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VSAM – Working with VSAM Data Sets z/OS 2.5


3 hours



This course discusses various methods for displaying, and printing all, or partial, data from a VSAM data set. It also describes how IDCAMS can be used to copy VSAM data and introduces several other products used to manage VSAM data sets.


This course is oriented to Application Programmers, Systems Programmers and Operations staff. However, anyone needing to understand VSAM data sets will benefit from this course.


Successful completion of the Interskill VSAM – Introduction to VSAM course, or equivalent knowledge.

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  • List VSAM data set information using IDCAMS LISTCAT
  • Interpret IDCAMS LISTCAT output
  • Print data from a VSAM data set
  • Copy a VSAM data set to another VSAM data set
  • Copy between a VSAM and a sequential data set
  • Backup and restore a VSAM data set

Course Content


Displaying VSAM Data Set Attributes
Using the LISTCAT Command
Interpreting LISTCAT Output
Printing VSAM Data Sets

Copying VSAM Data Sets

Using the IDCAMS REPRO Command
Skipping Records During Copying
Replacing Duplicate Records
Merging VSAM Data Sets
Loading KSDS Data Sets
Using IDCAMS EXPORT and INPUT Commands
Backing Up and Restoring VSAM Data
Alternate Methods for Copying VSAM Data
VSAM Data Set Maintenance

VSAM – Working with VSAM Data Sets z/OS 2.5 Mastery Test