Last updated: April 2022

VM Service News

Hardware Service Requirements:

New Service required for the IBM z16

Service required for the IBM z15

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New GetShopz Utility:
Direct to host service is now available, starting with z/VM 7.2, after application of its applicable APAR. Visit the to use the GetShopz Utility page for more information.

Beginning with z/VM 7.2, VMSES/E incorporates logic to identify service updates to VMSES/E "Core" components which are critical to its operation. When these updates are identified, VMSES/E issues a notification to this effect, (via message: VMF2760W SERVICE processing incomplete due to service that affects core VMSES/E parts), creates a service restart file, and cancels its operation. Service processing then must be resumed using a SERVICE RESTART command.

Service download updates:
The manner in which service content is compressed for Version 7 service orders was changed for Shopz orders as of 13 May, 2020, and for all ServiceLink (IBMLink) orders as of 12 September, 2020. All Version 7 service orders now use GIMZIP compression.

This newer form of compression — noted as v7 format by the mentioned ordering tools — is intended to be transparent with respect to how a received service package is processed, in that one continues to use the existing DETERSE command to decompress z/VM service package files.

When service is ordered for z/VM levels prior to z/VM 710, be certain that v6 (TERSE) format compression is specified for your order. If a service package is ordered with v7 format, the z/VM 640 level DETERSE command will fail with a return code of 1031. In this situation, the 640 service will need to be ordered again, but in v6 format, which then should allow for successful DETERSE processing.

Note that GIMZIP compression will be used to improve service in the future, so please return to this page for updates. Also, ensure that you follow all instructions that are provided with a service order, including ignoring the GIMPAF XML and GIMPAF XSL files.

z/VM 6.4 dates: End of Marketing and the upcoming End of Service

Service required for the IBM z15

New Function to be delivered
z/VM puts out new function on a continuous basis. To learn about new enhancements going out and the proposed schedules see the Continuous Delivery page.

GDPR Compliance Information
In compliance with GDPR, see the z/VM-Centric information page required for sending in customer debug data.