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 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]
OMEGAMON Performance Mgt Suite customers and any OMEGAMON XE zOS customers can now do in the Enhanced 3270UI Memory Listing and Memory Zapping (with proper security authorizations). Check out the Technote. OMEGAMON zOS Technote
The OMEGAMON Enhanced 3270UI is the strategic interface for subject matter experts to manage their z/OS infrastructure and key subsystems. In an effort to better help new users become familiar with the Enhanced 3270UI we have planned a series of webinars. We have finished 3 webcasts to date with more on the way. These include Getting started with Enhanced 3270UI, Diving deeper with Enhanced 3270UI, Monitoring JVM with the Enhanced 3270UI. Our intent is to continue... [More]
The IBM z/OS Connect Enterprise Edition offering allows mobile and cloud application developers to incorporate z/OS business critical data and transactions into their applications. A z/OS Connect server runs on WebSphere Liberty, either in a stand-alone z/OS Java Virtual Machine (JVM) or in a CICS JVMSERVER. It is important to monitor the JVM resources that z/OS Connect uses and ensure that service response times are quick and consistent. Thanks to the new features of... [More]
Today we will give you a video example of QCF10 to better step you through the creation of runtime environments.This video shows you how to create a runtime environment AKA RTE using one of the IBM-provided templates and the PARMGEN method. A sharing-with-SMP/E runtime environment (RTE) contains LPAR-specific libraries and references the read-only target libraries managed by SMP/E. Because an RTE that shares the SMP/E target libraries is updated when the SMP/E maintenance is applied, a sharing-with-SMP/E configuration is good for testing... [More]
The Enhanced 3270UI team is inviting you to join us on our third installment of the Enhanced 3270UI Webcast Series on October 27th at 11AM EDT . 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... [More]