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Mainframe - 2013 z/OS Upgrades

This article provides information about upgrades to the 2013 z/OS mainframe.

2013 z/OS Upgrades


01/01/2013

Tuesday, 01/01/2013, was the New Year Holiday. We provided minimal coverage consisting of one Computer Operator per 8-Hour Shift to respond to system prompts, environmental alarms, and telephone calls. The UCHIBETA LPAR was available for Open Testing from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM with its full complement of Online Regions available.

01/07/13

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 01/07/13, at 6:00 AM.

01/14/13

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 01/14/13, at 6:00 AM.

01/21/13

Monday, 01/21/13, was the Martin Luther King Holiday. We provided minimal coverage in the 1155 E 60th Street Data Center consisting of one Operator per 8-hour shift to respond to system prompts, environmental alarms, and telephone calls. The UCHIBETA LPAR was available for Open Testing from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM with its full complement of Online Regions active. The Production Shop was not staffed on the Holiday. ALSO, on Monday, 01/21/13, we performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR at 6:00 AM.

01/28/13

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 01/28/13, at 6:00 AM.

01/29/13

During System Test Time on Tuesday, 01/29/13, we applied routine Maintenance to z/OS 1.12, and installed both IOF 8E and SAS 9.3 in Production. z/OS 1.12 Maintenance and IOF 8E had been available for Open Testing in the UCHIBETA LPAR since Tuesday, 11/27/12; SAS 9.3 had been available for Open Testing in BETA since Thursday, 08/30/12. SAS 9.3 replaced SAS 9.1.3 and IOF 8E replaced IOF 8D in Production on Tuesday, 01/29.

01/31/13

On Thursday, 01/31/13, we applied Maintenance to Compuware's Enterprise Common Components (ECC 3.1) in the UCHIBETA LPAR for Mainframe Systems Group's internal testing. ECC supports Compuware products including Abend-Aid and the several Xpediter/xxxx programs.

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02/04/13

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 02/04/13, at 6:00 AM.

02/07/13

On Thursday, 02/07/13, we made Release 9.2 of Xpediter/CICS available for Open Testing in the UCHIBETA LPAR, replacing Release 9.0 there. We will need to be at Release 9.2 of Xpediter/CICS to support our future upgrade to CICS 4.2.

02/11/13

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 02/11/13, at 6:00 AM.

02/18/13

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 02/18/13, at 6:00 AM.

02/25/13

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 02/25/13, at 6:00 AM.

02/27/13

The FAS Support Group had Exclusive Use of the UCHIBETA LPAR on Wednesday, 02/27/13, to test their applications using an alternate Machine Date of 03/06/13.  Open Testing in BETA resumed on Thursday, 02/28/13, using the "Current Date" as the Machine Date.

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03/04/13

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 03/04/13, at 6:00 AM. 

03/05/13

IT Services' Mainframe Systems Group had Exlusive Use of the UCHIBETA LPAR on Tuesday, 03/05/13, from 8:00 until 10:15 AM to test the application of vendor-recommended Maintenance to ESP 11.3.  Open Testing in UCHIBETA resumed at 10:15 AM on 3/5. As testing had been successful, the ESP Maintenance remained active in BETA when Open Testing resumed.

03/10/13

Daylight Saving Time began at 2:00 AM on Sunday, 03/10/13 (Spring Forward!).  Until we IPLed the IBM z9 Mainframe to make the change to Daylight Saving Time, the Mainframe displayed Central Standard Time.  We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Sunday, 03/10/13, at 6:30 AM CST and upon completion of the IPL, the Mainframe displayed Daylight Saving Time.  Any ESP applications which should have run during the "missing" hour were run after the IPL.

03/18/13

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 03/18/13, at 6:00 AM.

03/25/13

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR for Monday, 03/25/13, at 6:30 AM.

03/26/13

On Tuesday, 03/26/13, we made Abend-Aid 12.2 available for Open Testing in the UCHIBETA LPAR, replacing Abend-Aid 12.1 there.  If BETA testing goes well, Abend-Aid 12.2, Maintenance for ECC 3.1 (active in BETA since 02/07/13) will all be installed in Production during System Test Time on Sunday, 04/14/13, start time and duration to be announced.

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04/01/13 

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 04/01/13, at 6:00 AM.

04/03/13

Delays in processing scheduled Production caused a delay in making the UCHIBETA LPAR available for Open Testing on Wednesday, 04/03/13, until 8:20 AM.

04/04/13

IT Services' Mainframe Systems Group had Exclusive Use of the UCHIBETA LPAR on Thursday, 04/04/13, to test DASD Storage Array recovery procedures. Open Testing in BETA resumed on Friday, 04/05.

04/07/13

During System Test Time on Sunday, 04/07/13, we replaced a processor card on the Mainframe's DS6800 DASD Array. This replacement addressed an incident where two of four channel paths between the Mainframe and the DS6800 went offline and recovered unexpectedly. Our Maintenance Vendor was on site to do the repair and had interconnect card, processor card, and spare drives on site. The manager of the Mainframe Systems Group was also on site. The UCHIBETA LPAR was available for Open Testing on Sunday, 4/7, from 9:30 AM until 5:00 PM.

04/11/13

During System Test Time on Thursday, 04/11/13, we applied Vendor recommended Maintenance to ESP 11.3 in Production. This Maintenance had been active in the UCHIBETA LPAR since Tuesday, 03/05/13. Among issues addressed by this Maintenance is a recent problem with records being written to the ESP EVENTSET data sets resulting in abnormal terminations.

04/14/13

During System Test Time on Sunday, 04/14/13, we: applied Maintenance to Compuware's Enterprise Common Components (ECC 3.1) in Production; installed Release 9.2 of Xpediter/CICS in Production, replacing Release 9.0; and installed Abend-Aid 12.2 in Production, replacing Abend-Aid 12.1.ECC 3.1 Maintenance had been active in the UCHIBETA LPAR since Thursday, 01/31/13; Release 9.2 of Xpediter/CICS had been available for Open Testing in BETA since Thursday, 02/07/13, and will be needed to support our future upgrade to CICS 4.2; Abend-Aid 12.2 had been available for Open Testing in BETA since Tuesday, 03/26/13. The UCHIBETA LPAR was available for Open Testing from 9:30 AM until 5:00 PM on Sunday, 4/14.

04/21/13

Availability of the UCHIBETA LPAR for Open Testing on Sunday, 4/21/13, was delayed due to the need to restart the Weekly Offsite Mainframe Backups.BETA was available from 8:30 AM until 5:00 PM on Sunday, 4/21.

04/22/13

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 04/22/13, at 6:00 AM.

04/25/13

ITS' Mainframe Systems Group had Exclusive Use of the UCHIBETA LPAR on Thursday, 04/25/13, to test ESP File Backups.  Open Testing in BETA resumed on Friday, 4/26/13.

04/29/13

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 04/29/13, at 6:00 AM.

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05/02/13

At the request of the Mainframe Systems Group, we performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Thursday, 05/02/13, at 6:00 AM.

05/06/13

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 05/06/13, at 6:00 AM.

05/13/13

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 05/13/13, at 6:00 AM.

05/19/13

During System Test Time on Sunday, 05/19/13, we installed an enhanced backup strategy for ESP Mainframe Files in Production. This enhancement had been tested in the UCHIBETA LPAR during Mainframe Systems Group Exclusive Use on Thursday, 4/25/13. The UCHIBETA LPAR was available for Open Testing on Sunday, 5/19, from 9:15 AM until 5:00 PM.

05/27/13

Monday, 05/27/13, was the Memorial Day Holiday. We provided coverage in the 1155 E 60th Street Data Center consisting of one Computer Operator per 8-hour shift to respond to system prompts, environmental alarms, and telephone calls. The UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR was available without Online Regions whose presence would require Production jobstreams to be run in their support. The UCHIBETA LPAR was available for Open Testing from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM with its full complement of Online Regions available. The Production Shop was not staffed on the Holiday. ALSO on Monday, 5/27, we performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 LPAR at 6:00 AM.

05/30/13

IT Services' Mainframe Systems Group had Exclusive Use of the UCHIBETA LPAR on Thursday, 05/30/13, to test ESP Dataset restores. Open Testing in BETA resumed on Friday, 05/31/13.

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06/03/13

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 06/03/13, at 6:00 AM. 

06/06/13

The Mainframe Systems Group had Exclusive Use of the UCHIBETA LPAR on Thursday, 6/6/13, to continue testing CICS 4.2.  Open Testing in BETA resumed on Friday, 6/7, with CICS 4.1 (the current Production level) active.  CICS 4.2 (along with z/OS 1.13) will be made available for Open Testing in UCHIBETA in mid-July, 2013.   

06/10/13

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 06/10/13, at 6:00 AM.

06/13/13

The Mainframe Systems Group had Exclusive Use of the UCHIBETA LPAR on Thursday, 6/13/13, to continue testing CICS 4.2.  Open Testing in BETA resumed on Friday, 6/14, with CICS 4.1 (the current Production level) active.

06/17/13

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 06/17/13, at 6:00 AM.

06/24/13

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 06/24/13, at 6:00 AM.

06/27/13

During System Test Time on Thursday, 6/27/13, we installed our new backup routine for ESP datasets in Production (CHG0023566). We had tested ESP backups and restores under the new process during UCHIBETA Exclusive Use on Thursdays, 6/6 and 6/13. ALSO on Thursday, 6/27, the Mainframe Systems Group had Exclusive Use of the UCHIBETA LPAR to test z/OS 1.13.  Open Testing in BETA resumed on Friday, 6/28/13, under z/OS 1.12.

06/28/13

Friday, 6/28/13, was the date of the annual ITServices Staff picnic scheduled from 2:00 until 5:00 PM.  The 1155 Data Center and the Production Shop were not staffed during the picnic but we monitored mobile phone 312-810-5012 for emergency notifications.  The UCHIBETA LPAR was available for Open Testing until 6:30 PM on 6/28.

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07/01/13

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 07/01/13, at 6:00 AM.

07/04/13

Thursday, 07/04/13, was the Independence Day Holiday.  We provided minimal coverage in the 1155 Data Center consisting of one Computer Operator per 8-hour shift to respond to system prompts, environmental alarms, and telephone calls.  The UCHIBETA LPAR was available for Open Testing from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM with its full complement of Online Regions available.  The Production Shop was not staffed on the Holiday. 

07/08/13

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 07/08/13, at 6:00 AM.

07/11/13

The Mainframe Systems Group had Exclusive Use of the UCHIBETA LPAR on Thursday, 07/11/13, to test bringing up z/OS 1.13, CICS 4.2, and QuickRef 7.7 in that LPAR.  Open Testing in BETA under z/OS 1.12, CICS 4.1, and the current QuickRef resumed on Friday, 7/12. As testing in UCHIBETA on 7/11 was successful, we will make z/OS 1.13, CICS 4.2, and QW 7.7 available for Open Testing in BETA on Weekdays starting on Thursday, 7/18.

07/15/13

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 07/15/13, at 6:00 AM.

07/18/13

We have scheduled Open Testing of z/OS 1.13 and CICS 4.2 in UCHIBETA on weekdays effective Thursday, 07/18/13. z/OS 1.12 and CICS 4.1 will be active in BETA on Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays after Thursday, 7/18.  The Mainframe Systems Group has tested z/OS 1.13 and CICS 4.2 during UCHIBETA Exclusive Use on several dates in June and July. Users can request that z/OS 1.12 and CICS 4.1 be active in BETA on weekdays with at least two business days advance notice to allow us time to announce the schedule change to all users. We will not be able to change OS levels in BETA once we have IPLed that LPAR for the day; however, emergency requests for z/OS 1.12 will be handled on a case-by-case basis. 

07/22/13

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 07/22/13, at 6:00 AM. ALSO on Monday, 7/22, the Mainframe Systems Group took Exclusive Use of the UCHIBETA LPAR from 5:00 until 5:15 PM to work on the RMM Control File reorganization.

07/24/13

The Mainframe Systems Group took Exclusive Use of the UCHIBETA LPAR from 5:00 until 5:50 PM on Wednesday, 7/24/13, to continue work on the RMM Control File reorganization.

07/26/13

At the request of the Production Shop, the UCHIBETA LPAR was available for Open Testing until 6:00 PM on Friday, 7/26/13.

07/29/13

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 07/29/13, at 6:00 AM.

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08/04/13

During System Test Time on Sunday, 08/04/13, we reorganized the RMM Control File. This process had been tested in the UCHIBETA LPAR during after-hours Exclusive Use on Monday, 7/22/13, and Wednesday, 7/24/13. The UCHIBETA LPAR was available for Open Testing under z/OS 1.12 from 8:30 AM until 5:00 PM on Sunday, 8/4/13.

08/12/13

We performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 08/12/13, at 6:00 AM.

08/15/13

The Mainframe Systems Team had test time for Thursday, 08/15/13 from 6:00 -7:30 AM to define new virtual tape devices to the mainframe.

08/26/13

The Mainframe Operators performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 08/26/13, at 6:00 AM.

08/30/13

We will continue Open Testing of z/OS 1.13 and CICS 4.2 in UCHIBETA on weekdays. z/OS 1.12 and CICS 4.1 will be active in BETA on Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays. Please use email address betalpar@lists.uchicago.edu to request that z/OS 1.12 and CICS 4.1 be active in BETA on weekdays; please give at least two business days advance notice to allow us time to announce the schedule change to all users. We will not be able to change OS levels in BETA once we have IPLed that LPAR for the day; however, emergency requests for z/OS 1.12 will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Watch this page and the UCHIBETA Testing Schedule Page for updates. Please report problems with z/OS 1.13 and CICS 4.2 to email address mfcticket@uchicago.edu; address questions about z/OS 1.13 and CICS 4.2 to email address mfteam@lists.uchicago.edu.

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09/02/13

The Mainframe Operators performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 09/09/13, at 6:00 AM.

09/09/13

The Mainframe Operators performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 09/09/13, at 6:00 AM.

IT Services' Mainframe Systems Group had Exclusive Use of the UCHIBETA LPAR on Thursday, 09/12/13, to test ESP Dataset restores and CICS administrative procedures. Testing was successful. Open Testing in BETA resumed on Friday, 09/13/13.

The Mainframe Operators performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 09/16/13, at 6:00 AM.

09/19/13

During system time on Thursday, 09/19/13 from 6:00 -7:30 AM, the mainframe team implemented changes in CICS to improve system performance and system management.

The Mainframe Operators performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 09/23/13, at 6:00 AM.

We have postponed the Production installation of z/OS 1.13,CICS 4.2, and QuickRef 7.7 indefinitely until we have sufficient personnel resources to handle any issues with the install.

We will continue Open Testing of z/OS 1.13 and CICS 4.2 in UCHIBETA on weekdays. z/OS 1.12 and CICS 4.1 will be active in BETA on Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays. Please use email address betalpar@lists.uchicago.edu to request that z/OS 1.12 and CICS 4.1 be active in BETA on weekdays; please give at least two business days advance notice to allow us time to announce the schedule change to all users. We will not be able to change OS levels in BETA once we have IPLed that LPAR for the day; however, emergency requests for z/OS 1.12 will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Watch this page and the UCHIBETA Testing Schedule Page for updates. Please report problems with z/OS 1.13 and CICS 4.2 to email address mfcticket@uchicago.edu; address questions about z/OS 1.13 and CICS 4.2 to email address mfteam@lists.uchicago.edu.

The Mainframe Operators performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 09/30/13, at 6:00 AM.

10/03/13

Mainframe Systems had MVS1 test time on Thursday, Oct 3, 2013, to change the time that ESP daily backups are taken.

ESP backups which were taking place at 6am every day will now have the backups starting at 3:35am each day. This is being done so that ESP backups no longer take place on the BETA LPAR.

10/07/13

The Mainframe Operators performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1(Production) LPAR on Monday, 10/07/13, at 6:00 AM.

10/14/13

The Mainframe Operator performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1(Production) LPAR on Monday, 10/14/13, at 6:00 AM.

10/21/13

The Mainframe Operators performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 10/21/13, at 6:00 AM.

10/28/13

The Mainframe Operators performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 10/28/13, at 6:00 AM.

11/03/13

The Mainframe Operators performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Sunday, 11/03/13, at 6:00 AM Daylight Saving Time.

Effective with this IPL, the Mainframe clock will change to Central Standard Time (Fall Back!).

From 2:00 AM Sunday, 11/03/13, until after the IPL, the Mainframe will continue to display the time of day as Daylight Saving Time.

11/11/13

The Mainframe Operators performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 11/11/13, at 6:00 AM.

11/18/13

The Mainframe Operators performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 11/18/13, at 6:00 AM.

11/25/13

The Mainframe Operators performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 11/25/13, at 6:00 AM.

12/02/13

The Mainframe Operators performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 12/02/13, at 6:00 AM.

12/08/13

Mainframe System Test Time was scheduled for Sunday, 12/08/13, from 7:00 AM until 12:00 PM to have IBM install hardware maintenance to the z9 Mainframe after which a power on reset was performed. Once this was completed, an IPL of UCHIMVS1 was performed.

12/16/13

The Mainframe Operators performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 12/16/13, at 6:00 AM.

12/23/13

The Mainframe Operators performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 12/23/13, at 6:00 AM.

12/30/13

The Mainframe Operators performed an IPL of the UCHIMVS1 (Production) LPAR on Monday, 12/30/13, at 6:00 AM.

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Keywords:upgrade history   Doc ID:27563
Owner:Todd L.Group:University of Chicago
Created:2012-12-04 08:45 CSTUpdated:2014-05-23 13:00 CST
Sites:University of Chicago, University of Chicago - Sandbox
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