The IBM Migration Utility Explorer provides an Eclipse developed graphical user interface to IBM Migration Utility for z/OS.
IBM Migration Utility for z/OS
IBM Migration Utility for z/OS helps to preserve your investment in CA Easytrieve Classic and Plus programs. Developers can generate IBM COBOL reports from CA Easytrieve projects or continue to update existing or create new CA Easytrieve applications. Converted programs can be run and maintained as either COBOL or Easytrieve programs without having to install CA Easytrieve products, as source code is maintained in the original library. The Report Modernization Utility (RMU) easily converts mainframe printer files to HTML and CSV files without modifying the originating program.
Migration Utility for z/OS helps to facilitate a smooth migration from Easytrieve programs from CA Technologies:
- Modernize existing CA Easytrieve programs with easily generated HTML reports or character-separated values (.CSV), which can be automatically deployed to the web server.
- Process batch-convert programs more efficiently with automatic conversion and parallel testing.
- Convert mainframe printer files to HTML and .CSV files without modifying the originating program.
- Improve performance with enhanced Dynamic SQL options in addition to reduced CPU and memory usage.
- Work with supported file types: VSAM, QSAM, SAM, DB2 (Native and CA Easytrieve SQL syntax and Dynamic SQL mode), IDMS, IMS™ (DL1), tape files and unit record devices.
- Supports IBM Db2 binary large objects (BLOBS) and character large objects (CLOBS).
- ABEND Handler support for Enterprise COBOL for z/OS 5.1 and later
IBM Migration Utility Explorer
The IBM Migration Utility Explorer is a stand-alone Eclipse-based IDE (Editor) environment that gives workstation users the capability to create, edit, and syntax check IBM Migration Utility programs.
Work on mainframe tasks from your Windows workstation, reducing the use of mainframe resources.
Before submitting a job on the mainframe you can now edit and syntax check your program and then submit the job to run on your z/OS mainframe. Compare files to review changes based on time stamp or content.
Benefits of using the IBM Migration Utility Explorer:
- Multiple editor screens in GUI Mode where each edited program is a full screen
- Real time syntax checking while in edit mode and the ability to view errors on each line in error; eliminates submitting jobs which would fail later
- Real time help with GUI display
- Full use of mouse capabilities and screen scrolling
- User friendly FTP capabilities
- Work from client workstation off-line from the mainframe - reducing ISPF resources on z/OS.
- Automatic archiving of changes
- Numerous dialogs aid the programmer in doing the work
- Submit jobs to run on z/OS and view job logs via the IBM JES interface.
- The IBM Migration Utility Explorer download contains a version for 32 bit Java and 64 bit Java.
For more comprehensive details on using the IBM Migration Utility Explorer please see the following documentation located under Help -> Help Contents, once you have completed your installation and started the IBM Migration Utility Explorer.
What is new in IBM Migration Utility Explorer 3.1:
- FTP and FTPS connection options.
- Start-up changes:
- "Restart Editors" button was added to "Select Work Folder" dialog. When checked, all editor sessions that were opened at last system Shut Down are restarted.
- The following features have been added or changed on the Home screen tool bar:
- Support for FTPS (Secured FTP)
- UTF8, RMD(For Reports generated by IBM Report Modernization Utility) Kanji codesets were eliminated.
- "IMU Admin" button has been added for migrating IMU 4.1 to IMU 5.1.
- "Window" pull-down option "Launch Explorer" was added for opening new IMU Explorer work folder.
- "Window" button has been changed to show open "Editor windows" in LIFO (Last In First Out) sequence.
- "Tools" pull-down option "Change Mainshell Tree right click option" was added.
- "Tools" pull-down option "Change Editor Panel selection on exit" was added.
- "Tools" pull-down option "Synchronize Work Folder Archives" was added.
- "Help" pull-down option "Print MainTree Tree Data to Log" was added.
- "Help" pull-down option "Print Selected Search Result Tree" was added.
- "Quick Search" was enhanced.
- The Main Shell tree right click pull-down list was changed to show options that apply only to the selected node.
- The following features have been added or changed on Editor screen tool bar:
- "File" pull-down option "Commit changes" was added.
- "Submit" pull-down option "Update zOS and Submit" was added.
- "Update zOS" tool bar option was added.
- "Send to zOS" tool bar option was added.
- "Bookmark" dialog appearance was enhanced.
- The following features have been added to Editor right click options:
- "Assist Mode" was changed to "Assist PARM/EASYTRAN.
- "Comment Out" was added.
- "Undo Comments" was added.
- "Invert Letter Case", "Force Upper Case", "Force Lower Case" were changed to apply action to the entire line if highlighted text does not exist.
- "Create Bookmark" was changed to use book mark name at cursor position or highlighted text.
- The following features have been added to the main Editor:
- Syntax check was enhanced.
- IMU extensions to Easytrieve Plus: COBOL statements, JSON, XML, RMU and SQL LOBS
- Other noteworthy changes:
- Error messages and user interface dialogs appearance have been enhanced.
- One of the following levels of the Microsoft Windows operating system:
- Windows 10 64-bit
- IBM Java 8 (32 bit) or later versions
- IBM Java 8 (64 bit) or later versions
- The following IBM products for z/OS are needed:
- IBM Migration Utility (IMU) for z/OS, 5.1 or later to take advantage of the XML and JSON benefits
- IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS, 4.2 or later
- The following IBM products for z/OS are recommended:
- IBM Personal Communications
- IBM Db2 for z/OS 11.1 or later
Mainframe (z/OS) Requirements
The users of IBM Migration Utility Explorer will need the following:
- A TSO User ID with ISPF capability
- FTP Client to z/OS and z/OS to Client capability
- IBM Migration Utility for z/OS V4.1 or later
- The knowledge of how to use IBM Migration Utility
- The knowledge of how to run Jobs on z/OS
- The ability to look at input, output and hold JES2/JES3 queues
- FTP Server on z/OS with Jesinterfacelevel=1 or Jesinterfacelevel=2
The following minimum hardware levels are required:
- CPU - 1 GHz or faster 64-bit (x64) processor, dual or quad core recommended
- RAM - 1.0 GB minimum, 2.0 GB recommended
- Hard disk - minimum of 200 MB available space
- Make a new folder where to store the IBM Migration Utility Explorer file. Choose an easy to remember folder name.
- Download the "IMU_Explorer_prod32bit_V3.1" or "IMU_Explorer_prod64bit_V3.1." Recommend starting with the 64 bit version.
- Right click on the download .zip, select "Extract All" to extract product components into the newly created folder.
- Open the IBM Migration Utility Explorer folder that contains the extracted files.
- If you are using 32 bit JAVA, double click on the Setup32.vbs file.
- If you are using 64 bit JAVA, double click on the Setup64.vbs file.
- Note: A shortcut is created to your desktop, a 64bit JAVA shortcut or a 32bit JAVA shortcut, depending on which one you chose.
- Download the IBM Migration Utility Explorer 3.1 Readme for additional installation and getting started information.
IBM Migration Utility Explorer is supplied under the standard terms and conditions of the IBM International License Agreement for Non-Warranted Programs (License Information) and of the associated License Information and other documentation. IBM Migration Utility Explorer service is available as long as the IBM Migration Utility for z/OS product with which IBM Migration Utility Explorer is used is licensed and generally supported by IBM. In addition, IBM reserves the right to discontinue service on IBM Migration Utility Explorer.
For technical support open a Service Request under IBM Migration Utility for z/OS and indicate IBM Migration Utility Explorer in the problem description. Defect support will be on a best effort basis. Feedback for improvements is welcome.
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07 May 2021