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 QRadar SIEM is a next-generation Security Information and Event Management solution by Q1 Labs . It... [More]
Recently got a note from Christopher Walker of the OMEGAMON for CICS on z/OS development team that our colleagues on the CICS Tools team in Hursley recently celebrated a birthday. As an aside, here is something that I was not aware of, the CL/CONFERENCE and CL/SUPERSESSION tools are marked as part of the CICS Tools porfolio. FYI: The CL/CONFERENCE tool provides the capability to transmit the screen image of a VTAM application to others in your network. So, if you are having problems, an authorized member of the support staff can look at... [More]
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 (email@example.com) 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]
Solution packages 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 . Contents of the solution packages IBM Security zSecure Administration V2 (5655-N23) contains the following components : IBM Security zSecure Admin V2 (5655-N16) IBM... [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]
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 administrators who are less mainframe minded zSecure Visual provides a Microsoft Windows front-end. For more details about the... [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]
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, storage groups, sequences,... [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 1.13.1 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 Admin Access Monitor component, allowing... [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]
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]
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 XE on... [More]