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How to Download and Use z/OS Explorer




If you are a z/OS user, you might be looking for a modern and convenient way to interact with your system and manage your data sets, files, jobs, and applications. In this article, we will show you how to download and use z/OS Explorer, an Eclipse-based integration platform that offers a rich set of features and functions for z/OS users. We will also show you how to extend z/OS Explorer with plug-ins from IBM and other vendors, to create a customized workbench that suits your needs.


What is z/OS Explorer and Why You Need It




z/OS Explorer is a product from IBM that provides a framework to manage your system connections, your z/OS artifacts, and projects and resources. It enables the integration of a variety of offerings from IBM and other vendors, and in-house development plug-ins. z/OS Explorer is extendable via the IBM repository of compatible products to fulfill each user's roles and responsibilities. For example, z/OS Explorer, powered by IBM product plug-ins from the repository can provide a single workbench with the ability to develop, test, and manage CICS, DB2, WebSphere MQ, IMS, and batch applications and subsystems.




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z/OS Explorer Features and Benefits




z/OS Explorer offers many features and benefits for z/OS users, such as:


  • Reliable and secure connection based on Remote System Explorer (RSE) technology



  • Smart JCL editor with syntax highlighting and checking, and auto-completion support



  • TSO command console that enables users to issue TSO commands



  • Simple and secure access to z/OS data sets, IBM zSeries File System (zFS) files, and Job Entry Subsystem (JES) jobs and output



  • Consistent configuration, change, and sharing of all system connections, including to FTP and z/OSMF



  • Single sign-on, SSL, password phrases, proxy servers, and more



  • Eclipse-based Rich Client Platform (RCP) executable, or plug-in for inclusion in compatible RCPs



  • Prepackaged with CICS Explorer, IBM Developer for z Systems (previously known as Rational Developer for z Systems), and IMS Enterprise Suite



  • Access to IBM repository of compatible products that includes plug-ins for Application Delivery Foundation for z Systems, CICS Tools, IMS Enterprise Suite Explorer for Development, Rational Team Concert, WebSphere MQ Explorer, and more



  • Integrated development environment with modern application development solutions for the enterprise



  • Available for use by all customers with a license for a supported version of z/OS



z/OS Explorer Requirements and Compatibility




To use z/OS Explorer, you need to have the following requirements:


  • A supported version of Windows or Linux operating system on your workstation



  • A supported version of Java Runtime Environment ( JRE) 8 or later on your workstation



  • A supported version of z/OS on your host system



  • A supported version of z/OS Management Facility (z/OSMF) on your host system



  • A supported version of IBM Installation Manager on your workstation



  • An active internet connection to download z/OS Explorer and plug-ins from IBM website or Eclipse tools



z/OS Explorer is compatible with the following products and versions:


Product


Version


IBM Developer for z Systems


14.0.0, 14.1.0, 14.1.1, 14.1.2, 14.1.3, 14.2.0, 14.2.1, 14.2.2, 14.2.3, 14.2.4, 14.2.5, 14.2.6, 15.0.0, 15.0.1, 15.0.2, 15.0.3


IBM Developer for z Systems Enterprise Edition


14.0.0, 14.1.0, 14.1.1, 14.1.2, 14.1.3, 14.2.0, 14.2.1, 14.2.2, 14.2.3, 14.2.4, 14.2.5, 14.2.6, 15.0.0, 15.0.1, 15.0.2, 15.0.


CICS Explorer


5.x.x


IMS Enterprise Suite Explorer for Development


3.x.x


Rational Team Concert Client for Eclipse IDE


6.x.x


WebSphere MQ Explorer


9.x.x


Application Delivery Foundation for z Systems


3.x.x


CICS Tools


5.x.x



How to Download z/OS Explorer




There are two ways to download z/OS Explorer: from the IBM website or from the Eclipse tools. Both methods require an active internet connection and a valid IBM ID. You can register for an IBM ID for free if you do not have one.


Downloading from IBM Website




To download z/OS Explorer from the IBM website, follow these steps:


  • Go to the and sign in with your IBM ID.



  • Select the version of z/OS Explorer that you want to download and click on the Download button.



  • On the Download Packages page, select the package that matches your operating system and click on the HTTP link.



  • Save the zip file to your workstation and extract it to a folder of your choice.



  • You have successfully downloaded z/OS Explorer from the IBM website.



Downloading from Eclipse Tools




To download z/OS Explorer from the Eclipse tools, follow these steps:


  • Launch your Eclipse IDE and go to Help > Install New Software.



  • In the Work with field, enter and press Enter.



  • Select the z/OS Explorer feature and any other features that you want to install and click Next.



  • Review the installation details and accept the license agreements. Click Finish to start the installation.



  • When prompted, restart your Eclipse IDE to complete the installation.



  • You have successfully downloaded z/OS Explorer from the Eclipse tools.



How to Install z/OS Explorer




There are two ways to install z/OS Explorer: with IBM Installation Manager or with Eclipse p2 Update. Both methods require that you have downloaded z/OS Explorer as described in the previous section.


Installing with IBM Installation Manager




To install z/OS Explorer with IBM Installation Manager, follow these steps:


  • Launch IBM Installation Manager and click on File > Preferences > Repositories.



  • Click on Add Repository and browse to the folder where you extracted z/OS Explorer zip file. Select the repository.config file and click OK.



  • Click OK again to close the Preferences window.



  • Click on Install on the main window and select z/OS Explorer from the available packages. Click Next.



  • Select the installation directory and click Next.



  • Review the summary information and click Install to start the installation.



  • When prompted, restart IBM Installation Manager to complete the installation.



  • You have successfully installed z/OS Explorer with IBM Installation Manager.



Installing with Eclipse p2 Update




To install z/OS Explorer with Eclipse p2 Update, follow these steps:


  • Launch your Eclipse IDE and go to Help > About Eclipse IDE > Installation Details.



  • Click on Add Repository and browse to the folder where you extracted z/OS Explorer zip file. Select the site.xml file and click OK.



  • Select z/OS Explorer from the available features and click Update.



  • Review the update details and accept the license agreements. Click Finish to start the update.



  • When prompted, restart your Eclipse IDE to complete the update.



  • You have successfully installed z/OS Explorer with Eclipse p2 Update.



How to Configure z/OS Explorer




To use z/OS Explorer, you need to configure both the client component on your workstation and the host component on your host system. The client component is responsible for connecting to your host system and displaying your z/OS artifacts. The host component is responsible for providing services such as data set management, job submission, TSO command execution, and more. You need to have a supported version of z/OSMF installed and configured on your host system before you can use z/OS Explorer.


Configuring the Client Component




To configure the client component of z/OS Explorer, follow these steps:


  • Launch z/OS Explorer or your Eclipse IDE with z/OS Explorer plug-in installed.



  • If this is your first time using z/OS Explorer, you will see a welcome page with some useful links. You can close it or keep it open for later reference.



  • In the main window, switch to the Remote Systems perspective by clicking on Window > Open Perspective > Other > Remote Systems.



  • In the Remote Systems view, right-click on the Local node and select New Connection.



  • In the New Connection wizard, select z/OS and click Next.



  • Enter a name for your connection and the host name or IP address of your host system. Click Next.



  • Select the services that you want to use with your connection, such as Data Sets, Files, Jobs, TSO, and z/OSMF. Click Next.



  • Enter your user ID and password for your host system and click Finish.



  • You have successfully configured the client component of z/OS Explorer. You can now expand your connection node and browse your z/OS artifacts.



Configuring the Host Component




To configure the host component of z/OS Explorer, follow these steps:


  • Log in to your host system with a user ID that has sufficient authority to configure z/OSMF.



  • Locate the z/OSMF configuration file, which is typically named IZUPRMxx, where xx is a suffix that identifies the configuration. For example, IZUPRM00.



  • Edit the configuration file and set the following parameters:



  • IZU_SERVER_NAME: The name of the z/OSMF server. For example, ZOSMF1.



  • IZU_SERVER_PORT: The port number of the z/OSMF server. For example, 10443.



  • IZU_SSL_KEYRING: The name of the key ring that contains the SSL certificate for the z/OSMF server. For example, ZOSMF.KEYRING.



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