1. This is very helpful, particularly for those who need access to a CICS region.
    Thank you!

  2. Nice blog. I was wondering if HercPRT works under TK4 coz I would like to see a printed output of my COBOL programs if ever. TIA.

  3. I also have the DUZA mainframe system which is similar to Fan De Zhi but based on z/OS 1.10 instead of 1.6. It’s a customized vesion of 1.10 with System Automation capabilities, NetView etc. Problem is I’ve only been able to access TSO/ISPF and NetView.For some reason it gives an error message when I try enter CICS, IMS and TWS on the panel. I suspect these three components have to be manually started first

    1. DUZA is a pirated copy of ADCD files from IBM. It has CICS. For logging in to CICS you have to make changes to a file called “hercules.cnf”. There you have to give LOADPARM for starting DB2 and CICS. Only then you will be able to login to CICS. LOADPARM of 0A95DB should work.

      1. 0A95DB didn’t work. Found the build structure for z/os 1.10 ADCD Winter and tried 0A82 and added the AC suffix tag from the pre-configured LOADPARM options.

        Table Listing of available pre-configured distributed LOADPARMS.

        LOADPARM Description
        CS (default) CLPA and cold start of JES2. Base z/OS system functions i.e. no
        CICS, DB2, IMS, WAS, etc.
        AC CLPA and cold start of JES2 load IMS and CICS libraries, start
        IMS, DB/2 v8, and CICS.

        I’m pretty sure other options would’ve worked as well but upon logging into CICS I got stuck coz of the error message asking for a transaction name which I didn’t have. I suspect you need to create a COBOL + DB2 program first with a defined transaction name in the program then submit it using JCL or maybe load the program using CEMT before a transaction name becomes available prior to login.
        Didn’t know how to exit the CICS panel coz it didn’t even have a prompt and F3 doesn’t work either so I just shut it down using CEMT.

        Brings back memories when my system operator buddies and I used to throw tapes in the air across the mainframe room whenever the tape drives ask for an SMF backup and taking turns napping behind line printers when the supervisor was on his lunch break. This was about the time they were fixing and preparing for the “end of the world” Y2K bugs. Roger Bowler should have a Nobel Prize for his efforts. : )

        But thanks for the help just the same.

  4. Having been an administrator on the FanDeZhi system for the best part of ten years, I’d suggest that you completely remove it from your page(s) as it was permanently taken off-line more than a year ago due to the fact that the underlying hardware had reached the end of its useful life.

    Right now the escaped-into-the-wild z/OS 1.10 ADCD is still around (16Gb download) and that’s the one I myself have been using since 2009, initially on a 2Gb/1.5GHz rescued from the dump, nowadays on a 2.5GHz i7 something notebook with 24Gb (of which I give 12Gb to z/OS) Never IPL’ed with more than the basic software stack, but added a dozen or so 3390(-9) volumes, three of them for the SPOOL and uploaded a lot of no longer available Bookmaster manuals.

    Also created a new userid, and disabled all the IBM supplied ones, with the exception of ADCDMST, which I occasionally use to clear the jobs from the spool that my own userid isn’t allowed to.

    Use it to work with PL/I (and REXX) keeping my skills reasonably up-to-date, as can be seen by logging in to IBMs Developerworks site and looking for the various accepted RFEs that I filed (and a similar number that were rejected, can’t win them all). The last three I filed were all accepted:


    Finally, there is a (slightly) newer (z/OS 1.11) ADCD available on archive org, with the z/PDT software, but the latter requires Linux and a hardware token to run, whereas the z/OS system itself still runs on Hercules without any problems.

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