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.
IBM System Automation for z/OS (SA z/OS) now supports the next stage of the GDPS active-active continuous availability (GDPS/A-A) roadmap. GDPS/A-A is the next generation of GDPS and a fundamental paradigm shift for near continuous availability solutions. With V1.4, GDPS active-query is introduced that provides query (read-only) support for workloads on the secondary site, while update workloads continue to be executed on the primary site (GDPS active-standby configuration). In addition, GDPS active-query makes use of new workload... [More]
This is John Arnesen with NetView and System Automation level 2 support. The System Automation for z/OS homepage is moving to a Wiki based page. The old page will be shut down soon. Here is the link for the new Homepage/Wiki: https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/community/wikis/home?lang=en#!/wiki/Tivoli%20System%20Automation/page/SA%20zOS And here is what it looks like: What's New: Provides information on new features and function for the latest release. Events: Information on events related to System Automation for z/OS... [More]
Over the past few months Tivoli Decision Support for z/OS (TDSz) has released the following APARs which may be of interest to customers: PM82516 CICS v5.1 Toleration This APAR provides support in TDSz for logs created by CICS v5.1. PM83769 z/OS v2.1 Toleration This APAR provides support in TDSz for logs created by z/OS v2.1. PM83314 DB2 v11 Toleration This APAR provides support in TDSz for logs created by DB2 v11. PM83774 IMS v13 Toleration This APAR provides support in... [More]
New Information Management releases DB2 11 f or z /O S and IMS 13 have become available on October 25, 2013. Related updates to IBM Secu rity zSe cure 2. 1 providing currency support for these releases have become available on November 8, 2013. New DB2 objects (global variables or SYSVARIABLES) and security controls are collected and reported on, as well as new IMS exits. Furthermore, new selection capabilities in zSecure Collect allow you to be specific as to the DB2 objects that you want to collect. ... [More]
We are pleased to announce the European Operations Technical Conference (EOTC) 2014. The conference will be held from Monday, March 17 through Friday, March 21, 2014 in the IBM Lab in Boeblingen, Germany. Conference language will be English. The conference is a 2 track event : • First track is focused on Mainframe (z/OS) themes with IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS and IBM Tivoli NetView for z/OS. ... [More]
Hello, This is John Arnesen with NetView and System Automation level 2 support. Is your NetView netlog cluttered with a lot of messages you don't want or need to see? You can keep a NetView message out of your netlog as follows: 1) Update your automation table with the following: IF MSGID='msgid' THEN DISPLAY(N) NETLOG(N) SYSLOG(N) HCYLOG(N); 2) The message can also be written to NetView auto operators opers directly by a program. AON does this with a lot of messages. The... [More]
This is John Arnesen with NetView and System Automation level 2 support. Have you see any of these messages in NetView indicating a storage issue: BNH162I : Issued when NetView has used 80% of below the line storage BNH163I : Issued when NetView has used 80% of above the line storage DSI124I : Issued when a NetView storage request failed due to not enough available storage. DSI374A : Issued to report a storage growth on the Public Queues (shown in TASKUTIL) depending on thresholds set in NetView constants module DSICTMOD. 878 Abend : Indicating... [More]
'Dear Rocky' answers your System z monitoring and performance tuning questions. Rocky McMahan, a Senior Software Performance Engineer in Tivoli R&D, offers valuable tips to help you get more out of your Tivoli monitoring software. Dear Rocky, My company is a large Healthcare organization with ~5,000 employees, providing patient care to over 7500 people, & had revenue of 8 billion dollars last year. We are in the process of migrating several of our large patient applications to System z hardware &... [More]
Why monitor CSA and ECSA? Its simple, when common storage (CSA, ECSA, SQA, and ESQA) is exhausted, a system outage will occur. When ESQA is exhausted, further requests for ESQA are allocated from ECSA. When ECSA is exhausted, further requests are allocated from the much smaller CSA storage. The main reasons why common storage shortages occur: Not enough common storage is allocated Activity on the system exceeds previous levels, resulting in additional common storage being allocated An address space allocates more and more common... [More]
The IBM® Tivoli® NetView® for z/OS® 6.2 library is available from the following information center: http://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/tivihelp/v3r1/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.ibm.itnetviewforzos.doc%2Fic-homepage.html This online information center contains the most up-to-date information about the product. You can search across all the NetView library books in the information center. It is expanded to include links and information about the product and how to get started (Learning tab), task information (Task tab), and resource... [More]
NetView for z/OS V6.2 is available today, October 25, 2013, bringing more value out of the box, with additions and enhancements in key areas. NetView V6.1 introduced the Canzlog function to bring together syslog, netlog, and job records in one consolidated log. NetView V6.2 significantly expands the power of the Canzlog to include any arbitrary grouping of systems. This allows simplified debugging of sysplex, cross-system or multi-system problems from a central location, without the need to log on to each system individually. ... [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]
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]
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 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.