The OST provides many basic functions that assist in running and tracking MICS operational jobs. These functions are unknown to many of our clients. This Tip would highlight OST features.
Operational Status and Tracking (OST) facilitates MICS administrative and operational tasks. It is available to authorized users from the MICS Administrator Facility (MAF) of the MICS Workstation Facility (MWF). OST functions can be divided as follows:
- Display the Data Base status and/or processing history
- Create Data Base update jobs for submission to MVS
- Perform special MICS processing, including Data Base recovery and production job restart
- Suspend Data Base update processing while maintenance is applied
OST may be used to display the current status and/or processing history of all MICS units in the complex. The initial panel, the Data Base Status display, shows the current operation, last completed processing and the Data Base update status of each unit. Processing status keywords include: Completed, Due Today, Overdue, Submitted, Incomplete and Failed. The Seven Day Schedule Forecast can be found by scrolling right from the main OST panel. The forecast shows when jobs are scheduled for each unit, based on the MICS scheduling facility. Scrolling right a second time will will access the Parameter display. This portion of the panel is used to set the Overdue Time for MICS operational jobs. More detailed Data Base status information can be obtained by using one of several commands: STATUS, HISTORY, CHECKPT and JOBLOG.
MICS operational jobs can be scheduled by OST. There are several commands to choose from: SCHEDULE, DAILY, WEEKLY, MONTHLY, YEARLY and BACKUP. The command format allows the MICS Administrator to specify one, several or all units to be scheduled. Keywords can be used to override the normal backup schedule; to include backup processing when no backup is currently scheduled or to omit backup processing when a backup would normally be run.
FORCE, RESTART and RESTORE are OST commands that are used for special MICS processing. The FORCE command displays a panel that can be used to enter Force/Select parameters. RESTART will generate a batch job to restart the Data Base update processing that had failed. The RESTORE command is used to generate a job that will restore unit Data Base files. The Restart or Restore job can be edited before it is submitted; a copy of the job is saved in prefix.MICS.RESTART.CNTL. The SUBMIT command must be used to submit the job; END will only save it.
The OST command SUSPEND is used to prevent all unit Data Base update processing. Suspend marks a unit Data Base as non-updatable. The RESUME command will reactivate the unit Data Base update processing.
This is only a partial description of the features found in OST. Additional information can be found in Chapter 4 of the PIOM or the on-line panels.