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Migrating DataStage jobs

Migrating DataStage jobs

You can migrate DataStage jobs by creating and importing ISX files that contain the job information. Complete other post-migration tasks where applicable.


Complete the following tasks to migrate DataStage®. After you import the ISX file, other tasks might apply, depending on the connections, stages, and other components of your migrated jobs.
  1. Creating and importing the ISX file
  2. Connections
  3. Stages
  4. Parameter sets and PROJDEF
  5. dsjob
  6. Sequence jobs
  7. Before-job and after-job subroutines
  8. Environment variables
  9. Other

Creating and importing the ISX file

Create and export an ISX file by using one of the methods that are listed in the following table:

Option Instructions
ISTOOL Use ISTOOL to create an ISX file and export the file. For instructions, see Export command for InfoSphere DataStage and QualityStage assets and How to use ISTOOL for EXPORT IMPORT Information Server Components.
MettleCI Use MettleCI, which is a third-party service, to convert a server job design into an equivalent parallel job design, then create an ISX file and export the file to your system. For more information, see MettleCLI docs.
InfoSphere Information Server Manager GUI client Use the Information Server Manager GUI client to export the ISX file. For detailed instructions, see Exporting assets
Note: Make sure that the ISX file export includes any dependencies, such as parameter sets and table definitions. If folder support is enabled, folder structures will be re-created on import.

Importing the ISX file

Note: It is recommended that you scale up your services such as DataStage, Watson™ Pipelines, and IBM Cloud® Object Storage to the Large instance size before you import your .ISX file. After migration, less resources are required and you can scale down. If you are experiencing issues even with a Large instance size, you may need to customize your configuration. For more information, see troubleshooting.html#reference_mwl_byg_wpb__largeisx.
Complete the following steps to import the ISX file:
  1. Open an existing project or create a new one.
  2. From the Assets tab of the project, click New asset > Graphical builders > DataStage.
  3. Click the Local file tab, then upload the ISX file from your local computer. Then, click Create.
    Note: The ISX file must exist on your desktop or network drive. Do not drag the file as an attachment from another application.

Asset import report

The asset import report contains status information and error messages that you can use to troubleshoot your ISX import. For information on viewing and using the report to troubleshoot, see Asset import report.


If your migrated jobs contain connections, see Migrating connections in DataStage.


Table 1. Stages and their migration considerations.
Stages Considerations
Stored procedure Stored procedures are migrated to the corresponding platform connector.

All stored procedures on Db2® type connectors are migrated to the standard Db2 connector, including stored procedures for connectors like Db2 for i and Db2 for z/OS®. Manually replace the Db2 connector with the correct connector type and copy over the stored procedure call.

If input and output parameters cannot be detected in a stored procedure, it's left as-is and must be updated after migration to match the new syntax. For more information, see Using stored procedures.

Parameter sets and PROJDEF

Review your parameter sets and verify that their default values are correct after migration.

PROJDEF parameter sets are created and updated by migration. If you migrate a job with a PROJDEF parameter set, review the PROJDEF parameter set and specify default values for it. Then, within flows and job runs, any parameter value that is $PROJDEF uses the value from the PROJDEF parameter set.


If you have scripts that use dsjob to run jobs, update the script call to dsjob by completing the following steps:
  1. Download cpdctl: https://github.com/IBM/cpdctl/releases/
  2. Create a source shell script (source.sh) to configure cpdctl. Create a text file key.txt for your encryption key. See the following example:
    export CPDCTL_ENCRYPTION_KEY_PATH=~/key.txt
    export DSJOB_URL=https://example.com
    export DSJOB_ZEN_URL=https://example.com
    export CPDCTL_ENABLE_DSJOB=true
    export DSJOB_USER=admin
    export DSJOB_PWD=<Password>
    cpdctl config user set dscpserver-user --username $DSJOB_USER --password $DSJOB_PWD
    cpdctl config profile set dscpserver-profile --url $DSJOB_URL
    cpdctl config context set dscpserver-context --user dscpserver-user --profile dscpserver-profile
    cpdctl config context use dscpserver-context
    cpdctl dsjob list-projects

    Change any references to dsjob to cpdctl dsjob. You might need to adjust the command-line options to fit the DataStage command-line style. See DataStage command-line tools.

Sequence jobs

You can import an ISX file to migrate a sequence job to a pipeline flow. Rewrite expressions in CEL and manually reselect values for some pipeline nodes. See the following topics for more considerations: Orchestrating flows with Watson Pipelines and Migrating and constructing pipeline flows for DataStage. See Migrating BASIC routines in DataStage for information on rewriting BASIC routines as scripts.

Before-job and after-job subroutines

When you migrate before-job and after-job subroutines, the routine code is stored in a .sh script under /ds-storage/projects/<projectName>/scripts/DSU.<RoutineName>.sh. Rewrite the routine code in the same way as a BASIC routine, following the steps in Migrating BASIC routines in DataStage to retrieve the output arguments, but include an exit statement for the before/after-job subroutine. See the following example:
# TODO: Update the following json string and print it as the last line of the standard output.

echo "{\"ErrorCode\":\"$ErrorCode\"}"
exit $ErrorCode

Environment variables


Go to Advanced under the Stage tab of the Transformer stage and select Legacy null processing.


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