IBM Network Terminal Option V1R11 -- Supports IBM's High Level Assembler for Increased Reliability and Service Support into the Year 2000

Software Announcement
September 22, 1998
Announcement Letter Number: 298-320


Table of Contents:



Overview

Network Terminal Option (NTO) incorporates the new High Level Assembler (5696-234) changes made to the ACF/SSP program. HLAS is recognized as IBM's most established assembler. As networks continue to grow in size, so does the need to provide support for large network generation assembles. Migrating to IBM's High Level Assembler provides increased generation reliability for these growing network generations. In addition, IBM's HLAS provides service support into the Year 2000.

NTO Release 11 runs concurrently with ACF/NCP V7R7 (5648-063) and the following releases of ACF/SSP:

                                        Program
Program/Version/Release                 Number

ACF/SSP V4R7 for OS/390 (R) (MVS (TM)) 5655-041 ACF/SSP V4R7 for VM 5654-009 ACF/SSP V4R7 for VSE 5686-064

For details on the high-level assembler changes, refer to Software Announcement 298-334 dated September 22, 1998.



Intended Customers

Customers who migrate to the newest levels of ACF/NCP V7R7 and SSP V4R7 and need NTO. Upgrade to the newest release of NTO V1R11 is required for compatibility.



Planned Availability Date

  • September 25, 1998, for OS/390 (MVS/ESA (TM))
  • October 30, 1998, for VM/ESA (R) and VSE/ESA
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For ordering, contact:
  Your IBM representative, an IBM
  Business Partner, or IBM North America
  Sales Centers at
    800-IBM-CALL  Reference: LE010

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This announcement is provided for your information only. For additional information, contact your IBM representative, call 800-IBM-4YOU, or visit the IBM home page at: http://www.ibm.com



DESCRIPTION



New NCP Generation Assembler Support

Starting with ACF/NCP V7R7, important changes have been made to the NCP generation assembler support.

Beginning with ACF/SSP V4R7, the Network Definition Facility (NDF) requires the corequisite support of IBM High Level Assembler (HLAS) (5696-234). You must use HLAS to generate NCP V7R7 load modules.

Prior to ACF/SSP V4R7, two different assemblers (IFZ assembler for VSE and IHR90 assembler for MVS and VM) were shipped with ACF/SSP. IFZ and IHR90 will continue to be shipped with ACF/SSP V4R7 to support load module generation on NCP releases prior to V7R7.

Support for the older assemblers (IFZ and IHR90) has been discontinued on this release and future releases. The High Level Assembler will offer both increased reliability for large network generations and service support into the Year 2000.

Refer to the ACF/SSP V4R7 Software Announcement 298-334 dated September 22, 1998, for details.



Year 2000

This product is Year 2000 ready. When used in accordance with its associated documentation, it is capable of correctly processing, providing, and/or receiving date data within and between the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, provided all other products (for example, software, hardware, and firmware) used with the product properly exchange accurate date data with it.



HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE SUPPORT SERVICES



SmoothStart (TM)/Installation Services

SmoothStart or Installation Services will not be provided for NTO.



REFERENCE INFORMATION

Refer to the following Software Announcements:

Trademarks
      MVS, MVS/ESA, and SmoothStart are trademarks of International
      Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other
      countries or both.
      OS/390 and VM/ESA are registered trademarks of International
      Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other
      countries or both.
      Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or
      service marks of others.



SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION



TECHNICAL INFORMATION



Specified Operating Environment

Hardware Requirements: NTO R11 operates on the 3745 Communication Controller.

Software Requirements ACF/NCP V7R7 (5648-063) and the following releases of ACF/SSP:

                                                        Program
Program/Version/Release                                 Number

ACF/SSP V4R7 for OS/390 (R) (MVS (TM)) 5655-041 ACF/SSP V4R7 for VM 5654-009 ACF/SSP V4R7 for VSE 5686-064

NTO R11 incorporates changes necessary for the new High Level Assembler (HLAS) support provided in ACF/SSP V4R7.

Beginning with ACF/SSP V4R7, the Network Definition Facility (NDF) offers exclusive support for HLAS (5695-234). The new support of HLAS is available on OS/390, MVS/ESA (TM), VM/ESA (R), and VSE/ESA operating systems.

If HLAS is not preloaded on your operating system, you need to order it. The following table can help you to determine if HLAS is integrated with your operating system.

                                                  High Level
                                                  Assembler
                              Program             V1R2
Operating System              Number              (5696-234)

MVS/ESA V5R1, 5655-068, Order and later 5655-069 separately VSE/ESA V1R4.3 5750-ACD Order and V1R4.4 separately VM/ESA V2R2 and V2R3 5654-030 Order separately OS/390 R1, R2, R3 5645-001 Integrated OS/390 R4, R5 5647-A01 Integrated VSE/ESA V2R2 and V2R3 5690-VSE Integrated

In addition to HLAS requirements, the following APARs are required:

  • DFSMS/MVS (R) OW26738 for the binder

  • DFSMS/MVS OW27802 for the linkage editor

  • VM/ESA VM61534 for the linkage editor
Refer to the ACF/NCP V7R7 Software Announcement 298-332 dated September 22, 1998, and the ACF/SSP V4R7 Software Announcement 298-334 dated September 22, 1998, for additional prerequisite information.



Planning Information

Customer Responsibilities: NTO V1R10 will be shipped from IBM Software Manufacturing Solutions (SMS) until September 25, 1998.

Packaging: The program is shipped on one magnetic tape reel (9/6250 bpi), on a 3480 tape cartridge, or on a 4-mm DAT tape.



Security, Auditability, and Control

NTO security and auditability features are dependent upon the features or functions of the operating system on which NTO is running. The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.



ORDERING INFORMATION



Current Licensees

Current licensees of NTO Version 1 will be sent a program reorder form that can be returned directly to ISMS. The mailing of these reorder forms is scheduled to be completed by October 9, 1998, for MVS and November 13, 1998, for VM and VSE. Reorder forms returned to ISMS will be processed within 10 working days of receipt.



New Licensees

Orders for new licenses will be accepted now.

Shipment will begin on the planned availability date. Orders that ship:

  • Before the planned availability date will receive NTO Version 1 Release 10.

  • After the planned availability date will receive Network Terminal Option Version 1 Release 11.
New users of NTO Version 1 should specify:
        Type          Model

5735 XX7

Basic License: To order a basic license for a monthly charge, specify the program number and feature number 9001 for asset registration. Specify feature number 4521 for a monthly license charge and feature number 2114 for the initial license charge. To order a basic license for a one-time charge (OTC), specify the program number and feature number 9001 for asset registration. Specify feature number 4050 for an OTC.

Specify the feature number of the desired distribution medium shown below.

Single Version Charging: To elect single version charging, the customer must notify and identify to IBM the prior program and replacement program and the designated machine the programs are operating on.

Version-to-Version Upgrade Credit: To upgrade from a prior program acquired for an OTC to a replacement program using a version-to-version upgrade credit, the customer must notify and identify to IBM the applicable prior program and replacement program participating in the upgrade credit.

Basic Machine-Readable Material: To order, select the feature number of the desired distribution medium:

ACF/NTO Version 1 Release 11

                                                        Feature
Distribution Medium                  Environment         Number

9/6250 BPI Tape for R11 MVS 7402 3480 Tape Cartridge for R11 MVS 7403 4-mm DAT Tape for R11 MVS 5709

9/6250 BPI Tape for R11 VM 7405 3480 Tape Cartridge for R11 VM 7406 4-mm DAT Tape for R11 VM 5798

9/6250 BPI Tape for R11 VSE 7408 3480 Tape Cartridge for R11 VSE 7409 4-mm DAT Tape for R11 VSE 5799

*Contains Restricted Material of IBM

Customization Options: Select the appropriate feature numbers to customize your order to specify the delivery options desired. These features can be specified on the initial or MES orders.

Example: If publications are not desired for the initial order, specify feature number 3470 to ship media only. For future updates, specify feature number 3480 to ship media updates only. If, in the future, publication updates are required, order an MES to remove feature number 3480; then, the publications will ship with the next release of the program.

                                                    Feature
Description                                         Number

Initial Shipments

Serial Number Only (suppresses shipment 3444 of media and documentation)

Ship Media Only (suppresses initial 3470 shipment of documentation)

Ship Documentation Only (suppresses 3471 initial shipment of media)

Update Shipments

Ship Media Updates Only (suppresses 3480 update shipment of documentation) Feature Description Number

Ship Documentation Only (suppresses 3481 update shipment of media)

Suppress Updates (suppresses update 3482 shipment of media and documentation)

Expedite Shipments

Local IBM Office Expedite 3445 (for IBM use only)

Customer Expedite Process Charge 3446 ($30 charge for each product)

Expedite shipments will be processed to receive 72-hour delivery from the time IBM Software Manufacturing Solutions (SMS) receives the order. SMS will then ship the order via overnight air transportation.

DSLO License: To order a DSLO license for a monthly license charge, specify the program number and feature number 9521 for a monthly license charge, and feature number 2314 for an initial license charge.

To order a DSLO license for an OTC, specify OTC feature number 9530. Ordering a DSLO feature will result in IBM maintaining a record of this customer location as a DSLO user only. All material for the DSLO license will be provided through the basic license location. If a user selects DSLO, no other feature numbers are valid for this order and no program materials or updates will be shipped.

Unlicensed Documentation: A memo, program directory, and one copy of the following publications are supplied automatically with the basic machine-readable material:

                                                        Order
Title                                                   Number

NTO Licensed Program Specifications GC38-0299 NTO Planning, Migration, and Resource SC30-3347 Definition

Additional copies of unlicensed publications will be available for a fee at product availability. These copies can be ordered from your IBM representative, through the System Library Subscription Service (SLSS) or by direct order.

Displayable Softcopy Publications: Network Terminal Option (NTO) manuals are offered in displayable softcopy form. All unlicensed and licensed manuals are included. The displayable manuals are shipped on CD-ROM (LK2T-0414), IBM Online Library: ACF/NCP, ACF/SSP, EP, NPSI, NTuneMON Softcopy Collection Kit. For your convenience, the CD-ROM also contains displayable manuals for several other related products.

One copy of the CD-ROM can be ordered with the product at no additional charge by specifying the feature number 7110 for ACF/NCP Version 7 (5648-063). Additional copies can be ordered for a fee by specifying feature number 8110 for ACF/NCP Version 7 (5648-063).

Note: The CD-ROM feature numbers 7110 and 8110 cannot be ordered on 5735-XX7. Order only on 5648-063.

The displayable manuals can be used with the BookManager (R) READ licensed programs in any of the READ-supported environments. They can also be used with the IBM Library Reader (TM) in DOS, OS/2 (R), and Windows (TM) environments. IBM Library Reader has the same functions as the BookManager READ/DOS and READ/2 licensed programs, except that it only reads IBM-produced manuals shipped after April 1992. As IBM replaces softcopy manuals shipped before April 1992, the replacement softcopy will be readable by IBM Library Reader.

The IBM Library Readers for DOS, OS/2 and Windows are supplied at no additional charge.

Licensed Documentation: The following licensed material can be ordered from IBM at availability. To order, contact your IBM marketing representative.

The first copy is available at no charge to licensees of basic material by specifying the 7046 feature number. Use the 8323 feature number to order additional copies for a fee.

                                    Single      Additional
                                     Copy         Copies
                    Order          Feature       Feature
Title               Number          Number        Number     Price

NTO Diagnosis LY30-3194 7046 8323 $60.50

Subsequent updates (technical newsletters or revisions between releases) to the publications shipped with the program 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.



TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The terms for NTO Version 1 announced in Software Announcement 293-536 dated October 28, 1993, are unaffected by this announcement.

Program Services: IBM NTO Version 1 Release 11 (5735-XX7) available until 12 months' written notice.

Support Line: S/390 (R)



CHARGES

The charges provided in this announcement are suggested retail prices for the U.S. only and are provided for your information only. Dealer prices may vary, and prices may also vary by country. Prices are subject to change without notice. For additional information and current prices, contact your local IBM representative.

Charges are unaffected by this 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, a time-based upgrade credit may apply.



CALL NOW TO ORDER

To order, contact the IBM North America Sales Centers, your local IBM representative, or your IBM Business Partner.

IBM North America Sales Centers, our national direct marketing organization, can add your name to the mailing list for catalogs of IBM products.

 Phone:     800-IBM-CALL
 Fax:       800-2IBM-FAX
 Internet:  ibm_direct@vnet.ibm.com
 Mail:      IBM North America Sales Centers
            Dept. LE010
            P.O. Box 2690
            Atlanta, GA  30301-2690
 Reference: LE010

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

Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.

Trademarks

      MVS, MVS/ESA, and Library Reader are trademarks of
      International Business Machines Corporation in the United
      States or other countries or both.
      OS/390, VM/ESA, DFSMS/MVS, BookManager, OS/2, and S/390 are
      registered trademarks of International Business Machines
      Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
      Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
      Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or
      service marks of others.