I run a z/OS Mainframe on my Personal Computer having Windows.
This tutorial will guide you on how you can do it too. Just follow along.
Step 1: Download and install “Hercules Emulator” using the link : www.hercules-390.org
Step 2: Download Configuration file for Hercules using the link : Hercules configuration file
Step 3: Copy the configuration file inside the hercules installation folder. (Installation folder is generally C:\Program files\hercules………). Overwrite if the file already exists.
Step 4: Now download the Z/OS using the link : ZOS 1.10
Use applications like utorrent, Vuze to download. The total download size is over 16 GB, so be patient.
Step 5: Copy the ZOS files inside the hercules installation folder(C:\Program files\hercules…….) and rename the ZOS folder to “cckd”.
————***** CONGRATS !!!! You have installed a working Mainframe on your PC ******——-
Now lets IPL this Mainframe.(*IPL in Mainframe Terminology means booting up a system. So IPL a mainframe literally means booting up a Mainframe)
Step 6: Download a free 3270 emulator software such as ZoC and install it : Download link for ZoC
Step 7: Now Run the “hercules.exe” and then press escape key.
Step 7: Press “L” then press “F” to boot the Zos. It will take around 5-7 minutes to boot.
Step 8: Open two 3270 terminal and connect to the below address on both:
ip address : localhost
port : 3270
connection type : Telnet (IPv4 only)
After sometime one of the terminal will ask for a command enter: r 00, i
Now enjoy running a Mainframe on your PC.
Login Username of the system is “IBMUSER” and password is “SYS1”
NOTE: This release of Zos does not contain CICS. Everythinge else works fine.