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.
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!
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... [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... [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... [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... [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]
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... [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... [More]
On June 13, 2014 IBM CICS Tra nsac tion Ser ver for z/OS V5. 2 has become generally available. A service stream enhancement (SSE) to IB M Se c u ri t y z S e cu r e 2 . 1 provided currency support on June 14, 2014. This SSE furthermore extends the zSecure Audit Compliance Testing Framework with additional DISA-STIG support and provides a number of usability enhancements.
Mainframes continue to be the home for mission critical information and essential business... [More]
On April 7, 2014 IBM CICS Transaction Server for z/OS V5.2 has been announced with a planned availability date of June 13, 2014. This release includes support for stronger cryptographic ciphers per Special Publication 800-131A from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). A service stream enhancement (SSE) to IBM Secu rity zSe cure 2. 1 is planned for the same date. Besides providing support for this new CICS release the SSE will also further enhance the zSecure Compliance... [More]
Are your DB2 threads getting enough resources? Are the Work Load Manager Enclave (WLM) definitions too restrictive?
If on the Enhanced 3270UI using the DB2 ® active threads summary (select 'T' from the Enterprise Summary) or the DB2 Thread Detail Accounting screen you see that the elapsed time for a distributed thread is greater than the threshold you have set (the plan name DISTSERV and the correlation ID starting with db2jcc_ indicates this is a distributed thread),
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]
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]