It is extremely onerous trying to learn this software when all of the webinars and training materials use unlicensed or unsupported software, and the only solutions ever offered up are just explanations detailing why you can not help.
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These webinars are simply webinars at this time. There is a plan to providing more assistance for exercises by the end of the summer; with that said, there are certain environment configurations that Pega cannot sustain for training, i.e. a training mainframe system using a text-based emulator or a Citrix environment with other applications. Our infrastructure does not allow us to create training environments for third-party software.
If you wish to have a solution, please generate a request to receive them at this time; we will be more than happy to provide any open sourced applications or solutions from the webinars until the time we have the exercises running for those topics we can support.
Thank you for the responses. I apologize if my last message came across a little entitled, merely venting my frustration at running into roadblocks while learning. Due to the comprehensive nature of the PEGA robotics certification exam it is my, and no doubt many others, wish to be as thorough in our preparation as possible. I recognize of course the limitations of being able to offer a training environment for all the different functionalities PEGA has to offer, so I will be grateful for any additional content that is delivered in lieu of such capacities. Thanks for the update Lochan and lambm.
I can tell you what I did. First of all, the Terminal Emulator is going to cost you money. None of the free emulators that I could find supported HLLAPI. I got a copy of Rocket BlueZone for under $200. I helped them debug some of their HLLAPI issues, and they were extremely solicitous. I wasn't able to download the trial version, but that should work. Don't download it until after you have located a system to connect to. You can connect to systems with Putty, but it doesn't support HLLAPI. So use putty until you have the connection, then download BlueZone with the 30-day free trial. [Rocket wouldn't even give me a discount after I plugged their product elsewhere on PDN, but it really is a great product.]
The next issue that I had was that all of the sites that one used to be able to connect to have disappeared. Poof! Maybe there is one, but I couldn't find it. What I did find is that it is possible to install an OS/390 system on your PC and connect to that!!! I won't say it was the easiest install I've ever done, but I got it working. Look here:http://www.canpub.com/teammpg/de/sim390/
Once I had that working, I installed Hercules and the MUSIC/SP image on a Raspberry Pi on my home network.