Reporting With a Tool You Already Own: DCOLLECT

August 23 | 9:15 AM | Room: Franklin B

  • How much disk space do certain applications use?
  • What’s the utilization level of some volume(s) or storage group(s)?
  • Where are the backups for these datasets? 

We’ll take a look at DCOLLECT – how it’s used, its various types of output records, and how DCOLLECT output can be filtered and formatted to produce useful information.

SLIP, ZAP, TERSE, XMIT – What’s it All About?

August 24 | 1:15 PM | Room: Madison

  • Even experienced administrators in other platforms struggle to understand how some specialized z/OS systems utilities work or what they’re for 
  • What are the most common z/OS®
     debugging and maintenance tools and what are their typical use in problem-solving and repair?

We’ll step through the process of information gathering (SLIP and DUMP), transmitting data to support personnel (AMATERSE and TSO XMIT/RECEIVE), and examining files and applying fixes (AMASPZAP).

Just What is a Storage Group Anyway?

August 25 | 1:15 PM | Room: Franklin B

  • One of the four basic DFSMS constructs
  • SMS Storage Groups are at the junction of disk volumes, tape libraries, system allocation, and backup and migration functions
  • The way Storage Groups are defined affects the availability of space, the placement and management of datasets, and system reliability

We’ll take a look at the types of storage groups, their attributes, their relationship to other z/OS components, and the commands and utilities that can be used to alert, display, report on, change, and manage them.


About our Presenter

Steve Pryor, CTO at DTS Software, has a more than 30-year background in storage manage-ment, design, and support, and frequently speaks at industry events. Prior to joining DTS in the early 2000s, Steve made important contributions at several mainframe software vendors, designing and implementing major products and components.