The Virtualization Cookbook for IBM Z Volume 1: IBM z/VM 7.2

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 06 July 2021, updated 15 July 2021

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ISBN-10: 0738459720
ISBN-13: 9780738459721
IBM Form #: SG24-8147-02
(526 pages)

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Authors: Lydia Parziale


This IBM® Redbooks® publication is volume one of five in a series of books entitled The Virtualization Cookbook for IBM Z.

The series includes the following volumes:

  • The Virtualization Cookbook for IBM z Systems® Volume 1: IBM z/VM® 7.2, SG24-8147
  • The Virtualization Cookbook for IBM Z Volume 2: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.2 Servers, SG24-8303
  • The Virtualization Cookbook for IBM z Systems Volume 3: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12, SG24-8890
  • The Virtualization Cookbook for IBM z Systems Volume 4: Ubuntu Server 16.04, SG24-8354
  • Virtualization Cookbook for IBM Z Volume 5: KVM, SG24-8463

It is recommended that you start with Volume 1 of this series because the IBM z/VM hypervisor is the foundation (or base “layer”) for installing Linux on IBM Z®.

This book series assumes that you are generally familiar with IBM Z technology and terminology. It does not assume an in-depth understanding of z/VM or Linux. It is written for individuals who want to start quickly with z/VM and Linux, and get virtual servers up and running in a short time (days, not weeks or months).

Volume 1 starts with a solution orientation, discusses planning and security, and then, describes z/VM installation methods, configuration, hardening, automation, servicing, networking, optional features, and more.

It adopts a “cookbook-style” format that provides a concise, repeatable set of procedures for installing, configuring, administering, and maintaining z/VM. This volume also includes a chapter on monitoring z/VM and the Linux virtual servers that are hosted.

Volumes 2, 3, and 4 assume that you completed all of the steps that are described in Volume 1. From that common foundation, these volumes describe how to create your own Linux virtual servers on IBM Z hardware under IBM z/VM. The cookbook format continues with installing and customizing Linux.

Volume 5 provides an explanation of the kernel-based virtual machine (KVM) on IBM Z and how it can use the z/Architecture®. It focuses on the planning of the environment and provides installation and configuration definitions that are necessary to build, manage, and monitor a KVM on Z environment. This publication applies to the supported Linux on Z distributions (Red Hat, SUSE, and Ubuntu).

Table of contents

Part 1. z/VM cloud concepts and planning
Chapter 1. Conceptual overview
Chapter 2. Planning
Chapter 3. Security considerations
Chapter 4. Optional extra features of z/VM
Part 2. Installation, configuration, and service
Chapter 5. Installing z/VM
Chapter 6. Configuring z/VM
Chapter 7. z/VM live guest relocation
Chapter 8. Servicing z/VM
Chapter 9. z/VM Centralized Service Management
Part 3. System management
Chapter 10. DirMaint, RACF-connector, and SMAPI
Chapter 11. Deploying and maintaining Linux workloads
Chapter 12. Monitoring z/VM and Linux
Chapter 13. Disk storage administration
Chapter 14. Working with networks
Chapter 15. Miscellaneous recipes and helpful information
Appendix A. Configuring a workstation to deploy and administer z/VM
Appendix B. Reference, cheat sheets, blank worksheets, and education
Appendix C. Additional material

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