Planning and Migration Assistant (PMA)

Overview


The Planning and Migration Assistant (PMA) helps you to identify products that are currently installed on your system and provide planning information that can be useful in migration.

PMA provides reports that you can customize to show:

  • Target, Distribution, and Global CSI Zone Names

  • Order numbers in your CustomPac Order Inventories

  • Products installed in a set of target zones

  • Comparative information about products currently installed on your system and the highest level of the products currently available for ordering

  • Comparative information about products currently installed on your system and more current levels you might be migrating to

PMA is provided as part of SMP/E.

PMA uses a Software Information Base to provide information about IBM products, their functional history and progression, and other data further describing products available in z/OS and the other subsystems - including CICS, DB2, IMS, and NCP. The Software Information Base is updated regularly to reflect the most current data about announced products.

 

Software Information Base

Data in the Software Information Base is provided as reference information for the Planning and Migration Assistant analysis and reports. A product's progression can change as new products are announced, therefore, the Software Information Base is updated regularly to reflect the most recently announced products.

The Software Information Base is installed with the Planning and Migration Assistant, however, you should get the most current level of the Software Information Base before beginning any migration planning activities. You can download updates for the Software Information Base or get them by ordering the latest PTF. The download file is updated weekly and a PTF containing the latest level is generated monthly.

 

Download the Software Information Base or order the PTF

Right-click on the download link and select "Save as" to download and store the Software Information Base:

Download Software Information Base (20MB)

To find and order the latest PTF for the Software Information Base, use the IBM Technical help database or follow your local procedures for ordering service. You can also search RETAIN to identify the Software Information Base PTFs using the search argument PMAIB (PMA Software Information Base).

Note: The Software Information Base is approximately 35Mb and exceeds the size limits supported by IBMLINK.

You can install the download file for the Software Information Base either as a PTF/APAR, using SMP/E APPLY or you can invoke the file as a self-executing REXX exec which does not use SMP/E. Both methods are supported using the single download file. Invocation of the REXX exec prompts you for installation data using an ISPF panel interface. Note that the REXX exec method does not generate SMP/E entries in your CSI.

You can download either directly to the z/OS host or to a workstation. If you receive the file on a workstation, upload the file to the host. Be sure to treat the file as binary data. After the file is on the host, you can APPLY it as a PTF or invoke the file as a REXX exec.

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