This IBM® Redbooks® publication is the first volume of
a series of three books called The Virtualization Cookbook for IBM
z Systems. The other two volumes relate to Red Hat and
The Virtualization Cookbook for IBM z Systems Volume 2: Red Hat
Enterprise Linux Server 7.1, SG24-8303
The Virtualization Cookbook for IBM z Systems Volume 3: SUSE
Linux Enterprise Server 12, SG24-8890
It is recommended that you start with Volume 1 of this series because IBM z/VM® is the base “layer” when you install Linux on z Systems. Volume 1 starts with an introduction, discusses planning, then describes z/VM installation into a two-node single system image (SSI) cluster, configuration, hardening, automation, and servicing. It adopts a cookbook format that provides a concise, repeatable set of procedures for installing and configuring z/VM by using the z/VM SSI clustering feature.
Volume 1 consists of the following chapters:
Chapter 1, “Introduction to Linux on the IBM
mainframe under z/VM” on page 3. This chapter provides a
concise introduction to the concept of using the z/VM platform as
an enterprise Linux infrastructure on the IBM mainframe.
Chapter 2, “Planning” on page 15. This
chapter covers the planning of hardware, software, and networking
resources that you need to do before you attempt to install z/VM
Chapter 3, “Configuring a workstation for mainframe
access” on page 39. This chapter addresses the
configuration of a workstation that is running either Linux or
Windows to access the mainframe.
Chapter 4, “Installing and configuring z/VM” on
page 49. This chapter describes installing z/VM 6.3 as a
two-node VM Single System Image feature (VMSSI) cluster, performing
the initial configuration, hardening, and enabling basic system
Chapter 5, “Servicing z/VM” on page 153.
This chapter focuses on the requirements to keep your z/VM systems
updated to ensure full functionality, optimal utility, security,
and the elimination of known problems. The process of ordering and
applying z/VM Service is described. Programming Temporary Fixes
(PTFs) and Recommended Service Upgrades (RSUs) are both
Chapter 6, “Planning and preparing for Linux
workloads” on page 171. This chapter describes the
necessary steps to begin your first Linux installation. It
describes common tasks that are executed during administration,
maintenance, and expansion to accommodate additional
Volumes 2 and 3 describe how to Linux virtual servers on IBM z Systems™ hardware under IBM z/VM. The cookbook format continues with installing and customizing Linux.
For Volume 1, you need at least two IBM z Systems logical partitions (LPARs) with associated resources and z/VM 6.3 installation media. For Volumes 2 and 3, you will need either the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server (RHEL) version 7.1 or the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 12 distribution (or both).
This book series assumes that you are generally familiar with z Systems technology and terminology. It does not assume an in-depth understanding of z/VM or Linux. It is written for those individuals who want to start quickly with z/VM and Linux on the mainframe, and get virtual servers up and running in a short time (days, not weeks or months).