Last Chance to Save Your TSO Data!
by Shirley Yee
After several years of preparation, TSO migration formally started
on April 15, 1999 with the plan to have all academic users move
to the UNIX platform or departmental desktop systems within a
year. Following a trend across the nation, use of TSO has been
dwindling as users opt for friendlier platforms. Additional hardware
and software for UNIX have been obtained to provide an environment
where academic research and projects can continue. ITS will be
able to provide faster, more efficient service as we focus support
on UNIX and desktop system platforms. After migration, the entire
IBM mainframe will be used to support expanding administrative
April 15, 2000 is quickly approaching! After that date, staff
support for migration will be on a time-available basis with all
academic TSO IDs scheduled for termination on June 30, 2000.
For those who still have data on IBM 9-track tapes, now is the
time to ensure that your data will be usable in the future. Below
are some warnings concerning IBM 9-track tapes:
Here's what needs to be done:
- First of all, copy 9-track tape data to IBM cartridges. SL format
is highly recommended.
- Create SAS transport files from SAS datasets, and SPSS portable
files from SPSS system files. After TSO migration is over, SAS
datasets and SPSS system files on tape or cartridge will be useless.
- Copy partitioned-datasets on tape or cartridge to IBM disk. Partitioned-datasets
on IBM disk are easily transferable to the PC or UNIX.
And don't forget your files on IBM disk. These files have to be
transferred also. SAS datasets and SPSS system files on disk have
to be converted to SAS transport files and SPSS portable files
before they can be transferred. If you have a lot of files on
IBM disk, you can download them to your PC or copy them to IBM
SL EBCDIC cartridges. PC files can later be uploaded to uhunix
and files on an IBM SL EBCDIC cartridge can be copied to uhunix
and if desired, downloaded to the PC.
ITS documents to assist with migration are available from the
document file at the Help Desk in Keller 105 or on the Web at
www.hawaii.edu/itsdocs. Look for Moving from TSO to UNIX with
its addendum, and Moving Files from TSO to a PC.
If you encounter any technical problems or would like to set up
a personal consultation, send e-mail to Shirley Yee at firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure your data is safe and accessible by your platform
of choice before it's too late!