SIMDATE 
Date Simulation for the AS/400

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Installation Instructions

Here are the detailed installation instructions for SIMDATE. Although it looks like there are a lot of steps, do not be afraid! Each step is pretty straightforward and we are always here if you need us.
  1. First, go to our download page to get the software. The software is distributed as a self-extracting ZIP file. This is compatible with any version of Windows on an Intel platform. If this is not acceptable, please let us know. Come back here when you are finished downloading the software.
  2. The software should now be in a folder or directory on your windows system. Double-click on the file name which you downloaded: SIMDATE.EXE. This will invoke the WINZIP self-extractor. You will be prompted for the name of a directory or folder on your PC to which the components of the ZIP file will be extracted. We recommend that you create a new directory to hold the components of the SIMDATE.EXE file.
  3. For the remainder of this procedure, you must be signed on to your AS/400 with the user profile of QSECOFR. After verifying that you are signed on as QSECOFR, create file QGPL/DISTJOB on your AS/400 as a PF-DTA file with a record length of 80. DISTJOB should have only one member in it, named DISTJOB (the same as the file). This file will only be used temporarily for the installation process. To create the file, use the following command:

    CRTPF FILE(QGPL/DISTJOB) RCDLEN(80) SIZE(*NOMAX)
  4. One of the files which was extracted into your new directory is called DISTJOB.TXT. This file must be uploaded to your AS/400. It should be uploaded to file QGPL/DISTJOB which you just created in the previous step. We prefer using FTP to transfer the file. However, you can use any method with which you are comfortable. If you wish to FTP the file, open a DOS command window on your Windows PC and type the following:

    FTP ip-address-or-host-name-of-your-AS/400
    your-username (when prompted for it)
    your-password (when prompted for it)
    PUT pc-dir\DISTJOB.TXT QGPL/DISTJOB.DISTJOB
    CLOSE
    QUIT
    EXIT
    If you need instructions for uploading the file through shared folders or some other means, please let us know.
  5. You are now ready to submit the first installation job. In order to submit this job, type the following on an AS/400 command line:

    SBMDBJOB FILE(QGPL/DISTJOB) MBR(DISTJOB) JOBQ(QBATCH)
    This will create a job that will run for awhile. If you need to change the job queue from QBATCH, you can change it to any job queue that will run. This job will create a save file called QGPL/SIMSAVE. Be sure to wait until this file is fully created before proceeding to the next steps.
  6. Now you will restore the objects needed for the second installation job. Type the following on an AS/400 command line:

    RSTOBJ OBJ(INSTSIMDT) SAVLIB(SIMDIST) DEV(*SAVF) OBJTYPE(*ALL) SAVF(QGPL/SIMSAVE) RSTLIB(QGPL)
    This will restore two objects named INSTSIMDT. One of the objects is a *PGM and the other is a *FILE display file.
  7. Now you will run the second installation job. Be sure that QGPL is in your library list. Then, type the following on an AS/400 command line:

    CALL INSTSIMDT
    This will bring up a display that will ask you for the names of two libraries: the Package Library and the SIMDATE Library.

    The Package Library should be a library that is usually in your library list, at least for testing purposes. The SIMDATE command and most of the objects supporting the package will be restored into this library. If this library does not exist, the installation will program will ask you if you want to create it or respecify it. If this library already exists, the installation program will use it. Of course, if you want to call SIMDATE by its fully qualified name and leave this library out of the library list, you are free to do so.

    The SIMDATE Library will contain some special system replacement routines. This library must not exist and will contain ONLY SIMDATE supplied routines. If this library already exists, the installation program will ask you to respecify the library. If you correctly specified the library, but it already exists, press F3 to exit the installation program, delete the library and retype the CALL command shown above. The installation program will create this library as part of the installation procedure.

  8. After you specify the libraries, the installation procedure will run for a few seconds. SIMDATE is now ready to go in trial mode!! For an explanation of the restrictions of trial mode, check out the product documentation or the FAQ. To clean up, you may enter the following commands:

    DLTPGM PGM(QGPL/INSTSIMDT)
    DLTF FILE(QGPL/INSTSIMDT)
    DLTF FILE(QGPL/SIMSAVE)
    DLTF FILE(QGPL/DISTJOB)

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