VSSI Product Download Instructions


The VPARS, VTAPE, and ShadowDisk/z install and update files are available for download from our FTP site. The install files for each release of z/VM are packed into a single VMARC file.
All VSSI customers have been assigned a userid and password for access to this facility.
Upon receipt of customer contact, VSSI will provide the proper credentials in a secure manner.

VSSI supports multiple types of file transfer:
Method
Secure/Encrypted
Port
Type
FTP NO
21
CLI
SFTP YES
22
CLI
HTTPS
YES
443
WEB

VSSI supports both secure (recommended) and regular (available) FTP service via ftp://ftp.vsoftsys.com. In the past, this server resided on the z/VM platform. As of April 30, 2018, the FTP server will be hosted on a Unix platform, and will therefore use Unix-oriented command semantics. Therefore, all remarks below refer to the Unix-hosted FTP server. Command semantics are as follows:

Variable

Regular (unencrypted) or Secure (encrypted) FTP

(URL: ftp.vsoftsys.com or ftp2.vsoftsys.com)

FTP Port Number

Regular FTP: port 21

Secure FTP: port 22

User ID

Command-line clients can supply the userid in the FTP command stream (regular FTP), or on the command line (secure FTP), as follows:

ftp myuserid@ftp2.vsoftsys.com

This value is case-insensitive; the server converts it to lower case internally.

Password

Case sensitive

Initial Directory

myuserid/ (chrooted as /)

Directory Names for CD command

/191, /192, /193, etc.

Directory and file names are case-insensitive; the server converts them to lower-case internally.

Private Directory for Customer-Specific downloads (private PTFs, etc)

/192

Private Customer Directory

Private Directory for Customer-Specific Uploads (DUMPs, etc)

/292

Private Customer Directory

Download Procedures
Download the product files from VSSI:
Use the sample command stream below to download the applicable package files from VSSI.

FTP Command

Comments

ftp ftp.vsoftsys.com

Enter your credentials as shown above.

User:

Supply your VSSI-assigned user ID if not on command line

Password:

Supply your VSSI-assigned password

binary

BINARY mode must be set for all VSSI packages

cd /191

The directory containing the VSSI product packages

ls

List the packages

get zvmvrm.ppppvvmm

(e.g., zvm640.vpvt5524)

Get the applicable package for your z/VM release, where:

Variable

Usage

vrm

Is your z/VM release (e.g., 640 = z/VM 6.4, 710 = z/VM 7.1, etc)

pppp

Is VPVT for VPARS packages, VT for VTAPE-only packages, and VD for ShadowDisk/Z packages

vvmm

Is the VSSI package version and release (e.g., 5524)



cd /192

This directory contains your VSSI-generated license file.

get cnnnn.vmarc

Download your VSSI license file, where:

Variable

Usage

c

Is P for VPARS customers, T for VTAPE-only customers, and D for ShadowDisk/Z-only customers

nnnn

Is the same as digits 3-6 of your VSSI userid (e.g., a user ID of VP123401 corresponds to a license key file of P1234.vmarc).



cd /193

This directory contains VSSI product updates.

get ppppvvmm.ptfcum

Get the latest service for package zvmvrm.ppppvvmm, as detailed above.

get vstools.vmarc

Download the latest VSTOOLS VMARC file

quit

End this FTP session.

        
Once you have the VMARC files on your z/VM system, use the VSFMTARC utility
(see Download VMARC and Related Utilities below) or the PIPE command
to reformat the VMARC files to Fixed80 format so that VMARC can process them:

.       VSFMTARC fn ft fmor –
.        PIPE < fn ft fm  | FBLOCK 80 00 | >  fn ft fm F 80

If you do not have VMARC available on your system, it can be downloaded from the VSSI
FTP site (see see Download VMARC and Related Utilities below).

To install your newly downloaded package and license, please follow the instructions contained in the VSSI Product Installation Guide, accessed via VSSI Documentation.

Download VMARC and Related Utilities:
If you do not already have VMARC on your system, VSSI supplies VMARC files in CMS packed format on
our FTP site at ftp.vsoftsys.com (the VMARC utility was originally written by John S. Fisher of Troy, NY).
Feel free to download the following files from the VSSI FTP site:

File

Disk

Contents

VMARC MODULEP

191

The VMARC executable module

VMARC HELPCMSP

191

The VMARC HELP file

VSFMTARC EXECP

191

A simple VSSI utility to reformat downloaded VMARC files to Fixed80 format so that VMARC can process the VMARCed file (included with all VSSI product packages at Build Level 5512 and higher)

After you download these files, you need to unpack them to make them usable, as follows:

PIPE < VMARC MODULEP fmi | fblock 1024 00 | unpack | > VMARC MODULE fmo
PIPE < VMARC HELPCMSP fmi | fblock 1024 00 | unpack | > VMARC HELPCMS fmo
PIPE < VSFMTARC EXECP fmi | fblock 1024 00 | unpack | > VSFMTARC EXEC fmo
where fmi represents the input filemode, and fmo is your target output filemode.

NOTE: VMARC is a public domain utility to store files in a compressed format.
      You may use it at your site for other purposes as long as it meets and retains the Copyright notice
        found in the module.