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The way in which an IMS system is restarted can directly affect the integrity of the databases in the IMS system. This is especially true when the previous IMS session was abnormally terminated, and where IMS fast path MSDBs are used.

Determining which databases require recovery and then successfully completing all the necessary processing can be a complex task. The potential for errors is greatly increased when these recoveries are but one of the many tasks typically facing the Master Terminal Operator (MTO) after a vital IMS system has failed.

The BMC Fast Path Restart Control Facility (RCF) product is a comprehensive, automated mechanism that ensures the integrity of IMS databases and critical system data sets during the restart of an IMS control region.

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