e-business enablement in SystemPac
No installation dialog
SystemPac (full volume dump format) is designed with novice users in mind. The installation of such a deliverable requires NO installation dialogues. The deliverable is installed via DASD restore using DFDSS. SFS (Selective Follow-on Services) can also be installed without using the installation dialog.
You can order subsystems (IMS, NCP, CICS, DB2) with the z/OS SystemPac in one order. The installation enables you to install all subsystems together in one shot. Though with subsystems integrated, the SystemPac can be built with full separation among subsystems to facilitate future migration and cloning. For details, refer to the SystemPac Enrichment Form on how this can be achieved. This feature is particularly useful for shops with only one team of systems programmers taking care of installation and services of all subsystems' types.
- SystemPac is built and verified using your shipped copy of the IODF. You can send in the IODF to IBM via internet (for selected geographies) or physical media.
- Upon having your SystemPac order placed, an IBM technical personnel will contact you on the process of parameters' collection. Parameters are input via an on-line tool. These parameters collected will be used to tailor build your system. These parameters enable the system to be tailor made according to your configurations. Examples are SVCs for products as Syncsort, IMS ; SMS setup parameter, eg. storage class, storage group for UNIX enablement; etc. For a list of products' parameters collected, refer to the SystemPac Enrichment Form.
- You can order one or more integrated subsystems (NCP, DB2, CICS, IMS) in your SystemPac order. When you order integrated subsystems, you can separate them by DASD volume and/or SMP/E environment (global, target, dlib and SMP/E data-sets) from the MVS Srel products or among themselves. This separation capability allows for ease of future portability and maintenance. Separation is achieved via the upfront local order entry tool during parameters' collection phase. Selected subsystems (eg. CICS, IMS, DB2) are enabled and started up upon IPL'ed.
- Indirect Referencing, also called Indirect cataloging is available as an option for full volume dump SystemPac. IEASYM is used to provide the extended cataloging support for multiple SYSRES. Indirect cataloging allows for maximum flexibility. It allows the system to dynamically resolve volume and device type for non-VSAM, non-SMS managed data sets that reside on the SYSRES volume(s) when accessed through the catalog. By employing a symbolic VOLSERs for target volume(s), the SYSRES volume(s) can be used by different system(s). Thus, after cloning, you can minimize the effort of changing a lot of the system parameters (e.g. PARMLIB members), re-cataloging a lot of datasets before you can enable your new system to be up and running.
Products which were withdrawn from marketing but still available for services can be found in the SystemPac shopping list. A lot of customers use SystemPacs as a vehicle to deliver back level systems in case of data center disaster. For a list of products available for selection in SystemPac, refer to the SystemPac product list.
Test IPLed and IVPed
Each SystemPac shipped out undergoes IPL test and IVP test. The IPL test is based on the IODF configuration you shipped to IBM. The IPL and IVP testcases are documented in the installation guide for your references. In addition, most of the products' post installation jobs are being run before the system is dumped and shipped to you.
Follow On Services help to stabilize the system
SFS (Selective Follow-on Services)
Base for other contracts
SystemPac is the base used by a lot of other Global services offerings. These IBM services provide more extensive services in assisting an installation to migrate their z/OS systems, from planning to production cutover. For details, contact your geographic representative.