IBM z/OS.e V1.5: Extends mainframe innovation and delivers the z/OS.e V1.4 Consoles Enhancements feature, and Preview: z/OS.e V1.6

IBM United States Software Announcement 204-016
February 10, 2004

 ENUS204-016.PDF (84KB)

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Overview Reference information
Key prerequisites Education support
Planned availability dates Technical information
Description Ordering information
Product positioning Prices
Statement of direction Order now
Hardware and software support services  
 
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Overview

z/OS.e is a specially priced offering of z/OS® that provides select functions at an attractive price. It is designed to help you exploit the fast-growing world of next-generation e-business by making the deployment of new application workloads on the IBM eServer zSeries® 800 (z800) server competitively priced. This offering brings new levels of affordability to enterprise and e-business applications while capitalizing on the capabilities of zSeries technology.

z/OS.e Version 1 Release 5 is the third release of z/OS.e. z/OS.e Version 1 Release 5 and follow-on releases use the same code base (customized with new system parameters) as z/OS Version 1 Release 5 and its follow-on releases. It invokes an operating environment that is comparable with z/OS in qualities of service, management, and reporting. Also, z/OS.e invokes the same z800 hardware functionality that you would get with full-function z/OS.

More details on z/OS.e can be found in

z/OS.e V1.5 continues to provide leadership in innovation and enhances the value of zSeries. In addition to z/OS.e V1.5 improvements previously announced in Software Announcement 202-190 , dated August 13, 2002, and Software Announcement 203-131 , dated May 13, 2003, z/OS.e V1.5 offers:

  • Availability with integrated z/OS.e V1.4 Consoles Enhancements feature
  • Scalability and performance with 64-bit shared virtual storage and DFSORT™ enhancements
  • Application flexibility with C/C++ compiler enhancements including options to help customers port C/C++ code to the 64-bit virtual environment
  • Improved ease-of-use with Infoprint® Server enhancements, enhanced network management and monitoring program interfaces, z/OS Library navigation with Library Center for z/OS, and other enhancements

What's next: Planned improvements for z/OS.e V1.6 include improved scalability, autonomic computing enhancements, improved security, and greater application flexibility.
 
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Key prerequisites

z/OS.e V1.5 runs only on the zSeries 800 (2066) or a comparable non-IBM server. z/OS.e must execute in z/Architecture™ (64-bit) mode.

For a complete description of z/OS.e V1.5 software prerequisites, refer to the z/OS and z/OS.e Planning for Installation publication (GA22-7504), which is available on the Web at


 
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Planned availability dates
  • March 26, 2004:
    • z/OS.e V1.5
    • z/OS.e V1.4 Consoles Enhancements feature
  • September 2004:
    • z/OS.e V1.6

For ordering, contact:

Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: LE001).
 
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Description

Delivers select function of z/OS at an attractive price

z/OS.e has the same code base as z/OS, customized with new system parameters. To learn about what z/OS V1.5 offers, refer to Software Announcement 204-017 , dated February 10, 2004.

z/OS.e can help you exploit the fast-growing world of new next-generation workloads and deploy your e-business applications on one of the most robust platforms in the world at a competitive cost. This program is ideal if you like the qualities of service of the mainframe and have considered running more applications on the z/OS platform. This cost-effectiveness lets you harness some of the functional robustness of z/OS and use it to enhance e-business solutions.

When IPLed, z/OS.e V1.5 invokes an operating environment that is for new e-business transaction processing or database serving workloads. z/OS.e will not execute CICS®, IMS™, COBOL, or FORTRAN applications. However, precompiled COBOL DB2® stored procedures, and other precompiled applications using the Language Environment® preinitialization interface (CEEPIPI) are supported. You may not use the following compilers: COBOL, PL/I, VisualAge® PL/I, and FORTRAN. However, z/OS.e supports execution of precompiled PL/I and VisualAge PL/I applications. For z/OS.e, and for IBM programs in general, only supported IBM programs are licensed to run on z/OS.e. Refer to the minimum releases of IBM software products that run with z/OS.e in z/OS and z/OS.e Planning for Installation (GA22-7504) for actual IBM products supported. Note that the list of supported products is regularly updated and may change over time without notice.

z/OS.e will execute applications written in Java™ and C/C++. In short, z/OS.e is an ideal way to enter, exploit, and profit from the world of next-generation applications.

New next-generation workloads that exploit the qualities of service of the mainframe and run unencumbered under z/OS.e V1.5 include, but are not limited to:

  • WebSphere® Application Server for z/OS (WAS V5.0.0) with DB2 for z/OS V8
  • Software Development Kit (SDK) with Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition
  • C/C++
  • Lotus® Domino™ V5
  • SAP R/3
  • Siebel
  • Oracle 8i and Oracle 9i Database

For the latest z/OS.e product catalog for ServerPac and SystemPac, visit the following Web site and select z/OS.e.

Products that are unavailable via ServerPac or SystemPac, such as Lotus Domino (5655-B86), can also be separately ordered for use with z/OS.e.

Not for traditional workloads

If you choose z/OS.e, you are not licensed to run the following traditional workloads on z/OS.e:

  • CICS
  • IMS
  • COBOL (except for precompiled COBOL DB2 stored procedures or other precompiled applications using the Language Environment preinitialization interface [CEEPIPI])
  • FORTRAN

Regarding IBM programs in general, only supported IBM programs are licensed to run on z/OS.e. Refer to the minimum releases of IBM software products that run with z/OS.e in z/OS and z/OS.e Planning for Installation for actual IBM products supported. Note that the list of supported products may change without notice.

The following elements of z/OS are not licensed for use with z/OS.e V1.5 and you are not permitted to use these elements with z/OS.e V1.5:

  • Encina® Toolkit Executive
  • MICR/OCR

The following elements and features of z/OS are not licensed for use and are not functional in z/OS.e V1.5:

  • BookManager® READ/BUILD
  • GDDM® Base and
    • GDDM-PGF feature
    • GDDM-REXX feature
  • DCE Application Support
  • BDT File-to-File

You must use the level of JES2 or JES3 that is delivered with z/OS.e.

You are not permitted to use lower levels of Language Environment in z/OS.e.

Additionally, the following functions are not functional and not licensed for use with z/OS.e. You are not permitted to use them with z/OS.e V1.5.

  • Language Environment's use of Run-time Library Services (RTLS)
  • Language Environment Library Routine Retention (LRR)

Language Environment Compatibility Preinitialization for C and PL/I is not licensed for use with z/OS.e. You are not permitted to use this function with z/OS.e.

The following DB2 features are not functional with z/OS.e. You are not permitted to use these features with z/OS.e.

  • DB2 QMF™ Host
  • DB2 QMF HPO

You can use the IBM QMF for Windows™ feature.

A maximum of eight concurrent TSO sessions are provided for system programmers and system administrators who need them to support and manage or administer the z/OS.e system.

Fee-based software services offerings

SystemPac for z/OS.e V1.5: SystemPac is a worldwide system migration vehicle for z/OS and z/OS.e. It is the recommended IBM delivery vehicle for customers who want to help save time, resources, and effort to migrate, install, exploit, and maintain their z/OS.e system related products, and selected third parties' software vendor products. SystemPac provides a "load and go" system for z/OS.e and WebSphere Application Server for z/OS V5.0.0, providing customers who lack skilled system programmers' resources and need to exploit new functions in z/OS.e, such as e-commerce, within a short period of time, a fully functional system on IPL.

SystemPac provides the same capabilities and features as ServerPac but also includes the following installation and customization to give customers a functional z/OS.e system in a day. Below are just a few of the features offered with SystemPac.

SystemPac is available in two formats:

  • Full Volume Dump SystemPac is installed using DASD restore with DFDSS or Innovation Data Processing's FDR product, if it is selected in the order. No installation dialogs need to be learned or exercised.
  • Dump by Dataset SystemPac is installed using the CustomPac dialogs included in the package.

SystemPac includes the installation of IBM and selected third parties' software vendor products in a single package. The vendor products offered within SystemPac are not free unlicensed products. The vendor products ordered will be verified by IBM to ensure that licenses with the offering vendors are in place before delivery is completed. For a list of the available vendor products offered with SystemPac, visit

After delivery of the SystemPac, subsequent customized maintenance packages called Selective Follow-On Service (SFS), which contain HIPER fixes and PTFs resolving PEs, aimed at stabilizing the installed system over a period of time, will be shipped at specified intervals and frequencies based upon the customer's ordering selection. There are now two options for getting SFS:

  1. via the same physical media as the corresponding packaged offering, installed via the CustomPac dialog, or
  2. a new streamlined version delivered over the Internet with the JCL needed for Batch JCL installation with its installation guide and all PTFs tersed.

The electronic SFS packages are offered in these CustomPac offerings:

  • SystemPac (5751-CS4)
  • RefreshPac (5751-CS7)
  • ProductPac® (5751-CS5)
  • SubsystemPac (5751-CS4)

Customers ordering z/OS.e can take advantage of the default enablement of the z/OS System Logger, Resource Recovery Services, and WLM Goal Mode, including a sample policy.

Additionally, SystemPac comes with the option of having the z/OS.e Communications Server enabled. This feature, coupled with the enablement of z/OS.e UNIX® System Services in full-function mode, allows customers to easily tailor the default setup provided to match their standard for Internet access after the system is restored and IPLed.

SystemPac is further enhanced with the setup, customization, and enablement of the following products when they are ordered:

  • DB2 Universal Database® Server for OS/390® and z/OS V7.1.0 (5675-DB2), and DB2 Universal Database Server for z/OS V8 (5625-DB2)
    • DB2 ODBC
    • DB2 JDBC
    • DB2 Net.Data®
    • WLM-established Stored Procedures
  • WebSphere MQSeries® V5.3.1 for z/OS and OS/390 (5655-F10)
  • WebSphere Application Server V4.0.1 for OS/390 and z/OS (5655-F31) and V5.0.0 for z/OS (5655-I35), including its following prerequisites:
    • Selected products and elements, features, and functions of z/OS (such as z/OS UNIX System Services, Security Server [RACF®], Communications Server, IBM HTTP Server, WLM Goal Mode, Resource Recovery Services)
    • IBM Developer Kit for OS/390
    • DB2

With Full Volume Dump and the above enablements, customers can now have a true "load and go" system for z/OS.e and the WebSphere Application Server ready on IPL. This unique capability is available only with SystemPac.

For more information on SystemPac, visit

  • Select your location or country.

RefreshPac is a software preventive service package and is used to add predefined collections of PTFs to a system to help avoid problems not yet encountered. A copy of your Consolidated Software Inventory (CSI) profile is required every time preventive service is requested so that the delivered service will be for all products already installed on the system to PUT-1 plus the latest recommended service upgrade (RSU) level. Additionally, HIPER and PE-fixing PTFs will be shipped, along with a customized installation guide and installation dialog jobs to install the service on the physical media specified. The service is tested with an SMP/E APPLYCHECK and any return codes greater than four are resolved before the package is built and delivered.

By accessing IBMLink™ and using the Service Request and Delivery (SRD) application offered in SoftwareXcel Enterprise Edition for zSeries, and requesting "Order Preventive Service based on CSI profile," you can now get preventive maintenance delivered electronically. This new function allows the ordering of preventive maintenance based on the existing SMP/E CSI profile so that a copy of the CSI does not have to be sent every time an order is placed. Now Batch JCL for "load and go" installation is available along with the option of using the installation dialog, if preferred. No APPLY CHECK will be done, and therefore, no APPLY report will be included, resulting in much faster turnaround time. And to make it faster yet, instead of waiting for the preventive maintenance to be delivered on physical media, an e-mail notification will be sent containing the instructions and the Internet link for retrieving the order.
 
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Product positioning

z/OS.e offers most of the same technical functions coupled with the superb qualities of service as z/OS — targeted specifically to enterprise, Web-based, and data management applications.

In Software Announcement 903-149 , dated August 5, 2003, IBM announced the end of service for z/OS V1.4 and z/OS.e V1.4 will be extended to March 31, 2007. This date is the same as the end of service date planned for z/OS.e V1.5.

Today, IBM announces that z/OS V1.4 and z/OS.e V1.4 will remain orderable until September 9, 2004. To allow for adequate order processing time, it is recommended that z/OS.e V1.4 orders be submitted by August 31, 2004. This end of marketing date for z/OS.e V1.4 is the same as the end of marketing date planned for z/OS.e V1.5.

The z/OS.e V1.4 Coexistence Update Feature and the z/OS.e V1.4 Consoles Enhancements feature will remain orderable until December 2006, three months prior to end of service.

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

In z/OS V1.6, System SSL Java class support is being removed. Applications wanting to use SSL function through Java classes must use Java Secure Socket Extension (JSSE). Information about JSSE can be found at

Note: The WebSphere Application Server for z/OS and OS/390, V4.0.1 will not be supported on z/OS V1.6. In addition, service for WebSphere Application Server for z/OS and OS/390, V4.0.1 will be discontinued on April 30, 2005, as announced in Withdrawal Announcement 904-021 , dated February 3, 2004. Customers currently running WebSphere Application Server for z/OS and OS/390, V4.0.1 are strongly encouraged to migrate to WebSphere Application Server for z/OS, V5 now in order to avoid the need to simultaneously upgrade the WebSphere Application Server and z/OS levels when z/OS V1.6 becomes available.

Refer to Software Announcement 204-017 , dated February 10, 2004, for all descriptions of z/OS V1.6 Preview text.
 
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Statement of direction

IBM plans to take the following actions in the future:

  • IBM intends to provide a 64-bit SDK 1.4 level Java product concurrently with the GA of z/OS and z/OS.e V1.6.
  • z/OS Communications Server will remove support for BIND DNS 4.9.3 function in a future release. This is a change to the statement of direction made in Software Announcement 203-266 , dated October 7, 2003, which stated that z/OS.e V1R6 would be the last supported release to support BIND DNS 4.9.3. BIND DNS 9.2.0 has been available since z/OS V1.4 and customers should implement this version as a replacement for BIND DNS 4.9.3. Customers that use the load balancing Connection Optimization (DNS/WLM) feature of BIND DNS 4.9.3 should investigate Sysplex Distributor or alternative solutions.

For previously announced statements of direction affecting z/OS.e V1.6 and future releases, visit

These statements represent current intentions of IBM.

Any reliance on these statements of direction are at the relying party's sole risk and will not create any liability or obligation for IBM.

For additional information refer to Software Announcement 204-017 , dated February 10, 2004.

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

SmoothStart™/installation services

IBM SmoothStart Services, on-site implementation and training startup service, is designed to accelerate your productive use of your IBM solution. The service is provided by IBM Global Services or your IBM Business Partner at an additional cost. For additional information, refer to Services Announcement 697-004 , dated March 25, 1997, or contact your IBM representative and ask for SmoothStart Services for z/OS.e.
 
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Reference information
  • Software Announcement 203-131 , dated May 13, 2003
  • Hardware Announcement 103-142 , dated May 13, 2003
  • Software Announcement 202-190 , dated August 13, 2002
  • Software Announcement 203-266 , dated October 7, 2003
  • Software Announcement 204-017 , dated February 10, 2004

Trademarks

 
DFSORT, z/Architecture, IMS, Domino, QMF, IBMLink, and SmoothStart are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
z/OS, zSeries, Infoprint, CICS, DB2, Language Environment, VisualAge, WebSphere, Lotus, Encina, BookManager, GDDM, ProductPac, FunctionPac, DB2 Universal Database, OS/390, Net.Data, MQSeries, RACF, and the e-business logo are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
 
Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
 
UNIX is a registered trademark of the Open Company in the United States and other countries.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

 
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Education support

The following worldwide courses are available for classroom delivery:

  • Introduction to z/OS® and OS/390® Environment (ES05)
  • Fundamental System Skills for z/OS and OS/390 (ES10)
  • z/OS and OS/390 Facilities (ES15)
  • z/OS and OS/390 Operations (ES27)
  • z/OS Installation Using ServerPac (ES41)
  • z/OS Update (OZ30)
  • z/Architecture™ for zSeries® (OZ09)

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

Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

z/OS.e V1.5 runs exclusively on the IBM eServer zSeries z800 family of servers or comparable non-IBM servers.

Note: The z800 does not support parallel channels, but does provide an option for you to purchase a parallel channel converter box.

The zSeries 800 is for customers who require a cost-competitive server that can process multiple e-business workloads, running concurrently under any of the following operating systems:

  • Linux
  • OS/390
  • VM/ESA®
  • VSE/ESA™
  • TPF
  • z/VM®
  • z/OS
  • z/OS.e

The zSeries 800 provides Parallel Sysplex® support. It also supports HiperSockets and offers other improved I/O capabilities and capacity compared to the Multiprise® 3000.

For additional information, refer to Hardware Announcement 102-052 , dated February 19, 2002.

Software requirements

The z/OS.e base is an IPL-able system. Specific functions may require additional products not included in z/OS.e base, or in the optional features of z/OS.e. Refer to z/OS and z/OS.e Planning for Installation (GA22-7504) for a listing of specific software requirements. It is available on the Web at

z/OS.e can IPL in LPAR mode only, not basic mode. Therefore, z/OS.e can run in its own LPAR, in multiple LPARs, or as a guest under z/VM running in an LPAR. If one guest is z/OS.e, then other guests can be z/OS.e or Linux. The z/OS.e LPARs must add up to the number of MSUs, that is, the number of engines licensed for z/OS.e.

Customers need to predefine the LPAR name the z/OS.e system is to run in, to "ZOSExxxx". Also, at IPL time you must either enter "LICENSE=z/OSe" as part of the system parameter or specify LICENSE=z/OSe in your IEASYSxx member of SYS1.PARMLIB. A z/OS.e system will be delivered with the IEASYS00 member containing the LICENSE=z/OSe specification.

Coexistence, release migrations, and fallback

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

Coexistence allows systems within a multisystem configuration to be upgraded to a new release level of z/OS.e 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.

Derived from the z/OS coexistence and migration policy, four consecutive releases of z/OS.e are coexistence-supported. z/OS.e is also coexistence-supported with z/OS and OS/390 in the same multisystem environment. In this case, z/OS.e is coexistence-supported with its equivalent z/OS release (as well as any z/OS or OS/390 releases coexistence-supported with that equivalent z/OS release). For example, z/OS.e V1.5 is coexistence-supported with z/OS V1.5, z/OS and z/OS.e V1.4, z/OS and z/OS.e V1.3, and z/OS V1.2 since these releases are coexistence-supported with z/OS V1.5.

The following table shows the releases that are coexistence-supported with z/OS.e.

                            Coexistence-supported with
Release                     release in column 1
 
z/OS.e V1.3                 z/OS.e V1.3, z/OS V1.3, z/OS V1.2,
 or z/OS V1.3                (z/OS V1.1 and OS/390 V2.10)(1),
                             OS/390 V2.9
 
z/OS.e V1.4                 z/OS.e V1.4, z/OS.e V1.3, z/OS V1.4,
 or z/OS V1.4                z/OS V1.3, z/OS V1.2, (z/OS V1.1
                             and OS/390 V2.10)(1)
 
z/OS.e V1.5                 z/OS.e V1.5, z/OS.e V1.4, z/OS.e
 or z/OS V1.5                V1.3, z/OS V1.5, z/OS V1.4, z/OS
                             V1.3, z/OS V1.2
1
OS/390 V2.10 and z/OS V1.1 are treated as one coexistence level as a special provision to the z/OS and OS/390 coexistence policy.

Similarly, z/OS.e supports the same migration policy as z/OS. Migration forward as well as backward should be made within the same z/OS.e releases supported by the coexistence policy. Four releases is the general migration and coexistence policy that should be assumed, except where special provisions have been provided.

This consistent coexistence, migration, and fallback policy applies to release migrations for all configurations, whether they are:

  • 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 Changes to the Coexistence-Migration-Feedback policy for information on changes to the Coexistence-Migration-Fallback policy that IBM intends to make effective starting with z/OS.e V1.6.

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

For additional information on z/OS.e 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 and z/OS.e 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 the 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 V1.5 and V1.4, z/OS.e V1.5 and V1.4, and lower releases, the existing Coexistence-Migration-Fallback policy (and any accommodations previously provided) remains in effect and is unchanged as documented above.

With z/OS V1.6 and z/OS.e V1.6 and the new Coexistence-Migration-Fallback policy, z/OS V1.6 and z/OS.e V1.6 are expected to be coexistence-supported with z/OS.e V1.6, z/OS.e V1.5, z/OS.e V1.4, z/OS.e V1.3, z/OS V1.6, z/OS V1.5, z/OS V1.4, and z/OS V1.3.

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 toleration and coexistence maintenance based upon a customer's SMP/E Consolidated Software Inventory (CSI). With these offerings, you specify the release of z/OS, z/OS.e, OS/390, or other products, or hardware (for example, 2066) to which you are migrating, and all configured toleration/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 S/390® SoftwareXcel 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

With z/OS.e, you migrate to JES2 or JES3 at the same time you migrate to the rest of z/OS.e. 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.

Fallback for z/OS.e is at a system level, rather than an element or feature level. Since you migrate to JES2 or JES3 at the same time you migrate to z/OS.e you cannot back out JES2 or JES3 separately; you can only back out the entire z/OS.e product.

Although you must run the level of JES that comes with z/OS.e, that JES can communicate with certain lower levels of JES running on other z/OS or OS/390 systems in the same MAS or multisystem complex.

For additional information on z/OS.e JES release migration and coexistence, refer to z/OS and z/OS.e Planning for (GA22-7504) by visiting

Performance considerations: Performance of z/OS.e V1.5 is expected to be equivalent to the performance of z/OS V1.5 running on equivalent hardware. Information on z/OS V1.5 performance will be available at general availability. You should consult your IBM representative at or after general availability.

Planning information

Customer responsibilities

Refer to z/OS and z/OS.e V1.5 Planning for Installation (GA22-7504) at

Installation and customization enhancements

The only entitled delivery vehicle for z/OS.e V1.5 executable code is ServerPac. Service for z/OS.e V1.5 is provided through CBPDO, just as z/OS service is today. z/OS.e is also offered in fee-based offerings, such as Systempac®.

All installation enhancements done in ServerPac for z/OS are also available for z/OS.e.

Direct customer support: Direct customer support is provided by IBM Operational Support Services — SoftwareXcel Enterprise Edition or SoftwareXcel Basic. These fee services can help enhance your productivity by providing voice and electronic access into the IBM support organization. IBM Operational Support Services — SoftwareXcel Enterprise Edition or SoftwareXcel Basic Edition 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-IBM-4343 (426-4343).

Packaging: When you order z/OS.e V1.5, 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.e, you must specify the security feature IBM HTTP Server North America Secure .

For specific details on feature numbers, refer to the Ordering information section.

System integrity

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

Program services

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

Service policy

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

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

z/OS.e 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, we will no longer support service for clients running Microsoft™ Windows™ 95.

Coexistence and migration rules apply and should be taken into account in planning future migrations. Refer to the Coexistence, release migrations, and fallback section for additional information.

Recommended Service Upgrade

IBM has redefined the Recommended Service Upgrade (RSU) for the z/OS platform (z/OS, z/OS.e, and OS/390) 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®

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, refer to

Note: 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.

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

Security, auditability, and control

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

Current licensees

z/OS.e V1.3 and z/OS.e V1.4 customers can migrate to z/OS.e V1.5 by ordering the release through the Customized Offerings (ServerPac, SystemPac).

Refer to the New licensees section under Ordering information for all the feature numbers that should be obtained when migrating to z/OS.e V1.5. You can then proceed to order the executable code through the Customized Offerings (ServerPac, SystemPac).

The new z/OS.e V1.4 unpriced optional feature called z/OS.e V1 R4 Consoles Enhancements can be ordered in ServerPac and SystemPac with a z/OS.e V1.4 order. In addition, this feature will be offered in the CBPDO Customized Offering which is accessed by selecting the z/OS and OS/390 environment. Current licensees of z/OS.e V1.4 can order this z/OS.e V1.4 feature through CBPDO without re-ordering z/OS.e.

Pricing information is described in:

  • Software Announcement 202-032 , dated February 19, 2002
  • Software Announcement 202-191 , dated August 13, 2002
  • Software Announcement 203-132 , dated May 13, 2003

Key Dates

  • February 10, 2004: z/OS.e V1.5 (5655-G52) CFSW configurator for stand-alone path and price proposal support.
  • February 24, 2004: From this date forward, z/OS.e V1R4 Coexistence Update feature will be mandatory when ordering z/OS.e V1.4.
  • March 12, 2004: First date for ordering z/OS.e V1.5 ServerPac and SystemPac, using CFSW configuration support or ShopzSeries, the Internet ordering tool. Note that most z/OS.e media (executable code) are shipped only through Customized Offerings (ServerPac, SystemPac).
  • March 12, 2004: First date for ordering z/OS.e V1R4 Consoles Enhancements (ServerPac, CBPDO, SystemPac).
  • March 26, 2004: z/OS.e V1.5 planned general availability.
  • March 26, 2004: z/OS.e V1R4 Consoles Enhancements planned general availability.
  • March 26, 2004: Planned general availability for z990 Cryptographic Support Web Deliverable for z/OS V1.5 and z/OS.e V1.5. You can obtain Web deliverables by visiting
  • August 31, 2004: Recommended date for submitting z/OS.e V1.4 orders for ServerPac and SystemPac. This date will allow for adequate order processing time.
  • September 9, 2004: Last date for ordering z/OS.e V1.4 ServerPac and SystemPac.
  • December 2006 : Last date for ordering z/OS.e V1R4 Coexistence Update feature and z/OS.e V1R4 Consoles Enhancements feature.

Note: Most z/OS.e media (executable code) are shipped only through z/OS.e Customized Offerings (ServerPac, SystemPac). In addition, in the CBPDO Customized Offering, a z/OS.e V1.4 customer can order the following unpriced optional features:

  • z/OS.e V1 R4 Coexistence Update (refer to Software Announcement 203-132 , dated May 13, 2003)
  • z/OS.e V1 R4 Consoles Enhancements (refer to key dates above)

Similar to z/OS, typically when a new release of z/OS.e becomes orderable in ServerPac and SystemPac, the previous release is no longer orderable.

Today, IBM announces that z/OS V1.4 and z/OS.e V1.4 will remain orderable until September 9, 2004.

Not all OS/390, z/OS, or DB2 products can operate with the z/OS.e product. When ordering z/OS.e, a separate product checklist will be presented for products that can run and be supported with z/OS.e. For additional information, refer to z/OS and z/OS.e Planning for Installation (GA22-7504), Chapter 5 "Ensuring coexistence and fallback" at

For the latest z/OS.e product catalog for ServerPac and SystemPac, visit the following Web site and select z/OS.e.

The z/OS.e C/C++ with Debug Tool feature is no longer offered in Release 5. To obtain this function, customers will have to order the C/C++ without Debug Tool feature of z/OS.e and the independent product IBM Debug Tool for z/OS V4.1 (5655-L24).

New licensees

The z/OS.e program ships its executable code via Customized Offerings (ServerPac, SystemPac). Noncustomized items (CD-ROMs, memos, hardcopy publications) will be shipped via the stand-alone product.

For all z/OS.e orders, the customer install base of the Customized Offering 5751-CSx (not the install base of 5655-G52) must be retained to determine the z/OS version and release level most recently ordered.

Production of z/OS.e V1.5 orders will begin on the planned general availability date, March 26, 2004. Ship 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. 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.e V1.5 program number 5655-G52 for asset registration. Proceed to select the feature numbers listed, which are required, and then select any optional feature numbers.

The following no-charge (NC) features are added to z/OS.e V1.5 and can be ordered, effective February 10, 2004. The features below have associated monthly license charge (MLC) features. Refer to Notes for past Announcements containing this information.

z/OS.e V1.5                        z/OS.e V1.5
feature description                feature number
 
Base                               6055

Notes:

  1. The billing features and pricing information for the above feature description are described in Software Announcement 202-032 , dated February 19, 2002, Software Announcement 202-191 , dated August 13, 2002, and Software Announcement 203-132 , dated May 13, 2003.
  2. This product ships its executable code via Customized Offerings (ServerPac and SystemPac). Noncustomized items (CD-ROMs, memos, hardcopy publications) will continue to be shipped via the stand-alone product.
  3. This product is not offered in CBPDO.
  4. The media type for the above items is chosen during the customized offering ordering procedure.

Basic publications

One copy of the following publications is supplied automatically with the basic machine-readable material:

Basic/unlicensed hardcopy publications

                                                       Order
Title                                                  number
 
z/OS.e V1.5 Memo to New Licensees                      GI11-2841
z/OS V1.5 Program Directory                            GI10-0670

Notes:

  1. As of June 2003, z/OS and z/OS.e Planning for Installation (GA22-7504) is available only in softcopy.
  2. The z/OS.e V1.5 Licensed Program Specification (GA22-7868) is provided in softcopy on the z/OS V1.5 Collection (CD-ROM), which is included in each Basic package.
  3. z/OS.e does not require a program directory because it is not installed using CBPDO. However, the z/OS Program Directory is shipped with z/OS.e for reference information.
  4. The z/OS.e V1.5 Memorandum to New Licensees will describe which sections of this program directory are useful to z/OS.e V1.5 customers.
  5. A planning for installation wizard is available on the Web at
  6. Except for a few z/OS.e-specific publications, z/OS.e will be documented using the z/OS V1.5 publications and softcopy collections.

Basic/unlicensed softcopy publications

                                                       Order
Title                                                  number
 
z/OS V1.5 Collection                                   SK3T-4269

The z/OS V1.5 Collection contains the z/OS V1.5 documents 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.e V1.5 licensees.

By general availability, all of the z/OS.e and z/OS V1.5 unlicensed documents applicable to z/OS.e will be available at

The following z/OS.e publications will be available on this Web site in softcopy format:

  • z/OS.e Overview (GA22-7869) contains a description of z/OS.e, its benefits, the differences between z/OS and z/OS.e, and the unique z/OS.e messages. It is also available in hardcopy for a fee.
  • z/OS and z/OS.e Planning for Installation (GA22-7504) describes install preparations for z/OS or z/OS.e, and documents the differences between z/OS and z/OS.e.
  • z/OS.e Licensed Program Specifications (GA22-7868) documents the warranty for z/OS.e.

Starting with z/OS V1.4, as books are updated, they will be available in softcopy only on the softcopy collection and the Internet.

For a fee, you can order the softcopy collection or any z/OS.e V1.5 documents available in hardcopy using the IBM Publications Center on the Web at

For customers in 23 countries, the IBM Publications Center is offering a new option to order hardcopy publications or softcopy collections by customer number. Check to see if this option is available in your country.

For other publications ordering options, visit

If you want to upload either BookManager or PDF softcopy files and create softcopy repositories, the SoftCopy Librarian is our strategic tool for uploading and managing softcopy files on a z/OS and z/OS.e host or server, and on LANs and workstations. You can use SoftCopy Librarian, a free program that is provided on the softcopy tools disc of the collections, to obtain and manage softcopy files over the Internet, from the IBM PUBLIB Web site, as well as from other Web sites that provide support for the SoftCopy Librarian.

Starting in August 2003, a new release (4.2) of SoftCopy Librarian supports downloading and management of PDFs via extended shelves (XKS files). This release has also been repackaged to link the Java™ Runtime functions along with the SoftCopy Librarian application code. In addition to eliminating the prerequisite for the Java Runtime Environment on the client machine, this change has significantly improved runtime performance.

Starting in October 2003, SoftCopy Librarian is supported only on Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows XP.

The latest version of the SoftCopy Librarian can be downloaded from the following site

Customization options

To order, select the feature number for the desired distribution medium.

Optional machine-readable material

Optional unpriced features: The following no-charge (NC) optional feature is added to z/OS.e V1.4 and can be ordered effective February 10, 2004.

z/OS.e V1.4                             z/OS.e V1.4
feature description                     feature number
 
z/OS.e V1 R4 Consoles Enh               6005

Notes:

  1. z/OS.e V1 R4 Consoles Enh feature description is shown in the ordering system.
  2. Program Directory GI11-2834 is sent with this feature.

The following no-charge (NC) optional features are added to z/OS.e V1.5 and can be ordered effective February 10, 2004.

z/OS.e V1.5                             z/OS.e V1.5
feature description                     feature number
 
Communications Server Security          6036
 Level 3
IBM HTTP Server NA Secure               6056
z/OS.e Security Level 3                 6073

Notes:

  1. z/OS.e Security Level 3 contains function from previous unpriced features formerly known as:
    • OCSF Security Level 3
    • System SSL Security Level 3
    • Network Authentication Service Level 3
  2. This product ships its executable code via Customized Offerings (ServerPac, SystemPac). The media type is chosen during the customized offering ordering procedure.
  3. The above features can be exported outside the United States.
  4. These features should be ordered during this release cycle, since they are not automatically included in all orders, due to need for export regulation tracking.
  5. If ordering IBM HTTP Server NA Secure, you should also order z/OS.e Security Level 3 to obtain additional security function (System SSL) over what is provided in the Base.
  6. The Kerberos function is obtainable by ordering the z/OS.e Security Level 3 feature, which includes Network Authentication Service Level 3 function.
  7. The above feature descriptions are offered at no additional charge.

Optional priced features: The following optional features are added to z/OS.e V1.5 and can be ordered effective February 10, 2004. A monthly license charge (MLC) is associated with these. Refer to the following notes for additional information.

z/OS.e V1.5                             z/OS.e V1.5
feature description                     feature number
 
BDT SNA NJE                             6043
C/C++ without Debug                     6046
DFSMS dss,hsm                           6059
DFSMSrmm(TM)                            6057
DFSMSdss(TM)                            6070
DFSMStvs                                6052
DFSORT(TM)                              6010
HCM                                     6062
HLASM Toolkit                           6063
Infoprint(R) Server                     6017
JES3                                    6027
RMF(TM)                                 6029
SDSF                                    6009
Security Server (RACF(R) only)          6030

Note:

  1. The billing features and pricing information for the above feature descriptions are described in Software Announcement 202-032 , dated February 19, 2002, Software Announcement 202-191 , dated August 13, 2002, and Software Announcement 203-132 , dated May 13, 2003.
  2. This product ships its executable code via Customized Offerings (ServerPac, SystemPac). The media type is chosen during the customized offering ordering procedure.
  3. If you subsequently enable any of the optional priced features, those features also become subject to the payment terms of your existing z/OS.e license as described in z/OS.e Licensed Program Specifications (GA22-7868). You must notify IBM when you enable an optional feature that was shipped disabled from IBM.
  4. DFSMSdss cannot be ordered with DFSMS dss,hsm and vice versa.

Optional unpriced national language version (NLV) features

The following optional feature, offered at no additional charge, is added to z/OS.e V1.4, and can be ordered, effective February 10, 2004.

The new NLV feature for z/OS.e V1.4 is:

NLV feature

z/OS.e V1.4                             z/OS.e 1.4
NLV feature description                 feature number
 
JPN z/OS.e V1 R4 Consoles Enh           6004

Note:

  1. Program Directory GI11-2834 is sent with z/OS.e V1 R4 Consoles Enh JPN.

The z/OS.e V1.5 NLV support features will become generally available on the same date the release code becomes available.

z/OS.e V1.5 provides support in the languages listed below. However, not all elements within z/OS V1.5 are translated into each language. Refer to z/OS and z/OS.e Planning for Installation (GA22-7504) for information on which elements are translated into which languages, by visiting

The following optional features, offered at no additional charge, are added to z/OS.e V1.5, and can be ordered, effective February 10, 2004.

The NLV features for z/OS.e V1.5 are:

NLV features

z/OS.e V1.5                             z/OS.e V1.5
NLV feature description                 feature number
 
Brazilian Portuguese Base (PTB)         6013
Canadian French Base (FRC)              6016
Danish Base (DAN)                       6028
Dutch Base (NLD)                        6031
French Base (FRA)                       6022
German Base (DEU)                       6047
Italian Base (ITA)                      6011
JPN Base                                6038
JPN C++ Without Debug                   6039
JPN DFSORT                              6008
JPN Infoprint Server                    6051
JPN RMF                                 6012
JPN SDSF                                6026
JPN Security Server                     6072
Upper Case English Base (ENP)           6019
Korean Base (KOR)                       6041
Norwegian Base (NOR)                    6067
Spanish Base (ESP)                      6071
Swedish Base (SVE)                      6024
Swiss German Base (DES)                 6053
Simplified Chinese Base (CHS)           6048
Traditional Chinese Base (CHT)          6014

Note:

  • JPN C++ with Debug support is not offered as part of z/OS.e Release 5. For this function and NLS support, order the C/C++ without Debug Tool feature of z/OS.e and the independent product IBM Debug Tool for z/OS V4.1 (5655-L24).
  • This product ships its executable code via Customized Offerings (ServerPac, SystemPac). The media type is chosen during the customized offering ordering procedure.

Optional unpriced source media

The following optional features, offered at no additional charge, will be updated for z/OS.e V1.4 to include revised BCP source and can be ordered effective February 10, 2004.

                                      z/OS.e V1.4 feature number
z/OS.e V1.4
optional source                       3480                  4mm
feature description                   cartridge             DAT
 
Source Base                           6686                  6688
Source Base JPN                       6648                  6684

The following features, offered at no additional charge, are added to z/OS.e V1.5 and can be ordered effective February 10, 2004.

                                      z/OS.e V1.5 feature number
z/OS.e V1.5
optional source                       3480                  4mm
feature description                   cartridge             DAT
 
Source Base(1)                        6023                  6025
Source Base JPN(2)                    6015                  6069
Source Security Server                6032                  6007
 -- RACF(3)

Notes:

Content for source media is as follows:

1
Base source code contains source for elements: BCP, DFSMS, BDT base, BDT SNA NJE.
2
Base source code contains source for BCP JPN element.
3
Security Server source code is for RACF.

Optional unlicensed publications

Optional unlicensed softcopy publications: The following optional features are added to z/OS.e V1.5 and can be ordered effective February 10, 2004.

To order the following softcopy collection, specify the one-time charge for the feature. The charge is for one copy of the item offered; it is not for a subscription.

                           Order            Feature
Title                      number           number         Price
 
z/OS Software              SK3T-4270        8291           $50
 Products Collection

The z/OS Software Products Collection includes over 1,565 unlicensed online documents for more than 260 z/OS software products and Parallel Sysplex, and a softcopy tools disc. This collection includes documents for multiple releases of software products that run on z/OS. The documents are provided in BookManager format and, when available, in PDF format as well.

Using the usual ordering methods, you can also purchase the z/OS V1.5 and Software Products DVD Collection (SK3T-4271). This collection includes softcopy tools, libraries for z/OS V1.5 (the element and feature libraries), the libraries for multiple releases of z/OS software products, and selected IBM zSeries Redbooks™. Both BookManager and PDF formats, when available, are included on this single DVD. This comprehensive z/OS collection is essentially the z/OS V1.5 Collection (SK3T-4269) and the z/OS Software Products Collection (SK3T-4270) combined with selected IBM Redbooks from the IBM eServer zSeries Redbooks Collection (SK3T-7876) and delivered on the higher-density DVD technology.

Optional licensed publications: No optional licensed hardcopy or softcopy publications are available for ordering by feature numbers, for inclusion in the product package shipment. However, the z/OS licensed publications that apply to z/OS.e are offered in softcopy format on a CD-ROM, which can be ordered separately from the product package, and on the Internet.

Licensed users can obtain the z/OS licensed documents by purchasing the z/OS Licensed Product Library Collection (LK3T-4307) using the usual ordering methods. Users can also access the licensed documents free of charge on the Internet using the IBM Resource Link™ Web site. Access to these documents on IBM Resource Link requires a key code and an IBM Resource Link Web user ID and password. The z/OS.e V1.5 Memo to New Licensees included with your z/OS.e order contains the key code. Information about ordering the licensed softcopy collection and accessing IBM Resource Link is provided on the following Web site

Customized offerings

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

IBM Operational Support Services — Support Line: Yes
 
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Prices

Current charges are unaffected by this announcement.
 
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Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.

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