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.
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Check out many of PARMGEN's upcoming enhancements that embody simplicity and speed in maintaining your monitored LPAR runtime environments (RTEs).
Upcoming PARMGEN PTF UA73689 3Q14 Interim Feature (IF) brings significant improvements to the PARMGEN configuration tool. These enhancements cater to all users, whether you are a new first-time-user (FTU) in... [More]
What's New in PARMGEN?
PARMGEN PTF UA73689 (APAR OA45024) brings significant improvements to the PARMGEN Workflow interface . The new PTF delivers the following enhancements for all users , whether you are a new first-time-user in PARMGEN or whether you are an experienced subject matter expert .
The new PARMGEN enhancements are now generally available with IBM OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite for z/OS V5.3 and IBM Service Management Suite for z/OS V1.2 solutions.
Here's a preview of what's new... [More]
IBM has announced the new IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite for z/OS V5.3.0. This suite includes performance monitoring tools to lower cost and business risk of managing z/OS and all key subsystems. This single product includes all the OMEGAMONs for z/OS and IBM Tivoli Composite Application Manager for Web Resources. With this suite, one can monitor performance and availability management capabilities for your IBM z/OS operating system, networks, storage subsystems, IBM DB2, IBM CICS, IBM IMS, IBM WebSphere MQ for z/OS, and IBM... [More]
IBM has announced the V5.3.0 release of the IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for CICS on z/OS product. The new release of the product provides additional exploitation of the Enhanced 3270 User Interface feature which will significantly improve the problem solving capability of CICS system administrators.
Some of the key enhancements to the OMEGAMON XE for CICS on z/OS v5.3.0 product include:
Increased problem determination capability with the Enhanced 3270 User Interface Near-Term History function.
A few years ago I wrote a lengthy article about how the CICS TG monitoring agent delivered as part of the OMEGAMON XE for CICS product opens up the black-box of CICS Transaction Gateway (CICS TG) on z/OS giving system administrators the information required to tune their CICS TG resources in order to optimize throughput and minimize bottlenecks within this key middleware component. Well, as time moves on URLs change and the original article seems to have disappeared into the ether. The details within in it however, are still very much valid and... [More]
If you defined a profile data set with a fixed record length DCB attribute, for example, of 80, and issued a NTD command to import a previously exported profile you would see the following message in your RKLVLOG output: KC2IMP - Member &dsn(&mbn) is not a valid profile KC2IMPFF - Import failed for profile xxxx KC2IMP - KLVTBULD failed with rc=6 reason=1 When you are upgrading OMEGAMON II for CICS profiles from V4.1.0 to V4.2.0 use the dynamic profile export/import facility interface to import your profiles. Before you begin your... [More]
The embedded data feature is introduced in the latest release of the OMEGAMON family of products. The new feature speeds up your problem determination efforts by making data from one product available in another's enhanced 3270UI workspaces. With embedded data, less time is spent switching between the OMEGAMON products. The accompanying playlists and videos demonstrate how to use the OMEGAMON enhanced 3270 user interface and embedded data to solve problems.
With this youtube playlist , you can play all of the videos or you can select... [More]
The OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite for z/OS consists of eight OMEGAMON monitors which are packaged together. In common with the other mainframe OMEGAMON products which were made generally available on September 5th, OMEGAMON XE for CICS on z/OS v5.3.0 included new features which are focused on Enhanced 3270 UI near term history and embedded data. Both of these features will help you resolve problems in your CICS environment by ensuring that the data that you need is available quickly, even when that data is from different subsystems or... [More]
'Dear Rocky' answers your System z monitoring and performance tuning questions.
Rocky McMahan, a Senior Software Performance Engineer in Tivoli R&D, offers valuable tips to help you get more out of your Tivoli monitoring software.
I work on a team of operation analysts for a large food and manufacturing company that employs approximately 35,000 workers and had net revenue of over $5 billion dollars in 2013. Our products are also... [More]
On June 13, 2014 IBM CICS Transaction Server for z/OS V5.2 became generally available. Toleration support is available via the service stream as follows:
OMEGAMON XE for CICS on z/OS
PTF V420 UA73839
PTF V510 UA73840
OMEGAMON XE for CICS TG on z/OS
PTF V420 UA73841
PTF V510 UA73842
PTF V620 UA74290
ITCAM for CICS on z/OS V73S
ITCAM for CICS on z/OS V74S
OMEGAMON XE for IMS on... [More]
IBM recently announced the open beta of CICS Transaction Gateway on z/OS V9.1 . There are a number of significant new features provided, most notably JSON web service support allowing mobile clients to connect directly into a Gateway daemon and route requests securely through to CICS with minimal fuss.
You can read more about the new features here and watch a brief video below of the mobile enhancement.
If you're an existing OMEGAMON XE for CICS or... [More]
IBM OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite for z/OS Hosted Beta Program
To: OMEGAMON Customers and Business Partners
The OMEGAMON Development team is looking for interested customers and business partners to participate in the Hosted Beta Program for the next release of the IBM OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite for z/OS. The Hosted Beta Program is starting, Monday, April 28, 2014 and will initially include OMEGAMON XE for CICS on z/OS, OMEGAMON XE for Messaging on z/OS, and OMEGAMON XE on... [More]
Many systems programmers spend hours debugging problems that involve looping or hung transactions. By working together, z/OS and CICS systems programmers resolve these problems much faster by combining the information available from OMEGAMON XE on z/OS and OMEGAMON XE for CICS on z/OS.
A typical scenario is that the z/OS systems programmer identifies an address space with a high (or low) CPU Percent. Most often, this is in response to a situation alert or a reported problem. Starting with the Address Space Overview workspace in OMEGAMON... [More]
At the end of April many IBMers,
business partners and customers will be gathering in Las Vegas for
the IBM Impact 2012 conference . I'll be
there along with some colleagues presenting and demonstrating the latest OMEGAMON products . We will be showing off the enhancements
delivered this year that make monitoring on System Z using OMEGAMON a
compelling offering, including the Enhanced 3270 UI - a single integrated cross-product interface - and the
Self-Describing Agent feature that reduces the cost of deployment and
maintenance for... [More]
No, this not a new sitcom announcement about a new show that you can see once a week. It's rather about a tool that you can use everyday to diagnose a check in your CICS Transaction Server for z/OS. You think the abend is caused by a wild branch. You need to know, what is the BEAR, and how can you use it to resolve the abend? CICS TS V3.1, and later, now provides the contents of the Breaking Event Address Register (BEAR). The BEAR is a hardware enhancement in z9-109 (z/Architecture mode). The BEAR is a 64-bit register that contains the... [More]