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MVS/Quick-Ref for Windows: Overview

What is MVS/Quick-Ref for Windows?

MVS/Quick-Ref for Windows is a software package operating in a 32-bit Windows environment (that is, Windows 95 or higher). It includes many of the problem-solving features of the mainframe computer version and allows users to display items from the MVS/Quick-Ref reference database on their PC. It also supports the copying of MVS/Quick-Ref user databases from the mainframe to a PC.

What data is in MVS/Quick-Ref for Windows?

The contents of the main database in MVS/Quick-Ref for Windows are exactly the same as those supplied with the MVS/Quick-Ref product for mainframes. This information can then be accessed with only a few clicks of the mouse button. Once the information has been displayed, the program can be minimized so as to be ready for next time.

What reference information is available?

Some of the MVS-oriented reference information available in the MVS/Quick-Ref for Windows database includes:

Assembler Language Syntax	
CICS Messages and Codes
C/C++Language Syntax
Command Syntax
CLIST Language Syntax Description
DB2 Messages and Codes
JCL Statements Syntax
IBM Utilities
IMS Messages and Codes
JES2 Statement Syntax
JES3 Statement Syntax
CICS Command Syntax IMS Utilities
ISPF Messages, Services & Variables
MQ/Series Messages
Netview Messages & Codes
OS/390 and z/OS Data Areas
OS/390 and z/OS SMF Record Mappings
IPCS Messages
RMF Messages
UNIX Messages & Codes
UNIX Command Syntax
SQL Codes
SQL Statements Syntax
MVS,OS/390, z/OS Messages and Codes
MVS, OS/390, z/OS Wait Code Description
MVS, OS/390,z/OS JES2 & JES3
DB2 Admin & Utility Guides
PL/1 Language Syntax
REXX Language Syntax
SMP/E Messages
TSO Command Syntax Descriptions
VS COBOL II Language Syntax
VTAM Messages
VTAM Console Command Descriptions

The Independent Software Vendor section of the database features message and code explanations and diagnostics for more than 57 Independent Software Vendors representing over 600 products.

Why MVS/Quick-Ref for Windows?

MVS/Quick-Ref for Windows incorporates most of the features of MVS/Quick-Ref together with those of a Windows application. Required information is normally accessed using a series of dialogs which give the look and feel of the mainframe menus. These dialogs support wildcard search techniques so you can locate information by vendor name, product name, or by individual item name.

MVS/Quick-Ref for Windows can be used in a variety of ways. For example, for a technical support specialist, it can be used on a laptop to provide portability and backup when manuals are not available and you are responding to system problems offsite. This could carry over to disaster recovery and give your installation a set of reference materials that can be easily transported to a recovery site or quickly activated if stored at the recovery site. Plus,

  • It provides a means of accessing MVS/Quick-Ref data when the mainframe or one of its software sub-systems is unavailable.
  • It provides access to MVS/Quick-Ref data for users at PCs without the necessity of establishing a TSO or ROSCOE session.
  • It provides an essential tool for remote support of mainframe applications.
  • It provides a means of distributing documentation and procedures to PC networks.
  • It provides an invaluable stand-alone tool for disaster recovery.
  • It provides an excellent training tool for novices to the MVS arena.

How is MVS/Quick-Ref for Windows packaged, and what are the system requirements?

MVS/Quick-Ref for Windows comes on a CD-ROM containing the programs, documentation in both Word 97 and Adobe Acrobat formats, Windows HELP files, and the database. The software requires Windows 95 or higher (Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows NT, or Windows 2000).

The full installation requires approximately 570 MB of hard disk space. If disk space is a problem, a compact version requiring approximately 9 MB can be installed, or it can be executed entirely from the CDROM.

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