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 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]
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]
Thanks for your attendance of our on-going open Q&A calls (focus topics covered to-date: PARMGEN and OMEGAMON enhanced 3270UI).
We have 2 sets of open Q&A calls this month of August (4 sessions total - please optionally attend either Session#1 -or- Session#2 on 8/21/2013 and again, on 8/28/2013 ):
Set 1: August 21, 2013 : Dale Hodson (OMEGAMON enhanced 3270UI Developer) and team, will conduct an informal webcast on Featured topic: OMEGAMON Enhanced 3270 User Interface (enhanced 3270UI) and its... [More]
Join us for a complimentary webcast as we discuss how using Tivoli ® OMEGAMON XE to improve zEnterprise ® monitoring—interfaced with System Automation for z/OS ® —can minimize the time it takes to find and fix problems. Proactive automation enables correlation of problems across applications and drives automated problem resolution without manual overhead.
This webcast will give examples of zEnterprise situations where having OMEGAMON ® and System Automation working together can proactively resolve problems.... [More]
OMEGAMON XE on z/VM and Linux 4.2.0 IF5 is now available for download on Fix Central The kvl_resources.jar file was signed with a certificate that was set to expire June 2013. This could cause problems with the Java WebStart or Browser based desktops. Additionally, the Wondows KVL*.EXE installation files have been digitally signed with a new certificate. The Language Pack has also been resigned and is available on Fix Central.
Hi, all, on April 9th the new product IBM Automation Control for z/OS was announced. This product has enhanced the Tivoli System Automation family with a product focused on helping smaller zEnterprise customers. The IBM Automation Control for z/OS (IACz) product is targeted at single System z customers looking to move from manual scripting to policy based automation. IBM Automation Control for z/OS provides: Goal-oriented and policy-based design reduces the need for user scripts Start, stop, monitor and recover z/OS applications and... [More]
Check out how industry leaders are leveraging the unique capabilities of System z to give them an advantage in the marketplace by using cloud, analytics, and security in Doug Balog's latest blog " A New Conversation around the IBM Mainframe ". The two embedded videos highlight the strengths of the zEnterprise EC12 and the value provided to clients. Already have an IBM zEnterprise System, but not monitoring this key resource? Explore the Tivoli zEnterprise Monitoring offering that is available to all IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON and IBM Tivoli... [More]
If you saw the announcement for z/VM 6.3, you may have missed that it was also announced that OMEGAMON XE on z/VM and Linux will be providing support for both SSI and LGR. With OMEGAMON XE you will be able to monitor your entire SSI, as well as view, monitor and set situations on all LGR events taking place within the SSI. this will enable you to know who moved which guests, when they did it, and how long it took for the move to occur.
The following messages relate to security in the OMEGAMON XE on z/OS V5.1.0 product. These messages concern the RKANPARU(KDSENV) parameter, KM5_SECURITY _ACTION_CLASS= and will be added to the IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE on z/OS V5.1.0 Troubleshooting documentation upon the next refresh: KM5ACT010E Security Class not specified. KDSENV) parameter KM5_SECURITY_ACTION_CLASS is missing or null. Explanation: Issuing a Take Action command from the OMEGAMON Enhanced 3270 user interface or a M5 command from the Tivoli Enterprise Portal requires a... [More]
Recently there was a change to the Utilized Storage Size data attribute and how it's calculated and displayed in OMEGAMON XE on z/OS, v5.1.0. In the Tivoli Enterprise Portal, the Coupling Facility Structures Data for Sysplex workspace, presents information for each coupling facility structure throughout the sysplex. The OMEGAMON enhanced 3270 user interface provides the Statistics for CF Cache Structure (KM5CFSO4) panel. Both displays use the CF Structures attribute group, which monitors the request activity from a z/OS image to a coupling... [More]
Here is an issue I ran into today. Lets look at the pdf file attached:
Process Gone WIld PDF
On Page 2 - I saw two alerts this AM - One for a possible CPU Looping address space on LPAR SYS and a second one for a USS Process using a large amount of CPU time. Lets look at these issues on LPAR SYS.
On Page 3 - We go to OMEGAMON XE for zOS and look at LPAR SYS and ask which Address Space maybe Looping? It is CTG90GP. Now I can cancel this right here but I... [More]
In the attached PDF we show how OMEGAMON XE for zOS 5.1.0 can prevent a z/OS LPAR from doom by warning the USS Processes pool is close to full.
On slide 2 the e3270ui Situation Event Console workspace alerts me that the SP14 USS Process pool is over 90% full. If it gets to 100% the LPAR is in trouble and may not be able to continue to process work.
On slide 3 you can see that I then went over to look at USS Processes in use of SP14. Who is using most of the 282 processes out of the max of 300?
On slide 4 we... [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]
You have /rtehome and /CandleHome USS file systems and you want to know what authority is needed during the installation and maintenance phases of your operation. Is the READ/WRITE authority required or is the READ authority sufficient? If you have enabled the Self Describing Agent (SDA), then the these files
need to be READ/WRITE all the time . If you do not have SDA enabled,
then these file systems do not need to have WRITE authority . For other solutions and information see the IBM Support Portal for Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for z/OS.... [More]
Pulse will return to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas March 3-6, 2013. Join the Automated Operations Technical Council (AOTC) to gain the
knowledge you need to protect your business and IT services through
end-to-end high availability and automation. This highly technical track
continues its long-term focus on the IBM Tivoli® System Automation
family AOTC is a full 5 days conference (March 3-8, 2013), which will show you exciting news, hands-on experiences, ways to increase your productivity through smart usage of IBM Tivoli's automation... [More]
The SA z/OS team just provided an APAR with zEnterprise EC12 Toleration support. APAR number is OA39856, PTFs are available for SA z/OS 3.2, 3.3 and 3.4 releases. The APAR provides the necessary support to tolerate the new IBM zEnterprise EC12 mainframe systems as target for the SA z/OS hardware interfaces.
I got some requests from IBM Tivoli System Automation (SA z/OS) users asking for access to the presentation of the SA z/OS V3.4 - File Update Enhancements. If you'd like to download it, please use this link...or find the file below. https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/mydeveloperworks/groups/service/html/communityview?communityUuid=5e65990a-9690-42e2-93b1-c2267be7620c#fullpageWidgetId=Waa62f018a05a_4ca4_b612_49ffee80398e&file=05bbe373-6533-46fc-80fe-cc13a3e9cb40
SA z/OS V3.4 - File Update Enhancements - Presentation
Recently, a customer wanted to know if there was a way to track not only the userID, but when changes were made to a workspace in the Tivoli Enterprise Portal with IBM Tivoli Monitoring, v6.2.3. To begin, there are no traces that need to be setup in order to track these changes. These are the two alternatives: You can look for any changes in the kfwmservices.msg file that is found in the itm_home\logs directory for non-Windows platforms; it's in the itm_home\logs directory for Windows. You can create situations or warehouse the messages that... [More]
Hello, on the link below there is a list of important APARs for Tivoli System Automation for z/OS with a short description/explanation. https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/mydeveloperworks/groups/service/html/communityview?communityUuid=5e65990a-9690-42e2-93b1-c2267be7620c#fullpageWidgetId=Waa62f018a05a_4ca4_b612_49ffee80398e&file=f51f0841-5031-4197-8da4-34b20cdcdeee
Tivoli Omegamon XE on z/VM and Linux has just released IF4. The highlight of this IF is a new Central Processing Complex (CPC) Workspace. From this workspace you can see, at a glance, the overall CPU usage of all the processors in your complex. The usage is broken down by processor type (IFL, CP, ZiiP, ZaaP, etc). This will allow you to easily see if you have excess capacity in your CPC, or if you are maximizing all of your processor resources. IF4 can be downloaded from Fix Central, with the corresponding Performance Toolkit piece available... [More]