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FICON Native Implementation and Reference Guide

An IBM Redbooks publication

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


Published on 30 October 2002

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ISBN-10: 0738427365
ISBN-13: 9780738427362
IBM Form #: SG24-6266-01

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

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    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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