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FICON Planning and Implementation Guide

An IBM Redbooks publication


Published on 21 March 2012

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ISBN-10: 0738436445
ISBN-13: 9780738436449
IBM Form #: SG24-6497-03

Authors: Karan Singh, Marimar Grau, Peter Hoyle, Jonghak Kim, Jukka Myyryläinen, Mark Pope, Jean Sylvester and Francisco Vilaca

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    This IBM® Redbooks® publication covers the planning, implementation, and management of IBM System z® FICON® environments. It discusses the FICON and Fibre Channel architectures, terminology, and supported topologies.

    The book focuses on the hardware installation and the software definitions that are needed to provide connectivity to FICON environments.You will find configuration examples required to support FICON control units, FICON Channel-to-Channel (FCTC), and FICON Directors. It also discusses utilities and commands that are useful for monitoring and managing the FICON environment.

    The target audience for this document includes IT Architects, data center planners, SAN administrators, and system programmers who plan for and configure FICON environments. You are expected to have a basic understanding of IBM zEnterprise™ and System z10® hardware, HCD, HCM or IOCP, and a broad understanding of the Fibre Channel and FICON architectures.

    Table of Contents

    Part 1. Understanding FICON

    Chapter 1. Introduction to FICON

    Chapter 2. System z FICON technical description

    Chapter 3. FICON Director technical description

    Part 2. Planning the FICON environment

    Chapter 4. Planning the FICON environment

    Part 3. Configuring the FICON environment

    Chapter 5. Configuring a point-to-point topology

    Chapter 6. Configuring a switched point-to-point topology

    Chapter 7. Configuring a cascaded FICON Director topology

    Chapter 8. Configuring FICON Directors

    Part 4. Managing the FICON environment

    Chapter 9. Monitoring the FICON environment

    Chapter 10. Debugging FICON problems

    Part 5. Appendixes

    Appendix A. Example: planning workflow

    Appendix B. Configuration worksheets

    Appendix C. Configuration and definition tools

    Appendix D. Configuring the DS8000 for FICON

    Appendix E. Using HMC and SE for problem determination information

    Appendix F. Useful z/OS commands

    Appendix G. Adding FICON CTC connections


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