With Application Delivery Foundation for z Systems V3.0 announcement, we made a number of changes to deliver the marketing leading development and problem diagnosis solution for z/OS application developers. Figure 1 summaries the changes.

The biggest change is the brand new product, IBM Developer for z Systems Enterprise Edition, which effectively takes the best of IBM Developer for z Systems V14.0 (formally known as Rational Developer for z Systems V9.5) and IBM Debug for z Systems V14.0 (formally known as Debug Tool for z/OS V13.1). This product is the complete development solution for the Enterprise, which includes 1) Integrated Development Environment (IDz) for developers who prefer to work under GUI environment (built on IBM Explorer for z/OS Aqua and Eclipse Luna), 2) A 3270 (MFI) source line debugger, and 3) utilities such as Load Module Analyzer and COBOL migration utility.

With this product, we made some changes to how we package the products (specifically for IBM Developer for z Systems and IBM Debug for z Systems) which are described in the following section.

Figure 1: ADFz product structure
Figure 1: ADFz product structure

Installation of IBM Debug for z Systems V14.0

If you are a user of Debug Tool for z/OS product, you might be wondering what happened to this product. The product is now called IBM Debug for z Systems V14.0. The good news is you are entitled to IBM Debug for z Systems V14.0. This brings a significant advancements including support for debugging 64-bit applications. We also ensured smooth transition to IBM Debug for z Systems V14.0 by providing a full DT compatibility mode of operation so you are not required to change your debug setups.

There is a change in how you obtain IBM Debug for z Systems. Rather than installing IBM Debug for z Systems as a separate entity from z/OS Explorer Aqua, you need to select “IBM Developer for z Systems” first. See Figure 2.

Figure 2: Select IBM Developer for z Systems
Figure 2: Select IBM Developer for z Systems

On the next screens, accept the license agreement as shown in Figures 3 & 4, which includes the license for the IBM Debug for z Systems.

Figure 3: License agreement
Figure 3: License agreement
Figure 4: License agreement
Figure 4: License agreement
On Install Packages page, you need to ensure only “IBM Debug for z Systems feature is selected. See Figures 5, 6 and 7. With this selection, you will have IBM Explorer for z/OS Aqua with IBM Debug for z Systems feature installed on your machine.

How do you validate if you installed IBM Debug for z Systems features alone? You can check this via “Manage Licenses” feature of IBM Installation Manager. See Figure 8. Notice there is “Nodelock” value for “License type” and no “Expiration Date” fields. A node-locked license key is for use on one computer, and is tied to that computer. You do not need to run a license server if you are using a node-locked license. If you installed any other IBM Developer for z Systems features, you will notice those two fields contain values such as “trial” and expected expiration date of trial license.

Figure 5: Select IBM Debug for z Systems feature
Figure 5: Select IBM Debug for z Systems feature
Figure 6: IBM Debug for z Systems feature install
Figure 6: IBM Debug for z Systems feature install
Figure 7: IBM Debug for z Systems feature install
Figure 7: IBM Debug for z Systems feature install
Figure 8: Verify installation of IBM Debug for z Systems alone
Figure 8: Verify installation of IBM Debug for z Systems alone
In order to use IBM Debug for z Systems V14.0, your system programmer must register z/OS Debugger on the host by following the instructions in the Program Directory for
IBM z/OS Debugger V14.0.0 GI13-4540
section “Enable/Register z/OS Debugger”.

Installation of IBM Developer for z Systems V14.0

Installation of IBM Developer for z Systems V14.0 largely remains the same as the installation steps of IBM Debug for z Systems V14.0 which are described in the previous section. While selecting features of IBM Developer for z Systems V14.0, ensure to select all features you are expecting to use (see Figure 9).

Figure 9: Install remaining IBM Developer for z Systems features
Figure 9: Install remaining IBM Developer for z Systems features
Once IBM Developer for z Systems features are installed, the license key infrastructure is also installed on your machine so you can either start your free trial period (90 days) or use the product with the license option of your choice. If you select “Manage Licenses” option in IBM Installation Manager, you should see “License Type” and “Expiration Date” fields pre-populated (see Figure 10).
Figure 10: License information once IDz is installed
Figure 10: License information once IDz is installed
Since all IBM Developer for z Systems features are protected by license activation infrastructure1, you need to ensure an appropriate activation license is applied to your desktop software to continue its usage.
Several options are available:

  • Use IBM Developer for z Systems as part of IBM Application Delivery Foundation for z Systems or IBM Developer for z Systems Enterprise Edition. Read “Product enablement in IFAPRDxx” section in IBM Developer for z Systems V14.0 Host Configuration Guide (SC27-8577).
  • Use IBM Developer for z Systems using licenses available from Passport Advantage (such as Authorized User License and Floating User), visit Rational License Key support page.

1 The remote debug features related to IBM Debug for z Systems are not protected by the license activation infrastructure. You can continue to use those features after the expiration of IBM Developer for z Systems trial license period.

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