Adding volumes to SMS-managed database files in CA Datacom
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Adding volumes to SMS-managed database files in CA Datacom


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Datacom/DB Datacom Datacom/AD


A CA Datacom database index or data file is managed the same as any other standard sequential Basic-type file in z/OS.

This article explains how to add more volumes to an SMS-managed file. Due to the size of a particular file, it may not be possible to perform a standard process to backup, allocate, initialize and load a new file; therefore, this procedure is a good alternative.



Component : CA Datacom/AD

Component : CA Datacom/DB



This process can be done with minimal disruption to an application; however, for best effect, it should be done during a period of light activity for the database area.

  1. Identify the file name, if needed, from a CXX report;
  2. Be sure that the SMS storage group has enough volumes;
  3. If the file was defined using a specific SMS Data class, be sure that the volume limit in that class is sufficient to contain these new volumes;
  4. Determine how many volumes you want to add to the candidate list for this file;
  5. Run an IDCAMS LISTCAT report or your own utility before the change to identify the list of volumes before the change;
  6. Run IDCAMS (or use a TSO command) to change the catalog definition for the file to add the new volumes. For example, if adding 4 volumes to the definition, you would use the command:
    ALTER dsn AVOL(* * * *)
    Note: The number of asterisks in this command reflects the number of new volumes being added;
  7. Run a LISTCAT report or your own utility after the above command to ensure the file is now defined correctly.
  8. Close the database in CICS regions if needed, and then close the database in the MUF using a DBUTLTY COMM CLOSE command. With the next request to the database, the file will be automatically opened, and it will retrieve the attributes from the system catalog – including the updated volume candidate list. Then, if the database needs to be extended by a manual or dynamic extend process, the new volumes will be used as defined.

Additional Information

For more information on the IDCAMS ALTER ADDVOLUME command, please refer to the IBM z/OS DFSMS Access Method Services Commands documentation for the ALTER command

As always, please contact Broadcom support for CA Datacom if you have further questions.