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IBM has announced End of Marketing (EOM) and End of Service (EOS) for all versions of IBM Session Manager effective 2 January 2017 and 31 December 2018 respectively. IBM CL/SuperSession has been announced as the replacement product. IBM is consolidating all IBM Session Manager clients onto a single IBM session management offering — CL/SuperSession.

CL/SuperSession is a mature, full-featured, market-leading product -- similar in capabilities to Session Manager. CL/SuperSession is also highly customizable; virtually anything you do today with Session Manager, you will be able to do tomorrow with CL/SuperSession

No-charge trade-up to CL/SuperSession

Session Manager clients with active S&S are eligible for a no-charge trade-up to CL/SuperSession. Details on the trade-up are included in the CL/SS V2.1 announcement here:

Key capabilities

CL/SuperSession has many capabilities that make it the IBM session management offering of choice for many clients. Popular key capabilities include the following:

  • A High Availability Option (HAO) that enhances the availability, performance, and manageability of CL/SuperSession sessions across all connected systems and sysplexes with a multi-point Help-Desk and profile synchronization.
    • HelpDesk provides a single point of control for multiple CL/SuperSession instances, empowering the HelpDesk user on any connected system to manage the users of, and issue commands to, all connected systems.
      • Allows HelpDesk user to view all users and the details of each, such as each user’s active sessions, and perform appropriate actions.
      • Enables the Help Desk on each CL/SS instance to operate autonomously for maximum availability.
    • Profile synchronization maximizes application availability.
      • Automatically propagates user profile updates to linked CL/SuperSession instances, eliminating single point of failure and increasing availability of the applications accessed through CL/SuperSession.
      • Exploits VTAM generic resources for automatic load balancing, improving performance and reducing system contention.
  • Allows multiple network entry points, or gateways, each with a unique configuration of sessions and security access.
  • Saves changes dynamically; no need to log off and log back on again for changes to take effect.
  • Allows authorized users to maintain their own personalized menus, enabling them to reorder, modify, delete sessions on the menu; or add sessions to the menu.
  • Facilitates customization with:
    • REXX-like programming language for customizing screen
    • User exits for interoperating with user-written and ISV programs
  • Exploits passphrase and passticket support in security products such as RACF and ACF2 for enhanced security.
  • Allows users to easily integrate applications and create new front ends for them without modifying the source code, thus extending the value of applications that run on Z.
  • Provides Multi-Factor Authentication support:
    • Ability to validate logons to CL/SS using an MFA token
    • An exit for users to generate a token that CL/SS uses to facilitate logons to virtual sessions (e.g., TSO, CICS) under out control.
  • Additional key functions of CL/SuperSession:
    • CUA Operator provides an interface for operator commands and functions.
    • VPO interface to VTAM can be used for automation, such as activating and deactivating nodes.
    • Printer support
    • Clean-up tools provided to manage and remove old or unneeded profiles and users.

Next steps

Engage your IBM sales representative to learn more about migrating from IBM Session Manager to IBM CL/SuperSession for z/OS.

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