Configure ALM Solutions Connector on the mainframe

This topic provides instructions on how to configure the mainframe portion of the ALM Solutions Connector, which is required for the integration between ChangeMan ZMF and Deployment Automation.

Ask your ChangeMan ZMF administrator or someone familiar with the IBM mainframe and ChangeMan ZMF to do this part of the configuration.

Configure a ChangeMan ZMF proxy user ID

For each ChangeMan ZMF host server, or LPAR, you must set up a proxy user ID, or trusted user ID.

You specify it in the zmf.properties configuration file when you configure ChangeMan ZMF communication on the integrating server.

A proxy user ID grants you automatic access to ChangeMan ZMF through the integration without logging in. The proxy ChangeMan ZMF user ID connects to the host server on your behalf.

Example: Suppose you want to freeze a release unit. The orchestration invoked for the Freeze function requires access to the ChangeMan ZMF host server. Your TSO user ID is on your SBM contact record and is associated with the proxy user ID. However, there is no password stored in your contact record.

The proxy user ID, which does have a password, logs in to the ChangeMan ZMF host server on your behalf. The proxy user ID impersonates you, but it does not have access to other resources, such as performing ChangeMan ZMF functions. Your authority levels are in effect for the transaction.

The proxy user ID can be any SAF-defined user ID. It doesn't require any specific attributes or TSO access. This user ID must have READ or higher access to the trusted resource. The trusted resource is a SAF resource, by default SERENA.SERNET.AUTHUSR in the FACILITY class. You can modify the resource and by changing the names in the SERLCSEC module, which is delivered as source code with ChangeMan ZMF. This module is used for customizing a variety of security-related functions.

Note: You don't need to alter SERLCSEC to support the integration, as it is already coded for the preceding resource name and class. Be sure to use the version of SERLCSEC that is appropriate to your version of ChangeMan ZMF, including customizations.

The trusted resource is not related to the RACF user ID TRUSTED attribute.

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Configure TSO user IDs and permissions

TSO IDs for accessing ChangeMan ZMF from Deployment Automation must have permission to access every resource required by ChangeMan ZMF functions that Deployment Automation uses.

For information on how to set connection details for ChangeMan ZMF, see ChangeMan ZMF plugin.

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