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IBM System z Personal Development Tool: Volume 1 Introduction and Reference

An IBM Redbooks publication


Published on 19 June 2013, updated 24 June 2013

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ISBN-10: 0738438294
ISBN-13: 9780738438290
IBM Form #: SG24-7721-05

Authors: Bill Ogden

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    This IBM® Redbooks® publication introduces the IBM System z® Personal Development Tool (zPDT), which runs on an underlying Linux system based on an Intel processor. zPDT provides a System z system on a PC capable of running current System z operating systems, including emulation of selected System z I/O devices and control units. It is intended as a development, demonstration, and learning platform and is not designed as a production system.

    This book, providing an introduction, is the first of three volumes. The second volume describes the installation of zPDT (including the underlying Linux, and a particular z/OS® distribution) and basic usage patterns. The third volume discusses more advanced topics that may not interest all zPDT users. The IBM order numbers for the three volumes are SG24-7721, SG24-7722, and SG24-7723. An additional volume (SG24-7859) describes the use of zPDT in a Parallel Sysplex configuration.

    The systems discussed in these volumes are complex, with elements of Linux (for the underlying PC machine), z/Architecture® (for the core zPDT elements), System z I/O functions (for emulated I/O devices), and z/OS (providing the System z application interface), and possibly with other System z operating systems. We assume the reader is familiar with general concepts and terminology of System z hardware and software elements and with basic PC Linux characteristics.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. Introduction

    Chapter 2. Base configurations

    Chapter 3. zPDT components

    Chapter 4. Reference

    Chapter 5. Frequently asked questions


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