Assignment of Aggregates.
Aggregate Selection Routines, analogous to the DFSMS
ACS routines, use centrally-defined criteria to specify the
aggregate group to which a dataset is to belong at the time
the dataset is created.
Time-consuming manual analysis of applications is avoided.
Generation of Selection Datasets.
Using the aggregate group name assigned to each dataset at
the time it was created, the aggregate selection datasets
are automatically generated whenever an ABACKUP command is
Aggregate selection datasets are automatically maintained
and always up-to-date.
At the end of each ABACKUP, the critical activity logs are
automatically captured, compressed, and stored in a central
repository for access by ISPF and workstation-based query
Complete information on each aggregate backup is always available,
even if the data center is destroyed.
and GUI-based Query/Recovery JCL Generation.
An ISPF interface and a Windows interface allow instant interactive
access to the status of each ABACKUP, including error messages,
tape volume serial numbers, disk space required for restore,
and other critical information.
JCL for restoring aggregates or individual datasets can be
generated and submitted.
The availability of a PC-based GUI interface is particularly
important during a disaster, when original activity logs and
experienced storage administration staff may be unavailable.
In a recovery situation, catalogs and tape management systems
may be corrupted or out of sync.
ABC allows ABACKUP tapes to be used for restore even though
the tape management catalog may not reflect the actual status
of the tapes.