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.
Hello everyone, 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 master PARMGEN technote... [More]
IBM Security zSecure Manager for RACF z/VM 1.11.2 was announced this week at IBM Interconnect 2015 with a planned availability date of March 13, 2015. This release is based on IBM Security zSecure Suite 2.1.1 (for z/OS) and introduces the zSecure Audit Compliance Testing Framework to the z/VM operating system. Background Mainframes continue to be the home for mission critical information and essential business production applications in many organizations due to the strong heritage of integrated security support capabilities... [More]
We are pleased to announce that upgrade from TWSz V8R5M0 or TWSz V8R5M1 to TWSz V9R2M0 has been fully tested and it runs successfully. Until now the supported and suggested upgrade from 8.5.x to 9.2.0 was performed in two steps: one to 8.6.0 and another to 9.2.0. The Apar PI34075 is available to remove the message EQQIC70W from the migration program at 9.2.0 level if FROMREL or TOREL parameters are TWSV8R5M0 or TWSV8R5M1. The EQQIC70W message was just a warning message that was not stopping the upgrade procedure. The Apar contains two... [More]
Announcing the continuation of the OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite for z/OS Beta Program The OMEGAMON Development team is looking for interested customers and business partners to participate in the Beta Program for the next release of the IBM OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite for z/OS. Both On-Premise and Hosted Beta Programs are supported and will include OMEGAMON XE for IMS on z/OS and OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks. The Beta Program is a great way for participants to evaluate the value of new OMEGAMON enhancements... [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. Typically, the... [More]
Today we announce the addition of OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks to the existing OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite Beta program. We are looking for customers and business partners who are interested in working with us to shape and validate the new capabilities we are developing in OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks. The beta program is a great way for you to evaluate the new OMEGAMON features as they are being developed, and to interact directly with the OMEGAMON Development team. Program support includes receiving... [More]
With the next release of Service Management Suite for z/OS IBM intends to deliver a new web based DASHboard user interface. T he offering will enable users to automate and monitor heterogeneous workloads from one operations console. Customizable DASHboards will introduce a new level of service management integration with improved transparency and control of your z Systems workload. See here here for the announcement letter. A first glance with a demo will be possible next week at InterConnect 2015 in Las... [More]
We are pleased to advise that a new release of Tivoli Decision Support for z/OS has been announced. v1.8.2 has a planned availability date of March 13, 2015. Please refer to the following link for more information on the announcement: http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=AN&subtype=CA&htmlfid=897/ENUS215-083&appname=USN Stay tuned to this blog and to the TDSz wiki for more information in the coming weeks on TDSz v1.8.2. TDSz wiki:... [More]
Going to the IBM Interconnect 2015? This is the premier Cloud and Mobile Conference. Be sure to look out for the following great sessions in the area of performance, capacity management, log analysis and analytics on z Systems: Session 3381 Best Practice Performance and Capacity Management using TDSz KPI Features. Get an overview on the new Tivoli Decision Support for z/OS, including its new Key Performance Metric components. Session 4611 CMA New Features Why Capacity Management Analytics on Distributed & z Systems. Session 6021 Analytics... [More]
Now you can use IBM SmartCloud Analytics – Log Analysis and OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite agents working together under Tivoli Enterprise Portal. This is a very powerful tool to help you find issues impacting your performance very quickly.. Check this link for details http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21696831
Hello Everyone, This is John Arnesen with NetView and System Automation for z/OS level 2 support. We have seen instances where a customer issue can be avoided by keeping up with HIPER and/or PE maintenance. Customers have asked how they can keep current with HIPER's and PE's. The answer is a SMP/E function called Enhanced Holddata that lists all the Hiper and PE maint for z/OS products. Customers can request this data and it is also shipped with all ESO's, Corrective Service orders and PDOs. Here is a... [More]
The OMEGAMON, System Automation for z/OS (SA z/OS), NetView and Tivoli Asset Discovery for z/OS (TADz) development teams are looking for customers and business partners who are interested in participating in an Early Access Program and later possibly in a Beta Program for the IBM Service Management Suite for z/OS (SMSz). Initial foc us is on the Early Access Program with design discussions, participation in the Beta Program (with code download and installation) can be decided later. This program is a way for participants to follow... [More]
Today we announce the addition of OMEGAMON XE for IMS on z/OS to the existing OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite Beta program. We are looking for customers and business partners who are interested in working with us to shape and validate the new capabilities we are developing in OMEGAMON XE for IMS. The beta program is a great way for you to evaluate the value of new OMEGAMON enhancements as they are being developed, and to interact directly with the OMEGAMON Development team. Program support includes receiving assistance... [More]
Easier use of SMSz The Service Management Suite for z/OS (SMSz) is now providing an installation overview, a configuration overview and documented integration scenarios, The installation chapter provides high level guidance about both the order of component product installation and the installation into separate zones (along with links to more detailed information). The configuration chapter provides guidance on the the order and basic configuration of Tivoli Management Services, the included monitoring agents, SAz, zNetView and... [More]
EOTC 2015 - Register Now! Dear Automation Experts, this is your official invitation to the European Operations Technical Conference 2015 . 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 special rate... [More]
In OMEGAMON XE for IMS v510 we released our first content in the new Enhanced 3270 User Interface. One of the very useful things that this interface allows us to do is show you information across your entire IMSplex – even across LPARs - on one screen. Lets start on our main workspace, KIPSTART. We'll be looking at the first subpanel, which shows a list of all of the IMSplexes in our environment, focusing on IMSplex IA1C for this scenario: Already, we notice that somewhere within the IMSplex, a locking condition has occurred.... [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.
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Hello, This is John Arnesen with NetView and System Automation level 2 support. I will be attending InterConnect and AOTC this year. I look forward to meeting the customers I have worked with over the years - don't hesitate to say hello!! See you there, John
Happy New Year to all. With APAR OA46638 and PTF UA75771, we have added a interim fix to help identify IBM products that are made available as IBM Bundled Suites. Please review the ++HOLD ACTION in the PTF for more details. We are working on a solution that will be released in the next release. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any feedback and suggestions. Thank-you. Travis Kok (email@example.com)
Hello everyone, 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 Performance... [More]
OMEGAMON zCAC Announcement: We will run the next OMEGAMON zCAC - Customer Advisory Council (CAC) meeting on Thursday, February 26, 2015. This meeting will be held during the InterConnect 2015 conference ( htt p:// www. ibm. com/ clou d-co mput ing/ us/e n/in terc onne ct / ) being held in Las Vegas, Nevada Mandalay Bay Hotel which runs from February 22nd through February 26th, 2015. If you are interested to join, please contact Kevin Hosozawa (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If this is your question, the answer is: YES, by accessing IBM Knowledge Center! IBM Knowledge Center is a single location where you find all IBM product documentation. After signing in with your IBM ID, you can create your own collection of pages by selecting them from any manuals of any product listed. From the collection, you can create your custom PDF, download it, and even share it with others. To create your custom PDF, complete the following procedure: In the Table of Contents tab, access the manual you want and locate the section that... [More]
AOTC Announcement: We will run the next AOTC (Automated Operations Technical Council) Customer Advisory Council (CAC) meeting from Thursday, February 26, 2015 until Friday February 27, 2015. This meeting will be held during the InterConnect 2015 conference ( http://www.ibm.com/cloud-computing/us/en/interconnect/ ) being held in Las Vegas, Nevada Mandalay Bay Hotel which runs from February 22nd through February 26th, 2015. If you are interested to join, please contact Uwe Gramm (email@example.com).
This affects any address spaces that execute PGM=KLV, namely: z/OS ITM TEMS, z/OS OMEGAMON TEMAs, and z/OS OMEGAMON CUAs Previously a TIME RESET command would need to be issued to each address space after the z/OS system local clock was changed. With APAR OA46343, the code will check every quarter of an hour for a change of more than two minutes, forward or backward, in the z/OS system local clock; if a change is detected, the ITM Engine clock is resynchronised with the z/OS system local time. Using... [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 your IT Operations... [More]
IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS version 3.4 or higher provides Relational Data Services (RDS) that enables you to create, modify and query relational tables similar to SQL. There is an enhancement that supports now the parameter TARGET for command INGRDS. This helps you to access and replicate RDS tables located on remote systems. Install the PTF for APAR OA46166 in order to use this enhancement. Usage Scenario There is a master RDS table on system A . On system B you want a SA REXX program to modify the remote master table. On system C... [More]
Stay informed with automated alerts We know it's hard to stay informed. That's why we have a system that will e-mail you when new fixes or alerts come out. You create a profile indicating what kinds of information you're interested in, so you only receive the information you're looking for. There are different types of automated information: Support Subscriptions can be set up via My Notifications Allows you to receive security advisories and alerts that maintenance fixes are available. See the website for the complete list of... [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. Background The Security Technical Implementation Guide from DISA provides a framework for ensuring that security is set up properly. IBM Security zSecure Audit... [More]