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IOF (Interactive Output Facility)

JES2 Management

IOF: The best alternative to SDSF for more than 30 years!

Streamline productivity in the TSO environment with IOF. Managing JES2 resources and TSO system operations becomes effortless—all within one integrated solution.

Easy to use, or simply type “help” at the command line for instant assistance. Trusted by end users, IOF remains an essential tool, meeting all your needs seamlessly.

As the most comprehensive productivity aid for active TSO environments, IOF offers all necessary functions for complete JES2 resource management.

IOF delivers powerful, incomparable features:

The IOF job list shows you all the jobs that you’ve submitted on a single screen. Input jobs, running jobs, and output jobs are displayed in separate sections that show the most important information for that type of job. You don’t need to search through different job displays just to see all your jobs. Of course, operators and systems programmers can easily request a list of all input or output jobs instead of a list of their own jobs.
The backbone of IOF job display and analysis is the Job Summary Screen. All important information about a job is either displayed directly on this screen or is immediately accessible from it. It provides a complete return code summary for a job and a menu of its sysout data sets. In many cases, this is all a user needs to see to determine how a job ran. A user may, however, browse held and non-held data sets directly from this screen or modify data set characteristics by simply overtyping.
IOF allows you to display all types of JES2 resources including jobs, output groups, devices and initiators. Optional interface screens explicitly spell out the selection options available for each type of JES2 resource. In other words, IOF draws you a picture.
IOF provides full-screen device support for all JES2 devices, not just printers or punches.
The device list display shows a list of any of the devices defined to JES2. This display provides an overview of device activity and allows an authorized user to enter commands for the devices in the list. All JES2 device types (printers, NJE and RJE lines, offload devices and readers) can be displayed on the device display list.
From the device list display an operator can select a specific device for a device detail display. This display shows all of the commands that are valid for that type of device and displays only the information that is pertinent to the device. All operator SET functions are accomplished by simply overtyping the applicable display field.
IOF access control features allow the installation to define exactly which users are permitted to display specific devices and which device characteristics each user is permitted to change.
The system monitor allows authorized users to monitor all tasks (CPU, I/O, memory usage, swap status, and performance group) in real time. Sort and exclude commands easily alter the order and amount of data displayed.
IOF’s dynamic SYSLOG index provides immediate access to any minute of the day and contains indices to important events and errors in the log. A user can review the exception conditions for an entire day’s operation in just a few seconds. This useful index also allows the previous days’ logs to be saved and reviewed.
Online access to large production reports is made simpler by indexing the reports directly on the spool. This facility provides instant access to specific sections of large reports from an index menu.
A powerful JES2 queue management utility provides detailed reporting of spool usage and flexible control for purging old output. This and several other IOF utilities are implemented using the IOF programmable interface for JES2.

Experienced IOF users may prefer to skip directly to a new function from within an existing function. From anywhere within IOF you can directly select another IOF function.

A facility that gives users of IBM’s SDSF access to the more powerful IOF features using the SDSF commands they are familiar with. SDSF users can convert to IOF with little or no training.

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