IBM Session Manager for z/OS V3.2 delivers enhanced administration capability using the GUI interfaceIBM United States Software Announcement 212-332
October 3, 2012
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New in IBM® Session Manager for z/OS® V3.2
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IBM Session Manager for z/OS (Session Manager) V3.2 is a terminal session manager for VTAM® and TCP/IP that provides a highly available, secure, and user-friendly method of accessing multiple IBM z/OS and UNIX systems from a single 3270 terminal. The major feature of V3.2 is an updated plug-in for IBM CICS Explorer® that provides an new online administration (OLA) perspective to update configuration information including users, profiles, applications, terminal, and system parameters. This complements the operational capabilities added to the plug-in in the previous release and further reduces the need to use the ISPF interface.
If you use pass-tickets to implement session security, you can now manage them more easily using a new configuration option. This release also includes ease-of-use, security, installation, configuration, and operational enhancements, including requirements raised by individual customers and user communities, working together to make Session Manager even easier to deploy, manage, and use.
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IBM z/OS V1.12, or later
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|Planned availability date|
November 2, 2012
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Key enhancements in Session Manager V3.2
Administration perspective for the GUI
A new administration perspective in the Session Manager plug-in allows users to make updates to User, Profile, Application, Terminal, and System configuration parameters. Changes can now be made to all these components. You are also able to copy, add, update, delete, and activate them.
The Session Manager plug-in also includes an integrated User Guide and context-sensitive help.
If you have a Session Manager V3 license, you are entitled to download and use CICS Explorer without needing to have a license for CICS® Transaction Server.
Simplifying PASSTICKET support
From Session Manager V3.2, the generation of a PassTicket value is a configurable option, controlled by a new common session parameter, PASSTICKET.
Clarification for message ISZ0285E
A more detailed description has been added to this error message in the manual, describing additional fault analysis and resolution options.
RACF classes optionally loaded into dataspaces
Any of the security classes, which have been specified under the SECURITY parameter of the SYSTEM statement with a sub-parameter of GLOBAL YES, will be dynamically refreshed when a SETROPTS RACLIST ( esmclassname ) REFRESH command has been issued to RACF .
Allow Autostart on the ADDSESS command
An option is provided on the ADDSESS command to specify that the added session should be selected. Alternatively, you can select the added session yourself as normal.
Improvements to DUMP to GDG facility
The DUMP output class is now passed to UNIX System Services.
New variable to indicate SSL connection
A new variable has been added to show the connection is over SSL.
Remove shipping of customer datasets
The customer datasets have been removed from the SMPE install procedure and placed in a new job, ISZCALOC. This simplifies SMPE maintenance.
User group requirements satisfied in V3.2
Accessibility by people with disabilities
A U.S. Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on accessibility compliance can be requested at
The following features support use by people with disabilities:
Softcopy documentation for the product is provided in PDF format. This documentation supports optional font enlargement and high-contrast display settings, and may be operated by the keyboard alone. Fully accessible softcopy documentation, with alternative text for diagrams, will be made available on request.
Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act
Session Manager for z/OS V3.2 is capable as of November 2, 2012, when used in accordance with associated IBM documentation, of satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it.
Value Unit-based pricing
Value Unit pricing for eligible IBM System z® IBM International Program License Agreement (IPLA) programs enables a lower cost of incremental growth and enterprise aggregation. Each System z IPLA product with Value Unit pricing has a single price per Value Unit and a conversion matrix, called Value Unit Exhibit, for converting from some designated measurement to Value Units. Most commonly, Millions of Service Units (MSUs) is the measurement designated by IBM to be converted to Value Units. Some other measurements are engines or messages. Since MSUs are the most common measurement, that measurement will be used for the remainder of this description.
Value Unit pricing offers price benefits for you. For each System z IPLA program with Value Unit pricing, the quantity of that program needed to satisfy applicable IBM terms and conditions is referred to as the required license capacity . Each of the various Value Unit Exhibits stipulate that the larger your required license capacity, the fewer Value Units per MSU you will need. Value Unit Exhibits are uniquely identified by a three digit code and referred to using the nomenclature VUExxx, where xxx is the three digit code.
Subsequent acquisitions of Value Unit priced programs offer additional price benefits. The quantity of each System z IPLA program that you have acquired is referred to as entitled license capacity . If you wish to grow your entitled license capacity for a System z IPLA program, the calculation to determine additional needed Value Units is based upon the number of Value Units already acquired.
For each System z IPLA program with Value Unit pricing, you should:
To simplify conversion from the designated measurement to Value Units or vice-versa, use the Value Unit Converter Tool. For additional information or to obtain a copy of the Value Unit Converter Tool, visit the Value Unit Converter Tool website
Note that Value Units of a given product cannot be exchanged, interchanged, or aggregated with Value Units of another product.
To determine the required license capacity for the System z IPLA program you selected, refer to the Terms and conditions section.
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).
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Session Manager V3.2 is intended for enterprise or medium-sized businesses running a range of applications on mainframe systems, with users accessing these applications at 3270 terminals or workstations running 3270 emulators. The users will probably be running CICS , IMS , TSO, or other 3270-oriented systems using VTAM , typically with 3270 connections or TCP/IP. The product provides end users with a highly available, secure, simple, and effective way of accessing these applications seamlessly, together with a wide range of other valuable facilities.
Session Manager is a member of the CICS tools family and part of the IBM System z Enterprise tools portfolio supporting the CICS environment.
For more details about the CICS tools family, visit
Integration with CICS Explorer
Session Manager now includes a plug-in to CICS Explorer , which provides an integration point for development, management, and operational capabilities delivered by the CICS runtime and add-on tools listed below:
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Program Program number VRM name 5655-U98 3.2.0 Session Manager for z/OS 5655-J98 1.1.0 Session Manager for z/OS - Software Subscription and Support
Product identification number
Subscription and Program PID number Support PID number 5655-U98 5655-J98
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Product information is available via the Offering Information website
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The following publications are available for Session Manager for z/OS V3.2:
Title Order number Session Manager for z/OS V3.2 - Program Directory GI13-0585-00 Session Manager for z/OS V3.2 - Installation and GC34-2804-00 Customization Session Manager for z/OS V3.2 - Technical Reference SC34-2805-00 Session Manager for z/OS V3.2 - Panels, Scripts SC34-2806-00 and Variables Session Manager for z/OS V3.2 - Online and Batch SC34-2807-00 Administration Session Manager for z/OS V3.2 - User and Administrator SC34-2808-00 Guide Session Manager for z/OS V3.2 - Quick Reference SC34-2809-00 Session Manager for z/OS V3.2 - Messages and Codes GC34-2810-00
All publications are available only in softcopy, in PDF format. They can be download from the IBM Publications Center at
Note: These form numbers are new with this release. Customers should check when downloading that they have the right publication for the level of product they are using.
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Specified operating environment
Session Manager runs on any IBM S/390® or IBM z/Architecture® machine on which the applicable operating system and software will run.
Session Manager for z/OS requires IBM z/OS V1.12, or later.
The product functions in the VTAM environment of the operating system.
The program's specifications and specified operating environment information may be found in documentation accompanying the program, if available, such as a readme file, or other information published by IBM , such as an announcement letter. Documentation and other program content may be supplied only in the English language.
The following items are delivered:
After general availability of IBM Session Manager V3.2, customers can download CICS Explorer along with the plug-in for Session Manager from
This program, when downloaded from a website, contains the applicable IBM license agreement and License Information, if appropriate, and will be presented for acceptance at the time of installation of the program. For future reference, the license and License Information will be stored in a directory such as LICENSE.TXT.
Security, auditability, and control
Session Manager for z/OS V3.2 uses the security and auditability features of the base operating system under which it is operating. It also produces its own audit logs, providing a full audit trail for all users. The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities. 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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Program name PID number Charge metric Session Manager for z/OS V3.2 5655-U98 per Value Unit Session Manager for z/OS 5655-J98 per Value Unit - Software Subscription and Support
The programs in this announcement all have Value Unit-Based pricing.
Program number Program name Value Unit exhibit 5655-U98 Session Manager for z/OS V3.2 VUE007
For each System z IPLA program with Value Unit pricing, the quantity of that program needed to satisfy applicable IBM terms and conditions is referred to as the required license capacity . Your required license capacity is based upon the following factors:
Value Unit exhibit VUE007
MSUs MSUs minimum maximum Value Units/MSU Base 1 3 1 Tier A 4 45 0.45 Tier B 46 175 0.36 Tier C 176 315 0.27 Tier D 316 + 0.2
Value Units for mainframes without MSU ratings:
Hardware Value Units/machine MP3000 H30 6 MP3000 H50 8 MP3000 H70 12 ESL models 2
The total number of Value Units is calculated according to the following example.
If your required license capacity is 1,500 MSUs for your selected System z IPLA product, the applicable Value Units would be:
Translation from MSUs to Value Units MSUs * Value Units/MSU = Value Units Base 3 * 1.00 = 3.00 Tier A 42 * .45 = 18.90 Tier B 130 * .36 = 46.80 Tier C 140 * .27 = 37.80 Tier D 1,185 * .20 = 237.00 Total 1,500 343.50
When calculating the total number of Value Units, the sum is to be rounded up to the next integer.
Ordering z/OS through the Internet
ShopzSeries provides an easy way to plan and order your z/OS ServerPac or CBPDO. It will analyze your current installation, determine the correct product migration, and present your new configuration based on z/OS . Additional products can also be added to your order (including determination of whether all product requisites are satisfied). ShopzSeries is available in the US and several countries in Europe. In countries where ShopzSeries is not available yet, contact your IBM representative (or IBM Business Partner) to handle your order via the traditional IBM ordering process. For more details and availability, visit the ShopzSeries website at
Program Program number name 5655-U98 Session Manager for z/OS V3.2 5655-J98 Session Manager for z/OS - Software Subscription and Support
Session Manager for z/OS V3.2 is eligible for On/Off CoD with a temporary use charge calculated based on MSUs per-day usage.
Program name Session Manager for z/OS V3.2 Program PID 5655-U98 Entitlement License option/ identifier Description Pricing metric S016MPD Session Manager Basic OTC, Per MSU-day TUC for z/OS V3.2
Translation from MSUs to Value Units MSUs Value Units/MSU Base 1-3 1.00 Tier A 4-45 0.45 Tier B 46-175 0.36 Tier C 176-315 0.27 Tier D 316+ 0.20
To order, specify the program product number and the appropriate license or charge option. Also, specify the desired distribution medium. To suppress shipment of media, select the license-only option in CFSW.
Program name: Session Manager for z/OS V3.2 Program PID: 5655-U98 Entitlement License option/ identifier Description Pricing metric S016MPD Session Manager for z/OS V3.2 Basic OTC, Value Units Orderable supply ID Language Distribution medium S016MPF US English 3590 tape cartridge uncomp Note: Additional media type selections (3590, 3592, DVD) are offered during Custom Build Offering ordering. Subscription and Support PID: 5655-J98 Entitlement License option/ identifier Description Pricing metric S00XMK9 Session Manager Basic ASC, per Value Unit SW S&S for z/OS - No charge, decline SW S&S Subscription and Support Per MSU SW S&S Registration Orderable supply ID Language Distribution medium S00XMK5 US English Paper
Subscription and Support
To receive voice technical support via telephone and future releases and versions at no additional charge, Subscription and Support must be ordered. The capacity of Subscription and Support (Value Units) must be the same as the capacity ordered for the product licenses.
To order, specify the Subscription and Support program number (PID) referenced above and the appropriate license or charge option.
IBM is also providing Subscription and Support for these products via a separately purchased offering under the terms of the IBM International Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance (IAASM). This offering:
When Subscription and Support is ordered, the charges will automatically renew annually unless cancelled by you.
The combined effect of the IPLA license and the Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance gives you rights and support services comparable to those under the traditional ICA S/390 and System z license or its equivalent. To ensure that you continue to enjoy the level of support you are used to in the ICA business model, you must order both the license for the program and the support for the selected programs at the same Value Unit quantities.
Product deliverables are shipped only via CBPDO and ServerPac. These customized offerings are offered for Internet delivery in countries where Shopz product ordering is available. Internet delivery reduces software delivery time and allows you to install software without the need to handle tapes. For more details on Internet delivery, refer to the Shopz help information at
You choose the delivery method when you order the software. IBM recommends Internet delivery. In addition to Internet and DVD, the supported tape delivery options include:
Most products can be ordered in ServerPac, the month following their availability in CBPDO. z/OS can be ordered via CBPDO and ServerPac at general availability. Many products will also be orderable in a Product ServerPac without also having to order the z/OS operating system or subsystem.
Shopz and CFSW will determine the eligibility based on product requisite checking. For more details on the Product ServerPac, visit the Help section on the Shopz website at
For additional information on the Product ServerPac option, refer to Software Announcement 212-272, dated July 31, 2012 .
Production of software product orders will begin on the planned general availability date.
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The information provided in this announcement letter is for reference and convenience purposes only. The terms and conditions that govern any transaction with IBM are contained in the applicable contract documents such as the IBM International Program License Agreement, IBM International Passport Advantage® Agreement, and the IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance.
IBM International Program License Agreement including the License Information document and Proof of Entitlement (PoE) govern your use of the program. PoEs are required for all authorized use.
Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance
The following agreement applies for Software Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance) and does not require customer signatures:
These programs are licensed under the IBM Program License Agreement (IPLA) and the associated Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance, which provide for support with ongoing access to releases and versions of the program. These programs have a one-time license charge for use of the program and an annual renewable charge for the enhanced support that includes telephone assistance (voice support for defects during normal business hours), as well as access to updates, releases, and versions of the program as long as support is in effect.
IBM System z Operational Support Services - SoftwareXcel is an option if you desire added services.
License Information form number
The program's License Information will be available for review on the IBM Software License Agreement website
Limited warranty applies
IBM warrants that when the program is used in the specified operating environment, it will conform to its specifications. The warranty applies only to the unmodified portion of the program. IBM does not warrant uninterrupted or error-free operation of the program or that IBM will correct all program defects. You are responsible for the results obtained from the use of the program.
IBM provides you with access to IBM databases containing information on known program defects, defect corrections, restrictions, and bypasses at no additional charge. For further information, consult the IBM Software Support Handbook found at
IBM will maintain this information for at least one year after the original licensee acquires the program (warranty period).
Enhanced support, called Subscription and Support, includes telephone assistance, as well as access to updates, releases, and versions of the program as long as support is in effect. You will be notified of discontinuance of support with 12 months' notice.
If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the program and you are the original licensee, you may obtain a refund of the amount you paid for it, if within 30 days of your invoice date you return the program and its PoE to the party from whom you obtained it. If you downloaded the program, you may contact the party from whom you acquired it for instructions on how to obtain the refund.
For clarification, note that for programs acquired under any of IBM's On/Off Capacity on Demand (On/Off CoD) software offerings, this term does not apply since these offerings apply to programs already acquired and in use by you.
Volume orders (IVO)
IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement
Passport Advantage applies
Software Subscription and Support applies
No. For operating system software, the revised IBM Operational Support Services - SoftwareXcel offering will provide support for those operating systems and associated products that are not available with the Software Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance) offering.
This will ensure total support coverage for your enterprise needs, including IBM and selected non-IBM products. For complete lists of products supported under both the current and revised offering, visit
IBM Operational Support Services - SoftwareXcel
System i Software Maintenance applies
Variable charges apply
Educational allowance available
Yes. A 15% education allowance applies to qualified education institution customers.
Sub-capacity terms and conditions
For each System z IPLA program with Value Unit pricing, the quantity of that program needed to satisfy applicable IBM terms and conditions is referred to as the required license capacity. Your required license capacity is based upon the following factors:
For more information on the Value Unit Exhibit for the System z IPLA program you selected, refer to the Ordering information section.
Program Parent, number Program name Terms if applicable 5655-U98 Session Manager z/OS-based NA for z/OS V3.2
In cases where full capacity is applicable, the following terms apply.
Execution based, z/OS based, full machine based: The required capacity of a System z IPLA program with these terms equals the MSU-rated capacity of the machines where the System z IPLA program executes.
For more information on mainframe MSU-rated capacities, visit
Reference based: The required license capacity of a System z IPLA program with these terms equals the license capacity of the applicable monthly license charge (MLC) program. This MLC program is called the parent program.
In cases where sub-capacity is applicable, the following terms apply.
Execution based: The required capacity of a System z IPLA sub-capacity program with these terms equals the capacity of the LPARs where the System z IPLA program executes.
z/OS based: The required license capacity of a System z IPLA program with these terms equals the license capacity of z/OS on the machines where the System z IPLA program executes.
Full machine based: The required license capacity of a System z IPLA program with full machine based terms equals the MSU-rated capacity of the machines where the System z IPLA program executes.
For more information on mainframe MSU-rated capacities, refer to The IBM System z Machines Exhibit, Z125-3901, or visit the Mainframes section of the System z Exhibits website
For additional information for products with reference-based terms, System z IPLA sub-capacity programs with reference-based terms adds value to the parent program across the environment, regardless of where in the environment the System z IPLA program executes.
An environment is defined as either a single or stand-alone machine or a qualified Parallel Sysplex® . You may have one or more different environments across the enterprise. To determine the required license capacity for each System z IPLA program with referenced-based terms, each environment should be assessed separately.
When a System z IPLA sub-capacity program with reference-based terms is used in a qualified Parallel Sysplex environment, the required license capacity of the System z IPLA program must equal with the license capacity of the parent program across the Parallel Sysplex . Qualified Parallel Sysplex refers to one:
To be eligible for sub-capacity charging on select System z IPLA programs, you must first implement and comply with all terms of either sub-capacity Workload License Charges (WLC) or sub-capacity Entry Workload License Charges (EWLC). To implement sub-capacity WLC or EWLC, a machine must be System z (or equivalent). On that machine:
For that machine, you must create and submit a Sub-Capacity Report to IBM each month. Sub-Capacity Reports must be generated using the Sub-Capacity Reporting Tool (SCRT). For additional information or to obtain a copy of SCRT, visit the System z Software Pricing website
You must comply with all of the terms of the WLC or EWLC offering, whichever is applicable:
Additionally, you must sign and comply with the terms and conditions specified in the amendment to the IPLA contract - Amendment for IBM System z9® and System z Programs Sub-Capacity Pricing (Z125-6929). Once the amendment is signed, the terms in the amendment replace any and all previous System z IPLA sub-capacity terms and conditions.
Sub-capacity utilization determination
Sub-capacity utilization is determined based on the utilization of an eligible operating system and machine (for example, z/OS running in z/Architecture (64 bit) mode on a System z ((or equivalent) server).
On/Off Capacity on Demand (CoD)
To be eligible for On/Off CoD pricing, you must be enabled for temporary capacity on the corresponding hardware, and the required contract, Attachment for IBM System z On/Off Capacity on Demand (Z125-7883) must be signed prior to use.
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Program name: Session Manager for z/OS V3.2 Program PID: 5655-U98 Entitlement License option/ identifier Description Pricing metric S016MPD Session Manager Basic OTC, Value Units for z/OS V3.2 S016MPD Session Manager Basic OTC, per MSU-day TUC for z/OS V3.2 Subscription and Support PID: 5655-J98 Entitlement License option/ identifier Description Pricing metric S00XMK9 Session Manager for z/OS Basic ASC, Value Units SW S&S - Subscription and Support No charge, decline SW S&S Per MSU SW S&S Registration
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