Ordering z/VSE

z/VSE can be ordered in the following ways:

The following table shows the status and availability of z/VSE releases:

Version.Release (see note 2) Available for new orders Supported
z/VSE V6.1 (see note 1) Yes Yes
z/VSE V5.2 No (since 03/13/2017) Yes (until 10/31/2018)

Note 1: A new license is required for the new versions of IBM TCP/IP for z/VSE V2.1 and CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1 on z/VSE V6.1.
Customers using TCP/IP for VSE/ESA V1.5 on z/VSE V5, require a new license for the new version of IBM TCP/IP for z/VSE V2.1 when ordering z/VSE V6.1. Customers using CICS TS for VSE/ESA V1.1.1, require a new license for the new version of CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1 when ordering z/VSE V6.1.

In order to ensure licensing for the new TCPIP and CICS TS product versions, you need to select the product(s) applicable when ordering z/VSE V6.1 in Shopz, or by placing an additional order for either of the products, if you have ordered z/VSE V6.1 already.

z/VSE V6.1 only supports CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1 and TCP/IP for z/VSE V2.1. Older versions of these two products are not supported with z/VSE V6.1.

Note 2: When ordering the z/VSE base tapes and/or z/VSE optional products, you will always get the latest refresh level.

Note 3: If you have a need for z/VSE tapes from a release that is no longer available for ordering, i.e. for an intermediate FSU step during release upgrade from older releases, then please contact the z/VSE team.

z/VSE is no longer delivered on a 3480 tape cartridge. Depending on the order, z/VSE will be packaged and delivered either:

Please find the installation instructions for DVD or electronic delivery under documentation.

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IBM Shopz

In addition to shipment on tape cardridges, z/VSE is available on DVD and for download from the Internet through IBM Shopz. IBM Shopz is available for customers in certain countries. An overview of IBM Shopz can be found in the Help section of IBM Shopz.

With IBM Shopz the following can be ordered:

When ordering the z/VSE base tapes or optional products, you get a DVD or download a file containing a tape image in AWSTAPE format. The z/VSE operating system consists of 3 files (z/VSE base, z/VSE extended base, DB2 Help Texts), for the optional products you will have only one file available. In case of multiple optional products ordered you will find all these optional products in this one file in z/VSE stacked format. In addition, a ReadMe file is provided, which points to the sources of installation instructions as listed below.

Note: When ordering a z/VSE base tapes and/or z/VSE optional products, you will always get the latest refresh level.

When ordering z/VSE service (APARs, PTFs) you get a binary job stream that contains the PTFs. Please follow the PTF installation instructions in order to install the service. For ordering Hiper/PE service, you must first provide an Installed Software Report that contains information about installed products and PTFs. You can generate such a report using the Installed Software Report Tool.

Order by phone, fax or e-mail

To order, contact the Americas Call Centers, your local IBM representative, or your IBM Business Partner.

To identify your local IBM Business Partner or IBM representative, call 800-IBM-4YOU (426-4968).

Phone: 800-IBM-CALL (426-2255)
Fax: 800-2IBM-FAX (242-6329)
Email: callserv@ca.ibm.com
Reference: LE001

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