Tutorial: Mainframe Batch Database Tools (MBDT)

Takes you step by step through the process of migrating a mainframe-based DB2 table on the mainframe to a local SQL Server using Mainframe Batch Database Tools (MBDT).


This tutorial is written from the perspective that all of the following items are true. Specific instructions for setting up your environment to adhere to these assumptions is found in the Before you begin section that follows:

  • Windows File Explorer is set to show file names and extensions.
  • Windows User Account Control (UAC) is turned off.
  • You are running the latest version of Micro Focus Enterprise Developer, which has been installed on your local machine using default installation settings, and including the Rumba+ Desktop option.
  • For mainframe connectivity, you are using Rumba+ Desktop, which is configured to connect to your mainframe.
  • You have installed and can access a supported version of Microsoft SQL Server.
  • Visual Studio is started on your local machine.
  • Your parent project directory is c:\tutorials\MBDT. If you choose to use an alternative parent project directory, adjust the instructions accordingly.
  • You have addressed all of the items in the Before you begin section below.

Before you begin

Before beginning, be sure you have addressed each of the following items:

Set Windows File Explorer options
These tutorials assume that your Windows File Explorer options are set to use the Details layout, and to show file name extensions. See your Windows documentation for more information.
Turn off Windows User Account Control (UAC)
Depending on the Windows UAC setting on your machine, HCOSS exhibits different behavior for some features. The differences in behavior are dependent on things such as whether or not you are logged in as a standard user or an administrator, whether or not you are a member of the Windows Administrators group, and how you start the HCOSS user interface. These tutorials assume that you have turned UAC off by setting it to Never notify. See your Windows documentation for details.
Create a parent project directory
Create a directory in which to store the project files imported or created while completing this tutorial, which cites a parent project directory of c:\tutorials\MBDT.
Start Visual Studio
If you need instructions to get Visual Studio started on your local machine, see To start Visual Studio.


To complete this tutorial, progress through these topics in the order presented here. The bottom of each topic provides Next topic and Previous topic navigational links to help you proceed in the proper sequence: