z/VM and Linux on IBM System z: The Virtualization Cookbook for SLES 11 SP1

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 02 February 2011, updated 22 February 2011

Authors: Michael MacIsaac, Marian Gasparovic


This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes how to create your own Linux® virtual servers on IBM System z® hardware under z/VM®. It adopts a cookbook format that provides a concise, repeatable set of procedures for installing and configuring z/VM in an LPAR and then installing and customizing Linux. You need an IBM System z logical partition (LPAR) with associated resources, z/VM 6.1 media, and SLES 11 SP1 Linux for System z.

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.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction to z/VM and Linux
Chapter 2. Planning
Chapter 3. Configuring a desktop machine
Chapter 4. Installing and configuring z/VM
Chapter 5. Servicing z/VM
Chapter 6. Configuring a NFS server for SLES 11 SP1
Chapter 7. Installing SLES 11 SP1 on the cloner
Chapter 8. Installing SLES 11 SP1 on the golden image
Chapter 9. Cloning SLES 11 SP1
Chapter 10. Cloning open source virtual servers
Chapter 11. Miscellaneous recipes
Chapter 12. Monitoring and tuning z/VM and Linux
Appendix A. Important z/VM files
Appendix B. z/VM and Linux Code
Appendix C. Additional material

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