I’m not sure how many of you are aware about this.
You can access Fandezhi mainframe system for your Mainframe skills development, there is no hidden charges to use it (Read bellow comments), yes its completely free.
efglobe/Fandezhi Mainframe is a virtual Mainframe and running on zOS 1.6 ADCD (Application Developers Controlled Distributions). The latest release of zOS is 1.13 but zOs 1.6 is more than enough for practicing. I’m not willing to talk about the virtualization of Mainframe.
Make sure you will not create some random user ids and run any infinite loop Programs on fandezhi mainframe. It is closely monitored by the admins and you may be banned from using dezhi mainframe if you do so. The mainframe system is for people who wants to do the the things which are not possible at their work. Its so sad that the system is misused by a bunch of training center from India and that affects the complete system performance and other users. being a Dezhi MF user I‘ve personally experienced this. Again Make sure you don’t do the same.
Also read the comments from fandezhi system Admin Prino.
All you need to have to use fandezhi/efglobe mainframe is
- Get zOS credentials
- Get a terminal emulator Program
- Configure Terminal Emulator program and connect to efglobe mainframe
1. Get zOS Credentials
Go to efglobe/fandezhi mainframe support site using the below link
Click on apply for new TSO ID, you will get the below screen
fill in your desired TSO ID, your name and your email id, then click on submit. After a while you will get an email with the TSO ID/Password and the Mainframe host IP etc.
As you see in the mainframe support site, you can
Apply for TSO ID.
Find you TSO ID (if you forgot yours)
Reset your ID
Renew your ID
Delete your ID
Disconnect your ID, if you disconnected from Mainframe by mistake and not able to login back.
2. Get a Terminal Emulator Program
I personally recommend IBM Personal communications, but it comes with a price tag. You can buy it (its really worth the money and its rich in features). If you prefer cheap/free you can get one of these
- 1. x3270
- Download link: http://x3270.bgp.nu/
- 2. Mochasoft tn3270 (trial)
- Download Link: http://www.mochasoft.dk/tn3270.htm
Once you download the terminal emulator go ahead and install it.
3. Configure your Terminal Emulator program and connect to efglobe Host Mainframe.
If you are using IBM Personal communications then click on “Connections>Configure” and click on “link parameters”, then enter the host IP address you received on you email or you can use zos.efglobe.com and port 23.
In addition to this you can configure keyboard and graphics (if you want to use GDDM), since we all will be using different Terminal emulators I’m not going to cover it. Click on ok and connect to the host.
Here is the efglobe/fandezhi TSO Logon Page. You can use TSO, CICS, NETVIEW, NVAS and AOF. IMS will be working in this zOs configuration.
That’s it, you know how to go from here. Try it. Let me know if you get any problems while logging in.