VSSI Product Download Instructions


The VPARS and VTAPE install and update files are available for download from our VM
FTP site(s). 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.
You can request your userid and password by sending a request to support@vsoftsys.com.
You will receive email supplying you with your_VSSI_userid and password required to
complete the download procedure.

VSSI supports multiple types of file transfer:
Domain
Method
Secure/Encrypted
Port
Type
FTP.VSOFTSYS.COM
FTP
NO
21
CLI
FTP2.VSOFTSYS.COM FTP NO
21
CLI
FTP2.VSOFTSYS.COM SFTP YES
22
CLI
FTP2.VSOFTSYS.COM HTTPS
YES
443
WEB

Table FTP-1. Usage Differences Between Regular and Secure FTP

Variable

Regular FTP

(URL: ftp.vsoftsys.com)

Secure FTP

(URL: ftp2.vsoftsys.com)

User ID

Command-line clients can supply the user ID via the command line, or in the FTP command stream

This value is case-insensitive.

Command-line clients must supply the user ID on the command line, as follows:

ftp myuserid@ftp2.vsoftsys.com

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

Password

Can be entered in upper- or lower- case

Must be entered in lower-case only

Initial Directory

myuserid.191

myuserid/ (chrooted as /)

Directory Names for CD command

myuserid.191, myuserid.192, myuserid.193, etc.

/191, /192, /193, etc.

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

myuserid.192

(files are tagged for specific customers; not downloadable by other than tagged recipient; cannot be modified by other than VSSI personnel)


/192

(private to the customer; cannot be viewed by other customers; cannot be modified by other than VSSI personnel)

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

VSSIDUMP.191

(currently shared with all customers via userid VSSIDUMP)

/292

(private to the customer; cannot be viewed or modified by other customers; VSSIDUMP user ID not needed)

Download Procedures
The procedures below assume regular FTP. If you are using secure FTP, change your URL, user ID, and directory variables based on table FTP-1 above.

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

Use regular FTP or secure FTP as shown above.

User:

Supply your VSSI-assigned user ID

Password:

Supply your VSSI=assigned password

binary

BINARY mode must be set for all VSSI packages

cd /191

For secure FTP only; directory already set if regular FTP

ls

List the packages

Get ZVMvvv.ppppvvmm

(e.g., ZVM620 VPVT5512)

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

Variable

Usage

vvv

Is your z/VM release (540 = z/VM 5.4, 620 = z/VM 6.2, 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., 5512)



CD myuserid.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 myuserid.193

This directory contains VSSI product updates

Get ppppvvmm.PTFCUM

Get the latest service for package ZVMvvv.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.