What is RA 2?
RA 2 simplifies RACF administration by automating recurring tasks and enabling administrators to make complex and comprehensive inquiries in a shorter period. For example, the RA 2 cloning feature reduces the intensive manual work of the administrator by 90%.
RA 2 simplifies administration of RACF using only standard RACF commands and facilities and by using user-defined command procedures. It operates in both online and batch mode to perform comprehensive cross-referencing for reporting, auditing, and administrative tasks. It allows simple or complex inquiries to RACF information with automatic updating for authorized users. RA 2 works in conjunction with RACF and does not compromise RACF security.
Features of RA 2
RA 2 provides an online interface to either a COPY of the live RACF database on the Mainframe, or an extracted portion of the database in IRRDBU00 format, and includes Batch Reporting capabilities. RA 2 allows users to retrieve and maintain Group, User Dataset, or General resources-related data from the live RACF database. An authorized user can view and change the RACF profiles accordingly.
RA 2 will analyze RACF SMF (system management facilities) data to identify all violations, warnings, and errors for specified events. RA 2 simplifies administration for RACF and can also be used for making mass changes and additions to the RACF database.
Extensive Analytical Capabilities
RA 2 uses powerful analytical capabilities to analyze the RACF Group Tree Structure, resource access via RACF SMF data, and RACF SMF data online, or in batch mode, to identify all violations, warnings, and errors for specified events. It locates the access to specific resources to which all users and groups have been assigned, based on all defined access attributes.
Automatic Command Generation
RA 2 provides menu-driven panels to automatically generate RACF commands like Delete, Change, Clone, etc., automatically, saving time and reducing the risk of error.
Comprehensive Reporting Feature
Create comprehensive reporting using a wide range of filtering criteria on all fields for each report
Automated RACF Database Recovery
RA 2 provides the capability to generate control cards automatically to recreate the RACF database for recovery situations.