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.
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]
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]
We are pleased to advise that a new release of Tivoli Decision Support for z/OS has been announced. v1.8.2 has a planned availability date of March 13, 2015.
Please refer to the following link for more information on the announcement:
Stay tuned to this blog and to the TDSz wiki for more information in the coming weeks on TDSz v1.8.2.
Going to the IBM Interconnect 2015? This is the premier Cloud and Mobile Conference. Be sure to look out for the following great sessions in the area of performance, capacity management, log analysis and analytics on z Systems:
Best Practice Performance and Capacity Management using TDSz KPI Features.
Get an overview on the new Tivoli Decision Support for z/OS, including its new Key Performance Metric components.
CMA New Features
Why Capacity Management Analytics on Distributed & z... [More]
Now you can use IBM SmartCloud Analytics – Log Analysis and OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite agents working together under Tivoli Enterprise Portal. This is a very powerful tool to help you find issues impacting your performance very quickly.. Check this link for details
This is John Arnesen with NetView and System Automation for z/OS level 2 support. We have seen instances where a customer issue can be avoided by keeping up with HIPER and/or PE maintenance. Customers have asked how they can keep current with HIPER's and PE's. The answer is a SMP/E function called Enhanced Holddata that lists all the Hiper and PE maint for z/OS products. Customers can request this data and it is also shipped with all ESO's, Corrective Service orders and PDOs. Here... [More]
The OMEGAMON, System Automation for z/OS (SA z/OS), NetView and Tivoli Asset Discovery for z/OS (TADz) development teams are looking for customers and business partners who are interested in participating in an Early Access Program and later possibly in a Beta Program for the IBM Service Management Suite for z/OS (SMSz). Initial foc us is on the Early Access Program with design discussions, participation in the Beta Program (with code download and installation) can be decided later.
This program is a way for participants to follow... [More]
Today we announce the addition of OMEGAMON XE for IMS on z/OS 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 IMS. The beta program is a great way for you to evaluate the value of new OMEGAMON enhancements as they are being developed, and to interact directly with the OMEGAMON Development team. Program support includes receiving assistance... [More]
Easier use of SMSz
The Service Management Suite for z/OS (SMSz) is now providing an installation overview, a configuration overview and documented integration scenarios, The installation chapter provides high level guidance about both the order of component product installation and the installation into separate zones (along with links to more detailed information). The configuration chapter provides guidance on the the order and basic configuration of Tivoli Management Services, the included monitoring agents, SAz, zNetView... [More]
EOTC 2015 - Register Now!
Dear Automation Experts,
this is your official invitation to the European Operations Technical Conference 2015 .
We have limited space available in our auditorium and therefore safe your seat and register as soon as... [More]
In OMEGAMON XE for IMS v510 we released our first content in the new Enhanced 3270 User Interface. One of the very useful things that this interface allows us to do is show you information across your entire IMSplex – even across LPARs - on one screen. Lets start on our main workspace, KIPSTART. We'll be looking at the first subpanel, which shows a list of all of the IMSplexes in our environment, focusing on IMSplex IA1C for this scenario:
Already, we notice that somewhere within the IMSplex, a locking... [More]
Today we announced the 2015 Early Access and Beta Program for IBM's SmartCloud Analytics - Log Analysis for z/OS offering.
We are looking for customers and business partners who are interested in working with us to shape and validate the new capabilities we plan to develop for this leading IT Operations Analytics solution for z/OS.
Please visit our developerWorks community for announcement details. Or contact the program coordinator to learn how you can participate.
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