FICON Native Implementation and Reference Guide

An IBM Redbooks publication

Note: This is publication is now archived. For reference only.

Published 30 October 2002

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ISBN-10: 0738427365
ISBN-13: 9780738427362
IBM Form #: SG24-6266-01
(278 pages)

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Authors: Bill White, Jong Hak Kim, Manfred Lindenau, Ken Trowell


This IBM Redbooks publication covers the planning and implementation of FICON channels, operating in FICON native (FC) mode for the IBM zSeries and 9672 Generation 5 (G5) and Generation 6 (G6) processors. It discusses the FICON and Fibre Channel architectures, terminology, and supported topologies.
This book provides information about FICON native system setup, availability and recovery considerations, and migration recommendations. You will find examples of the z/OS and OS/390 definitions required to support FICON native control units, FICON Channel-to-Channel (FCTC), and FICON Directors (including cascading), as well as migration scenarios for control units using ESCON (CNC) channels or FICON Bridge (FCV) mode channels to FICON native (FC) mode channels.
This book is intended for system programmers, hardware planners, and system engineers who will plan and install FICON native (FC) products in a zSeries and 9672 Generation 5 (G5) and Generation 6 (G6) environment. A good background in systems planning, hardware and cabling infrastructure planning, and I/O definitions (HCD or IOCP) is assumed.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Overview
Chapter 2. FICON topology and terminology
Chapter 3. FICON architecture and addressing
Chapter 4. Processor support
Chapter 5. FICON - Fibre Channel cabling
Chapter 6. z/OS and OS/390 software support
Chapter 7. FICON channel configurations
Chapter 8. FICON I/O definitions
Chapter 9. FICON migration
Chapter 10. FICON CTC implementation
Chapter 11. FICON channel operation and performance
Appendix A. Determine the EC level and IOCP release
Appendix B. SMF record changes for FICON
Appendix C. FICON Director configuration worksheet
Appendix D. HCD reference panels
Appendix E. Cascaded FICON Directors
Appendix F. z/OS commands and utilities

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