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.
When you are making global entry changes (KC2GLBxx) and you want these changes to be picked up, a simple OMEG RECYCLE will suffice. You do not have to recycle your CICS region or recyle the classic started task or even perform a OMEG SHUT, OMEG REMOVE or OMEG INIT for that matter. The only time you need to do anything other than a OMEG RECYCLE is if the name of your GLOBAL (KC2GLBxx) has changed. Then you need to update the DD card in the CICS region. In this case, however, you do need to recycle the CICS region. Note: It is very important... [More]
Just saw a really great Twitter feed on social media and in particular the business part of being social and what to expect in 2012. IBM's Alistair Rennie, GM of Social Business, chatted about what to expect in 2012 for the world of social business. For social business, 2011 was a year of exploration, experimentation and in some cases innovation. Both small and large organizations in a variety of verticals globally began to realize the power of bringing social behaviors, processes and platforms behind the firewall. According to a 2011 AIIM... [More]
In today's world, data is the most valuable resource to a corporation. For example, client lists, accounting information, employee records and the list goes on. All of this data must be securely managed and controlled and in an instance made available to those users who are authorized to to see it and use it. IBM's z/VSE system has extensive capabilities to simultaneously share a company's data among multiple users and in the process protect them. This IBM Redbooks publication was written to assist z/VSE support and
security personnel in... [More]
I recently spoke with a support representative for OMEGAMON XE for CICS TG on z/OS, v4.2.0 and discussed customer inquiries on any performance issues that were made over the last quarter. He informed me that APAR OA34597 and OA31693 were authored to address and improve some key aspects of performance in the product's last release. One customer reported a performance degradation problem in the agent address space and inquired whether the development team could reduce the amount of CPU usage when monitoring multiple CICS Transaction Gateway... [More]
Recently the OMEGAMON XE for CICS agent code for v4.2.0 was updated to fully implement the Change in value function for CICS attributes in situations.
As we all know, situations can have conditions such as TRAN=CEMT or COUNT>10; similarly there is a "delta" condition actually called "Change in value" so the condition would be Change-in-value for COUNT>2. So, if the COUNT changes by more than 2 during the situation sampling interval then the situation fires. By applying the correct PTF (UA63181) for APAR... [More]
OMEGAMON XE for CICS on z/OS, V4.2.0 has the CICS SLA view, which is an alternative view that enables you to set workload-performance thresholds to monitor your CICS transactions. This Tivoli Enterprise Portal extension is used to create, modify, or delete service level analysis entries and to manage the service classes, workloads, service policies and goals stored at the Tivoli Enterprise Monitoring Server. While this process provides a manual control for the service level analysis definitions, the kcp_slabatch utility addresses the need to... [More]
Kudos to the technical support team for putting together a fantastic and knowledgeable list of URL's that will certainly aid our customers in their system administration of IBM Tivoli Monitoring V6. Use the link below to derive the maximum value from IBM Tivoli Monitoring V6 software by perusing all the most up to date technical information. Take it away support team! Problem Solving Resources
A new viewlet introduces the IBM® Tivoli® Event Pump for z/OS® Version 4.2.2 functions and advantages. It describes the data sources and event feeds that Event Pump supports and how the events that are collected from programs that are running on z/OS systems are processed to show state in Netcool/OMNIbus and Tivoli Business Service Manager. It also shows an example of an end-to-end solution for enterprise-wide event management. You can access this viewlet on the Event Pump for z/OS page in the Tivoli Media Gallery: ... [More]
There is new IBM Education Assistant content available for CICS TS 4.2, (it's free).
Use the following link to view the education: Education Also, don't forget to help the support team by taking their 10 minute questionnaire!
Checkout the new IBM Social Media Aggregator! SMA provides a consolidated view of real-time social activity on
specific topics or events, based on hashtags and keywords. While you've
probably seen a couple of custom-built pilots used for Pulse, IOD,
Impact, IBM@100, Watson, and Lotusphere in the last year, this new
service is a huge step forward. Social Media Aggregator
As part of TBSM 6.1 GA Tivoli Event Pump for z/OS 4.2.2 has released an Interim Feature to enables IBM Health Checker for z/OS events support. This allows Event Pump to process Health Checker events, send them to Netcool/OMNIbus and provide the more efficient problem diagnosis using the additional availability events. IBM Health Checker for z/OS is a z/OS component that can be used to gather information about z/OS system environment and system parameters to help identify potential configuration problems before they impact... [More]
Are you working on increasing system availability while decreasing costs? Is
IT operations focused on reducing risks and increasing business flexibility? If
you answered yes to either of these questions, this teleconference is for you.
Join us to learn how to monitor, manage and automate your z/OS environment to
maximize overall System Availability. By using Tivoli System Automation, NetView
and OMEGAMON together to improve overall visibility, control and automation you
can increase availability, improve utilization of your... [More]
The support team says the answer can be as simple as you might have migrated an older OMEGAMON release and did not migrate the KOCARACF sample security exit. You will need to carry forward any changes made to your V4.1.0 sample to the V4.2.0 sample. Typically this is just the class name. You then reassemble using the KOCJRACF module and the logon when switching should no longer be needed. Furthermore, if you did any modification to the KOCARACF module, copy your modifications to the new KOCBRACF sample and assemble KOCBRACF using the... [More]
In this new IBM Redbooks publication, CICS is discussed in a very interesting way, and you are provided a history lesson to boot! CICS is a general-purpose transaction
processing subsystem for the z/OS operating system. CICS provides services for
running an application online where, users submit requests to run applications
simultaneously. The authors do a great job analyzing situations from a system programmer's viewpoint, including how the
systems programmer can use CICS facilities and services to customize the system,... [More]
Hi Community please have a look to the following documents where the benefits of this feature are illustrated ! Do you need to condition the start of a job to a specific return code of a predecessor job? Would you like to shorten your workload execution time by conditioning the start of a job to a specific step return code without waiting the whole job execution? Conditional logic feature is what can help you to realize these scenarios. The feature is well described in the TWS for z/OS Managing the Workload manual (there is a dedicated... [More]