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.
Integration between IBM Security zSecure Audit 1.13.0 and QRadar SIEM 7.0 has become generally available on July 31, 2012.
This integration allows sending z/OS, RACF, ACF2, Top Secret, DB2, and CICS events from the System Management Facilities (SMF) log to QRadar SIEM. zSecure Audit enriches the event data with information from the security database and system snapshot (CKFREEZE) information.
QRadar SIEM is a next-generation Security Information and Event... [More]
Recently got a note from Christopher Walker of the OMEGAMON for CICS on z/OS development team that our colleagues on the CICS Tools team in Hursley recently celebrated a birthday. As an aside, here is something that I was not aware of, the CL/CONFERENCE and CL/SUPERSESSION tools are marked as part of the CICS Tools porfolio. FYI: The CL/CONFERENCE tool provides the capability to transmit the screen image of a VTAM application to others in your network. So, if you are having problems, an authorized member of the support staff can look at... [More]
**UPDATE**: 11/19/2014 Broadcast Invitation sent out on 11/12/2014: For those who may not have received it, or if you wish to receive an official calendar broadcast invitation entry to reserve November 19th meeting time, please e-mail Cecile Day (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your contact information and we can add your info. to the calendar/mailing list. Thank you.
As part of our continued focus on further improving PARMGEN and soliciting your valuable feedback/helping answer any PARMGEN deployment... [More]
5655-N23 IBM Security zSecure Administration
5655-N24 IBM Security zSecure Compliance and Auditing
5655-N25 IBM Security zSecure Compliance and Administration
These solutions originally became available on June 1, 2012. You can read the full US announcement letter here .
Contents of the solution packages
IBM Security zSecure Administration V2.1.1 (5655-N23) contains the following components :... [More]
Just saw a really great Twitter feed on social media and in particular the business part of being social and what to expect in 2012. IBM's Alistair Rennie, GM of Social Business, chatted about what to expect in 2012 for the world of social business. For social business, 2011 was a year of exploration, experimentation and in some cases innovation. Both small and large organizations in a variety of verticals globally began to realize the power of bringing social behaviors, processes and platforms behind the firewall. According to a 2011 AIIM... [More]
Hi, all, it's April 24, and today we're very pleased to announce System Automation for z/OS V3.4. It will be available on April, the 27th 2012. Let me tell you some of the
Highlights which make this release the best you have ever seen. I have divided
the Highlights in 4 categories : - making Operator's Life easier - making
Administrator's Life easier - new Functions - command Enhancements
In the back you will find a couple of quotes of customers that
participated in the Beta program. 1) Making Operator's Life
easier TEP Topology... [More]
The new release of System Automation for z/OS 3.4 has GA today. It is orderable since 4/24/2012 in IBM order systems.
Also the System Automation for z/OS 3.4 library is available from the following link now: http://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/tivihelp/v3r1/index.jsp?topic=/com.ibm.sazos.doc_3.4/welcome.html
This link points to the IBM Tivoli Systems Management Information Center.
Hello Everyone We have started the Early Access Program for the next release of TADz in February 2012. TADz is the replacement for Tivoli License Compliance Manager for s/390 (TLCMz) 4.2 which goes out of service on 30 Sept 2012. The current versions of TADz are 7.2 and 7.5. We encourage all current users of TLCMz to convert to TADz as soon as possible. This is an invitation to all TLCMz and TADz users to participate in the EAP and the Beta which is starting in July 2012. You can contact the development team on email@example.com for more... [More]
The IBM® Tivoli® NetView® for z/OS® 6.2 library is available from the following information center:
This online information center contains the most up-to-date information about the product.
You can search across all the NetView library books in the information center. It is expanded to
include links and information about the product and how to get started (Learning tab),
task information... [More]
This presentation provides comprehensive information about SDF • basics of SDF • explaining the panel commands using the samples shipped in SINGNPRM • customization steps for SDF • demonstration of SA performance display using SDF Link to Presentation 'SDF for Beginners'
Integration between IBM Security zSecure Alert and QRadar SIEM 7 has become generally available on December 19, 2012. This integration allows forwarding real-time alerts from zSecure Alert to QRadar SIEM through the syslog protocol. zSecure Alert zSecure Alert is the real-time monitor component of the zSecure suite. It can correlate events and send out real-time alerts through e-mail, text message, Write To Operator console messages, SNMP traps, or syslog receiver events. It also integrates capabilities for data analysis and enrichment that... [More]
You are starting a new CICS Transaction Server region under a new release of CICS. You receive message DFHKE0104 to indicate an incorrect SVC number has been supplied to CICS. This message is followed by messages DFHPA1909 and DFHPA1910, indicating SVC number and CICSSVC DFHSIT override are not correct. DFHKE0104: CICS has been supplied with incorrect SVC number. DFHPA1909: Data is invalid for keyword. Respecify keyword and data. DFHPA1910: SIT override is not recognized. Override is ignored. The probable cause of this issue is the CICS... [More]
The IBM® Tivoli® NetView® for z/OS® 6.1 library is available from the following information center: http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/tivihelp/v3r1/index.jsp?toc=/com.ibm.itnetviewforzos.doc/toc.xml This online information center contains the most up-to-date information about the product. You can search across all the NetView library books in the information center. It is expanded to include links and information about the product and how to get started ( Learning tab), task information ( Task tab), and resource information (... [More]
IBM Security zSecure 1.13 has become generally available today (11/11/11). Notable features include: * automatically detecting active CICS and IMS regions and reporting on those, with a focus on reporting on transactions and programs * ability to annotate user ID displays with data from external files (e.g. human resources data) * enhancements to the zSecure Admin Access Monitor component introduced in 1.11, allowing collection of additional detail as well as better and faster consolidation This release provides currency with z/OS V1R13 as... [More]
The following lists my recommendations for monitoring WebSphere Message Broker or IBM Integration Bus with OMEGAMON XE for Messaging:
For monitoring WebSphere Message Broker v7 and v8, and IBM Integration Bus v9, use v7.1.0 of the WebSphere Message Broker monitoring agent. That is FMID HKQI710 on z/OS. You'll need the latest PTF levels for later broker releases, which includes PTFs UA71110 and UA69753. On distributed platforms for the same agent in ITCAM for Applications, this level is equivalent to the... [More]
Hi, just a quick note to let everyone know that the latest version of the TADz GKB 7.5 level 20110531 has been released. You can download the latest version from FixCentral at the following URL: http://www-933.ibm.com/support/fixcentral/ Remember if you have any products that TADz is not finding in your site, please let me know. We will require the IQ data in order for us to add the new data so when you open a PMR please also attach the IQ data.
Here is a quick introduction to IBM Security zSecure.
In a word
The IBM Security zSecure suite helps secure your mainframe. It provides cost-effective security administration, improves service by detecting threats, and reduces risk with automated audit and compliance reporting. Most of the product offerings run on z/OS; zSecure Manager for RACF z/VM is an offering for the z/VM operating system. For administrators who are less mainframe minded zSecure Visual provides a Microsoft Windows front-end. For... [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]
SMF causing small allocations of ESQA to be orphaned for all address spaces. Systems which are IPL infrequently can have 10s of thousands of these small pieces orphaned. This large volume of individual allocations increase OMEGAMON CPU to monitor Common Storage. XE for z/OS Impact CSAA- Higher than normal CPU in CSA Analyzer address space from chasing thousands of 8 byte orphans. TEMS - High CPU from situations referencing the Address_Space_ComStor_Owned attribute group. PSW sampling via INSPect shows TCB(KOBAS510) with >10% and... [More]
Hello, This is John Arnesen with NetView and System Automation z/OS Level 2 Defect Support. I will be attending PULSE/AOTC this year and look forward to meeting my customers and putting a face with a name. I am also very interested to hear how you use NetView and System Automation in your shop. Please don't hesitate to say hello. I am happy to address any questions you have with NetView or System Automation, any PMR's you may have open, or questions on level 2 support in general regardless of the product. I am also presenting a Level 2... [More]
Application High Availability in a Heterogeneous Environment Many solutions today have services and applications that execute on different hardware and software. This makes it difficult to control and automate each component to improve availability, reduce overall solution risk and decrease operations workload. Are you trying to manage both distributed and mainframe environments as one? Does the requirement for 24/7 availability keep you up at night? Join us for this complimentary teleconference to learn how IBM Tivoli® System Automation... [More]
Hi, all, It's May 24, and today we're very pleased to announce NetView for z/OS V6.1, a release that was designed, developed and tested with customers to deliver the value and capabilities that customers have asked for and need. And it's not just a new release, but a new version -- Version 6, continuing NetView's long tradition of delivering rock-solid value to customers through powerful network and system management capabilities. Here are just a few of the highlights of this new release. Expanded logging and log browsing There's a wealth of... [More]
Hi again everyone, We know that many customers are still planning on moving to OMEGAMON XE V510+ this year where they will encounter a number of valuable updates in the product. Some of those updates affect installation and configuration, such as the new PARMGEN method of configuration. Cecile Day from our PARMGEN R&D team, will conduct an informal webcast on OMEGAMON XE V510 configuration and answer your questions live on Wednesday, April 17th at 10:00 am Eastern time and again on May 8th at 2:00 pm Eastern . Our first OMEGAMON XE V510... [More]
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]
IBM Security zSecure 1.13.1 has become generally available on 10/26/2012.
Notable features include:
* automatically detecting active DB2 regions and reporting on those, with a focus on tables, views, plans, and packages, analyzing both RACF and DB2 internal security
* comparison capabilities throughout the UI to highlight differences between databases and system snapshots
* ability to define security standards and report compliance with regards to those
* enhancements to the zSecure... [More]
Hello Community, this entry means to summarize the main TWSz enhancement that more strongly affected Workload Service Assurance, both in terms of performances and in terms of improved functionalities. TWS for z/OS 8.3.0 Making Risk Level changes more effective by ignoring not critical deadlines and improving times calculations for Critical Job table entries Apar PM07794 has determined a functional improvement that can be activated by means of two new BATCHOPT keywords, IGNOREDEADL(YES,NO) and TIMEDEPCHK(YES,NO). IGNOREDEADL allows TWSz to... [More]
An updated version of the IBM Tivoli Monitoring/OMEGAMON XE for CICS
plug-in for the CICS Explorer is now available for download from the ISM
IBM Tivoli Monitoring Eclipse plug-in on ISM Library
This plug-in provides the ability to view OMEGAMON XE data in Eclipse.
This allows OMEGAMON gathered data to be viewed in conjunction with data
from other Eclipse-based applications such as CICS Explorer. This version of the plug-in displays most Tivoli monitoring systems and
their on-line status, and displays OMEGAMON... [More]
This is John Arnesen with NetView z/OS level 2 support.
Did you know that in addition to running Packet Tracing, NetView also does Packet Trace analysis? Have a look at section 220.127.116.11.3 Analyzing and Saving IP Packet Traces in the NetView IP Management manual: http://publibfi.dhe.ibm.com/cgi-bin/bookmgr/BOOKS/ENVIP100/18.104.22.168.3?SHELF=env2bk41&DT=20110418150643&CASE=
There is no need to run the Packet Trace from Comm Server, use the NetView options available from the IPTRACE panel.
Give it a try!!
Information about two upcoming webcasts about z/OS 1.13 To register: http://events.unisfair.com/rt/ibm~zosr13value ====================================== PART 1 - What's new with z/OS and z/OS Management Facility Version 1 Release 13, and more! SPEAKER: Gita Grube Berg, IBM Server Technology Group Marketing TUESDAY November 15, 2011, 11AM(ET) z/OS® and z/OS Management Facility Version 1 Release 13 provides significant value to your business by delivering new performance, programming, and operational improvements for your z/OS workloads.... [More]
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]