BMC Mainframe Documentation - BMC Mainframe (DB2, IMS, MainView, Cost Optimization)

BMC Mainframe (DB2, IMS, MainView, Cost Optimization)


BMC mainframe technical documentation is now online

Technical documentation is now available online at for the BMC mainframe Cost Optimization products, MainView products, and BMC products for IBM DB2 and IBM IMS. The accompanying video explains how to make the most of this fully searchable and dynamic platform. For example, you can:

  • Bookmark pages as Favorites
  • Watch pages to be notified of changes
  • Generate your own PDF or download pre-made PDFs
  • Leave a comment at the end of a topic

Cost Optimization

Cost Optimization products require login to access.

 BMC products for DB2

BMC products for IMS


Legacy portals

You can continue to view legacy product guides and notices from the A-Z Supported Product List     

Also, legacy documentation remains available in the Documentation Centers:

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  1. Feli Brachthaeuser
    Hello , Can you please tell me where to find the release notes?
    May 08, 2017 01:03
    1. Dottie Wood

      Thanks for checking with us! The release notes reside on the notices pages. On the home page of a product's space, look for the box that provides a link to the notices page.  

      May 08, 2017 03:16
  2. Feli Brachthaeuser
    just anothe question: Will you keep the BMC Documentation Center in the future?
    This is a very neat and comprehensive documentation toll which even works when being offline.
    best regards,
    Jun 19, 2017 04:24
    1. Dottie Wood

      Comprehensive documentation, even while you are offline, is available via the wiki. You can export a PDF of an entire product space or any section of interest within the space. To export PDFs, use the Export to PDF option from the Tools menu (the Gear button on the upper right). If you would like a personal, online demonstration of this or any other documentation features, please ask your BMC account representative.

      Jun 21, 2017 11:00
      1. Feli Brachthaeuser
        Hello Dottie,
        do you really ask me to export all manuals on my own in order to have an offline documentation?
        I'm sorry, but this is not acceptable.
        I will contact my BMC representative.
        best regards,
        Jun 21, 2017 03:23
  3. Jan Tielemans
    Hello, I was looking for the Mainview Alarm Management Guide .. But could not find it ?
    Jul 13, 2017 09:26
    1. Dottie Wood

      Hello, Jan. You can access that guide via the MainView Infrastructure link on this page. You can also access it from each MainView product space by using the MainView infrastructure documentation link on the space's home page.

      Jul 13, 2017 11:38
  4. Rob Lenzie

    Why do you make it SOOOOO hard to download the latest set of DOCs for BMC V12 ?

    With the old DOC Center you searched for PDFs and were presented with a list of the latest PDFs

    In the new arrangement I have to continuously jump between webpages :(

    Oct 31, 2017 06:22
    1. Dottie Wood

      Hi, Rob. Our new portal enables us to keep the documentation current by updating it as often as needed. Also, you can create your own custom PDF of any topic or branch in a product space. (A branch is a parent topic and its child topics, such as a user guide for the product). To create a custom PDF, click the gear icon (Tools menu) in the upper-right corner of the page and select Export to PDF for a single topic or Export branch to PDF.

      Nov 03, 2017 02:32
  5. Feli Brachthaeuser

    Hello, can you please tell me why I don't find CMF 6.0 on this page? CMF 6.0 doesn't hav an end of support date yet. Thanks Feli

    Nov 03, 2017 06:52
    1. Dottie Wood

      Hi, Feli. You can find the CMF MONITOR 6.0 documentation at MainView Monitoring, previous versions.

      Nov 03, 2017 02:36
      1. Feli Brachthaeuser

        Hi Dottie, please consider that customers may be confused by BMC license packages or solutions. And that from a technical point of view the product name still has the focus. best regards, Feli

        Nov 08, 2017 04:39
        1. Dottie Wood

          Thanks for sharing that perspective, Feli. I will forward your comments to our staff members who administer the spaces.

          Nov 08, 2017 09:28
  6. Ian Blumgart

    Where can I find information (docs, downloads, inter-release compatibility, etc.) on Control-M for z/OS? Thanks!

    Nov 30, 2017 01:55
    1. Dottie Wood

      Hi, Ian. You can access the documentation by clicking the Control-M box on the main dashboard, or click here to go directly to the Control-M space. Also, on the dashboard, you can scroll down to the More information section to find links for product downloads, compatibility information, and so on. I hope this helps!

      Nov 30, 2017 06:30
  7. Simon Calthrop

    Hi Dottie. I can find the section under MV Infrastructure for RTCS documentation, but all the chapters that are displayed lead me to descriptions of the section, but don't tell me where the actual text is, for instance, the section 'Understanding RTCS', simply has the following; This section provides conceptual information about the RTCS subsystem, the RTCS kernel, the RTCS system registry, the RTCS Generalized Server, and their support for BMC products.

    Where do I actually find the section?

    NB: a .PDF would be most useful. I have the 'BMC Runtime Component System Configuration and Administration Guide', dated December 2012, but I'm assuming there is a later version.


    Dec 07, 2017 11:38
    1. Aparna Saxena

      Hi Simon,

      On any documentation page (for example, the left navigation pane shows you exactly where you are and what sections come before and after your current selection.
      Additionally, the PDFs topic in the Common mainframe infrastructure documentation space gives you a ready space PDF as of September 19th 2017.
      Hope this helps.



      Dec 08, 2017 04:09
  8. Jim Mooney

    Where do I find documentation for this message: BBWIC077W? I get no hits searching for it. Thx. -Jim

    Jan 30, 2018 04:55
    1. Dottie Wood

      Hi, Jim. Thanks for the feedback! We forwarded your input to the writer who is responsible for that content.

      Jan 31, 2018 04:27
  9. Jim Mooney

    As long as I am here... What i really want to do is find all remote servers (aix, unix, windows) that have a connection to our mainframe. We have BMC Discovery 11.1 running, and it's agent, MVEXPHS, running on zOS v2.2. As a novice user, everything I see under the 'mainframe' from Quickview from my home page is mainframe-centric. I need to see all non-mainframe servers that connect to the mainframe. Can I do that? If so, how? TIA, -Jim

    Jan 30, 2018 05:03
    1. Dottie Wood

      Thanks for reaching out to us, Jim! We confirmed that Customer Support has received your case and will be working with you to resolve the issue. 

      Jan 31, 2018 04:32