The new “Getting started with CICS using z/OSMF workflows” scenario enables system programmers to immediately start configuring the workflows provided after downloading the z/OS Provisioning Toolkit. The only requirement is for z/OSMF to be installed and configured. Once the system programmer has successfully provisioned and deprovisioned CICS under their own user ID they can proceed with configuring IBM Cloud Provisioning and Management for z/OS which adds the necessary capability to enable self-service for developers. This new scenario simplifies and streamlines the initial experience of automatically provisioning CICS, enabling systems programmers to quickly evaluate the process.

Provisioning CICS in 3 Easy Steps

After downloading and installing z/OS Provisioning Toolkit V1.1.1 there are just three steps to provisioning CICS. Using the zospt ps -a command will verify that z/OSMF is installed and configured.

Step 1: Configure

The first step is to configure the new cics_getting_started template. The cics.properties file contains a reduced set of about 20 variables, many of which have sensible defaults. As with all the templates included with the toolkit ample comments are provided to help configuration.

Step 2: Provision

The next step is to use the zospt run cics_getting_started_workflow command to provision CICS using the cics_getting_started_workflow image. At this point there is no need to add the template to cloud provisioning. The zospt command line utility can use the standard workflow engine in z/OMF running the whole process under the system programmer’s user ID.

Step 3: Deprovision

Finally whether the provisioning process is successful or not use the zospt rm command to deprovision the CICS region. In fact, all the commands supported by the utility are available in the getting started scenario.

What Next?

Once the provision and deprovision process is successful you can proceed with using cloud provisioning. You can use the same properties unchanged when adding the cics_getting_started template. Once this is successful you can start using resource pools to dynamically allocate APPLIDs.

More Information

The z/OS Provisioning Toolkit V1.1.1 is available for download now. More information about how to use the new “Quick Start” scenario is provided in the Knowledge Center, including a more detailed list of the software requirements.

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