How to identify which CA fixes are in a CARS?

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CA Datacom - DB CA Datacom CA Datacom - AD CA Datacom - Server CA CIS CA Common Services for z/OS CA 90s Services CA Database Management Solutions for DB2 for z/OS CA Common Product Services Component CA Common Services CA Datacom/AD CA ecoMeter Server Component FOC CA Easytrieve Report Generator for Common Services CA Infocai Maintenance CA IPC Unicenter CA-JCLCheck Common Component CA Mainframe VM Product Manager CA Chorus Software Manager CA On Demand Portal CA Service Desk Manager - Unified Self Service CA PAM Client for Linux for zSeries CA Mainframe Connector for Linux on System z CA Graphical Management Interface CA Web Administrator for Top Secret CA CA- Xpertware

Issue/Introduction

CA Recommended Service (CA RS) are distributed monthly; the releases are designed to be implemented via Chorus Software Manager (CSM). Clients not using CSM may want to know which fixes are included in a specific CARS. 



How to identify which CA fixes are in a CARS?

Environment

This question may arise for any CA product that distributes fixes on CARS.

Resolution

It is possible to get the information about which APARs are included in each CARS. It takes a series of steps which are documented for you here: 

1- Go to http://ca.com/mainframe-cars 

2- At the bottom of this page you'll see a section titled "CA RS Reports and related Tools"; the first link in this section is "CA RS for z/OS Monthly PDF Reports". Click that link. It will take you to the most recent list of all CARS that have been produced, organized by year and month. 

3- Click on the CARS level that interests you. This will take you to a page of CA Products (listed by name and release) which have APARs included on that CARS. 

4- Click on whichever product(s) you are interested in, and that takes you to a spreadsheet including the actually APAR names. For instance, if you clicked on CARS1609 and product CA Datacom/DB 15.0, it would show you this list of APARs: https://support.ca.com/phpdocs/0/8319/CARS1609/DCDB150.pdf 

The only drawback to this is that the APARs are listed very discretely by product. Therefore, you may have to click multiple products to get all of the APARs that impact you, depending on which products you're using (e.g.: CA Datacom/DB; DA Datacom CICS Services 15.0; CA Datacom Server 15.0; etc). 

Additional Information

Clients not currently using CSM may want to review this information about using CA RS without CA CSM:  https://support.ca.com/phpdocs/0/8319/Using_CA_RS_without_CA_CSM.pdf