DCM (Dynamic Console Manager)  

DCM is an easy-to-use and very effective tool for controlling and automating system console operations. Because DCM employs a multi-layered automation framework, it is possible to move beyond basic console management.

Not only does DCM allow for a more proactive approach to console operations, but its diverse tool-set allows it to aid in the automation of batch scheduling as well.


Message Management
Provides the ability to filter all messages that flow through the operator's console and system log. Messages of interest can be singled out for user action.

  Enhanced Message Filtering
To ensure that only the desired message is captured, various parsing techniques are available. These include wild cards, place holders, and power filters such as job name, system ID, and operation mode.

Not only do these ensure a better message match, they also make the creation of filters much easier by allowing abbreviated definitions.
  Command Groups
Macro-type operator commands may be developed that allow for a single command to set many processes into action.

By using this facility, it is possible to define a single command to control an entire process such as system start-up, shutdown, or shift change. Such events can not only be simplified, but also performed in a fraction of the normal time.
  Online JCL Editor
A facility is provided with DCM that allows any system console to be used to create, edit, and submit JCL decks of up to 50 statements. This facility provides a door into the system in the event that TSO or VTAM become unavailable.
  Scheduled Commands
Housekeeping tasks or predictable system events can be automatically scheduled based upon day/date and time. The same flexible date selection criteria available in ASAp is available in DCM.

DCM Message Management:


Suppress or delete messages that are determined to clutter the system console and distract the operator.

Highlight messages that are of special importance. Colours can be changed and message attributes can also be altered so that they become non-scrollable.

Add Text.
Additional text or lines of text can be added to a message in order to clarify any operator action required or draw special attention to a situation.

Automated Response.
Automatic responses to WTOR messages. Responses are consistent and at machine speed.

Issue Commands.
Operator commands can be issued. This is a crucial element in that it allows for the linear progression of processes.

For example: during an IPL the detection of the message that VTAM is initialized is often used to trigger commands that start online systems such as TSO.

Submit jobs.
Jobs under ASAp control may be submitted by DCM upon message detection. This facility may augment current scheduling methods. DCM can detect a scheduled job's completion and activate the next job in a suite.

Multiple Actions.
Multiple actions can be carried out against a single captured message. For example, the original message may trigger an operator command while its colour is altered and augmenting text is added.



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