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Tape reporting management

The MainView SRM tape reporting feature derives and consolidates information from the following sources to assist in the prevention of errors related to tape:
  • Tape catalog
  • Virtual tape (IBM and StorageTek virtual library systems)
  • Existing tape management software (Control-T, CA1, and RMM)
  • Automated Tape Library (ATL)

You identify your tape management system to MainView SRM and define other tape-related parameters in the SMMSYSxx PARMLIB member. For more information about defining the MainView SRM system, see Using MainView SRM products.

The tape reporting feature reports on both physical and virtual tape library systems. Using the reports, you can:

  • Determine if the tape resource is being used efficiently
  • Manage the ATL and report on tape library usage
  • View the performance and the utilization of the Virtual Tape System (VTS) and make improvements

The tape reporting feature can reduce operational expenses by helping you to better utilize existing resources. For example, capacity analysis can help you achieve workload balancing by deriving more benefit from fewer resources. Global auditing results in fewer tape-related errors and increased availability.

The tape reporting feature provides a set of near real-time reports that result from the tape scan (TSCAN). The tape reports are available as online views that you can print by using the batch reports facility.


Batch Reporting is an option in the Tools and Menus section of the EZSRM main menu.

The tape reporting feature uses a variety of view types:

  • Selection views provide a starting point for accessing more-specific information. For example, you can advance to an EZCmd menu or a list of tape resources from which you can choose.

  • Stand-alone views report specific information about tape resources. For example, view LUR (Library Utilization) reports on the efficiency with which libraries are using tapes.

  • Data-entry panels enable you to enter search criteria to filter the information shown in views. For example, view TSAR1 (Tape Volume Audit) provides filter criteria to limit the report to specific volume serials.

  • EZCmd menus have view names that end in Z. Many of the primary menu options advance to EZCmd menus when you select the hyperlink option. Often you can access EZCmd menus from more than one primary selection path. For example, the hyperlink option from SLRV displays SLRVZ, which is the Scratch Location EZCmd Menu.

  • Detail views have view names that end in D. For a record that you select, MainView SRM redisplays the data in vertical format; therefore, you do not have to page right to see all of the fields. Views that are too wide for easy display on a 72-column screen have a D view. You can select detail views from the EZCmd menu or, if it is the only selection available from a table, you can select a hyperlink from a table view. For example, SLRVD is a detailed view of one of the SLRV records and is accessed from the SLRVZ EZCmd menu. MVDD is a detailed view of an MVD record and is displayed when you select a hyperlink from the MVD table.

  • The BUILDJcl primary command is available in the tape data set views (TDSDD, TDSDA, TDSDF, and TDSDS). You can use it to create JCL that will perform actions against selected data sets. For more information, see BUILDJcl primary command.

You can find sample reports in ?prefix. BBSLIB. For more information, see SRM Batch Reports.

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