CA Chorus Software Manager Resource Center
Here you'll find everything you need to know about how to install and use CA Chorus Software Manager (CA CSM). Whether you're new to CA CSM and are interested in learning more about it or are an experienced user with a "how to" question, the CA CSM Resource Center is for you.
Here are some recent presentations on Next-Generation Mainframe Management and CA Chorus Software Manager (CA CSM).
CA Chorus Software Manager Update.
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CA Recommended Service, FIXCAT Exploitation, and Other Enhancements to CA Service Delivery.
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In the following tutorials, CA CSM experts from CA's Mainframe Solution Center guide you through the process of installing and using CA CSM. If you're new to CA CSM, we recommend that you view each video in sequence. If you have questions about a specific topic, you can also view any of the videos individually. Topics 1-8 will generally be of interest only to those installing and maintaining CA CSM, while topics 9-15 will be of interest to everyone.
These videos should be viewed in conjunction with the CA Chorus Software Manager Admin Guide and other publications available on the CA Chorus Software Manager Bookshelf that corresponds with your release of CA CSM.
- Assessing your System for CA CSM
Ready to install CSM? This tutorial discusses how to download and run the CA CSM Prerequisite Validator tool to verify that the necessary software, network, and security prerequisites are present on the system were you'll be installing CA CSM. (running time: 35 minutes)
- Preparing your System for CA CSM
Now that your system is ready for CA CSM, this tutorial discusses the pre-installation activities required for the actual installation, including setting up the z/OS Unix environment and gathering configuration information that will be needed during the installation process. (running time: 25 minutes)
- Installing CA CSM for the First Time
Preparations are complete, let's get started! This tutorial covers a CA CSM installation in depth, from the setup script to post-installation activities. This video is intended for first time CA CSM installers. If you're upgrading an existing CA CSM system to a new release, please see topic #7. (running time: 34 minutes)
- Logging in to CA CSM for the First Time
Now that CA CSM has been installed, we're ready to logon to the product and perform some one-time set up tasks. This video covers these topics in detail. (running time: 50 minutes)
- Installing Maintenance for CA CSM
Like any other software product, we'll need to install both preventative and corrective maintenance to CA CSM from time to time. This tutorial explains how to accomplish this quickly and easily. (running time: 25 minutes)
- Setting up CA CSM for Software Deployment
Some additional installation steps are needed to enable CA CSM Software Deployment Service functions. This tutorial describes the required actions in detail. (running time: 20 minutes)
- Setting up CA CSM for Software Configuration
Some additional installation steps are needed to enable CA CSM Software Configuration Service functions. This tutorial describes the required actions in detail. (running time: 26 minutes)
- Upgrading CA CSM from a Prior Release
If you're an existing CA CSM user, you'll want to get to the most current release so you can take advantage of all of the latest and greatest product features and enhancements. This tutorial describes the process of upgrading your existing CA CSM system to a new release or version. (running time: 54 minutes)
- CA CSM User Interface and General Navigation Overview
Although CA CSM's graphical browser-based interface is intuitive and easy to use, a little help is always welcome. This tutorial shows how to navigate around CA CSM and provides an overview of the user interface. (running time: 35 minutes)
- Using CA CSM to Acquire Base Products and Product Maintenance
One of the many powerful features of CA CSM is its ability to seamlessly download both products and maintenance from CA Support Online, eliminating what has traditionally been a multi-part, manual process. This tutorial provides an in depth look at CA CSM's Product Acquisition Service and shows how you can use it to perform these functions. (running time: 17 minutes)
- Using CA CSM to Install Base Products
Now that we've downloaded some products, let's get busy installing them. This tutorial discusses CA CSM's Software Installation Service and shows how you can use it to install base products. (running time: 24 minutes)
- Using CA CSM to Install Product Maintenance
Keeping current on maintenance is more than a best practice - it's a way to help ensure your products are not exposed to known problems and are running in tip-top condition. This tutorial discusses how CA CSM's Software Installation Service can install product maintenance, both corrective fixes and CA Recommended Service (CA RS). (running time: 36 minutes)
- Using CA CSM to Deploy Products
Now that our products are installed and upgraded to current maintenance levels, it's time to deploy them to systems where we can actually use them. This tutorial explains CA CSM's Software Deployment Service and shows how it can be used for both local (shared DASD) and remote (FTP) product deployments. (running time: 23 minutes)
- Using CA CSM to Configure Products
Now that our products are deployed, it's time to configure them for production use. This tutorial explains CA CSM's Software Configuration Service. (running time: 37 minutes)
- Using CA CSM to Apply Product Maintenance via FIXCAT
Identifying maintenance required for specific hardware, software, or specific functionality can often be a difficult task. See how you can use CA CSM to exploit the SMP/E fix categories to simplify this process. (running time: 11 minutes)
CA CSM Frequently Asked Questions
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