System Display and Search Facility

Recent Enhancements

With z/OS V2R1, SDSF adds the following new function:

  • Browsing directly with REXX. A new ISFBROWSE host command and new special variables provide support for browsing job output, check output and the system log using a REXX exec. This provides an alternative to the previously available support, which allowed you to allocate the data sets and then use EXECIO or a similar utility 
  • Sorting on up to 10 columns. Tabular panels now allow sorting on up to 10 columns, and you can now display the full set of sort and filter criteria.
  • Filtering using symbols. You can use system symbols (both static and dynamic) with filtering. The Filter pop-up lets you display a list of the current symbols and their values.
  • Simplified printing. When printing to SYSOUT, you can request that the SYSOUT use the attributes of the source. You can also request that SDSF use the record format of the output data set to determine how to handle carriage control for all printing,
  • Tracing SDSF security. The SET SECTRACE command helps you understand and diagnose SDSF security (SAF or ISFPARMS).
  • Support for 64-bit addressing. SDSF supports 64-bit addressing, which allows SDSF panels to handle very large numbers of rows.
  • Working with long JES2 job class names. SDSF supports the JES2 enhancement for job class names of up to 8 characters.
  • Customizing SDSF. You can use commands and custom properties to define how SDSF names the extended console it activates on your behalf, whether SDSF displays duplicate SYSOUT data sets when you browse or print job output, which CPU-busy value (MVS or LPAR) is used to normalize the CPU% column on the DA panel, and to set the scope of the CK, DA, ENC and PS panels to the JESPLEX rather than the sysplex.

With z/OS V1R13, SDSF adds the following new function:

  • Completion of simplified sysplex support.  With enhancements in this release, these device panels are sysplex-wide by default, without the need for WebSphere MQ, in all supported environments: LI, NO, PR, PUN, RDR and SO. The INIT panel is sysplex-wide by default when all systems are V1R12 or higher.
  • Completion of support for the JES3 environment. These panels are now available for JES3: INIT, LI, NO, PUN, RDR, H and O. A new J0 (Job 0) panel is added.
  • New panels for JES networking. A Network Connect (NC) panel shows information about JES networking connections to an adjacent node.  A Network Server (NS) panel shows information about JES server-type networking devices on the node.
  • Accessing the OPERLOG with REXX and the Java programming language. You can now access the sysplex-wide system log with REXX execs and Java programs.
  • Color for the OPERLOG. Messages are displayed on the OPERLOG panel with the color that was assigned to them when they were issued. You can customize the colors with the SET SCREEN command.
  • Cursor-sensitive sort. You can sort on a column by placing the cursor on the title and pressing Enter. Other selectable options now use ISPF point-and-shoot, meaning that you can take an action by tabbing to a field and pressing Enter.

With z/OS V1R12, SDSF adds the following new function:

  • Support for the Java programming language. This allows you to use SDSF function from Java applications.
  • Enhancements to the support for the REXX programming language. SDSF now supports working with the SYSLOG through REXX.
  • Check history. A new CKH panel shows multiple instances, that is, previous runs, for a particular check for IBM Health Checker for z/OS.
  • Simplified sysplex support.  You no longer need the SDSF server and WebSphere MQ to see JES2 printers on the PR panel, when the systems are at z/OS V1R11 JES2 or higher, or to see JES2 initiators on the INIT panel, when the systems are at z/OS V1R12 JES2.
  • Expanded function in the JES3 environment. The Printer (PR) panel is now available.
  • Search SDSF help. You can search SDSF's help and tutorial with the SEARCH command. SEARCH is English only.

With z/OS V1R11, SDSF adds the following new function:

  • Expanded function in the JES3 environment. The SYSLOG, Job Class (JC) and Spool Volumes (SP) panels are now available for JES3, as is a new JESPLEX (JP) panel, which is similar to the JES2 MAS panel. You can display and modify output descriptors for JES3 jobs through the Output Descriptor (OD) panel and the Job Data Set (JDS) panel. In addition, when you browse a JES3 job that is running on a system other than the one you are logged on to, you now see data not yet written to spool.
  • Enhancements to the support for the REXX programming language. SDSF simplifies entering system commands with a new ISFSLASH command, and allows multiple actions or column modifications to be performed with a single ISFACT command. A new ISFRESET function drops all special variables. The COLSHELP command, which shows information about columns, is now context-sensitive and includes filter and locate functions.
  • Elimination of the need for the HASPINDX data set with the SYSLOG. The HASPINDX-based SYSLOG is replaced by a logical log that should result in better performance.
  • Simplified sysplex support.  You no longer need the SDSF server and WebSphere MQ to see the latest data (data not yet written to spool)
    when displaying the SYSLOG for a system other than the one you are logged on to. 
  • Addition of a check for use with IBM Health Checker for z/OS. This check determines whether the SAF class SDSF is active.

 

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