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October 2017

SPARTA President’s Corner

contributed by Randy Springs

Fall is here, along with football and (personally) anticipation of basketball season. Hopefully, the hurricanes and earthquakes will diminish soon and everyone can use up remaining vacation days during some cooler weather. My recent planned vacation with the grandkids to a South Carolina beach was cancelled by Hurricane Irma’s forced evacuations. Our hearts go out to all affected recently, especially in Puerto Rico, which lost all electrical power to the island.

Our speaker this month will be Monica Bennett of Dell EMC, presenting on their Disk Library for mainframe (DLm) product. Come hear about this plug and play physical tape replacement that features deduplication.

We will also be remembering SPARTA member and friend, John Bryant, formerly with GSK, who passed away on September 13.

Please plan to join everyone for chicken, networking, and education on Tuesday, October 3 at 6:15 p.m. at our usual LabCorp location.

Randy Springs

Future Speakers

(subject to change)

Oct. 3, 2017 - Disk Library for mainframe (DLm) by Monica Bennett of Dell EMC

Nov. 7, 2017 - LinuxOne and Linux on z by Jim Elliott of Glasshouse Systems

We need ideas and volunteers for future speakers. Presentations don’t have to be fancy, just informative and interesting. Even a 5 or 10 minute talk can start an interesting interaction. Contact Ron Pimblett by phone as noted below.

2017-2018 SPARTA

Board of Directors

Randy Springs - President

BB&T                  (919) 745-5241

3200 Beechleaf Court, Suite 300

Raleigh, NC 27604

Ron Pimblett - Vice President

MDI Data Systems

Land line 613 599 6970

Mobile 613 981 6919

190 Guelph Private

Kanata, ON K2T 0J7

Chris Blackshire - Secretary

Retired (Dell, Perot Systems, Nortel)  (919) nnn-nnnn


Durham, NC 27713

Pam Tant - Treasurer

DTS Software Inc.      919-833-8426 x124

4350 Lassiter at N. Hills Avenue

Suite 230

Raleigh, NC 27609

Ed Webb -  Communications Director

SAS Institute Inc.  919-531-4162

SAS Campus Drive

Cary, NC 27513

Mike Lockey -  Web Master

Guilford Co. Information Services  336-641-6235

201 N. Eugene St.

Greensboro, NC 27401


Meetings are scheduled for the first Tuesday evening of each month (except no meeting in January), with optional dinner at 6:15 p.m. and the meeting beginning at 7:00 p.m.

These monthly meetings usually are held at LabCorp’s Center for Molecular Biology and Pathology (CMBP) near the Research Triangle Park (see last page). Take I-40 to Miami Boulevard and go north. Turn right onto T.W. Alexander Drive. Go about a mile or so. Then turn right into LabCorp complex and turn Left to the CMBP Building (1912 T.W. Alexander Drive). In the lobby, sign in as a visitor to see Bill Johnson. Bill will escort you to the conference room.

Call for Articles

If you have any ideas for speakers, presentations, newsletter articles, or are interested in taking part in a presentation, PLEASE contact one of the Board of Directors with your suggestions.

Newsletter e-Mailings

The SPARTA policy is to e-mail a monthly notice to our SPARTA-RTP Group. The newsletter is posted to the website about five (5) days before each meeting so you can prepare. The SPARTA-RTP Group is maintained by Chris Blackshire; if you have corrections or problems receiving your meeting notice, contact Chris at

March 2017 “CBT Tape” Shareware Online

The directory and files from the latest CBT tape V494 (dated March 5, 2017) are available from

If you need help obtaining one or more files, contact Ed Webb at SAS (see Board of Director’s list for contact info).

Minutes of the September 12, 2017 Meeting

• The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by Randy Springs, the SPARTA President.

• The meeting was held at a LabCorp conference room in RTP, N.C.

• Thirteen (13) people were present of which Twelve (12) are 2016/2017 paid members.

• Everyone introduced themselves, told where they worked, and briefly described their job functions or their job hunting challenges.

• The minutes of the August 1, 2017 meeting were approved as published in the September 2017 newsletter.

• The August 31, 2017 Treasurer's report was approved as read by Pam Tant. The balance was $381.16. (See details later in this newsletter).


• Call For Articles: Articles are needed for this newsletter. If you would like to write an article for this newsletter, please contact Ed Webb. Keep in mind that you don't really need to write the article, it can be an article that you read that you would like to share with the membership.

• The SPARTA Web page is available. To access the SPARTA Web page, point your Web browser to this site: Please send any comments or suggestions about the Web page to Mike Lockey. Be sure to check the Web page every once in a while to see any new or changed information.

• Randy reminded everyone to leave the LabCorp conference room clean.

• Future Speakers and Topics (subject to change based on internal politics, budget, the weather):





October 3, 2017


Brian Kithcart

Virtual Tape Update

November 7, 2017

Glasshouse Systems

Jim Elliot

LinuxONE and Linux on z Systems Capacity and Solution Planning

December 5, 2017

Watson & Walker

Cheryl Watson

z/OS Performance

If you have suggestions about speakers and topics, contact Ron Pimblett.

• The next SPARTA monthly meeting will be on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at LabCorp in RTP.

• Food for the October 3 meeting will be Chicken.

• The 2017 dues ($30) were due starting in February 2017. Please pay Pam Tant.

• Thanks to LabCorp and Bill Johnson for hosting the meeting.

• There are currently 72 people on the SPARTA-RTP e-mail list.

• Send any e-mail address changes to Chris Blackshire so he can update the SPARTA-RTP Listserv. You will be added by the moderator (Chris = sending you an invitation to Join the list.

• Possible Vendor Fair - Mitch Hoffman and Chris Blackshire have exchanged a few emails, but don't have a plan. Mitch could not be at the meeting tonight to discuss options.

• Possible collaboration with the Carolinas zEnterprise Council - Garry Grandlienard is checking with IBM management to see if SPARTA can be officially involved.


• Chris will send out a 2018 meeting schedule to the officers and when approved, Ron can start setting up 2018 topics and presenters. We may have more webinars in 2018.

• The Business portion of the meeting ended about 8:07 P.M.

Presentation: SHARE Providence Key Points of Interest By Ed Webb of SAS

• Agenda
• Best Sessions That I Attended
• SHARE Status

Best Sessions That I Attended

Monday Aug 7, 2017,-share-providen ce-2017

21716 Live! MVS Keynote: by Leading in the Trust Economy
- By Ed Jaffe of Phoenix Software and Skip Robinson of SoCalEd
- z/OS Trends and Directions by Scott Engleman, the IBM z/OS Offering Manager,
- - and Tarun Chopra, IBM z14 Engineering'
- HMC managed by mobile devices

This session will highlight IBM's upcoming z/OS v2.3 release in conjunction with the IBM z Systems hardware road map.

21555 MVS Core Technologies Project (MVS) Opening and WSC Hot Topics
- By Mary Anne Matyaz
- z/OS 2.3 with Extended Support ends in 2025

In this MVS Core Technologies Project Opening session, the Project Manager (PM) will discuss the topics this project covers, introduce the volunteers who support the project, and explain how you can assist us in an ongoing, or even infrequent basis. The PM will point out some new sessions presented by the project, highlight some sessions hosted by other projects we believe are relevant to our platform, and cover any other administrivia you should know about.

IBM Level 2's John Shebey will update us on critical z/OS APARs and Red Alerts

Next up is noted retired IBMer Bob Rogers to come and pontificate on the status of z/OS, z14, and z Systems in general. Bob's humor and subtlety are sure to entertain and educate.

Finally Gary Puchkoff will give us the highlights on z/OS 2.3 to kick off the week.

21582 z/OS Requirements; Influencing IBM Development
- By Peter Relson and Steve Warren of IBM
- z/OS 2.3 satisfied requirements

One of the main objectives of SHARE is to help shape IBM development. And, you can help this effort by using the SHARE Requirements System. SHARE requirements have resulted in IBM making hundreds of changes requested by SHARE members. If you have ever been frustrated by an APAR that was closed as SUG, resubmit it as a requirement and see how much more attention it gets when it's sponsored by SHARE. In this session, we provide the responses from IBM to the MVSE requirements over the last six months. We will also provide the status of our "Top 39" requirements. If you aren't familiar with requirements, we'll show you how to get started.

21557 Live! What's New in z/OS 2.3 - Ocean State Edition
- By Gary Puchkoff of IBM

In this session, the speaker will preview new facilities and features planned for z/OS 2.3 that affect system programmers and application developers. He will discuss highlights of planned functions for scalability and performance, availability, management, security, application development, and usability. As always, zNextGen members are welcome! (ZOSP1)

21552 A Technical Overview of the IBM z14
- By Gary Hutchison of IBM

This session provides an in-depth view of the structure, enhancements and design elements of the newly announced IBM z14. The session will include performance improvements as compared to the IBM z13, upgrade paths, memory options, new features and some high level implementation considerations. (ZOSP1) (ZVM2)

21609 IBM Product Documentation Enhancements for V2R3
- By Sue Shumway of IBM

When it comes to the z/OS product documentation, customers often talk about information currency, search, and knowing when content is updated. Come learn about how we've addressed these pain points in V2R3 with more frequent updates (continuous delivery!), expanded and improved search capabilities (Search Scope Catalog, Acrobat Indexed PDF collection, and IBM Doc Buddy!), and the new PDF repository with its subscription service. We'll also cover exciting changes to the beloved Hot Topics Newsletter and where we're going with workflows. At the end, we'll have a discussion where you can let us know what you think and what we can do to even further improve your z/OS content experience. (ZOSP1) (ZVM2) (ZNG3) (PS5).

Tuesday August 8, 2017,-share-provide nce-2017

20933 Live! Keynote: The Four Corners of Enterprise Security
- By Buzz Woeckener, Harry Williams, Stu Henderson, David Hayes, and Simon Dodge

Security and regulatory compliance are concerns that impact every professional within your IT organization. In the Tuesday Keynote presentation at SHARE Providence, our expert panelists will offer their perspectives on how various roles are specifically impacted by security, and what areas you should be most concerned about in your own roles. Listen to your peers share their insights in a series of TED-style Talks,starting withstarting with David Hayes of the Government Accountability Office, who will focus on common compliance and risk frameworks. Stu Henderson of Henderson Consulting will discuss organizational values and how those interacting with the systems are part of the overall control environment, followed by Simon Dodge of Wells Fargo providing a look at proactive activities in the organization that are important for staying ahead of threats and reducing the need to play catch-up when the auditors arrive. In the final talk of the morning, emerging cyber security threats will be discussed by Buzz Woeckener of Nationwide Insurance, along with tips on how to be prepared. At the conclusion of their presentations, our panelists will address audience questions on the topics of security and compliance.

21561 z/OS 2.3 JES2 Product Update and Latest Status
- By Tom Wasik of IBM ( )

This is a high level overview of the currently supported release and new functions in 2.3. Included is a discussion of potential exit/operational impacts of the new release, both from a migration and an exploitation point of view. It also covers service issues and other items of general interest to the customer set.

21553 HMC 2.14.0 Security Enhancements
- By Brian Valentine of IBM

In this session, the speaker will discuss the new security features in the Hardware Management Console (HMC) 2.14.0, available with the IBM z14. Features include Multifactor Authentication, Firmware Integrity Monitoring in support of NIST Standard 800-147B, Crypto Compliance Levels, FTP through HMC, SNMP/BCPii API Security Controls, Secure Console to Console Communication Enhancements, Remote Browser IP Address Limiting, and more. (ZOSP1) (ZVM2)

21547 Live! Migrating to z/OS 2.3: 1 of 2
- By Marna Walle of IBM

This is part one of a two-part session that will be of interest to system programmers and their managers who are migrating to z/OS 2.3 from z/OS 2.1. It is strongly recommended that you attend both sessions for a complete migration picture.

In part one, the speaker will focus on preparing for your z/OS 2.3 migration. She will discuss the changed content of z/OS 2.3. She will cover ordering and delivery options, and will explain the coexistence, migration, fall back, and service policies. Driving and target system requirements for both software and hardware will be highlighted along with some migrations actions you can perform now on your current z/OS release.

21548 Live! Migrating to z/OS 2.3: 2 of 2
- By Marna Walle of IBM

This is part two of a two-part session that will be of interest to system programmers and their managers who are migrating to z/OS 2.3 from either z/OS 2.1 or z/OS 2.2. It is strongly recommended that you attend both sessions for a complete migration picture.

Wednesday Aug 9, 2017,-share-provi dence-2017

21607 JES2 E-Mail Notifications
- By Tom Wasik of IBM

How does JES2 manage sending email and what does that mean to you. How do you set up the EMAIL support. What can the support do besides sending job notification messages. Come here JES expert Tom Wasik explain all this and more.

21583 z/OS 2.3 Client by Web Enablement Toolkit
- By Steve Warren of IBM

Bring your legacy z/OS application into the 21st century, by leveraging the plethora of available REST APIs quickly and easily. This session will get your application making REST API calls in no time, by conveying the easy concepts of the z/OS Client Web Enablement Toolkit and providing easy programming examples to get you up and running in no time! Alos, learn about numerous enhancements to the toolkit in z/OS V2R3 including REXX support, improved JSON parsing performance, and new HTTP streaming.

21556 SDSF 2.3
- By Gary Puchkoff of IBM and Ken Jones of Rocket Software

SDSF product is receiving a significant amount of development attention. In this session, the speaker will focus on the new features of SDSF z/OS 2.1 and SDSF z/OS 2.2 release including the browser based interface. The last part of the session we will be soliciting input from you, our customers, on your ideas and wish lists for for future content of SDSF.

21586 z/aS 2.3 User Experience
- By Ed Jaffe of Phoenix Software

In this session, a panel of speakers will share their experiences migrating to z/OS 2.3. The speakers will share their methodologies for implementing z/OS code, present any problems they had on the first IPL, or with any IBM or other vendor products. We typically hear some details of their planning process, a checklist they may have followed, and the process. (UX8) (ZOSP1).

21597 What's New in z/OSMF?
- By zhi Li of IBM

z/OSMF 2.3 delivers improved packaging, install, configuration and functionality. In this session, the speaker will present all the improvements and enhancements available in this release, and many of them are available via PTF for 2.2.

Thursday August 10, 2017,-share -providence-2017

21554 Cloud Provisioning and Management in z/OS Middleware-as-a-Service (MWaaS)
- By Hiren Shah of IBM

Your company is embarking on exploitation of the cloud... what does that mean for you and for z/OS? In this presentation, we will share upcoming z/OS Cloud enhancements providing capability to dynamically provision and manage z/OS MWaaS. We will describe the concepts as well as the flexibility that is part of the Cloud for z/OS solution. At the conclusion of this session, the goal is to have familiarized you, our z/OS audience, with the capabilities that IBM is introducing in z/OS to enable rapid provisioning and management of z/OS Middleware.

21312 Adventures in Porting (to AMODE 31 to 64 Assembler)
- By Ray Mullins of Phoenix Software

Porting assembler code from AMODE 31 to 64 requires much more effort than third-generation languages. Phoenix Software International is converting its flagship product (E)JESÆ to run in AMODE 64. This presentation covers porting techniques, hidden pitfalls, and outright hinderances encountered during the project. This presentation is updated with more experiences encountered since the Winter 2016 presentation of this session. (AD6) (SA6)

20910 Dynamic Deployment of z/OS TCPIP Resources at the speed of Cloud
- By Gus Kassimis of lBM

Tired of the repetitive urgent requests for a new Dynamic VIPA or a TCP port that someone needs immediately to deploy a new instance of middleware on your z/OS systems? Tired of maintaining spreadsheets with a list of IP addresses and ports that are available and that you can use when the next request comes along? z/OS Cloud Services comes the rescue!

In this session our speaker will describe how z/OS Network Administrators can use new z/OSMF Configuration Assistant Cloud interfaces to set up TCP/IP resource pools for Dynamic VIPA addresses, TCP and UDP ports, and even VTAM Application Names for new middleware instances that are deployed via the z/OS Cloud Services. The resource pools can be set up ahead of time based on the anticipated needs of your users. They are then dynamically provisioned and activated on your TCP/IP stack when requested by new z/OS middleware instances such as CICS, MQ, and WebSphere without you having to be involved in the actual request. This allows for much faster provisioning of networking resources by taking away manual configuration options while still allowing network administrators to retain full control over IP addresses, Ports and VTAM Application names that new z/OS middleware instances use. (CDT3) (NS3) (ZOSP1)

21550 OSA-HMC Centralized Management for Next Connectivity
- By Stephen Valley of IBM
- OSA designer

Simplification and central management control of your network devices is the direction of the IT industry. There are many network managers, running a variety of protocols that are being used to mange a customer's networking infrastructure. This is true for IBM's zSeries mainframes as well. In this session we will talk about the IBM strategy of moving platform configuration, including I/O networking configuration, to a central location, namely the SE/HMC. Eliminating multiple disparate management tools and moving to one central location makes a lot of sense for minimizing and streamlining methods and procedures for configuring your I/O. The new OSA Support Facility on the SE (OSA/SF) is an example of a successful move to the SE/HMC. The features and capabilities of this function, along with 'best practices' for defining the OSA/SF admin role on the HMC, will be described in this presentation.

21598 z/OSMF Advanced Programming
- By Zhi Li of IBM z/OSMF

In this session the speaker will introduce the portfolio of z/OSMF Advanced Programming facilities including:
- REST File and Data set API
- REST Software Management API
- REST Workflow API
- REST Gateway/Topology API

21581 IBM Skunkworks Project for z/OS
- By Steve Warren and Marie Buzzetti
- z/OS Advanced Technology Team (zATT)

Ever wonder what cool and innovative things are happening in z/OS development at the IBM Lab? Come hear IBM experts talk about some exciting, new prototypes being built on z/OS. Ever wonder what we might be developing in the future? Or what direction we are heading in? Come see some demos of our latest technology and hear our thoughts on our potential new areas of development in the future. Interactive feedback is strongly encouraged!

Friday August 11, 2017,-share -providence-2017

21319 Live! Thin Provisioning for z/OS
- By Covey Smeaton of IBM and Nick Clayton of IBM

In this session, the speakers will cover z/OS support for Thin Provisioned CKD volumes including software support available in DFSMS, and the hardware functionality available on the DS8000 storage system. Topics covered will include migration, storage management and space release functionality. (STO7) (ZOSP1)

21689 ISPF Tips, Tools, and Free-for-All
- By Lionel Dyck and Tom Conley

Join us to learn about tips, tricks, and tools for maximizing your ISPF experience. The floor will then be open for a Q&A session where anything is fair game. Bring your ISPF challenges, issues, questions, etc. and the speakers will (attempt to) answer your question. Topics covered during the session will include: ISPF Calendar; ISPF debugging; ISPF 3.17 File Systems menu; tools such as emac, runc, and PDSEGEN; and much more!

20844 Bit Bucket x'36'
- By Ed Jaffe, Tom Conley, Mary Anne Matyaz, Sam Knutson, and Skip Robinson

- German Engineering by Ed Jaffe
- Master the Mainframe by Ed Jaffe
- Prevent z/OSMF Autostart by Ed Jaffe
- Trust but Verify by Tom Conley
- Who Let the z/OSMF Dog out? by Tom Conley
- Effects of Symbolism by Mary Anne Matyaz
- Bounce ft! by Mary Anne Matyaz
- Stuck on DevOps Looking for MainFrame Fun by San Knutson
- Distributed Console by Skip Robinson
- Hold that PTF! by Skip Robinson

- z/OS 1.9 End of Service was Sept. 30, 2010
- z/OS 1.10 End of Service was Sept. 30, 2011
- - Two more years (until Sept. 2013) for a fee
- z/OS 1.11 End of Service was Sept. 30, 2012
- - Two more years (until Sept. 2014) for a fee
- z/OS 1.12 End of Service was Sept. 30, 2014
- z/OS 1.13 End of Service was Sept. 30, 2016
- z/OS 2.1 End of Service is Sept. 30, 2018
- z/OS 2.2 End of Service is Sept. 30, 2020
- z/OS 2.3 End of Service is Sept. 30, 2022
- z/OS V2 has 5 years of Support plus 3 more years of fee-based Support


20948 SHARE Volunteer All-Hands Meeting (SHARE 129)

- Future SHARE Conferences
- - SHARE Sacramento CA March 11-16, 2018
- - SHARE St. Louis MO August 12-17, 2018
- - SHARE ??? Winter 2019
- - SHARE Pittsburgh PA Summer 2019

- SHARE Association taking over from SHARE Inc
- -
- - > $5 million in reserves

• Attendance Steady in Recent Conferences

- Pittsb Total Attendees=1133 Paid Attendees=912 SHARE Companies=261
- Seattl Total Attendees=1004 Paid Attendees=890 SHARE Companies=238
- Orland Total Attendees=l052 Paid Attendees=892 SHARE Companies=2??
- SanAnt Total Attendees=l203 Paid Attendees=1090 SHARE Companies=2??
- SanJos Total Attendees=1??? Paid Attendees=1103 SHARE Companies=2??
- Provid Total Attendees=1??? Paid Attendees=1??? SHARE Companies=2??

• SHARE Proceedings Access Needs SHARE Userid (free)
- - Go to

• The presentation ended about 8:40 PM

• Presentation Access - See SPARTA webpage for the complete presentation

Contact Info:
Ed Webb
Senior Systems Programmer
Work: 919-531-4162

• The September 2017 monthly meeting ended about 9:22 PM.

Treasurer’s Report for September 2017

contributed by Pam Tant

The balance in the account is $399.53 as of September 30, 2017.

SPARTA Financial Report
3/01/2017 through 09/30/2017


Opening Balance


Total Deposits

Food money donated


Dues and Sponsorships





Loan repayment (RS)


Loan repayment (PT)




Web Site


Petty Cash


Bank Service Charges






PETTY CASH on hand 




Items of Interest

SPARTA Schedule and Menu for 2017

contributed by Chris Blackshire

Oct. 3, 2017 - Chicken

Nov. 7, 2017 - Subs

Dec. 5, 2017 - BarBQ

Some interesting URLs to help you find your way around the SHARE website

Contributed By Chris Blackshire

First logon to your free SHARE userid at

Then GOTO or use these URLs to find info about each SHARE proceedings

SHARE 123 Pittsburgh, PA (Summer) - August 4-8, 2014

SHARE 124 Seattle, WA (Winter) March 1-6, 2015

SHARE 125. Orlando, FL (Summer) August 9-14, 2015

SHARE 126 San Antonio, TX (Spring) Feb 28 - March 4, 2016

SHARE 127 Atlanta, GA (Summer) July 31 - August 5, 2016

SHARE 128 San Jose, CA (Spring) March 5-10, 2017

SHARE 128 San Jose Proceedings - ISO Image

SHARE 128 San Jose Proceedings Self-Extracting Zip File

SHARE 129 Providence, Rhode Island (Summer) August 6-11, 2017

z/OS V2.2 Books in PDF format are available zipped up

You will need to search on the publication number = SC27-8430 at

There must be more proceeding Zips of each SHARE other than the one zip that I found for San Jose.
If you find the other ISO/ZIPs, let me know the URLs.


Maybe Another Day

contributed by Ed Webb

Pray for all the victims of gun violence.

Membership Information

Don’t Forget the Next SPARTA Meeting

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

7 p.m.

Location: LabCorp in RTP

Take I-40 to Miami Boulevard and go north. Turn right onto 1912 T.W. Alexander Drive. Go about a mile or so. Then turn right into LabCorp complex and turn left to the CMBP Building. In the lobby, sign in as a visitor to see Bill Johnson. Bill will escort you to the conference room. Use 1912 TW Alexander Drive, Durham, NC 27703 in your map app.

Free Food: Chicken, Sodas and Tea, Dessert


Disk Library for mainframe (DLm)

Speaker: Monica Bennett of Dell EMC


P.O. Box 13194

Research Triangle Park, NC  27709-3194

First Class Postage

SPARTA Corporate Sponsors:

DTS Software

Rocket Software