IBM United States
Software Announcement 200-271
August 15, 2000

IBM Basic Tape Library Support for OS/390 DFSMS V2R10

 ENUS200-271.PDF (21KB)

At a Glance

Basic Tape Library Support Version 1.6:

  • Minimizes code defects by including a maintenance roll-up of all APARs from Basic Tape Library Support Version 1.5
  • Enhances data retrieval and improves operations productivity with mount and demount commands for the 3494/3495
  • Makes it easy to identify libraries with catalog records
  • Enhances data availability in the event of a permanent I/O error with dynamic device reconfiguration (DDR) swaps
  • Is Year 2000 ready

For ordering, contact:

Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: LE001).


Basic Tape Library Support (BTLS) Version 1 Release 6:

  • Provides basic automation support for the 3494/3495 Tape Library Dataserver in a non-system-managed tape environment
  • Enables you to continue to use BTLS while preparing for SMS Systems Managed Tape
  • Includes a maintenance roll-up of all APARs from BTLS 1.5

Key Prerequisites

OS/390® DFSMS™ V2R10 and its prerequisites

Planned Availability Date

September 29, 2000


Basic Tape Library Support Version 1.6 provides the following functions:

  • This release includes a maintenance roll-up of BTLS 1.5.0 APARs.
  • The message display sends mount and demount commands to an IBM 3494/3495. These commands instruct the IBM 3495/3495 to mount a library volume on a drive, or demount a volume and return it to the library storage rack.
  • Each volume in a library is defined by a catalog record that names the library in which the volume resides.
  • Dynamic device reconfiguration (DDR), used to swap a volume to another device following a permanent I/O error, will now swap the volume to a library device, if the original device is a library device.
  • The access method services LIBRARY command performs operations needed to manage tape volumes in a Tape Library Dataserver and for migration to system managed tape environments.

Year 2000

This product is Year 2000 ready. When used in accordance with its associated documentation, it is capable of correctly processing, providing, and/or receiving date data within and between the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, provided that all products (for example, hardware, software, and firmware) used with the product properly exchange accurate date data with it.

Euro Currency

This program is not impacted by euro currency.

Hardware and Software Support Services

SmoothStart™/Installation Services

IBM SmoothStart and Installation Services are not provided.


DFSMS and SmoothStart are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
OS/390 is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

Technical Information

Specified Operating Environment

Hardware Requirements

All hardware supported by OS/390® Version 2 Release 10.

Software Requirements

The following programs or equivalent are prerequisites . Subsequent versions, releases, and modification levels may be used unless otherwise announced.

  • High Level Assembler (HLA) for MVS™, VM, and VSE (5696-234) with current maintenance
  • System Modification Program Extended (SMP/E) Version 1 Release 8 Modification Level 1 (5668-949) for installation and maintenance
  • OS/390 V2R10 (5647-A01)

Planning Information

Direct Customer Support: Direct customer support is provided by S/390® Support Line. This fee service can enhance your productivity by providing voice and electronic access into the IBM support organization. S/390 Support Line will help answer questions pertaining to usage, how to, and suspected software defects for eligible products.

Installation and technical support is provided by IBM Global Services. For more information on services, call 800-IBM-4YOU (426-4968).

Security, Auditability, and Control

The announced product uses the security and auditability features of the host hardware. The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.

Customer Financing

IBM Global Financing offers attractive financing to credit-qualified commercial and government customers and Business Partners in more than 40 countries around the world. IBM Global Financing is provided by the IBM Credit Corporation in the United States. Offerings, rates, terms, and availability may vary by country. Contact your local IBM Global Financing organization. Country organizations are listed on the Web at:

Ordering Information

Current Licensees

Current licensees of IBM Basic Tape Library Support Version 1 Release 5 must order this release via MES. Ordering instructions are scheduled to be mailed from IBM Software Delivery and Fulfillment (SDF) to all current licensees by August 15, 2000.

New Licensees

Shipment will begin on the planned availability date.

  • Orders that ship before the planned availability will include Basic Tape Library Support Version 1 Release 5.
  • Orders that ship after the planned availability date will include Basic Tape Library Support Version 1 Release 6.

New users of Basic Tape Library Support Version 1.6 should specify:

          Type           Model
          5655           056

Basic License: To order a basic license, specify the program number and feature number 9001 for asset registration. Specify feature number 1314 for a monthly license charge, and feature number 9500 for a DSLO monthly license charge.

                           Basic                         DSLO
                           Monthly                       Monthly
Program                    License                       License
Number                     Feature                       Feature
5655-056                   1314                          9500

Single Version Charging: To elect single version charging, you must notify IBM and identify the prior program and replacement program, and the designated machine the programs are operating on.

Basic Machine-Readable Material

Environment                Number            Distribution Medium
BTLS 1.6 Support           5852              3480 cartridge tape
BTLS 1.6 Support           5224              4-mm DAT

Customization Options: Select the appropriate feature numbers to customize your order to specify the delivery options desired. These features can be specified on the initial or MES orders.

Example: If publications are not desired for the initial order, specify feature number 3470 to ship media only. For future updates, specify feature number 3480 to ship media updates only. If, in the future, publication updates are required, order an MES to remove feature number 3480; then, the publications will ship with the next release of the program.

Description                                         Number
Initial Shipments
Serial Number Only (suppresses shipment             3444
 of media and documentation)
Ship Media Only (suppresses initial                 3470
 shipment of documentation)
Ship Documentation Only (suppresses                 3471
 initial shipment of media)
Satellite Electronic Delivery                       3450
Update Shipments
Ship Media Updates Only (suppresses                 3480
 update shipment of documentation)
Ship Documentation Only (suppresses                 3481
 update shipment of media)
Suppress Updates (suppresses update                 3482
 shipment of media and documentation)
Expedite Shipments
Local IBM Office Expedite                           3445
 (for IBM use only)
Customer Expedite Process Charge                    3446
 ($30 charge for each product)

Expedite shipments will be processed to receive 72-hour delivery from the time IBM Software Delivery and Fulfillment (SDF) receives the order. SDF will then ship the order via overnight air transportation.

DSLO License: To order a DSLO license, specify the program number and asset registration number 9901 for a monthly license charge. Ordering a DSLO feature will result in IBM maintaining a record of this customer location as a DSLO user only. All material for the DSLO license will be provided through the basic license location. If a user selects DSLO, no other feature numbers are valid for this order and no program materials or updates will be shipped.

Unlicensed Documentation: A memo, a program directory, and one copy of the following publications are supplied automatically with the basic machine-readable material:

Title                                       Number
IBM Basic Tape Library Support              SC26-7016
 User's Guide and Reference
IBM Basic Tape Library Support              GC26-7017
 Licensed Program Specifications

Subsequent updates (technical newsletters or revisions between releases) to the publications shipped with the product will be distributed to the user of record for as long as a license for this software remains in effect. A separate publication order or subscription is not needed.

Terms and Conditions

The terms for Basic Tape Library Support Version 1.6, as previously announced in Software Announcement 297-193 , dated June 9, 1997, licensed under the IBM Customer Agreement, are unaffected by this announcement.

Support Line: Yes, S/390


Current charges are unaffected by this announcement.

One-Time Charge: Customers who pay an OTC for a licensed program receive enhancements and future releases, if any, at no additional charge. Significant new function may be offered as an optional feature and charged for separately.

For additional product information, refer to Software Announcement 299-043 , dated February 22, 1999.

Order Now

 Use Priority/Reference Code: LE001
 Phone:     800-IBM-CALL
 Fax:       800-2IBM-FAX
 Mail:      IBM Atlanta Sales Center
            Dept. LE001
            P.O. Box 2690
            Atlanta, GA  30301-2690

You can also contact your local IBM Business Partner or IBM representative. To identify them, call 800-IBM-4YOU.

Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.


MVS is a trademark of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
OS/390 and S/390 are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

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