We are delighted to announce the release of IBM z/OS Provisioning Toolkit V1.1.5, which adds IMS to the ecosystem of z/OS middleware products that z/OS PT supports. We’ve simplified configuration when you provision a CICS region by using IBM Cloud Provisioning and Management for z/OS – we’ve removed the need to configure the z/OSMF z/OS console services. And we now support an additional format for log stream prefixes.

IMS workflow support

z/OS PT V1.1.5 now supports provisioning of an IMS DB/TM V13 or V14 system. Check out this blog for information about how to do this. 
For more details, follow this link to GitHub: IMS DB/TM workflows for z/OSMF.

Simplified configuration for CICS provisioning

We’ve added the option to use REXX scripts or z/OSMF z/OS console services (an API) for issuing console commands when you provision a CICS region by using IBM Cloud Provisioning and Management for z/OS. If you use REXX scripts (which we used before just for the ‘getting started’ scenarios), there is less to configure and less security authorization to set up.

The console commands are used for tasks such as starting and stopping a CICS region, checking the status of a CICS region, and deleting log streams.

You control whether to use REXX scripts or z/OS console services by using a new configuration property – CONSOLE_COMMAND_TYPE. The sample templates to provision a CICS region are updated to include this new property, set to use the REXX scripts (CONSOLE_COMMAND_TYPE=SCRIPT). For example:

You can still use the z/OS console services by setting CONSOLE_COMMAND_TYPE=APICALL. Advantages include:
-The status of a provisioned system is reported more accurately through the detection of unsolicited messages.
-You can manage all provisioned systems through a single console.
With this option, remember to configure the z/OSMF z/OS console services and set up authorization for the user id that the DFH_ADMIN_CONSOLE property specifies. Details about setting up the z/OS console services are available in the z/OS Knowledge Center.

Other enhancements

z/OS PT now supports another format for the log stream prefix: DFH_REGION_APPLID.* 
To use this format, set an empty value for the DFH_REGION_LOGSTREAM_HLQ property – see this example: 

For more information about using DFH_REGION_LOGSTREAM_HLQ to set the log stream prefix, see Configuration properties for CICS images in z/OS Provisioning Toolkit Knowledge Center.
We’ve also delivered fixes for APARs PH07911, PH06992, PH08634, and PH10310 in z/OS PT V1.1.5.

More Information

You can download z/OS Provisioning Toolkit V1.1.5 from our product page
Details about preparing to use z/OS PT with IBM Cloud Provisioning and Management for z/OS can be found in z/OS Provisioning Toolkit Knowledge Center.  
Details about setting the console command type and the log stream prefix can be found in z/OS Provisioning Toolkit Knowledge Center
 

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