IBM SMP/E for z/OS V3.3 provides functional enhancements and supports Internet delivery of ServerPac

IBM United States Software Announcement 204-176
August 10, 2004

 

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At a glance Reference information
Overview Education support
Key prerequisites Technical information
Planned availability date Ordering information
Description Terms and conditions
Internet download availability Prices
Product positioning Order now
Hardware and software support services  
 
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At a glance

V3.3 of SMP/E provides the following enhancements:

  • RECEIVE FROMNETWORK support of SOCKS firewalls and secure FTP operations to access remote FTP servers and local socks firewall server.
  • Support for Internet delivery of ServerPac1:
    • Internet packaging enhancements in GIMZIP and GIMUNZIP provide the ability to create archives for VSAM data sets as well as UNIX® files and directories. In addition, GIMZIP archives may be extracted into existing data sets.
    • A new service routine, GIMGTPKG, has been created to transfer GMIZIP packages independently of the RECEIVE FROMNETWORK command.
  • RECEIVE assignment of SOURCEID values to existing SYSMODs, allowing more consistent source ID assignments.
  • SMP/E usage of the IEBCOPY COPYMOD statement when copying load modules to allow reblocking and thus help provide more efficient use of space in target and distribution libraries.
  • REJECT command addition of the CHECK operand to test the operation before updating SMP/E zones and data sets.
  • CSI Query dialog use of entry names with a wildcard character to help increase the usability of the dialog.

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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Overview

SMP/E is the software installation and maintenance tool for the IBM z/OS® and z/OS.e platforms. It can also maintain an inventory of the software and service installed by SMP/E. SMP/E V3.3 is available under its own product number and also remains a base element of z/OS and z/OS.e. This allows customers who are licensed for a currently supported release of z/OS or z/OS.e to order and install the latest release of SMP/E without having to upgrade their entire operating system. The benefit can be that products other than z/OS and z/OS.e can exploit the packaging and installation enhancements in SMP/E without necessarily having to install the prerequisites for a new level of the operating system.

In addition, since SMP/E plays a key role in Internet delivery of software, it allows IBM to exploit the Internet delivery and installation technologies in SMP/E sooner, without having to wait for customers to migrate to new levels of the operating system. SMP/E V3.3 is available at no additional charge to customers. It is intended for customers who have a license for z/OS V1.3 (5694-A01) and above, or z/OS.e V1.3 (5655-G52) and above.
 
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Key prerequisites

SMP/E V3.3 runs on:

  • z/OS V1.3 (5694-A01), or higher
  • z/OS.e V1.3 (5655-G52), or higher


 
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Planned availability date

September 24, 2004

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Refer to Software Announcement 204-180 , dated August 10, 2004, for more information regarding Internet delivery of ServerPac.

 
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Description

SMP/E V3.3 contains the following functional enhancements.

RECEIVE FROMNETWORK support of SOCKS firewalls and secure FTP operations

The RECEIVE FROMNETWORK command has been enhanced to use the z/OS Communications Server FTP Client. This can allow SMP/E to:

  • Access remote FTP servers through a local SOCKS firewall server.
  • Provide secure transfers between the client and FTP server of the user and password, as well as file data. A secure transfer refers to encryption and authentication using Transport Layer Security (TLS).
  • Access FTP servers using IPv6 addressing.
  • Use the FTP.DATA configuration file to specify local site options for the FTP client. The FTP.DATA configuration file is optional, but must be used to specify the options for SOCKS firewall navigation and secure transfer.

Note: z/OS Communications Server V1.2 is required in order to enable SOCKS firewall navigation, secure transfers, and IPv6 addressing.

Support for Internet delivery of ServerPac

Internet packaging enhancements in GIMZIP and GIMUNZIP: Formerly GIMZIP packages could contain archive files only for sequential and partitioned data sets. The GIMZIP and GIMUNZIP service routines have been enhanced to allow archive files to also contain VSAM ESDS, KSDS, LDS, and RRDS data sets, as well as UNIX files and directories.

Additionally, when building a package using GIMZIP, a unique ID value may be assigned to each archive file. This ID value may then be used to identify a specific archive that is to be processed by GIMUNZIP, as opposed to using the archive file's name.

When extracting data from an archive file, formerly the GIMUNZIP service routine would only extract data from a GIMZIP archive into a new data set allocated directly by GIMUNZIP. GIMUNZIP has been enhanced to support extracting archive file data into existing data sets. GIMUNZIP will now determine if the output data set already exists. If the data set already exists, then GIMUNZIP will copy the data from the archive file into the existing data set. If the data set does not already exist, then GIMUNZIP will allocate a new data set and then copy the data into the new data set.

New service routine to transfer GIMZIP packages: A new service routine, GIMGTPKG, has been created to get GIMZIP packages independently of the RECEIVE FROMNETWORK command. Using GIMGTPKG, the ServerPac installation can transport a GIMZIP package of archive files from a remote FTP server to a local z/OS system. GIMGTPKG uses the same techniques as the RECEIVE FROMNETWORK command to transport the package, but it does so without the infrastructure required to run an SMP/E command. GIMGTPKG stores the files of a GIMZIP package in the SMPNTS directory for later use.

RECEIVE assignment of SOURCEID values to existing SYSMODs

The RECEIVE command has been enhanced to assign the source ID value specified on the SOURCEID operand of the command to SYSMODs found in the SMPPTFIN input stream, even if they are already received. Formerly, the source ID value was not assigned to SYSMODs that are already received. This allows SYSMODs to be assigned a more consistent set of source ID values regardless of when and from what actual source the SYSMODs were received.

SMP/E usage of IEBCOPY COPYMOD statement when copying load modules

To allow reblocking of load modules to the destination data set's block size, SMP/E will use the IEBCOPY COPYMOD statement whenever copying load modules. This reblocking helps provide more efficient use of space in SMPTLIB data sets produced by the RECEIVE command and in target and distribution libraries updated by the APPLY, ACCEPT, and RESTORE commands.

REJECT command addition of the CHECK operand

The CHECK operand is now allowed on the REJECT command. The CHECK operand indicates whether REJECT should perform a trial run of the command without actually updating the global zone or any data sets. This provides a way to test for errors that might occur during actual command processing and to receive reports on the changes that would be made.

Entry name wildcard allowed for CSI Query dialog

The CSI Query dialog will allow a wildcard (pattern) for the entry name specification. A selection list of all entry names that match the specified pattern will be displayed when using a wildcard. Patterns of the form ABC* or *DEF may be specified, where ABC and DEF are strings from 0 to 7 characters long.
 
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Internet download availability

SMP/E V3.3 will be available on the Internet for download by October 1, 2004 (one week after the general availability date). SMP/E (as a download) is intended for customers with an existing license for z/OS or z/OS.e. SMP/E V3.3 replaces the existing SMP/E V3.2 on the download site, and can be obtained at


 
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Product positioning

SMP/E V3.3 is available under its own product number and also remains a base element of z/OS and z/OS.e. This allows customers who are licensed for a currently supported release of z/OS or z/OS.e to order and install the latest release of SMP/E without having to upgrade their entire operating system. The benefit can be that products other than z/OS and z/OS.e can exploit the packaging and installation enhancements in SMP/E without necessarily having to install the prerequisites for a new level of the operating system. In addition, since SMP/E plays a key role in Internet delivery of software, it allows IBM to exploit the Internet delivery and installation technologies in SMP/E sooner, without having to wait for customers to migrate to new levels of the operating system.
 
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Hardware and software support services

SmoothStart™/installation services

IBM SmoothStart Services, an 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.
 
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Reference information
  • Software Announcement 204-180 , dated August 10, 2004
  • Software Announcement 203-125 , dated May 13, 2003
  • Software Announcement 202-190 , dated August 13, 2002
  • Software Announcement 202-191 , dated August 13, 2002

Trademarks

 
SmoothStart is a trademark of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
z/OS is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
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

SMP/E education is part of OS/390® and z/OS® education.

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/Architecture™ for zSeries® (OZ09)
  • Migration to Parallel Sysplex® for zSeries (OZ40)
  • z/OS Installation Using ServerPac (ES41)

In the United States and Canada call 800-IBM-TEACH (426-8322) to enroll in one or more of these classes, or call your local IBM education center.
 
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Technical information

Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

SMP/E V3.3 runs in the same operating environments required by z/OS V1.3 and higher and z/OS.e V1.3 and higher.

To use the SMP/E RECEIVE FROMNETWORK function, SMP/E requires that ICSF is operational (refer to "Software requirements" below), which requires either the Integrated Cryptographic Feature or the Cryptographic Coprocessor Feature of the processor.

Software requirements

ICSF, part of the z/OS and z/OS.e base element Cryptographic Services, is a functional requisite to use the SMP/E RECEIVE FROMNETWORK feature and the GIMZIP packaging service routine. ICSF is not required for installation of SMP/E, but is needed at run time to use this SMP/E function. An operational ICSF is also needed to use GIMZIP and may be needed to use GIMUNZIP depending on the execution parameters used when invoking GIMUNZIP. GIMGTPKG also requires ICSF to be operational.

Compatibility: SMP/E V3.3 runs on z/OS V1.3 or higher and z/OS.e V1.3 or higher. If migrating from a release of SMP/E prior to SMP/E V3.2, then the UPGRADE command allows you to determine when and if incompatible changes should be made to SMP/E data sets. If the UPGRADE command is run, then SMP/E V3.3 should be used to process the SMP/E data sets affected by that command from then on. Such data sets may not be processed correctly by previous releases of SMP/E.

SMP/E data sets created and processed by earlier levels of SMP/E can be processed properly by SMP/E V3.3.

The following PTFs are designed to help prevent corruption of SMPCSI data sets and provide some coexistence support when such data sets are processed by both SMP/E V3.3 and prior levels of SMP/E.

SMP/E release                        Coexistence PTF
 
z/OS V1.2, V1.3, and V1.4            PTF UR54491
zOS.e V1.3 and V1.4                  PTF UR54491
SMP/E V3.1                           PTF UR54491
SMP/E V3.2                           PTF UR54492

User group requirements: SMP/E V3.3 satisfies or partially satisfies recommendations from IBM customers and one or more of the worldwide user group communities:

  • MR00032053 — SMP/E REJECT CHECK Capability
  • MR00076592 — RECEIVE SOURCEID update SYSMODs already in RECEIVE
  • REQ00045914 — Provide Wildcarding of SYSMOD IDs for LIST and/or QUERY
  • REQ00009840 — Add option to Add SOURCEID to already Received PTFs
  • MR031203677 — Assigned SOURCIDs to RECEIVED PTFs
  • MR021903165 — Enhance GIMUNZIP to allow more than one volume

Planning information

ServerPac SMP/E support: ServerPac orders are built using either a default level of SMP/E or the lowest supported level of SMP/E that is 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. However, if your order also includes SMP/E V3.3 (5655-G44), then your order is built with this higher level. Subsystem orders are built with the lowest supported release of 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 (5665-M12), which is a subset of a z/OS V1.4 system, is updated to include SMP/E V3.3 (5655-G44) and additional service.

Packaging: This product's executable code is NOT offered via standard stand-alone product media. It is available through the following customized offerings only:

  • CBPDO (Custom-Built Product Delivery Offering)
  • ServerPac (SMP/E V3.3 delivered as part of your z/OS or z/OS.e V1.6 order)
  • Systempac® (SMP/E V3.3 delivered as part of your z/OS or z/OS.e V1.6 order)
  • ProductPac®

Security, auditability, and control

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

Order SMP/E via the Internet

ShopzSeries provides an easy to use interface to order SMP/E via the CBPDO or ServerPac Offerings. ShopzSeries can analyze your inventory of currently installed software, determine the correct product migration, and present you with a configuration based on a release of 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 ShopzSeries Web site at

z/OS service through the Internet

Effective March 29, 2002, IBM Service is available through ShopzSeries as an Internet-based, strategic software tool. Through Service in ShopzSeries, customers can quickly and easily order and receive corrective or preventive service electronically over the Internet or by standard physical media. For preventive service, customers can order just critical service (HIPERs and PTFs that resolve PE PTFs), the latest recommended service (which includes all critical service), or all available service. Service in ShopzSeries reduces customers' research time and effort by using their uploaded SMP/E Consolidated Software Inventory (CSI) so that all applicable service, including reachahead service, for the installed FMIDs in the target zones is selected. ShopzSeries also uses the CSI information to limit the size of the service order, sending applicable service that has not already been processed by SMP/E. IBM Technical Support is available through RETAIN® for problems and Q&A.

For more details, visit the ShopzSeries Web site at

Current licensees

Current Licensees of SMP/E for z/OS and OS/390 V3.2 can migrate to SMP/E for z/OS V3.3 by ordering the release through the Customized Offerings (CBPDO, ServerPac, SystemPac, ProductPac) as done in the past.

New licensees

Shipment will not occur before the availability date. SMP/E V3.3 will be delivered as part of your z/OS or z/OS.e V1.6 ServerPac or SystemPac order.

The SMP/E product is only shipped via Customized Offerings (CBPDO, ServerPac, SystemPac and ProductPac). Noncustomized items (for example, CD-ROMs) will continue to be shipped via the stand-alone product.

Production of SMP/E V3.3 orders will begin on the general availability date, September 24, 2004 . 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 this product, specify the 5655-G44 program number. Specify the feature number for Basic no-charge and then choose either Base or Japanese feature for distribution media.

Basic machine-readable material

                                   Feature          Distribution
Description                        number           medium
 
SMP/E V3.3 Base (English)          5812             (1)
1
This product is available in customized offerings only. The media type is chosen during the customized offering ordering procedure.

Optional machine-readable material: To order, select the feature number for the desired distribution medium:

 
                                   Feature          Distribution
Description                        number           medium
 
SMP/E V3.3 Japanese Base           5802             (2)
2
This product is available in customized offerings only. The media type is chosen during the customized offering ordering procedure.

Basic publications

A memo and a Program Directory are automatically supplied with the basic machine-readable material.

Basic/unlicensed displayable softcopy publications: All SMP/E publications are provided on the following CD-ROM as part of the basic machine-readable material at no extra charge.

                                                       Order
Title                                                  number
 
SMP/E Version 3 for z/OS                               SK3T-4323
 and OS/390 Product Library

For a fee, you can purchase additional copies of the product library CD-ROM using the IBM Publications Center on the World Wide Web at

The SMP/E Version 3 for z/OS and OS/390 Product Library contains the SMP/E Version 3 product books in both BookManager® and PDF softcopy formats on CD-ROM. By general availability, the SMP/E Version 3 books will also be available at

For those customers who 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 or OS/390 host or server, and on LANs and workstations. Use SoftCopy Librarian, a free program that is available on the SoftCopy tools disc of the collections or the Web, to obtain and manage shelves from IBM or OEM (original equipment manufacturer) CD or DVD collections or over the Internet, from the IBM PUBLIB Web site, as well as from other Web sites that provide support for SoftCopy Librarian.

SoftCopy Librarian 4.2 or later supports downloading and management of PDFs via extended shelves (XKS files). SoftCopy Librarian has been repackaged to link the Java™ Runtime functions with its application code. In addition to eliminating the prerequisite for the Sun Java Runtime Environment on the client machine, this change has significantly improved runtime performance.

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

The latest version of SoftCopy Librarian can be downloaded from this Web site

Publications

A Program Directory and a CD-ROM, SMP/E Version 3 for z/OS and OS/390 Product Library (SK3T-4323), are supplied automatically as part of the basic package.

The CD-ROM includes the following softcopy publications for SMP/E for z/OS V3.3. The CD includes additional pubs for prior releases, and the titles are somewhat different for the earlier releases.

                                                       Order
Title                                                  number
 
IBM SMP/E for z/OS Messages,                           GA22-7770
 Codes & Diagnosis
IBM SMP/E for z/OS Commands                            SA22-7771
IBM SMP/E for z/OS Reference                           SA22-7772
IBM SMP/E for z/OS User's Guide                        SA22-7773
IBM SMP/E for z/OS Licensed                            GI10-0682
 Programming Specifications
 (softcopy only)

Licensed documentation: There are no licensed publications with this product. Subsequent updates (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

This product's executable code is available via Customized Offerings (CBPDO, ServerPac, SystemPac, and ProductPac). Noncustomized items (CD-ROM) will continue to be shipped via the stand-alone product.
 
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Terms and conditions

IBM Operational Support Services — Support Line: Yes
 
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Prices

Prices are unchanged from previous announcement.

OTC: Customers who pay an OTC for a licensed program receive enhancements and future releases, if any, at no additional charge. Significant new function may be offered as an optional feature and charged for separately. If a replacement program is announced and the customer elects to license the replacement program for an OTC and replace the prior program, an upgrade charge may apply.
 
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Order now

To order, contact the Americas Call Centers, your local IBM representative, or your IBM Business Partner.

To identify your local IBM representative or IBM Business Partner, call 800-IBM-4YOU (426-4968).

 Phone:     800-IBM-CALL (426-2255)
 Fax:       800-2IBM-FAX (242-6329)
 Internet:  ibm_direct@vnet.ibm.com
 Mail:      IBM Americas Call Centers
            Dept:  IBM CALL, 11th Floor
            105 Moatfield Drive
            North York, Ontario
            Canada M3B 3R1
 
 Reference: LE001

The Americas Call Centers, our national direct marketing organization, can add your name to the mailing list for catalogs of IBM products.

Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.

Trademarks

 
z/Architecture is a trademark of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
OS/390, z/OS, zSeries, Parallel Sysplex, Systempac, ProductPac, RETAIN, BookManager, and eServer 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.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

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