Data Center Management Systems

Power Tools for z/OS - TBOX                                     Download TBOX today!

TBOX Power Tools - A comprehensive collection of testing, development and operational power tools designed and written for the z/OS environment.
TBOX Power Tools significantly reduce the time and labor associated with Application Development and Operations Support. TBOX contains a variety of inexpensive, specialized z/OS software routines, ISPF dialogs, ISPF Macros, utilities and program subroutines designed to expedite and enhance software development and testing.  These tools are particularly popular with Technical and Operational Support people charged with the responsibility for improving the Data Center Operations and Application Development technical environments.  Download TBOX and populate your toolbox with the Power Tools you need. 

CB, CE and CV - These are point-and-shoot edit macros that invoke ISPF Browse, Edit or View respectively against the indicated dataset name within your edited JCL member.  NEW!

LOCATER - This ISPF dialog quickly searches a large list of pre-defined libraries for a specific or wildcarded member name. Supports PDS and CA-Panvalet libraries.  NEW!

Report Archival System - RAS uses the JES2 OFFLOAD facility to periodically offload reports to a GDG tape, then reads the tape and maintains a KSDS directory of its contents. ISPF dialogs permit the selection of a desired entry for restore to the queue. RAS has been enhanced to include a weekly merge cycle, adding the ability to retain selected reports indefinitely and use significantly less tapes.

Console Commander - This facility issues console commands from a batch step via a SYSIN file.

Compare Pro - CA-Panvalet’s PCOMPARE utility only processes a single member. This utility enables you to invoke PCOMPARE against a list of members.

DSN Enqueued - Tests whether each listed dataset is currently in use (enqueued) by another task. The generated report shows the enqueue status and attributes (Owned or Shared).  NEW!

IDCAMS Pro - Can be used to check for a higher-than-desired IDCAMS return-code and/or to speed REPRO processing. Use IDCAMS Pro in place of the standard IBM utility IDCAMS to optionally cause a jobstep abend whenever IDCAMS terminates with a 'higher-than-desired' return code. In order to accomplish this, IDCAMS Pro simply calls IDCAMS and, upon IDCAMS's completion, tests its return code. Based on the execution PARM, IDCAMS Pro decides whether an abend is warranted. Another optional function of IDCAMS Pro is to transparently convert IDCAMS REPRO operations to use a SORT COPY function. SORT uses EXCP processing for its COPY operation, much faster and far more efficient than the QSAM processing used by IDCAMS during a REPRO.

Match/Merge - A very easy to use “match/merge” utility. Simply specify two input sequential files and the position/length of their respective “key” fields. Match/Merge produces output files that show that records are present on both files, or only just one.

Security Tester - Use this facility to validate your read, update or create access to datasets or other secured resources before actually attempting direct access.

TCANCEL - Cancel all active TSO users. Use this in a process that needs exclusive use of TSO dataset or in preparation for an IPL.

VSAM Pro - Can be used to automatically reorganize or to automatically reorganize and tune VSAM files.
Automatic reorganization - VSAM Pro does not rely on externally stored DEFINE statements, rather it uses information gathered by performing an IDCAMS LISTCAT against the specified file. It automatically generates the appropriate commands prior to invoking IDCAMS to back up, delete, define and restore the file. VSAM Pro supports KSDS, ESDS and RRDS datasets.

Automatic reorganization and tuning - VSAM Pro reorganizes the file and inserts the appropriate user-supplied overrides to the DEFINE parameters in order to:
Adjust the primary space allocation to keep the dataset 85-95% full or as specified;
Adjust the secondary space allocation to at least 10% of primary or as specified;
Adjust the control interval sizes to keep index levels under 3 or as specified;
Optionally automatically relocate the dataset to another volume when primary allocation cannot be achieved in one extent