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.
I hope this note finds you well. Thanks for your attendance of the previous PARMGEN customer open Q&A teleconference call held on Wednesday, April 15th .
We are scheduling the next monthly PARMGEN customer open Q&A webcast call, planned to be held on Wednesday, May 20th @ 11 a.m. US ET . We tried to choose a time that would be convenient for most participants -- we apologize to those of you where this is very early or very late in the day.
As part of our continued focus on... [More]
On April 24, 2015 IBM Operations Analytics for z Systems v2.1 became generally available.
Wait ... another IT Operations Analytics product?
No -- IBM Operations Analytics for z Systems is the follow-on release to IBM's SmartCloud Analytics - Log Analysis z/OS Insight Pack offerings that were introduced in March 2014.
Built on the same proven Operations Analytics technology as its predecessors, this offering not only sports a new name, but also a significant set of new capabilities and enhancements that further increase its... [More]
IBM recently announced the IBM® MQ Appliance V8.0; you can create one or more queue managers on an appliance and connect them as part of an IBM MQ network.
Accordingly, ITCAM MQ monitoring agents also certificated the ability to monitor the IBM MQ Appliance via the remote monitoring feature, for detailed configuration steps please refers to the following technote for the details:
Thus if you’re using the OMEGAMON XE for Messaging V7.3, you can also... [More]
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... [More]
The WebSphere MQ monitoring agent, a component of both OMEGAMON XE for Messaging for z/OS and ITCAM Agents for WebSphere Messaging for distributed platforms, has long fully supported MQ Events produced by queue managers as a convenient way to monitor. However, did you know that the Event Archive feature, which was first introduced in v7.1.0 of the MQ monitoring agent, allows you to record the MQ Events historically with all associated details? Therefore, this feature allows you to keep MQ Events for audit purposes.
Today we announced the 2015 Early Access and Beta Program for IBM's SmartCloud Analytics - Log Analysis for z/OS offering.
We are looking for customers and business partners who are interested in working with us to shape and validate the new capabilities we plan to develop for this leading IT Operations Analytics solution for z/OS.
Please visit our developerWorks community for announcement details. Or contact the program coordinator to learn how you can participate.
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... [More]
In December 2014, we shipped Interim Feature 1 for our IBM SmartCloud Analytics - Log Analysis z/OS v1.2 Insight Pack offerings.
This Interim Feature focuses on making work with our IT Operations Analytics solution for System z even easier and more secure.
Please visit us in our developerWorks community to learn in detail about the enhancements included in this release.
The community forum is a great place to ask questions about our solution and how it can help you in managing... [More]
On December 19, 2014 a new service stream enhancement (SSE) to zSecure Audit 2.1.1 has become generally available, adding additional compliance checks for the Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) for z/OS from the US Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). Following the support added for IBM MQ for z/OS in zSecure 2.1.1, this SSE focuses on compliance checks for MQ.
The Security Technical Implementation Guide from DISA provides a framework for ensuring that security is set up properly. IBM... [More]
Viewlets have been added to the OMEGAMON XE for Messaging for z/OS media gallery wiki page for the v7.3 release. You may be interested in watching these to learn more about the embedded data and near term history features. They are short and fast to download and watch.
Here are links to the topics recently added to the product's Media Gallery page:
Finding the occurrence time of a channel issue with the MQ Enhanced 3270 user interface :... [More]
The PARMGEN configuration tool supports a number of components in the following product suites:
Tivoli OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite for z/OS
Tivoli OMEGAMON for z/OS Management Suite
IBM Service Management Suite for z/OS
Tivoli Advanced Storage Management Suite for z/OS
Effective preparation and planning make configuration, deployment and upgrades of the product suites go more quickly and smoothly.
Here are some of the best practice tips to aid in a smooth deployment of the... [More]
The new release of OMEGAMON XE for Messaging v7.3.0 has an Enhanced 3270 User Interface feature that allows you to issue any MQSC display or ping command directly from the command line in most MQ workspaces. You no longer have to switch out of the Enhanced 3270UI when you want to issue an MQSC display command just because you want to see the data in that familiar way. IBM MQ has about 45 display and ping commands, which provide a wealth of information about your queue manager and its objects.
For example, you want to see the... [More]
Are you installing IBM®’s OMEGAMON monitoring solutions at your site for the first time?
Are you using the PARMGEN configuration tool for the first time?
Are you performing a quick on-premise proof of concept deployment?
If none of these items describes you, then you are an experienced user of the monitoring products and the PARMGEN tool and you are welcome to go directly to the documented quick configuration scenarios published in IBM Knowledge Center... [More]
The new OMEGAMON XE for Messaging V7.3.0 provides both real-time and historical performance and availability management capabilities for your IBM MQ. One of the enhancements in V7.3.0 is geared toward the new Enhanced 3270 user interface (E3270UI) and provides Near-Term-History. You can quickly and easily resolve problems by viewing the resources when the symptoms first started – in the last few hours or past few days. This release delivers what focus groups told us to be the most important:
Queue Long Term History
**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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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... [More]