Operating Systems

Where did 2012 go? It seems as if z/VSE 5.1 was just delivered and installed yesterday; it’s hard to imagine it’s already been a year since its release. Expectations for 2013 include a refresh of the current z/VSE, and perhaps in the spring, an announcement of a follow-on release. To help you prepare for 2013, here’s the z/VSE event calendar.

April 6 - 10, 2013: WAVV in Covington, KY

WAVV 2013 will be held at the Embassy Suites in Covington, KY (greater Cincinnati area). The agenda grid with session titles and abstracts will be available at www.wavv.org. Both will be continuously updated.

April 22 - 24, 2013: German GSE/IBM Technical University for z/VSE, z/VM and Linux on System z, Leipzig, Germany

The popular IBM System z Technical University featuring z/OS, z/VM, z/VSE, and Linux on System z will be held in Germany. For more information, visit www.ibm.com.

September/October 2013: Planning for WAVV 2014

The WAVV planning sessions are now done via Web conferencing in the fall, so be sure a WAVV committee person knows what session topics are important to you and is aware of your ideas to improve the WAVV experience.

Sept. 30 - Oct. 4, 2013: IBM System z Technical University in Washington, DC

Technical experts from IBM will share their knowledge on zEnterprise EC12, z/OS, z/VM, z/VSE and Linux on System z. For more information, visit www.ibm.com.

Oct. 21 - 23, 2013: European GSE/IBM Technical University for z/VSE, z/VM and Linux on System z, Mainz, Germany

Now in its seventh year, this European event provides great information directly from the technical wizards who develop z/VSE, z/VM, and Linux on System z.

2013 Live Virtual Class (LVC)

A current schedule for LVCs is maintained on the z/VSE Website at http://www-03.ibm.com/servers/eserver/zseries/zvse/education/#upcoming. Topic selection and session scheduling are always in process. if you have suggestions, please send them to me or to IBM via the aforementioned link. If you missed an LVC or just need to refresh your knowledge after attending, playback links are available for most LVCs since December 2008.

News From z/VSE Development

z/VSE 5.1.1, which has been available since June 2012, includes the new z/VSE Database Connector support. Documentation is provided in the z/VSE V5R1 e-business Connectors User's Guide (SC34-2629-01).

New Recommended Service Levels (RSLs) are available for z/VSE 4.2.2, z/VSE 4.3.1, and z/VSE 5.1.1. If you plan to upgrade to a new z/VSE release or hardware, please refer to the Preventive Service Planning (PSP) buckets.

The z/VSE Basic Security Manager (BSM) introduces the new resource class MXTOPIC for use with WebSphere MQ. This enhancement is also available for z/VSE 4.3 and z/VSE 5.1 by the PTFs UD53859 and UD53860.

If you haven’t visited the IBM z/VSE Website recently, or haven’t used it extensively, you’re missing a golden opportunity. New information is constantly being added and updated. One of the pages I find indispensable is http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/z/os/zvse/support/preventive.html, the preventive service page. If you haven’t bookmarked this page, I highly recommend it. Toward the bottom of the page is the “service recommended for” list. By selecting and expanding your selection, you can identify all the available service for your level of z/VSE. By comparing that list to your MSHP retrace, you can easily identify any missing PTFs. You can then research those and decide what needs to be installed to prevent problems or issues from impacting your z/VSE system availability. There’s also a link to the PSP buckets on the same page just above the service recommended list.

Another useful site is http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/z/os/zvse/partners/. The Partners page identifies the Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) that interface products with z/VSE. The important part here is the link on product status to the right of some vendors. That link supplies vital product-level information on matching the software level of z/VSE to the vendor’s products. You no longer have to spend days on the phone, calling your ISVs to find out this information before an important release upgrade.

These are just two examples of valuable information I use on a regular basis. By spending a few minutes on these Websites, you will discover many other pages you need to bookmark.

Thanks for reading this column; see you all in the next issue.