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.
Important information for former AOTC participants and PULSE participants with focus on IBM System z products :
Below you will find the basic information announcing and inviting you to Pulse which we will again be a part of so I also want to add some AOTC (Automated Operations Technical Council) specific information.
The most important information below is that the call to speakers is open and we need speakers. Accepted speakers will again be provided with a free conference pass. Topics around automation, monitoring,... [More]
Hello System Automation for z/OS users,
please be aware of a small enhancement of IBM System Automation for z/OS® V3.4 delivered in August this year. This small enhancement is related to the policy update through a flat file. If you require to update the PROCESSOR INFORMATION policy through a flat file, please install this support.
For further information including this enhancement's documentation please visit the Support and Important Information section of the System Automation for z/OS® wiki (... [More]
IBM Security zSecure 2.1 was co-announced with z/OS V2R1 on July 23, 2013 and became generally available on September 6, 2013.
On October 1, 2013 IBM has announced a number of new product releases in the information management area with a planned availability date of October 25, 2013, including IBM DB2 11 for z/OS , IBM Information Management System (IMS) 13 , and IBM InfoSphere Guardium 9.1 .
The Vulnerability Assessment module of IBM InfoSphere... [More]
This is John Arnesen with NetView and System Automation level 2 support.
A change was made in NetyView V5R4 that causes CLOSE IMMED to be converted to CLOSE STOP if NetView wasn't already terminating. This is documented
under the IMMED option in the help for the CLOSE command. This design change was made to prevent severe actions from taking place when they
aren't required. This change is also part of NetView V6R1.
If CLOSE IMMED is issued again or after a CLOSE STOP or any other case where NetView was... [More]
Thanks for your attendance of our ongoing open Q&A calls (focus topics covered to-date: PARMGEN and OMEGAMON enhanced 3270UI).
For our Sept. open Q&A calls:
September 25, 2013 : OMEGAMON/ITM PARMGEN R&D Development team will conduct an informal webcast on Featured topic: PARMGEN FAQs, Best Practices and Tips and answer your questions live on:
Session#1 * : 9/25/2013 (Wednesday) @ 7 a.m. PT /... [More]
The IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON for z/OS Management Suite V5.1.1 Information Center is now available. The Management Suite provides a complete z/OS platform management and monitoring capability for the operating system, networks, and storage subsystem. You can access this information center at:
IBM Security zSecure 2.1 has become generally available on 09/06/2013. You can read the US announcement letter here .
Notable features include:
* a user interface to ease rule-based compliance reporting against standards such as DISA-STIG (the Security Technical Implementation Guide from the Defense Information Systems Agency) and GSD331/ISeC (a global services document with security controls documentation from IBM).
*automatic collection of DB2 catalog resource data including databases, table spaces,... [More]
This is John Arnesen with NetView and System Automation level 2 support.
Are you looking for a way to audit who issues System Automation commands? Or just want to make a notation in the netlog when a System Automation command is issued? The INGCNTL command can do that for you.
Issue command: INGCNTL SET COMMAND_LOGGING=YES
and every time a SA command is issued, a AOF705I message will be written to the netlog containing the command and the options used along with the userid or autotask that issued the... [More]
Tivoli OMEGAMON XE on z/OS: Flashes
- TITLE: Do not apply UA69205 or UA69877 if you run OMEGAMON Dedicated mode (Classic OMEGAMON Channel Attached - known as "the Console of Last Resort")
- URL: http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21647616
- ABSTRACT: PTFs UA69205 and UA69877 may cause system outages when running OMEGAMON Dedicated Mode (KOMPROC). Do not apply these PTFs if you are running OMEGAMON Dedicated Mode. They do not cause any problems with the E3270UI or OMEGAMON in VTAM... [More]
We had a busy week at SHARE in Boston.
Download the OMEGAMON and NetView for z/OS presentations and see what you missed:
14073: What’s New with System z Monitoring with OMEGAMON - http://share.confex.com/share/121/webprogram/Session14073.html
13498: Managing z/VM & Linux Performance Best Practices - http://share.confex.com/share/121/webprogram/Session13498.html
14121: OMEGAMON XE for Storage - Hints and Tips to Improve Performance and Usage - http://share.confex.com/share/121/webprogram/Session14121.html
Thanks for your attendance of our on-going open Q&A calls (focus topics covered to-date: PARMGEN and OMEGAMON enhanced 3270UI).
We have 2 sets of open Q&A calls this month of August (4 sessions total - please optionally attend either Session#1 -or- Session#2 on 8/21/2013 and again, on 8/28/2013 ):
Set 1: August 21, 2013 : Dale Hodson (OMEGAMON enhanced 3270UI Developer) and team, will conduct an informal webcast on Featured topic: OMEGAMON Enhanced 3270 User Interface (enhanced 3270UI) and its... [More]
The Mainframe Networks short videos that were posted to YouTube in July are now available for download from this website (developerWorks) at the following link:
Presentation at the SHARE conference in Boston this week gave an overview and deep dive into scenarios of how OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks v5.1.1 brings a new level of performance monitoring to z/OS networking!
The enhanced 3270UI short videos that were posted to YouTube on July 12th are also available in flash video formal (flv) from this website (developerWorks) at the following links:
Logon administration and hub connectivity
User interface features
Browsing, locating and cloning a workspace
Setting user preferences
zAware Analysis workspace
There are many good OMEGAMON sessions this week at Share in Boston, Stop by the IBM OMEGAMON booth in the Technology Exchange Expo too and get a look at new OMEGAMON features like the zAware alerting function in OMEGAMON XE for zOS. See you there.
Hi everyone, this is Walter Davis with OMEGAMON Level 2 Support. This week we have published APAR OA42614 and its PTF UA70033 to aid in recovering from infrequent ATF problems without the side effect of an IMS abend. Implementing this new PTF does require a recycle of both the OMEGAMON started task as well as the IMS system itself. #zOS
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The newest release of OMEGAMON XE on z/VM and Linux is now available. Released to coincide with the GA of z/VM 6.3, OM XE on z/VM and Linux allows you to monitor all your z/VM LPARs, regardless of which version of z/VM you are running. Designed to work with the enhancements found in z/VM 6.3, the latest OMEGAMON has all the capabilities of previous releases along with:
Support for Single System Images (SSI)
See a topologic mapping of the LPARs in your SSI
Support for Live Guest... [More]
OMEGAMON XE for zOS 5.1.1 alerts in this scenario when SP13 is not active to the zAware appliance. Then zAware could be missing SP13 having an anomaly that could cause a major issue. Subject Matter Expert is alerted when OMEGAMON sees zAware not connected for SP13. The SME checks and see the LOG STREAM was not connected to zAware at the latest IPL as it should of been. The SME connects SP13 to zAware and now OMEGAMON can alert if zAware finds an anomaly
Don't just read about new function in the OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks v5.1.1 information center. Watch it and hear about it from the developers and testers who work on the product.
A number of scenarios are posted on YouTube. These scenarios are short (typically 2-3 minutes) and take a single networking problem from report to resolution. These scenarios are based on actual customer calls and use both the enhanced 3270 user interface and Tivoli Enterprise Portal.
In addition to a what's new overview, there are... [More]