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Configuring EMC Summetrix Arrays for Linux on System z

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Executive Summary

This white paper documents considerations needed to deploy Linux on System z with a Symmetrix storage array. It will examine both ECKD and FBA device configuration from the Symmetrix, to the z/VM platform storage allocation and configuration, concluding with device enablement to Linux on System z. It describes the various drive emulations used to optimize a Linux on System z environment while discussing the basic configuration tasks needed to operate with a Symmetrix array. This consists of explaining the FBA and ECKD relationship from the Symmetrix to z/VM, to Linux on System z running in a guest virtual machine. The focus of this paper is on ECKD and SCSI FBA direct-attached devices.

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