The managed z/OS node is the host that is managed by Ansible, as identified in the Ansible inventory. The managed node has dependencies that are specific to each release of the IBM z/OS IMS collection. Review the details of the dependencies before you proceed to install the IBM z/OS IMS collection.
IBM z/OS IMS collections are dependent on specific versions of ZOAU. For information about the required version of ZOAU, review the release notes.
The z/OS® shell
z/OS® shell is supported . Using
to change the default shell is discouraged. For more information, see
Shells such as
bash are not supported because they handle the reading and
writing of untagged files differently.
bash added enhanced ASCII support
in 4.3 and thus differs from 4.2. If
bash shell is the only shell
available, you will need to control how the new and existing files are tagged
and encoded. This can be controlled by
setting both “_ENCODE_FILE_NEW” and “_ENCODE_FILE_EXISTING”.
Please review the README.ZOS guide included with the ported
for further configurations.
Python on z/OS
If the Ansible target is z/OS, you must install IBM Open Enterprise Python for z/OS which is ported for the z/OS platform and required by IBM z/OS IMS Collection.
Visit the IBM Open Enterprise Python for z/OS product page for FMID, program directory, fix list, latest PTF, installation and configuration instructions.
For reference, the Program IDs are:
5655-PYT for the base product
5655-PYS for service and support
Optionally download IBM Open Enterprise Python for z/OS, here
For the Python supported version, refer to the release notes.
Currently, IBM Open Enterprise Python for z/OS is the supported and recommended Python distribution for use on z/OS with Ansible and ZOAU. If Rocket Python is the only available python on the target, review the recommended environment variables for Rocket Python.
IBM Z Open Automation Utilities provide support for executing automation tasks on z/OS. With ZOAU, you can run traditional MVS commands, such as IEBCOPY, IDCAMS, and IKJEFT01, as well as perform a number of data set operations in the scripting language of your choice.