Unsupported releases may run on these servers at user's risk

IBM System z, zSeries and S/390 Server z/VSE V4.1 and V4.2 (1) z/VSE V3.1 (1, 5) VSE/ESA V2.7 and V2.6 (1) VSE/ESA V2.5 (1) VSE/ESA V2.4 (1) VSE/ESA V2.3 (1)
IBM zEnterprise BC12 (7) Yes (6) Yes (4) Yes (4) No (2) No (2) No (2)
IBM zEnterprise EC12 (7) Yes (6) Yes (4) Yes (4) No (2) No (2) No (2)
IBM zEnterprise 114 Yes (6) Yes (4) Yes (4) No (2) No (2) No (2)
IBM zEnterprise 196 Yes (6) Yes (4) Yes (4) No (2) No (2) No (2)
IBM System z10 EC Yes Yes (4) Yes (4) No (2) No (2) No (2)
IBM System z10 BC Yes Yes (4) Yes (4) No (2) No (2) No (2)
IBM System z9 EC (formerly z9-109) Yes Yes (4) Yes (4) No (2) No (2) No (2)
IBM System z9 BC Yes Yes (4) Yes (4) No (2) No (2) No (2)
zSeries 990/890 Yes Yes (4) Yes (4) Yes (4) No (2) No (2)
zSeries 900/800 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
S/390 Parallel Enterprise Server G5/G6 (3) No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
S/390 Multiprise 3000 (3) No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
S/390 Parallel Enterprise Server G4 (3) No No No Yes Yes Yes
S/390 Multiprise 2000 (3) No No No Yes Yes Yes
S/390 Integrated Server (3) No No No Yes Yes Yes
S/390 Parallel Enterprise Server G3/G2/G1 (3) No No No Yes Yes Yes
P/390 and R/390 (3) No No No Yes Yes Yes
ES/9000 – 9221 (3) No No No Yes Yes Yes
ES/9000 – 9121, 9021 (3) No No No Yes Yes Yes

Note 1: Although we know of no reason why these older, unsupported releases can't run on these servers, unsupported environments are always at the user's risk. For example, we recognize some customers may want to install a new server running an old, unsupported release of z/VSE or VSE/ESA, then (once the installation of the new server is complete) migrate to a newer, supported release. Customers should be aware that some risk is always involved in running unsupported environments. Therefore running unsupported releases should be done on a transitional basis only. The goal should always be to minimize the length of time needed to complete the migration. We strongly recommend to apply all available PTFs on the unsupported release. A list of available PTFs can be found in the PSPs and RSLs.

Note 2: These releases will not run on z990, z890, z9, z10, z114, z196, zEC12 or zBC12 servers. However, for transition purposes, a temporary patch may be available. Be aware, these releases are unsupported and the temporary patch does not in any way imply supported status. Use of unsupported releases is always at the user's risk. If you are interested in running one of these releases on any of the servers indicated, please contact the z/VSE Team.

Note 3: Servers shown in red are no longer supported by IBM, or a end of support date has been announced.

Note 4: Additional PTFs are required to run z/VSE V3.1, VSE/ESA V2.7, V2.6 and V2.5 on zSeries 990, 890, z9 EC/BC, z10 EC/BC, z114, z196, zEC12 or zBC12. For VSE/ESA 2.6 and 2.7 it is absolutely necessary to install the following APARs prior to switching to the new hardware in order to ensure proper IPL:

Note 5: z/VSE V3 executes in 31-bit mode only. z/VSE V3 does not implement z/Architecture, and specifically does not implement 64-bit mode capabilities. z/VSE V3 is designed to exploit selected features of IBM System z hardware.

Note 6: To use SCRT/QVS on a z196, z114, zEC12 or zBC12, APAR DY47111 (z/VSE 4.2) or DY47110 (z/VSE 4.1) is required. If you configure OSA-Express3 or later using OSA/SF, APAR PK97277 (z/VSE 4.1) or PM57552 (z/VSE 4.2) is required.

Note 7: The zEC12 and zBC12 allow to configure OSA-Express4S and later with OSA/SF in HMC.

 

 

Unsupported releases may use these storage systems at user's risk

IBM Disk Storage Systems Attachment z/VSE V4.2 z/VSE V4.1
IBM TotalStorage Enterprise Storage Server model 750, 800 and 800 Turbo ECKD Yes Yes
SCSI (FCP) Yes Yes
IBM System Storage DS6000 series ECKD (1) Yes Yes
SCSI (FCP) Yes Yes
IBM System Storage DS8000 series (2,3) ECKD Yes Yes
SCSI (FCP) Yes Yes
IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller (SVC), IBM Storwize V7000, IBM Storwize V5000, IBM Storwize V3500, IBM Storwize V3700 SCSI (FCP) Yes No
IBM XIV Storage System SCSI (FCP) Yes No
Parallel Access Volume Feature (PAV) ECKD Yes No

Note (1): IBM System Storage DS6000 does not offer ESCON connectivity.

Note (2): Full Disk Encryption is supported by z/VSE 4.1 and later.

Note (3): SSD (Solid State Disk) is supported by z/VSE 4.1 and later. For performance considerations refer to the IBM System Storage home page.

 

IBM Tape Systems Controllers z/VSE V4.2 z/VSE V4.1
TS1140 (3592 Model E07) Encryption capable C07, C06 No No
TS1130 (3592 Model E06) Encryption capable C07, C06 Yes No
TS1120 (3592 Model E05) Encryption capable C07, C06, J70 Yes Yes
3592 Model J1A C06, J70 Yes Yes
TS3400 Tape Library (Autoloader) containing up to two TS1120 tape drives C06 Yes Yes
3590 Model H, E and B A50, A60 Yes Yes
3490E A10, A20 Yes Yes
3490 A01, A02 Yes Yes
3480 A22 Yes Yes

 

IBM Tape Library Systems Controllers z/VSE V4.2 z/VSE V4.1
TS7680 ProtecTIER Deduplication Gateway C06, tape drives: virtual 3592 J1A No No
TS7700 Virtualization Engine (4) See info for tape drives. Yes Yes
   Copy Export Function   No No
   Multi-Cluster Grid Support   No No
3494 Virtual Tape Server (VTS) See info for tape drives. Yes Yes
TS3500/3584 UltraScalable Tape Library J70, C06 Yes Yes
3494 TotalStorage Tape Library J70, C06, A60 Yes Yes

Note (4): When using the TS7700 R1.5 tape library with z/VM's VGS (VSE Guest Support) you need to install z/VM APAR VM64657/PTF UM32727 (DFSMS/VM).

Note: For more information about supported devices please see the z/VSE Planning manual.

 

 

 

Unsupported z/VSE Version 4 releases

Version.Release Date available Withdrawal from Marketing effective Withdrawal from Service effective Minimum z/VM level (1)
z/VSE V4.1 03/16/2007
Announcement
10/17/2008
Announcement
04/30/2011
Announcement
z/VM V5.2
z/VSE V4.2 10/17/2008
Announcement
11/26/2010 10/31/2012 (2)
Announcement
z/VM V5.2

Note (*): The minimum z/VM level applies when z/VSE is running as a guest under z/VM. In some cases, the minimum level of z/VM may not be supported. For information on the service status of z/VM, please refer to the z/VM web site.

Note (2): z/VSE V4.2, CICS/VSE V2.3, DL/I V1.10 and DL/I V1.11 have been withdrawn from service effective at 10/31/2012. z/VSE V4.2 is the last release that offers CICS/VSE V2.3 and DL/I V1.10. CICS/VSE V2.3 and DL/I V1.10 are not included in any future version or release of z/VSE.

 

 

Unsupported z/VSE Version 3 releases

Version.Release Date available Withdrawal from Marketing effective Withdrawal from Service effective Minimum z/VM level (1)
z/VSE V3.1 03/04/2005
Announcement
05/31/2008
Announcement
07/31/2009
Announcement
z/VM V4

Note (*): The minimum z/VM level applies when z/VSE is running as a guest under z/VM. In some cases, the minimum level of z/VM may not be supported. For information on the service status of z/VM, please refer to the z/VM web site.

Note: z/VSE V3 executes in 31-bit mode only. z/VSE V3 does not implement z/Architecture, and specifically does not implement 64-bit mode capabilities. z/VSE V3 is designed to exploit selected features of IBM System z hardware.

 

 

Unsupported VSE/ESA Version 2 releases

Version.Release Date available Withdrawal from Marketing effective Withdrawal from Service effective Minimum z/VM level (1)
VSE/ESA V2.7 03/14/2003
Announcement
09/30/2005
Announcement
02/28/2007
Announcement
z/VM V3
VSE/ESA V2.6 12/14/2001
Announcement
03/14/2003
Announcement
03/31/2006
Announcement
z/VM V3
VSE/ESA V2.5 09/29/2000
Announcement
12/14/2001
Announcement
12/31/2003
Announcement
VM/ESA V2.2
VSE/ESA V2.4 06/25/1999
Announcement
09/29/2000 06/30/2002
Announcement
 
VSE/ESA V2.3 07/12/1997
Announcement
06/30/2000
Announcement
12/31/2001
Announcement
 
VSE/ESA V2.2 12/13/1996
Announcement
07/12/1997 01/31/2001
Announcement
 
VSE/ESA V2.1 04/21/1995
Announcement
12/13/1996 01/31/2001
Announcement
 

Note (*): The minimum z/VM level applies when VSE/ESA is running as a guest under z/VM or VM/ESA. In some cases, the minimum level of z/VM or VM/ESA may not be supported. For information on the service status of z/VM, please refer to the z/VM web site.

 

 

Unsupported VSE/ESA Version 1 releases

Version.Release Date available Withdrawal from Marketing effective Withdrawal from Service effective
VSE/ESA V1.4 06/16/1995
Announcement
12/31/1999
Announcement
01/31/2000
Announcement
VSE/ESA V1.3 03/12/1993
Announcement
06/16/1995 12/31/1998
Announcement
VSE/ESA V1.2 09/27/1991
Announcement
03/26/1993 12/31/1996
Announcement
VSE/ESA V1.1 12/28/1990
Announcement
09/27/1991 12/31/1996
Announcement
 

 

Unsupported VSE/SP releases

Version.Release Date available Withdrawal from Marketing effective Withdrawal from Service effective
Version.Release Date available Withdrawal from Marketing effective Withdrawal from Service effective
VSE/SP V4.1 07/07/1989
Announcement
12/18/1992 09/30/1994
VSE/SP V3.1 06/30/1987
Announcement
06/29/1991 09/30/1993
VSE/SP V2.1 06/15/1985
Announcement
07/31/1989 03/31/1991

 

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