Marist, TSO, and ISPF Guide

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2 TSO Log On and ISPF Main Menu Navigation

TSO and ISPF are two separate services that run on the Marist mainframe. TSO allows users to access the mainframe and submit jobs. ISPF provides a hierarchical user interface that allows access to various mainframe components.

2.1 TSO Introduction

2.1.1 Basic Log On Procedure

If you need to review, here are the log on procedures for QWS3270 and the log on procedures for TN3270. You may use either terminal emulator (QWS3270 or TN3270) to access the Marist mainframe. It is a matter of personal preference as to what software you wish to use. Remember that QWS3270 will not run in Windows Vista.

After connecting to the Marist mainframe, the ZOS welcome screen will be displayed. On this screen type "l tso" and press enter.

first welcome screen in qws3270 after logging into marist

ZOS welcome screen on the QWS3270 Terminal Emulator.

welcome screen in tn3270 after logging into marist

ZOS welcome screen on the TN3270 Terminal Emulator.

On either terminal Emulator, type "l tso", and press enter to initiate the log on process.

entering your user id to the marist system

A screen will appear prompting for your user ID. Enter it and press the enter.

entering your password to the marist system

On this screen, enter your password to log on. The other information, such as Procedure, Acct Nmbr and Size will be provided by defaults. If you have not logged on before, your password will be the same as your user ID. Once you have typed in your password, press enter to continue. (Note that as you type the password, the characters will not display.)

2.1.2 Changing the Password

It is highly recommended that you change the password so it is not your user ID. To do this, enter your future password in the "New Password" section. You can use the tab key to move over to the appropriate field. Type in your new password and press enter. Passwords must be eight characters long and only be composed of letters and digits.

new password confirmation message

You will be prompted to enter your password a second time. Type it again, and press enter.

The cursor focus will automatically shift to the new password field each time you enter your normal password. Despite this, you do not need to change your password every time you log in.

2.1.3 Welcome Screen

After completing the log on procedure, you will arrive at the mainframe welcome screen

welcome screen after logging into marist with user id and password

Press enter to progress to the command line interface.

screen awaiting user to type ispf to actually start the ispf editor

The TSO command line interface

2.1.4 First Time Initialization

The first time you login to Marist, you will need to intialize the Interactive System Productivity Facility (ISPF) application. To do this, type "ispfinit" at the prompt and press enter. This will create a number of configuration files that will run whenever you start ISPF. This only needs to be done once, and and you may skip this step in the future.

ispfinit first time initialization

2.1.5 Starting ISPF

Simply type the command "ispf" and press the enter key. This will start the Interactive System Productivity Facility, which is an interface into the TSO commands.

starting ispf

Now you will be fully logged onto the Marist system.

ispf primary option menu

2.2 ISPF Navigation

The ISPF main menu screen consists of several parts. In the center of the screen is a series of numerical options. Each of these numbers represents a different screen with more options. At the bottom of the screen is an option bar. To select a screen, type the corresponding number in the option bar and press enter. The window will then change to the screen you selected. For example, if you wanted to go to the Utilities screen, type 3 on the option bar and press enter. The ISPF main menu will then be replaced with the Utilities subscreen.

Jump Navigation: Normally you need to go through the option screens one at a time. This can be annoying if you need to go through a very large hierarchy of screens. To save time, you can go directly to a screen you want and skip the intermediate steps with shortcut navigation. If you know the entire path of the option you want, you can enter it in the option bar, using periods "." to separate each screen. For example, if you wanted to allocate a data set, you would normally need to enter 3 on the first screen and 2 on the second screen. With shortcut navigation, you could simply type "2.3" to arrive at the data set screen.

Tab Navigation: On screens with many different fields, pressing the tab key will move your cursor to each field where you can enter text. This is a fast way to move to a section you want to go to.

Arrow Navigation: The arrow keys can be used to move the cursor in any direction. Note that the cursor must be on a correct field in order to enter text. If the cursor is not on a proper field and you begin to type, nothing will happen.

Exiting Screens: The simplest way to leave a screen is to press the F3 key. This will take you back to the screen in the hierarchy above this one. Another way to do this is to type exit on the option bar.

Function Keys: At the bottom of each screen is with a listing of the the F keys can do. These keys are context sensitive, so they may perform different functions depending on what screen you are on. Exiting with the F3 button is one use of a function key.

Here is a general list of what keys are available:

a listing of some of the function keys available

An example of some function keys.

2.3 Exiting ISPF and TSO

Once you have finished using the Marist system, press the F3 key to escape all ISPF Primary Option Menu. Press F3 once again. You will either exit the ISPF system and see the main TSO command line, or see the Specify Disposition of Log Data Set.

specify disposition of log data set (delete session history)

At this screen press 2 and enter. This will select option "Delete data set without printing" and it will delete your history information about this session.

the logoff command

Now, the screen will be at the main TSO prompt. Type "logoff" and press enter. It is important to note that if you do not type logoff and simply exit the program, you may not be able to log on again for a short time.

The terminal will now be at the introduction screen. You can close the program at this point by pressing on the red X in the upper right corner.