Getting started

You use the Installation System to install and maintain some BMC AMI products,  BMC AMI Ops  products, Cost Optimization products, most BMC products for the IBM Db2 environment, and most BMC products for the IBM IMS environment. After gathering information, the Installation System generates all of the jobs that you need to install your products.

Task map

Use the following task map as a quick reference for understanding the Installation System and completing an installation. For more information, use the links in the table below the figure.

ItemMore information
Getting started
Installation projectsInstallation projects
Conventions for using the Installation SystemConventions for using the Installation System
Naming conventionsNaming conventions for FMID, SYSMOD, PTF, APAR, product distribution files, and runtime libraries
Review installation requirementsReview installation requirements
Define programs to CA ACF2CA ACF2 usage
Obtaining the Installation System
Obtain the Installation SystemObtaining the Installation System
Obtain the Installation System imageMethods for obtaining the Installation System image
Decompress the Installation System imageDecompressing the Installation System image
Starting the installation 
Start an installationStarting an installation
Start the Installation SystemStarting the Installation System
Prepare the installation repositoryPreparing the Installation System repository
Define site-wide installation valuesDefining or modifying site-wide default values
Create or select a projectCreating and selecting a project
Generating the installation jobs
Generate the installation jobsGenerating installation jobs
Select products to installSelecting products to install
Specify information for SMP/ESpecifying SMP/E settings
Specify JCL for installation jobsSpecifying JCL values for generated installation jobs
Generate installation jobsGenerating the installation JCL
Generating the configuration jobs
Generate the configuration jobsGenerating configuration jobs
Specify information for runtime data setsSpecifying runtime data set information
Specify configuration informationSpecifying product configuration information
Specify JCL for configuration jobsSpecifying JCL values for generated configuration jobs
Generate configuration jobsGenerating the configuration JCL
Running the generated jobs
Run the generated jobsRunning the generated jobs
Review generated jobs and filesReviewing generated documentation members
Run the generated jobsTo run the generated jobs
Perform additional product-specific customizationCustomizing after installation
Deploying products
Deploy productsDeploying products to other subsystems, LPARs, and sysplexes

Create a copy of the JCL library

Copying your JCL library
Modify INCLUDE membersModifying INCLUDE members
Run the deployment jobsRunning the deployment jobs
Maintaining products
Maintain productsMaintaining
Obtain maintenanceTask summary for applying maintenance
Perform SMP/E maintenanceTask summary for applying maintenance
Deploy maintenanceDeploying maintenance to BMC product runtime data sets
Manage projectsManaging projects
Manage product authorizationAuthorizing
Was this page helpful? Yes No Submitting... Thank you


  1. Virgil Wormsbaker

    It states to click on the box for details. I click on the box and nothing happens.

    Aug 19, 2019 10:41
    1. Dottie Wood

      Hi, Virgil. Thanks for letting us know about the problem that you encountered. We apologize for the inconvenience.

      To help us with troubleshooting, can you specify which box you clicked?

      Aug 19, 2019 11:00
  2. Virgil Wormsbaker What I really need is the manual. After clicking and double-checking several times, I did get the information.

    Aug 19, 2019 11:49
  3. Virgil Wormsbaker


    Aug 19, 2019 12:08
    1. Dottie Wood

      Hi, Virgil.

      You can obtain a ready-made PDF of the entire space as follows: 

      1. In the Downloading PDFs box at the top of the PDFs and videos topic, click Restricted space PDFs (or click here to go directly there).
      2. Click the link in the top row of the table. 
      3. When the PDF opens, click the Download button (down arrow in the toolbar in the top right corner of the screen).
      4. (Optional) To save to a local drive, access the PDF from the row at the bottom of the window. 

      For quick reference, here is the space PDF:

      Also, you can generate PDFs on your own as explained in the "Creating a custom PDF" section of that  topic.  

      Aug 19, 2019 01:12
  4. Pedro Padilla

    Hello. Is there an error link page? : Obtain maintenance --------------> Task summary for applying maintenance and : Perform SMP/E maintenance --> Task summary for applying maintenance . . . . .?????? Same as the previous one !!! Isn't the link associated with the topic wrongly repeated? Thanks, Pedro.

    Dec 08, 2021 04:43
    1. Dov Kaiser

      Hi, Pedro. That's a very good question. I have forwarded it to the writer who is responsible for this content.

      Dec 08, 2021 09:08
    1. Dov Kaiser

      Hi, Pedro. As you note, both the Obtain maintenance and the Perform SMP/E maintenance steps refer to the same Task summary for applying maintenance topic because the information in this topic is relevant to both obtaining and performing maintenance.

      Dec 12, 2021 04:17
  5. david larry

    Do I have to use this method to install BMC products? Is there a way to use smpe?

    Nov 15, 2022 11:56
  6. Dov Kaiser

    Hi, David. Thank you for your questions. I have forwarded them to the writer who is responsible for this content.

    Nov 16, 2022 12:58
  7. Dov Kaiser

    Hi, David.

    Most BMC AMI products are installed by using the Installation System, which is SMP/E-based.

    For a list of products that you install by using the Installation System, see Supported products.

    For information about obtaining the Installation System, see Obtaining the Installation System.

    For information about starting an installation, see Starting an installation.

    If you need more help using the Installation System to install a specific product, please contact Customer Support.

    Nov 16, 2022 01:41