Operating Systems

Expect to see more functions and enhancements in this area.

Expanded Software Management Capabilities

z/OSMF Version 1 Release 13 introduced the Software Deployment task for cloning installed software locally or remotely. Subsequently, later in this same version release, new, substantial software management functions were added. The Software Deployment task was renamed Software Management to reflect its expanded functions, which provide broader management and reporting capabilities for installed software, including the ability to: 

• View the products and FMIDs included in the software instance
• Determine whether a product is approaching or has already reached end of service
• Find missing HIPERs and PEs fixes for a software instance
• Query the service level, including specific PTFs based on fix categories for any software instance across all systems or sysplexes.

And now, with z/OSMF 2.1, you can even download some of these reports into a spreadsheet and print it.

As the Software Management function continues to be enhanced, this new and valuable function is quickly becoming an extremely attractive way for installations of all sizes to manage their software in a consistent manner.

Real-World Scenarios

Many large IT shops are exploring the idea of rolling out the z/OSMF Software Management function to centrally manage the deployed software across their enterprise. Doing so would allow the systems programmer to view all software across the enterprise from one browser session, including which software is installed on each image, the service level of each software and so on. 

Initially, this approach would require some planning and, in some cases, might seem like more steps to go through. However, long term, the Software Management function provides your installation with a centralized and standardized approach; there will be no need to maintain homegrown tools, which can be time-consuming and costly. In some shops, the people who originally wrote these tools and processes are retiring and it can be a challenge to keep enhancing those tools. Another case is where different teams such as z/OS, CICS, database, performance and so on, have different processes for managing software. It can be cost-effective to centralize and have a common process across all installed software. While it won’t necessarily be painless to change the way it has been for so long, it’s well worth it in the end. 

For smaller and newer IT shops, the Software Management function can be even more attractive if you want to minimize the time required to create and maintain homegrown tools, often unique for each product set.

z/OS Jobs REST Interface Services

The z/OS Jobs Representational State Transfer (REST) interface is an Application Programming Interface (API) implemented through industry standard REST services. This interface allows a client application to perform operations with batch jobs on a z/OS system.

Since the initial delivery of the z/OS Jobs REST interface services in z/OSMF V1R13, additional enhancements have been delivered through the PTF for APAR PM74502. With this service update, the z/OS jobs REST interface services have been enhanced:

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