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As part of IBM's commitment to quality and continuous improvement, we established an additional service testing environment called Consolidated Service Test (CST). As a result, we're redefining our RSU (Recommended Service Upgrade) for the z/OS platform so that it contains service that has been through CST testing. Now, the CST team tests all the current PTFs for these products together, so that we can recommend PTF service for z/OS and key subsystems together in one RSU sourceid, free of charge to all z/OS customers. That means that when you order the current service deliverable (ShopzSeries) you'll receive and install tested service for all of the following products:

Note: For a complete list of products/tools and levels tested, please consult the CST Quarterly Report (PDF,120KB) , specifically the What Service was Installed section.

Register here if you'd like us to notify you by e-mail when we've completed testing of a new RSU.

We test on a quarterly cycle, providing quarterly recommendations and monthly delta recommendations for customers needing more frequent maintenance updates. The table below shows our most recently tested service updates:

Month/Year Service Available RSU Sourceid
New!
April  2014  
1st Quarter
Quarterly Report (PDF,120KB)
All service through the end of December 2013 not already marked RSU.  PE resolution and HIPER/Security/Integrity/Pervasive PTFs and their associated requisites and supersedes through February 2014. RSU1403

Look here for past RSUs which we've tested.

CST testing is performed in addition to existing testing programs and does not replace any current testing performed by the products.

Please note that the service recommendations we make on this Web site are based on testing in our own environment. Your environment and applications will differ, and therefore, your results may also. All of the information, download files, and recommendations are provided on an "AS IS" basis without warranties of any kind, express or implied, including without limitation any implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose or title. Reliance on this document is at the customer's sole risk and IBM will not be liable for any damages, direct or indirect, in connection with this Web site or actions taken based on the recommendations made on this Web site.

Note also that consolidated service test does not change the mechanism for reporting problems. If you encounter a problem with product code, you can report the problem to IBM Support.

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