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Announcing
IOF
Release 8C

The Only JES2 Management Product
 You Will Ever Need

 

Now you can have it all: the best of IOF and SDSF, but in a single, low-cost solution. IOF Release 8C now contains all the features you need to completely manage all aspects of your JES2 environment. Improved management and lower cost are just an upgrade away.

If you also run SDSF, IOF can now completely support your SDSF users. The choice is simple:

  • Lower cost:  IOF is far less costly than SDSF, and provides more JES2 Management capabilities in one solution
  • Rapid user adoption: SDSF users will find IOF screens intuitive and information-rich. Entering SDSF commands take users directly to the corresponding IOF display, ensuring that users are immediately productive
  • Simple migration: IOF is compatible with SDSF security. There's no extra work required. After a 15 minute upgrade to your current version of IOF, you're up and running.
We invite you to review the new Release 8C features below and to download the product in mid April.

Topics


Overview

IOF Release 8C now contains all of the features you should need to completely manage all aspects of your JES2 environment. While providing significant new functions for operators and systems staff, end users will be unaffected because the new options will not appear on their IOF Option Menu.

Release 8C  supports all versions of z/OS through V1R9.  Note that recent changes to JES2 in V1R9 require that additional minor changes be made to IOF.  Maintenance to implement these changes will soon be available. 

The 8C IOF Option Menu  has three new primary options for users who are authorized to these new functions: 

  • JBC  -  Job Classes
  • SPV  - Spool Volumes
  • NOD  - JES2 Nodes

Job Classes Display

Authorized IOF users can now display and manage input job classes using the new IOF Job Class Display.   This panel displays all defined job classes in the system and allows modifying class characteristics.

Job Class Display
 
 ---------------------------- IOF Job Class Display -----------( 38 )-----------
 COMMAND ===>                                                 SCROLL ===> CURSOR
 -------CLS-ACT-STATE---MODE-WAITING-RUNNING-HOLDING-OUTDISP-------QHELD-HOLD---
 _    1 A       NOTHELD JES                3       9 (,)           NO    NO
 _    2 B       HELD    JES                       12 (,)           YES   NO
 _    3 C       NOTHELD JES                          (,)           NO    NO
 _    4 D       NOTHELD JES                          (,)           NO    NO
 _    5 E       NOTHELD JES                          (,)           NO    NO
 _    6 F       NOTHELD JES                          (,)           NO    NO
 _    7 G       NOTHELD JES                          (,)           NO    NO
 _    8 H       NOTHELD JES                          (,)           NO    NO
 _    9 I       NOTHELD JES                          (WRITE,HOLD)  NO    NO
 _   10 J       NOTHELD WLM       17                 (,)           NO    NO
 _   11 K       NOTHELD JES        2       4      48 (,)           NO    NO
 _   12 L       NOTHELD JES                          (,)           NO    NO
 _   13 M       NOTHELD JES                          (,)           NO    NO
 _   14 N       NOTHELD JES                          (,)           NO    NO
 _   15 O       NOTHELD JES                          (,)           NO    NO
 _   16 P       NOTHELD JES                          (,)           NO    NO
 S   17 Q       NOTHELD WLM                          (,)           NO    NO
 _   18 R       NOTHELD WLM                          (,)           NO    NO
 _   19 S       HELD    JES                          (,)           NO    NO
 _   20 STC                               76         (PURGE,HOLD)
 _   21 T       NOTHELD JES                          (,)           NO    NO
 _   22 TSU                               32         (PURGE,HOLD)
 _   23 U       NOTHELD JES                          (,)           NO    NO
 _   24 V       NOTHELD JES                          (,)           NO    NO
 _   25 W       NOTHELD JES                          (,)           NO    NO
 _   26 X       NOTHELD JES                          (,)           NO    NO
 _   27 Y       NOTHELD JES                          (,)           NO    NO
 _   28 Z       NOTHELD JES                          (,)           NO    NO
 _   29 0       NOTHELD JES                          (,)           NO    NO
 _   30 1       NOTHELD JES                          (,)           NO    YES
 _   31 2       NOTHELD JES                          (,)           NO    NO
 _   32 3       NOTHELD JES                          (,)           NO    NO
 _   33 4       NOTHELD JES                          (,)           NO    NO
 _   34 5       NOTHELD JES                          (,)           NO    NO
 _   35 6       NOTHELD JES                          (,)           NO    NO
 _   36 7       NOTHELD JES                          (,)           NO    NO
 _   37 8       NOTHELD JES                          (,)           NO    NO
 _   38 9       NOTHELD JES                          (,)           NO    NO

Scroll right to see additional job class information.  Or select a class with the S line command to see all class information on a single panel.

Job Class Detail Display
 
------------------------ IOF Job Class Detail Display -------------------------
 COMMAND ===>                                                                   
                                                                                
                JOBS - Display jobs for this job class                          
                                                                                
 CLS-STATE---WAITING-RUNNING-HOLDING--------------------------------------------
 Q   NOTHELD                                                                    
                                                                                
  Mode      ===> WLM      Copy      ===> NO       Cond Purg ===>                
  Q Held    ===> NO       Scan      ===> NO       IEFUJP    ===> YES            
  Hold      ===> NO       Journal   ===> NO       IEFUSO    ===> YES            
  BLP       ===> YES      Pgmr Name ===> NO       Type 6    ===> YES            
  Log       ===> YES      Account   ===> NO       Type 26   ===> YES            
  Output    ===> YES      Restart   ===> NO                                     
                                                                                
  Out Disp  ===> (,)              Sch Env   ===>                                
  Max Time  ===> (000360,00)      Jes Log   ===> (NOSPIN)                       
  XBM       ===>                  Xeq Limit ===>        1                       
  Cmd Disp  ===> DISPLAY          SWA Loc   ===> BELOW                          
  Msg Level ===> (1,1)            Region    ===> 0006M                          
  Perform   ===> 000              Auth      ===> ALL                            
  Msg Class ===>                  Proclib   ===> 00                             
                                                                                

Authorized users can change class characteristics by overtyping on these panels.  The JOBS line command  causes a Job List Menu of  all input and running jobs in the class to be displayed.   See the JOBCLASS parmameter description in Chapter 3 of the JES2 Initialization and Tuning Reference manual for the meaning of each of the job class parameters.

 

Spool Volume Display

Authorized IOF users can now display, activate, or drain JES2 spool volumes using the new IOF Spool Volume Display.   The state and characteristics of each JES2 spool volume is shown on the display.  Scroll right to see additional information about each spool pack.

Spool Volume Display
 
 -------------------------- IOF Spool Volume Display ----------( 1 )------------
 COMMAND ===>                                                 SCROLL ===> CURSOR
 -------VOLUME-ACT-STATE----PCT-TGNUM--USED-COMMAND-SYAFF-EXT-LOWTRACK-HIGHTRAK-
 _    1 SPOOL1     ACTIVE    94 16690 15802          ANY    0 0000000F 0000C3A4 
 _    2 SPOOL2     ACTIVE    92 16690 15354          ANY    0 0000000F 0000C3A4
 _    3 SPOOL3     ACTIVE    88  8345  7343          ANY    0 0000000F 000061D9

The Spool Volume Detail Display which shows all the information about a spool volume is invoked by the S line command.  Available commands for each spool volume are shown at the top of the detail display.

Spool Volume Detail Display
 ----------------------- IOF Spool Volume Detail Display -----------------------
 COMMAND ===>                                                                   
                                                                                
                                                                                
       DL    - Display long         START    - Activate volume                  
       Jobs  - Jobs using volume    HALT/Z   - Halt volume                      
       DRain - Drain volume         DRAINCAN - Drain volume/cancel jobs         
                                                                                
                                                                                
 VOLUME-STATE----PCT-TGNUM--USED-COMMAND-EXT-LOWTRACK-HIGHTRAK-BASETRAK---------
 SPOOL1 ACTIVE    94 16690 15807           0 0000000F 0000C3A4                  
                                                                                
                                                                                
 Tracks per track group:   3                                                    
 Tracks per cylinder   :  15                                                    
 Records per track     :  12                                                    
                                                                                
                                                                                
 System affinity ===> ANY                                                       

Individual spool volumes can be started or drained by users with sufficient authority.  The JOBS command produces a Job List Menu of all jobs with all or part of their data residing on the volume.  This display can be very useful when draining a spool volume to easily show exactly which jobs still reside on the volume.  If the site runs the IOF Job Archival and Retrieval system described in Chapter 26 of the IOF/TSO Installation Guide, authorized users can use the OFFLOAD command on the Job List Menu to cause all jobs on the volume to be offloaded by JES2 offloaders.   After the volume is drained, the offloaded jobs can be uploaded to the remaining spool volumes on the system.

 

NJE Nodes Display

Authorized IOF users can now display and manage NJE nodes using the NJE Nodes Display  Each node defined to JES2 is shown on the display.

NJE Node Display
 
 ----------------------------- IOF NJE Node Display -----------( 2 )-------------
 COMMAND ===>                                                 SCROLL ===> CURSOR
 -------NUMBER-ACT-NAME-----STATUS----------------AUTHORITY---------TRANS--------
 _    1      1     TRISYS   OWNNODE               (D=Y,J=Y,N=N,S=Y) JOBS
 _    2      2     TAMPA    CONNECTED             (D=Y,J=Y,N=N,S=Y) JOBS
 _    3      3     BOSTON   CONNECTED             (D=Y,J=Y,N=N,S=Y) JOBS
 _    4      4     NAPLES   CONNECTED             (D=Y,J=Y,N=N,S=Y) JOBS
 _    5      5     DENVER   CONNECTED             (D=Y,J=Y,N=N,S=Y) JOBS
 _    6      6     DALLAS   UNCONNECTED           (D=Y,J=Y,N=N,S=Y) JOBS
 _    7      7     NEWYORK  CONNECTED             (D=Y,J=Y,N=N,S=Y) JOBS
 _    8      8     N8       UNCONNECTED           (D=Y,J=Y,N=N,S=Y) JOBS
 _    9      9     N9       UNCONNECTED           (D=Y,J=Y,N=N,S=Y) JOBS
 _   10     10     N10      UNCONNECTED           (D=Y,J=Y,N=N,S=Y) JOBS
 _   11     11     N11      UNCONNECTED           (D=Y,J=Y,N=N,S=Y) JOBS

Scroll right to see additional information about each node.  Each node can be selected with the S line command to display the NJE Nodes Detail Display.

NJE Node Detail Display
 
 ------------------------ IOF NJE Node Detail Display --------------------------
 COMMAND ===>                                                                   
                                                                                
       ST    - Start             DC - Display connect info                      
       DL    - Display in log    DP - Display path info                         
                                                                                
 NUMBER-STATUS------------------------------------------------------------------
      2 UNCONNECTED                                                             
                                                                                
      Node Name  ===> TAMPA            Line #     ===> 7                    
      Transmit   ===> JOBS             Logon Mode ===> LOGMODE                  
      Receive    ===> JOBS             Path Mgr   ===> NO                       
      Hold       ===> NONE             Private    ===> NO                       
      Encrypt    ===> YES              Sub Net    ===> SubNet                   
      End Node   ===> NO               Trace      ===> NO                       
      Resistance ===> 10               PW to Vfy  ===> ********                 
      Resist Adj ===> IGNORE           PW to Send ===> ********                 
      Compaction ===> 99               Logon DCT  ===>  99                      
                                                                                
      Authority  ===> (D=Y,J=Y,N=N,S=Y)                                         
                                                                                

Node characteristics can be changed by overtyping fields on both panels.  Passwords  entered on these panels are not be displayed.

 

Dynamic Option Menu

The three new options have been added to the IOF Option Menu for those users who are authorized to use them.  To learn more about how to control which options appear on the IOF Option Menu, visit virtual help desk problem C09.  This web page describes the SAF resources and ALLOW macros that control each option on the menu.  It also describes overrides on the GROUP macro that give the installer direct control over the options each user sees.

Full 8C Option Menu
 
------------------------------- IOF Option Menu -------------------------------
 COMMAND ===>                                                                   
                                                                                
Follow an option with "?" to display its detailed interface panel.              
                                                                                
 blank - Your jobs           LOG  - System Log       CN   - MVS Console         
   I   - Input jobs          SR   - System Req       MAS  - MAS Systems         
   R   - Running jobs        DEV  - Devices          ENC  - Enclaves            
   O   - Output jobs         PR   - Printers         PS   - Processes           
   J   - Jobs menu           LINE - Lines            WLM  - WLM Functions       
   G   - Output Groups       INIT - Initiators       JM   - JES2 Monitor        
   H   - Held Groups         OFF  - Offloaders       JBC  - Job Classes         
   M   - System Monitor      CHK  - Health Chks      APPC - APPC menu           
   P   - IOF Profile         SPV  - Spool Vols       MORE - More Commands       
                             NOD  - JES2 Nodes                                  
                                                                                
 JOBNAMES ===>                                                                  
                              Enter 1 to 8 generic jobnames above               
                                                                                
 SCOPE    ===>                ALL, ME or another user's USERID                  
                                                                                
 DEST     ===>                                                                  
                              Enter 1 to 8 destinations above                   

Most users will not see all the options on the menu.  A typical option menu for operators and administrative personnel might look like the panel below.

Typical 8C Option Menu
 
------------------------------- IOF Option Menu -------------------------------
 COMMAND ===>

Follow an option with "?" to display its detailed interface panel.

 blank - Your jobs           LOG  - System Log       CN   - MVS Console
   I   - Input jobs          SR   - System Req       MAS  - MAS Systems
   R   - Running jobs        DEV  - Devices          WLM  - WLM Functions
   O   - Output jobs         PR   - Printers         JBC  - Job Classes
   J   - Jobs menu           LINE - Lines            APPC - APPC menu
   G   - Output Groups       INIT - Initiators       MORE - More Commands
   H   - Held Groups         OFF  - Offloaders       
   M   - System Monitor      SPV  - Spool Vol        
   P   - IOF Profile         NOD  - JES2 Nodes       


 JOBNAMES ===>
                              Enter 1 to 8 generic jobnames above

 SCOPE    ===>                ALL, ME or another user's USERID

 DEST     ===>
                              Enter 1 to 8 destinations above
 

End users will continue to see a very abbreviated option menu so installing release 8C will have minimal impact on them.    A typical end user option menu is shown below.

End User Option Menu
 
------------------------------- IOF Option Menu -------------------------------
 COMMAND ===>

Follow an option with "?" to display its detailed interface panel.

 blank - Your jobs                                  MORE - More Commands
   I   - Input jobs
   R   - Running jobs
   O   - Output jobs
   J   - Jobs menu
   G   - Output Groups
   H   - Held Groups
   M   - System Monitor
   P   - IOF Profile


 JOBNAMES ===>
                              Enter 1 to 8 generic jobnames above

 SCOPE    ===>                ALL, ME or another user's USERID

 DEST     ===>
                              Enter 1 to 8 destinations above

The specific options each user sees is controlled by the local installation.  See virtual web page C09 for detailed information about how to control the options each user sees.

 

 

Snap Panel Command

The SNAPPAN command has been expanded to function on the Job Classes Display,  Spool Volume Display and the NJE Node Display.  SNAPPAN can be used on any IOF list panel to snap a copy of the displayed panel to a sysout or disk data set.  The SS or SD command must be used to define the target snap data set prior to entering SNAPPAN.

Records generated by SNAPPAN contain all the data on the corresponding panel line, including all undisplayed data to the right of the displayed data.  The LRECL for disk target data sets must be sufficiently large to contain the panel lines.   Each panel requires a different record length.  Health Checker requires at least LRECL(627).   It is recommended that disk data sets be allocated with LRECL(999) RECFM(VB).

SNAPPAN is available on the following panels:

  • Job List Menu
  • Output Group Display
  • Job Summary
  • Monitor
  • Enclaves
  • Unix Processes
  • Input Queue
  • WLM Scheduling Envvironments
  • WLM Resources
  • Health Checker
  • Job Classes
  • NJE Nodes
  • Spool Volumes

 

Release 8C  Availability

IOF Release 8C was officially released on  April 23, 2007

 

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