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 IBM® Tivoli® NetView® for z/OS® 6.2 library is available from the following information center: http://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/tivihelp/v3r1/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.ibm.itnetviewforzos.doc%2Fic-homepage.html 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... [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 and more common... [More]
Integration between IBM Security zSecure Audit 2.1 and IBM InfoSphere Guardium 9.1 is set to be available on October 25, 2013. zSecure Audit analyzes the protection of DB2 objects by RACF and internal security and makes these available to Guardium. Guardium includes new entitlement reports and delivers over 60 new vulnerability tests. Background Mainframes continue to be the home for mission critical information and essential business production applications in many organizations due to the strong... [More]
'Dear Rocky' answers your System z monitoring and performance tuning questions. Rocky McMahan, a Senior Software Performance Engineer in z Systems Software R&D, offers valuable tips to help you get more out of your monitoring software. Dear Rocky, My company is a large Healthcare organization with ~5,000 employees, providing patient care to over 7500 people, & had revenue of 8 billion dollars last year. We are in the process of migrating several of our large patient applications to System z hardware... [More]
IBM Security zSecure 2.1 was co-announced with z/OS V2R1 on July 23, 2013 and became generally available on September 6, 2013. On October 1, 2013 IBM has announced a number of new product releases in the information management area with a planned availability date of October 25, 2013, including IBM DB2 11 for z/OS , IBM Information Management System (IMS) 13 , and IBM InfoSphere Guardium 9.1 . The Vulnerability Assessment module of IBM InfoSphere Guardium 9.1 will... [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]
Hello, This is John Arnesen with NetView and System Automation for z/OS level 2 support. I recently worked on a PIPE pmr, and learned a little about using PIPE DEBUG to see what is happening while a PIPE runs. I am still figuring this out, but it is a good place to start when your pipe is running as expected. Good luck!! John The first thing is how to set DEBUG on in a PIPE. You will need to specify a PIPE name and a DEBUG x parm. The DEBUG options are DEBUG 1 and DEBUG 2. Coding DEBUG 1 produces debug output for... [More]
NetView for z/OS V6.2 is available today, October 25, 2013, bringing more value out of the box, with additions and enhancements in key areas. NetView V6.1 introduced the Canzlog function to bring together syslog, netlog, and job records in one consolidated log. NetView V6.2 significantly expands the power of the Canzlog to include any arbitrary grouping of systems. This allows simplified debugging of sysplex, cross-system or multi-system problems from a central location, without the need to log on to each system individually. ... [More]
Hello, This is John Arnesen with NetView and System Automation level 2 support. A change was made in NetyView V5R4 that causes CLOSE IMMED to be converted to CLOSE STOP if NetView wasn't already terminating. This is documented under the IMMED option in the help for the CLOSE command. This design change was made to prevent severe actions from taking place when they aren't required. This change is also part of NetView V6R1. If CLOSE IMMED is issued again or after a CLOSE STOP or any other case where NetView was already terminating, it is... [More]
Hello everyone, Thanks for your attendance of our ongoing open Q&A calls (focus topics covered to-date: PARMGEN and OMEGAMON enhanced 3270UI). For our October open Q&A calls: October 30, 2013 : OMEGAMON/ITM PARMGEN R&D Development team will conduct an informal webcast on Featured topic: PARMGEN new version configuration support for 4Q13 GA products and answer your questions live on: ==== ==== ==== ==== ==== ==== ==== ==== ==== ==== ==== ==== ==== ==== ==== ==== ==== ==== ==== === = Session#1 * : 10/30/2013 (Wednesday) @ 7... [More]
This is John Arnesen with NetView and System Automation level 2 support. Have you see any of these messages in NetView indicating a storage issue: BNH162I : Issued when NetView has used 80% of below the line storage BNH163I : Issued when NetView has used 80% of above the line storage DSI124I : Issued when a NetView storage request failed due to not enough available storage. DSI374A : Issued to report a storage growth on the Public Queues (shown in TASKUTIL) depending on thresholds set in NetView constants module DSICTMOD. 878 Abend : Indicating... [More]
Message Revision Table (MRT) and Command Revision Table (CRT) are now available in IBM Automation Control for z/OS 1.1. Message revision enables user-defined modification of attributes such as color, route code, descriptor code, display and syslog settings, and text of original z/OS® messages (rather than copies). For example, you can take the following actions: Revise messages before they are presented to the system log, console or automation. Treat a message differently depending on its source. Suppress messages entirely. Automate only.... [More]
Important information for former AOTC participants and PULSE participants with focus on IBM System z products : Below you will find the basic information announcing and inviting you to Pulse which we will again be a part of so I also want to add some AOTC (Automated Operations Technical Council) specific information. The most important information below is that the call to speakers is open and we need speakers. Accepted speakers will again be provided with a free conference pass. Topics around automation, monitoring, scheduling,... [More]
Hello All, Small Enhancement APAR OA42556 is now available. Here are some of the new features: o The INGALERT command will now handle multi-line messages for EIF events. o New application types MQ and ITM have been introduced. o The INGQRY and ING$QRY commands will now support STRTDLY and STRTCYC.