CA Copycat Utility

The CA Copycat Utility is designed to copy data from tape to tape while retaining the information in the CA 1 Tape Management Catalog (TMC) or in the CA TLMS Volume Master File (VMF) regarding data set attributes and the creation information of the original data set.
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The CA Copycat Utility is designed to copy data from tape to tape while retaining the information in the CA 1 Tape Management Catalog (TMC) or in the CA TLMS Volume Master File (VMF) regarding data set attributes and the creation information of the original data set.
 
 
Tape Conversions
CA Copycat Utility enables you to convert from one tape medium or format to another. Automated data set copy methods expedite the conversion process and significantly reduce the resource requirements demanded by manual conversions using JCL.
Media Consolidation/Stacking
CA Copycat Utility permits you to consolidate active data sets from multiple tape volumes onto fewer volumes, resulting in a larger scratch pool. By using CA-Earl, the standard report writer, you can identify the control information that CA Copycat Utility needs to effectively improve the utilization of the entire tape library.
Migration to Virtual Tape
CA Copycat Utility facilitates the migration to virtual tape systems by copying physical media to virtual media. If you want the virtual tape system to handle the file stacking, you can unstack the previously stacked tapes into the virtual system. The virtual system would then assign a unique volume to each file copied.
Media Replacement
CA Copycat Utility provides facilities to retrieve data from old or faulty media with the functionality to copy a tape volume, in its entirety, to a new replacement volume. Volume labels can be included in the copy function, if desired.
Volume/Data Set Backup
CA Copycat Utility allows you to copy volumes or data sets onto other tapes without requiring the cataloging of the backup volume. The backup volume, as any other CA 1 or CA TLMS controlled volume, is recorded in the TMC or VMF for tracking and management purposes. If required, a new high-level data set name qualifier can be specified for all files on the backup volume.
Electronic Vaulting
CA Copycat Utility reduces the overhead of vaulting tapes to off-site locations. By copying volumes or data sets to devices or tape volume pools at specific off-site locations, the data center minimizes the tasks of pulling the vaulting list, packaging the tapes and transporting them.
Foreign Tape Copying
CA Copycat Utility can also be used to copy all files from a foreign tape onto a CA 1 or CA TLMS controlled volume. This can be used to copy from an old physical tape that is not defined to your Tape Management System onto a new physical or virtual volume defined to your Tape Management System.
Tape Analysis
CA Copycat Utility allows you to map a tape volume to help verify its contents. Detailed information is provided for each file residing on the tape volume.
Functions
CA Copycat Utility furnishes tape copy and file copy functions that are compatible with CA 1 and CA TLMS operations. Major functions allow you to perform the following:
  • Copy an entire volume
  • Copy selected data set(s)
  • Copy all data sets on specified volume(s)
  • Map an entire volume
CA Copycat Utility is driven by control statements that you supply as SYSIN with the execution JCL. The functions provided with CA Copycat Utility are initiated by the specification of a function code and one or more function control statements. The functions, described in subsequent sections, include the following:
  • FILECOPY
    Copies one or more files from one tape volume set to a different tape volume set
  • TAPECOPY
    Copies an entire tape volume onto a different tape volume
  • TAPEMAP
    Maps an entire tape volume