Planning a zEnterprise zBX implementation

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    1. What is it and how is it intended to be used?

    To properly plan and implement the IBM® zEnterprise™ System ensemble (including the zBX), you must understand the purpose and benefits of the zEnterprise platform. This includes being able to identify and describe the main platform components, planned workload requirements, and operating systems that you will use.

    WATCH: What is IBM zEnterprise System?(2:34 minutes)

    READ: zEnterprise System Introduction to Ensembles, Chapter 2. Introduction to zEnterprise ensembles(PDF: 5.2KB)

    2. What are the management suites?

    Unified Resource Manager is licensed firmware that is configured to the zCEC serial number of the zEnterprise system. All zEnterprise System (zCEC) servers come with a default management suite that provides basic functions, but other options are available depending on the zBX blade configuration.


    WATCH: IBM zEnterprise Unified Resource Manager(1:46)[​IMG]

    READ: Building an Ensemble Using IBM zEnterprise Unified Resource Manager, Chapter 3. Topic 1.2 (3.1.2) Management Enablement levels(PDF: 18.2 KB)[​IMG]

    3. What are the ensemble networks and how are they used?

    Two new ensemble networks, Intra-Node Management Network (INMN) and the Intra-Ensemble Data Network (IEDN), are used for management and data sharing activities. Other networks are widely used with a zEnterprise System ensemble configuration.

    READ: zEnterprise System Ensemble Planning and Configuring Guide, Chapter 5. Planning for networks(PDF: 1.1KB)

    4. What work needs to be done on the zCPC, z/OS side?

    You will need to address several items from the z/OS side to participate in an ensemble configuration.

    READ: Building an Ensemble Using IBM zEnterprise Unified Resource Manager, Chapter 9. Enabling an ensemble(PDF: 18.2MB)

    5. Deeper dive: zBX TOR and IEDN access

    Look more closely at the ensemble network IEDN connectivity, how the external customer network can access the IEDN, identify any restrictions, and describe VLAN usage and TOR access capabilities.

    READ: Building an Ensemble Using IBM zEnterprise Unified Resource Manager, Chapter 5. Planning the virtual network and Chapter 10. Creating a virtual network(PDF: 18.2MB)

    6. How does the SAN physically connect to the zBX, and what are the requirements?


    Identify the SAN connections and requirements for the zBX BladeCenter chassis.

    READ: Building an Ensemble Using IBM zEnterprise Unified Resource Manager, Chapter 2. Topic 4.7 PowerVM and Integrated x hypervisor storage management in Unified Resource Manager and Chapter 6. Topic 2.4 zBX SAN connectivity (PDF: 18.2MB)

    7. What are the HMC requirements and what tasks are required for initial install, who will have access to the HMC and at what level of authority?

    Look at the new role of the HMC in an ensemble configuration, required support levels, and the tasks used to create the primary and alternate HMC. User access resource and task roles are also identified and explained.

    READ: Building an Ensemble Using IBM zEnterprise Unified Resource Manager, Chapter 3. Using the HMC to manage an ensemble(PDF: 18.2MB)

    8. Gain more skills on the zEnterprise System

    To expand your skills beyond Step 7 of this knowledge path, take this zEnterprise course:

    PRACTICE: Course ESA1: IBM zEnterprise System: Using zManager to Provision Virtual Servers

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