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.
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]
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]
We are pleased to announce the European Operations Technical Conference (EOTC) 2015.
The conference is planned from Monday, April 20 through Wednesday, April 22, 2015 in the IBM Lab in Boeblingen, Germany. Conference language will be English .
This conference addresses the needs of System, Network and Automation Administrators. Sessions are presented by representatives from IBM software development teams and YOU, the product exploiters. Interaction and... [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]
**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... [More]
Thanks for your ongoing support of our previous blogs:
September 2014 Blog: " Where has the OMEGAMON documentation gone? " (URL: https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/community/blogs/5e65990a-9690-42e2-93b1-c2267be7620c/entry/omegamon_shared_documentation_ch_ch_ch_changes?lang=en )
August 2014 Blog: " Three Hours to Thrill: OMEGAMON Configuration Tip#1! " (URL: https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/community/blogs/5e65990a-9690-42e2-93b1-c2267be7620c/entry/parmgen_tip?lang=en )
July 2014... [More]
Despite the obvious importance of checking the authority of the issuer of a NetView command to issue the command, there are times when such checking should be bypassed in order to optimize performance. One such example is when commands are invoked by NetView's automation table. Users can configure automation-invoked commands to be authority-checked or not. Another such example regards commands that are invoked by other commands. Of course, we can consider the combined case of a command "A" driven by... [More]
We are pleased to announce the European Operations Technical Conference (EOTC) 2014.
The conference will be held from Monday, March 17 through Friday, March 21, 2014 in the IBM Lab in Boeblingen, Germany. Conference language will be English.
The conference is a 2 track event :
• First track is focused on Mainframe (z/OS) themes with IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS and IBM Tivoli NetView for z/OS. ... [More]
The IBM® Tivoli® NetView® for z/OS® 6.2 library is available from the following information center:
This online information center contains the most up-to-date information about the product.
You can search across all the NetView library books in the information center. It is expanded to
include links and information about the product and how to get started (Learning tab),
task information... [More]
NetView for z/OS V6.2 is available today, October 25, 2013, bringing more value out of the box, with additions and enhancements in key areas.
NetView V6.1 introduced the Canzlog function to bring together syslog, netlog, and job records in one consolidated log. NetView V6.2 significantly expands the power of the Canzlog to include any arbitrary grouping of systems. This allows simplified debugging of sysplex, cross-system or multi-system problems from a central location, without the need to log on to each system... [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
Dear All, if you are interested in seeing what's new in Tivoli System Automation for z/OS or if you are even keen on trying out the latest code in development, then you are welcome to join our Transparent Development program now and benefit from presentations, webcasts, demos that the development team created for you and published in the Transparent Development community on developerWorks. A forum is in place where you also can interact directly with the members of the development team to give feedback... [More]
This is John Arnesen with NetView and SA Level 2 support.
Have you even seen a message and wondered what it meant? Could not find any meaningful information in the manuals?? Wanted to know more about a command??? There are ways to find out more using the IBM Support Portal or Google. Did you know that IBM content is indexed in Google... The IBM Support Portal will limit searches to be Product Specific. If the IBM Support Portal is configured for NetView z/OS, all searches will be related to that product. For... [More]
A new NetView for z/OS v6.1 SVCLOG61 Serviceability Clist
is available for download. This Clist logs diagnostic information for the local NetView v6.1 including
environment data, resources used, defaults, security options, and
CNMSTYLE data. An option is provided to collect a NetView dump. This
Clist should be used before submitting log data to IBM Service. For more information and other great NetView resources go to the NetView Wiki.
You can download a compressed file that contains the BookManager books or a compressed file that contains the PDF books from the NetView for z/OS information center: http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/tivihelp/v3r1/topic/com.ibm.itnetviewforzos.doc/ic-homepage.html Expand "NetView for z/OS" in the contents pane (on the left) and look for "BookManager Books" or "PDF Books". Compressed files for BookManager books and PDF books are also available for some previous versions. In the contents pane, look under... [More]
We are pleased to announce the European Operations Technical Conference (EOTC) 2013 . The conference will be held Monday, May 13 through Friday, May 17, 2013 in the IBM Lab in Boeblingen, Germany. Conference language will be English. This conference addresses the needs of System, Network and Automation Administrators. Sessions are presented by representatives from IBM software development teams and you, the product exploiters. Interaction and feedback is both expected and encouraged. Topics cover a range of IBM system management products,... [More]
NetView for z/OS v6.1 Sample REXX programs can be downloaded to help you speed up zOS problem determination. The samples can be used to help you find different system messages captured in the NetView Consolidated Audit, Network and zOS log (Canzlog) that match on
various filter specifications available to NetView users. Click here to download a zip containing the three REXX files along with a readme in pdf form describing their capabilities. Click here to access the NetView Wiki for additional information.
NetView for z/OS REXX samples are available for integrating NetView with the zAware Server. These samples help identify when system anomalies are found by zAware and allow further automation and problem diagnosis using NetView functions. Further information about this integration, the samples for downloading and information about zAware itself can be found by clicking here for the NetView for z/OS Wiki Integration Scenarios page.
Hello, This is John Arnesen with NetView level 2 support. Apar OA39553/UA66231 for NetView v6r1 and OA38861/UA65375 for NetView v5r4 are available and marked HIPER. The apars fix a problem where a HANG can occur anytime a PIPE CORRWAIT is issued. We have seen NetView take a ABEND0C8 in DSIMQMAN as one symptom for this problem. Please note there are 43 modules in this apar, so there are potential issues with the HANG that have not been identified. Also, please note that the apars will also impact System Automation and GDPS as they both have... [More]
Access the NetView for z/OS Wiki Canzlog section for technical FAQs with new ones being added over time. This weeks addition reminds you to install v6.1 maintenance including PTFs important to Canzlog's use and operation. Canzlog fixes of importance: APAR PTF Available OA39616 UA65655 7/14/12 http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=isg1OA39616 OA39785 UA66189 8/28/12 http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=isg1OA39785 OA40082 UA66226 9/08/12 ... [More]
Hello, This is John Arnesen with NetView level 2 support and this months blog entry. If you are planning on installing NetView v6r1, it is important to note that the install requires a IPL to pick up SSI changes. Have a look at this section for IEFSSNxx in the NetView Installation: Getting Started manual: http://publibfi.dhe.ibm.com/cgi-bin/bookmgr/BOOKS/ENVI6201/2.3.4?SHELF=env2bk41&DT=20110721113801#HDRIEFSSN Note usage note number 2 where is states a restart of MVS is required: 2. Any subsystem name that you define for the... [More]
NetView for z/OS has a long list of IP Management capabilities. Now available is a quick start procedure to enable the IP management functions in Netview v5.4 and v6.1. For those using Netview for other purposes like automated operations, use this guide to quickly configure and start using NetView's IP Management tools. Click Enabling IP Management in NetView for z/OS v5.4 or v6.1.
Worldwide Announcement & Request for Participants in IBM Tivoli's NetView for z/OS V6.next Transparent Development Program! The Transparent Development Program (consisting of an early access
program as well as a beta program) will provide participants with the
opportunity to get an early look at a future release and provide
early feedback directly to the Development team. For more information please
contact Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Technical Q&A is posted on using NetView's automation table functions, Canzlog consolidated log configuration, and installation configuration tips. New postings are added weekly to the NetView for z/OS Wiki.
The NetView for z/OS Media Gallery now has two additional videos. Click here for the full list of videos. Discovery Manager in NetView for z/OS : Uncover IP management gems using discovery manager in Tivoli Netview for z/OS.
DVIPA Support in NetView for z/OS : This video provides an overview of DVIPA support within Tivoli NetView for z/OS. The library contains around 15 videos and is an excellent way to learn about NetView and stay current on the value the product provides in both Network Management and Automation. To learn more... [More]
Hello, This is John Arnesen with NetView level 2 support. I have been asked to be blogger from a support perspective. I will be blogging with things like latest problems, new critical or HIPER apars and things like that. Let me know if you have any questions that Support can help out with. Thanks, John
Hi, all, it's April 24, and today we're very pleased to announce System Automation for z/OS V3.4. It will be available on April, the 27th 2012. Let me tell you some of the
Highlights which make this release the best you have ever seen. I have divided
the Highlights in 4 categories : - making Operator's Life easier - making
Administrator's Life easier - new Functions - command Enhancements
In the back you will find a couple of quotes of customers that
participated in the Beta program. 1) Making Operator's Life
easier TEP Topology... [More]
Dear Automation Experts, this is your official invitation to the European Operations Technical Conference 2012 . We have limited space available in our auditorium and therefore safe your seat and register as soon as possible! Registration is required for all attendees, including speakers. Only registered persons will get entrance to the conference. The registration process: 1. Register at https://events.paxido.com/eotc-2012 Here you also can find the preliminary agenda and get further information. After registering you will receive a... [More]
PULSE 2012 is only 4 weeks away from now. As you might know, Pulse 2012 takes place in Las Vegas from March 4-8, 2012. It includes a FOUR day Automated Operations Technical Council (AOTC) track focused on the IBM Tivoli System Automation family of products. Take the opportunity to meet representatives from the SA and NetView development teams as well as to meet many customers for networking, information exchange and lively discussion. Don't miss the last day where the development team shares future plans (requires registration and sign-off... [More]