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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 21 Mar

Getting started





Installation, configuration, and maintenance



Working considerations and system requirements

Customizing after installation


Customizing AR/CTL products and BCF component



Reference information



Using the BCF component



Overview, background, and orientation information



Administrative information



BMC messages from the following product lines:

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



Common issues

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Support information

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  How can I contact BMC Support?

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  • Dates on which support ends

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

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