Introduction to SDSF

SDSF provides you with information to monitor, manage, and control your z/OS system. It can help you run your business and save you time and money.

SDSF provides a powerful and secure way to monitor and manage your z/OS sysplex, in both JES2 and JES3 environments. Data is presented in tabular format on more than fifty different panels. The panels are customizable by the system programmer and the user.

The easy-to-use interface lets you display and control:
  • Jobs and output
  • Devices, such as network connections and servers, printers, readers, lines, and spool offloaders
  • Checks from IBM Health Checker for z/OS
  • System resources, such as WLM scheduling environments, the members of your MAS, and JES job classes
  • System information about systems in the sysplex such as CPU busy, storage utilization, and IPL information; system storage utilization for all address spaces in the sysplex; and system static and dynamic symbols for each system in the sysplex
  • System log and action messages
  • Data sets used by the system, such as APF, link list, and couple data sets
  • Address space storage
For example, for jobs you can:
  • Cancel, hold or release jobs
  • Find out if jobs are waiting to be processed
  • Filter the jobs to show just the jobs that interest you
  • View output before it is printed
  • Change a job's priority, class, or destination
  • Edit and resubmit the JCL without leaving SDSF

SDSF security controls the panels you see and the functions you can use using SAF.