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, This is John Arnesen with NetView and System Automation level 2 support. Are you looking for a way to audit who issues System Automation commands? Or just want to make a notation in the netlog when a System Automation command is issued? The INGCNTL command can do that for you. Issue command: INGCNTL SET COMMAND_LOGGING=YES and every time a SA command is issued, a AOF705I message will be written to the netlog containing the command and the options used along with the userid or autotask that issued the command. Here is an... [More]
IBM Security zSecure 2.1 has become generally available on 09/06/2013. You can read the US announcement letter here . Notable features include: * a user interface to ease rule-based compliance reporting against standards such as DISA-STIG (the Security Technical Implementation Guide from the Defense Information Systems Agency) and GSD331/ISeC (a global services document with security controls documentation from IBM). *automatic collection of DB2 catalog resource data including databases, table spaces, storage groups, sequences,... [More]
The IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON for z/OS Management Suite V5.1.1 Information Center is now available. The Management Suite provides a complete z/OS platform management and monitoring capability for the operating system, networks, and storage subsystem. You can access this information center at: http://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/tivihelp/v61r1/topic/com.ibm.omegamon_zms.doc/zms_welcome.htm
Hello everyone, Thanks for your attendance of our ongoing open Q&A calls (focus topics covered to-date: PARMGEN and OMEGAMON enhanced 3270UI). For our Sept. open Q&A calls: September 25, 2013 : OMEGAMON/ITM PARMGEN R&D Development team will conduct an informal webcast on Featured topic: PARMGEN FAQs, Best Practices and Tips and answer your questions live on: ================================================================================ Session#1 * : 9/25/2013 (Wednesday) @ 7 a.m. PT / 9 a.m. CT / 10 a.m. ET (US) Session#2 *... [More]
Hello, This is John Arnesen with NetView and System Automation level 2 support. A change was made in NetyView V5R4 that causes CLOSE IMMED to be converted to CLOSE STOP if NetView wasn't already terminating. This is documented under the IMMED option in the help for the CLOSE command. This design change was made to prevent severe actions from taking place when they aren't required. This change is also part of NetView V6R1. If CLOSE IMMED is issued again or after a CLOSE STOP or any other case where NetView was already terminating, it is... [More]
IBM Security zSecure 2.1 was co-announced with z/OS V2R1 on July 23, 2013 and became generally available on September 6, 2013. On October 1, 2013 IBM has announced a number of new product releases in the information management area with a planned availability date of October 25, 2013, including IBM DB2 11 for z/OS , IBM Information Management System (IMS) 13 , and IBM InfoSphere Guardium 9.1 . The Vulnerability Assessment module of IBM InfoSphere Guardium 9.1 will... [More]
Hello System Automation for z/OS users, please be aware of a small enhancement of IBM System Automation for z/OS® V3.4 delivered in August this year. This small enhancement is related to the policy update through a flat file. If you require to update the PROCESSOR INFORMATION policy through a flat file, please install this support. For further information including this enhancement's documentation please visit the Support and Important Information section of the System Automation for z/OS® wiki (... [More]
Important information for former AOTC participants and PULSE participants with focus on IBM System z products : Below you will find the basic information announcing and inviting you to Pulse which we will again be a part of so I also want to add some AOTC (Automated Operations Technical Council) specific information. The most important information below is that the call to speakers is open and we need speakers. Accepted speakers will again be provided with a free conference pass. Topics around automation, monitoring, scheduling,... [More]
Hello everyone, Thanks for your attendance of our ongoing open Q&A calls (focus topics covered to-date: PARMGEN and OMEGAMON enhanced 3270UI). For our October open Q&A calls: October 30, 2013 : OMEGAMON/ITM PARMGEN R&D Development team will conduct an informal webcast on Featured topic: PARMGEN new version configuration support for 4Q13 GA products and answer your questions live on: ==== ==== ==== ==== ==== ==== ==== ==== ==== ==== ==== ==== ==== ==== ==== ==== ==== ==== ==== === = Session#1 * : 10/30/2013 (Wednesday) @ 7... [More]
Hello All, Small Enhancement APAR OA42556 is now available. Here are some of the new features: o The INGALERT command will now handle multi-line messages for EIF events. o New application types MQ and ITM have been introduced. o The INGQRY and ING$QRY commands will now support STRTDLY and STRTCYC.
Integration between IBM Security zSecure Audit 2.1 and IBM InfoSphere Guardium 9.1 is set to be available on October 25, 2013. zSecure Audit analyzes the protection of DB2 objects by RACF and internal security and makes these available to Guardium. Guardium includes new entitlement reports and delivers over 60 new vulnerability tests. Background Mainframes continue to be the home for mission critical information and essential business production applications in many organizations due to the strong... [More]
Hello, This is John Arnesen with NetView and System Automation for z/OS level 2 support. I recently worked on a PIPE pmr, and learned a little about using PIPE DEBUG to see what is happening while a PIPE runs. I am still figuring this out, but it is a good place to start when your pipe is running as expected. Good luck!! John The first thing is how to set DEBUG on in a PIPE. You will need to specify a PIPE name and a DEBUG x parm. The DEBUG options are DEBUG 1 and DEBUG 2. Coding DEBUG 1 produces debug output for... [More]
Message Revision Table (MRT) and Command Revision Table (CRT) are now available in IBM Automation Control for z/OS 1.1. Message revision enables user-defined modification of attributes such as color, route code, descriptor code, display and syslog settings, and text of original z/OS® messages (rather than copies). For example, you can take the following actions: Revise messages before they are presented to the system log, console or automation. Treat a message differently depending on its source. Suppress messages entirely. Automate only.... [More]