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What is IBM ADCD z/OS and How to Use It?

What is IBM ADCD z/OS and How to Use It?

IBM ADCD z/OS is a customized bundle of z/OS and related products that is designed to help users quickly implement a z/OS system for application development. It is not an IBM program product and is not supported as a product. However, it provides a convenient way to test and run applications on a simulated z/OS environment.

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In this article, we will explain what IBM ADCD z/OS is, what are its benefits, and how to use it for your development needs.

What is IBM ADCD z/OS?

IBM ADCD z/OS stands for Application Development Controlled Distribution for z/OS. It is a collection of z/OS and related products that are pre-configured and ready to use on a simulated z/OS system. The ADCD can run on IBM Z Development and Test Environment (ZD&T), which is a software solution that emulates IBM Z hardware and allows users to create virtual z/OS systems on x86 platforms.

The ADCD contains various software components, such as:

  • z/OS base operating system

  • IBM Db2Â for z/OS

  • IBM CICSÂ Transaction Server for z/OS

  • IBM MQ for z/OS

  • IBM WebSphere Application Server for z/OS

  • IBM Cloud Pak for Applications

  • and many more...

The ADCD is updated periodically to reflect the latest versions and features of the software products. The current version of the ADCD is z/OS V2R5 May Edition of 2022[^5^].

What are the benefits of IBM ADCD z/OS?

IBM ADCD z/OS offers several benefits for users who want to develop, test, or run applications on a z/OS system. Some of these benefits are:

  • It reduces the cost and time of setting up a z/OS system by providing a pre-configured and ready-to-use environment.

  • It enables users to access the latest versions and features of the software products without having to install or upgrade them individually.

  • It allows users to experiment with different configurations and scenarios without affecting the production system.

  • It supports various development tools and languages, such as Javaâ, COBOL, PL/I, C/C++, Python, Node.js, etc.

  • It facilitates the integration and deployment of applications across hybrid cloud environments.

How to use IBM ADCD z/OS?

To use IBM ADCD z/OS, you need to have IBM Z Development and Test Environment (ZD&T) installed on your x86 machine. ZD&T provides the emulation layer that enables the ADCD to run on your machine. You can download ZD&T from here.

Once you have ZD&T installed, you need to download the ADCD image files from here. The image files are compressed in ZIP format and contain the virtual disks that store the ADCD software components. You need to extract the image files and place them in a folder on your machine.

Next, you need to create a ZD&T configuration file that defines the parameters of your virtual z/OS system, such as CPU type, memory size, network settings, etc. You can use the sample configuration file that is provided with the ADCD image files as a template. You need to modify the configuration file according to your preferences and requirements.

Finally, you need to start your virtual z/OS system by using the ZD&T command line interface or graphical user interface. You can then log in to your virtual z/OS system by using a terminal emulator or a web browser. You can also use various development tools and utilities that are available on your virtual z/OS system or on your host machine.

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