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Hi, To minimise our laboratory costs, I'm looking at a solution, which will allow me to test our products with an AS400 using the latest OS400 versions, without having to purchase an iSeries. Crazy? Maybe! SAP provide MiniSap (Windows based), which is a basic version of their system, but can be used for testing and basic training. Is anyone aware of a similar solution for the AS400 environment? If there isn't one, can anyone suggest a cost effective method of simulating an AS400 environment, so I can test our products and ensure they work correctly? Thank you for your time, Mike.

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Not sure if you are a development house or not, but if you are, IBM has programs where you can lease(cheaply) a box for dev purposes. Contact the IBM Business Partner division for specs..

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The snag in your request is “using the latest OS400 versions, without having to purchase an iSeries.” I don’t think I’ve ever heard of any system vendor having such a program. Best you can probably do is apply to a Business Partner or Independent Software Vendor program with IBM to become eligible for their 1% lease offers.

Otherwise, the best you’re likely to do is a time-share account with one of the few i5/OS sites on the internet or a purchase of a used system. I haven’t seen any timeshares offering current releases, and you’re unlikely to get a used system newer than a couple releases behind.

Tom

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  • CarterC19
    timeshare400.com will rent you space and time, as I recall, for application development and testing.
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  • Kencope
    California Software Products used to have a product called Baby/400 that (I think) did what you are looking for. The successor to that product is called InfiniteiSeries.
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  • hafwhit
    You may want to check out IBM Virtual Loaner Program. It may have what you need. https://www-304.ibm.com/jct09002c/partnerworld/wps/pub/systems/vlp/index?gcLang=en
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  • Bradskk
    Although it is not generally recommended we survived for several years by using an entire set of duplicate libraries and carefully monitored library lists on a single machine. Of course you would have to have the additional space and sufficent memory.
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  • Edwin798
    I'm an unemployed AS/400 RPG programmer who wish to keep up with the latest technic the as/400 has to offer. I'm affraid that I stay too long from AS.400 and development, I will become rusty. So I would like to rent space and time from you for the as/400
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