Upcoming Technical Exchange Call

NWRDC will host a Technical Exchange for its Mainframe customers at 10:00 AM, Thursday, May 19, 2016 to discuss important issues and updates.  We encourage all mainframe customers to participate.  To join the call, please dial:  645-9020 (local); 1-800-210-4771 (toll free).

The following items will be discussed:

  • Per audit recommendations, our minimum password length will be changed to 8 characters.  The policy will only impact passwords as they are changed and there is no mandate to force current passwords into the new format.
  • We are considering offering a browser-based TN3270 emulator that does not require a thick client on the customer device.  This virtual web access product will work on any browser or platform and would relieve casual mainframe users from purchasing and maintaining their own TN3270 client.
  • We are considering retiring Computer Associates’ Panvalet software product.  It is believed the majority of customers are only using Panvalet for COBOL Copybooks and Easytrieve Macros.  Such use could be converted to Partition Data Sets, eliminating the need for Panvalet on the mainframe.  If you know of any other use of Panvalet, please let us know.

Spring 2016 Mainframe Updates

NWRDC’s annual mainframe disaster recovery exercise was successfully conducted on April 22, 2016 through April 23, 2016.  The recent conversion to the Luminex Virtual Tape facility allowed for the entire tape library to be available for the exercise, and significantly reduced the length of time for the restore process.

Staff continues the installation and configuration of z/OS 2.1.  An expected conversion date has not yet been set.

Shadow Direct software has been upgraded to the latest release.  The upgrading of Shadow Web is in progress and should be completed by May 16, 2016.  Control M will also soon be upgraded to the latest release.

All mainframe information and documentation will be reposted to the NWRDC website in the next few weeks.  Several items now require a mainframe ID and password to access.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Annual Report

The 2014-2015 Annual Report of the Northwest Regional Data Center (NWRDC) is now available.

2014-2015 Annual Report

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