IBM SMP/E for z/OS V3.4 integrates ordering and delivery of z/OS platform service over the Internet

IBM United States Software Announcement 205-170
July 27, 2005

 

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TOC link At a glance TOC link Education support
TOC link Overview TOC link Technical information
TOC link Key prerequisites TOC link Ordering information
TOC link Planned availability date TOC link Publications
TOC link Description TOC link Terms and conditions
TOC link Product positioning TOC link Prices
TOC link Hardware and software support services TOC link Order now
TOC link Reference information  
 
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At a glance
  • SMP/E Internet Service Retrieval can be used to request a z/OS platform service order from a dedicated IBM server, download the resultant service package to z/OS, and process the PTF and HOLDDATA contents of that package — all in one simple step.
  • SMP/E will no longer require z/OS Integrated Cryptographic Services Facility (ICSF) to calculate SHA-1 hash values for the GIMZIP and GIMUNZIP service routines, nor for the RECEIVE FROMNETWORK or RECEIVE FROMNTS commands.
  • The SMP/E APPLY, RESTORE and LINK LMODS commands have been enhanced to be more tolerant of allocation errors for the distribution libraries when searching for modules for link edit processing, thus accommodating offline distribution libraries.

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. Its role is to consolidate and perform the low-level operations required to install software products and service. It can also maintain an inventory of the software and service installed by SMP/E. SMP/E V3.4 addresses common inhibitors to the Internet delivery of z/OS and z/OS.e platform service, and is designed to simplify and automate the entire z/OS and z/OS.e service acquisition process.

V3.4 of SMP/E includes:

  • SMP/E Internet Service Retrieval — addresses the common inhibitors to Internet delivery of service, and is designed to simplify and automate the entire z/OS service acquisition process. You may order and retrieve service on demand or you may automate the service delivery process.
  • ICSF mitigation — uses an alternate method to calculate SHA-1 hash values if ICSF is not available for use.
  • Improved load module build — enhanced to be more tolerant of allocation errors for the distribution libraries. This accommodates distribution libraries that may be offline.

 
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Key prerequisites

SMP/E V3.4 runs on:

  • z/OS V1.4 (5694-A01), or later
  • z/OS.e V1.4 (5655-G52), or later


 
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Planned availability date

September 30, 2005
 
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Description

Enhancements

SMP/E Internet Service Retrieval

SMP/E Internet Service Retrieval is the latest enhancement in IBM's service delivery evolution for the z/OS platform. SMP/E V3.4 can help address the common inhibitors to Internet delivery of service, and can simplify and automate the entire z/OS service acquisition process.

SMP/E Internet Service Retrieval is designed to order and retrieve z/OS platform service from a dedicated IBM server via the Internet in one simple step right from z/OS. With SMP/E V3.4, you are now able to order and retrieve service on demand, or you can automate the service delivery process. By scheduling an SMP/E job to run once a week, or even every night, you can order and download the latest HOLDDATA and PTFs and have these services updates available when you want them.

You can request corrective service, three forms of preventive service, and even HOLDDATA.

  • Corrective
    • You can request one or more PTFs by name, or
    • You can request PTFs to resolve specific APARs . When you specify one or more APARs, you receive PTFs that resolve the APARs, but only those PTFs that are applicable to your environment.
  • Preventive

    There are three selection options for preventive service:

    • Critical service includes PTFs that resolve HIPER problems (high impact pervasive) and PTFs in error (PE).
    • Recommended service includes all PTFs with a Recommended Service Update SOURCEID (RSUyynn) and all PTFs that resolve HIPER problems or PTFs in error (critical service).
    • All service includes all currently available PTFs.
  • HOLDDATA

    When you request HOLDDATA , you get only the latest two years of Enhanced HOLDDATA for the entire z/OS platform. For further information on enhanced HOLDDATA, refer to

Your PTF service order is customized to your SMP/E environment using a software inventory file that identifies your installed FMIDs and the PTFs already present in your environment. This means you receive the PTFs you request that are applicable to your environment plus any requisites you don't already have on hand. Furthermore, your order will not include any PTFs you already have, resulting in a comprehensive order that can be downloaded and installed quickly.

The SMP/E RECEIVE command has been extended to support this Internet Service Retrieval capability. The RECEIVE command will use the HTTP 1.0 protocol with SSL to communicate over the Internet with the dedicated IBM server. The server accepts the PTF or HOLDDATA request from SMP/E and responds with the information necessary to download the PTF and HOLDDATA files. SMP/E then uses the FTP protocol to download the files from the IBM server to your local z/OS system.

If you currently use ShopzSeries or Service Update Facility (SUF) to order and obtain PTFs through the Internet, you should consider using SMP/E Internet Service Retrieval instead. SMP/E can provide a simpler and more automated method to acquire z/OS service than ShopzSeries or SUF.

ICSF mitigation

The z/OS Integrated Cryptographic Services Facility (ICSF) is used by SMP/E to calculate SHA-1 hash values. These hash values are calculated for files within a GIMZIP package to verify the integrity of the data within the package.

SMP/E has been enhanced to use an alternate method to calculate SHA-1 hash values if ICSF is not available for use. Although ICSF is the preferred method, SMP/E will no longer require it for use by the GIMZIP and GIMUNZIP service routines, nor for the RECEIVE FROMNETWORK or RECEIVE FROMNTS commands. If SMP/E detects ICSF is not available, then SMP/E will automatically use an SMP/E Java™ application class to calculate SHA-1 hash values as an alternative. To use the new SMP/E Internet Service Retrieval capability, SMP/E requires the IBM Software Developer Kit for z/OS, Java 2 Technology Edition, Version 1 Release 4 (5644-I56) or its logical successor. Java is not required for the installation of SMP/E, but is required at run time to use this SMP/E function.

Improved load module build

The load module build phase of the APPLY, RESTORE, and LINK LMODS commands is being enhanced to be more tolerant of allocation errors for the distribution libraries. This accommodates distribution libraries which may be offline. In this case, SMP/E continues its search for a useable copy of the module instead of immediately failing because of the error allocating the distribution library.

Note: This capability has already been provided by APAR IR53963 for existing SMP/E releases V3.2 and V3.3.

Internet download availability

SMP/E V3.4 will not replace SMP/E 3.3 on the z/OS download Web site.

SMP/E V3.3 will continue to be available on the Internet for download because it is the first SMP/E release to contain functional support required for the Internet delivery option of ServerPac.


 
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Product positioning

SMP/E V3.4 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.


 
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Hardware and software support services

SmoothStart™/installation services

IBM offers a number of remote and on-site IBM SmoothStart Services, Operational Support Services, Migration Services, and Installation Services designed to accelerate productive use of the IBM solution. These services are provided by IBM or an IBM Business Partner at an additional charge. For additional information, contact an IBM representative and ask for IGS Services for z/OS or z/OS.e.
 
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Reference information
  • Software Announcement 204-176 , dated August 10, 2004 (IBM SMP/E for z/OS V3.3)
  • Software Announcement 204-180 , dated August 10, 2004 (IBM z/OS V1.6: Integrating new applications and Preview: z/OS V1.7)
  • Software Announcement 205-034 , dated February 15, 2005 (Preview: IBM z/OS V1.7 and z/OS.e V1.7: World-class computing for On Demand Business)
  • Software Announcement 205-167 , dated July 26, 2005 (IBM z/OS V1.7)
  • Software Announcement 205-169 , dated July 26, 2005 (IBM z/OS.e V1.7)

Business Partner information

If you are a Direct Reseller - System Reseller acquiring products from IBM, you may link directly to Business Partner information for this announcement. A PartnerWorld ID and password are required (use IBM ID).

BP Attachment for Announcement Letter 205-170

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.
 
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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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 Environment (ES05)
  • Fundamental System Skills for z/OS (ES10)
  • z/OS Facilities (ES15)
  • z/OS Operations (ES27)
  • z/OS Installation Using ServerPac (ES41)
  • z/Architecture™ for zSeries® 800 and zSeries 900 (OZ09)
  • z/OS V1R6 and z/OS V1R7 Update (OZ92), planned to be offered in 2005 in the U.S. and Canada.

To find other z/OS-related courses, visit

In the United States 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

SMP/E V3.4 runs in the same operating environments required by z/OS V1.4, or later and z/OS.e V1.4, or later.

Although no longer required for the SMP/E RECEIVE FROMNETWORK and RECEIVE FROMNTS commands, or the GIMZIP, GIMUNZIP, and GIMGTPKG service routines, SMP/E will use the Integrated Cryptographic Services Facility (ICSF) of z/OS if it is operational (refer to the Software requirements section). ICSF requires either the Integrated Cryptographic Feature or the Cryptographic Coprocessor Feature of the processor.

Software requirements

To use the new SMP/E Internet Service Retrieval capability, SMP/E requires the IBM Software Developer Kit for z/OS, Java™ 2 Technology Edition, Version 1 Release 4 (5644-I56) or its logical successor. Java is not required for the installation of SMP/E, but is required at run time to use this SMP/E function.

To use the RECEIVE FROMNETWORK command and the GIMZIP and GIMGTPKG service routine, and optionally for the GIMUNZIP service routine, SMP/E requires one of the following to calculate SHA-1 hash values:

  • Integrated Cryptographic Services Facility (ICSF), which is part of the z/OS and z/OS.e base element Cryptographic Services, or
  • IBM Software Developer Kit for z/OS, Java 2 Technology Edition, Version 1 Release 4 (5655-I56) or its logical successor.

These are not required for the installation of SMP/E, but are required at run time to use the identified functions.

Compatibility: SMP/E V3.4 runs on z/OS V1.4, or later and z/OS.e V1.4, or later. 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 V3.4 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 V3.4.

The following PTFs are designed to provide coexistence support and to prevent corruption of SMPCSI data sets when such data sets are processed by both SMP/E V3.4 and prior release levels of SMP/E.

SMP/E release                  Coexistence PTF
 
SMP/E V3.3                     PTF UO00116
SMP/E V3.2                     PTF UO00115
SMP/E V3.1                     PTF UO00114

User group requirements: SMP/E V3.4 satisfies or partially satisfies recommendations from IBM customers and one or more of the worldwide user group communities.

  • MR0115046536: SMP/E RECEIVE FROMNETWORK should not require ICSF
  • MR0106053229: Make ICSF optional for GIMZIP, not a requirement

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 V3.4 (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 V3.4 (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 V3.4 is delivered as part of your z/OS or z/OS.e V1.7 order.)
  • SystemPac® (SMP/E V3.4 is delivered as part of your z/OS or z/OS.e V1.7 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 the determination of whether all product requisites are satisfied).

ShopzSeries is available in the U.S., Canada, 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

SMP/E Internet Service Retrieval

This new function, available with SMP/E V3.4, supplements existing service options in ShopzSeries, and will markedly simplify the acquisition of z/OS service.

For customers who connect their systems directly to the Internet, and do not require physical media delivery options, SMP/E Internet Service Retrieval offers extensive options for service acquisition and is the recommended method to obtain your z/OS service via the Internet.

ShopzSeries

Effective March 29, 2002, IBM Service is available through ShopzSeries as an Internet-based, strategic software tool. Through Service in ShopzSeries, you can quickly and easily order and receive corrective or preventive service electronically over the Internet or by standard physical media. For preventive service, you 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 your research time and effort by using the 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 and availability, visit the ShopzSeries Web site at

Current licensees

Current licensees of SMP/E for z/OS V3.3 can migrate to SMP/E for z/OS V3.4 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 V3.4 will be delivered as part of your z/OS or z/OS.e V1.7 ServerPac or SystemPac order.

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

Production of SMP/E V3.4 orders will begin on the general availability date, September 30, 2005 . 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

                                                    Distribution
Description                  Supply ID              medium
 
SMP/E V3.4 Base              S00VLLM                See notes
 (English)

Notes: 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:

                             Orderable              Distribution
Description                  supply ID              medium
 
SMP/E V3.4                   S00VLLL                See notes
 Japanese Base

Notes: This product is available in customized offerings only. The media type is chosen during the customized offering ordering procedure.

Basic publications

A Program Directory is 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 Product Library               SK3T-4323

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

The SMP/E Version 3 for z/OS 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 V3.4 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 host or server, and on LANs and workstations. Use SoftCopy Librarian, a free program that is available on the product library disc or on 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 V4.2, 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


 
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Publications

A Program Directory and a CD-ROM, SMP/E Version 3 for z/OS 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 V3.4. The CD-ROM 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

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

Customized offerings

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

IBM operational support services — SupportLine: Yes
 
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Prices

Prices are unchanged from the previous announcement.

OTC: Customers who pay a 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 a 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, 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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