Reference--Miscellaneous

This Reference section is for system programmers, administrators, and end users of CA View. CA View archives and retrieves computer output (SYSOUT) on either DASD or tape and retrieves that output upon demand. Any SYSOUT can be specified for archiving.
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 section is for system programmers, administrators, and end users of CA View. CA View archives and retrieves computer output (SYSOUT) on either DASD or tape and retrieves that output upon demand. Any SYSOUT can be specified for archiving.
You must be familiar with CA View and IBM computer system terms and concepts. You also need a working knowledge of operating system online facilities such as ISPF, because CA View panels are similar.
In a production environment, CA View is well suited to the management of the following classes of data:
  • Production JCL listings and messages
  • Production reports
  • SYSLOG data
SYSLOG data is archived whenever it is queued for output. The automatic command facility can be used to queue SYSLOG data at regular intervals. Production reports can be automatically archived and printed. If a report gets lost or must be reprinted, the retrieval system reprints it from archival, eliminating the need for reruns. Large reports can be archived directly to tape to minimize disk requirements.
If a job, started task, or time-sharing session has output queued for processing, any output that meets the archival criteria is written to the current disk generation or tape. At a specified time (or at specified intervals), the current generation on disk is backed up to tape. A new disk generation is created, and archiving continues with this new generation.
Exceptional Condition Checking
Using CA View, production JCL listings and messages can be automatically archived and retained for as long as you want. You can optionally specify the action to take whenever an exceptional condition is encountered; actions include issuing a message to the operator and printing the SYSOUT for the job.
CA View checks for the following exceptional conditions:
  • Nonzero condition code
  • System or user abend
  • JCL error
  • Data set cataloging error
  • Data set not deleted error
  • Allocation request canceled by operator
  • User-specified condition
The conditions can be modified as needed by using control statement inputs to the CA View started task (SARSTC).
Integration with CA Service Desk Manager
CA View generates LOGREC events whenever an ABEND occurs within the View started task or one of the utilities.
Retention and Retrieval
Compilation listings, production reports, and SYSOUT can be retained on a long-term basis on disk or tape as a feature of the Expanded Retention Option.
You can retrieve SYSOUT easily from an online terminal using the online retrieval facility. You can select one or all generations of archived SYSOUT. You are presented with a selection list of the SYSOUT groups (a group of data sets having the same job name) to which you are authorized access. You can do the following:
  • Select a SYSOUT group for browsing or printing.
  • Scroll through the SYSOUTs using the SYSOUT indexing and logical view features of the Browse facility.
    This type of scrolling allows you to automatically display only the portion of a SYSOUT that you need.
  • Search for specific character strings with the FIND command.
Full batch retrieval capability is also provided with the SARBCH utility.
Printing and Downloading
With CA View, you can do the following tasks:
  • Print to VTAM printers using the CA View VTAM Print option and CA Spool Print Management (CA Spool).
  • Print to other external printing products with the External Printing Interface.
  • Download SYSOUT data to personal computer using CA Output Management Web Viewer.
Health Check
The CA View Health Checker feature raises alerts about possible problem conditions. These conditions could prevent CA View from running properly if left uncorrected. Health Checker also helps you address the problem and thereby helps provide best practices for CA View.