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.
With z/OS V1R10, SDSF adds the following new function:
- Support for JES3. SDSF now operates in a JES3 environment. The job-related panels (DA, I and ST) show data for JES3 jobs. Other SDSF panels that do not depend on JES are also available in the JES3 environment.
- Enhancements to the support for the REXX programming language. SDSF simplifies specifying the field list to use when accessing a panel, allows you to obtain all of the column values for a specific row, supports an unlimited number of filters and lets you define the relationship between filters (AND or OR).
- Addition of a check for use with IBM Health Checker for z/OS. This check determines if you are using the assembler macro ISFPARMS rather than parmib member ISFPRMxx for SDSF configuration.
- Simplified support for browse in a sysplex. You no longer need the SDSF sysplex function, which uses the SDSF server and WebSphere MQ, to see the latest data (data not yet written to spool) when browsing a JES2 job that is running on a system other than the one you are logged on to. The SDSF sysplex function is still required to see the latest data when browsing the SYSLOG for a system other than the one you are logged on to, and for sysplex-wide device panels.