There are individual PTFs that IBM creates in between the release of Cumulative PTF for problem fixes. The Cumulative or “CUM” ptf is referenced by “marker” PTFs that will tell you your CUM level. This is the top of the listing for 5722ss1 ptfs and shows that my CUM level is 9104. A CUM may include PTFs for the SLIC, Microcode or Licensed Program Products. Microcode PTFs load to 5722999 and most begin with MF*. 5722SS1 is the Operating system and those PTFs usually begin with SI*
Opt ID Status Action
TC09104 Temporarily applied None
TC08305 Superseded None
TC08183 Superseded None
Group PTFs are for Licensed Program Products. There are more Groups than shown here depending on the LPPS you have loaded.
PTF Group Text
SF99540 CUMULATIVE PTF PACKAGE C9104540
SF99539 GROUP HIPER
SF99538 GROUP SECURITY
SF99504 DB2 FOR SYSTEM I
SF99347 PRINT GROUP PTF FOR V5R4M0
SF99316 ELECTRONIC SERVICE AGENT
SF99315 TCP/IP GROUP PTF
SF99186 BACKUP RECOVERY SOLUTIONS
SF99143 PERFORMANCE TOOLS
SF99114 IBM HTTP SERVER FOR I
SF99099 IBM HTTP SERVER FOR ISERIES
It might depend on what you mean by “type”.
In a basic sense, a PTF is a PTF. You locate them all the same way, order them the same way, load them the same, apply them, remove them, delete them the same ways. (Well, variations are possible for locating and ordering, depending on the service provider.)
But you might view them as being either LIC PTFs (57xx999) or LPP (any other product ID) PTFs. Or maybe LIC, operating system and other LPPs make three types. Or maybe IBM and 3rd-party PTFs make two types.
Perhaps it’s a type of collection — individuals, cumes, groups. Perhaps it’s a type of status — loaded, applied, savefile only. Or other status — permanent, temporary, superseded. Maybe it’s typed by requirement — pre-requisite or co-requisite.
GA PTF or test PTF?
If there is a little elaboration on what you need to know, it might be easier to give a decent description.