Having downloaded and installed the zD&T, ZPDT and z/OS products on my laptop. I was keen to start using it. Here are part of my journey.
The IBM ZPDT Guide and Reference redbook is excellent.
I used zD&T to install the products, but it is missing a few things.
Check the environment
I used /usr/z1090/bin/z1090instcheck in section 4.1.84 of the red book to check the configuration.
UBUNTU kernel.core_pattern is |/usr/share/apport/apport which is BAD
I left it as it was, it is about what happens if there is a coredump.
Section 4.1.11 talks about checking /etc/sysctl.conf. You can use
to set all of the parameters to value values. It prompts before it changes any value, so is safe.
Creating the devmap
I used the perl script to create my devmap file.
Number of processors
You may want to set the number if processors less than the number of cores in your machine, so you can continue to run if zPDT is 100% busy.
Use the top command. At the top it shows “load average: 5.3 3.7 4.1” this shows 3 numbers – this is 3 cores.
Set the number of cores using the
processors 1 # number of processors
statement. Event with 1 processor, sometimes the laptop locked up, the cursor did not move, or was about 5 seconds behind moving the mouse.
z/OS requires a minimum of 2GB to start (otherwise you get a message at IPL)
Using the top command gave
Use the free -g command to display the storage in your machine, so you do not over allocate the storage.
total used free shared buff/cache available Mem: 7 3 0 3 3 0 Swap: 0 0 0
The devmap had
memory 5984m # define storage size for virtual host
When I stared zD&T I got
AWSSTA146I Starting independent 1090 instance 'ibmsys1' AWSEMI001T Insufficient Memory for 1090 to start.
I changed the memory to
memory 2G # define storage size for virtual host
And I got into the IPL.
I did a cold start, as per instructions.
I saw a message “waiting for vtam”. So I reipled.
I used the command k s,del=n to prevent messages rolling off the top of the screen, and saw
I issued the commands
- SETPROG APF,ADD,DSNAME=NET621.SCNMLNK1,VOLUME=A4PRD3
- S VTAM
and the system started.
Edit ADCD.Z24A.PARMLIB(PROGAB) and add NET621.SCNMLNK1 A4PRD3, and do the same the the same data set on SARES1
The system worked as expected.
I could use x3270 localhost:3270 to get into z/OS using a 3274 “hardware controller” or x3270 10.1.1.2 via TCPIP. This showed my IP network was basically working.
To get FTP working
Use the MVS command S FTPD this takes a short time to start.
I installed vsftp on Ubuntu and started it
- sudo apt install vsftpd
- sudo service vsftpd start
I could FTP 10.1.1.2 and enter the userid and password. When I issued any command such as ls, it hung.
I used this article on the Ubunto firewall. The command sudo ufw status verbose gave
I disabled the firewall in linux
sudo ufw disable
and ftp worked.
The log showed me the activity sudo grep -i ufw /var/log/syslog |grep 10.1.1
Either of the commands give access through the firewall
- sudo ufw allow from 10.1.1.2
- sudo iptables -A INPUT -p tcp -s 10.1.1.2 -j ACCEPT
TCP error messages
11.45.32 *EZZ9308E UNRESPONSIVE NAME SERVER DETECTED AT IP ADDRESS 184.108.40.206
11.45.32 EZZ9310I NAME SERVER 220.127.116.11
TOTAL NUMBER OF QUERIES SENT 2
TOTAL NUMBER OF FAILURES 2
This is because it is trying to use the DNS server . The default is to use DNS then local. To fix this edit ADCD.Z24A.TCPPARMS(TCPDATA) insert the bold line
; LOOKUP statement ; ================ ; LOOKUP indicates the order of name and address resolution. DNS means ; use the DNSs listed on the NSINTERADDR and NAMESERVER statements. ; LOCAL means use the local host tables as appropriate for the ; environment being used (UNIX System Services or Native MVS). ; ; LOOKUP DNS LOCAL the default LOOKUP LOCAL
Specifying LOCAL uses /etc/hosts which has
10.1.1.2 S0W1.CANLAB.IBM.COM S0W1 127.0.0.1__ localhost localhost.localdomain localhost4 ___________ localhost4.localdomain4__________________ ::1________ localhost localhost.localdomain localhost6 ___________ localhost6.localdomain6________________
Where the _ is really hex ’41’ !
I went into OMVS and issued
mv /etc/resolv.conf /etc/resolv.conf.old
chmod 755 /etc/resolv.conf
ISPF primary menu
The initial ISPF menu is in
You can copy it to USER.Z24A.ISPPLIB and tailor it. If you create a new member name – COLIN, use the command at logon ispf panel(COLIN)
The supplied ISR@PRIM has options which are not listed on the display RACF, ISMF, SMPE, WLM S (for SDSF). This allows you to issue =S or =ISMF.
When you logon to TSO there is an ISPFLITE procedure with no optional products in the list, in case you have problems.
I got the following message many times at IPL once for each disk.
IEC816I xxx VARY ONLINE – CU AUTHORIZATION FAILED SER=IBM-01024
A VARY ONLINE command attempted to validate the use of advanced features for the device.
The authorization failed.
I think this can be ignored.