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.
For large shop with numerous LPARs, you could save up to 20% of labor costs on installs and maintenance by implementing SDA. This new feature replaces installing application support files at your Tivoli Enterprise Portal Server and Tivoli Enterprise Monitoring Servers. You save time because you set this up once and then anytime maintenance is applied or new monitoring agents are added, the application support files are automatically updated. When self-describing agent support is enabled, the monitoring agent automatically distributes the... [More]
The IBM System z Integrated Information Processor (zIIP environment) accepts select data- and transaction-processing workloads from the z/OS operating system, which manages and coordinates the work between the primary processor and the zIIP processors. The use of zIIPs can lower your site's cost of operating its zSysterm hardware by reducing the work required of the Central Processing Unit (CPU). The Service Level Analysis component of OMEGAMON XE for CICS on z/OS, Version 510, now automatically detects and exploits zIIP processors... [More]
Are you r unning v510 OMEGAMON XE for IMS, and using the enhanced 3270 interface? To navigate the OMEGAMON enhanced 3270 user interface, all you need to know is where you're going and how to get there! Where to start? One of three default workspaces - KIPSTART, KOBSTART, or KIPMONS - can be configured to be your starting workspace when you log into the OMEGAMON enhanced 3270 interface. Simply set your initial workspace preference in your Site or User profile. Where to go from here - how many defined panels? Check out this diagram,... [More]
Hello, This is John Arnesen with NetView, System Automation and IACz level 2 support. If you are planning on opening a pmr, please review this technote for information on the NVINFO exec. http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21636932 The exec will issue a set of commands that writes output to the netlog or a dataset. and collects the most requested information used for debugging. You can speed up time to resolution by providing the NVINFO doc when opening a pmr. One of the best places to find product information to assist with... [More]
Hardware Instrumentation Services (HIS) on z/OS can be configured to collect CPU Measurement Facility (CPU MF) data in SMF type 113 subtype 2 records, which may be used to measure cache / memory hierarchy characteristics. APAR PM78418 provides exploitation support in Tivoli Decision Support for z/OS (TDSz) Version 181 for SMF type 113 subtype 2 records, in the z/OS System (MVS) Component, subcomponent System Statistics. The new reporting capabilities provided with this APAR may be utilized by TDSz users to supplement current performance metrics... [More]
You'r running OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks 510, liking the enhanced 3270 user interface, but maybe you have questions on ways to navigate to the workspace that you need... From any workspace, you can always issue the NETWORK or NETMENU command to navigate to any of the Enterprise workspaces. Here is a quick view of the primary navigation options: All of this and more are found in the OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks Enhanced 3270 Users Guide . These workspaces and navigation... [More]
Hello, This is John Arnesen with NetView and System Automation for z/OS level 2 support. Have you ever had a problem starting or stopping resources in System Automation, and could not figure out what is causing the problem?? One tool that is available to you is option 'X' from INGLIST. Just use X for the cmd next to the resource in question and you will see the following screen: The Examined State can be changed from UP to DOWN to show Starting or Stopping issues. There is also Help available to explain what the panel... [More]
Beta code is now available for testing for the next release of OMEGAMON XE on z/VM and Linux, which is currently under development. There are options to download and install the Beta code in your test/sandbox environment, or remotely access an IBM hosted environment. Any feedback you have on the product features can be provided directly to the Development team. Education is available through recorded web conferences and product documentation drafts, and one method of feedback available is through a discussion forum. If you are... [More]
We are very proud to tell you that our latest product "IBM Automation Control for z/OS V1.1" is now generally available since 26 April 2013. IBM Automation Control for z/OS (Automation Control), provides automated operations and availability for small/medium sized z/OS installations, scoped to single z/OS systems. It provides policy-based and goal-oriented automation avoiding customers writing a lot of scripts. It combines powerful, enterprise-tested automation with installation and configuration capabilities... [More]
We get asked many questions about the Tivoli OMEGAMON Manager (TOM) as it is a relatively new technology that runs on the zOS operating system to provide the Enhanced 3270 User Interface (e3270ui) capability. Let’s address a few of these questions. Q) Why do we need the Tivoli OMEGAMON Manager (TOM)? A) The TOM is designed to provide the capability of a single 3270 panel of glass view for all OMEGAMON information and navigation that spans your Sysplexes, zOS’s, CICS’s, IMS’s, DB2’s, MQ’s,... [More]
You may be used to finding the configuration guide for the Tivoli Enterprise Monitoring Server on z/OS with the IBM Tivoli Monitoring documentation. Starting with version 6.3.0 of Tivoli Management Services, Configuring the Tivoli Enterprise Monitoring Server on z/OS has become part of the OMEGAMON shared publications. You can still find it in the IBM Tivoli Monitoring/OMEGAMON information center, but you need to look under OMEGAMON shared publications. The Tivoli Management Services on z/OS program directory has also been moved to the shared... [More]
Hello System Automation for z/OS and NetView for z/OS Experts, this is just a small reminder not to forget to register to EOTC 2013. There are still some seats available. The conference will be held Monday, May13 through Friday, May 17, 2013 in the IBM Lab in Boeblingen, Germany. Conference language is English. We can promise a bunch of interesting presentations and workshops. See the registration page for the final agenda. Link below. This conference addresses the needs of System, Network and Automation Administrators.... [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 again everyone, We know that many customers are still planning on moving to OMEGAMON XE V510+ this year where they will encounter a number of valuable updates in the product. Some of those updates affect installation and configuration, such as the new PARMGEN method of configuration. Cecile Day from our PARMGEN R&D team, will conduct an informal webcast on OMEGAMON XE V510 configuration and answer your questions live on Wednesday, April 17th at 10:00 am Eastern time and again on May 8th at 2:00 pm Eastern . Our first OMEGAMON XE V510... [More]
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]