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Early Access Program Web Conference: Thursday, September 25, 2014. Please join the development team in a technology preview web conference on Thursday, September 25, 2014, at 10:00 AM US Eastern time. The focus of the meeting will be the reviewing & soliciting of your input about technology and new problem solving scenarios. This is a great opportunity to help guide the development team! If you want to join our OMEGAMON EAP, please contact Diane Volkmar, email@example.com. This requires consent to an IBM nondisclosure agreement.
The SMF type 89 record provides information about product usage on a particular MVS system. A record will be written for products that have registered to indicate that they are running on the system. The SMF type 89 record has two subtypes: Subtype 1 which contains product usage data Subtype 2 which contains product state data. With APAR PM97264 Tivoli Decision Support for z/OS (TDSz) provides exploitation support (from TDSz Version 1.8.1) for both the SMF type 89 subtype 1 and 2 records. The following new data tables are provided within... [More]
Hello, This is John Arnesen with NetView and System Automation level 2 support. Are you seeing messages about running low or out of storage in the NetView netlog, and want to try and find the cause without recycling or taking a dump. Here is a list of the messages indicating a problem: BNH162I - THE domainid BELOW 16M STORAGE is nn% USED.... BNH163I - THE domainid ABOVE 16M STORAGE is nn% USED.... DSI374A - THRESHOLD REACHED, number BUFFERS ON MESSAGE QUEUE OF task DSI124I - STORAGE REQUEST FAILED FOR NCCF domainid ABEND878 - Indicating that... [More]
The Tivoli Decision Support for z/OS books have been updated with all HOLDDOC since the 1.8.1 version was released. The updated publications can be downloaded as PDFs from the following urls: Administration Guide and Reference http://public.dhe.ibm.com/software/tivoli/Tivoli_Decision_Support_for_zOS/docs/DRL5BA14.pdf CICS Performance Feature Guide and Reference http://public.dhe.ibm.com/software/tivoli/Tivoli_Decision_Support_for_zOS/docs/drl5fc12.pdf IMS CSQ Feature Guide and Reference... [More]
How Smart is your Infrastructure Lots of people are talking about Clouds and smarter infrastructure these days. Public cloud, private cloud, hybrid cloud, etc. - lots of noise and hype about the possibilities and the savings that can be realized. Since our software brand is named Cloud and Smarter Infrastructure, let me try to shine a little light on the subject and offer a point of view around our recent announcement of our new Infrastructure Management Suite for z/VM and Linux. What we've observed in working with several clients is that... [More]
Tired of Pouring Through Logs? If you or your team is among many who spend most of their working day (and nights) scouring logs from your IT systems, take heart – help is here! Designed especially for System Z users, this new offering (Log Analytics) is targeted to leverage the wealth of instrumentation that exists on both zLinux and zOS to provide insights on problems which impact availability and/or performance. The ability to quickly search through set of logs – including key middleware like WebSphere, CICS, DB2 – to... [More]
On September 5, 2014 IBM CICS Transaction Gateway V9.1 became generally available. IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for CICS TG on z/OS provides Day 1 toleration support for CICS TG for z/OS V9.1 with no PTFs required. A performance monitoring tool for CICS Transaction Gateway for z/OS, shipped with IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for CICS on z/OS, this tool offers both Tivoli Enterprise Portal and the new Enhanced 3270UI solution which is included in OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite on z/OS V5.3.0.
This is John Arnesen with NetView and System Automation for z/OS level 2 support. Have you ever had a resource that won't start or stop as expected in System Automation? There is a quick and easy way to check and see what is holding things up - using option X from INGLIST. This option lists potential problems that might hinder the resource reaching the desired status. The display will simply show the resources concerned and a note of the potential problems that have been detected with them. Here we see that PLOGMODE... [More]
This article shows the way how to use OMEGAMON 3270 UI to do problem diagnosis and debugging about IBM MQ issue. The Monitoring product is OMEGAMON XE Messaging 730 on z/OS agent. Scenario: There are 2 qmgr on z/OS: M71A and M71B. Application use the SDR/RCVR channel A.B to transfer data from M71A to M71B. Channel name: A.B Remote queue in M71A: QRA XMIT queue: QTA Local queue for QRA: QLB Debug and Diagnosis process: 1. There is an alert shows that the Queue Health is in critical state for M71A: Open Current Queue Manager Status panel... [More]
Thank you for your Participation in the OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite for z/OS V5.3.0 Beta and Early Access (EAP) programs. The products included in the 2014 Beta program were made Generally Available (GA) on Friday, September 5, 2014. We sincerely appreciate your taking the time and making the effort to participate in our beta and EAP programs. Your participation and expertise provided us with valuable insights that ultimately contributed to the release of new product features which you have agreed will meet your... [More]
IBM Service Management Suite for z/OS V1.2.0 is now Generally Available. IBM Service Management Suite for z/OS V1.2.0 offers a simplified management solution through an integrated, single point of control for a broad range of systems management functions. You get the visibility, control, and automation of a large range of system elements spanning both your hardware and software mainframe resources. Service Management Suite for z/OS provides network and systems management, automation, and asset management to address business agility on IBM... [More]
Version 6.3.0 Fix pack 2 of the IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE and Tivoli Management Services on z/OS: shared documentation is now available on the IBM Knowledge Center . This release brings a number of changes to the shared documentation, including the OMEGAMON Enhanced 3270 user interface (enhanced 3270UI) guide. The shared documentation has been restructured into task-based sections, such as Planning , Installing and Configuring . The enhanced 3270UI guide can now be found in the Reference section of... [More]
The final Beta driver for our 3Q2014 Early Access and Beta program for IBM SmartCloud Analytics - Log Analysis for z/OS is now available. This Beta driver contains release candidate code for all the new capabilities in plan for our 3Q2014 release: * Ability to run the Analytics engine on Linux on System z * MQ domain insights * IMS domain insights * Support for JES3 ....and, of course, all the capabilities we delivered earlier in 2014, such as DB2, WAS and CICS domain... [More]
OMEGAMON XE on z/OS version 5.3.0 added support for near-term history. You can quickly and easily resolve problems by viewing the resources when the symptoms first started – in the last few hours or past few days. This release delivers what focus groups told us was most important: historical data for the Central Processing Complexes (CPCs), LPARs, Workload Manager (WLM) service classes, Address Spaces, and DASD Devices. How do I view historical data for CPCs and LPARs? This image shows how to navigate from OMEGAMON XE on z/OS... [More]
The new IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite for z/OS V5.3.0 is Generally Available today. This suite provides both real-time and historical performance and availability management capabilities for your IBM z/OS operating system, networks, storage subsystems, IBM DB2, IBM CICS, IBM IMS, IBM MQ for z/OS, IBM Integration Bus for z/OS, and IBM WebSphere Application Server for z/OS. This suite can help maximize efficiency and effectiveness of managing your z/OS environment by utilizing this powerful integrated tool set. New enhancements... [More]
IBM Automation Control for z/OS 1.1.1 is now generally available and can be ordered. We have shipped many valuable enhancements with the new release, several of them requested by our clients and users via RFE requirements. With Automation Control 1.1.1 we are providing solutions for more than 40 RFE requirements. Here are a few examples of what is included only in Automation Control 1.1.1: RFE11593 - PDB entry browse With this support you have now the possibility to be able to Browse PDB entries, rather than having always to go into... [More]
System Automation for z/OS 3.5 is now generally available and can be ordered. We have shipped many valuable enhancements with the new release, several of them requested by our clients and users via RFE requirements. With SA z/OS 3.5 we are providing solutions for more than 40 RFE requirements, some of them also already available as SA z/OS 3.4 development APARs, but most of them included only in our newest release. Here are a few examples of what is included only in SA z/OS 3.5: RFE11593 - PDB entry browse With this support you have... [More]
Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for Messaging on z/OS V7.3 is now available. IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for Messaging on z/OS V7.3 helps users manage IBM MQ(IBM WebSphere MQ) and IBM Integration Bus(IBM WebSphere Message Broker). By using IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for Messaging on z/OS V7.3, users can monitor their queue manager, broker resources and workloads, thus can shorten the time spent on problem determination. Also, being able to view objects, such as queues, channels, and message flows with the same performance metrics that are common between the z/OS and... [More]
When you’re investigating a problem with a CICS region or with a WebSphere MQ queue manager, you’ll find the source of the problem faster with the embedded data support in OMEGAMON XE on z/OS version 5.3. View address space and CICS region data together, then take action to immediately resolve the issue or navigate to additional workspaces to determine the source of the problem. Similarly, view WebSphere MQ queue manager and address space or coupling facility data to easily identify the source of a problem and take action to... [More]
See OMEGAMON value quickly with new PARMGEN functionality designed especially to get your monitoring products running in 3 hours or less! Check out many of PARMGEN's upcoming enhancements that embody simplicity and speed in maintaining your monitored LPAR runtime environments (RTEs). Upcoming PARMGEN PTF UA73689 3Q14 Interim Feature (IF) brings significant improvements to the PARMGEN configuration tool. These enhancements cater to all users, whether you are a new first-time-user (FTU) in PARMGEN or whether you... [More]