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.
IBM Automation Control for z/OS 1.1.1 is now generally available and can be ordered. We have shipped many valuable enhancements with the new release, several of them requested by our clients and users via RFE requirements. With Automation Control 1.1.1 we are providing solutions for more than 40 RFE requirements.
Here are a few examples of what is included only in Automation Control 1.1.1:
RFE11593 - PDB entry browse
With this support you have now the possibility to be able to Browse PDB entries, rather than... [More]
System Automation for z/OS 3.5 is now generally available and can be ordered. We have shipped many valuable enhancements with the new release, several of them requested by our clients and users via RFE requirements. With SA z/OS 3.5 we are providing solutions for more than 40 RFE requirements, some of them also already available as SA z/OS 3.4 development APARs, but most of them included only in our newest release.
Here are a few examples of what is included only in SA z/OS 3.5:
RFE11593 - PDB entry browse
Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for Messaging on z/OS V7.3 is now available.
IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for Messaging on z/OS V7.3 helps users manage IBM MQ(IBM WebSphere MQ) and IBM Integration Bus(IBM WebSphere Message Broker). By using IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for Messaging on z/OS V7.3, users can monitor their queue manager, broker resources and workloads, thus can shorten the time spent on problem determination. Also, being able to view objects, such as queues, channels, and message flows with the same performance metrics that are common between the... [More]
When you’re investigating a problem with a CICS region or with a WebSphere MQ queue manager, you’ll find the source of the problem faster with the embedded data support in OMEGAMON XE on z/OS version 5.3. View address space and CICS region data together, then take action to immediately resolve the issue or navigate to additional workspaces to determine the source of the problem. Similarly, view WebSphere MQ queue manager and address space or coupling facility data to easily identify the source of a problem and take action to... [More]
See OMEGAMON value quickly with new PARMGEN functionality designed especially to get your monitoring products running in 3 hours or less!
Check out many of PARMGEN's upcoming enhancements that embody simplicity and speed in maintaining your monitored LPAR runtime environments (RTEs).
Upcoming PARMGEN PTF UA73689 3Q14 Interim Feature (IF) brings significant improvements to the PARMGEN configuration tool. These enhancements cater to all users, whether you are a new first-time-user (FTU) in... [More]
Learn about the new CICS for z/OS domain insights that we recently made generally available in our IBM SmartCloud Analytics - Log Analysis z/OS Insight Packs v188.8.131.52 release!
See how easy it has become to set up the z/OS Log Forwarder with our new Configuration Assistant!
New how-to videos are available now on our YouTube playlist .
Simply click below to watch our full set of videos:
Or visit our developerWorks community to find the same videos and a rich set of additional information about the only... [More]
IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS version 3.4 or higher provides access services for Relational Data Services (RDS) that allows you to create, modify and query relational tables similar to SQL. You can also access and share the RDS tables from TSO or from a TSO batch job.
In the past there was a limitation when you query tables larger 16 MB within TSO.
The APAR OA45466 remove this limitation and enables you to query large tables from TSO as well.
For performance reasons it is always recommended... [More]
Two fixes have been recently made available for Tivoli Decision Support for z/OS (TDSz) v1.8.1 users to make component installation easier.
1. APAR PM98548
Prior to this APAR, when installing a new TDSz component or re-installing a TDSz component after applying maintenance, a non-zero return code would be received. In most instances this would be a return code 8.
The vast majority of these RC8 issues during installation were caused by the preprocessor encountering SQL errors. In most cases, these errors indicated only... [More]
Monthly License Charge (MLC) costs constitute a significant part of the IT costs in a Mainframe Data Center. IBM System Automation for z/OS provides with a flexible and simple solution to optimize IT operations reducing the MLC expenses without to impact overall IT performance. Utilize System Automation for z/OS capabilities to avoid extra Workload License Charges (WLC) during peak hours by optimizing LPARs utilization and intelligent capacity management.
For more information read... [More]
One way or another we've all heard the quote “Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.” This is as true in managing problems in z/OS LPARs as anywhere else. History can teach us about recurring problem and about lingering problems. In this discussion we will show how the new OMEGAMON XE on z/OS version 5.3.0 Enhance 3270 User Interface can help system managers identify DASD device contention, how long it has been happening and who is involved.
Imagine for now that there is a z/OS... [More]
Just heard from a customer... OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks provided immediate value to the customer. The very first time that the customer logged on to the OMEGAMON Enhanced 3270 User Interface, they identified an application that had a high number of connection requests that were rejected. The application was not accepting the connection requests fast enough or was not configured properly.
Over 50K requests had been rejected. This may have been 50,000 customers that were not able to place orders, or 50,000 business... [More]
The WebSphere MQ Monitoring Agent is available in IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for Messaging for z/OS, and for distributed platforms in ITCAM for Applications. This agent provides a large number of attribute groups for your convenience in monitoring IBM MQ. However, only a few of the attribute groups are recommended to be enabled for historical collection in order to achieve reductions in agent historical processing, duplication of data, and historical space requirements.
Out of the box, attribute groups MQ Action Log and MQ Event... [More]
Small Enhancement APAR OA44912 is now available. Here are some of the new features:
o The INGTIMER command has now an optional parameter (AVAILABLE) to enforce that the command will be rejected unless the subsystem is AVAILABLE (status UP or ENDED). Refer to RFE 44984.
o Auxiliary Storage Shortage Recovery has been enhanced and messages IRA250I, 252I,... [More]
'Dear Rocky' answers your System z monitoring and performance tuning questions.
Rocky McMahan, a Senior Software Performance Engineer in Tivoli R&D, offers valuable tips to help you get more out of your Tivoli monitoring software.
I work on a team of operation analysts for a large food and manufacturing company that employs approximately 35,000 workers and had net revenue of over $5 billion dollars in 2013. Our products are also... [More]