The new â€śGetting started with CICS using z/OSMF workflowsâ€ť 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.
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.
The z/OS Provisioning Toolkit V1.1.1 is available for download now. More information about how to use the new â€śQuick Startâ€ť scenario is provided in the Knowledge Center, including a more detailed list of the software requirements.