OSA-Express Implementation Guide

A draft IBM Redbooks publication

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This IBM® Redbooks® publication will help you to install, tailor, and configure the Open Systems Adapter (OSA) features that are available on IBM zEnterprise 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. 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. RMF in an OSA environment
Appendix J. Authorization


These pages are Web versions of IBM Redbooks- and Redpapers-in-progress. They are published here for those who need the information now and may contain spelling, layout and grammatical errors.

This material has not been submitted to any formal IBM test and is published AS IS. It has not been the subject of rigorous review. Your feedback is welcomed to improve the usefulness of the material to others.

IBM assumes no responsibility for its accuracy or completeness. The use of this information or the implementation of any of these techniques is a customer responsibility and depends upon the customer's ability to evaluate and integrate them into the customer's operational environment.


Last Update
15 February 2014

Planned Publish Date
31 March 2014

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