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Mass recall migrated data sets

Sometimes you need to recall a (huge number of) libraries, which fit a certain DSN pattern.

You're lucky if these DSNs (by accident) are just any of these:


Replace IEBCOPY by SERCOPY where possible

A lot of ChangeMan ZMF submitted jobs like promote, demote, install, backout, etc. typically suffer, occasionally, these kinds of IEBCOPY related issues:


Show user options and V0x-variables in CMN/ZMF jobs

Failures in user initiated jobs (like checkout, stage, audit, promote, ...) may be caused by special (or missing) values for so called &V0x variables and/or user options. Typical failures are:

  • invalid (or simply missing) values for DSN=... in a staging job.
  • entire jobsteps that are missing (because of some skeleton variable that has an unexpected value, or just no value at all).


Check availability of all CMN/ZMF started tasks

Periodically, typically at the beginning of business hours, you should do an (automatic) verification that all your started tasks are "up", and this across all Z/OS images where at least 1 ChangeMan ZMF STC runs.

A variation of this is verifying that each of these STCs have been started with the correct options (to avoid other problems such at package installation time), to mention a few:

  • The jobname of the STC.
  • The type of ChangeMan ZMF subsystem (D-, P-, DP- or ALL-site).
  • The name of the (remote) site that the STC corresponds to.
  • ...


ASR Runtime Environment for Z-Reports

Creating new ChangeMan ZMF reports, and or customizing any of the reports delivered with ChangeMan ZMF has always been a challenge. Mostly because it requires expertise in the REXX programming language and you need to have 'some' experience in using ChangeMan ZMF's (green) XML services. On top of that, ChangeMan ZMF does not come with any out-of-the-box charts (only reports).

Therefor, in most ChangeMan ZMF implementations, all such reporting (and charting) requests from any type of , gets routed to the (usually overbooked) ChangeMan ZMF administrators who might either not have the required REXX and/or XML experience, or don't really like to do such reporting work. Not to forget the effort that may be required when upgrading to a new ChangeMan ZMF release ...


Z-Apps On Demand

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Z-Apps On Demand is about creating a customized version of any of the Z-Apps, so that it perfectly fits the requirements. Developing (on demand) a brand new set of components that fit into the Z-Apps category (and where they will be added to also) is a variation of it.


Using ChangeMan ZMF - Getting started

Introduction to functions and uses of ChangeMan ZMF, which is the foundation (and pre-req) for additional ChangeMan ZMF training classes, to provide general knowledge about major ChangeMan ZMF func

  • General concepts and facilities, including:
    • ChangeMan ZMF's Change Packages.
    • The ChangeMan ZMF Lifecycle.
    • The ChangeMan ZMF Library Structure.
    • The ChangeMan ZMF Architecture.
  • ChangeMan ZMF terminology.
  • Navigating the various ISPF panels in ChangeMan ZMF (Primary menu options and Build menu options).
Duration (hours): 

ChangeMan ZMF Application Administration - Getting started

This is an in-depth introduction to ChangeMan ZMF's application administration functions, which is also the foundation (and pre-req) for ChangeMan ZMF's global administration training classes.

  • Configuring a ChangeMan ZMF Application:
    • The ChangeMan ZMF Lifecycle (application parms).
    • The ChangeMan ZMF Library Structure:
      • Library types and baseline libraries.
      • Local and/or remote promotion or production sites.
      • Promotion and/or production libraries.
    • The ChangeMan ZMF Security Architecture.
      • Package approvals configuration.
      • Promotion authorizations configuration.
    • The ChangeMan ZMF Programming Languages and Compile Procedures.
    • Configuring logical DB2 subsystems.
  • Navigating the various ISPF panels in ChangeMan ZMF related to application administration.
  • ChangeMan ZMF Administrators involved in the customization, installation, configuration or optimization of ChangeMan ZMF.
  • ChangeMan ZMF Helpdesk operators assuming they are authorized / responsible also for performing application administration also.
  • Release managers who want to learn about how ChangeMan ZMF can help them implementing (and enforcing) their release management procedures.
  • IT Auditors who want to increase their understanding of ChangeMan ZMF's functions and processes.
  • Users such as Operations control, project leaders, development managers, .... interested in learning more about ChangeMan ZMF and its key concepts.
Duration (hours): 

Using the STUB panel in CMN/ZMF

Document the usages of ChangeMan ZMF's STUB panel, which will be shown it you type primary command S on ChangeMan ZMF's primary option menu (and you've been authorized to use it).


Enable user defined edit macros in CMN/ZMF

Document what it takes to enable your own set of edit macros to be invoked when using edit in staging, together with some typical use-cases for it (i.e. to launch non-standard ISPF editor session, also called exotic editors).

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