Install Products Using SMP/E JCL

As a System Programmer, your responsibilities include installing products on your mainframe system. With this option, you acquire a product pax file and the latest product updates from Broadcom Support and then install, maintain, deploy, and configure the products on your systems. Batch jobs are provided to create the SMP/E environment. A basic understanding of UNIX System Services (USS) is required.
Before you begin this process, review the installation best practices and verify that the installation requirements in Prepare for Installation have been met.
You perform the following tasks to install a product with a pax file:
This image shows the workflow for a system programmer to install a product pax file using SMP/E JCL. The workflow covers from the allocate step to the optional USS directory cleanup.
When these steps are completed, you are ready to install preventive maintenance.
UNIX System Services Environment
You need a UNIX System Services (USS) directory and a file system with adequate space to perform the following tasks:
  • Receive product pax files from
    Broadcom Support
  • Perform utility functions to unpack the pax file into z/OS data sets that you can use to complete the product installation.
We recommend that you allocate and mount a dedicated file system for this process. The amount of space that you need for the file system depends on the following variables:
  • The size of the pax files that you intend to download.
  • Whether you plan to keep the pax files after unpacking them. We do not recommend this practice.
We recommend that you use one directory for downloading and unpacking pax files. Reusing the same directory minimizes USS setup. Complete the USS setup only one time. You reuse the same directory for subsequent downloads. Alternatively, you can create a directory for each pax download.
Downloading pax files for the SMP/E installation requires write authority to the USS directories that are used for the native SMP/E JCL installation process. In the file system that contains the pax directories, you also need free space approximately 3.5 times the pax file size to download the pax file and unpack its contents. For example, to download and unpack a 14 MB pax file, you need approximately 49 MB of free space in the file system hosting your pax directory.