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.
Integration between IBM Security zSecure Audit 1.13.0 and QRadar SIEM 7.0 has become generally available on July 31, 2012.
This integration allows sending z/OS, RACF, ACF2, Top Secret, DB2, and CICS events from the System Management Facilities (SMF) log to QRadar SIEM. zSecure Audit enriches the event data with information from the security database and system snapshot (CKFREEZE) information.
QRadar SIEM is a next-generation Security Information and Event... [More]
5655-N23 IBM Security zSecure Administration
5655-N24 IBM Security zSecure Compliance and Auditing
5655-N25 IBM Security zSecure Compliance and Administration
These solutions originally became available on June 1, 2012. You can read the full US announcement letter here .
zSecure suite structure
zSecure for z/OS consists of
installed directly onto... [More]
Hi, just a quick note to let everyone know that the latest version of the TADz GKB 7.5 level 20110531 has been released. You can download the latest version from FixCentral at the following URL: http://www-933.ibm.com/support/fixcentral/ Remember if you have any products that TADz is not finding in your site, please let me know. We will require the IQ data in order for us to add the new data so when you open a PMR please also attach the IQ data.
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 with z/OS V1R13 as... [More]
Hi, all, It's May 24, and today we're very pleased to announce NetView for z/OS V6.1, a release that was designed, developed and tested with customers to deliver the value and capabilities that customers have asked for and need. And it's not just a new release, but a new version -- Version 6, continuing NetView's long tradition of delivering rock-solid value to customers through powerful network and system management capabilities. Here are just a few of the highlights of this new release. Expanded logging and log browsing There's a wealth of... [More]
Here is a quick introduction to IBM Security zSecure.
In a word
The IBM Security zSecure suite helps secure your mainframe. It provides cost-effective security administration, improves service by detecting threats, and reduces risk with automated audit and compliance reporting. Most of the product offerings run on z/OS; zSecure Manager for RACF z/VM is an offering for the z/VM operating system. For more details about the individual products, look here: IBM zSecure Overview . For information on... [More]
Information about two upcoming webcasts about z/OS 1.13 To register: http://events.unisfair.com/rt/ibm~zosr13value ====================================== PART 1 - What's new with z/OS and z/OS Management Facility Version 1 Release 13, and more! SPEAKER: Gita Grube Berg, IBM Server Technology Group Marketing TUESDAY November 15, 2011, 11AM(ET) z/OS® and z/OS Management Facility Version 1 Release 13 provides significant value to your business by delivering new performance, programming, and operational improvements for your z/OS workloads.... [More]
Integration between IBM Security zSecure Alert and QRadar SIEM 7 has become generally available on December 19, 2012. This integration allows forwarding real-time alerts from zSecure Alert to QRadar SIEM through the syslog protocol. zSecure Alert zSecure Alert is the real-time monitor component of the zSecure suite. It can correlate events and send out real-time alerts through e-mail, text message, Write To Operator console messages, SNMP traps, or syslog receiver events. It also integrates capabilities for data analysis and enrichment that... [More]
IBM Security zSecure 1.13.1 has become generally available on 10/26/2012.
Notable features include:
* automatically detecting active DB2 regions and reporting on those, with a focus on tables, views, plans, and packages, analyzing both RACF and DB2 internal security
* comparison capabilities throughout the UI to highlight differences between databases and system snapshots
* ability to define security standards and report compliance with regards to those
* enhancements to the zSecure... [More]
An updated version of the IBM Tivoli Monitoring/OMEGAMON XE for CICS
plug-in for the CICS Explorer is now available for download from the ISM
IBM Tivoli Monitoring Eclipse plug-in on ISM Library
This plug-in provides the ability to view OMEGAMON XE data in Eclipse.
This allows OMEGAMON gathered data to be viewed in conjunction with data
from other Eclipse-based applications such as CICS Explorer. This version of the plug-in displays most Tivoli monitoring systems and
their on-line status, and displays OMEGAMON... [More]
IBM Security zSecure Manager for RACF z/VM 1.11.1 has become generally available on June 15, 2012.
Notable features include:
* coverage of minidisks and real devices in dedicated new report types VM_MDISK and VM_DEV, available from menu options RE.V.M and RE.V.RD.
* exploitation of a security API provided in z/VM V6R2 by RACF, which adds a number of reports and options that were only available under z/OS before, e.g.
- substantial extensions to menu option AU.S - RACF control: many new and enhanced... [More]
SMF causing small allocations of ESQA to be orphaned for all address spaces. Systems which are IPL infrequently can have 10s of thousands of these small pieces orphaned. This large volume of individual allocations increase OMEGAMON CPU to monitor Common Storage. XE for z/OS Impact CSAA- Higher than normal CPU in CSA Analyzer address space from chasing thousands of 8 byte orphans. TEMS - High CPU from situations referencing the Address_Space_ComStor_Owned attribute group. PSW sampling via INSPect shows TCB(KOBAS510) with >10% and... [More]
Hi community, this is a quick overview of what IBM is offering for automation on the mainframe. Tivoli System Automation for z/OS IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS (SA z/OS) is a NetView-based application designed to provide a single point of control for a full range of systems management functions. SA z/OS plays a key role in supplying high-end automation solutions. SA z/OS functions include monitoring, controlling and automating a large range of system elements spanning both the hardware and software resources of your enterprise. It is... [More]
Application High Availability in a Heterogeneous Environment Many solutions today have services and applications that execute on different hardware and software. This makes it difficult to control and automate each component to improve availability, reduce overall solution risk and decrease operations workload. Are you trying to manage both distributed and mainframe environments as one? Does the requirement for 24/7 availability keep you up at night? Join us for this complimentary teleconference to learn how IBM Tivoli® System Automation... [More]
IBM has just released a brand-new set of performance and availability monitoring capabilities for its zEnterprise™ hybrid computing system.
With this release, IBM offers for the first time an end-to-end monitoring solution for the zEnterprise environment, its physical and virtual resources and workload resource groups. Please click here to read the announcement in detail. Only a single instance of the monitoring agent is required to monitor all zEnterprise systems in a customer's data center. Through the Tivoli Enterprise Portal, the agent... [More]