Learn how to install maintenance for Broadcom mainframe products.
After you have successfully installed any mainframe product software, check for important product maintenance that may have been released after the product installation package was prepared. The product releases are built and maintained using standardized SMP/E packaging and installation procedures. These procedures include error and FIXCAT HOLDDATA, new product features, and product interoperability validation. PTFs that pass interoperability test criteria are released monthly and designated as .
You can install the following types of maintenance:
- Corrective maintenance that fixes an issue.
- Preventive maintenance to avoid problems that others have reported or to provide a compatibility fix for hardware and software.
- FIXCAT maintenance to support a particular hardware device, software release, or new product function.
You can initiate a maintenance installation activity at any time using z/OSMF Software Update, SMP/E JCL, or
CA CSM. However, before you do so, we recommend that you obtain the current SMP/E HOLDDATA.
See Broadcom Mainframe Product Maintenance for a list of solutions that have been published within the last year. From this page, you can search solutions for all mainframe products by product name, date, or keyword. You can also search for new product features or by a level (CARSID). You can also find HIPER or PE PTFs and security or integrity PTFs. Once you have your list, you can download in Excel or CSV format. To download PTFs automatically without having to search regularly on the portal, use SMP/E Receive Order.
For a comprehensive collection of articles that are dedicated to all mainframe maintenance concepts and procedures, see Mainframe Common Maintenance Procedures.