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. The requirement to IPL in order to pick up Canzlog-related system definitions has been removed, significantly improving time to value. And complete system data is now available, with the logging of all system messages starting at IPL.
Building on its rich history of IP management, NetView V6.2 further broadens these capabilities. When faced with several network problems in the same communications stack at the same time, each of which needs its own packet trace with its own set of trace criteria, NetView V6.2 provides for up to 32 concurrent, independent traces when used in conjunction with z/OS Communications Server 2.1. If needed, users can then save the trace records in NetView itself or now in the CTRACE format for later use with IPCS or other tools. And enhancements in filtering and navigation make it easier to retrieve and view only the desired traces and trace records. NetView’s rich pallet of IP management capabilities – ranging from simple pings to connection management, DVIPA, hung ports, packet trace, sysplex, Enterprise Extender, and more – is now easier than ever to access and use, through menu-driven panels. No longer is there a need to remember commands and command syntax.
Customization for REXX is easier with simplified provision for the addition of REXX function packages and command environments. Rather than having to customize a data set member with new definitions and then re-assemble and re-link it, addition of function packages and command environments is now a simple matter of adding a statement to the NetView stylesheet.
When reporting a problem to IBM Support, there is usually a set of basic environment and status information that must be collected, such as environment variables, task information, data set status, system resource usage, etc. NetView V6.2 introduces a new serviceability clist to simplify the process by collecting this information in a one-step operation.
Log files and other unstructured data represent the great preponderance of data available for operations, but gaining insight from that data can be difficult. It is scattered across the infrastructure and stored in different formats and locations. zAWARE - the z Advanced Workload Analysis REporter - is an analytics engine available for the zEnterprise EC12. Using advanced statistical methods, it observes and learns what is normal activity in the system, and then recognizes unusual events, such as an unexpected sequence of messages, or the absence of expected messages, or normally infrequent messages appearing too often. Anomalous behavior can be surfaced to NetView for z/OS, where it is available to NetView services such as automation to take action in response, or to generate events that can be forwarded to Netcool OMNIbus, or for problem analysis through the Canzlog. This can allow the detection and correction of impending problems before they become true problems, thus improving system and application availability.
When authorized by IBM NetView Monitoring for GDPS (5698-BMP), NetView for z/OS brings its powerful monitoring and automation capabilities to the GDPS Active/Active continuous availability solution, providing monitoring of workload status, replication servers and other managed elements for improved availability. This support helps to create an automated, cross-platform disaster recovery / high availability solution at virtually any distance between a primary site and a recovery site.
This is just a sampling of what's new in NetView for z/OS V6.2. See the announcement letter for full details. And over the next few weeks, watch for focused demos in the NetView media gallery.