OSA-Express Implementation Guide

An IBM Redbooks publication

Note: A new draft version of this publication is now available


This IBM® Redbooks® publication will help you to install, tailor, and configure the Open Systems Adapter (OSA) features that are available on IBM System z10™ and IBM System z9® servers. It focuses on the hardware installation and the software definitions that are needed to provide connectivity to LAN environments. It provides information to help you with planning and system setup. It also includes helpful utilities and commands for monitoring and managing the OSA features.
The target audience for this document is system engineers, network administrators, and system programmers who will plan for and install OSA features. The reader is expected to have a good understanding of System z® hardware, HCD or IOCP, OSA/SF, SNA/APPN, and TCP/IP.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. OSA overview
Chapter 2. Quick start
Chapter 3. Hardware configuration definitions
Chapter 4. Setting up and using OSA/SF
Chapter 5. QDIO mode for z/OS
Chapter 6. QDIO mode for z/VM
Chapter 7. Non-QDIO mode for z/OS
Chapter 8. Non-QDIO mode for z/VM
Chapter 9. z/OS VMAC support
Chapter 10. VLAN support
Chapter 11. z/VM virtual switch
Appendix A. OSA features
Appendix B. OSA-Express Network Traffic Analyzer
Appendix C. HMC and SE tasks for OSA
Appendix D. Useful commands
Appendix E. Using the OSA/SF REXX interface
Appendix F. TCP/IP Passthru mode
Appendix G. Sample definitions
Appendix H. ARP takeover
Appendix I. HiperSockets Accelerator
Appendix J. RMF in an OSA environment
Appendix K. Authorization


Publish Date
09 April 2009

Last Update
06 June 2011

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