Components

Quickload is a revolutionary productivity tool which will dramatically reduce the time and effort to install and migrate to a new level of your zSeries operating systems.

Quickload provides 3 major components to facilitate the installation upgrade and migration process of your OS/390 or z/OS operating system.


OS Installer

The OS Installer will dramatically reduce the time, effort, and level of expertise necessary to install upgrades to the IBM mainframe and zSeries operating systems. Now there is an alternative to the many tapes and hours it takes to load a new version of the operating system. The OS Installer will deliver your sytem on DVDs, which will allow you to load your new "migration-ready operating system" in one day.

The OS Installer includes many pre-customized options and can be used by team members who have less installation experience, conserving important time and resources. Using The OS Installer's GUI interface, it is easy to install additional software (also provided on DVDs) such as CICS, MQ Series, PSF, compilers, DB2, etc. The existence of this product technology gives the mainframe a true “Install Wizard”.


Discovery Browser

Quickload makes use of our unique technology, called discovery. Discovery will analyze various system components and provide an XML based window-view of the system configuration of your existing operating system. Easy drill-down views facilitate a quick understanding of interfacing system components and therefore expedite the discovery and planning process.

Discovery will populate the registry from multiple systems and can detect a sysplex system environment. This view is then displayed in a tree format for easy drill down analysis. Some of the information that is collected is: parmlib, catalog structure, iplparm information, available devices, security information, sysplex information and network information. This information - which is used with the OS Installer, the Discovery Browser and the Migration Utility - eliminates the need to memorize dataset & member names, and provides accurate information thereby eliminating errors due to hidden or misinformation.


Migration Utility

Migration is one of the most difficult tasks during a system upgrade. Quickload provides the Installation tool that registers systems information and the Discovery Browser that easily searches through this information. The process of migrating the old system into the new system is now simplified by having Quickload present the differences.

Additionally, a unique set of utilities are continually being enhanced to guide you through the labor intensive tasks involved in the migration. The Migration Utility will initiate different processes that provide the user options for a typical or a custom migration. The process will provide user prompting and will dramatically facilitate the speed of the migration process. Once this process is complete the Discovery Browser can then display the new system to ensure the accuracy of the migration.

Some specific functions of the Migration Utility include:

Catalog Merge

The OS/Installer component of Quickload will create your new release of the operating system. In that process, a basic new Master Catalog will be created.
As part of the post-installation tasks, the Migration Utility will then “discover” the old catalog, including all aliases, and replicate the complete master catalog to the new system. Prior to the merge, a Catalog Merge Report is prepared and presented for review and confirmation. Only upon confirmation will the merge begin. In addition, a Backout Catalog Merge function is provided to allow the user to back out changes that were made.
This function will therefore eliminate the manual tedious and time-consuming process, and will facilitate an accurate duplication of the original master catalog.

ISV Database

Another of the post-installation steps involves research of non-IBM products as well as IBM products that are not part of the normal system install, e.g., Websphere. One must determine the proper product release levels that are compatible with the new version of the operating system.
The process involves telephone calls to each vendor and/or researching the vendor’s web site. Frequently, a consulting organization is commissioned to perform this task and will typically charge 40 hours of their time for the service.
The Quickload Migration Utility now provides this information to you in our ISV Database. The information is centralized, concise and readily available, and provides a convenient and time/cost-saving service.

Cloning

It is frequently necessary to create a copy of an existing system, whether for another LPAR or for an additional system that will be used on the same LPAR. Sometimes this system will be utilized as is, while other times it will be used as a foundation upon which an alternate system will be built.
Quickload’s Migration Utility provides a Cloning Facility to perform this function. It will present the user with 10 system variables to be defined, e.g., LPAR number, TCP/IP address, UCB addresses, PAGE dataset volume, LAN type, etc., and will create a duplicate system based on these parameters.

Dataset Renaming

Although it is recommended that a site use the IBM default naming standards, the Migration Utility provides the ability to modify these names.
The Migration Utility will present a list of high-level qualifiers that are used as defaults and will provide you the flexibility to change these for your particular environment.