Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Revised availability: IBM z/OS Management Facility V1.13 DASD Management task

When z/OS 1.13 (ZP11-0313) and z/OSMF 1.13 (ZP11-0303) were announced, IBM announced a DASD Management Task for z/OSMF to become available in the first quarter of 2012. It was intended to simplify disk storage management as follows :
"The new task is intended to allow you to perform storage group management tasks from within the application. It is designed to streamline the process of adding volumes to SMS pool storage groups, reducing several manually intensive steps involving multiple applications to a reduced number of steps using a single interface. The DASD Management task is planned to be made available in first quarter 2012 with the PTF for APAR PM40869".
It was to contain an Add Storage wizard.
"The Add Storage wizard can enable you to add storage to an SMS pool storage group more easily than before. It uses the new storage group attributes as policy, if defined within the storage group definition. The Add Storage wizard guides you through the following steps:
  • Determining the amount of capacity to add based on the storage utilization goal and available capacity found in the assigned reserve storage pool
  • Selecting the volumes to add from the reserve storage pool
  • Updating the SCDS with the selected volumes
  • Initializing the selected volumes to match the naming convention of the storage group
  • Optionally, varying volumes online and activating the changes to the SCDS to make the new capacity available for SMS use"
This has now been postponed with the following announcement : 'Revised availability: IBM z/OS Management Facility V1.13 DASD Management task (ZP12-0036)'. The function "will not be available in first quarter 2012 with a PTF for APAR PM40869. IBM is assessing plans for delivering this capability at a later date".

We'll keep you posted !

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