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All versions

The APPLICATION RESTART CONTROL (AR/CTL) products work separately or together to provide services for application programs that use the following types of data structures:

  • Sequential files, using queued sequential access method (QSAM)
  • IBM DB2 tables
  • IBM IMS full-function, Fast Path, and/or GSAM databases
  • Virtual storage access method (VSAM) data sets
  • Any combinations of these data structures

AR/CTL for IMS works independently in application programs that use IMS databases only, sequential files only, or both. AR/CTL for IMS works with AR/CTL for VSAM in programs that use IMS databases and VSAM data sets. These programs can also use sequential files. AR/CTL for IMS works with AR/CTL for DB2 in programs that use DB2 tables, IMS databases, and DB2 oriented services of AR/CTL in an IMS environment. These programs can also use sequential files. However, AR/CTL for IMS can work alone with programs that use DB2 tables and IMS databases but do not use the DB2 oriented services of AR/CTL.

updated 04 Jul

Getting started





Deployment planning and system requirements



Installation, configuration, and maintenance

Customizing after installation


Post-installation product customization



Working with the product



Security and system administration

Working with infrastructure


Management of shared components

Batch Control Facility


Using the BCF component



BMC messages for the following product lines:

  • BMC products for DB2
  • BMC products for IMS
  • Cost Optimization products
  • MainView products



Common issues



Reference information

PDFs and videos

This topic provides access to PDFs and videos that support this product. It also explains how to create your own custom PDFs.

Creating a custom PDF

From any page in the space, use the following procedure to create a PDF of either the current page or multiple pages (a parent topic and its child topics):

  1. From the Tools menu in the upper-right, select Export to PDF:


    Although you can export to Microsoft Word, this portal is not optimized for Word exports.

    If you require an export in XML or HTML format, contact us.

  2. In the Template box, select the PDF style:

    • Simple to export a PDF with no cover, table of contents, or index. 
      By default, the Simple template exports only the current page.
    • Standard to export a traditional PDF with a cover, table of contents, and index. 
      By default, the Standard template exports the current page and its child pages.
  3. In the Export Scope box, select what you want to export:

    • Only this page to export the current page
    • This page and its children to export an entire section (current page and any child topics)


    In this example, selecting This page and its children creates a PDF of all topics in the space's Reference section:

  4. Select Start Export.

For more information, see Help for BMC Online Technical Documentation .


This section lists videos that supplement the text-based documentation.

This library offers Quick Courses related to BMC APPLICATION RESTART CONTROL products:



(Administration series) Using AR/CTL


(Administration series) Understanding checkpoints


(Administration series) Using Checkpoint Pacing


(Administration series) Converting a DLI program to a BMP


(Administration series) Using Application Reattach


(Programming series) Getting started with AR/CTL


(Programming series) Checkpoint/Restart concepts


(Programming series) IMS checkpoints


(Programming series) AR/CTL Checkpoints


(Programming series) Common Checkpoints


(Programming series) Using DB2 Commits


(Programming series) Dynamic Checkpoint


(Programming series) Understanding ASAM


(Programming series) Understanding Restart


(Programming series) Restart logic

Using AR/CTL for VSAM4:24


FAQs and additional resources

This topic answers common questions and explains how to access additional resources, including BMC Support.

Frequently asked questions

This section answers frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the documentation portal.

 How can I get a PDF of selected content in a space?
  1. From the Tools menu in the upper-right, select Export to PDF.

  2. Select the type of PDF that you want:
    • Only this page for a PDF of the current page
    • This page and its children for a PDF of the current page and all of its child topics

Depending on the number of topics included in the export, it might take several minutes to create the PDF. After the export is complete, you can download the PDF.

 Where can I get a list of all mainframe Cost Optimization products, MainView products, and BMC products for the IBM DB2 and IBM IMS subsystems?

Go to the main dashboard and click the BMC Mainframe products (DB2 IMS MainView Cost Optimization) box, or click here to go directly to the list.


If looking for the Control-M mainframe documentation, click the Control-M box on the dashboard, or click here to go directly to the Control-M space.

Additional resources

The following BMC sites are external to this portal and provide information that you might find helpful:

Support information

This topic contains information about contacting BMC Support and determining support status for specific product versions.

 How can I contact BMC Support?

If you have problems with or questions about a BMC product, or for the latest support policies, see the Customer Support website at You can access product documents, search the Knowledge Base for help with an issue, and download products and maintenance.

If you do not have access to the web and you are in the United States or Canada, contact Customer Support at 800 537 1813. Outside the United States or Canada, select your country at Contact BMC to view local Support Contacts.

 How can I check a product version's support status?

You can find the support status for specific product versions on Support Central. Selecting a product from the “A–Z Supported Product List” shows:

  • All versions of the product and their current support levels (full or limited)
  • Dates on which support ends

You can also find information about the latest support policies on Support Central.

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