Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Proud to be a part of z and Millennial Mainframer

Remember I blogged about the System z poster you could be a part of. Well, it's been out for a couple of days now.

The poster was shared on Facebook on the IBM System z Mainframe page. It seems to be originally put up on the Millennial Mainframer page with the following comment : "Proud to be part of z.Together we stand for generation z - customers, business partners and IBMers from around the world. 156 z enthusiasts from 100 companies in 28 countries share their passion for IBM zEnterprise". 

In case you haven't come across Millennial Mainframer I'm sure you will soon. They want to offer "a fresh look at mainframes and associated Information Technology topics". They also have a site/blog which you can find over here. It's actually a group of young people or at least people at the beginning of their mainframe career who offer us a fresh look at our System z world. Do have a look at their site. It's surely worth it. And you can even join the experience or as the say it themselves :

"Get Involved
Millennial Mainframer is always looking for permanent or guest contributors interested in publishing articles on our blog community. While we welcome contributions from mainframers of all ages, we are particularly interested in hearing from students and mainframe professionals in the first ten years of their career. To get in touch with us please email us at"

Monday, November 5, 2012

Redbook : IBM zEnterprise EC12 Configuration Setup

I already mentioned the usual Redbooks when a new system is announced. For the zEC12 this was the IBM zEnterprise EC12 Technical Introduction and the IBM zEnterprise EC12 Technical Guide. But there's a lesser known third one that's been getting published since the z10 EC for the Enterprise Class systems. The new one for the zEC12 is : IBM zEnterprise EC12 Configuration Setup.

I mention it as it's easily overlooked because, unlike the others, it usually appears somewhat after the announcement date of the system. What's its content ? Well, let me just quote the introductory summary.
"This IBM Redbooks publication helps you install, configure, and maintain the IBM zEnterprise EC12 server. The zEC12 offers new functions that require a comprehensive understanding of the available configuration options. This book presents configuration setup scenarios, and discusses implementation examples in detail.
This book is intended for systems engineers, hardware planners, and anyone who needs to understand IBM System z configuration and implementation. Readers should be generally familiar with current IBM System z technology and terminology."
Just take a look at the different chapters and you'll see that it's surely worth a look when you'll be installing a zEC12.
Chapter 1. Channel Subsystem
Chapter 2. Configuration Planning
Chapter 3. I/O Autoconfiguration on IBM zEnterprise EC12 processors
Chapter 4. Upgrading from an IBM System IBM zEnterprise 196 to an IBM zEnterprise EC12
Chapter 5. Replacing an IBM System z10 EC/z196 with an IBM zEnterprise EC12
Chapter 6. Installing a new IBM zEnterprise EC12
Chapter 7. Installing an additional IBM zEnterprise EC12
Chapter 8. Server Time Protocol Setup
Chapter 9. Crypto Express4S Configuration
Chapter 10. Reserved logical partitions
Chapter 11. Preparing the IBM zEnterprise EC12 for the zEnterprise BladeCenter® Extension (zBX)Model 003
Next to that I'd also like to mention that the inevitable IBM System z Connectivity Handbook has also been updated for the zEC12.

As I always say, just check them out !
And you know what, if it comes down to reading a good Redbook : you're not alone.