My main worry about using WHILECATALOG is that there was an old practice were some tapes were manually set in CA-1 to have extended retention periods because of something that happened 'special' the day they were created.

On the other hand, all the people that used to know the why those versions were kept are long gone, so I might as well scratch them. I just need to do a trial run and check to make sure that no year-end tapes show up.

Tony Thigpen

Jesse 1 Robinson wrote on 02/13/2018 12:44 PM:
RMM was designed around the assumption that tape datasets would be cataloged or 
else scratched. When we converted to it many years ago, we had to deal with a 
wholly different business practice: keep tape data sets, including 'GDG 
members', more or less forever. In the early days we had to install exit code 
to achieve the desired result. Today I believe that it can be done purely with 
parm values (I'm not an RMM guy). The important thing in a conversion is to 
make sure that tape handling is consistent across products, whatever that takes.

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On 2/13/2018 9:24 AM, Tony Thigpen wrote:
Thanks Tom.

Yes, I did mean VRS.

No, IBM did not do the conversion.

The output shows:
Exit status:
    EDGUX100 = NONE

Are you suggesting that I not use EDGUX100, but instead use:

Will this affect all existing volumes? Is there a way to see the
effect without accidentally messing everything up?

Tony Thigpen


I'm not sure how RMM will interpret 99000 without EDGUX100.  I've always 
implemented at least the default EDGUX100 and UXTABLE.  Is there a retention 
date listed in the volume record?

About that '**' VRS, that will essentially make WHILECATALOG the default 
retention for everything, but then you will also have the overhead of VRSEL 
processing for everything.  There are better ways to set that up.
I would recommend that with your current setup, you create a VRS for the GDG's 
that you want to be WHILECATALOG controlled.  You can run VRSEL with the VERIFY 
option to see the effects without actually doing anything.  Please contact me 
offline if you'd like to discuss other options.

Tom Conley

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