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.
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]
IBM Security zSecure Manager for RACF z/VM 1.11.2 was announced this week at IBM Interconnect 2015 with a planned availability date of March 13, 2015. This release is based on IBM Security zSecure Suite 2.1.1 (for z/OS) and introduces the zSecure Audit Compliance Testing Framework to the z/VM operating system.
Mainframes continue to be the home for mission critical information and essential business production applications in many organizations due to the strong heritage of integrated security... [More]
We are pleased to announce that upgrade from TWSz V8R5M0 or TWSz V8R5M1 to TWSz V9R2M0 has been fully tested and it runs
Until now the supported and suggested upgrade from 8.5.x to 9.2.0 was performed in two steps: one to 8.6.0 and another to 9.2.0.
The Apar PI34075 is available to remove the message EQQIC70W from the migration program at 9.2.0 level if FROMREL or TOREL parameters
are TWSV8R5M0 or TWSV8R5M1. The EQQIC70W message was just a warning message that was not stopping the upgrade procedure. ... [More]
Announcing the continuation of the OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite for z/OS Beta Program
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 will include OMEGAMON XE for IMS on z/OS and OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks.
The Beta Program is a great way for participants to evaluate the value of new OMEGAMON... [More]
The WebSphere MQ monitoring agent, a component of both OMEGAMON XE for Messaging for z/OS and ITCAM Agents for WebSphere Messaging for distributed platforms, has long fully supported MQ Events produced by queue managers as a convenient way to monitor. However, did you know that the Event Archive feature, which was first introduced in v7.1.0 of the MQ monitoring agent, allows you to record the MQ Events historically with all associated details? Therefore, this feature allows you to keep MQ Events for audit purposes.
Today we announce the addition of OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks to the existing OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite Beta program. We are looking for customers and business partners who are interested in working with us to shape and validate the new capabilities we are developing in OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks. The beta program is a great way for you to evaluate the new OMEGAMON features as they are being developed, and to interact directly with the OMEGAMON Development team. Program support includes receiving... [More]
With the next release of Service Management Suite for z/OS IBM intends to deliver a new web based DASHboard user interface. T he 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.
See here here for the announcement letter.
A first glance with a demo will be possible next week at InterConnect... [More]