How are the retention rules updated using Copycat?

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Last Modified Date : 14/02/2018
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Overview of the methods used by Copycat to determine retention.


A manual update transaction is issued for tapes being processed by Copycat.

This will override the rule that is in the CA TLMS RMF. You can use the following types of retention with Copycat:

Output volumes:

This will update the volume as type 2 retention for 7 days.

The volume being created will have retention of permanent control.

This will copy the retention schedule from the input volume and update the output volume with the same schedule.

Input volumes:

The INDISP operates in the same manner.

The input volume will be held for 7 days.

The input tape will be held as PERM control. This is not recommended for an INDISP. Most clients use RETPD=007. The volume will be scratched in 7 days.

The disposition on the input file is not modified upon completion of the copy operation.

When you display the volumes via the CA TLMS ISPF panels you will see that the retention schedule is MAN. This is from the manual transaction issued by Copycat.