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.
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]
The PARMGEN configuration tool supports a number of components in the following product suites:
Tivoli OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite for z/OS
Tivoli OMEGAMON for z/OS Management Suite
IBM Service Management Suite for z/OS
Tivoli Advanced Storage Management Suite for z/OS
Effective preparation and planning make configuration, deployment and upgrades of the product suites go more quickly and smoothly.
Here are some of the best practice tips to aid in a smooth deployment of the... [More]
Would you like to learn more about the capabilities of the latest release of the IBM Service Management Suite for z/OS? IBM Service Management Suite for z/OS V1.2.0 offers a simplified management solution through an integrated, single point of control for a broad range of systems management functions. You get the visibility, control, and automation of a large range of system elements spanning both your hardware and software mainframe resources. IBM Service Management Suite for z/OS provides network and systems management, automation, and asset... [More]
We are pleased to announce the European Operations Technical Conference (EOTC) 2015.
The conference is planned from Monday, April 20 through Wednesday, April 22, 2015 in the IBM Lab in Boeblingen, Germany. Conference language will be English .
This conference addresses the needs of System, Network and Automation Administrators. Sessions are presented by representatives from IBM software development teams and YOU, the product exploiters. Interaction and... [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]
**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]
Thanks for your ongoing support of our previous blogs:
September 2014 Blog: " Where has the OMEGAMON documentation gone? " (URL: https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/community/blogs/5e65990a-9690-42e2-93b1-c2267be7620c/entry/omegamon_shared_documentation_ch_ch_ch_changes?lang=en )
August 2014 Blog: " Three Hours to Thrill: OMEGAMON Configuration Tip#1! " (URL: https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/community/blogs/5e65990a-9690-42e2-93b1-c2267be7620c/entry/parmgen_tip?lang=en )
July 2014... [More]
Despite the obvious importance of checking the authority of the issuer of a NetView command to issue the command, there are times when such checking should be bypassed in order to optimize performance. One such example is when commands are invoked by NetView's automation table. Users can configure automation-invoked commands to be authority-checked or not. Another such example regards commands that are invoked by other commands. Of course, we can consider the combined case of a command "A" driven by... [More]
IBM Automation Control for z/OS 1.1.1 is now generally available and can be ordered. We have shipped many valuable enhancements with the new release, several of them requested by our clients and users via RFE requirements. With Automation Control 1.1.1 we are providing solutions for more than 40 RFE requirements.
Here are a few examples of what is included only in Automation Control 1.1.1:
RFE11593 - PDB entry browse
With this support you have now the possibility to be able to Browse PDB entries, rather than... [More]
System Automation for z/OS 3.5 is now generally available and can be ordered. We have shipped many valuable enhancements with the new release, several of them requested by our clients and users via RFE requirements. With SA z/OS 3.5 we are providing solutions for more than 40 RFE requirements, some of them also already available as SA z/OS 3.4 development APARs, but most of them included only in our newest release.
Here are a few examples of what is included only in SA z/OS 3.5:
RFE11593 - PDB entry browse
Today IBM has announced a new release of IBM Automation Control for z/OS. The new release will be generally available on September 5th, 2014.
IBM Automation Control for z/OS offers a powerful and versatile set of functions to automate IBM System z application environments. You get new tailorable, goal-driven, and policy-based technology to manage complex system and application automation challenges. IBM Automation Control for z/OS is designed to eliminate most common reasons for writing manual scripts and to reduce dependencies on... [More]
Hi all, it's July 15 , and today we're very pleased to announce IBM System Automation for z/OS V3.5 (SA z/OS).
It will be available on September, 5th, 2014.
Let me tell you some of the highlights making this release the best you have ever seen .
SA z/OS V3.5 provides innovative enhancements helping clients to automate a comprehensive zEnterprise application and workload environment.
The new release helps you to automate complex IT operations, delivers groundbreaking simplification improvements, and includes a... [More]
The following SA z/OS 3.4 presentations about 'ProcOps zEnterprise Support' are available now here:
Part 1: ProcOps Framework Enhancements: Part 1
Part 2: ProcOps Ensemble Communication and Commands: Part 2
We are pleased to announce the European Operations Technical Conference (EOTC) 2014.
The conference will be held from Monday, March 17 through Friday, March 21, 2014 in the IBM Lab in Boeblingen, Germany. Conference language will be English.
The conference is a 2 track event :
• First track is focused on Mainframe (z/OS) themes with IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS and IBM Tivoli NetView for z/OS. ... [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]
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... [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]
Join us for a complimentary webcast as we discuss how using Tivoli ® OMEGAMON XE to improve zEnterprise ® monitoring—interfaced with System Automation for z/OS ® —can minimize the time it takes to find and fix problems. Proactive automation enables correlation of problems across applications and drives automated problem resolution without manual overhead.
This webcast will give examples of zEnterprise situations where having OMEGAMON ® and System Automation working together can proactively resolve problems.... [More]
We are very proud to tell you that our latest product "IBM Automation Control for z/OS V1.1" is now generally available since 26 April 2013. IBM Automation Control for z/OS (Automation Control), provides automated operations and availability for small/medium sized z/OS installations, scoped to single z/OS systems. It provides policy-based and goal-oriented automation avoiding customers writing a lot of scripts. It combines powerful, enterprise-tested automation with installation and configuration capabilities... [More]
Hi, all, on April 9th the new product IBM Automation Control for z/OS was announced. This product has enhanced the Tivoli System Automation family with a product focused on helping smaller zEnterprise customers. The IBM Automation Control for z/OS (IACz) product is targeted at single System z customers looking to move from manual scripting to policy based automation. IBM Automation Control for z/OS provides: Goal-oriented and policy-based design reduces the need for user scripts Start, stop, monitor and recover z/OS applications and... [More]
This is John Arnesen with NetView and SA Level 2 support.
Have you even seen a message and wondered what it meant? Could not find any meaningful information in the manuals?? Wanted to know more about a command??? There are ways to find out more using the IBM Support Portal or Google. Did you know that IBM content is indexed in Google... The IBM Support Portal will limit searches to be Product Specific. If the IBM Support Portal is configured for NetView z/OS, all searches will be related to that product. For... [More]
Goal-oriented and policy-based design reduces the need for user scripts Start, stop, monitor and recover z/OS applications and resources Proactive automation from tight integration with z/OS ecosystem and many Tivoli® products, including OMEGAMON® Out-of-the-box hardware management
Speaker: Uwe Gramm, Product Manager, IBM System Automation for z/OS, IBM Software Group
Broadcast date: April 10, 2013, 11:00 a.m. EDT / 3:00 p.m. GMT / 4:00 p.m. BST
Developed for: IT and enterprise; IT managers;
This is John Arnesen with a NetView and System Automation Level 2 support blog.
Are you running NetView v6r1 and seeing issues with MVS Message Automation? Issues like MVS messages not getting automated on, or what looks like hangs in message automation processing? Please note this issue can be seen in NetView, System Automation or GDPS MVS Message Processing. This is most likely caused by a Canzlog problem. Even if you are not using Canzlog, it is involved with Message Automation in v6r1. NetView message automation was changed in... [More]
Dear Automation Experts, this is your official invitation to the European Operations Technical Conference 2013. The conference will be held Monday, May 13 through Friday, May 17, 2013
in the IBM Lab in Boeblingen, Germany. Conference language will be
English. Register now at https://events.paxido.com/EOTC-2013/ We have limited space available in our auditorium and therefore safe your seat and register as soon as possible! Registration is required for all attendees, including speakers. Only registered persons will get entrance to the... [More]
We are pleased to announce the European Operations Technical Conference (EOTC) 2013 . The conference will be held Monday, May 13 through Friday, May 17, 2013 in the IBM Lab in Boeblingen, Germany. Conference language will be English. This conference addresses the needs of System, Network and Automation Administrators. Sessions are presented by representatives from IBM software development teams and you, the product exploiters. Interaction and feedback is both expected and encouraged. Topics cover a range of IBM system management products,... [More]
NetView for z/OS REXX samples are available for integrating NetView with the zAware Server. These samples help identify when system anomalies are found by zAware and allow further automation and problem diagnosis using NetView functions. Further information about this integration, the samples for downloading and information about zAware itself can be found by clicking here for the NetView for z/OS Wiki Integration Scenarios page.
Hello, This is John Arnesen with System Automation level 2 support. Apar OA39553/UA66231 for NetView v6r1 and OA38891/UA65375 for NetView v5r4 are available and marked HIPER. If you have System Automation or GDPS running on one of these NetView platforms, you will want to apply these apars. 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... [More]