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 OMEGAMON Enhanced 3270 UI allows the definition of a Secondary HUB TEMS. If you wish to periodically monitor a HUB TEMS, in another data center for example, then defining a secondary HUB TEMS is one solution. Once a secondary HUB TEMS is defined switching between the primary and secondary HUB TEMS is easy using the switch command. The secondary HUB TEMS will also become the active HUB TEMS, if for example, the primary HUB... [More]
Five ways to get NetView and CANZLOG "HELP" from Mr. CANZLOG
NetView and Canzlog (Consolidated Audit, NetView, and z/OS log)
The NetView product has multiple ways to access HELP in order to provide information to you. We will walk through the steps to explain some of the different ways you can access HELP.
Here are five ways to access additional HELP information:
HELP on the command line.
INDEX on the command line.
HELP BR on the command line.
HELP X – Where X is... [More]
Would you like to learn more about the capabilities of the latest release of the IBM Service Management Suite for z/OS? IBM Service Management Suite for z/OS V1.2.0 offers a simplified management solution through an integrated, single point of control for a broad range of systems management functions. You get the visibility, control, and automation of a large range of system elements spanning both your hardware and software mainframe resources. IBM Service Management Suite for z/OS provides network and systems management, automation, and asset... [More]
If you’ve worked with recent releases of NetView for z/OS, you probably know that NetView can be a collection point for management data within a sysplex and across an enterprise. Within the sysplex, NetViews can forward discovery manager data pertaining to sysplex and networking configuration/activity to a data collection NetView known as a sysplex master NetView. They can also send this data to a NetView outside the sysplex known as an enterprise master NetView. This enterprise master NetView can collect data from... [More]
I am happy to announce that the Monitoring Academy channel has been launched on YouTube
The channel contains short video's on how to and other useful information for Tivoli products. These are short video's that are instructional in nature - mostly a live screen capture demonstration.
Why am I so excited about the Monitoring Academy? You guessed it - I have just uploaded my first video! It is just a short demonstration on how to change... [More]
Over the last few weeks I've had the pleasure of talking to many clients at IBM events, User Groups and 1-1 meetings about a range of topics affecting System z and the one that has provoked some of the most interesting debate has been the impact of Mobile. Nobody would dispute the fact that the increased use of mobile technology is having an impact on the Systems of Record that are critical to so many enterprises, but after talking to numerous clients over the last few weeks the question has come up over and over again: "Is this new... [More]
On November 13, 2014 password security enhancements in RACF were made available for z/OS V1R12, V1R13, and V2R1. A service stream enhancement to zSecure 1.12, 1.13, 1.13.1, 2.1, and 2.1.1 was made available at the same time. Among other improvements, these updates allow a larger password space (additional special characters allowed) and a stronger encryption method (KDFAES).
Password security is a function as much of user education (e.g., do not use the same password on a strongly protected work account as... [More]
Important announcement to all System Automation for z/OS I/O operations (IOOps) users:
IBM System Automation for z/OS (SA z/OS) 3.5 is the last SA z/OS release, which includes I/O operations functionality.
If you use IOOps to manage connectivity in your active I/O configurations, IBM recommends that you use other established I/O configuration management solutions instead.
In order to keep IOOps functionality on an as-is-basis beyond the SA z/OS 3.5 release, you have to migrate to SA z/OS 3.5 some day. SA z/OS 3.5 includes an... [More]
By Sandeep Peurmbuduri
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A contest that gives access to a mainframe system and the ability to work with various products on a Mainframe, the Master the Mainframe contest is a great learning experience for students who like to work on a... [More]
We are pleased to announce the European Operations Technical Conference (EOTC) 2015.
The conference is planned from Monday, April 20 through Wednesday, April 22, 2015 in the IBM Lab in Boeblingen, Germany. Conference language will be English .
This conference addresses the needs of System, Network and Automation Administrators. Sessions are presented by representatives from IBM software development teams and YOU, the product exploiters. Interaction and... [More]
Join the OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks development team for an Early Access Program web conference on November 20, 2014 at 10:00AM Eastern . The development team will request your feedback on the release content and design decisions currently under consideration.
z/OS network SMEs and OMEGAMON administrators will benefit from attending this session and participating in the Early Access Program.
We look forward to seeing you there.
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The embedded data feature is introduced in the latest release of the OMEGAMON family of products. The new feature speeds up your problem determination efforts by making data from one product available in another's enhanced 3270UI workspaces. With embedded data, less time is spent switching between the OMEGAMON products. The accompanying playlists and videos demonstrate how to use the OMEGAMON enhanced 3270 user interface and embedded data to solve problems.
With this youtube playlist , you can play all of the videos or you can select... [More]
Recently, I worked with an airline company to identify why a few transactions out of hundreds per second were failing. Many z/OS applications act as a TCP/IP server and accept connections from users or applications on other hosts and mobile devices. The application at this customer that is experiencing problems does accept connections from end users, but it also acts as a TCP/IP client to retrieve information from servers running on Linux. Some of the transactions between the z/OS application and Linux servers were failing. Here's a brief... [More]
This is as easy as "one two three" now with OMEGAMON XE on zOS V5.3. First from the LPAR overview screen in the Enhanced 3270UI pick your LPAR with MSU use high - in this example it is Z2 at 98% of MSU Capacity - put "M" in the selection for the 4HR Rolling Average MSU Statistics for Z2.
The "M" shows us the MSU details for the LPAR Z2.
Pro-active automation using monitoring can
resolve performance problems before they cause outages
alert operators about monitor or automation exceptions
Many shops only automate IPL, messages, and shutdown.
Recovery is automated only for single resources without dependencies or with only basic parent/child dependencies
Recovery or moves have to be done by operators which leads to higher effort and recovery time, often exceeding the time allowed in Service Level Agreements.
With a high... [More]
In a recent blog, it’s been stated that IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler for z/OS (TWSz) v9.2 version enhances operation efficiency with self-service catalogs and mobile connection (see here ).
Do you want to read about our clients’ opinions supporting this statement? In this post, I will report our clients’ quotes and will comment on some of the advantages that “mobilizing” Workload Automation provides.
"Mobile access is crucial for our organization to be competitive on the market. It accommodates... [More]
The new release of OMEGAMON XE for Messaging v7.3.0 has an Enhanced 3270 User Interface feature that allows you to issue any MQSC display or ping command directly from the command line in most MQ workspaces. You no longer have to switch out of the Enhanced 3270UI when you want to issue an MQSC display command just because you want to see the data in that familiar way. IBM MQ has about 45 display and ping commands, which provide a wealth of information about your queue manager and its objects.
For example, you want to see the... [More]
The Third in a Series : OMEGAMON XE for DB2 Performance Expert on z/OS development plans to demonstrate, discuss, and solicit feedback on the next set of features and functions in development for the upcoming release. Mark your calendars for November 13, 2014 at 10:00AM Eastern where the development team will focus on:
Proposed improvements to OMEGAMON DB2's enhanced 3270 UI system health indicators
Updates to IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator monitoring support in the enhanced 3270 UI
We look... [More]
A system programmer received a call that one of the applications on a transaction server is having some problem. The system programmer logs on to a data analyzer, quickly glances at the analyzed reports, understands what might be going wrong and fixes it. This seems to be a first reaction when a customer notices an issue in their workshop.
There seems to be an exponential growth in the data generated worldwide. About 90% of data was generated in the last two years alone. It is also significant to know that 70% of the... [More]
zAware is a helpful tool from IBM's System Technology Group which can let you know when applications in your z/OS environment are doing unusual things. It monitors your system log for messages that are, for you, statistically unusual. zAware's browser session can show you when unusual message traffic is brewing by presenting what it calls it's "anomaly score". For you to know about it, though, you have to either logon to zAware's browser interface and keep your eyes peeled or better yet let OMEGAMON... [More]
Do you often refer to a certain topic or set of topics in IBM product documentation (such as configuration, command, or troubleshooting information)? Would you like to organize these frequently used topics into your own collection for easy retrieval or printing in a PDF file? You can do this in the IBM Knowledge Center .
When you sign in to the IBM Knowledge Center , you can save individual topics or groups of topics into a navigation pane called "My Collections." After you save content in... [More]
This is John Arnesen with NetView and System Automation for z/OS level 2 support.
Have you ever wanted to search all the manuals for a product release level at once, or were familiar with using BookManager to search for information in all the manuals and have found out the new product versions are in PDF format??? How do I search the PDF manuals like I did in BookManager???
Check out the IBM Knowledge Center and you will find a quick and easy way to search all the manuals for one or more products and versions.
The GDPS Active/Active Continuous Availability solution is designed to provide a comprehensive continuous availability and business continuity solution to support two or more data center sites separated by unlimited distance to help you achieve recovery point objective (RPO) and recover time objective (RTO) goals. GDPS Active/Active Continuous Availability solution supports the Active/Standby and Active/Query configurations. The Active/Standby (update) configuration enables you to receive transactions in one site and copy changed data, using... [More]
Are you installing IBM®’s OMEGAMON monitoring solutions at your site for the first time?
Are you using the PARMGEN configuration tool for the first time?
Are you performing a quick on-premise proof of concept deployment?
If none of these items describes you, then you are an experienced user of the monitoring products and the PARMGEN tool and you are welcome to go directly to the documented quick configuration scenarios published in IBM Knowledge Center... [More]
Tivoli Workload Scheduler for z/OS uses an agent named IBM Tivoli Monitoring Agent for Tivoli Workload Scheduler for z/OS to send events and alerts to IBM Tivoli Monitoring (ITM).
Tivoli Workload Scheduler for z/OS establishes an IP connection with the Socket Data Source of the Tivoli Monitoring agent which acts like a listener task. Every time one of the monitored operations changes its status, or an alert is issued, the related event is sent to the Tivoli Monitoring agent. The data sent by Tivoli Workload Scheduler for... [More]
SA for z/OS is built on top of many base services provided by NetView for z/OS. But did you know that the two products also have a long history of collaboration and integration? Or that several integration points are new to the last couple releases? Let's explore these areas.
First, "data REXX" support gave NetView the opportunity to conditionally include SA initialization members without asking customers to manually include these members, as they previously had to do, saving time and eliminating potential errors. This has... [More]
We have shipped PTF UA70726 (V7.5) and UA71035 (V8.1) to overcome the high water mark limitation for INTEGER data type found in 3 columns of 3 tables in the database repository.
The maximum allowable value for INTEGER data type is 2147483647. These 3 columns are now defined as FLOAT data types in order to support values greater than 2147483647 .
In a previous blog entry, “You can get there from here”, the new OMEGAMON XE on z/OS version 5.3.0 Near Term History support was introduced. The navigation paths between all supported workspaces were explained. The scenario used in this blog entry focuses on one of those areas of navigation. It explains how to determine the reason for an address space experiencing delays, and the address space or spaces causing them, during a specific historical timeframe.
Why was my job delayed Jason?
Jason, in systems... [More]
We recently recorded a podcast as part of the "Did you say Mainframe?!" series about the latest updates for CICS and CICS TG users in OMEGAMON XE for CICS V530. If you're a current OMEGAMON user perhaps looking to upgrade, or are simply interested in seeing what OMEGAMON can provide for monitoring your CICS environment, this 10 minute recording will highlight the key enhancements. Specifically, we discuss the following:
Faster root-cause investigation of problems using Near-Term Historical data collection.
IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS version 3.4 or higher provides Relational Data Services (RDS) that allows you to create, modify and query relational tables similar to SQL. Enhancements are now available for RDS that help you to share name-value pairs conveniently and efficiently between NetView tasks, TSO sessions and TSO batch jobs.
The new RDS function GETVAR and PUTVAR reads and writes a single name-value-pair or a list of multiple name-value-pairs in an atomic manner, which means it updates existing name-value-pairs or... [More]