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Compact Disc Delivery of zSeries Applications Disclosure Number: IPCOM000119077D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 141K

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Disclosed is a process for creating a z/OS* SMP/e (system modification program extended) installable application for delivery via compact disc.

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Compact Disc Delivery of zSeries Applications

Distributed products are being ported to the z/OS (Unix system services) environment. The problem lies in getting the distributed code onto the z/OS system because distributed products don't write to a tape (how z/OS reads products), and z/OS doesn't read from CDs (which is where distributed products store their code).

Because of this, we (IBM) currently have to create a z/OS-like image of the product through a number of process steps. Once the product is delivered to the customer, the customer is then required to reverse the process in order to SMP/e install the application on their z/OS system.

The following steps are a high level overview of this process:
0) in preparation, the product delivery team delivers the files which make up the application
1) the distributed code is uploaded to z/OS
2) z/OS SMP/e information is created (the SMPMCS)
3) the code is then grouped into logical bundles identified by relfile number(s) assigned to each file in the SMPMCS
4) SMP/e installation JCL jobs is created following the rules and templates mandated by the z/OS packaging rules documentation
5) testing of the deliverable is performed at this time i.e. install JCL, execution of test installation and regression test the product to ensure proper execution on the z/OS system
6) the SMP/e relfile(s) and SMPMCS files are then TSO transmitted to the z/OS system they were uploaded onto in order to convert them from z/OS data sets to unform...