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.
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]
On z/OS data collected during the OMEGAMON history collection process is stored in the Persistent Data Store (PDS). In this blog entry we will provide some insight into how to effectively monitor the PDS maintenance process. The PDS is a set of pre-allocated flat files that are continually reinitialized and reused. T he PDS maintenance process is an automated process which should not require intervention by the system administrator. However, an understanding of the PDS maintenance process will be helpful to system administrators who want to... [More]
On z/OS data collected during the OMEGAMON history collection process is stored in the OMEGAMON Persistent Data Store (PDS). In this blog entry we will discuss PDS sizing considerations for the OMEGAMON XE for CICS and the OMEGAMON XE for CICS TG product components. The PDS is a set of pre-allocated flat files that are re-used on an oldest data basis. When the active PDS data set becomes full, data collection will switch to the next empty PDS file. When there are no more empty PDS data sets, the PDS data set containing the oldest data will be... [More]
In this blog we will discuss the best practices for configuring Near Term History (NTH) data collection for the OMEGAMON XE for CICS product. The information provided in this blog is applicable for both the OMEGAMON XE for CICS product component and the OMEGAMON XE for CICS TG product component. The enhanced 3270UI Near Term History feature only requires that history collection be enabled for the desired attribute groups. The NTH reports viewed in the enhanced 3270UI are generated from the same history data that is used for the short-term... [More]
Learn about the new capabilities available in OMEGAMON XE on z/OS by watching the new videos on our YouTube playlist . See what's new in version 5.3.0 and see new how-to videos on solving problems quickly with near-term history and embedded data. Learn more about the integration and capabilities of the OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite on our YouTube playlist . Or visit our developerWorks wiki to find the same videos and more about the OMEGAMON Performance Management suite.
On September 5, 2014 IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for Messaging for z/OS v7.3.0 became generally available. Besides the near-term history, cross-product embeds and some other cool features, Messaging v7.3.0 also provides updated support for IBM MQ v8.0 features, like: Automatically discovers and monitors MQ v8 queue managers Monitors 64-bit Buffer Pools Incorporates required internal processing changes for SMF Type 115 statistics Supports 8-byte Log RBAs Adds more monitoring attributes, for example, the attributes for the multiple cluster... [More]
In a previous blog entry, “You can get there from here”, the new OMEGAMON XE on z/OS version 5.3.0 Near Term History support was introduced. The navigation paths between all of the supported workspaces were explained. The scenario used in this blog entry focuses on one of those areas of navigation. It explains how to determine which address space, or address spaces, might have been impacting the performance of a workload running on an LPAR during a specific historical time-frame. Margrit we have a problem! Margrit, a systems... [More]
Version 6.3.0 Fix pack 2 of the IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE and Tivoli Management Services on z/OS: shared documentation is now available on the IBM Knowledge Center . This release brings a number of changes to the shared documentation, including the OMEGAMON Enhanced 3270 user interface (enhanced 3270UI) guide. The shared documentation has been restructured into task-based sections, such as Planning , Installing and Configuring . The enhanced 3270UI guide can now be found in the Reference section of... [More]
The new IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite for z/OS V5.3.0 is Generally Available today. This suite provides both real-time and historical performance and availability management capabilities for your IBM z/OS operating system, networks, storage subsystems, IBM DB2, IBM CICS, IBM IMS, IBM MQ for z/OS, IBM Integration Bus for z/OS, and IBM WebSphere Application Server for z/OS. This suite can help maximize efficiency and effectiveness of managing your z/OS environment by utilizing this powerful integrated tool set. New enhancements... [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]
Just heard from a customer... OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks provided immediate value to the customer. The very first time that the customer logged on to the OMEGAMON Enhanced 3270 User Interface, they identified an application that had a high number of connection requests that were rejected. The application was not accepting the connection requests fast enough or was not configured properly. Over 50K requests had been rejected. This may have been 50,000 customers that were not able to place orders, or 50,000 business transactions... [More]
IBM Security zSecure suite 2.1.1 was announced on July 15, 2014, including a new product IBM Security zSecure Adapters for QRadar SIEM (5655-AD8), with a planned availability date of September 5, 2014. You can read the US announcement letter here . IBM Security QRadar SIEM consolidates log source event data from thousands of devices endpoints and applications distributed throughout a network. It normalizes information from many Log Sources through Device Support Modules (DSMs),... [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 in PARMGEN UA73689... [More]
Problem solving example with OMEGAMON XE on zOS V5.3 using RMF Monitor III DDS in the Enhanced 3270UI is pretty slick. Question: Why was my CPC 094E15 MQ work on LPAR Z1 delayed at 8AM today? - Lets look: So we ask now with the "X" at 8 AM -what the work delays look like on SYSPLEX ZPETPLX2 for CPC 094E15 and the RMF MII data shows us, We click to sort it by CPU Wait percentage and look at what a... [More]
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 system... [More]