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.
Hi Everyone, **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 queries you may... [More]
Hello everyone, 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 Performance... [More]
Hello everyone, I hope this note finds you well. Thanks for your attendance of the previous PARMGEN customer open Q&A teleconference call held on Wednesday, January 28th. For February (2/23/2015 - 2/26/2015), thank you for attending the InterConnect 2015 Conference in Las Vegas, as well as the OMEGAMON z/OS Customer Advisory Council (zCAC) in the same venue. The PARMGEN lab. guide from the PARMGEN 5644 open lab . hosted @ InterConnect, is now available for download in the master PARMGEN technote... [More]
IBM Security zSecure 1.13 has become generally available today (11/11/11). Notable features include: * automatically detecting active CICS and IMS regions and reporting on those, with a focus on reporting on transactions and programs * ability to annotate user ID displays with data from external files (e.g. human resources data) * enhancements to the zSecure Admin Access Monitor component introduced in 1.11, allowing collection of additional detail as well as better and faster consolidation This release provides currency... [More]
See OMEGAMON value quickly with new PARMGEN functionality designed especially to get your monitoring products running in 3 hours or less! 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 PARMGEN or whether you... [More]
On November 13, 2014 password security enhancements in RACF were made available for z/OS V1R12, V1R13, and V2R1. A service stream enhancement to zSecure 1.12, 1.13, 1.13.1, 2.1, and 2.1.1 was made available at the same time. Among other improvements, these updates allow a larger password space (additional special characters allowed) and a stronger encryption method (KDFAES). Background Password security is a function as much of user education (e.g., do not use the same password on a strongly protected work account as on your favorite... [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. Dear Rocky, I am a Systems Programmer for a large financial institution which operates over 500 banking centers across several provinces. We have assets of more than $30 billion and have over 7500 employees. Additionally, we are among the 10 largest financial institutions by market capitialization. We... [More]
IBM Secu rity zSe cure sui t e 2.2.0 was announced on October 1, 2015 with a planned availability date of November 6, 2015. You can read the US announcement letter here . This release provides currency with z/OS V2R2, IMS 14, CICS V5R3, and Windows 10, extends the zSecure Audit Compliance Testing Framework and user interface for standards such as DISA-STIG and PCI-DSS, and adds or extends integration with IBM Security QRadar SIEM and IBM Security Identity Governance. Background IBM Security zSecure suite can help you... [More]
OMEGAMON XE for IMS v5.3.0 is a key part of the IBM® Tivoli OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite for z/OS® v5.3.1 announcement today. With the new OMEGAMON XE for IMS you can find IMS system and application problems more quickly and speed up problem resolution time. New OMEGAMON IMS real-time workspaces in the enhanced 3270 user interface The enhanced 3270 user interface has a large set of new workspaces to better monitor key resources such as: shared queues, response time analysis, IMS Open Transaction Manager Access... [More]
As part of the launch of the new OMEGAMON XE for IMS on z/OS v5.3.0, we have created a demonstration video to help you learn how to enable Near-Term History in the enhanced 3270UI. If you enjoyed the video or found it useful don't forget to hit the like button to let us know! You can also go to the ismconnect home page and subscribe to receive notifications whenever a new video is uploaded. If you have suggestions for possible videos in the future or would like to leave some feedback, please add a comment below. Learn... [More]
New Information Management releases DB2 11 f or z /O S and IMS 13 have become available on October 25, 2013. Related updates to IBM Secu rity zSe cure 2. 1 providing currency support for these releases have become available on November 8, 2013. New DB2 objects (global variables or SYSVARIABLES) and security controls are collected and reported on, as well as new IMS exits. Furthermore, new selection capabilities in zSecure Collect allow you to be specific as to the DB2 objects that you want to collect. ... [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. Dear Rocky, My team is responsible for the installation and maintenance of all System z software for a large healthcare organization. We presently employ more than 10,000 workers and had revenue of $8 billion last year. Our enterprise consists of a 6 way Parallel Sysplex which heavily utilizes a V11... [More]
Today we announced the 2015 Early Access and Beta Program for IBM's SmartCloud Analytics - Log Analysis for z/OS offering. We are looking for customers and business partners who are interested in working with us to shape and validate the new capabilities we plan to develop for this leading IT Operations Analytics solution for z/OS. Please visit our developerWorks community for announcement details. Or contact the program coordinator to learn how you can participate.
On January 29, 2015, IBM announced the 2015 Early Access and Beta program for IBM SmartCloud Analytics - Log Analysis for z/OS. Since then, we have changed the name of our offering -- it is now called IBM Operations Analytics for z Systems -- and released a number of exciting new capabilities . But our Early Access and Beta program continues. On July 14, we are kicking off a new round of 4 webcasts that will highlight our most recent product enhancements. Interested parties will be able to provide feedback through presentations,... [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]