BMC AMI Application Restart Control for Db2, IMS, and VSAM 4.2

The BMC AMI Application Restart Control (formerly known as APPLICATION RESTART CONTROL) 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

BMC AMI Application Restart Control for IMS (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 BMC AMI Application Restart Control for VSAM (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 BMC AMI Application Restart Control for Db2 (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.

This space contains information about version 4.2.00 of the BMC AMI Application Restart Control (AR/CTL) products.

updated 30 Mar

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Getting started


Video > BMC AMI Application Restart Control overview



Deployment planning and system requirements



Installation, configuration, and maintenance

Customizing after installation


Post-installation product customization



Security and system administration



Working with the product

Batch Control Facility


Using the BCF component

Working with infrastructure


Management of shared components



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Common issues



Reference information

PDFs and videos

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Legacy PDFs related to this space

The following legacy PDFs provide older product documentation that is not otherwise available in this documentation portal:



88725.pdf BMC Performance Manager for WebSphere MQ Message Management Command Line Interface Reference Manual February 29, 2008

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

This library offers Quick Courses related to BMC AMI 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

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