Enhanced Preventive Service Planning Tool
IBM has heard how time-consuming it is for you to reconcile the Service Recommendation
section of a Preventive Service Planning (PSP) bucket against your systems and to
determine which service should be installed on your system. The IBM Enhanced PSP tool is for you!
Using the IBM Enhanced Preventive Service Planning Tool, download the host program to your workstation.
(You only need to do this once.) Next, you select the PSP bucket(s) you are interested in and then download
the bucket extract file, which contains a list of APAR and FMID pairs for each bucket you selected.
Then upload the host file and the bucket extract file to your z/OS system.
Run the host program with the bucket extract file against your SMP/e data; this will produce an ERRSYSMOD-like
report that tells you which of the associated fixes have not been received or applied on a particular
You now know which service you must order and apply to bring your system service up to date.
AUG 2005: NEW FEATURES
1)Service Recommendation list for Functions
You can now acquire service recommendation lists for selected functions. These are high visibility
(RFA Level) cross component functions which do not have a unique orderable component. You can view
the currently provided functions by either a) selecting "Function" on the Graphical User Interface
on the "Find Bucket Extract Files / By Category" page or b) on the direct ftp page for the extract files
search for files which have a prefix of "Function".
Please note that these service recommendation lists are built dynamically and do not have an
underlying UPGRADE and SUBSET in RETAIN.
2) The maintenance lists, which are know as extract files, have been extended to include any SMP/E
installable APAR/PTFreferenced in ALL sections of a subset and its associated extensions. When
the tool was first released in 08/2004, it only provided the maintenance from the Service
Recommendation sections of a subset and its associated extensions. This enhancement provides a
much more complete maintenance list since it includes APARs/PTFs from all sections, including the
General information section. This should be especially helpful for hardware related buckets.
Please note : You may still need to review the subset for planning and migration considerations.
3) The Host Compare program has been updated to better handle concatenated extract files by providing
the upgrade(s) and subset(s) that each piece of missing service is from. At the current time, the
end user needs to acquire and concatentate multiple extract files if they so desire. This can
be done : a) by downloading each extract file from the Graphical User Interface shopping cart
and concatentating them on the PC or b) via a host JCL/FTP program which acquires and merges the
files from the external FTP site. Please note: If you previously downloaded the host compare tool,
you will have to download it again and reinstall to take advantage of this new feature.