A control node is any machine with Ansible installed. From the control node, you can run commands and playbooks from a laptop, desktop, or server machine. However, you cannot run IBM z/OS core collection on a Windows machine.
A managed node is often referred to as a target node, or host, and is the node that is managed by Ansible. Ansible does not need not need to be installed on a managed node, but SSH must be enabled.
The following nodes require specific versions of software:
Python on z/OS¶
If the Ansible target is z/OS, you must install a python distribution ported for this platform. Rocket Software is currently the preferred version for z/OS.
Click Downloads on the top left portion the page.
Select the category z/OpenSource on left side panel.
Scroll and select Python.
Download the binaries, installations files, and the README.ZOS onto an x86 machine.
Transfer the zipped tarball (tar.gz) file to the target z/OS system and extract it according the instructions in the installation files.
Follow the additional setup instructions as described in the README.ZOS file.
IBM Z Open Automation Utilities provide support for executing automation tasks on z/OS. With ZOAU, you can run traditional MVS commands, such as IEBCOPY, IDCAMS, and IKJEFT01, as well as perform a number of data set operations in the scripting language of your choice.
For the ZOAU FMID, program directory, fix list, latest PTF, installation and configuration, refer to the ZOAU product page.