zPDT release 1.6 Driver 49.17

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OVERVIEW

zPDT Software Update, release date December 11, 2015.

This “Fixpack-2” release of GA-6 (49.17) includes the following updates

  • Added the Perform Timing Facility Function (PTFF) instruction.
  • Allow Z1090_token_Update -r to generate a token request file even if zPDT is running.
  • Added support for software initiated IPL – DIAG 308.
  • A new option has been added to alcckd using an –f4 flag. This option will allow creation of ckd volumes for Linux for System z. Some Linux for System z distributions do not provide modules needed for formatting CKD for their use. This alcckd option is intended to make installing such distributions easier. For example:  “alcckd /z/linuxvol -d3390-9 -f4” results in a 3390-9 volume that is formatted in the 4K blocks used by Linux for System z.
  • 3380 device now uses 3990 control unit instead of 3880 control unit.
  • Miscellaneous changes

In addition, the base GA-6 base driver (49.12.01) and Fixpack 1 (49.13) provided the following enhancements which are continued in 49.17:

  • New instructions corresponding to the architecture of the z Systems z13 series, including Vector Facility (SIMD) and numerous other z13 functional upgrades
  • New cryptographic adapter levels corresponding to CEX5S
  • Support for the System Time Protocol (STP) in the zOS environment.
  • CP Assist Crypto Facility (CPACF) updates
  • Improved messages for installation activities
  • CFCC 20 Coupling Facility, service level 16
  • Support for read-only DASD volumes
  • Support for shared DASD volumes (across multiple PCs) in an NFS environment
  • zPDT has been tested in a virtual environment provided by KVM

This product is only available to Authorized ITC Customers. IBM Personnel and their Subcontractors are to use Resource Link.

INSTALLATION

zPDT release 1.6 Driver 49.17

For downloaded zip file:

  • Unzip the downloaded release file
  • Review the CD Readme file (.txt & .pdf) for full information and instructions
  • FTP or otherwise transfer the install file (z1090-1-6.49.17.x86_64) to your zPDT system in the
    /tmp directory
  • Switch to root (UID 0) mode: su –
  • Change to the /tmp directory: cd /tmp
  • Make the program file executable: chmod 775 z1090-1-6.49.17.x86_64
  • Execute the z1090 installer program: ./z1090-1-6.49.17.x86_64
  • You will have to scroll through the license agreement then accept it. The installation should then complete.

For CDROM or .iso distributions:

  • Burn the .iso image onto a CD as an “image”. The resulting CD should have multiple files and directories on it.
  • See the instructions in the CD Readme file (.txt and .pdf) on the CD for full information
  • Copy the z1090 file to your /tmp directory: cp /run/media/ibmsys1/ZPDT/linux/z1090* /tmp
    (1 See note below regarding path to the CD)
  • Switch to root (UID 0) mode: su –
  • Change to the /tmp directory: cd /tmp
  • Make the program file executable: chmod 775 z1090-1-6.49.17.x86_64
  • Execute the z1090 installer program: ./z1090-1-6.49.17.x86_64
  • You will have to scroll through the license agreement then accept it. The installation should then complete.

1Different releases of Linux may automatically mount the CD at a different mount point than shown here. You may have to determine the correct path to the install file.

If you applied any IBM supplied zPDT patches to your installed system you will need to remove them before you can install this new release.  Check the documentation that came with the patches for specific removal instructions.

You should test your system to verify that it is functioning properly. The zPDT release level is displayed as one of the messages early in the initialization process. Or, use the z1090ver command.  Either method should report release 49.17.
Review the External Release Letter carefully; there are significant changes.
There are also release specific installation instructions in the External Release Letter and general installation instructions in Chapter 5 of the zPDT  Guide and Reference Redbook, (SG248205).
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