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A new system and method to provide user a preference to create an auto mount point entry in the PARMLIB member BPXPRMxx.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000229920D
Publication Date: 2013-Aug-07
Document File: 4 page(s) / 87K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed to provide an user a preference to create an auto mount point entry in the PARMLIB member BPXPRMxx in the z/OS environment.

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A new system and method to provide user a preference to create an auto mount point entry in the PARMLIB member BPXPRMxx .

In a z/OS production and test scenario whenever a mainframe machine is restarted, sometimes it is observed that the mount points are missing. Due to the missing mount point directories the products installed on mainframe may fail to start. In order to restore the mount point, customers have to manually execute the mount command. And an alternative solution to the problem is to manually add entries in the PARMLIB dataset member.

For example whenever a new WebSphere profile is created, the system administrator has to manually create mount entry in the PARMLIB dataset member.

The known solution is quite painful, repetitive, time consuming and at times customer might forget this step. A small mistake from customer end could lead to a disaster in the typical mainframe production environment. Since the PARMLIB dataset member is a system dataset therefore it have user restrictions. Therefore only privileged users have access to this dataset. The proposed solution is required to overcome the above mentioned problem.

The following points are proposed:


1) A new method and system to provide user preference to select an auto mount point entry during product installation. The mount point entry will be created in the PARMLIB dataset member.


2) A system to create a new JCL job based on the user preference specified in the point 01


3) Based on the point 02, the overall z/OS application productivity is enhanced. The z/OS hardware systems are billed based on their CPU usage by the customer.


4) Based on the point 02, the issue of missing mount points for different products installed on z/OS will be permanently fixed.


5) Based on the point 04, it helps in reducing the overall server idle time. And therefore it facilitates optimal utilization.

The proposed solution provides user an option to create mount point entry in the PARMLIB member BPXPRMxx for new product installation. For example during WebSphere profile creation using z/OS explorer, it provides users a preference to input PARMLIB dataset member name in the Profile Management Tool (PMT) of the Web Sphere Customization Toolbox (WCT). The z/OS explorer will provide customers a facility to search for the PARMLIB dataset member name.

In the proposed solution, the user does not have to manually add entry in the PARMLIB dataset member for the newly created Web Sphere Application Server profiles. In a typical production scenario it takes a lot of time to add new mount point entry in PARMLIB member BPXPRMxx. Based on the PARMLIB dataset name given in the Web Sphere Customizat...