MacKinney Systems, Inc.

Route online application output to system spool

VTAM Virtual Printer(VVP) lets you route output created by your online applications to the system spool.

  • Receives 3270 print data stream from VTAM applications (CICS,IMS, etc.) 
    • Reformats the 3270 print data stream into print lines, creating SYSOUT in JES Queue or VSE/Power LST Queue 
    • The JES SYSOUT queue name or VSE/Power LST queue name is determined by the logical printer parameters 
    • All JES SYSOUT parameters (CLASS, DEST, FORMDEF, PAGEDEF, etc.) are supported
  • Receives print data from other TCP/IP hosts, via LPD protocols. Both IPv4 and IPv6 are supported. 
    • Reformats the TCP/IP buffers received into print lines, creating SYSOUT in JES spool
    • LPD queue name determines the JES SYSOUT report attributes. 
    • Route multiple UNIX host output to JES queue for a central point of control
  • Receives print data from other TCP/IP hosts, via Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) or Internet Printing Protocol Secure (IPPS). 
    • Reformats the TCP/IP buffers received into print lines, creating SYSOUT in JES spool
    • Option to use the URL to determine the JES SYSOUT report attributes
  • SYSOUT is delivered by JES Queue for Printers (JQP) to VTAM or TCP/IP devices
  • SYSOUT is delivered by JES Report Broker (JRB) via email or FTP
  • SYSOUT is archived by JES Report Broker (JRB) for viewing via HTTP browser
  • Both JES2 and JES3 are supported
  • z/VSE is supported

VTAM Virtual Printer is a VTAM based application that emulates LU1/SCS or LU3 printers. Each emulated or logical printer is defined to VTAM as an APPL statement. For CICS, a TCT definition is required with the NETNAME equal to one of VTAM Virtual Printer's APPL statements. Your applications route the print data stream to the logical printer in the same way as real hardware devices. Your existing VTAM printing applications continue to run without any application changes.

From the system spool, the report is available to be routed to your network printers, including VTAM printers, TCP/IP printers, and LAN printers (separate products are required to do the actual printing to the network printers).

How does VTAM Virtual Printer separate different reports to the same logical printer?
An option is included to separate reports based on when the logical printer is acquired and released or when a VTAM bracket is started and ended. Unlike real printer devices, VVP can manage multiple VTAM applications sending data to the same logical printer concurrently.

VVP can prevent online application delays or abends due to hardware problems like form jams, out of forms, or power off conditions.