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Mainframe - 2007 z/OS Upgrades

This article provides information about upgrades to the 2007 z/OS mainframe.

01/01/07

Monday, 01/01/07, was the New Year Holiday. We maintained minimal Operator coverage in the 1155 E 60th Street Machine Room consisting of one Operator per shift starting at 8:00 PM on Sunday, 12/31/06. The UCHIBETA LPAR was available for Open Testing on Monday, 01/01/07. ALSO, on Monday, 01/01/07, we performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR at 6:00 AM.

01/08/07

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 01/08/07, at 6:00 AM.

01/09/07

As of Tuesday, 01/09/07, all CICS Onlines in UCHIBETA default to CICS 3.1.

01/11/07

The UCHIBETA LPAR was available for Open Testing with no Exclusive Use allowed on Thursday, 01/11/07, at the request of a Computing Partner group.

01/15/07

Monday, 01/15/07, was the Martin Luther King Holiday. We provided minimal Operator coverage across those 24 hours, consisting of one Operator per shift. The UCHIBETA LPAR was available for Open Testing from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM on Monday, 01/15/07. ALSO, on Monday, 01/15/07, we performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR at 6:00 AM.

01/16/07

During System Test Time on Tuesday, 01/16/07, we installed SAS 9.1.3 Service Pack 4 in Production, replacing Service Pack 3. SAS 9.1.3 SP4 had been the UCHIBETA default since Monday, 10/16/06, and had been available for testing in both UCHIMVS1 and BETA since 6/27/06.

01/17/07

The UCHIBETA LPAR was available for Open Testing with no Exclusive Use allowed on Wednesday, 01/17/07, at the request of a Computing Partner Group.

01/22/07

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 01/22/07, at 6:00 AM.

01/29/07

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 01/29/07, at 6:00 AM.

01/30/07

On Tuesday, 01/30/07, we attempted to install Version 4.1.14 of DASD Pooling/Budgeting Software in the UCHIBETA LPAR for Open Testing. That change was not successful and Version 4.1.7 will remain the UCHIBETA default.

01/31/07

On Wednesday, 01/31/07, we installed Version 4.1.14 of DASD Pool/Budget Software in the UCHIBETA LPAR for Open Testing. Version 4.1.7 will remain the Production default in UCHIMVS1.

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02/05/07

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 2/5/07, at 6:00 AM.

02/12/07

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 2/12/07, at 6:00 AM.

02/13/07

Our current Mainframe SAS License expired on 2/13/07. SAS provided a 45-day grace period during which time a warning message would appear in the SAS log of every Mainframe SAS job. We applied the license renewal on 2/21/07.

02/18/07

During System Test Time on Sunday, 02/18/07, we installed CICS 3.1 in Production.

02/21/07

During System Test Time on Wednesday, 02/21/07, we installed Version 4.1.14 of Pooling/Budgeting Software in Production, replacing V 4.1.7. V 4.1.14 has been available for Open Testing in the UCHIBETA LPAR since 01/31/07. Please report Pool/Budget prtoblems to seamfc@listhost.uchicago.edu. ALSO, during Test Time on Wednesday, 2/21/07, we applied the new Mainframe license for SAS, eliminating the warning messages which had been appearing in SAS job logs since 2/13/07.

02/25/07

During System Test Time on Sunday, 2/25/07, we relocated some DASD files from the “public” pool to the “lage dataset” pool.

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03/05/07

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 03/05/07, at 6:00 AM.

03/09/07

Data Center Services’ Mainframe Systems Group had Exclusive Use of the UCHIBETA LPAR on Friday, 3/9/07, to run some tests on the new IBM z9 Mainframe. Open Testing in BETA on the IBM z800 Mainframe resumed on Saturday, 3/10/07.

03/11/07

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Sunday, 3/11/07, at 7:00 AM Central Standard Time. Effective with this IPL, the Mainframe went to Daylight Saving Time at 8:15 AM.

03/13/07

Data Center Services’ Mainframe Systems Group had Exclusive Use of the UCHIBETA LPAR on Tuesday, 3/13/07, to continue their tests on the new IBM z9 Mainframe. Open Testing in BETA on the IBM z800 Mainframe resumed on Wednesday, 3/14/07.

03/15/07

On Thursday, 3/15/07, UCHIBETA was available for Open Testing on the IBM z800 Mainframe starting at 9:00 AM, following Data Center Services’ 7:00 AM Test Time with BETA on the new z9 Mainframe.

03/19/07

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 3/19/07, at 6:00 AM. ALSO on Monday, 3/19, we started Open Testing of the new z9 Mainframe on the UCHIBETA LPAR.

03/26/07

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 3/26/07, at 6:00 AM.

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04/02/07

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 4/2/07, at 6:00 AM.

04/05/07

Data Center Services’ Mainframe Systems Group had Exclusive Use of the UCHIBETA LPAR on Thu, 4/5/07, to install and test XPEDITER/TSO 7.5 (replacing V 7.4) and a variety of System Monitoring software. The new software remained active when Open Testing in BETA resumed on Friday, 04/06/07. We will install V7.5 of Xpediter/TSO and V8.3 of Compuware Shared Services in Production on Wednesday, 5/09/07, during System Test Time from 6:00 until 7:30 AM.

04/09/07

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 4/9/07, at 6:00 AM.

04/11/07

At the request of a Computing Partner Group, the UCHIBETA LPAR was available for Open Testing with no Exclusive Use allowed on Wednesday, 4/11/07.

04/12/07

At the request of a Computing Partner Group, the UCHIBETA LPAR was available for Open Testing with no Exclusive Use allowed on Thursday, 4/12/07.

04/15/07

During System Test Time on Sunday, 4/15/07, we successfully migrated Production processing from the IBM z800 Mainframe to the new IBM z9 Mainframe.

04/16/07

Effective Monday, 4/16/07, the UCHIBETA LPAR resumed its normal level of processor capacity following the migration of Production from the IBM z800 Mainframe to the IBM z9.

04/18/07

During IBM Test Time on Wednesday, 4/18/07, we updated the microcode for our Mainframe Sysplex Timers.

04/23/07

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 4/23/07, at 6:00 AM.

04/26/07

We relocated the 3480 Tape Cartridge Drives on Thursday, 4/26/07, starting at 7:30 AM. As we needed to power the devices down for the move, we performed no tapemounts between 7:30 and 11:15 AM. Jobs not requiring tape mounts (including those jobs completely converted to Virtual Tape) were not affected.

04/30/07

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 4/30/07, at 6:00 AM.

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05/07/07

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 5/07/07, at 6:00 AM.

05/09/07

During Test Time on Wed, 5/9/07, we installed XPEDITER/TSO 7.5 (replacing V 7.4) in Production.

05/14/07

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 5/14/07, at 6:00 AM.

05/15/07

On Tuesday, 5/15/07, we began Open Testing of the newly upgraded Bustech2 Virtual Tape Appliance in the UCHIBETA LPAR.

05/17/07

On Thursday, 5/17/07, we made IOF Release 8B available for Open Testing in the UCHIBETA LPAR, replacing Release 8A there.

05/21/07

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 5/21/07, at 6:00 AM.

05/22/07

During System Test Time on Tuesday, 5/22/07, we continued the upgrade of the Bustech Virtual Tape Appliances. On 5/22, Bustech2 with its upgraded Microcode and Software became the Primary Virtual Tape Appliance serving both UCHIMVS1 and UCHIBETA while we upgrade Bustech4.

05/24/07

On Thursday, 5/24/07, we made SyncSort 1.2.3 available for at least two weeks of Open Testing in the UCHIBETA LPAR, replacing Release 1.2.2 there. SyncSort 1.2.3 is the most current Maintenance Level of SyncSort.

05/28/07

Monday, 5/28/07, was the Memorial Day Holiday. For the 24 hours of Monday, 05/28/07, we had minimal Operator coverage. ALSO, we performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 5/28/07, at 6:00 AM.

05/30/07

On Wednesday, 5/30/07, the newly upgraded and TEST-LPAR-tested Bustech1 was been attached to the UCHIBETA LPAR (refreshed with Production data daily) for Open Testing while Bustech2 serves the UCHIMVS1 LPAR. We also experienced a problem with the FlashCopy routine for refreshing Bustech1 with Production data which was resolved by mid-morning.

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06/04/07

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 6/4/07, at 6:00 AM.

06/05/07

During System Test Time on Tuesday, 6/5/07, we completed our upgrade on the two Virtual Tape Appliances, Bustech1 and Bustech2. After Test Time, Bustech1 became the primary Virtual Tape appliance for both the UCHIMVS1 and UCHIBETA LPARs while Bustech2 now serves as our “hot” backup.

06/06/07

Data Center Services Mainfame Systems Group had Exclusive Use of the UCHIBETA LPAR on Wednesday, 6/6/07, to test Version 8.1 of Compuware’s Xpediter for CICS and Version 2.7 of MacKinney’s ISPF/VSAM Utility. Version 8.1 of Compuware’s Xpediter for CICS remains active in UCHIBETA replacing Version 7.7 there; and Version 2.7 of MacKinney’s ISPF/VSAM Utility remains active in UCHIBETA, replacing Version 2.5 there. Open Testing in BETA resumed on Thursday, 6/7/07.

06/07/07

During System Test Time on Thursday, 6/7/07, we installed IOF 8B and SyncSort 1.2.3 in Production. IOF 8B had been available for Open Testing in UCHIBETA since 5/17/07, and SyncSort 1.2.3 had been available for Open Testing in UCHIBETA since 5/24/07. ALSO, on Thursday, 6/7/07, Version 8.1 of Compuware’s Xpediter for CICS (replacing Version 7.7 ) and Version 2.7 of MacKinney’s ISPF/VSAM Utility (replacing Version 2.5) became available for at least two weeks of Open Testing in the UCHIBETA LPAR, following successful testing during BETA Exclusive Use.

06/11/07

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 6/11/07, at 6:00 AM.

06/18/07

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 6/18/07, at 6:00 AM. ALSO, on Monday, 6/18, we experienced a problem with connectivity to the UCHIMVS1 LPAR caused by the failure of a Mainframe Ethernet card. The back-up ethernet card automatically activated within 10 minutes, allowing UCHIMVS1 logins again. The UCHIBETA LPAR was not affected.

06/19/07

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Tuesday, 6/19/07, at 6:00 AM, to successfully implement IBM’s solution for the Mainframe connectivity problem we encountered on Monday, 6/18/07.

06/24/07

During System Test Time on Sunday, 6/24/07, we installed Version 8.1 of Compuware’s Xpediter for CICS (replacing Version 7.7) and Version 2.7 of MacKinney’s ISPF/VSAM Utility (replacing Version 2.5) in Production.

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07/02/07

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 7/02/07, at 6:00 AM.

07/04/07

Wednesday, 7/04/07, was the Independence Day Holiday. We provided minimal Machine Room coverage of one Operator per shift for that day to monitor tape mounts, printing, environmental alarms, and the I/O Window. The UCHIBETA LPAR was available from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM on 7/4.

07/09/07

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 7/09/04, at 6:00 AM.

07/16/07

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 7/16/07, at 6:00 AM.

07/19/07

During System Test Time on Thursday, 7/19/07, we applied routine maintenance to Abend-AID/CICS for z/OS 1.8 compatibility. This maintenance had been tested in our TEST LPAR and was applied in Production.

07/23/07

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 7/23/07, at 6:00 AM.

07/24/07

During System Test Time on Tuesday, 7/24/07, we restored Bustech1 as the primary Virtual Tape device; Bustech2 had been Primary since Thursday, 7/19 and is now the backup. ALSO, on Tuesday, 7/24, DCS’ Mainframe Systems Group had Exclusive Use of the UCHIBETA LPAR to test z/OS 1.8 and FDR Products Version 5.4 Level 60. As FDR testing went well, Version 5.4 Level 60 will remain active in UCHIBETA for Open Testing starting on Wednesday, 7/25/07.

07/25/07

Starting Wednesday, 7/25/07, Version 5.4 Level 60 of FDR, a maintenance release with additional support for Virtual Tape processing, is active in the UCHIBETA LPAR. We have tentatively scheduled Production installation for Tuesday, 8/7/07.

07/27/07

Data Center Services’ Mainframe Systems Group cancelled their request to have Exclusive Use of the UCHIBETA LPAR on Friday, 7/27/07. BETA was available for Open Testing on Friday, 7/27/07.

07/30/07

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 7/30/07, at 6:00 AM. ALSO, Data Center Services’ Mainframe Systems Group had Exclusive Use of the UCHIBETA LPAR on Monday, 7/30/07, to test z/OS 1.8. Open Testing resumed on Tuesday, 7/31/07.

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08/06/07

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 8/6/07, at 6:00 AM. ALSO, Data Center Services’ Mainframe Systems Group had Exclusive Use of the UCHIBETA LPAR on Monday, 8/06/07, to test z/OS 1.8. Open Testing in BETA resumed on Tuesday, 8/07/07, with z/OS 1.8 as the weekday default Operating System.

08/07/07

During System Test Time on Tuesday, 8/7/07, we installed Version 5.4 Level 60 of FDR in Production. FDR 5.4/60 had been active in UCHIBETA since Wednesday, 7/25/07. ALSO, on Tuesday, 8/7/07, we made z/OS 1.8 available for Open Testing in the UCHIBETA LPAR on weekdays. We made z/OS 1.6 available in BETA on Saturdays and on requested weekdays with two business days advance notice. The following software upgrades were available in BETA along with z/OS 1.8: ACF2 9.0; MVS Quickref 6.5; OPS/MVS 11.5 (for Systems automation); ABENDAid 5.2; and Performance Essential 3.0.4 (optimizes VSAM buffering). We will install z/OS 1.8 in Production during System Test Time on a Sunday in September (either 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, or 9/30), date to be determined by the results of BETA Open Testing. IBM will withdraw support for z/OS 1.6 on Sunday, 9/30/07.

08/13/07

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 8/13/07, at 6:00 AM.

08/20/07

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 8/20/07, at 6:00 AM.

08/27/07

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 8/27/07, at 6:00 AM.

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09/03/07

Monday, 09/03/07, was the Labor Day Holiday. Data Center Services’ provided minimal Operator coverage in the 1155 E 60th Street Machine Room consisting of one Operator per shift across those 24 hours. The UCHIBETA LPAR was available for Open Testing under z/OS 1.6 from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM. The Production Shop was not staffed across the Holiday period. ALSO, we performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 9/3/07, at 6:00 AM.

09/09/07

During System Test Time on Sunday, 9/9/07, we installed z/OS 1.8 as the Production Operating System for the IBM z9 Mainframe, replacing z/OS 1.6. The following software upgrades were installed in Production along with z/OS 1.8: ACF2 9.0; MVS Quickref 6.6; OPS/MVS 11.5 (for Systems automation); ABENDAid 5.2; and Performance Essential 3.0.4 (optimizes VSAM buffering).

09/17/07

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 9/17/07, at 6:00 AM.

09/24/07

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 9/24/07, at 6:00 AM.

09/30/07

During Test Time on Sunday, 9/30/07, IBM applied a microcode update to the z9 Mainframe.

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10/02/07

During Test Time on Tuesday, 10/02/07, we switched from Bustech1, our primary Virtual Tape Appliance to Bustech2, usually our backup VT appliance, in response to a problem which was noted during Incremental Backup processing during Midnight Shift on 10/01.

10/03/07

On Wednesday, 10/03/07, we applied maintenance to ACF2 9.0 in the UCHIBETA LPAR in response to a specific Systems Group communication issue which has not affected the Computing Partners. ALSO, on Wednesday, 10/3/07, during System Test Time, we re-established Bustech1 as the primary Virtual Tape Appliance on UCHIMVS1 and UCHIBETA.

10/08/07

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 10/08/07, at 6:00 AM.

10/15/07

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 10/15/07, at 6:00 AM.

10/22/07

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 10/22/07, at 6:00 AM.

10/28/07

During System Test Time on Sunday, 10/28/07,we installed required hardware maintenance to our DASD subsystem.

10/29/07

Data Center Services’ Mainframe Systems Group had Exclusive Use of the UCHIBETA LPAR on Monday, 10/29/07, to test critical maintenance and also to test the resolution to the JOE (“two pieces of output”) problem (JOE = Job Output Element).

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11/01/07

Effective with the IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Thursday, 11/01/07, maintenance to ACF2 9.0 and the resolution of the JOE (“Two pieces of output”) problem were applied in Production.

11/04/07

During System Test Time on Sunday, 11/04/07, we configured some unused DASD as Mod9 volumes for future use. Effective with the IPL following Test Time, the Mainframe internal clock was switched from Daylight Saving Time to Central Standard Time.

11/12/07

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 11/12/07, at 6:00 AM.

11/13/07

Data Center Services’ Mainframe Systems Group had Exclusive Use of the UCHIBETA LPAR on Tuesday, 11/13/07, to test procedures for migrating data from Mod3 to Mod9 DASD volumes. Open Testing in BETA resumed on Wednesday, 11/14/07.

11/18/07

During System Test Time on Sunday, 11/18/07, we migrated data from selected Mod3 System DASD to newly created Mod9 volumes.

11/22-23/07

Thursday, 11/22, and Friday, 11/23, was the 2007 two-day Thanksgiving Holiday. We maintained minimal coverage in the 1155 E 60th Street Machine Rooms consisting of one Operator per 8-hour shift.

11/26/07

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 11/26/07, at 6:00 AM.

11/28/07

During System Test Time on Wednesday, 11/28/07, we installed new User Panels in RMM in Production which will allow manipulation of Retention Periods and Expiration dates for Virtual Tape Volumes.

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12/03/07

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Mon, 12/03/07, at 6:00 AM. ALSO, on Mon, 12/03/07, DCS’ Mainframe Systems Group had Exclusive Use of the UCHIBETA LPAR to continue testing procedures for migrating DASD data. Open Testing in BETA resumed on Tue, 12/04/07.

12/04/07

During System Test Time on Tuesday, 12/4/07, we installed hardware maintenance on the z9 Mainframe.

12/05/07

During System Test Time on Wednesday, 12/05/07,we deinstalled the Mainframe’s Sysplex Timer and continued testing its replacement, the Server Time Protocol.

12/10/07

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Mon, 12/10/07, at 6:00 AM.

12/17/07

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 12/17/07, at 6:00 AM.

12/24/07

We will reschedule the IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR originally set for Monday, 12/24/07, for Monday, 12/31/07, at about 6:00 AM. ALSO, on Monday, 12/24/07, the UCHIBETA LPAR was delayed until 11:50 AM by an error in the process for preparing BETA’s disks. The error has been identified and corrected. UCHIBETA will be available for Open Testing until 5:00 PM on Monday, 12/24/07.

12/25/07

Tuesday, 12/25/07, was the Christmas Holiday. We provided minimal coverage in the 1155 E 60th Street Machine Room, consisting of one Operator per 8-hour Shift across those 24 hours. The UCHIBETA LPAR was available for Open Testing from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM on Tuesday, 12/25. The Production Shop was not staffed on Tuesday 12/25/07.

12/31/07

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 12/31/07, at 6:00 AM.

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Keywords:upgrades history   Doc ID:19425
Owner:Todd L.Group:University of Chicago
Created:2011-08-02 18:00 CSTUpdated:2013-02-26 07:46 CST
Sites:University of Chicago, University of Chicago - Sandbox
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