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.
Want to know what caused that last application server exception?
Any idea why your database is not responding to CICS?
Someone just called in and said their banking application is slow. How long will it take to find? Who will find it?
This is just a short list of what’s possible.The rate of change continues to put pressure on the IT organization to maintain a pace that is demanding and fraught with risk. In many cases we have the data to accelerate our responsiveness but without the right type of information... [More]
The OMEGAMON Development team is looking for interested customers and business partners to participate in the Beta Program for the next release of the IBM OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite for z/OS. Both On-Premise and Hosted Beta Programs are supported and now includes OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks. There are a number of enhancements to OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks.
Join the beta program and help shape the next release. As a Beta participant you can provide valuable feedback to influence the capability and value... [More]
On April 24, 2015 IBM Operations Analytics for z Systems v2.1 became generally available.
Wait ... another IT Operations Analytics product?
No -- IBM Operations Analytics for z Systems is the follow-on release to IBM's SmartCloud Analytics - Log Analysis z/OS Insight Pack offerings that were introduced in March 2014.
Built on the same proven Operations Analytics technology as its predecessors, this offering not only sports a new name, but also a significant set of new capabilities and enhancements that further increase its... [More]
In TWS for z/OS. WAIT workstation is a general non reporting workstation with the WAIT option set to Y.
The Wait workstation allows to define a dummy operation that runs for a specified period of time.... [More]
With the next release of Service Management Suite for z/OS (SMSz), IBM intends to deliver a new web based DASHboard user interface. The offering will enable users to automate and monitor heterogeneous workloads from one operations console. Customizable DASHboards will introduce a new level of service management integration with improved transparency and control of your z Systems workload.
The development team is looking for customers and business partners who are interested in participating in an Early Access... [More]
IBM recently announced the IBM® MQ Appliance V8.0; you can create one or more queue managers on an appliance and connect them as part of an IBM MQ network.
Accordingly, ITCAM MQ monitoring agents also certificated the ability to monitor the IBM MQ Appliance via the remote monitoring feature, for detailed configuration steps please refers to the following technote for the details:
Thus if you’re using the OMEGAMON XE for Messaging V7.3, you can also... [More]
With the current speed of change and ongoing requirement for better service, new solutions are needed to prepare for the risk change is creating for your IT infrastructure and business. Given the amount of data available, the challenge is managing that data and transforming it into relevant information to make decisions. Integrating and visualizing structured data as well as unstructured data adds significant value to isolating and diagnosing problems as well as preventing and predicting potential opportunities. Just recently we introduced a... [More]
Tivoli Enterprise Reporter, TEP, situations can alert you when troubling things are happening but they must first get your attention. Do you really want to be staring at a TEP screen all day to see when a situation becomes true? Probably not. You have many other things to do with your time. This blog describes how to add voice prompts to your situations so if your TEP monitor has an active speaker it can sing out when important situations become true and get your attention.
How do I use sound prompts with... [More]
I hope this note finds you well. Thanks for your attendance of the previous PARMGEN customer open Q&A teleconference call held on Wednesday, March 18th .
We are scheduling the next monthly PARMGEN customer open Q&A webcast call, planned to be held on Wednesday, April 15th @ 11 a.m. US ET . We tried to choose a time that would be convenient for most participants -- we apologize to those of you where this is very early or very late in the day.
As part of our... [More]
When you are deploying a few dozen RTEs with the many products in the IBM Service Management Suite for z/OS, you always want the jobs to run as fast as possible.
And the recently released PARMGEN PTF (UA76016) has helped this by significantly decreasing batch run times.
In my testing with 15 products I've been seeing a consistent 30% reduction on a z196.
Moral of this story is you should always apply the latest PARMGEN maintenance before you deploy.
The System Automation for z/OS (SA z/OS) Development team is planning to do an Early Access Program (EAP) technology preview on Tuesday, March 31st, 10:00am US Eastern time .
With the next release of the IBM Service Management Suite for z/OS IBM intends to deliver a new web based dashboard user interface. The web user interface will enable the user to automate and monitor heterogeneous workloads from one operations console .
Customizable dashboards will introduce a new level of service management... [More]
This document summarizes how to set up the configuration required to work with the end-to-end feature.
It is assumed that a fault-tolerant agent is already installed on the distributed side of your environment.
To configure an end-to-end environment, you must complete the following procedure:
1) Run EQQJOBS to generate the batch-job skeletons by setting the following option in panel EQQJOBSA:
END TO END WITH FAULT TOLERANCE: Y
2) Create the sample job JCL, by... [More]
Many IBM® Tivoli® OMEGAMON® XE for DB2® Performance Expert on z/OS® clients are not aware of the built-in SQL Dashboard capability available with the product. This article highlights this industry differentiating capability.
OMEGAMON XE for DB2 Performance Expert is often referred to as a DB2 system monitor which focuses on threads (from the application perspective) and the DB2 address space from the system resource usage perspective, e.g. buffer pools, system-wide parameters (called DSNZPARMs), memory usage,... [More]
I hope this note finds you well. Thanks for your attendance of the previous PARMGEN customer open Q&A teleconference call held on Wednesday, January 28th.
For February (2/23/2015 - 2/26/2015), thank you for attending the InterConnect 2015 Conference in Las Vegas, as well as the OMEGAMON z/OS Customer Advisory Council (zCAC) in the same venue. The PARMGEN lab. guide from the PARMGEN 5644 open lab . hosted @ InterConnect, is now available for download in the... [More]