Z software Z management Data Set Commander IBM Data Set Commander for z/OS
Enhanced functionality and automation for batch and online data set operations
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IBM® Data Set Commander for z/OS® is a software product that provides enhanced productivity and automated functionality to z/OS-based data set operations. It delivers interactive and batch capabilities for working with partitioned data sets (PDS), partitioned data sets extended (PDSE) and their members to improve IT productivity. 

Data Set Commander has 3 components:

  • Batch component: Enhances the IBM IEBCOPY utility
  • Monitor component: Augments the Library Lookaside (LLA) functionality
  • Interactive component: Enhances Interactive System Productivity Facility (ISPF) functionality

Data Set Commander also exploits z/OS support for PDSE V2 and PDSE member generations.

What's new

Summary of features and enhancements for Data Set Commander for z/OS

Benefits Improve functionality and flexibility

Manage, monitor and manipulate your PDSs and PDSEs and their members with a broad set of productive tools, both online and batch.

Boost ISPF productivity

Take advantage of functions such as automatic PDS compression and directory expansion, plus search capabilities for volumes, data sets, members and text within members.

Optimize resources

Use automation to do more with less. For example, monitor LLA events and automatically direct the z/OS LLA facility to refresh the LLA directory entries of all updated LLA-managed members.

Interactive component

The interactive component is an integrated interface to ISPF that adds capabilities to most major ISPF functions. Get enhanced commands, shortcuts, navigational and productivity enhancements and History Lists for managing recently accessed data sets and members. Object List (OLIST) functionality helps you manage lists of libraries matching selection criteria such as name patterns, object type and others. You can also search for volumes, data sets, members and text within members.

Automatic integration into ISPF Explore Interactive System Productivity Facility

Batch component

The batch component enhances the IBM IEBCOPY utility, providing capabilities that help system and application programmers manipulate partitioned and sequential data sets. Empty and compress a physical sequential data set, a PDS or a PDSE and delete, rename and add alias names to members. Copy, delete and recover PDSE member generations. You can also recover deleted PDS members and create or import a DSC-managed list of member titles for a PDS or PDSE.

Batch utility replacing IEBCOPY

Monitoring component

The monitor component automatically refreshes the Library Lookaside (LLA) directory entries and Virtual Lookaside Facility (VLF) objects of updated LLA-managed members to minimize I/O activity. Synchronize LLA cache and updated directory entries during DSC Monitor startup and LLA group activation, and see names of members with directory entries that are out of sync with LLA. The monitor component includes a menu-driven operator interface.

DSC monitor

Audit capability

Audit capabilities let you generate System Management Facility (SMF) records automatically when copying PDS to PDS or sequential data sets to PDS. Filter SMF records to select which records to track and which ones not to track.

SMF Record Filtering Definition File

PDSE member generations capability

Display a member list with all member generations from which users can browse, edit, copy, delete and restore PDSE member generations. A CLONE command facilitates the conversion of PDS to PDSE to take advantage of PDSE automatic space reuse capability. Support other z/OS PDSE enhancements such as improved space utilization and read performance, reduced CPU usage and reduced I/O.

PDSE member generations support
Technical details
Installation requirements

IBM z/OS 2.1 or later operating systems is required for the installation and operation of Data Set Commander 9.1. 

Installing Data Set Commander does not require an IPL or authorized mode. Since Data Set Commander is invoked through libraries pointed to by the TSO LOGON procedure or CLIST, you can install it on a system-wide basis or only for selected programmers.

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