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.
We are very proud to tell you that our latest product "IBM Automation Control for z/OS V1.1" is now generally available since 26 April 2013. IBM Automation Control for z/OS (Automation Control), provides automated operations and availability for small/medium sized z/OS installations, scoped to single z/OS systems. It provides policy-based and goal-oriented automation avoiding customers writing a lot of scripts. It combines powerful, enterprise-tested automation with installation and configuration capabilities... [More]
The IBM® Tivoli® NetView® for z/OS® 6.2 library is available from the following information center: http://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/tivihelp/v3r1/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.ibm.itnetviewforzos.doc%2Fic-homepage.html 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 (Task tab), and resource... [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 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]
Version 3.0 of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) has become available on November 7, 2013 . Updates to IBM Sec u rit y zS e cur e 2 . 1 to extend the Compliance Testing Framework with PCI-DSS support have become available on November 22, 2013. A PCI-DSS option has been added to the rule-based auditing (AU.R) part of the User Interface. A data classification member has been added to the site customization to declare the presence of primary account numbers or sensitive authentication data,... [More]
Integration between IBM Security zSecure Audit 2.1 and IBM InfoSphere Guardium 9.1 is set to be available on October 25, 2013. zSecure Audit analyzes the protection of DB2 objects by RACF and internal security and makes these available to Guardium. Guardium includes new entitlement reports and delivers over 60 new vulnerability tests. Background Mainframes continue to be the home for mission critical information and essential business production applications in many organizations due to the strong... [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]
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]
'Dear Rocky' answers your System z monitoring and performance tuning questions. Rocky McMahan, a Senior Software Performance Engineer in z Systems Software R&D, offers valuable tips to help you get more out of your monitoring software. Dear Rocky, I’m a Systems Programmer at a large financial institution – you may remember my question from several years ago regarding OMEGAMON for IMS. Our system data is very important to us, but we want a way to view and analyze this off-platform, utilizing... [More]
Background: We have SLA workspaces in TEP in the past. Starting from 5.5.0 release, we will have SLA Toolkit in 3270UI, which will provide full set of functions about displaying SLA items and updating them according to actual requirement. User can define/update/delete several kinds of resources via SLA Toolkit in 3270 UI, including Service Class/Workload/Service Policy/SLA Options This article will mainly introduce the panels and functions of the new SLA Toolkit in 3270 UI. 1. Main View of SLA Toolkit in 3270UI (tabbing panel) There are 2... [More]
Since September 2014, user manuals in PDF format have been dropped from OMEGAMON product Knowledge Centers. A number of reasons exist to exclude PDF files from IBM Knowledge Center. PDF files are not indexed for search. PDF output does not meet IBM accessibility requirements. In general, PDF files do not fit the paradigm of topic chunking that is used in IBM Knowledge Center. There are browser limitations in older and mobile browsers If you do need the latest version PDFs for the following OMEGAMON products, please go to ... [More]
Operational Insights at a Glance – the journey begins! On June 30, 2016, we released IBM Operations Analytics for z Systems v2.2.0 Interim Feature 2 . With this Interim Feature, tedious searching through volumes of operational data is a thing of the past. The new Problem Insights dashboard puts key operational issues at your fingertips: Summarization of key issues per sysplex. A Problem Insights table that provides a synopsis of the key issues that are affecting the sysplexes that you select. Suggested Actions that offer actionable... [More]
On January 29, 2015, IBM announced the 2015 Early Access and Beta program for IBM SmartCloud Analytics - Log Analysis for z/OS. Since then, we have changed the name of our offering -- it is now called IBM Operations Analytics for z Systems -- and released a number of exciting new capabilities . But our Early Access and Beta program continues. On July 14, we are kicking off a new round of 4 webcasts that will highlight our most recent product enhancements. Interested parties will be able to provide feedback through presentations,... [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 value to... [More]
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.