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.
A system programmer received a call that one of the applications on a transaction server is having some problem. The system programmer logs on to a data analyzer, quickly glances at the analyzed reports, understands what might be going wrong and fixes it. This seems to be a first reaction when a customer notices an issue in their workshop. There seems to be an exponential growth in the data generated worldwide. About 90% of data was generated in the last two years alone. It is also significant to know that 70% of the unstructured data in... [More]
zAware is a helpful tool from IBM's System Technology Group which can let you know when applications in your z/OS environment are doing unusual things. It monitors your system log for messages that are, for you, statistically unusual. zAware's browser session can show you when unusual message traffic is brewing by presenting what it calls it's "anomaly score". For you to know about it, though, you have to either logon to zAware's browser interface and keep your eyes peeled or better yet let OMEGAMON... [More]
Hello, This is John Arnesen with NetView and System Automation for z/OS level 2 support. Have you ever wanted to search all the manuals for a product release level at once, or were familiar with using BookManager to search for information in all the manuals and have found out the new product versions are in PDF format??? How do I search the PDF manuals like I did in BookManager??? Check out the IBM Knowledge Center and you will find a quick and easy way to search all the manuals for one or more products and versions. Get started with this URL... [More]
The GDPS Active/Active Continuous Availability solution is designed to provide a comprehensive continuous availability and business continuity solution to support two or more data center sites separated by unlimited distance to help you achieve recovery point objective (RPO) and recover time objective (RTO) goals. GDPS Active/Active Continuous Availability solution supports the Active/Standby and Active/Query configurations. The Active/Standby (update) configuration enables you to receive transactions in one site and copy changed data, using... [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 OMEGAMON XE shared documentation , after... [More]
Tivoli Workload Scheduler for z/OS uses an agent named IBM Tivoli Monitoring Agent for Tivoli Workload Scheduler for z/OS to send events and alerts to IBM Tivoli Monitoring (ITM). Tivoli Workload Scheduler for z/OS establishes an IP connection with the Socket Data Source of the Tivoli Monitoring agent which acts like a listener task. Every time one of the monitored operations changes its status, or an alert is issued, the related event is sent to the Tivoli Monitoring agent. The data sent by Tivoli Workload Scheduler for z/OS is... [More]
SA for z/OS is built on top of many base services provided by NetView for z/OS. But did you know that the two products also have a long history of collaboration and integration? Or that several integration points are new to the last couple releases? Let's explore these areas. First, "data REXX" support gave NetView the opportunity to conditionally include SA initialization members without asking customers to manually include these members, as they previously had to do, saving time and eliminating potential errors. This has been... [More]
We have shipped PTF UA70726 (V7.5) and UA71035 (V8.1) to overcome the high water mark limitation for INTEGER data type found in 3 columns of 3 tables in the database repository. The maximum allowable value for INTEGER data type is 2147483647. These 3 columns are now defined as FLOAT data types in order to support values greater than 2147483647 .
In a previous blog entry, “You can get there from here”, the new OMEGAMON XE on z/OS version 5.3.0 Near Term History support was introduced. The navigation paths between all supported workspaces were explained. The scenario used in this blog entry focuses on one of those areas of navigation. It explains how to determine the reason for an address space experiencing delays, and the address space or spaces causing them, during a specific historical timeframe. Why was my job delayed Jason? Jason, in systems programming, received a... [More]
We recently recorded a podcast as part of the "Did you say Mainframe?!" series about the latest updates for CICS and CICS TG users in OMEGAMON XE for CICS V530. If you're a current OMEGAMON user perhaps looking to upgrade, or are simply interested in seeing what OMEGAMON can provide for monitoring your CICS environment, this 10 minute recording will highlight the key enhancements. Specifically, we discuss the following: Faster root-cause investigation of problems using Near-Term Historical data collection. Providing stronger... [More]
IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS version 3.4 or higher provides Relational Data Services (RDS) that allows you to create, modify and query relational tables similar to SQL. Enhancements are now available for RDS that help you to share name-value pairs conveniently and efficiently between NetView tasks, TSO sessions and TSO batch jobs. The new RDS function GETVAR and PUTVAR reads and writes a single name-value-pair or a list of multiple name-value-pairs in an atomic manner, which means it updates existing name-value-pairs or inserts... [More]
With the latest version of OMEGAMON 530 products, NTH(Near Term History) function is available. NTH is good for the customer to debug and diagnosis monitoring issue. We would use UA73689 HKCI310 driver in this article to introduce the PARMGEN support for the OMEGAMON 530 and 3270 UI NTH feature. This paper would show the way how to configure OMEGAMON XE Messaging agent and 3270 UI with PARMGEN. What is more, User can learn the way to enable NTH within 3270 UI. 1. Find the %hlq.TKANCUS dataset and send 'EXEC' command to start the... [More]
We are proud to announce that, since September 22nd, the new "Remote HotStandBy Controller" feature is available as Beta code on IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler for z/OS v9.2. The remote hot stand-by controller has been designed to guarantee the continuos availability for IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler for z/OS customers. "What is new, then?" you may ask "I already have my hot stand-by controller up and running!". The new is that your hot stand-by controller can now be remote. Unlike the traditional hot stand-by... [More]
Its been 4 years since I was hired by IBM from school. I always wanted to a work for an organization that is well known for its contribution in innovation and creativity. I am fascinated by the innovation and creativity that IBM drives and how IBMers have always made significant contributions to Artificial Intelligence. One such example was IBM's Deep Blue product and more recent example would be IBM's contribution to cognitive thinking through Watson . These innovations constantly lead me to believe that IBM is a visionary leader... [More]
What's new: The ITM service console is a utility to query and modify configuration information for an active Tivoli Monitoring process. You can use it to enable tracing for a TEMS, read logs, or query your configuration. Historically, the ITM service console was only accessible from a web browser, but now with the V730 release of the Enhanced 3270 User Interface you never have to leave the Enhanced 3270UI to access this important diagnostic tool. How to get to it: There are new options off the " All known HUBs "... [More]