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.
IBM has announced the new IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite for z/OS V5.1.1. 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 for your IBM z/OS operating system, networks, storage subsystems, IBM DB2, IBM CICS, IBM IMS, IBM WebSphere MQ for z/OS, and IBM WebSphere Application... [More]
IBM Security zSecure Manager for RACF z/VM 1.11.1 originally shipped before z/VM V6R3 was available.
If you are planning to upgrade your z/VM release level to z/VM V6R3, take note of the following available maintenance:
* PTF UV61210 for APAR VM64434 ships toleration support for z/VM V6R3. Among other things, this prevents message CKV0157 ("Unsupported VM release...").
* PTF UV61204 for APAR VM65404 ships toleration support for the changed response from CP QUERY PATHS due... [More]
You've been storing data collected by OMEGAMON XE on z/OS in the Tivoli Data Warehouse. You can identify problems that occured in the past using the Tivoli Enterprise Portal. You can go learn more and keep your z/OS systems running smoothly by regularly running the following reports on detailed and summarized data:
z/OS Status DASD Issues
z/OS Status WLM Service Class Period
z/OS Utilization Common Storage
z/OS Utilization LPAR Summary
z/OS Utilization LPAR Usage Summary
Deadlocks and timeouts are unresolved contentions in DB2. These unresolved contentions might cause incomplete transactions and might degrade the overall performance of your system. It is important to monitor and resolve these contentions. Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for DB2 Performance Expert on z/OS (OMPE) is invaluable in detecting and analyzing DB2 for z/OS deadlocks and timeouts. The following link takes you to some of IBM's recommended best practices using OMPE to identify where these are occurring then what steps to take to resolve the... [More]
Popular PARMGEN FAQs about base-sharing RTEs:
FAQ#1: How do I create a brand new base-sharing RTE (RTE Name=SHRBASEP) in PARMGEN mode?
FAQ#2. How do I convert an ICAT Base RTE (RTE Name=BASE1) and an ICAT base-sharing RTE (RTE Name=SHRBASEI) in PARMGEN?
PARMGEN streamlined the set-up and deployment of sharing RTEs in general. Creating the shared-to RTE (a Base RTE in this case)
and the RTE that shares the Base is a one-step process in PARMGEN mode .
In interactive ICAT... [More]
Check out the OMEGAMON V5 PARMGEN hands-on lab @ Pulse!
Don't just read ab out new OMEGAMON V5 capabilities in PARMGEN in our ITM information center. Try it first-hand by checking out the PARMGEN hands-on lab offered @ Pulse on February 23rd - 26th ( http://www.ibm.com/pulse ).
Don't miss this excellent opportunity to gain first-hand technical experience with the PARMGEN Lab E03 ( " OMEGAMON/ITM PARMGEN Configuration Tool for the First-Time User (FTU) " ) .
In thi s lab session, learn how to... [More]
APAR OA43920 ( www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg1OA43920 ) adds support for your OSA-Express5S hardware in OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks version 5. OSA-Express5S is a technology refresh and introduces a new SNMP MIB with a new set of metrics. This APAR adds 4 attribute groups to OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks version 5. Customers who are running OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks version 4.2 will need to upgrade to version 5 in order to monitor OSA-Express5S.
After installing the PTF and fixpack, the new OSA-Express5S... [More]
Recently a zAware customer commented on the value they had received when zAware spotted an anomaly. It all started when they were notified by email from the OMEGAMON XE for z/OS support that feeds their eventing system. They were able to quickly see the event and the issue that zAware had captured. Leveraging OMEGAMON XE for z/OS situation capabilities allowed the customer to monitor for zAware anomalies without having to stare at a display. This is exactly the value IBM built into zAware and OMEGAMON XE for z/OS for our customers and it is... [More]
Version 3.0 of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) has become available on November 7, 2013 . Updates to IBM Sec u rit y zS e cur e 2 . 1 to extend the Compliance Testing Framework with PCI-DSS support have become available on November 22, 2013. A PCI-DSS option has been added to the rule-based auditing (AU.R) part of the User Interface. A data classification member has been added to the site customization to declare the presence of primary account numbers or sensitive authentication data,... [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.
Integration between IBM Security zSecure Audit 2.1 and IBM InfoSphere Guardium 9.1 is set to be available on October 25, 2013.
zSecure Audit analyzes the protection of DB2 objects by RACF and internal security and makes these available to Guardium. Guardium includes new entitlement reports and delivers over 60 new vulnerability tests.
Mainframes continue to be the home for mission critical information and essential business production applications in many organizations due... [More]
IBM Security zSecure 2.1 was co-announced with z/OS V2R1 on July 23, 2013 and became generally available on September 6, 2013.
On October 1, 2013 IBM has announced a number of new product releases in the information management area with a planned availability date of October 25, 2013, including IBM DB2 11 for z/OS , IBM Information Management System (IMS) 13 , and IBM InfoSphere Guardium 9.1 .
The Vulnerability Assessment module of IBM InfoSphere... [More]
IBM Security zSecure 2.1 has become generally available on 09/06/2013. You can read the US announcement letter here .
Notable features include:
* a user interface to ease rule-based compliance reporting against standards such as DISA-STIG (the Security Technical Implementation Guide from the Defense Information Systems Agency) and GSD331/ISeC (a global services document with security controls documentation from IBM).
*automatic collection of DB2 catalog resource data including databases, table spaces,... [More]
We had a busy week at SHARE in Boston.
Download the OMEGAMON and NetView for z/OS presentations and see what you missed:
14073: What’s New with System z Monitoring with OMEGAMON - http://share.confex.com/share/121/webprogram/Session14073.html
13498: Managing z/VM & Linux Performance Best Practices - http://share.confex.com/share/121/webprogram/Session13498.html
14121: OMEGAMON XE for Storage - Hints and Tips to Improve Performance and Usage - http://share.confex.com/share/121/webprogram/Session14121.html
Presentation at the SHARE conference in Boston this week gave an overview and deep dive into scenarios of how OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks v5.1.1 brings a new level of performance monitoring to z/OS networking!