use the new SCLM Project Definition API to integrate SCLM with other products in more efficient ways. The API provides a standardized official interface to products accessing SCLM and removes the need for direct reading of the SCLM project load module.
  • Easier access to Change Code variables: Developers will be able to expose the current Change Code at the Parse phase of the translator, using the new @@FLMCAA variable.
  • Response to user requests: This release will also implement a number of user-generated marketing requirements.

z/OS 64-bit Environment: z/OS V1.5 will provide basic shared memory assembler system services that enable middleware to share 64-bit virtual storage among multiple address spaces. Additionally, z/OS V1.5 will provide middleware and application developers the ability to experiment with the new 64-bit C/C++ Compiler for future 64-bit exploitation. The 64-bit C/C++. executable support will be in a future release.

For more information regarding z/OS 64-bit virtual support, refer to the IBM eServer zSeries 900 z/OS 64-bit Virtual Storage Roadmap white paper at:

Statement of Direction

These statements represent current intentions of IBM. IBM development plans are subject to change or withdrawal without further notice.

Any reliance on this Statement of Direction is at the relying party's sole risk and will not create any liability or obligation for IBM.

The following is planned to be made available on z/OS V1.4, and later:

  • IBM intends to support four logical channel subsystems in z/OS. The maximum number of channels supported per z/OS image will be 256. This support will require z/OS V1.4, or later, and a z990 or future server.

The following action is planned to be effective with z/OS V1.5:

  • The application development support (that is, the headers, source, sidedecks, objects, and samples from the Application Support Class and Collection Class libraries) is planned to be withdrawn from the C/C++ Open Class® Library (IOC). Runtime support for IOC is planned to be removed in a future release.

The following actions are planned to be effective with z/OS V1.6:

  • IBM intends to support more than 16 engines in a single image of z/OS. This support will increase the scale of a single z/OS image by taking advantage of the increased number of engines available on a z990 server.
  • IBM intends to provide support for up to 60 LPARs running z/OS on a single z990.
  • Language Environment's use of Run Time Library Support (RTLS) will be withdrawn. This function is used primarily in run-time migration. Given the stability and the upward compatibility being provided by the Language Environment run-time library in recent releases of OS/390 and z/OS, this functionality is no longer required.
  • IBM will modify support for the Euro Monetary Symbol. The base locales for the participating EU countries will be modified to contain the Euro Monetary Symbol as the default currency symbol. This change will require modifications to customer applications which currently display monetary amounts in both the local currency and the Euro. A new modifier called @preeuro is being created to allow applications to continue displaying monetary amounts in the local currency, since the default currency symbol in the affected locales will be the Euro symbol. Existing applications using only the @euro modifier will not be affected.
  • The C/C++ ISPF panels which include panels for C/C++ foreground compiles, C/C++ background compiles, and help panels for these compiles, are planned to be removed. The z/OS C/C++ compiler can be invoked through UNIX System Services, using JCL, and under TSO.
  • The Dynamic Link Library (DLL) Rename Utility, part of z/OS Language Environment, is used to package and redistribute IBM-supplied DLLs with applications. Since OS/390 V1.3, the C/C++ DLLs have been licensed with the OS/390 and z/OS base operating system. Therefore, the DLL Rename Utility is no longer required, and is planned to be removed.

The following actions are planned to be effective in a future release of z/OS:

  • Since z/OS V1.2, the OS/390 V2.10 C/C++ compiler has been shipped in addition to the strategic ISO C/C++ compiler that is also provided with z/OS. This OS/390 V2.10 C/C++ compiler serves as a migration aid to the newest ISO C/C++ compiler. The OS/390 V2.10 C/C++ compiler is planned to be removed from the C/C++ feature leaving only the ISO C/C++ compiler.
  • z/OS Communications Server support for the SMIv1 version of the SNMP IBM MVS TCP/IP Enterprise-specific MIB module will be eliminated. Support will continue for the SMIv2 version of this MIB module. For customers who want to continue using SMIv1, publicly available tools can be used to convert an SMIv2 MIB module to an SMIv1 MIB module. Details of the SMIv1 MIB module elimination are planned to be communicated in a future z/OS announcement.

z/OS V1.4 Product Content

z/OS is composed of base elements and optional features. Optional features are priced and unpriced. To learn more about these elements and features, refer to z/OS and z/OS.e Planning for Installation (GA22-7504) at:

Replacing Base Elements: You have the ability to replace a z/OS base function with a commercially available product that provides a similar function. Contact an IBM representative for qualification and pricing information. All z/OS integrated testing results and performance claims are voided with such replacement.

Export Considerations: The following z/OS functions have export considerations.

  • Base Elements
    • Communications Server — SNA/APPN® Services (includes VTAM) (limited DES)
    • Communications Server — TCP/IP Services (includes TCP/IP for MVS) (Firewall CDMF DES 40-bit, SNMPv3 DES 56 bit, IP Sec DES 56-bit)
    • Cryptographic Services — Open Cryptographic Services Facility (RC2/RC4/RC5 40-56-bit, DES 56-bit)
    • Cryptographic Services — System SSL (RC2/RC4, DES through 56-bit)
    • DCE Base Services (OSF DCE level 1.1) (limited DES)
    • Distributed File Service (DFS™/SMB/zFS) (DFS support at OSF DCE level 1.2) (DES 56-bit)
    • Language Environment (limited DES)
  • Optional Features
    • Communications Server Security Level 3 (TDES)
    • IBM HTTP Server NA Secure (uses System SSL)
    • Security Server Network Authentication Service Level 3 (TDES)
    • Open Cryptographic Services Facility Security Level 3 (TDES, DES, RC2/RC4/RC5)
    • Security Server — DCE Security Server at OSF DCE level 1.2.2 (limited DES)
    • Security Server — Firewall Technologies (DES)
    • Security Server — LDAP Server (uses System SSL, OCSF, and ICSF)
    • Security Server — Network Authentication Service (DES)
    • Security Server — PKI Services (uses RACF, OCSF, and ICSF)
    • Security Server — RACF (limited DES and CDM, RC2 40-bit)
    • System SSL Security Level 3 (RC2/RC4, TDES, AES)

Enabling Optional Priced Features: z/OS optionally priced features use a z/OS product registration service, together with product policy statements, to determine whether or not the z/OS priced feature has been ordered and should run. Optionally priced features that are ordered concurrently with z/OS will be shipped by IBM together with policy statements in PARMLIB that enable the ordered priced features. z/OS priced features that have not been ordered will also be shipped with z/OS, but with policy statements that disable the unordered features. If you subsequently enable any of the optional priced features, those features also become subject to the payment terms of your existing z/OS license as described in the z/OS Licensed Program Specifications (GA22-7503). Customers must notify IBM when they enable an optional feature that was shipped disabled. A detailed description of the enablement support is available in z/OS and z/OS.e Planning for Installation (GA22-7504).

Program Services

Central service for suspected defects in z/OS code is provided by the IBM Support Center within the customer's geography. On-site (local) support, although available in many geographies, is provided as part of IBM's portfolio of fee-based services.

Service Policy

IBM plans to provide service support for each release of z/OS for three years following its general availability date. IBM, at its discretion, may choose to leave a release supported for more than three years.

The service policy for the priced and unpriced features and Web deliverables described in this announcement is the same as the service policy of the release on which it is installed.

At least 12 months' written notice before the withdrawal of service for a version or release will be given for z/OS.

Coexistence and migration rules should be taken into account in planning future migrations. Refer to the General Coexistence, Release Migrations, and Fallback section for additional information.

z/OS no longer supports service for client operating systems whose service is withdrawn by the operating system manufacturer. As an example of the actual implementation of this policy, IBM no longer support service for clients running Windows 95.

Recommended Service Upgrade

Effective September 2001, IBM redefined the Recommended Service Upgrade (RSU) for the z/OS platform based on additional Consolidated Service Testing (CST). Testing of service for the following subsystems and products is now being done in a customer-like sysplex environment, using industry-representative workloads.

  • z/OS
  • OS/390
  • IMS™
  • DB2
  • CICS
  • MQSeries®
  • WebSphere MQ
  • IRLM

Service will be tested in this consolidated service test environment on a quarterly basis. The resulting RSU is the new recommended level of service. Additionally, testing will be done on HIPERs, PE fixes, and other fixes as warranted, on a monthly basis. These monthly RSUs are recommended as we have found a correlation between availability and maintenance currency. As always, customers should review HIPERs and PE fixes on a regular basis and install those that apply to their environment.

For more information about CST, and how to order and install the redefined recommended service, visit:

Notes

  • These service recommendations are based on the IBM test environment and workloads. Customer environments and workloads are likely to differ. Therefore, these service recommendations are provided without warranties of any kind. Customers must consider their environment, maintenance philosophy, and production needs in making the final decision as to what maintenance to apply.
  • These statements represent IBM's current intentions. IBM development plans are subject to change or withdrawal without further notice.

Education Support

The following worldwide courses are available for classroom delivery:

  • An Introduction to the z/OS and OS/390 Environment (ES05)
  • Fundamental System Skills in z/OS and OS/390 (ES10)
  • z/OS and OS/390 Facilities (ES15)
  • z/OS Update (OZ30)
  • z/Architecture™ for zSeries (OZ09)
  • z/OS and OS/390 Operations (ES27)

In the U.S. and Canada call 800-IBM-TEACH (426-8322) to enroll in one or more of these classes.

Technical Information

Hardware Requirements

z/OS V1.4 runs on the following IBM servers:

  • z990, or equivalent
  • zSeries z900, or equivalent
  • zSeries z800, equivalent
  • S/390 Parallel Enterprise Servers — G5 and G6 models, or equivalent

    Note: Driver 26 (licensed internal code version 1.6.2) or later is required on a G5 or G6 server to support architectural enhancements required by z/OS.

  • All models of the Multiprise® 3000 Enterprise Server, or equivalent

z/OS V1.5 is planned to run on the same servers as listed for z/OS V1.4.

Software Requirements

The z/OS base is a system that can be IPLed. There are no software prerequisites in order to IPL. Specific functions may require additional products not included in the z/OS base, or in the optional features of z/OS. Refer to z/OS and z/OS.e Planning or Installation (GA22-7504) for a listing of specific software requirements at:

General Coexistence, Release Migrations, and Fallback

z/OS continues to deliver compatibility and flexibility as you migrate systems in a multisystem configuration by allowing several releases of z/OS, OS/390, and z/OS.e to coexist. This includes Parallel Sysplex and non-Parallel Sysplex multisystem configurations.

Coexistence allows systems within a multisystem configuration to be upgraded to a new release level of the operating system one system at a time. This is contingent on the fact that the release you are migrating to can coexist with the lowest release running in your multisystem configuration.

As previously described in Software Announcement 200-352 , dated October 3, 2000, OS/390 V2.10, z/OS V1.1, z/OS V1.2, z/OS V1.3, and z/OS V1.4 are coexistence-supported with z/OS V1.4. This takes into account the special combined treatment of OS/390 V2.10 and z/OS V1.1. In addition, z/OS.e V1.3 and z/OS.e V1.4 are also coexistence supported with z/OS V1.4.

The following are unique release coexistence, migration, and fallback considerations that must be taken into account when planning for a z990 server:

  • As stated previously, z/OS V1.1 cannot run on a z990 server.
  • z/OS V1.1 cannot coexist in a Parallel Sysplex if any OS/390, z/OS, or Coupling Facility image in the same sysplex is running on a z990 server.
  • OS/390 V2.10 running on a S/390 Parallel Enterprise Server™ R2, R3, G3, or G4 server cannot coexist in a Parallel Sysplex if any OS/390, z/OS, or Coupling Facility image in the same sysplex is running on a z990 server.

IBM has a consistent coexistence, migration, and fallback policy. Migration forward as well as backward should be made within the same releases supported by the coexistence policy.

This consistent coexistence, migration, and fallback policy applies to release migrations for:

  • Single system configurations
  • Individual systems within a multisystem configuration
  • Cases where a simultaneous IPL is used to migrate all systems in a multisystem configuration at the same time

Refer to the Changes to the Coexistence-Migration-Fallback Policy Changes section for information on changes to the Coexistence-Migration-Fallback policy that IBM intends to make effective starting with z/OS V1.6 (the release planned to be available in September 2004).

Since each release of z/OS can normally be ordered only until the next release of z/OS becomes orderable, it is very important that you order the z/OS release you need for migration and coexistence while still available.

For additional information on coexistence and release migration information, refer to z/OS and z/OS.e Planning for Installation (GA22-7504) at:

Changes to the Coexistence-Migration-Fallback Policy: IBM intends to align the Coexistence-Migration-Fallback policy with the Service policy. The intention of this policy change is to simplify and provide greater predictability to aid in release migrations. IBM intends to continue with the practice of providing service support for each release of z/OS or z/OS.e for three years following its general availability (GA) date. IBM, at its sole discretion, may choose to leave a release supported for more than three years. This change to the Coexistence-Migration-Fallback policy is planned to be effective starting with the first release of the new annual release cycle (that is, with z/OS V1.6). In some cases, more than three releases may be coexistence, migration, and fallback supported, if IBM at its sole discretion chooses to provide service support for greater than three years for a release. However, as an exception, any z/OS or z/OS.e release having three or fewer months of service remaining at the time of GA of a new release will not be coexistence, migration, and fallback supported.

Note: These statements represent current intention of IBM. IBM reserves the right to change or alter the Coexistence-Migration-Fallback policy in the future or to exclude certain releases beyond those stated. IBM development plans are subject to change or withdrawal without further notice. Any reliance on this statement of direction is at the relying party's sole risk and does not create any liability or obligation for IBM.

For z/OS 1.5 and 1.4, and z/OS.e 1.5 and 1.4, and lower releases, the existing Coexistence-Migration-Fallback policy (and any accommodations previously provided) remains in effect and is unchanged as documented above.

For migrations inside the IBM migration and coexistence policy, IBM Global Services (IGS) has fee-based offerings that provide a PTF on demand service for compatibility and coexistence maintenance based upon your SMP/E Consolidated Software Inventory (CSI). With these offerings, you specify the release of z/OS, z/OS.e, or OS/390, the subsystems (DB2, CICS, IMS, NCP), or the hardware (for example, 2064) to which you are migrating, and all configured compatibility/coexistence maintenance for your current system (as specified by your CSI) will be delivered to you as a customized package in electronic or physical format.

This is provided through the SoftwareXcel Enterprise Edition for zSeries offering, via the Service Request and Delivery (SRD) function.

IGS also provides hands-on fee-based services to assess whether a migration outside the migration and coexistence policy might be possible. For more information on the migration services that IGS provides for both inside and outside the migration and coexistence policy, contact your local IBM sales specialist.

JES Coexistence, Release Migrations, and Fallback: It is recommended you migrate to the JES2 or JES3 that comes comprehensively tested with z/OS 1.4 at the same time you migrate to the rest of z/OS 1.4, or as soon as possible thereafter. In this way, you benefit directly from the new function provided by the most current JES and enable other elements and features to benefit from this level.

Because such a migration is not always practical, certain prior JES levels are supported. The JES levels supported by a given z/OS release (that is, the allowable JES-BCP combinations) are the same as the JES levels that may coexist in the same multi-access spool (MAS) or multisystem complex with the JES delivered in that z/OS release. That is, the JES levels that may run on the latest z/OS release (when run on either a single system or on individual systems participating in a multisystem configuration) are the four most recent JES levels.

For additional information on JES coexistence and release migration information, including the allowable JES-BCP combinations and the JES coexistence levels that are supported, refer to z/OS and z/OS.e Planning for Installation (GA22-7504) at:

Installation and Customization Enhancements

Installation of z/OS z990 Support Features and Web Deliverables: The following unpriced, optionally orderable features will be made available to customers on a planned schedule (for planned availability dates), refer to Key Dates in the Ordering Information section:

  • z/OS V1.4 z990 Compatibility Support
  • z/OS V1.4 z990 Exploitation Support
  • z/OS V1.4 Consoles Enhancements

z/OS V1.4 customers can order these features using ShopzSeries, and they can be delivered on either physical media or electronically. The compatibility support will also be available for selected releases prior to z/OS V1.4 via the z990 Compatibility for Selected Releases Web deliverable. This Web deliverable, along with the z990 Cryptographic Support and the z990 Cryptographic CP Assist Support for z/OS V1.3 Web deliverables, can be obtained from the z/OS Download page at:

The z990 support features and Web deliverables can be installed on top of your existing operating system, much in the same manner as service is installed. Your decision to install or not install the z990 feature will not affect future installation of corrective service.

CBPDO Service Enhancements: Effective June 24, 2003, enhanced service support will be provided for customers placing CBPDO orders for z/OS V1.4 z990 Compatibility Support, z/OS V1.4 z990 Exploitation Support, or z/OS V1.4 Consoles Enhancements. Service for the feature will include completed z/OS integration test and service for the entire z/OS V1.4 product. For details about this support, refer to the Ordering Service for z/OS V1.4 Features topic in the Ordering Information section.

ServerPac Publication Change: Effective June 2003, the publication, ServerPac: Using the Installation Dialog (SA22-7815), will no longer be provided as hardcopy with ServerPac shipments. The publication is available in softcopy at:

msys for Setup DB2, RMF, and FTP Support: The value of msys for Setup will be extended in z/OS V1.5 with DB2, RMF, and FTP exploitation. For more information, refer to the msys for Setup Support: DB2, RMF, and FTP section.

ServerPac, SystemPac SMP/E Support: ServerPac, SystemPac orders are built using either a default level of SMP/E or the lowest supported level of SMP/E required for the products in your order. The higher of these two SMP/E levels is used. For example, z/OS orders are built with the level of z/OS SMP/E provided in that release of z/OS. Effective May 27, 2003, if your order includes SMP/E V3.2 (5655-G44), then your order will be built with this higher level. Subsystem orders are built with OS/390 V2.10 SMP/E, unless a product in your order has a dependency on a higher level of SMP/E. Your subsystem order would then be built with the minimum level of SMP/E that satisfies the requirement.

The level of SMP/E used to build your order is documented in ServerPac Installing Your Order.

Additionally, the Customized Offerings Driver, 5655-343, which is a subset of an OS/390 V2.10 system, is updated to include SMP/E 3.2 (5655-G44) and additional service.

Withdrawal of 6250 Media Support: 6250 is no longer a supported media for the Customized Offerings:

  • CBPDO (5751-CS3)
  • ServerPac (5751-CS9)
  • RefreshPac (5751-CS7)
  • ProductPac (5751-CS5)
  • SystemPac (5751-CS4)
  • Subscription CBPDO (5751-CS8)

Performance Considerations: Additional information on z/OS V1.4 features performance will be available at availability of each feature. Contact your IBM representative at or after general availability.

User Group Requirements

z/OS V1.4 satisfies or partially satisfies requirements from IBM customers and one or more of the worldwide user group communities. Information on the specific user group requirements (numbers and descriptions) can be found at:

Planning Information

Direct Customer Support: Direct customer support is provided by IBM Operational Support Services — SoftwareXcel Enterprise Edition for zSeries. This fee service can enhance your productivity by providing voice and electronic access into the IBM support organization. IBM Operational Support Services — SoftwareXcel will help answer questions pertaining to usage, how to, and suspected software defects for eligible products.

Installation and technical support is provided by IBM Global Services. For more information on services, call 888-428-4343 (Option 1).

Packaging: When you order z/OS, IBM recommends that you also order all the unpriced optional (export controlled) features that you may need in the future. That is because these features may not still be orderable later when you decide you need them. For example, to obtain encryption support (security) for IBM HTTP Server for z/OS, you must specify the security feature IBM HTTP Server North America Secure.

For specific details on feature numbers, refer to Software Announcement 202-190 , dated August 13, 2002,

System Integrity

IBM will accept APARs where the installation of z/OS introduces an exposure to system integrity.

Security, Auditability, and Control

Data security and auditability in the z/OS environment are enhanced by the functions available in the optional Security Server for z/OS feature. The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.

Ordering Information

Ordering z/OS through the Internet: ShopzSeries (formerly SHOPS390) provides an easy way to plan and order your z/OS ServerPac or CBPDO. It will analyze your current installation, determine the correct product migration, and present your new configuration based on z/OS. Additional products can also be added to your order (including determination of whether all product requisites are satisfied). ShopzSeries is available in the U.S. and several countries in Europe. In countries where ShopzSeries is not available yet, contact your IBM representative (or Business Partner) to handle your order via the traditional IBM ordering process. For more details and availability, visit:

The z/OS V1.4 z990 Compatibility Support feature and the z/OS V1.4 z990 Exploitation Support feature will be available for electronic delivery in CBPDO when ordered using ShopzSeries. This support provides a quick and easy way for you to order and receive these features. The z/OS product (except for these two features) remains unavailable for electronic delivery in CBPDO.

For pricing information previously announced for z/OS V1, refer to Software Announcement 200-352 , dated October 3, 2000, Software Announcement 202-036 , dated February, 19, 2002, and Software Announcement 202-105 , dated April 30, 2002.

Refer to this section and the Charges section for additional billing feature numbers for the priced optional DFSMStvs feature.

Key Dates

z/OS V1.4 remains orderable. For ordering information previously announced for z/OS V1.4, refer to Software Announcement 202-190 , dated August 13, 2002.

  • May 13, 2003: Announcement of the following z/OS V1.4 orderable features and Web deliverables:
    • Priced Optional Orderable Feature
      • z/OS V1 DFSMS Transactional VSAM Services (DFSMStvs)
    • Unpriced Optional Orderable Features
      • z/OS V1.4 z990 Compatibility Support
      • z/OS V1.4 z990 Exploitation Support
      • z/OS V1.4 Consoles Enhancements
    • Web Deliverables
      • z990 Compatibility for Selected Releases
      • z990 Cryptographic CP Assist Support for z/OS V1.3
      • z990 Cryptographic Support
  • May 13, 2003: CFSW configurator support for stand-alone path (5694-A01) and price proposal support for the following orderable features:
    • z/OS V1 DFSMS Transactional VSAM Services (DFSMStvs) (Priced Optional)
    • z/OS V1.4 z990 Compatibility Support (Unpriced Optional)
  • June 10, 2003: First date for ordering the priced and unpriced orderable features that will be generally available on June 13, 2003 (see below) in CBPDO using CFSW configuration support, or ShopzSeries, the Internet ordering tool.
  • June 13, 2003: Planned general availability for the following orderable features (in CBPDO) and Web deliverables:
    • z/OS V1 DFSMS Transactional VSAM Services (DFSMStvs) (Priced Optional)
    • z/OS V1.4 z990 Compatibility Support (Unpriced Optional)
    • z990 Compatibility for Selected Releases (Web Deliverable)
    • z990 Cryptographic CP Assist Support for z/OS V1.3 (Web Deliverable)
  • June 24, 2003: First date for ordering the priced and unpriced orderable features that will be generally available on June 27, 2003 (see below) in ServerPac, SystemPac using CFSW configuration support, or ShopzSeries, the Internet ordering tool.
  • June 27, 2003: Planned general availability for the following orderable features (in ServerPac, SystemPac):
    • z/OS V1 DFSMS Transactional VSAM Services (DFSMStvs) (Priced Optional)
    • z/OS V1.4 z990 Compatibility Support (Unpriced Optional)
  • October 27, 2003: Planned withdrawal for the following orderable feature:
    • z/OS V1.4 z990 Compatibility Support (Unpriced Optional)
  • October 28, 2003: CFSW configurator support for stand-alone path (5694-A01) and first date for ordering in ServerPac, SystemPac, CBPDO using CFSW configuration support, or ShopzSeries, the Internet ordering tool.
    • z/OS V1.4 z990 Exploitation Support (Unpriced Optional)
  • October 31, 2003: Planned general availability for the following orderable feature in CBPDO, ServerPac, SystemPac:
    • z/OS V1.4 z990 Exploitation Support (Unpriced Optional)
  • November 14, 2003: Planned Early Availability of z/OS V1.4 Consoles Enhancements via:
  • Planned general availability for Web deliverable z990 Cryptographic Support will be as follows:
    • z/OS V1.4: October 31, 2003
    • z/OS V1.3 and z/OS V1.2: November 28, 2003
    • OS/390 V2.10: December 31, 2003

Most z/OS media (executable code) is shipped only through z/OS Customized Offerings (ServerPac, SystemPac, and CBPDO).

Typically, when one z/OS release becomes orderable in ServerPac, SystemPac, or CBPDO, the previous release is no longer orderable. Since each release of z/OS can normally be ordered only until the next release of z/OS becomes orderable, it is very important that you order the z/OS release you need for migration and coexistence while still available.

z/OS V1.4 Web Deliverables: z990 Compatibility for Selected Releases will contain both the z/OS and z/OS.e support for OS/390 V2.10, z/OS V1.2 and V1.3, and z/OS.e V1.3. End of service for a Web deliverable occurs at end of service for the release on which it runs.

When the z990 Cryptographic Support Web deliverable becomes available, it will replace the z990 Cryptographic CP Assist Support for z/OS V1.3 Web deliverable. Planned general availability of z990 Cryptographic Support is October 31, 2003, and it will include function found in z990 Cryptographic CP Assist Support for z/OS V1.3. z990 Cryptographic Support will be updated in subsequent months to support additional releases.

Download the z/OS Web deliverables when they are generally available at:

For additional information, refer to z/OS and z/OS.e Planning for Installation (GA22-7504) , Chapter 5 "Ensuring coexistence and fallback" at:

Ordering Additional Products: For the latest product catalog for CBPDO, ServerPac, and SystemPac, visit the following Web site and select z/OS:

Products that are unavailable via CBPDO, ServerPac, or SystemPac, such as Lotus® Domino™ for z/OS (5655-K36), can also be ordered with z/OS.

Current Licensees of z/OS V1

z/OS V1 customers can migrate to z/OS V1.4 by ordering the release through the Customized Offerings (ServerPac, SystemPac, CBPDO) as done in the past.

Current licensees of z/OS V1.4 can order z/OS V1.4 z990 Compatibility Support and z/OS V1.4 z990 Exploitation Support through CBPDO once they are generally available, without re-ordering z/OS V1.4.

For more details, refer to the New Licensees of z/OS V1.4 or z/OS V1.4 Features section.

New Licensees of z/OS V1.4 or z/OS V1.4 Features

The z/OS product ships its executable code via Customized Offerings (CBPDO, ServerPac, SystemPac). Non-customized items (for example, CD-ROMs, memorandums, hardcopy publications) will continue to be shipped via the stand-alone product.

This section provides ordering and distribution information for the following additional z/OS V1.4 orderable features:

  • z/OS V1.4 z990 Compatibility Support
  • z/OS V1 DFSMS Transactional VSAM Services (DFSMStvs)
  • z/OS V1.4 z990 Exploitation Support

For all z/OS orders, the current customer install base of the Customized Offering 5751-CSx (not the install base of 5694-A01) must be retained to determine the z/OS version and release level most recently ordered.

Production of z/OS V1.4 feature orders will begin on the planned general availability dates. Refer to the Key Dates section under Ordering Information for each feature's planned general availability date. Shipment dates for orders will be based on order sequence, Customized Offering selected, production capability, and customer-requested arrival date. Due to the amount of customization of ServerPac orders, shipments will begin approximately two weeks after general availability. Due to the amount of additional customization of SystemPac orders, shipments will begin approximately four weeks after order and data input verification. For CBPDO orders, shipments will begin one week after general availability. In all cases, no delivery commitments are to be made to the customer until confirmed arrival dates are in ESW.

Basic License

To order a basic license, specify the z/OS V1.4 program number 5694-A01. Proceed to select the feature numbers listed, which are required, then select any optional feature numbers including those for the new z/OS V1.4 features.

Ordering Service for z/OS V1.4 Features

On June 10, 2003, existing z/OS V1.4 customers who order the z/OS V1.4 z990 Compatibility Support feature using the "product-only" path of CBPDO will receive all the FMIDs for the features ordered, and all available service for the FMIDs in the features ordered. However, they must place a separate preventive service order to receive service for the FMIDs in the other z/OS features (including the z/OS Base). You can obtain this service through your regular preventive service deliverable.

Also, effective June 10, 2003, with the ordering of CBPDO, additional PTFs that have been z/OS integration tested with the z/OS V1.4 base, z/OS V1.4 z990 Compatibility Support, and z/OS V1.4 z990 Exploitation Support (when available) will be assigned a ZOSV1R4 SOURCEID, which will be shipped with the CBPDO order. If the "product only" path is not used, then processing is done as before.

Effective June 24, 2003, customers ordering z/OS V1.4 z990 Compatibility Support or z/OS V1.4 z990 Exploitation Support (when available) via CBPDO will receive service that has been through z/OS integration test for that feature, as well as service for the entire z/OS V1.4 product.

More specifically, when one of these features is ordered using the "product-only" path of CBPDO, the customer will receive:

  • All the FMIDs for the features ordered, and
  • All available service for the FMIDs in the features ordered, and
  • All service since their last CBPDO order (by default) for the FMIDs in other z/OS features, which are in their customer profile. Note: This does not change the customer's CBPDO order history for future CBPDO orders.

Notice that there are PTFs which are required to provide compatibility or exploitation for the z990. These PTFs are found in the z990 hardware PSP bucket (upgrade is 2084DEVICE).

Basic Machine-Readable Material

Refer to Software Announcement 202-190 , dated August 13, 2002, for current z/OS V1.4 ordering information for Basic Machine-Readable Material.

This product ships its executable code via Customized Offerings (CBPDO, ServerPac, SystemPac). Non-customized items (for example, CD-ROMs, Memorandums, Hardcopy Publications) will continue to be shipped via the stand-alone product. The media type for the items is chosen during customized offering ordering procedure.

Basic Publications

A memo and one copy of the following publications are supplied automatically with the z/OS V1.4 basic machine-readable material.

Basic/Unlicensed Hardcopy Publications

                                             Order
Title                                        Number
 
z/OS V1.4 Program Directory                  GI10-0670
z/OS V1.4 Hot Topics Newsletter              GA22-7501
z/OS  Planning for Workload License          SA22-7506
 Charges

Effective June 2003, the publication, z/OS and z/OS.e Planning for Installation (GA22-7504) will not be available in hardcopy. The publication can be found in softcopy at:

Basic/Unlicensed Softcopy Publications

                                   Order
Title                              Number
 
z/OS V1.4 Collection               SK3T-4269

Starting with z/OS V1.4, updated books will be available in softcopy only. The updated books will be made available on or before the planned availability date, and a z/OS V1R4 Collection update will be made available on June 27, 2003, on the Internet at:

For a fee, you can order additional copies of these documents or any other z/OS V1.4 hardcopy document or softcopy collection using the IBM Publications Center on the Web at:

For customers in 23 countries the IBM Publications Center now offers the option to order hardcopy publications or softcopy collections by customer number. Verify if this option is available in your country.

For other publications ordering options, visit:

z/OS V1.4 Collection (BookManager and PDF): The z/OS V1.4 Collection contains the z/OS V1.4 product books in both BookManager and PDF softcopy formats on CD-ROM. If this collection is refreshed after general availability, an updated collection will be automatically sent to z/OS V1.4 licensees.

By planned availability, all of the z/OS V1.4 unlicensed books will be available at:

If you want to upload BookManager softcopy and create softcopy repositories, the SoftCopy Librarian is the strategic tool for uploading and managing BookManager files on a z/OS or OS/390 host or server, and on LANs and workstations. SoftCopy Librarian, a free program provided on the CD-ROM and DVD collections, outperforms the previous Softcopy Receiver Tool for uploading books and also provides you with management functions for your bookshelves and document files. Since the Softcopy Receiver Tool is no longer supported, you should migrate to the SoftCopy Librarian now.

SoftCopy Librarian runs on Windows workstations. The latest versions of the SoftCopy Librarian can also be downloaded from the following site:

Optional Machine-Readable Material

Optional Unpriced Features: Refer to Software Announcement 202-190 , dated August 13, 2002, for current z/OS V1.4 ordering information for optional unpriced features.

The following optional features, offered at no additional charge, are added to z/OS V1.4 and can be ordered per dates below. Refer to notes below for additional details.

z/OS V1.4                               Order
Feature Description                     Activation
 
z/OS V1.4 z990 Compatibility            June 10, 2003
z/OS V1.4 z990 Exploitation             October 28, 2003

Notes

  1. z/OS V1.4 z990 Compatibility feature description is shown in the ordering system. This description is also referred to as z/OS V1.4 z990 Compatibility Support earlier in this announcement letter. Program Directory GI11-2835 is sent with this feature.
  2. z/OS V1.4 z990 Exploitation feature description is shown in the ordering system. This feature is also referred to as z/OS V1.4 z990 Exploitation Support earlier in this announcement letter. Program Directory GI11-2831 is sent with this feature.
  3. z/OS V1.4 z990 Compatibility Support will be withdrawn at the start of ordering for z/OS V1.4 z990 Exploitation Support. z/OS V1.4 z990 Exploitation Support replaces z/OS V1.4 z990 Compatibility Support because it includes that feature's functional content.
  4. The above features ship their executable code via Customized Offerings (ServerPac, SystemPac, CBPDO). The media type is chosen during the customized offering ordering procedure.
  5. All the above features can be exported outside the U.S.
  6. These features should be ordered during this release cycle, since they are not automatically included in all orders
  7. The above feature descriptions are offered at no additional charge.
  8. The z/OS V1.4 z990 Compatibility Support and the z/OS V1.4 z990 Exploitation Support features, as well as the z990 Compatibility for Selected Releases Web deliverable, include HCM disabled. Customers who want to use HCM must enable it. Customers must notify IBM when they enable a feature that was shipped disabled. For more information on enabling a priced feature, refer to z/OS and z/OS.e Planning for Installation (GA22-7504) at:

Optional Priced Features: Refer to Software Announcement 202-190 , dated August 13, 2002, for current z/OS V1.4 ordering information for optional priced features.

The z/OS V1 DFSMStvs optional priced feature is added to z/OS V1.4 and can be ordered effective June 10, 2003. This feature has pricing/billing features associated with it. Refer to notes below for additional details.

Notes

  1. z/OS V1 DFSMStvs feature description is what is shown in the ordering system. This feature is also referred to as z/OS V1 DFSMS Transactional VSAM Services earlier in this announcement letter.
  2. Current z/OS V1.4 customers who wish to use DFSMStvs will need to:
    1. Install the PTF for APAR OA01929 on or after June 13, 2003.
    2. Contact IBM to obtain the DFSMStvs license.

      Note: Current z/OS V1.4 customers are not required to order DFSMStvs via CBPDO because this function is shipped with z/OS V1.4.

    3. Update parmlib. Refer to z/OS and z/OS.e Planning for Installation (GA22-7504) at:
    4. Refer to DFSMtvs publication z/OS V1R4 DFSMStvs Planning and Operating Guide (SC26-7348-00) for further customization or setup information.
  3. New z/OS V1.4 licenses can order DFSMStvs when they place their ServerPac order after June 24, 2003. In their ServerPac order, the PTF is included and DFSMStvs is sent enabled.
  4. If you subsequently enable any of the optional priced features, those features also become subject to the payment terms of your existing z/OS license as described in z/OS Licensed Program Specifications (GA22-7503). You must notify IBM when you enable an optional feature that was shipped disabled from IBM.

    For more information on enabling a priced feature, refer to z/OS and z/OS.e Planning for Installation (GA22-7504).

Optional Unpriced National Language Version (NLV) Features

The z/OS V1.4 NLV support features will become generally available on the same dates as the English features as described in the Key Dates section under Ordering Information .

z/OS V1.4 features provide support in the languages listed below. Refer to Software Announcement 202-190 , dated August 13, 2002, for current z/OS V1.4 ordering information for optional unpriced NLV features.

The JPN z/OS V1.4 z990 Compatibility optional NLV feature, offered at no additional charge, is added to z/OS V1.4 and can be ordered effective June 10, 2003.

NLV Features: The JPN z/OS V1.4 z990 Exploitation optional NLV features, offered at no additional charge, are added to z/OS V1.4 and can be ordered effective October 28, 2003.

Notes

  1. Program Directory (GI11-2835) is sent with z/OS V1.4 z990 Compatibility JPN.
  2. Program Directory (GI11-2831) is sent with z/OS V1.4 z990 Exploitation JPN.
  3. z/OS V1.4 z990 Compatibility Support will be withdrawn at the start of ordering for z/OS V1.4 z990 Exploitation Support. z/OS V1.4 z990 Exploitation Support replaces z/OS V1.4 z990 Compatibility Support because it includes that feature's number.
  4. The above feature descriptions are offered at no additional charge.
  5. These features ship their executable code via Customized Offerings (ServerPac, SystemPac, CBPDO).
  6. The media type is chosen during the customized offering ordering procedure.
  7. The z/OS V1.4 z990 Compatibility Support and the z/OS V1.4 z990 Exploitation Support features, as well as the z990 Compatibility for Selected Releases Web deliverable, include HCM disabled. Customers wishing to use HCM must enable it. Customers must notify IBM when they enable a feature that was shipped disabled. For more information on enabling a priced feature, refer to z/OS and z/OS.e Planning for Installation (GA22-7504) at:

Optional Unpriced Source Media

Refer to Software Announcement 202-190 , dated August 13, 2002, for current z/OS V1.4 ordering information for optional unpriced source media.

The following optional features, offered at no additional charge, will be updated for z/OS V1.4 to include revised BCP source and can be ordered effective October 28, 2003.

Optional Source

  • Source Base (1)
  • Source Base JPN (2)

Notes

  • Content for source media is as follows:
    • Base source code contains source for elements: BCP, DFSMS, BDT base, BDT SNA-NJE, BDT File-to-File, and MICR/OCR.
    • Base source code contains source for BCP JPN element.
  • Effective with z/OS V1.2, unpriced source media is no longer offered in 6250 media format.
  • The above feature descriptions are offered at no additional charge.
  • The feature descriptions listed above are the same offered in z/OS V1.3.

Optional Unlicensed Publications

Optional Unlicensed Softcopy Publications: Refer to Software Announcement 202-190 , dated August 13, 2002, for z/OS V1.4 optional unlicensed softcopy publications.

There are no changes to the optional licensed publications orderable with z/OS V1.4.

Optional Licensed Publications: Refer to Software Announcement 202-190 , dated August 13, 2002, for current z/OS V1.4 ordering information for optional licensed publications.

z/OS V1.4 Features Withdrawn

The following z/OS V1.4 features are withdrawn from marketing, effective October 27, 2003.

Feature
Description
 
z/OS V1.4 z990 Compatibility
z/OS V1.4 z990 Compatibility JPN

Billing Features

The following billing features are added to z/OS V1.4, effective May 13, 2003, for the additional optional feature — z/OS V1 DFSMStvs.

DFSMStvs is being offered using the following pricing options:

  • zELC — zSeries Entry License Charge
  • VWLC — Variable Workload License Charge
  • PSLC — Parallel Sysplex License Charge
  • GOLC — Growth Opportunity License Charge
  • NALC — New Application License Charge

DFSMStvs — zELC

z800 Models
 
0E1 --
0A1 -- 1 engine
0B1 -- 1 engine
0C1 -- 1 engine
0X2 --
001 -- 1 engine
0A2 -- 2 engines
002 -- 2 engines
003 -- 3 engines
004 -- 4 engines

VWLC Basic License

DFSMStvs — VWLC Basic License: For DFSMStvs, the VWLC feature numbers are as follows:

DFSMStvs

                                WLC Basic License MLC(1)
MSU Capacity                    Feature Description
 
   0 --   45                    WLC Base 45 MSU Base
  46 --  175                    WLC L1 1 MSU Base
 176 --  315                    WLC L2 1 MSU Base
 316 --  575                    WLC L3 1 MSU Base
                                WLC L3 50 MSU Base
 576 --  875                    WLC L4 1 MSU Base
                                WLC L4 50 MSU Base
 876 -- 1315                    WLC L5 1 MSU Base
                                WLC L5 50 MSU Base
1316 -- 1975                    WLC L6 1 MSU Base
                                WLC L6 50 MSU Base
1976 or more                    WLC L7 1 MSU Base
                                WLC L7 50 MSU Base
 
                                WLC Basic License
                                No-Charge Registration
MSU Capacity                    Feature Description
 
   0 --    1                    WLC Base 1 MSU Base
   2 --  175                    WLC L1 1 MSU Base
 176 --  315                    WLC L2 1 MSU Base
 316 --  575                    WLC L3 1 MSU Base
                                WLC L3 50 MSU Base
 576 --  875                    WLC L4 1 MSU Base
                                WLC L4 50 MSU Base
 876 -- 1315                    WLC L5 1 MSU Base
                                WLC L5 50 MSU Base
1316 -- 1975                    WLC L6 1 MSU Base
                                WLC L6 50 MSU Base
1976 or more                    WLC L7 1 MSU Base
                                WLC L7 50 MSU Base
1
Monthly license charge

DFSMStvs — PSLC Basic License

DFSMStvs

                              PSLC Basic License
Machine                       MLC Feature
MSU Capacity                  Description
 
         3                    PSLC Base 3 MSU Base
  4 --  45                    PSLC Level A 1 MSU Base
                              PSLC Level A 42 MSU Base
 46 -- 175                    PSLC Level B 1 MSU Base
                              PSLC Level B 10 MSU Base
                              PSLC Level B 50 MSU Base
176 -- 315                    PSLC Level C 1 MSU Base
                              PSLC Level C 10 MSU Base
                              PSLC Level C 50 MSU Base
316 or more                   PSLC Level D 1 MSU Base
                              PSLC Level D 50 MSU Base
NA                            PSLC NC IDENTIFIER

DFSMStvs — GOLC Basic License

DFSMStvs

Feature
Description
 
DFSMStvs H30
DFSMStvs H50
DFSMStvs H70

DFSMStvs — NALC Basic License: DFSMStvs

Subsequent updates (technical newsletters or revisions between releases) to the publications shipped with the product will be distributed to the user of record for as long as a license for this software remains in effect. A separate publication order or subscription is not needed.

Customized Offerings

Most product media is shipped only via Customized Offerings (that is, CBPDO, ServerPac, SystemPac). Non-customized items (CDs, diskettes, source media, media kits) will continue to be shipped via the stand-alone product.

Terms and Conditions

The terms and conditions of z/OS V1.4 (5694-A01) are unaffected by this announcement. For more information, refer to Software Announcement 200-352 , dated October 3, 2000, Software Announcement 202-036 , dated February 19, 2002, Software Announcement 202-105 , dated April 30, 2002, and Software Announcement 202-190 , dated August 13, 2002.

Prices

Contact your IBM representative for charges information for this announcement.

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