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Course Catalog » JCL Curriculum » Job Control Language (JCL) 2.1 Series

JCL (z/OS) - Using Special Data Sets in Batch Jobs 2.1

5 hours



The JCL (z/OS) - Using Special Data Sets in Batch Jobs course examines how special data sets, such as generation data groups, tape data sets, and temporary data sets are referenced using JCL. It also describes how data sets can be concatenated in JCL and some of the reserved DD statement names and their uses.


Operators, application programmers, or system programmers who require an in-depth knowledge of JCL.


Datatrain - Introduction to z/OS JCL, or some experience and understanding of JCL basics.


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

  • Create and access special data sets in batch jobs using parameters to accommodate a wide range of data set types

Course Content

Working with Generation Data Groups

Generation Data Group Concepts

Specifying DCB Information for GDGs

Creating a Generation Data Group

Concatenating Data Sets and Using Dummy Data Sets

How to Concatenate Data Sets

Using Dummy Data Sets

Working with Tapes

Tape Record Formats

Using the UNIT Parameter

Using the VOLUME Parameter

Using the DCB Parameter

Using the LABEL Parameter

Stacking Data Sets on Tape

Using Temporary Data Sets

Temporary Data Set Concepts

Using DD Statement Parameters with Temporary Data Sets

Using Temporary Data Sets across Multiple Steps

Using VIO Temporary Data Sets

Passing Parameters and Using Backward References

Passing Parameters

Using Backward References

Using Additional DD Statement Parameters

Using Special DD Statements

Using Special Parameters and Sub-Parameters in DD statements

Using Special Data Sets in Batch Jobs Mastery Test

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