Operating Systems

z/VSE 3.1.1  

Effective Nov. 25, 2005, the latest level of z/VSE is available for order. This latest maintenance level contains significant updates and upgrades in service level, hardware support, and functional enhancements. The best source for information is the z/VSE 3.1.1 Release Guide, which is available on the IBM z/VSE Website at: http://www-03.ibm.com/servers/eserver/zseries/zvse/. 

z/VSE 3.1.1 contains hardware support for the new z9-109 CPU, including support for up to 60 LPARs. Additional enhancements include pathing and sharing capabilities for FCP SCSI disk and support for the 3584 Tape Library and 3592-E05 Tape Drive. 

The primary software enhancements occur in two base products:

  • POWER gains 10 specific new enhancements, including enhancements to POWER displays (including sorting), the POFFLOAD command, and scheduling enhancements.
  • The Basic Security Manager (BSM) has been extended well beyond the initial transaction-only security it was delivered with. The enhanced BSM now incorporates CICS resource security for application programs, files, journals, temporary storage queues, transient data queues, and transactions initiated by the CICS START command.  

Please download and read the release guide for more specific information. 

WAVV 2006  

As you read this, be aware that WAVV 2006 is just around the corner. WAVV 2006 will convene on Friday, April 7, 2006 and run through Tuesday, April 11. This year’s event is being held at the Marriott hotel in Chattanooga. 

What, you aren’t planning to attend?!? I can’t imagine why! Are you really going to miss the VSE/VM/Linux event of the year, sponsored by the only non-profit, all-volunteer, user-managed VSE/VM/Linux user group? 

There is so much you’re going to miss if you don’t attend: For example, I will be there with several hundred of your closest friends, the best resources, and the most knowledgeable VSE/VM/Linux experts in the world. Everyone’s agenda is to discuss, plan, present, and problem-solve all those products, topics, and issues you need to know about. 

Some regular WAVV attendees have suggested that not attending could be considered professionally irresponsible. If you have any desire to do what’s best for you and for your employer, you should register to attend WAVV today! 

The WAVV agenda is posted at http://www.wavv.org. WAVV agenda sessions are always full of great information, with knowledgeable developers and users ready, willing, and able to answer your questions. If you prefer “one-on-one time” with someone, there’s ample time for that also, as you can arrange to meet at SPLASH. 

SPLASH is a special session held every night of WAVV for all types of discussions and interactions between users, developers, and support persons. If there were some way to capture and disseminate all the information exchanged at SPLASH, it would be the Eighth Wonder of the World. 

During our spare time, we will be attending the only vendor exhibition that’s specifically VSE, VM, and Linux. We will be touching, feeling, and experimenting with state- of-the-art software and hardware. We will be interacting with the people most directly responsible for those products. 

WAVV is a great place to “test drive” or “kick the tires” of a product. Although reading about a product in z/Journal is a great source of information, by attending WAVV, we will take it to the next level and interact directly with the product, put our hands on it, and experience how it works.While at WAVV, we also will be testing, evaluating, and viewing new functions in products we already have installed. Users and vendors will demonstrate in real-time how they use these products. It’s one thing to have someone describe how something works, but it’s altogether better to see how it works, and even better when we get to make it work “hands on.” 

At WAVV, we will be discussing and writing requirements for new functions and changes to products you use every day; we will prioritize and submit those requirements to the product owner and we will get clear meaningful responses to all requirements. We will see product vendors accept a requirement during the discussion and respond with a delivery date and a test plan. That is what WAVV calls responsiveness. 

Since we will be setting the future direction your products will take, it just seems you should be there with your input and your ideas. 

Yes, WAVV is about getting things done. It’s about getting the best information from the most direct source. It’s about having direct access to the support persons, and developers and products for VSE/VM/Linux users. 

Hopefully, you can join us, as we all reap the benefits of WAVV. Come experience WAVV 2006!