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5655-G44 IBM System Modification Program Extended (SMP/E) for z/OS V3.6

IBM United States Sales Manual
Revised:  August 06, 2013.

Table of contents
TOC Link Product Life Cycle Dates TOC Link Description
TOC Link Program Number TOC Link Technical Description
TOC Link Abstract TOC Link Operating Environment
TOC Link Product Positioning TOC Link Planning Information
TOC Link Highlights TOC Link Security, Auditability, and Control

 
Product Life Cycle Dates
Program NumberVRM Announced Available Marketing Withdrawn Service Discontinued
5655-G4403.06.002011/07/122011/09/30 - -
5655-G4403.05.002008/08/052008/09/26 - 2014/09/30
5655-G4403.04.002005/07/262005/09/30 2008/09/262010/09/30
5655-G4403.03.002004/08/102004/09/24 2005/09/302007/09/30
5655-G4403.02.002003/05/132003/05/30 2004/09/242007/09/30
5655-G4403.01.002001/09/112001/10/26 2003/05/302007/03/31

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Program Number
  • IBM SMP/E for z/OS V3.6 V360 (5655-G44)

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Abstract

System Modification Program/Extended (SMP/E) is IBM's foundation for software installation and maintenance on the IBM z/OS platform. Its role is to consolidate and perform the low-level operations required to install software products and service, while maintaining an inventory of the software and service it is used to install.

SMP/E V3.6 is designed to support z/OSMF software deployment, and provide two new reporting capabilities.

V3.6 of SMP/E includes:

  • Support for the software deployment task provided with z/OS Management Facility V1.13 (5655-S28) and z/OS V1.13 (5694-A01). The z/OSMF Software Deployment is designed as a z/OSMF application and is intended to make it easier to manage your software images by simplifying and standardizing these deployment processes. z/OSMF Software Deployment is simple and easy to use, and provides an IBM developed and supported process for deploying software on z/OS.

  • Two report enhancements

    • The REPORT CROSSZONE and REPORT SYSMODS commands have been updated to compare the contents of target and DLIB zones that are defined in different global zones.

    • A SYSMOD Comparison HOLDDATA Report is provided by REPORT SYSMODS.

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Product Positioning

SMP/E V3.6 is available under its own product number and also remains a base element of z/OS. This allows customers who are licensed for a currently supported release of z/OS 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 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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Highlights

SMP/E V3.6 is designed to support z/OSMF software deployment, and provide two reporting capabilities.

Specifically, SMP/E V3.6 includes:

  • Support for the new software deployment task provided with z/OS Management Facility V1.13 (5655-S28) and z/OS V1.13 (5694-A01). The z/OSMF software deployment task is designed to simplify cloning and deployment for SMP/E-installed software.

  • Two report enhancements:

    • The REPORT CROSSZONE and REPORT SYSMODS commands have been updated to compare the contents of target and DLIB zones that are defined in different global zones. In prior releases of SMP/E, the zones to be compared must be defined in a single global zone. This is intended to help simplify cross-zone reporting.

    • A SYSMOD Comparison HOLDDATA Report is provided by REPORT SYSMODS. In addition to comparing the SYSMOD content of two target or DLIB zones, SMP/E now is designed to extract SYSTEM and USER HOLD information from the global zone to provide information about HOLDs that are new. When the global zone does not contain all the data needed to generate the report, a list of SYSMODs is provided so you can determine whether any HOLD actions are needed. This report is intended to help speed the deployment of maintenance upgrades by quickly identifying the differences in HOLDs between the existing and updated zones.

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Description

System Modification Program/Extended (SMP/E) is IBM's foundation for software installation and maintenance on the IBM z/OS platform. Its role is to consolidate and perform the low-level operations required to install software products and service, while maintaining an inventory of the software and service it is used to install.

SMP/E releases prior to SMP/E V3.5 cannot process the new FIXCAT HOLDDATA. If you use a prior SMP/E release, you must install toleration APAR IO07480 (PTF UO00700 for SMP/E V3.3 or UO00701 for SMP/E V3.4) to allow those releases to silently ignore the FIXCAT HOLDDATA. Version 3.6 product will do away with this requirement.
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Technical Description

SMP/E is the software installation and maintenance tool for the IBM z/OS platform. Its role is to consolidate and perform 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 V3.6 is designed to simplify various tasks for installing, maintaining, and deploying software, with specific focus on supporting z/OSMF software deployment, and provide two new reporting capabilities. These reporting capabilities are intended to help simplify cross-zone reporting and to help speed the deployment of maintenance upgrades by quickly identifying the differences in HOLDs between the existing and updated zones.

SMP/E V3.6 is available under its own product number and also remains a base element of z/OS. This allows customers who are licensed for a currently supported release of z/OS 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 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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Operating Environment

Hardware Requirements


SMP/E V3.6 runs in the same operating environments required by z/OS V1.11 or later.

Software Requirements

None.
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Planning Information

Customer Responsibilities

The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.

Compatibility

SMP/E V3.6 runs on all supported z/OS releases. If migrating from a release of SMP/E prior to SMP/E V3.5, 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 V3.6 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 V3.6.

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 V3.6 and prior release levels of SMP/E.

      SMP/E Release        Coexistence PTF
      --------------       ---------------
       SMP/E V3.5            PTF UO01213

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Security, Auditability, and Control

The announced program uses the security and auditability features of the host hardware or operating system software.

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