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.
The IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite for z/OS V5.1.1 documentation is now available on the IBM Knowledge Center Open Beta.
Access the Performance Management Suite documentation on the Knowledge Center Open Beta here: https://ibm.biz/BdRSpC
For more information about the IBM Knowledge Center Open Beta, see https://ibm.biz/BdRSpL
Bobby Dixon will be attending Pulse and AOTC this year representing Level 2 support for NetView and System Automation on z/OS.
You will find Bobby attending sessions in the Optimizing IT & Service Management Steam and focusing on the System Z Management & Operations Track. This is any session that has a SZM prefix and a focus on Automation on z/OS (NetView, System Automation, and Omegamon). Be sure to say hello if you see him.
IBM Security zSecure Manager for RACF z/VM 1.11.1 originally shipped before z/VM V6R3 was available.
If you are planning to upgrade your z/VM release level to z/VM V6R3, take note of the following available maintenance:
* PTF UV61210 for APAR VM64434 ships toleration support for z/VM V6R3. Among other things, this prevents message CKV0157 ("Unsupported VM release...").
* PTF UV61204 for APAR VM65404 ships toleration support for the changed response from CP QUERY PATHS due... [More]
You've been storing data collected by OMEGAMON XE on z/OS in the Tivoli Data Warehouse. You can identify problems that occured in the past using the Tivoli Enterprise Portal. You can go learn more and keep your z/OS systems running smoothly by regularly running the following reports on detailed and summarized data:
z/OS Status DASD Issues
z/OS Status WLM Service Class Period
z/OS Utilization Common Storage
z/OS Utilization LPAR Summary
z/OS Utilization LPAR Usage Summary
Deadlocks and timeouts are unresolved contentions in DB2. These unresolved contentions might cause incomplete transactions and might degrade the overall performance of your system. It is important to monitor and resolve these contentions. Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for DB2 Performance Expert on z/OS (OMPE) is invaluable in detecting and analyzing DB2 for z/OS deadlocks and timeouts. The following link takes you to some of IBM's recommended best practices using OMPE to identify where these are occurring then what steps to take to resolve the... [More]
The end-to-end scheduling with z-centric capabilities in two steps
STEP1- Define the parameter library for Tws for z/OS
In the parameter member of the TWS for z/OS engine add the HTTPOPTS statement in the following way :
Welcome to the new age of OMEGAMON XE Beta programs! We have an exciting new program to offer you...
As part of our use of agile development, each beta driver that we make available with the OMEGAMON XE Family beta will be a near GA-ready solution. This is quite different from the beta programs you have experienced in the past. You might recall that in the "old age" of beta programs, prior to agile development, you would get a beta driver of very early GA development code and quite often your time was... [More]
Bobby DIxon will be representing Level 2 support for NetView and System Automation z/OS at Pulse and AOTC this year in Las Vegas.
Bobby will be attending presentations during Pulse for z/os Automation Products (NetView, System Automation and Omegamon), as well as AOTC.
Be sure to say hello if you see him!!
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Activating and configuring Dynamic Critical Path
The Dynamic Critical Path feature is entirely managed by the Controller and Daily Plan Batch tasks. There are no other requirements. The only times that you are asked to specify for the (critical) operation are the deadline and the estimated duration times. After that, the feature automatically calculates and
adjusts the intermediate times to adhere to the defined times without requiring any further manual intervention. To activate Dynamic Critical Path, leave to YES the CRITJOB... [More]
Popular PARMGEN FAQs about base-sharing RTEs:
FAQ#1: How do I create a brand new base-sharing RTE (RTE Name=SHRBASEP) in PARMGEN mode?
FAQ#2. How do I convert an ICAT Base RTE (RTE Name=BASE1) and an ICAT base-sharing RTE (RTE Name=SHRBASEI) in PARMGEN?
PARMGEN streamlined the set-up and deployment of sharing RTEs in general. Creating the shared-to RTE (a Base RTE in this case)
and the RTE that shares the Base is a one-step process in PARMGEN mode .
In interactive ICAT... [More]
Check out the OMEGAMON V5 PARMGEN hands-on lab @ Pulse!
Don't just read ab out new OMEGAMON V5 capabilities in PARMGEN in our ITM information center. Try it first-hand by checking out the PARMGEN hands-on lab offered @ Pulse on February 23rd - 26th ( http://www.ibm.com/pulse ).
Don't miss this excellent opportunity to gain first-hand technical experience with the PARMGEN Lab E03 ( " OMEGAMON/ITM PARMGEN Configuration Tool for the First-Time User (FTU) " ) .
In thi s lab session, learn how to... [More]
The IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite for z/OS V5.1.1 Information Center is now available.
You can access this information center here .
Product information for the suite is available here and the announcement letter is available here .
Updated IBM® Tivoli® NetView® for z/OS® Version 6.2 documentation is available in the NetView for z/OS 6.2 information center, which contains the most up-to-date information about the product:
The following documents were updated:
- Administration Reference
- Command Reference Volume 1 (A-N)
- Installation: Configuring the GDPS Active/Active Continuous Availability... [More]
WebCast on the Value of System Automation for supporting Mobile and Cloud on System z
Eliminating manual setup steps during policy customization by auto-discovering parameters
Detecting problems simply and quickly with the new Tivoli® Enterprise Portal topology view
Including new applications in SA-based automation via the support of joblog messages
Managing the availability of BladeCenter® technology, virtual hosts and virtual servers
Speaker: Uwe Gramm,... [More]
Small Enhancement APAR OA43477 is now available. Here are some of the new features:
o Introduced a Flat File Batch Export Utility.
o Enabled OUTMODE=LINE for the INGCF command.
o Enhanced the NetView/SA Sample Startup Procedure with
TRSIZE (INTERNAL TRACE TABLE SIZE) and INGPSWD (SA z/OS
o Enhanced PARMLIB member HSAPRM00 to accept the setting of
new parameter DIAGMSGS=YES|NO.
APAR OA43920 ( www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg1OA43920 ) adds support for your OSA-Express5S hardware in OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks version 5. OSA-Express5S is a technology refresh and introduces a new SNMP MIB with a new set of metrics. This APAR adds 4 attribute groups to OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks version 5. Customers who are running OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks version 4.2 will need to upgrade to version 5 in order to monitor OSA-Express5S.
After installing the PTF and fixpack, the new OSA-Express5S... [More]
OMEGAMON XE Beta Program
To: OMEGAMON Customers and Business Partners
Re: Upcoming OMEGAMON 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 family. The Beta Program started on January 13, 2014, and on February 17, 2014, it has included OMEGAMON XE for Messaging on z/OS. The OMEGAMON XE for Messaging beta code is available for... [More]
Hello, this is John Arnesen with NetView and System Automation level 2 support.
We occasionally get a new PMR where the customer sends in a module trace. Typically the trace is Rexx tracing - (AOCTRACE rexx_exec ON/OFF,rexx_options). While this is good tracing to see, it turns out that Debug tracing (AOCTRACE rexx_exec ON/OFF) is more helpful and the preferred trace to run. It turns out that most of the SA Rexx execs have PIPE SAFE or PIPE KEEP coded, and the Debug Trace will often dump out the contents of a SAFE or KEEP as well as other... [More]
Recently a zAware customer commented on the value they had received when zAware spotted an anomaly. It all started when they were notified by email from the OMEGAMON XE for z/OS support that feeds their eventing system. They were able to quickly see the event and the issue that zAware had captured. Leveraging OMEGAMON XE for z/OS situation capabilities allowed the customer to monitor for zAware anomalies without having to stare at a display. This is exactly the value IBM built into zAware and OMEGAMON XE for z/OS for our customers and it is... [More]
The following SA z/OS 3.4 presentations about 'ProcOps zEnterprise Support' are available now here:
Part 1: ProcOps Framework Enhancements: Part 1
Part 2: ProcOps Ensemble Communication and Commands: Part 2
IBM has announced the new IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite for z/OS V5.1.1. This suite includes performance monitoring tools to lower cost and business risk of managing z/OS and all key subsystems. This single product includes all the OMEGAMONs for z/OS and IBM Tivoli Composite Application Manager for Web Resources. With this suite, one can monitor performance and availability management capabilities for your IBM z/OS operating system, networks, storage subsystems, IBM DB2, IBM CICS, IBM IMS, IBM WebSphere MQ for z/OS, and IBM... [More]
With the Enhanced 3270UI in OMEGAMON, there can be times the user sees "No Data" conditions on the 3270. The attached technote takes you to a document that is a first place to look for the most common reasons this may happen. It also has a beginner guide to all the major components you need in order to see e3270ui workspaces.
A few years ago I wrote a lengthy article about how the CICS TG monitoring agent delivered as part of the OMEGAMON XE for CICS product opens up the black-box of CICS Transaction Gateway (CICS TG) on z/OS giving system administrators the information required to tune their CICS TG resources in order to optimize throughput and minimize bottlenecks within this key middleware component. Well, as time moves on URLs change and the original article seems to have disappeared into the ether. The details within in it however, are still very much valid and... [More]
OMEGAMON XE for CICS on z/OS code running in a CICS address space will establish a connection to the common interface started task (KOCCI). In order for this process to work correctly the KOCCI STC must be initialized before OMEGAMON is started in CICS.
The enhancement described here introduces the option to allow the CICS address space to finish initialization and connect to the KOCCI STC whenever it becomes available.
An early approach was the addition of the OCCIREQ DD card in the CICS JCL, which makes the OMEGAMON code in the... [More]
In a situation where you've installed OMEGAMON products into separate SMPE environments - yet all provide data to the same HUB TEMS, there's an easy method to allow a single instance of the Enhanced 3270UI to report on all of the products. Each application product delivers the following Enhanced 3270UI elements:
*KANWENU - Workspaces
*KANEXEC - REXX code
*KANDATV - Data table definitions (ODI)
*KANHENU - Data table attribute helps
So you could simply concatenate all the appropriate libraries into your TOM... [More]
System Automation for z/OS (SA z/OS) has recently released the new functions APAR OA43534 which provides with a new System Automation password protection feature(INGPW) and additional enhancements for the SA Processor Operations for zEnterprise zBX management.
INGPW is a command processor maintaining a VSAM file containing passwords required for connectivity to external products and services. The feature provides with a secure way to store and manage passwords and replaces previously used NetView GETPW for:
ITM / Omegamon... [More]
OMEGAMON XE Beta Program
To: OMEGAMON Customers and Business Partners
Re: Announcing the start of the OMEGAMON XE 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 family. The Beta Program is starting today, Monday, January 13, 2014 and will initially include OMEGAMON XE for CICS. The initial OMEGAMON beta code is available for download and... [More]
Dear Automation Experts,
this is your official invitation to the European Operations Technical Conference 2014 .
We have limited space available in our auditorium and therefore safe your seat and register as soon as possible!
Registration is required for all attendees, including speakers. Only registered persons will get entrance to the conference. The special rate for the hotel room is available till End of February, so make sure you register do your hotel reservation before this date.
The registration process:
1. Register... [More]
This is John Arnesen with NetView z/OS level 2 support.
NetView v6r2 has introduced command "NVINFO" to collect data for the active NetView session. NVINFO issues a series of subcommands to assist with data collection and troubleshooting. The commands include the following:
- Environment variables (see the LISTVAR command)
- System resource use by the NetView program (see the RESOURCE command)
- Data set status, disposition, DD names, and data set names of the files that are currently allocated to the... [More]