AOM RMS/Spool Features

Superior features to benefit your bottom line

RMS/Spool delivers the power and capabilities you need for total automated control of all spooling and data transport activities. The system installs quickly with no changes to the operating system, and provides continuous 24x7x365 operation for a fast and continuing return on your investment. With RMS/Spool you’ll gain the power, flexibility and control you need for true data center efficiency.

The system’s numerous features and benefits include:

  • Advanced Input Interface

    RMS/Spool provides numerous file creation, retrieval and transfer options. Files can be created via the CALL interface from applications in all environments, with additional support for the JCL SUBSYS DD statement, Virtual Printer Interface (VPI), and CICS Hardcopy facility (for screen prints). Files may be transferred via NJE interface (from JES2, JES3, RSCS, POWER, AS/400 or other RMS/Spool systems), External Writer Interface (from JES2 or JES3), and by selected Output Classes (from JES2 or JES3). Additional command processors are also supported.

  • Full NJE Interface

    RMS/Spool is a true member of the NJE family, with remote system support, job submission under the user id of the spool file creator and the ability to transfer files between NJE node

  • Report/file Transfer

    RMS/Spool files can be moved from mainframe to mainframe and automatically transferred to network-connected printers. You can control the network print delivery from one address space. If you have a z/OS system in Australia, one in White Plains and another in Seattle, the RMS/Spool system on the White Plains system can manage the delivery and/or printing of all the reports generated in all three places. Files generated for print in the other two locations are simply shipped to the other sites via NJE with all the attributes intact. Users reference the same printer IDs in all three locations.

  • Security

    Comprehensive security features include multiple levels of access for specified users; security checks at file, printer and command level, and the ability to restrict access to the security facility. In addition to internal security, the system also interfaces with RACF, CA-TOPSECRET and CA-ACF2.

  • Easy-to-use Menus

    RMS/Spool menus allow you to easily control spooled files and printers with no need for long, complicated commands. The menu interface is available from three different environments (TSO, CICS, IDMS/DC). Regardless of the environment the menus are identical. In each supported environment, the user has the ability to tailor the menu to meet enterprise requirements. Native support is provided for five menu languages; English, German, Spanish, Danish, and French. The system supports the use of any 327x VTAM controlled display terminals.

  • Online Help

    Context-sensitive help is available online during system operation.

  • Browse Feature

    This powerful capability lets you quickly scan through spool files, scroll and position the display, search files for specified character strings or by row/column, and mark parts of a file for printing.

  • File Management

    RMS/Spool displays spooled files and their attributes, letting you hold, release or change file queuing as desired.

  • Flexible Spool Administration

    RMS/Spool is designed for nonstop operation with no need to reorganize the spool. Advanced data compression saves storage, and batch facilities are provided for archiving to tape or disk. Spool files can also be automatically purged after predefined intervals.

  • Extensive Printer Support and Control

    Automatically acquires printers and optimizes their use by operating them at maximum throughput levels. Sends form mount notifications, prints with full FCB support and release printers when no work is pending or on request by another application. Includes support for various laser printers, support for dozens of 327x type printers and data compression for LU printers. RMS/Spool also allows users to save time and increase productivity by controlling their own pint queues. RMS/ Spool includes the ability to quickly determine what printers are available and the status of printers. Spooled files can be routed to any desired printer. Selected reports, files or pages may be routed to other users’ report queues.

  • TCP/IP FTP and SNA file transmission facility

    Files may be transmitted to remote network nodes using either SNA or TCP/IP FTP capabilities. SNA transmission can be configured to use Limpel Ziv compression, resulting in dramatically reduced transmission times.

  • PSF Interface

    Supports PSF directly, with full elimination of detours through JES. AFP printers are seamlessly supported and end users may control their own AFP printers.

  • Industry Standard Architecture

    The system’s architecture conforms to accepted standards, utilizing standard IBM software interfaces. RMS/Spool complements JES2 and JES3 and fully replaces DSPRINT and JES328X and any other brand of VTAM printer control system.

  • Easy Installation

    RMS/Spool installs with no changes to the operating system, and can be installed with or without SMP/E. The system is available in a VSE version, provides support for migration from VSE to MVS and continues to run while printers are being added or removed.

  • IP Print Support

    RMS/Spool (ESF) supports printing of reports using OS390 and z/OS LPR capabilities or direct to the printer using TCP/IP. All control capabilities (i.e., re-queue, copy, change destination, reprint, and viewing) are available to users to control the delivery or re-delivery of print files. Full retention capabilities are a standard part of the architecture; retention characteristics may be varied by node to accommodate user-specific recovery requirements.

  • Powerful Recovery Capabilities

    RMS/Spool lets you easily reprint lost output and backspace-print any number of pages in a report.

  • Multi-access Spool Feature

    Allows up to seven CPUs to access the same report repository and utilize all RMS/Spool facilities on all CPUs.

RMS/Spool Reference Guide