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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]
For tasks that disable resource limiting using KCORMCLL API there is no indication the resource limiting thresholds have been reached. UA 64466 and UA 64467 reference OA38999. Resource Limiting was changed to issue the OC8902 message when a WARN threshold is reached and the new KCP8903I message was issued when a KILL threshold is reached. The task will not be killed by RLIM. After you apply this maintenance, the change will take effect when you issue the OMEG RECYCLE in the CICS region or when the CICS region is recycled. This is the new... [More]
The above diagram provides a quick, high level look at the OMEGAMON 3270 Enhanced User Interface and how you can use it to drill down for information for OMEGAMON XE for CICS on z/OS. The first workspace you will see when you log on to the e3270ui depends on whether more than one product that supports this new interface is installed in your environment and what is designated as the first workspace in the site or user profile. For OM XE for CICS on z/OS, you might see Enterprise Summary - All Active CICSplexes The Options menu (enter a... [More]
OA39423: When a remote Tivoli Enterprise Monitoring Server is getting shutdown requests for CICSplex data it might timeout. ABENDS0C4 in agent when running with PRIMEPSA Diagnostic trap. The force type action commands do not provide a confirmation pop-up message in the OMEGAMON 3270 enhanced user interface. When a remote Tivoli Enterprise Monitoring Server is shutdown the CICSplex agent continues to request data from the agent(s)that are no longer online. Some collectors when running in the agent address space did not correctly check for... [More]
The new release of System Automation for z/OS 3.4 has GA today. It is orderable since 4/24/2012 in IBM order systems.
Also the System Automation for z/OS 3.4 library is available from the following link now: http://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/tivihelp/v3r1/index.jsp?topic=/com.ibm.sazos.doc_3.4/welcome.html
This link points to the IBM Tivoli Systems Management Information Center.
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]
Check out this first part, of a two part series, on the evolution of the CICS transaction server’s serviceability process and enhancements by Bill Bulfin and Ed Addison. Bill Bulfin has provided Level 2 worldwide remote technical support for CICS and the CICS tools portfolio of products, while Ed Addison has had a Level 2 career supporting VSAM and CICS. Through the years, serviceability, as it relates to CICS, has been primarily concerned with reducing the time and effort required to identify and solve a problem by CICS customers and IBM... [More]
At the end of April many IBMers,
business partners and customers will be gathering in Las Vegas for
the IBM Impact 2012 conference . I'll be
there along with some colleagues presenting and demonstrating the latest OMEGAMON products . We will be showing off the enhancements
delivered this year that make monitoring on System Z using OMEGAMON a
compelling offering, including the Enhanced 3270 UI - a single integrated cross-product interface - and the
Self-Describing Agent feature that reduces the cost of deployment and
maintenance for... [More]
You should bookmark this very important page! The Tivoli APAR notification page contains a list of some open or recently
closed APARs that might impact your product. Review the APAR record to determine if
there is an interim fix or fix pack you need to apply for better results.
This document was last updated on April 9, 2012. Tivoli APAR notification
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]
On March 8th, listen to Christopher Walker of the OMEGAMON XE for CICS on z/OS development team during this one hour Webinar presentation discuss how CICS performance is
important to every business - and how being able to quickly find and fix problems is always
critical. He will provide an overview on how greater visibility into
CICS can help IT professionals resolve issues across Parallel Sysplex and LPAR
boundaries with fewer screens and keystrokes. He will also discuss how
to more easily monitor and maintain your entire mainframe... [More]