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.
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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This is John Arnesen with NetView and System Automation level 2 support.
I will be attending InterConnect and AOTC this year. I look forward to meeting the customers I have worked with over the years - don't hesitate to say hello!!
See you there,
Happy New Year to all.
With APAR OA46638 and PTF UA75771, we have added a interim fix to help identify IBM products that are made available as IBM Bundled Suites.
Please review the ++HOLD ACTION in the PTF for more details.
We are working on a solution that will be released in the next release.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any feedback and suggestions.
Travis Kok (email@example.com)
Happy New Year! I hope this note finds you well. Thanks for your attendance of the previous PARMGEN customer open Q&A calls held on Oct. 29th and Nov. 19th last year.
We are scheduling the next monthly PARMGEN customer call planned to be held on Wednesday, Jan. 28th @ 11 a.m. US ET .
For our new attendees, the monthly PARMGEN customer call's goal is to have an informal, open Q&A forum especially those in the planning and configuration phases of upgrading to OMEGAMON... [More]
OMEGAMON zCAC Announcement:
We will run the next OMEGAMON zCAC - Customer Advisory Council (CAC) meeting on Thursday, February 26, 2015. This meeting will be held during the InterConnect 2015 conference ( htt p:// www. ibm. com/ clou d-co mput ing/ us/e n/in terc onne ct / ) being held in Las Vegas, Nevada Mandalay Bay Hotel which runs from February 22nd through February 26th, 2015.
If you are interested to join, please contact Kevin Hosozawa (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If this is your question, the answer is: YES, by accessing IBM Knowledge Center!
IBM Knowledge Center is a single location where you find all IBM product documentation.
After signing in with your IBM ID, you can create your own collection of pages by selecting them from any manuals of any product listed.
From the collection, you can create your custom PDF, download it, and even share it with others.
To create your custom PDF, complete the following procedure:
In the Table of Contents tab, access the manual you want... [More]
We will run the next AOTC (Automated Operations Technical Council) Customer Advisory Council (CAC) meeting from Thursday, February 26, 2015 until Friday February 27, 2015. This meeting will be held during the InterConnect 2015 conference ( http://www.ibm.com/cloud-computing/us/en/interconnect/ ) being held in Las Vegas, Nevada Mandalay Bay Hotel which runs from February 22nd through February 26th, 2015.
If you are interested to join, please contact Uwe Gramm (email@example.com).
This affects any address spaces that execute PGM=KLV, namely:
z/OS ITM TEMS, z/OS OMEGAMON TEMAs, and z/OS OMEGAMON CUAs
Previously a TIME RESET command would need to be issued to each address space after the z/OS system local clock was changed.
With APAR OA46343, the code will check every quarter of an hour for a change of more than two minutes, forward or backward, in the z/OS system local clock; if a change is detected, the ITM Engine clock is resynchronised with the z/OS system local... [More]
In December 2014, we shipped Interim Feature 1 for our IBM SmartCloud Analytics - Log Analysis z/OS v1.2 Insight Pack offerings.
This Interim Feature focuses on making work with our IT Operations Analytics solution for System z even easier and more secure.
Please visit us in our developerWorks community to learn in detail about the enhancements included in this release.
The community forum is a great place to ask questions about our solution and how it can help you in managing... [More]
IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS version 3.4 or higher provides Relational Data Services (RDS) that enables you to create, modify and query relational tables similar to SQL. There is an enhancement that supports now the parameter TARGET for command INGRDS. This helps you to access and replicate RDS tables located on remote systems. Install the PTF for APAR OA46166 in order to use this enhancement.
There is a master RDS table on system A . On system B you want a SA REXX program to modify the remote master table.... [More]
Stay informed with automated alerts
We know it's hard to stay informed. That's why we have a system that will e-mail you when new fixes or alerts come out. You create a profile indicating what kinds of information you're interested in, so you only receive the information you're looking for. There are different types of automated information:
Support Subscriptions can be set up via My Notifications
Allows you to receive security advisories and alerts that maintenance fixes are available. See the... [More]
On December 19, 2014 a new service stream enhancement (SSE) to zSecure Audit 2.1.1 has become generally available, adding additional compliance checks for the Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) for z/OS from the US Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). Following the support added for IBM MQ for z/OS in zSecure 2.1.1, this SSE focuses on compliance checks for MQ.
The Security Technical Implementation Guide from DISA provides a framework for ensuring that security is set up properly. IBM... [More]
By Sarah Knowles
Strategy & Portfolio Manager for zAnalytics, IBM Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure
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I began my career in IT Support. I started as a support rep for OS2 Lan Server – yes, I am dating myself! I then moved to support a few flavors of UNIX on laptops, and finally... [More]
Viewlets have been added to the OMEGAMON XE for Messaging for z/OS media gallery wiki page for the v7.3 release. You may be interested in watching these to learn more about the embedded data and near term history features. They are short and fast to download and watch.
Here are links to the topics recently added to the product's Media Gallery page:
Finding the occurrence time of a channel issue with the MQ Enhanced 3270 user interface :... [More]
We have a Interim solution to support the Bundling Suites of IBM Products.
For TADz 8.1, please apply PTF UA75856 for APAR OA46615. Please review the HOLDACT comments in the PTF to perfform post-apply changes needed to effect this fix.
When sites alter the time of some of their systems this caused a problem when scanning these systems as the time taken might be years in advance and this causes problems when importing this data.
Changes were made to Inquisitor and Usage Monitor to always use the PR/SM time rather than the system time as PR/SM time will always be the current date and time.
This is available via APAR OA46093 for TADz 8.1. Please order PTF UA75220.
A performance improvement was recently made available to speed up processing for CARLa queries using z/OS UNIX file data. If you are using zSecure 2.1.0 or 2.1.1 it is recommended you look at the service provided through APAR OA46606 .
If you work with systems with lots of catalogs and data sets, you might also experience benefits from changes made in that area. For zSecure 2.1.0 install the fix for APAR OA46616 . For zSecure 2.1.1 this change was largely incorporated into the base release. You can apply the fix for... [More]
What screen size should you use? If your screen size is too small, there may be a lot of meaningful information off to the right or bottom of your screen. Personally, I find 62x160 is a good size for all enhanced 3270UI uses. If your monitor is too small to comfortably accommodate that size (and getting more difficult with every birthday!), then 43x80 is good for *most* enhanced 3270UI uses. If there are workspaces with many subpanels or many thousands of rows of data (such as historical summary displays), 62x160 might be better for... [More]
As product manager for IBM® Tivoli® OMEGAMON® XE for DB2® Performance Expert on z/OS®, I’m often asked by customers and the field alike how does IBM’s “Expert” offering differ from the “Monitor” offering? Certainly there’s a concise list of features that differentiate Performance Expert from Performance Monitor, but there’s more to it than that.
IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for DB2 Performance Expert on z/OS can be described as a single tool that allows you to... [More]
The PARMGEN configuration tool supports a number of components in the following product suites:
Tivoli OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite for z/OS
Tivoli OMEGAMON for z/OS Management Suite
IBM Service Management Suite for z/OS
Tivoli Advanced Storage Management Suite for z/OS
Effective preparation and planning make configuration, deployment and upgrades of the product suites go more quickly and smoothly.
Here are some of the best practice tips to aid in a smooth deployment of the... [More]
System Automation for z/OS has just released APAR OA45008 for releases V3.5 and V3.4 and hence delivered RFE 31913. This APAR introduces export and import capabilities for your LPARS AND SYSTEMS policy which is part of a processor entry in the System Automation for z/OS policy database. With this support, customers can now completely define new processors, the LPARs and the systems that run on these LPARs using a text file instead of using the Customization Dialog panels. Customers can also extract all this data into a text... [More]
by Beth Sarnie
Market Segment Lead for Linux on System z, IBM Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure
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Everything is speeding up, the need to decrease cost is constant and so is the need for change. How can you reduce cost and increase efficiency,... [More]
Starting from IBM Workload Scheduler for z/OS 9.1 the new object run cycle group can be defined to have more flexible run cylces and reduce the need of manually generated periods.
It consists of a sets of several run cycles defined as database objects independent from applications.
So a run cycle group can be used by more than one application and that an application can use a mix of its own run cycles and of one or more run cycle groups.
It can be referenced in the application description with the possibility to specify the... [More]