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System Managed Storage (SMS)


4 hours


The System Managed Storage (SMS) course describes SMS and its uses. It provides examples of four SMS constructs and the four SMS routines. It also examines the ISMF panels for general SMS functions, the management of space and data availability, and the new JCL and IDCAMS keywords for SMS.


Personnel requiring knowledge about System Managed Storage (SMS)


Knowledge of MVS and TSO/ISPF, and basic programming skills


    After completing this course, the student will be able to:
  • Define SMS
  • Identify the four SMS constructs
  • Identify the four SMS routines
  • recognise the ISMF panels for general SMS functions
  • Define the management of both space and data availability
  • recognise the new JCL and IDCAMS keywords for SMS

Course Content

Introduction to SMS

What Is SMS?
The Components of SMS
Data That Can and Cannot Be Managed By SMS
JCL Standards
Active and Inactive Data

The SMS Constructs

Data Class
Management Class
Storage Class
Storage Group
The SMS Managed Volume

The ACS Routines

What is an ACS Routine?
How an ACS Routine is Implemented
How an ACS Routine is Invoked

Introduction to ISMF

ISMF and the User
ISMF and the Storage Administrator
Simulations of ISMF Panels

Data Management

Storage and Availability
Incremental and Full Volume Backups
Migration, Level 1 and Level 2
Space Management


Simplified JCL
New Keywords for JCL and IDCAMS
PDSEs and JCL Defined VSAM Files

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