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Using File Manager for z/OS


Duration: 1 Day

Method: Instructor-led. Hands-on Workshops

Price: $600.00

Course Code: MF1022


Application programmers, system programmers, technical support, and testers.


This course will introduce students to the skills necessary to use File Manager for z/OS


Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Use File Manager to view and edit standard z/OS file types (including VSAM).
  • Apply a COBOL or PL/I layout to a dataset and reformat the layout as required.
  • Build and apply templates to specify the records to be accessed within a dataset.
  • Populate a dataset by copying or extracting data from sequential or VSAM datasets.
  • Reformat existing record layouts to generate new datasets.
  • Use File Manager to compare datasets.
  • Modify File Manager system parameters as required.


Introduction to z/OS, or equivalent experience. TSO/ISPF, or equivalent experience. Working knowledge of COBOL or PL/I programming techniques is helpful, but not required. Working knowledge of VSAM datasets is helpful, but not required.


  • I. Introduction
    • Features of File Manager
    • Setting File Manager Parameters
  • II. Viewing and Editing Data Sets
    • Specifying Member List Criteria
    • Dataset Name Masking
    • View Display Modes
    • Editing Techniques Used by File Manager
    • Edit Modes
    • Editing in CHAR and TABL Mode
    • Editing in SNGL Mode
    • Edit Profiles
    • Editing Keyed Datasets
  • III. Using Templates
    • Creating Temporary Templates
    • Using Templates
    • Dynamic Templates
    • Saving Templates
    • Using Existing Templates
    • Modifying Existing Templates
    • Using the Template Workbench
  • IV. File Manager Utility Functions
    • Creating Data
    • Printing Data
    • Copying Data
    • Catalog Services
    • Displaying and Printing VTOCs
    • Searching For and Changing Data
    • Browsing AFP data
    • Browsing User Storage
    • Browsing the File Manager Print Data Set
    • Viewing Load Module Information
    • Course Agenda (continued)
    • File Manager Utility Functions
    • Comparing Data
    • Print Audit Trail Report
    • Viewing and Printing Copybooks
  • V. Template and Copybooks Utilities
    • Creating, Editing or Updating Single Templates
    • Viewing or Printing Copybooks/Templates
    • Compiling Copybooks Into Templates
    • Updating Templates
    • Importing Templates
    • Exporting Templates