Allocating a VSAM file from an existing file

Use the Allocate Like menu item to allocate a VSAM file from an existing file.

  1. In the Remote Systems view, select a VSAM file and right-click to display the menu.
  2. From the menu, select Allocate Like.
  3. On the first page of the wizard:
    1. Accept the name that is provided in the Connection Name field.
    2. Select or type the high-level qualifier for the data set from the list.
    3. In the Data Set Name field, specify the name that follows the combination of high-level qualifier and period.
      For example, if the high-level qualifier is MYFILES and if you want to allocate the data set MYFILES.TEST.VSAM, type the string TEST.VSAM in the Data Set Name field.
    4. Click Next.
  4. On page two, click Copy characteristics from an existing data set and then click Next to specify allocation values such as VSAM file type, associations, and cluster attributes.
  5. Specify the allocation values.
    See the related links for field-level help. For details on what values are required for different uses, contact your z/OS® system administrator.
  6. To allocate the data set, click Finish.