z/VSE can be ordered in the following ways:
The following table shows the status and availability of z/VSE releases:
|Version.Release||Available for new orders||Supported|
|z/VSE V5.1||Yes (since 11/25/2011)||Yes|
|z/VSE V4.3||No (since 06/25/2012)||Yes (until 10/31/2014)|
|z/VSE V4.2||No (since 11/26/2010)||No (since 10/31/2012)|
Note: When ordering the z/VSE base tapes and/or z/VSE optional products, you will always get the latest refresh level.
z/VSE is no longer delivered on a 3480 tape cartridge. Depending on the order, z/VSE will be packaged and delivered either:
On System z processors (EC12, z114, z196, z10, z9, z990, z900, z890 z800) the CD-ROM or DVD option should provide a viable alternative (via the HW service console), at least for those installations where a previously installed z/VSE system is present. You can find the installation instructions for CD ROM or DVD provided files on the z/VSE homepage under documentation.
For a full complement of IBM software for z/VSE, z/VM, Linux on System z, and z/OS operating system platforms, visit the IBM System z Software web site. Whether you run z/VSE, z/VM, Linux on System z, z/OS, or all the above you'll find IBM software that can turn your IBM System z into a robust, secure, scalable, and cost-effective powerhouse:
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In addition to shipment on tape cardridges, z/VSE is available on CD-ROM or 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 CD-ROM, 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.
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