z/VM and Linux on IBM System z: The Virtualization Cookbook for SLES9

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Published 18 April 2006

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ISBN-10: 0738497363
ISBN-13: 9780738497365
IBM Form #: SG24-6695-01
(262 pages)

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Authors: Michael MacIsaac, Jin Xiong


This IBM IBM Redbooks publication describes how to setup your own Linux virtual servers on IBM zSeries and System z9 under z/VM . It adopts a cookbook format that provides a clearly documented set of procedures for installing and configuring z/VM in an LPAR and then installing and customizing Linux. You need a zSeries logical partition (LPAR) with associated resources, z/VM 5.2 media, and a Linux distribution. This book is based on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 (SLES9) for zSeries and we address both 31-bit and 64-bit distributions.

In addition, there are a few associated REXX EXECs and Linux scripts to help speed up the process. These tools are not IBM products nor formally supported. However, they are informally supported. They are available on the Web.

In this book, we assume that you have a general familiarity with zSeries technology and terminology. We do not assume an in-depth understanding of z/VM and Linux. This book 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 an NFS server
Chapter 7. Installing and configuring Linux
Chapter 8. Configuring NFS on controller
Chapter 9. Configure Linux for cloning
Chapter 10. Four virtual servers
Chapter 11. Miscellaneous recipes
Chapter 12. Monitoring z/VM and Linux
Chapter 13. Backup and restore
Appendix A. References and source code

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