SYSD features offer functionality of ISPF and SDSF without the need for access to TSO

SYSD provides a full feature set that includes:

  • An editor that resembles ISPF to edit data sets under CICS
  • Ability to submit and track jobs
  • Mainframe printing and print management
  • Ability to view and manage JES2 spool data
  • Tools for managing CICS and debugging CICS programs
  • Tools for managing DASD and data sets

SYSD editor

The SYSD editor allows you to create, update, browse, submit, and delete PDS members and sequential data sets under CICS. SYSD honors security access restrictions. Features of the SYSD editor include:

  • Familiar interactive TSO ISPF- and PDF-like interface
  • Full complement of editing commands including primary, scroll, and line commands
  • Full use of user-definable PF keys
  • Extensive online documentation
  • Cut and paste capability
  • Unique "exclude" capability
  • Autosave facility
  • Optional SYSD/JFT (Job and File Tailoring)
  • Optional interface to CA-Panvalet integrated into the Edit screens (SYSD/ATP)

CICS management and debugging aids

SYSD provides a set of facilities for managing CICS and debugging CICS programs. Features include:

  • Ability to monitor CICS activity
  • Ability to display general CICS statistics
  • Ability to display and alter memory
  • Ability to display and monitor individual CICS resources, such as files, programs, maps, and transactions

DASD and data set management

SYSD provides a full range of functions for creating and maintaining disk data sets. It also simplifies management of DASD data sets and includes most of the IEHLIST and IEHPROGM commands online. You can quickly list VTOCs and PDS directories. You can also locate, scratch, rename, and allocate data sets.

Spool display

SYSD provides facilities to view spooled output directly from the JES2 spool. Spool display features include:

  • A unique condition code summary display that provides a condensed view of the condition codes from all the steps in a multistep job
  • Search facilities
  • Ability to cut and paste print spool files into an edit session
  • Ability to route individual print data sets or entire jobs to printers or to delete them
  • Ability to display the System Console Log
  • Ability to view partially spooled print from running jobs
  • Ability to restrict access to spooled data

Job submission and tracking

Jobs may be submitted from the edit and browse functions or the optional SYSD/JFT interface. From SYSD, you can monitor the status and the progression of jobs submitted from any source using the SYSD queue and active job displays. You can monitor statistics for executing jobs and view partially spooled output. You can also view the completed spooled output using the spool display facilities.

Print management

SYSD includes print management capabilities. The print management feature provides the ability to monitor and display the JES2 spool; view job output and reports; track, route, and delete jobs; and automatically or manually print JES2-spooled data sets on CICS printers or system printers.

Print management facilities control both CICS and JES2 printers for host-directed printing. You can manage system, departmental, or convenience printers performing mainframe printing. You can start or stop printers, and set or change print selection using commands or menu selections; knowledge of complex JES2 commands is not required. You can also easily protect printers in security-sensitive areas using the security features. Print management features include:

  • Custom separator pages for CICS-defined printers
  • Control sequences for laser printers to specify such things as page orientation and font based on defaults or JCL parameters
  • Form Control Buffers (FCB) supported for CICS-defined printers similar to JES2-controlled printers
  • Forms change processing supported for CICS-defined printers
  • JES2-like writer capability