IBM ZPDT Guide and Reference

An IBM Redbooks publication

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Published on 10 March 2020

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ISBN-10: 0738458597
ISBN-13: 9780738458595
IBM Form #: SG24-8205-05

Authors: Bill Ogden

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    This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides both introductory information and technical details about the IBM System z® Personal Development Tool (IBM zPDT®), which produces a small System z environment suitable for application development. zPDT is a PC Linux application. When zPDT is installed (on Linux), normal System z operating systems (such as IBM z/OS®) can be run on it. zPDT provides the basic System z architecture and emulated IBM 3390 disk drives, 3270 interfaces, OSA interfaces, and so on.

    The systems that are discussed in this document are complex. They have elements of Linux (for the underlying PC machine), IBM z/Architecture® (for the core zPDT elements), System z I/O functions (for emulated I/O devices), z/OS (the most common System z operating system), and various applications and subsystems under z/OS. The reader is assumed to be familiar with general concepts and terminology of System z hardware and software elements, and with basic PC Linux characteristics.

    This book provides the primary documentation for zPDT.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. Introduction

    Chapter 2. Function, releases, content

    Chapter 3. Devmaps

    Chapter 4. zPDT commands

    Chapter 5. zPDT installation

    Chapter 6. AD-CD installation

    Chapter 7. LANs

    Chapter 8. zPDT licenses

    Chapter 9. Other System z operating systems

    Chapter 10. Multiple instances and guests

    Chapter 11. The awscmd command

    Chapter 12. Minor z/OS notes

    Chapter 13. Additional zPDT notes

    Chapter 14. Tape drives and tapes

    Chapter 15. DASD volume migration

    Chapter 16. Channel-to-channel

    Chapter 17. Cryptographic usage

    Chapter 18. Virtualization

    Chapter 19. Problem handling

    Chapter 20. Server Time Protocol

    Appendix A. FAQ


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