MacKinney Systems - Products - Data Management - forward recovery system

By: Vta Software  09-12-2011

Recovery system for CICS files

When a VSAM file is corrupted or lost you need to recover it quickly and correctly. CICS' journal facility provides the data, but it is each installation's responsibility to have computer disaster recovery plans with recovery programs for each VSAM file updated by CICS. Most installations do not do this themselves. MacKinney Systems' Forward Recovery System for CICS (CICS/FRS) fills this void.


  • Eliminates the programming required for CICS VSAM KSDS, RRDS and ESDS data recovery
  • Selects CICS journal records based on a variety of parameters (date, time, terminal, transaction, file)
  • Selectively updates your backup files to get your users back on-line quickly
  • Recovers multiple files in a single run
  • Has a scan function which tells you the number of journal records which apply to each file, eliminating the guesswork about the contents of your various journal files
  • Has a journal print program that produces an audit log of all or selected journal records.  In addition to printing the selection fields and record key like the recovery program can, the print program can also print the entire journal record if desired.
  • Works with all recent and current releases of VSE, z/OS, and CICS, including Transaction Server
  • Supports recovery of CICS VSAM files that use Record-Level Sharing (RLS), Backup-While-Open (BWO), and/or extended format (greater than 4 GB in size)

Dynamic Transaction Backout does not keep your files from being corrupted by program error, software problems, disk drive failure, power supply problems, or natural disaster. It only helps if a transaction abends. To ensure that the work done through CICS VSAM is not lost, you need CICS/Forward Recovery System.

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