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.
We get asked many questions about the Tivoli OMEGAMON Manager (TOM) as it is a relatively new technology that runs on the zOS operating system to provide the Enhanced 3270 User Interface (e3270ui) capability. Let’s address a few of these questions.
Q) Why do we need the Tivoli OMEGAMON Manager (TOM)?
A) The TOM is designed to provide the capability of a single 3270 panel of glass view for all OMEGAMON information and navigation that spans your Sysplexes, zOS’s, CICS’s, IMS’s, DB2’s,... [More]
Hello System Automation for z/OS users,
please be aware of a small enhancement of IBM System Automation for z/OS® V3.4 delivered in August this year. This small enhancement is related to the policy update through a flat file. If you require to update the PROCESSOR INFORMATION policy through a flat file, please install this support.
For further information including this enhancement's documentation please visit the Support and Important Information section of the System Automation for z/OS® wiki (... [More]
The latest releases of OMEGAMON offer significant new features: - The PARMGEN configuration tool is now recommended instead of ICAT - The self-describing agent (SDA) feature will simplify maintenance synchronization once it is enabled - The e3270UI offers a greatly enhanced interface with product integration Because all these enhancements have changed the upgrade experience, a tailored support page was published directing users to the most valuable reference materials. It includes links to the latest recommended maintenance, the latest... [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]
Hello, This is John Arnesen with NetView level 2 support. Apar OA39553/UA66231 for NetView v6r1 and OA38861/UA65375 for NetView v5r4 are available and marked HIPER. The apars fix a problem where a HANG can occur anytime a PIPE CORRWAIT is issued. We have seen NetView take a ABEND0C8 in DSIMQMAN as one symptom for this problem. Please note there are 43 modules in this apar, so there are potential issues with the HANG that have not been identified. Also, please note that the apars will also impact System Automation and GDPS as they both have... [More]
Why monitor CSA and ECSA? Its simple, when common storage (CSA, ECSA, SQA, and ESQA) is exhausted, a system outage will occur. When ESQA is exhausted, further requests for ESQA are allocated from ECSA. When ECSA is exhausted, further requests are allocated from the much smaller CSA storage. The main reasons why common storage shortages occur:
Not enough common storage is allocated
Activity on the system exceeds previous levels, resulting in additional common storage being allocated
An address space allocates... [More]
Gain Visibility, Control and Automation across your organization and infrastructure boundaries. Are you looking to increase your personal skills in the Service Management arena? Are a responsible for a team of Tivoli professionals who need to delve deeper into the products? Would you or your team benefit from learning deep technical skills from real experts in their fields? Then the EMEA Tivoli & Security Technical Conference 2012 is just what you need!
Click here to learn more! One of the many business benefits... [More]
On March 14, join Pete Siddell , CICS Tools Technical Specialist, IBM Software Group for a discussion about optimizing the performance of CICS systems and applications. If you use CICS
Transaction Server for z/OS (CICS TS), especially if you use it with IMS
Database Manager, attend this webcast to learn how new features in these
products can significantly reduce your CPU usage and improve response times.
In this webcast, you will learn how CICS TS not only releases capacity to
support new or growing workloads, but also helps to... [More]
On March 8th, listen to Christopher Walker of the OMEGAMON XE for CICS on z/OS development team during this one hour Webinar presentation discuss how CICS performance is
important to every business - and how being able to quickly find and fix problems is always
critical. He will provide an overview on how greater visibility into
CICS can help IT professionals resolve issues across Parallel Sysplex and LPAR
boundaries with fewer screens and keystrokes. He will also discuss how
to more easily monitor and maintain your entire mainframe... [More]
On September 29 at 11:00 am EST, the Tivoli Software Community will provide a complimentary technical teleconference that will show how OMEGAMON
products and the Tivoli Enterprise Portal can be used to identify,
isolate, and solve typical z/OS performance and availability management
issues. The session will include examples of how to get the most out of
OMEGAMON and the Tivoli Enterprise Portal, and discuss the integration
of OMEGAMON with other Tivoli solutions. For more information, Register here After attending this... [More]
Small Enhancement APAR OA43477 is now available. Here are some of the new features:
o Introduced a Flat File Batch Export Utility.
o Enabled OUTMODE=LINE for the INGCF command.
o Enhanced the NetView/SA Sample Startup Procedure with
TRSIZE (INTERNAL TRACE TABLE SIZE) and INGPSWD (SA z/OS
o Enhanced PARMLIB member HSAPRM00 to accept the setting of
new parameter DIAGMSGS=YES|NO.
Dear Friends of System Automation, we have just announced the Transparent
Development Program for our next release. It includes an Early Access Program as
well as a following Beta Program. Take the chance and get in contact with us
to evaluate the new functions at a very early time. This gives you the
opportunity to provide feedback and influence the product release early in the
development cycle! Don't hesitate, everybody can take advantage, both System
Automation for z/OS beginners and experienced specialists. We are looking... [More]
New Technical Q&A is posted on using NetView's automation table functions, Canzlog consolidated log configuration, and installation configuration tips. New postings are added weekly to the NetView for z/OS Wiki.
IBM is looking for additional customers and business partners who are interested in participating in Early Access Programs for the next release of IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE CICS on z/OS and IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE on z/OS, which are currently under development. Beta code will soon be available for download for both products. This will be an important new release of the products, with new problem solving capabilities. The Development team is eager to get feedback from users of the products on the enhancements in the release. Feedback will be used... [More]