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Q : Are you aware of a zOS software product that automatically backs up changes to a central repository that addresses changes made to System Software? Do you know of a zOS software product that automates the deployment of changes and maintenance?
Posted : Thomas on   June 24, 2009 at 02:46 pm
 
 
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On question one -

There’s products to backup DASD – by dataset or by volume (DF/DSS – a component of SMS - is one of them).  But I don’t know of a product that can back up “any system change”, per se.  Of course, all establishments backup all their system volumes so you inherently have backup of any system changes that way – but I don’t think that’s what you want to hear.  

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Serena's Changeman and CA's Endevor are the only true change management applications when it comes to automating the deployment of changes and maintenance.

 
 
Posted : on  June 24, 2009 at 05:23 pm

On question one -

There’s products to backup DASD – by dataset or by volume (DF/DSS – a component of SMS - is one of them).  But I don’t know of a product that can back up “any system change”, per se.  Of course, all establishments backup all their system volumes so you inherently have backup of any system changes that way – but I don’t think that’s what you want to hear.  

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Serena's Changeman and CA's Endevor are the only true change management applications when it comes to automating the deployment of changes and maintenance.

 
 
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Nope.  That would be a massive effort...  z/OS is slightly more complicated than Windows...  Besides automated deployment tools can not do regression testing...  You know, like when you allow MS to put on the updates and something stops working...

 
 
Posted : Marc on  June 24, 2009 at 10:40 pm

Nope.  That would be a massive effort...  z/OS is slightly more complicated than Windows...  Besides automated deployment tools can not do regression testing...  You know, like when you allow MS to put on the updates and something stops working...

 
 
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New Era software (the Standalone Edit guys) have a package that checks the consistency of a system image.  I'm not sure if it also automates deployment.

 

 
 
Posted : Marc on  June 24, 2009 at 10:40 pm

New Era software (the Standalone Edit guys) have a package that checks the consistency of a system image.  I'm not sure if it also automates deployment.

 

 
 
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http://www.actionsoftware.com/products.htm

 
 
Posted : Marc on  June 24, 2009 at 10:42 pm

http://www.actionsoftware.com/products.htm

 
 
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Serena Software markets a product called SSM that monitors changes to system software. I think it captures the "before" image for backout purposes, but I'm not 100% positive.

 

 
 
Posted : Marc on  June 24, 2009 at 10:42 pm

Serena Software markets a product called SSM that monitors changes to system software. I think it captures the "before" image for backout purposes, but I'm not 100% positive.

 

 
 
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http://www-01.ibm.com/software/tivoli/products/advanced-bkp-recovery-zos/index.html
 
 
Posted : Marc on  June 25, 2009 at 10:10 am
http://www-01.ibm.com/software/tivoli/products/advanced-bkp-recovery-zos/index.html
 
 
 
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