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 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]
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]
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]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
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 18.104.22.168.3 Analyzing and Saving IP Packet Traces in the NetView IP Management manual: http://publibfi.dhe.ibm.com/cgi-bin/bookmgr/BOOKS/ENVIP100/22.214.171.124.3?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!!
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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]
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]