First published on MSDN on Dec 17, 2018
In a post back in September, I described how to set up the IBM zD&T Environment in Azure. The IBM zD&T Environment is an emulation of the IBM z Series Architecture that runs on the x86/x64 platforms. It can host a variety of Z Series Operating Systems/Installations (also called Z Instances or Packages). These are available through what IBM calls Application Developers Controlled Distributions (ADCD s). They are complete Z Series OS implementations for Development and Testing Environments which run in IBM zD&T. Just like IBM zD&T, they are only available to IBM Customers and Partners and are exclusively for Development and Testing purposes (i.e. not Production). They are available through IBM PartnerWorld for Partners. Here is a list of the packages available.
In this post we are going to walk through setting up an ADCD Instance in IBM zD&T. You may recall that in the previous post you installed zD&T in an Ubuntu 16.04 VM. You are going to use the same VM image. Before you get started, it's worth mentioning that I am using a Windows PC to access the Azure Portal and to download the IBM media. If you are using a Mac or Ubuntu desktop, the commands and process for obtaining the IBM media may differ slightly.
Let's get started.
First a note about the Licensing Server
There are two ways to implement the Licensing Server which is necessary to run IBM zD&T. This can vary based on how you licensed the software from IBM.
Since these methods differ based on you licensing relationship with IBM, they are beyond the scope of this blog post. For more information on installing the Licensing Server go here.
Download the Installation Packages from Passport Advantage
As mentioned previously, you will need to have access to the ADCD media . You can gain access through either IBM PartnerWorld or Passport Advantage if you are an IBM Customer or Partner.
Upload the ADCD Package(s).
Now that you have the package(s) we want, you need to upload them to your VM in Azure.
Configure Image Storage
Now that we have the package(s) uploaded, we need to configure IBM zD&T to use them via Image Storage . This is a process within IBM zD&T that will allow us to mount and use the images. It can use SSH or FTP.
Configure Target Environments
Now that you have the package(s) uploaded, you need to configure IBM zD&T Target Environment. This is the emulated hosted environment your images will run in.
Configure ADCD and Deploy
Now that you have the package(s) uploaded and the Target Environment Configured, you need to configure IBM zD&T to use them via Image Storage . This is a process within IBM zD&T that will allow you to mount and use the images. It can use SSH or FTP.
Create the Image
Congratulations, you are now running an IBM Mainframe Environment in Azure. If you have any questions, email at email@example.com.
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