Welcome to the System z Management Blog, where you can read the perspectives from System z experts. This Blog provides insights into the System z solution, as well as technical details about specific IBM products.
Dear Friends of System Automation, As you might already know, we plan to have another European Operations Technical Conference (EOTC) in 2016. The conference is planned from Monday, April 25 through Wednesday, April 27, 2016 in the IBM Lab in Boeblingen, Germany. Conference language will be English. This conference addresses the needs of System, Network and Automation Administrators. Sessions are presented by representatives from IBM software development teams and YOU, the product exploiters. Interaction and feedback is both expected and... [More]
IMS V14 is now available and provides enhancements in IMS performance, scalability, usability, and availability. OMEGAMON XE for IMS, part of the OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite for z/OS, delivered its Day One support for IMS 14. OMEGAMON XE for IMS v5.3.0 (5698-T02) supports IMS 14 in its base release. For support in v5.1.0, PTF UA79563 (APAR OA48864) is required. One of the major enhancements in IMS V14 is a new user exit for the IMS Monitor. This enhancement can help provide a better... [More]
System Automation for z/OS is well known for all its capabilities around automated operations within the z/OS operating system environment. However, it also brings a hardware automation component, Processor Operations or ProcOps in short, that is not so much known and that I can only encourage you to take a look at. With ProcOps you can automate certain hardware operations that you normally can only perform manually from the Hardware Management Console or from a Support Element. As an appetizer for you to getting started with... [More]
You can now use the OMEGAMON provided Cognos data models to build your reports using those great OMEGAMON Metrics. They map the data your write to the TDW (Tivoli Data Warehouse)so you can build Cognos reports. The models for OMEGAMON XE for zOS, OMEGAMON XE for CICS, OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks and OMEGAMON XE for IMS (all V530 levels are now mapped via these models) are provided. OMEGAMON XE for Messaging has models too that are shipped with the product media. This link provides the models for use.... [More]
Fast path to DB2 thread performance with enhanced 3270 usability improvements from OMEGAMON XE for DB2 Performance Expert Depending on your environment, you may find the Enhanced 3270 Data Sharing Group Thread Summary (called “DB2 Group Active Threads”) to be the preferred way to understand your DB2 ® for z/OS ® applications. With V530, new linkage has been created to be able to quickly and easily navigate to the related thread detail workspaces from this view. In addition, an authorized user can... [More]
Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for DB2 Performance Expert on z/OS V5.3.0 New Feature: SQL Text in Enhanced 3270 UI New features are being added to the Enhanced 3270 User Interface in each release of Tivoli ® OMEGAMON ® XE for DB2 ® Performance Expert on z/OS ® . One of the most important new features for the recently released version 5.3.0 is to display SQL text. Introduction DB2 for z/OS application performance problems can quite often be traced back to poorly written SQL. Lack of WHERE clauses or improper WHERE clauses... [More]
Starting from 930, Workload Service Assurance , aka Dynamic Critical Path , has been significantly enhanced in determining the High Risk Level for a Critical Job . The original issue was to improve precision in determining the Risk Level. During these years some specific enhancements have been implemented in this direction. The most critical area was the calculation of Estimated Start and End Times . The two main "actors" for determining Estimated times are deadlines and durations . Before 930 a lot of... [More]
►► ** 11/19/2015 UPDATE ** Meeting held on 11/18/2015. Thank you for your attendance! Presentation Materials: The presentation can be downloaded from the following link in SMC System z community: URL: https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/community/groups/service/html/communityview?communityUuid=5e65990a-9690-42e2-93b1-c2267be7620c#fullpageWidgetId=Waa62f018a05a_4ca4_b612_49ffee80398e&file=b447cab9-a014-46a6-828a-811467d059a3 Meeting Minutes: Furnished upon request. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy of the... [More]
Please use v7.3.0 Fix Pack 1 of the broker monitoring agent in OMEGAMON XE for Messaging and ITCAM for Applications to monitor Version 10 of IBM Integration Bus. To get to this level on z/OS, you can apply PTF UA78812, and on distributed platforms, you can install Passport Advantage part number CN6R0EN. Note that this level of the monitoring agent additionally supports more types of Resource Statistics for the Integration Server (Execution Group) for TCPIP Client Nodes, TCPIP Server Nodes, and Sockets. The following technote also... [More]
If you run CICS you will now be able to get out of the box performance analysis with IBM Operations Analytics for z Systems V2.2 which adds real-time analysis on SMF Type 110 records. Performance and exception data from these records, combined with a wealth of IBM CICS log data, provide deep insights into CICS Transaction Server health and help to identify and resolve problems as they arise. Other new features include a lerting capabilities to enable users to become aware of unusual patterns within their operational data, r ole-based access... [More]
IBM Secu rity zSe cure sui t e 2.2 was announced on October 1, 2015 with a planned availability date of November 6, 2015. You can read the US announcement letter here . This release provides currency with z/OS V2R2, IMS 14, CICS V5R3, and Windows 10, extends the zSecure Audit Compliance Testing Framework and user interface for standards such as DISA-STIG and PCI-DSS, and adds or extends integration with IBM Security QRadar SIEM and IBM Security Identity Governance. Background IBM Security zSecure suite can help you... [More]
APAR PI37191 provides exploitation support for multi-threading, which is introduced with z13 hardware. Simultaneous Multi-Threading (SMT) is a technique for improving the overall efficiency of CPU resources. When multi-threading is enabled and a unit of work (thread) running on a core encounters a cache miss and can no longer make progress, the core is able to switch to a different thread which is ready to execute. When multi-threading is enabled, new information is available in the SMF type 70 (CPU activity), SMF type 71... [More]
This video provides an overview of the new features in OMEGAMON Enhanced 3270 User Interface 7.3 Interim Feature 1 (APAR OA48295). Learn more about the integration and capabilities of the OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite on ou r Yo u Tub e pl a yli s t .
OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks version 5.3.0 delivers faster problem resolution. See the full set of videos in our You Tube pla ylis t . Set variables in a user profile to tailor the enhanced 3270 user interface to your specific needs. In a second scenario, a network systems programmer solves problems with his network applications using OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks version 5.3.0. He now has near-term history data in the OMEGAMON enhanced 3270 user interface, which is just what he needs. ... [More]