IBM United States
Software Announcement 203-031
February 4, 2003
IBM CICS VSAM Recovery Version 3.2 for z/OS and OS/390 Provides Control over the Forward Recovery Process
At a Glance
CICSVR V3.2 introduces changes that improve the usability and performance of the forward recovery process by:
CICSVR V3.2 also incorporates usability improvements, and maintenance, identified through use of CICSVR V3.1.
For ordering, contact:
Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or the Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: LE001).
CICS® VSAM Recovery Version 3 (CICSVR) is a tool for recovering lost VSAM data, adding yet more integrity to your CICS solution. Version 3 Release 2 (V3.2) extends the value of CICSVR through improved efficiency and through changes that make the recovery process easier to manage.
Included in CICSVR V3.2:
CICSVR V3.2 builds on the rich function of Version 3 Release 1, which was the first release of CICSVR to protect data sets that are updated by both CICS and batch applications. That release also offered improved efficiency for existing users by applying change-accumulation, enhancing the automated forward recovery process and providing facilities to support remote site recovery.
CICSVR is a member of the CICS Tools family developed by IBM Software Group.
CICS VSAM Recovery V3 is an automated recovery tool that helps you recover from loss of VSAM data due to catastrophic hardware failure, software failure, or human error.
CICSVR uses logs to recover your VSAM data. It supports:
CICSVR V3 offers extensive improvements over the previous version, resulting in a World Class forward recovery tool. As well as providing new function, such as change accumulation, recovery automation and improved remote site recovery for existing CICS users, CICSVR V3 can be used with batch applications. CICSVR VSAM batch logging can record updates to VSAM spheres made by batch applications. If the VSAM spheres are lost or damaged, CICSVR can use the log records to recreate the spheres.
With the increasing reliability of enterprise hardware and with stable enterprise software systems, catastrophic loss of data is a rare event. Nevertheless, for most enterprises the residual risk of loss is unacceptable. With careful planning, good operational procedures, and the services of CICSVR, you can eliminate almost all risk.
CICSVR can also perform a selective recovery of VSAM data sets. You can
specify which log records you want applied during recovery processing by
specifying the appropriate identifiers (file, terminal, and transaction).
For example, you can create a recovery job that will not apply any log
records produced from a particular transaction. The resulting data set
would therefore have all updates made by the specified transaction
User-Friendly Dialog Interface
CICSVR is designed to help you recover lost or damaged VSAM data sets, using a CICSVR ISPF dialog. You navigate through the dialog panels, selecting spheres you want to recover and backups you want to use. Behind the scenes, CICSVR executes utilities such as LOGOFLOGS SCAN to get the latest information on the VSAM spheres from CICS. CICSVR contains the latest backup information about the VSAM spheres by receiving notifications from DFSMSdss and by querying DFSMShsm. Then the dialogs generate a recovery job that you can submit when you are ready. The CICSVR dialogs supply all the details (for example, VSAM spheres and backups) and you select those you want. By simply accepting the default parameters that CICSVR displays on the panels, you create a job that restores each sphere from its latest logical backup and then performs a forward recovery up to the current date and time.
Usability enhancements in CICSVR V3.2 allow you to customize the system so that you can filter the information you see, making it easier to manage the recovery process. You can define in detail which data you want recovered; for example, records for a particular terminal ID, transaction ID, or file ID.
If you do not want to use the latest backup, you can get a list of all
the DFSMShsm logical backups or DFSMSdss logical copies or logical dumps
for that sphere and select the backup that you want from a list. You can
use a group function in CICSVR V3.2 to group data sets according to your
own criteria, so that you can manage their backup and recovery as a unit.
Automation for DFSMShsm Backups and DFSMSdss Copies and Dumps
You can use any backup and restore program with CICSVR, but if you use
DFSMShsm or DFSMSdss, CICSVR provides full automation of your recovery.
With full automation, CICSVR displays the DFSMShsm backups and DFSMSdss
copies and dumps for your sphere, and will restore the selected backup.
Recovery for Batch Updates
CICSVR V3 can provide forward recovery support for batch data sets as well as online data sets. This support requires that all systems are running as a sysplex, with the LOGR policy defined. When enabled, it provides logging for VSAM data sets that are not currently in use by other applications. CICSVR VSAM batch logging uses the CICSVR server address space to communicate with CICSVR and other DFSMS components.
CICSVR VSAM batch logging calls the system logger to write the log records to the MVS system logger's log stream. The system logger provides a common logging facility for all z/OS and OS/390 images, providing greater 24x7 availability in the event that an image fails. The coupling facility enables logging from throughout the sysplex to be directed to a common log stream, if desired.
CICSVR uses log records to recover your lost or damaged VSAM spheres.
The VSAM spheres will be returned to the state that existed before the
failure occurred. CICSVR is automatically notified of all updates made
to VSAM spheres by batch applications (the LOGOFLOGS scan utility does
not need to be run). Therefore, CICSVR automates the creation of a
recovery job for VSAM data sets updated by CICS applications, batch
applications, or both.
Reducing Recovery Time
CICSVR V3 includes a change accumulation feature which significantly
reduces the time it takes to forward recover a VSAM sphere. After a
backup has been made for a sphere, you can set up a change accumulation
batch job so that it is submitted at regular intervals by a workload
management product such as Tivoli® Workload Scheduler for z/OS. The
change accumulation batch job consolidates the forward recovery log
records into a change accumulation data set. Then, when a forward
recovery is needed, the change accumulation data set can be used in place
of the forward recovery log stream. CICSVR needs to use the forward
recovery log stream only to get the most recent log records (the records
that have not yet been consolidated by the change accumulation batch
Remote Site Recovery
CICSVR V3 provides facilities for setting up and maintaining a remote
disaster recovery site. EXPORT and IMPORT commands allow you to copy the
essential data in your Recovery Control Data Set (RCDS) so you can send
it to your remote site and load it into your remote site's RCDS.
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The following features support use by people with disabilities:
Softcopy portable document format (PDF) and book manager documentation is
shipped with the product. PDF documentation supports optional font
enlargement, high-contrast display settings, and may be operated by the
keyboard alone. Alternative text is not provided for screen-reader users
and the documentation contains syntax diagrams which may be unsuitable
for use with screen readers or screen magnifiers. Fully accessible
softcopy documentation, with alternative text for diagrams, and with
syntax diagrams displayed in an accessible format, will be made available
Value Unit Based Pricing
Value Unit based pricing helps to align the prices of these products to the principle of the Parallel Sysplex License Charge (PSLC) pricing curve, which provides for a lower price per MSU (millions of service units per hour) for larger capacities.
There is also a price benefit when customers grow their capacity. Additional capacity will based on the number of Value Units (MSUs) the customer has already installed. For example, additional capacity will not be priced starting at the base with a higher price per unit but on the capacity that is already installed.
IPLA and Subscription and Support Considerations
IPLA licenses can be transferred from one machine to another within, but not limited to, an enterprise. The customer may aggregate the capacity for all the processors the product is operated on to achieve a more economic price. This will result in a single Proof of Entitlement (PoE). It is the customer's responsibility to manage the distribution of Value Units within the limits of the entitlement of the product license.
Subscription and Support must cover the same capacity as the product license entitlement. Subscription and Support will be available in the country in which the agreement is made.
CICS VSAM Recovery is IBM's VSAM recovery tool for the OS/390 environment. In the event of failure that results in loss of data, CICSVR can recover lost CICS Transaction Server VSAM data to the state that existed before the damage was done. CICSVR can also recover VSAM data that was updated through batch applications using the CICSVR VSAM batch logging feature. CICSVR is for organizations where the availability and integrity of VSAM data is vital.
Product information will be available on day of announcement through Offering Information (OITOOL) at:
The following publication is automatically supplied in hardcopy with the basic machine-readable material:
Order Title Number CICSVR V3.2 Program Directory GI11-1232
Order Title Number CICSVR V3.2 Messages and SH26-4128 Problem Determination CICSVR V3.2 User's Guide and Reference SH26-4127 CICSVR V3.2 Implementation Guide SH26-4126 CICSVR V3.2 Program Directory GI11-1232
These publications are available free of charge to read or download by visiting the IBM Publications Center Portal at:
The Publications Center is a worldwide central repository for IBM product publications and marketing material with a catalog of 70,000 items. Extensive search facilities are provided. Furthermore, numerous publications are available online in various file formats, which can currently be downloaded free of charge.
Also from this site, you can register for the Publications Notification System (PNS). This system is available by order number/product number, and customers subscribing to PNS will automatically receive notifications by e-mail of publication updates.
The CICSVR books will also be available in BookManager softcopy format on the following CD-ROMs. These CD-ROMs are updated and reissued at regular intervals so will not contain the new CICSVR V3.2 books immediately at the time of initial product availability.
Order Title Number IBM Transaction Processing SK2T-0730 and Data Collection Order Title Number OS/390(R) Collection SK2T-6700 z/OS(TM) Software Products Collection SK3T-4270 OS/390 PDF Library Collection SK2T-6718
These displayable manuals can be used with the BookManager READ licensed programs in any of the supported environments. Terms and conditions for use of the machine-readable files are shipped with the files.
Specified Operating Environment
CICSVR V3.2 executes on any S/390® or IBM zSeries processor that supports the required release of OS/390 or z/OS.
A tape or cartridge unit, and a direct access storage device that is supported by z/OS and OS/390, are required.
For Concurrent Copy support, an IBM Enterprise Storage Server or equivalent is required.
For RLS mode support, a Coupling Facility is required.
OS/390 (5647-A01) V2.10, or z/OS (5694-A01) (any release) is required for installation.
With OS/390 V2.10, the following APARs (program modifications) are required to take advantage of the new functions introduced in releases 1 and 2 of CICSVR Version 3:
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The following CICS® Transaction Server APARs are required to take advantage of the CICSVR VSAM batch logging function. For CICS TS V1.3 (5655-147):
For CICS TS V2.2 (5697-E93):
DFSORT V1R14 with APAR PQ42845 is required to use change accumulation if any log records are greater than 42,500 bytes.
Compatibility: If you are migrating from an earlier level of CICSVR, you should perform some migration actions, including a conversion of the RCDS (but migration of RCDS is not required if migrating from CICSVR V3.1). These migration actions should be performed when you have successfully completed SMP/E APPLY and ACCEPT of CICSVR.
To maintain the existing forward recovery capability for VSAM spheres, when migrating from CICSVR/MVS V2.3 to CICSVR V3, you must make minor changes to the JCL jobs and error exits. Refer to the CICSVR Implementation Guide for more information on the migration utility.
If you are migrating to CICSVR V3 from a release prior to CICSVR V2.3, refer to Chapter 4 in the CICSVR MVS/ESA Implementation Guide V2.3 for information.
CICSVR V3 is upwardly compatible with CICSVR V2.3.
While CICSVR V3 supports CICS Transaction Server V1 and V2 forward recovery logs, it does not support forward recovery of a CICS Transaction Server VSAM data set using a CICS Autojournal.
CICSVR V3 and CICSVR V2.3 can coexist in the same OS/390 or z/OS system if they have different RCDS data sets and are in separate libraries.
The RCDS data set is different between CICSVR V3 and previous releases. A migration utility included with the product will convert an existing RCDS from CICSVR V2.3 to CICSVR V3 format.
These actions are described in the section "Migration Considerations" in the CICSVR V3.2 Implementation Guide (SH26-4126).
Performance Considerations: A change accumulation data set can significantly reduce the time it takes to forward recover a VSAM sphere when compared to performing a forward recovery without a change accumulation data set.
The table that follows shows the reductions that were observed when a log containing one million log records was processed. Of these one million log records, 800,000 updates were made to 200,000 records. These measurements were made with CICSVR V3.1 running with CICS/ESA® V4.1. Although no further tests have been made, this information should be indicative of the benefits of change accumulation when used with subsequent releases.
As an example of how to read the table, refer to the KSDS row in Table 1. This row shows that when performing a forward recovery using a change accumulation data set, elapsed time was reduced 87% and CPU time was reduced 57% when one million log records were processed and 800,000 of the updates were made to 200,000 records.
CICSVR V3.1 forward recovery:
VSAM Data Elapsed CPU Set Type Time Time KSDS 87% 57% ESDS 93% 68% RRDS 93% 62% VRRDS 85% 59%
Performance measurement test runs for CICSVR V3 with change accumulation and CICSVR V3 without change accumulation were completed using the same test environments. The test environments included:
All measurements were run on an IBM 9672 Model RX6 (G5) in a stand-alone OS/390 environment. All of the log records resided on IBM RAMAC® 9392 connected to an IBM 3990-6 storage control unit.
The actual performance characteristics that may be experienced by any specific user or for any specific VSAM data set depend on many factors, including the number of updates made per record in the VSAM file. Therefore, the results may differ from user to user. In general, the more updates made per record, the greater the improvement will be when a change accumulation data set is used in the forward recovery.
CICSVR V3.2 is shipped on the following media for the basic object material:
Also shipped with the product are:
Security, Auditability, and Control
Program users may wish to employ the security and auditability features of Resource Access Control Facility (RACF®) to control the use of CICSVR.
The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.
CICSVR V3.2 is licensed under the IBM International Program License Agreement (IPLA). It has a single one time license charge (OTC) based on Value Units for program usage, and an annual recurring charge for enhanced support that includes telephone assistance, service, and future product updates (enhancements and new versions or releases).
The ordering information for CICS VSAM Recovery V3.2 is unchanged from that previously announced for CICS VSAM Recovery V3.1, Software Announcement 201-372 , dated December 18, 2001.
When this new release, CICSVR V3.2, is available, the prior release, CICSVR V3.1, will no longer be available.
Value Unit Exhibit VUE007
Value MSUs MSUs Units/ Minimum Maximum MSU Base 1 3 1 Tier A 4 45 0.45 Tier B 46 175 0.36 Tier C 176 315 0.27 Tier D 316 + 0.2
Value Units for non MSU-based S/390 processors:
Value Units/ Hardware Machine MP3000 H30 6 MP3000 H50 8 MP3000 H70 12 ESL Models 2
Medium Program Feature Description Number Number Medium Per Value Unit 5655-H91 5802 3480 tape cartridge
The products in this announcement have one charge unit Value Units.
Value Units for IBM 9672 Processors will be based upon the full capacity of these systems. This is applicable to all S/390-based systems that are measured on MSU capacity. Information on MSU capacities can be found in the "IBM System/370, System/390® and zSeries Machine Exhibit" (Z125-3901).
Value Units for zSeries will be based upon full MSU capacity as defined in the Machine Exhibits.
There will be a tool available that provides support for transforming the MSU-based capacities of S/390 systems to new Value Units by calculating the applicable number of Value Units for a given number of MSUs.
If the customer has installed 1,500 MSUs, the applicable Value Units would be:
Translation from MSUs to Value Units
Value Units/ Value MSUs * MSU = Units Base 3 * 1.00 = 3.00 Tier A 42 * .45 = 18.90 Tier B 130 * .36 = 46.80 Tier C 140 * .27 = 37.80 Tier D 1,185 * .20 = 237.00 Total 1,500 343.50
When calculating the total number of Value Units, round up the sum to the next integer.
Value Units for non MSU-based S/390 Processors:
MP3000 Models H30 = 6.00 Value Units H50 = 8.00 Value Units H70 = 12.00 Value Units P/390, R/390, IBM 3006 = 2.00 Value Units
Basic License: To order, specify the program number, feature number 9001 for asset registration, and the one-time charge (OTC) feature number. Also specify the feature number of the desired distribution medium. To suppress shipment of media, select the license-only option in CFSW.
Medium Program Feature Description Number Number Medium CICS VSAM 5655-H91 5802 3480 Recovery V3.2 ½-inch Tape Cartridge CICS VSAM 5655-H93 6606 Paper Recovery V3.1* -- Software Subscription and Support
Translation from MSUs to Value Units
Value Units/ MSUs MSU Base 1-3 1.00 Tier A 4-45 0.45 Tier B 46-175 0.36 Tier C 176-315 0.27 Tier D 316+ 0.20
OTC Program Feature Description Number Number CICS VSAM Recovery V3.2 5655-H91 1 Value Unit 0001 250 Value Units 0002
OTC = One-Time Charge
Subscription and Support
To receive voice technical support via telephone during normal business hours, and future releases and versions at no additional charge, order Subscription and Support. The capacity of Subscription and Support (Value Units) must be the same as the capacity ordered for the product licenses.
To order, specify the support program number 5655-H93 and feature number 9001 for asset registration. IBM is also providing subscription and support for these products via a separately purchased offering under the terms of the IBM International Agreement for Acquisition of Support (IAAS). This offering:
Once subscription and support is ordered, the charges will renew automatically annually unless cancelled by the customer.
Annual Support Charge Program Feature Description Number Number CICS VSAM Recovery V3.1* 5655-H93 -- Software Subscription and Support 1 Value Unit 0001 250 Value Units 0002 Decline S&S (no charge) 0003
Product media is shipped only via Customized Offerings (for example, CBPDO, ServerPac, Systempac®). Non-customized items (CDs, diskettes, source media, media kits) will continue to be shipped via the stand-alone product.
Terms and Conditions
Sub-Capacity Charges Terms and Conditions
IBM zSeries software charges at less than full machine capacity for eligible Data Management (DM), Application Development (AD), and CICS Tools apply when z/OS is running in z/Architecture (64 bit) mode on a zSeries 900, no other MVS-based operating system is licensed to that server and the required information is provided by the customer in accordance with the applicable terms.
Sub-capacity charges for an eligible AD, DM, or CICS Tool is based on the z/OS product-defined capacity. To obtain charges at less than full machine capacity for eligible AD, DM, and CICS Tools, the customer is required to:
Sub-Capacity Charges for AD, DM, and CICS Tools
To be eligible for sub-capacity charges for AD, DM, and CICS Tools, the machine on which the AD, DM, and CICS Tools are running must be eligible for WLC sub-capacity charges terms and conditions. The customer must have signed the Attachment for zSeries Workload License Charges-Pre-ILM, Z125-6516, and submitted at least one Sub-Capacity Report to IBM as defined in the attachment.
With sub-capacity charges, the charge for an eligible AD, DM, or CICS Tool is based on the z/OS product-defined capacity. To obtain charges at less than full machine capacity for each eligible AD, DM, or CICS Tool for each machine, the customer should:
Management of the Value Unit entitlements remains a customer responsibility. If one of the following occurs on a machine to which AD, DM, or CICS Tools are licensed, the customer must determine if additional Value Units and Subscription and Support must be ordered for those tools to cover the increase:
The following agreements apply for maintenance and do not require customer signatures:
These products are licensed under the IBM Program License Agreement (IPLA), and the associated Agreement for Acquisition of Support, and the Addendum for Support (Z125-6435) which provides for support with ongoing access to releases and versions of the program. These programs have a one-time license charge for use of the program and an ongoing recurring charge for the enhanced support that includes telephone assistance (voice support for defects during normal business hours) as well as access to updates, releases, and versions of the program while support is in effect. S/390 and zSeries IBM Operational Support Services Support Line is an option for those customers who desire added services.
Program Support: Enhanced Support, called Subscription and Support, includes telephone assistance (voice support for defects during normal business hours) as well as access to updates, releases, and versions of the program, as long as support is in effect. The customer will be notified of discontinuance of support with 12 months notice.
Money-Back Guarantee: If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the program, return it for a refund within 30 days from the invoice date, to the party (either IBM or its reseller) from whom you acquired it. This applies only to your first acquisition of the program.
For Operating System software, the revised IBM Operational Support Services Support Line offering will provide support for those operating systems and associated products that are not available with the newly announced Software Maintenance offering. This will ensure total support coverage for your enterprise needs, including IBM and selected non-IBM products. For complete lists of products supported under both the current and revised Support Line offering, refer to our Web site at:
For additional information on the revised IBM Operational Support Services, refer to Services Announcement 601-023 , dated July 10, 2001.
Replaced Programs: Program Number Program Name 5685-009 CICS VSAM Recovery/MVS Version 1 5695-010 CICS VSAM Recovery/MVS/ESA Version 2 Replacement Program: 5655-H91 CICS VSAM Recovery Version 3
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