How to install the z/VSE generation feature from virtual tape
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Today I installed the latest z/VSE 6.1 from disk, downloaded from Shopz (as AWS image). That is I loaded the AWS file into my z/VM guest to a CMS disk and created an installation disk with the provided tools. See z/VSE Installation book, available for download here.
I will use the z/VSE virtual tape (VTAPE) to install the gen feature. Therefore I copied the AWS image to my PC and used the VTAPE command with PC's IP address in z/VSE partition BG. I got a connection error. The reason was that our firewall rules do not allow z/VSE to connect to my PC. If your environment allows that access, you may use the IUI dialog to install the gen feature from the remote virtual tape - see later.
That is in my case remote VTAPE is not an option to install the gen feature. So I need to get the AWS file from my PC into a VSAM dataset on z/VSE. On z/VSE I defined a VTAPE file (via skeleton SKVTAPE in ICCF lib 59). Verify, if the VSAM user catalog is large enough. Then I opened a FTP session on my PC (Windows command prompt):
c:\temp>ftp <z/VSE's IP address>
That worked fine. I installed the gen feature via the IUI dialog 1 Installation -> 3 Install Generation Feature - install from virtual tape and submited the generated job. Done.
Have a good weekend.