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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]
By Sarah Knowles Strategy & Portfolio Manager for zAnalytics, IBM Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure You can follow me on Twitter , connect with me on Linkedin Subscribe to C&S I Sy stem z s ocia l co nten t I began my career in IT Support. I started as a support rep for OS2 Lan Server – yes, I am dating myself! I then moved to support a few flavors of UNIX on laptops, and finally moved to IBM Tivoli Support working on what is now Tivoli... [More]
Viewlets have been added to the OMEGAMON XE for Messaging for z/OS media gallery wiki page for the v7.3 release. You may be interested in watching these to learn more about the embedded data and near term history features. They are short and fast to download and watch. Here are links to the topics recently added to the product's Media Gallery page: Finding the occurrence time of a channel issue with the MQ Enhanced 3270 user interface : This viewlet shows... [More]
We have a Interim solution to support the Bundling Suites of IBM Products. For TADz 8.1, please apply PTF UA75856 for APAR OA46615. Please review the HOLDACT comments in the PTF to perfform post-apply changes needed to effect this fix.
When sites alter the time of some of their systems this caused a problem when scanning these systems as the time taken might be years in advance and this causes problems when importing this data. Changes were made to Inquisitor and Usage Monitor to always use the PR/SM time rather than the system time as PR/SM time will always be the current date and time. This is available via APAR OA46093 for TADz 8.1. Please order PTF UA75220.
A performance improvement was recently made available to speed up processing for CARLa queries using z/OS UNIX file data. If you are using zSecure 2.1.0 or 2.1.1 it is recommended you look at the service provided through APAR OA46606 . If you work with systems with lots of catalogs and data sets, you might also experience benefits from changes made in that area. For zSecure 2.1.0 install the fix for APAR OA46616 . For zSecure 2.1.1 this change was largely incorporated into the base release. You can apply the fix for APAR OA46244... [More]
What screen size should you use? If your screen size is too small, there may be a lot of meaningful information off to the right or bottom of your screen. Personally, I find 62x160 is a good size for all enhanced 3270UI uses. If your monitor is too small to comfortably accommodate that size (and getting more difficult with every birthday!), then 43x80 is good for *most* enhanced 3270UI uses. If there are workspaces with many subpanels or many thousands of rows of data (such as historical summary displays), 62x160 might be better for... [More]
As product manager for IBM® Tivoli® OMEGAMON® XE for DB2® Performance Expert on z/OS®, I’m often asked by customers and the field alike how does IBM’s “Expert” offering differ from the “Monitor” offering? Certainly there’s a concise list of features that differentiate Performance Expert from Performance Monitor, but there’s more to it than that. IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for DB2 Performance Expert on z/OS can be described as a single tool that allows you to monitor, analyze... [More]
The PARMGEN configuration tool supports a number of components in the following product suites: Tivoli OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite for z/OS Tivoli OMEGAMON for z/OS Management Suite IBM Service Management Suite for z/OS Tivoli Advanced Storage Management Suite for z/OS Effective preparation and planning make configuration, deployment and upgrades of the product suites go more quickly and smoothly. Here are some of the best practice tips to aid in a smooth deployment of the products. We realize many customers also employ... [More]
System Automation for z/OS has just released APAR OA45008 for releases V3.5 and V3.4 and hence delivered RFE 31913. This APAR introduces export and import capabilities for your LPARS AND SYSTEMS policy which is part of a processor entry in the System Automation for z/OS policy database. With this support, customers can now completely define new processors, the LPARs and the systems that run on these LPARs using a text file instead of using the Customization Dialog panels. Customers can also extract all this data into a text... [More]
by Beth Sarnie Market Segment Lead for Linux on System z, IBM Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure You can follow me on Twitter , connect with me on Linkedin Subscribe to C&S I Sy stem z s ocia l co nten t Everything is speeding up, the need to decrease cost is constant and so is the need for change. How can you reduce cost and increase efficiency, reliability, availability, and security? Can you really have it your way? ... [More]
Starting from IBM Workload Scheduler for z/OS 9.1 the new object run cycle group can be defined to have more flexible run cylces and reduce the need of manually generated periods. It consists of a sets of several run cycles defined as database objects independent from applications. So a run cycle group can be used by more than one application and that an application can use a mix of its own run cycles and of one or more run cycle groups. It can be referenced in the application description with the possibility to specify the offset (positive and... [More]