SMP/E Internet Service Retrieval

You can use a new form of the SMP/E RECEIVE command to request a z/OS platform service order from a dedicated IBM server, download the resultant service package to z/OS, and process the PTF and HOLDDATA contents of that package all in one simple step. This allows you to order and retrieve service on demand or you can automate the service delivery process by scheduling an SMP/E job to run at the interval you choose. To use the new SMP/E Internet Service Retrieval capability, SMP/E requires the IBM Software Developer Kit for z/OS, Java 2 Technology Edition V1R4 (5644-I56) or its logical successor. Java is not required for the installation of SMP/E but is required at run time to use this SMP/E function.

If you currently use ShopzSeries or Service Update Facility (SUF) to order and obtain PTFs through the internet, you should consider using SMP/E Internet Service Retrieval instead. SMP/E can provide a simpler and more automated method to acquire z/OS service than ShopzSeries or SUF.

ICSF mitigation

SMP/E no longer requires z/OS Integrated Cryptographic Services Facility (ICSF) to calculate SHA-1 hash values for the GIMZIP and GIMUNZIP service routines, nor for the RECEIVE FROMNETWORK or RECEIVE FROMNTS commands. If SMP/E detects ICSF is not available, then SMP/E will automatically use an SMP/E Java application class to calculate SHA-1 hash values as an alternative. To use this new alternative, SMP/E requires the IBM Software Developer Kit for z/OS, Java 2 Technology Edition V1R4 (5644-I56) or its logical successor. Java is not required for the installation of SMP/E but is required at run time to use this SMP/E function.

Improved load module build

SMP/E enhances the load module build phase of the APPLY, RESTORE and LINK LMODS commands to be more tolerant of allocation errors for the distribution libraries accommodating situations where distribution libraries may be off-line. In these cases, SMP/E continues its search for a useable copy of the module instead of immediately failing due to an error allocating the distribution library.

When change was introduced: Integrated in SMP/E for z/OS V3R4 and available in SMP/E for z/OS V3R3 and SMP/E for z/OS V3R2 with APAR IR53963.

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