IBM z890

Dave Wade dave.g4ugm at
Tue Nov 3 14:14:16 CST 2015

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> From: cctalk [mailto:cctalk-bounces at] On Behalf Of william
> degnan
> Sent: 03 November 2015 04:49
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> Subject: Re: IBM z890
> >>
> >> Congratulations! Mainframes are fun!
> >
> > Thanks and yes they are :)
> >
> >> One does not boot a mainframe; one IPLs it. :)
> >
> > I totally knew this but somehow forgot such terminology while writing
> this email. *facepalm*
> >
> >> I can't advise you as to the other boxes. From my Linux experience on
> mainframe I can say it doesn't seem to boo... IPL any differently to any other
> mainframe OS. If you can define the device to the mainframe and issue an
> IPL command, you *should* be able to IPL anything I think?

Not sure. I think LINUX will run with Network Attached Storage ....

> >
> > Hm ok, I will have to do some more research on the storage front then.
> > What I have been told is that you can IPL Linux over a SAN but not any
> > But if IPLing shouldn't be any different then maybe you can't IPL from
> > a
> SAN at all which I wouldn't be surprised at.

I think all IBM

> >
> > -Connor K
> Check the OS defaults of the SAN networking software layer.  My instinct is
> AIX might play a part here.

I seem to remember that IBM OS's need a SAN that will talk ESCON or FICON and will resent emulated 3390 disks.

might help

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