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Join us on March 30, 2017 11 EDT as Dean Butler the Lead Developer will present the next webcast in our series. z/OS systems management experts rely on having fast and accurate information about their enterprise to quickly identify problems, locate the root cause and take the appropriate actions. The OMEGAMON Enhanced 3270UI is the strategic interface for these subject matter experts to manage their z/OS infrastructure and key subsystems. To help new users become familiar with the Enhanced 3270UI we have planned a series of... [More]
OMEGAMON XE on z/VM and Linux Fix Pack 3 is now available for download from Fix Central. This Fix Pack contains the following enhancements: New workspaces that allow you to monitor CPU Pools in both z/VM 6.3 and z/VM 6.4.
CPU pooling provides the ability to define a limit on the amount of CPU resources
(in terms of real CP or IFL processors) that a group of z/VM guests are
allowed to consume in aggregate. One or more
virtual machines can be assigned to a CPU pool (a virtual
machine can be assigned to one CPU pool at a time) and... [More]
With the release today of OMEGAMON XE on z/VM and Linux 4.3.0 FP3, you may now manage your z/VM LPARs from an Ubuntu Linux guest within that LPAR. FixPack 3 supports running OMEGAMON XE on z/VM and Linux on Ubuntu Server 16.04 LTS and later. This is in addition to the current support for running on REHL and SLES. You will need to upgrade your ITM infrastructure to ITM 6.3 FixPack 7 in order to use this support.
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System Automation for z/OS 4.1 and Service Management Suite for z/OS 1.4.2 have been announced to provide new functions to optimize the efficiency and availability of critical systems and applications on IBM z... [More]
IBM Knowledge Center is the central location for finding and organizing information about IBM products. It offers a channel called Contact Us to hear customer voices. When you have confusions about our products or manuals, welcome to contact us. Here is the procedure: 1. If you have confusions about a topic, click Contact US at the bottom right of your browser. 2. Click Comment on this content from the popup. 3. Select one email application you prefer and then click OK . Take Yahoo! Mail for example. 4. The receiver... [More]
Next week SHARE takes place in San Jose for the latest round of updates, hands-on labs and discussions around IBM z Systems. The full tec hnic al s essi on a gend a is available now to read through and pick the sessions you want to attend. For those of you interested in z/OS systems management and monitoring, IBM will have many useful sessions you might want to attend. I have listed just a few of them here now
MONDAY - MARCH 6TH 10AM Session: 20650 Discover the Top 10 Problems... [More]
Dear Friends of System Automation, This is your official Invitation for the European Operations Technical Conference (EOTC) in 2017. The conference is planned from Monday, May 15 through Thursday, May 18, 2017 in the IBM Lab in Boeblingen, Germany. Conference language will be English . Remember that the conference will last half a day longer than last year. Begin is on Monday at 1 PM, end is on Thursday at noon. This conference addresses the needs of System, Network and Automation Administrators. Sessions are presented by... [More]
Join us on March 2, 2017 at 11AM EST as Kay Maggi Lead Developer for the OMEGAMON Messaging team will continue the series of Modernizing your OMEGAMON Environment. z/OS systems management experts rely on having fast and accurate information about their enterprise to quickly identify problems, locate the root cause and take the appropriate actions. The OMEGAMON Enhanced 3270UI is the strategic interface for these subject matter experts to manage their z/OS infrastructure and key subsystems. To help new users become familiar with the... [More]
Thanks for your attendance of the previous OMEGAMON deployment customer open Q&A teleconference call held on January 11, 2017 . The cumulative 2016-2017 meeting minutes, which include the Q&A low-level details from our Jan. 11th call, are available in a downloadable PDF from the following link in SMC z Systems community: URL: h t t p : / / w w w . i b m . c o m / d e v e l o p e r w o r k s / c o m m u n i t y / g r o u p s / s e r v i c e / h t m l / c o m m u n i t y v i e w ? c o m m u n i t y U u i d = 5 e 6 5 9 9 0 a - 9 6 9... [More]
Occasionally, you might need to remove a subsystem from a particular runtime environment. You should thoroughly clear out all the runtime members that are no longer used in your production libraries. To remove subsystems from your runtime environment using PARMGEN, perform as follows: 1. Define the RTE that you want to configure. a. Start the installation and configuration tool by running the command EX 'gbl_target_hilev.TKANCUS' where gbl_target_hilev is the high-level qualifier for the SMP/E target libraries where the products are... [More]
The IBM Operations Analytics for z Systems V3.1.0 documentation is available in the IBM Knowledge Center . The documentation includes prebuilt PDF files . For more information about the product, see the announcement titled "... [More]
New in OMEGAMON for JVM on z/OS v540, a feature for diagnosing potential native memory exhaustion has been delivered. An OutofMemoryError condition can occur for several reasons, one of which is when a JVM has run out of native memory in the address space. When the JVM starts, memory for the initial Java heap size is allocated (specified by the -Xms Java option). For a 64-bit JVM this is usually above the bar (>2Gb) memory. For a 31-bit JVM this memory is allocated from 31-bit addressable memory (the “extended... [More]
IBM InterConnect 2017 - Las Vegas (19-23 March) There will be 30+ z ITSM sessions, including several focusing on OMEGAMON, throughout the week at InterConnect 2017 including breakouts, panels, meet the experts, technical demos and hand-on labs (including two focused on OMEGAMON). Additionally you can register for 1-on-1 meetings with zITSM subject matter experts and executive briefing sessions. For more information: http://www.ibm.com/cloud-computing/us/en/interconnect/ z IT Service Management User Group @ InterConnect (23-24 March) The... [More]
Dear Friends of System Automation, As you might already know, we plan to have another European Operations Technical Conference (EOTC) in 2017. The conference is planned from Monday, May 15 through Thursday, May 18, 2017 in the IBM Lab in Boeblingen, Germany. Conference language will be English. Remember that the conference will last half a day longer than last year. Begin is on Monday at 1 PM, end is on Thursday at noon. This conference addresses the needs of System, Network and Automation Administrators. Sessions are presented by... [More]
Happy New Year from the OMEGAMON development team. We would like to invite you to our next installment of our Enhanced 3270UI Webcast Series on January 26 2017 at 11am EST which will have a specific focus on CICS monitoring and presented by lead developer, Mick Harris. OMEGAMON for CICS is a mature, robust and trusted product and recent enhancements - available only through the Enhanced 3270UI - deliver the function required for monitoring today's complex environments where CICS transaction interact with other subsystems such as MQ, DB2 and... [More]
IBM Doc Buddy 1.2 is available for new and existing users! You can download or update IBM Doc Buddy from App Store or Google Play to enjoy the enhanced information experience of looking up z Systems message documentation in your mobile devices. IBM have dropped support for LookAt, the previous z/OS message lookup tool, so IBM Doc Buddy can be your new choice! Here are a few of highlights : The Red Alerts information is now available from the Notifications menu. You are automatically notified about new Red Alerts, pushed by IBM Doc Buddy. When... [More]
With the latest release of the Enhanced 3270UI OA51564/UA83356, managing situations and groups is now available on the 3270, not just in the TEP interface. With this new iteration of features, the Situation Editor and Object Editor have been added to an SME's problem solving arsenal, directly from the Enhanced 3270UI. Experts will find the Situation Editor incredibly useful for monitoring by exception. By creating situations that monitor specific aspects of an environment, users can be notified of issues with a system resource before... [More]
Thanks for your attendance of the previous OMEGAMON deployment customer open Q&A teleconference call held on October 26, 2016 . The cumulative 2016 meeting minutes, which include the Q&A low-level details from our October 26th call, are available in a downloadable PDF from the following link in SMC z Systems community: URL: h t t p : / / w w w . i b m . c o m / d e v e l o p e r w o r k s / c o m m u n i t y / g r o u p s / s e r v i c e / h t m l / c o m m u n i t y v i e w ? c o m m u n i t y U u i d = 5 e 6 5 9 9 0 a - 9 6 9 0... [More]
The fix pack 2 level of OMEGAMON XE for Messaging v7.3.0 provides more than just fixes! New features have been added for IBM MQ monitoring and for IBM Integration Bus monitoring. With fix pack 2, MQ SMDS monitoring is supported, message monitoring allows you to create situations to alert based on messages on queues, you can dynamically change your MQ monitoring parameters from the Enhanced 3270 UI, and much more. Please see the following link to review the full list of what is new with fix pack 2: ... [More]
IBM Security zSecure suite 2.2.1 was announced on October 25, 2016 with a planned availability date of December 9, 2016. You can read the US announcement letter here . This release provides live SMF event streaming to IBM QRadar SIEM, enhanced alerting capability in zSecure Alert based on specific access events captured by zSecure Admin Access Monitor, improved scalability through exploitation of 64-bit addressing mode, new policies in zSecure Command Verifier including the ability to link denial of access to an external security... [More]
I proudly announce that the IBM Service Management Suite for z/OS (SMSz) 1.4.1 is generally available. SMSz 1.4.1 provides compelling new functions to manage the dynamic growth of transaction workload on IBM z Systems. The functional enhancements described below show the massive amount of new value for z Systems Clients. SMSz 1.4.1 delivers the following new and improved functions: IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite for z/OS, V5.4.1 OMEGAMON for JVM on z/OS (OMEGAMON for JVM), a new stand-alone product, which is also... [More]
We are pleased to announce a new round of updates for IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for IMS on z/OS V5.3.0 with the arrival of Interim Feature 2 this week. This delivery provides updates to OMEGAMON Enhanced 3270UI workspaces for database analysis. It is delivered through PTF UA83408. You can now use the new Database Summary workspaces to monitor all databases in your environment - no matter the type - in one easy to access location. The workspace is found from the System Resources menu (option I) off any IMS... [More]
A new video series has been posted to YouTube that you'll want to see. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiD3_RDV00JfKwN5A15uAk9FkvidFegRG This playlist shows a real world example of how a modern zSystems hybrid cloud application environment can be managed easily from your browser with Service Management Unite (SMU), part of IBM Service Management Suite for z/OS (SMSz), and also Application Performance Management (APM). Short vignettes show how a subject matter expert creates customized management dashboards, for... [More]
OMEGAMON XE on z/VM and Linux is completely supported on z/VM 6.4. All functionality included on OM XE on z/VM and Linux 4.3.0 FP2 is available on the latest release of z/VM with no additional OMEGAMON updates required.
During the process of creating and configuring a brand new RTE, you may encounter lots of unexpected problems especially when you are a beginner. Don't worry, today, we'll show you a video demo guiding you to complete creating an RTE with the latest PARMGEN DLA feature. We'll highlight the following parts in our video: 1. Take you through scenario QCF10--configuring a sharing-with-SMP/E runtime environment with a hub monitoring server . This is a very detailed step-by-step guide, and for the purpose of covering all kinds of... [More]
'Dear Rocky' answers your System z monitoring and performance tuning questions. Rocky McMahan, a Senior Software Performance Engineer in z Systems Software R&D, offers valuable tips to help you get more out of your monitoring software. The objective of this document is to provide clear and concise tuning guidelines for IBM® OMEGAMON® XE on z/OS® products. These products include OMEGAMON XE for z/OS, CICS®, IMS™, DB2®, Mainframe Networks and Storage. This document also... [More]
z/VM V6R4 was announced on October 25, 2016 with a planned availability date of November 11, 2016. Toleration fixes have been made available beforehand for zSecure Manager for RACF z/VM 1.11.1 and 1.11.2 and for zSecure for z/OS 2.1.0, 2.1.1, and 2.2.0. Background IBM Security zSecure Manager for RACF z/VM helps you protect your z/VM systems. You can feed the data collected by its zSecure Collect for z/VM (CKVCOLL) component into IBM Security zSecure Admin and zSecure Audit. This allows comprehensive analysis including both z/OS and z/VM... [More]
Today we will show you video examples introducing the new feature in PARMGEN: the autodiscovery functions of z/OS Discovery Library Adapter (DLA) (FMID HIZD310). PARMGEN PTF UA82508 for APAR OA50912 (4Q16 Interim Feature) introduces the PARMGEN z/OS DLA integration enhancement. It enables self-discovery of product parameter values during the PARMGEN configuration phase of z Management Suites deployment, thus reducing the time and effort in creating accurate configuration files. This key integration is especially useful in large environments... [More]
The OMEGAMON development team is inviting you to join us on our fourth installment of the Enhanced 3270UI Webcast Series on December 1 at 11AM EST . On November 11 2016, IBM OMEGAMON for Storage V540 became generally available . Key updates include the addition of monitoring for FICON director, integration with other OMEGAMON data and key problem solving scenarios, plus how the bolstering of data available within the Enhanced 3270UI simplifies configuration, reduces the need for distributed... [More]