The Virtualization Cookbook for IBM z/VM 6.3, RHEL 6.4, and SLES 11 SP3

An IBM Redbooks publication

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Automated deployment methods of Linux on System z: SUSE Linux Enterprise Edition


This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes how to roll your own Linux virtual servers on IBM System z® hardware under IBM z/VM®. It adopts a cookbook format that provides a concise, repeatable set of procedures for installing and configuring z/VM 6.3 into a single system image (SSI), then installing and customizing Linux.

You need at least two IBM System z logical partitions (LPARs) with associated resources, z/VM 6.3 media, and either the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 6.4 or the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 11 SP3 distribution (or both).

This book assumes that you have a general familiarity with System z technology and terminology. It does not assume an in-depth understanding of z/VM and Linux. It is written for those who want to get a quick start with z/VM and Linux on the mainframe, and to get some virtual servers up and running in a short amount of time (days, not weeks or months).

Table of contents

Part 1. Introduction and z/VM
Chapter 1. Introduction to z/VM and Linux
Chapter 2. Planning
Chapter 3. Configure a desktop machine
Chapter 4. Configure an NFS/FTP server
Chapter 5. Install a z/VM SSI cluster
Chapter 6. Service z/VM
Chapter 7. Install a z/VM non-SSI LPAR
Part 2. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4
Chapter 8. Install Red Hat Enterprise Linux on LNXADMIN
Chapter 9. Installing and configuring the RHEL 6.4 golden image
Chapter 10. Configure RHEL 6.4 for cloning
Chapter 11. Create RHEL 6.4 appliances
Chapter 12. Installing Red Hat Enterprise Linux with kickstart
Chapter 13. Service Linux with the Red Hat Network
Chapter 14. Red Hat Network Satellite Server
Part 3. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP3
Chapter 15. Install SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP3 on LNXADMIN
Chapter 16. Install the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP3 golden image
Chapter 17. Clone SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP3
Chapter 18. Create SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP3 appliances
Chapter 19. Installing Linux with AutoYaST2
Chapter 20. Creating appliances with KIWI
Part 4. Other topics
Chapter 21. z/VM live guest relocation
Chapter 22. DirMaint, SMAPI, and RACF
Chapter 23. Monitor z/VM and Linux
Chapter 24. Working with disks
Chapter 25. Working with networks
Chapter 26. Miscellaneous recipes
Appendix A. References and cheat sheets
Appendix B. Additional material


Publish Date
10 January 2014

Last Update
15 December 2014

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