3.5. Prevention is better than cure

You can take a number of actions to prevent VSAM problems. Here we provide some recommendations.

3.5.1. Back up your VSAM data sets

  • Back up all your critical data by using methods such as:

    - SMS management class with ABARS for backups, to allow restore of your data in the case of a hardware error and/or application error, and for use in disaster recovery.

    - Remote copy for disaster recovery.

Here, we discuss some backup issues you need to consider

IDCAMS export and import

First, we explain some of the unique characteristics of the EXPORT and IMPORT commands:

  • The EXPORT command either exports a cluster or an alternate index or creates a backup copy of an integrated catalog facility catalog.

    Exporting means to ...

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