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 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, 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]
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]
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
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]
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]
Tivoli OMEGAMON XE on z/OS: Flashes - TITLE: Do not apply UA69205 or UA69877 if you run OMEGAMON Dedicated mode (Classic OMEGAMON Channel Attached - known as "the Console of Last Resort") - URL: http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21647616 - ABSTRACT: PTFs UA69205 and UA69877 may cause system outages when running OMEGAMON Dedicated Mode (KOMPROC). Do not apply these PTFs if you are running OMEGAMON Dedicated Mode. They do not cause any problems with the E3270UI or OMEGAMON in VTAM mode.
We had a busy week at SHARE in Boston. Download the OMEGAMON and NetView for z/OS presentations and see what you missed: 14073: What’s New with System z Monitoring with OMEGAMON - http://share.confex.com/share/121/webprogram/Session14073.html 13498: Managing z/VM & Linux Performance Best Practices - http://share.confex.com/share/121/webprogram/Session13498.html 14121: OMEGAMON XE for Storage - Hints and Tips to Improve Performance and Usage - http://share.confex.com/share/121/webprogram/Session14121.html 14163: OMEGAMON XE for Storage... [More]
Hello everyone, Thanks for your attendance of our on-going open Q&A calls (focus topics covered to-date: PARMGEN and OMEGAMON enhanced 3270UI). We have 2 sets of open Q&A calls this month of August (4 sessions total - please optionally attend either Session#1 -or- Session#2 on 8/21/2013 and again, on 8/28/2013 ): Set 1: August 21, 2013 : Dale Hodson (OMEGAMON enhanced 3270UI Developer) and team, will conduct an informal webcast on Featured topic: OMEGAMON Enhanced 3270 User Interface (enhanced 3270UI) and its Components and... [More]
The Mainframe Networks short videos that were posted to YouTube in July are now available for download from this website (developerWorks) at the following link: https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/community/wikis/home?lang=en#!/wiki/Tivoli%20System%20z%20Monitoring%20and%20Application%20Management/page/Media%20Gallery%20for%20OMEGAMON%20XE%20for%20Mainframe%20Network
Presentation at the SHARE conference in Boston this week gave an overview and deep dive into scenarios of how OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks v5.1.1 brings a new level of performance monitoring to z/OS networking! Presentation: https://share.confex.com/share/121/webprogram/Session13295.html
The enhanced 3270UI short videos that were posted to YouTube on July 12th are also available in flash video formal (flv) from this website (developerWorks) at the following links: Logon administration and hub connectivity User interface features Browsing, locating and cloning a workspace Setting user preferences zAware Analysis workspace
There are many good OMEGAMON sessions this week at Share in Boston, Stop by the IBM OMEGAMON booth in the Technology Exchange Expo too and get a look at new OMEGAMON features like the zAware alerting function in OMEGAMON XE for zOS. See you there.
Hi everyone, this is Walter Davis with OMEGAMON Level 2 Support. This week we have published APAR OA42614 and its PTF UA70033 to aid in recovering from infrequent ATF problems without the side effect of an IMS abend. Implementing this new PTF does require a recycle of both the OMEGAMON started task as well as the IMS system itself. #zOS http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg1OA42614 Want to get notified about updates such as this automatically? Sign up for MY NOTIFICATIONS today!... [More]
The newest release of OMEGAMON XE on z/VM and Linux is now available. Released to coincide with the GA of z/VM 6.3, OM XE on z/VM and Linux allows you to monitor all your z/VM LPARs, regardless of which version of z/VM you are running. Designed to work with the enhancements found in z/VM 6.3, the latest OMEGAMON has all the capabilities of previous releases along with: Support for Single System Images (SSI)
See a topologic mapping of the LPARs in your SSI Support for Live Guest Relocations (LGR)
Among other metrics,... [More]
OMEGAMON XE for zOS 5.1.1 alerts in this scenario when SP13 is not active to the zAware appliance. Then zAware could be missing SP13 having an anomaly that could cause a major issue. Subject Matter Expert is alerted when OMEGAMON sees zAware not connected for SP13. The SME checks and see the LOG STREAM was not connected to zAware at the latest IPL as it should of been. The SME connects SP13 to zAware and now OMEGAMON can alert if zAware finds an anomaly ... [More]
Don't just read about new function in the OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks v5.1.1 information center. Watch it and hear about it from the developers and testers who work on the product. A number of scenarios are posted on YouTube. These scenarios are short (typically 2-3 minutes) and take a single networking problem from report to resolution. These scenarios are based on actual customer calls and use both the enhanced 3270 user interface and Tivoli Enterprise Portal. In addition to a what's new overview, there are problem solving... [More]
We are proud to share that OMEGAMON XE on z/OS V5.1.1 is now available! You can read the announcement letter: http://www.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?subtype=ca&infotype=an&appname=iSource&supplier=897&letternum=ENUS213-273 . We thank all of our customers that helped to create this release by participating in the OMEGAMON Family Early Access Program (EAP). We are continuing to enhance the product. If you are interested in participating the early access program, please send me an e-mail ( email@example.com ). Since... [More]
Hello All, Here are some interesting enhancements to SA z/OS, shipped earlier this year: OA41251 Allow dedicated log streams for each subplex in the physical sysplex. This requirement came up on several occasions in the past. When looking at INGHIST data, only history information about work items processed on this subplex (SA plex) are visible. The data is no longer shared for the complete physical sysplex. This not only increases readability but is important for multi tenancy support. Joblog Monitoring has been enhanced to handle... [More]
Hi everyone, this is Walter Davis with OMEGAMON Level 2 Support. We've released a new HIPER PTF to aid in resolving S0C4 ABENDs in IMS CTLRGNs at Version 12 or above. After installation of OMEGAMON XE for IMS on z/OS APAR OA40749, if you're running our Transaction Reporting Facility (TRF) then you might receive a S0C4 in certain circumstances. Installing APAR OA42373 will resolve this problem for you. http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg1OA42373
The V5.1.1 release of OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks is available! These features are available in V5.1.0 with APARs OA42339 and OA42422 and associated Fix Pack 5.1.0-TIV-KN3-FP0001 . Whether its enterprise-wide views ... or enterprise-wide searches for TCP connections, FTP transfers, FTP sessions, or TN3270 sessions or the power and speed of the innovative OMEGAMON Enhanced 3270 user interface These groundbreaking features demonstrate how OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks has redefined... [More]
We are proud to share that OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks V5.1.1 is now available! You can read the announcement letter: http://www.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?subtype=ca&infotype=an&appname=iSource&supplier=897&letternum=ENUS213-273 . We thank all of our customers that helped to create this release by participating in the OMEGAMON Family Early Access Program (EAP). We are continuing to enhance the product. If you are interested in participating the early access program, please send me an e-mail ( firstname.lastname@example.org... [More]
In order to tolerate the Support Element and Hardware Management Console firmware version 2.12.1 of the new announced IBM zEnterprise BC12 mainframe server (D/T2828) and to support the firmware version 2.12.1 of the IBM zEnterprise EC12 mainframe server (D/T2827), the following APAR/PTFs need to be applied: FMID APAR PTF COMMENT HSAL110 OA42054 UA69445 IACz 1.1... [More]
Yesterday, IBM made a number of important product announcements for new IBM zEnterprise BC12 and IBM zEnterprise EC12 systems. If you are a GDPS or SA z/OS ProcOps user, please read and use the following System Automation for z/OS service information: In order to tolerate the Support Element and Hardware Management Console firmware version 2.12.1 of the new announced IBM zEnterprise BC12 mainframe server (D/T2828) and to support the firmware version 2.12.1 of the IBM zEnterprise EC12 mainframe server (D/T2827), the following APARs/PTFs need to... [More]
Hello. I am working as RACF Admin and Systems Programmer from last 25 years. Our actual Host is near to its end-of-life. But I don't like to lose contact with this environment. For this reason, I am searching for *free* similar resources available as a way to improve my knowledge of the diverse tools and subsystems (well-known and new) available in current IBM Mainframe Systems. I am not thinking in the usual IBM Courses nor in free resources inside DW, IBM itself, and so. I've read some time ago about some Prometric exams freely... [More]
Dear All, if you are interested in seeing what's new in Tivoli System Automation for z/OS or if you are even keen on trying out the latest code in development, then you are welcome to join our Transparent Development program now and benefit from presentations, webcasts, demos that the development team created for you and published in the Transparent Development community on developerWorks. A forum is in place where you also can interact directly with the members of the development team to give feedback... [More]
Hello, This is John Arnesen with NetView and System Automation level 2 support. Are you running NetView v6r1 and wondering if a message was automated or not? There is a easy way to tell using the Canzlog. Issue NetView command: BR CANZLOG to pull up the Canzlog. Then put your cursor on a message and hit enter - I selected FKX701I in this case. Notice how AutoTime shows none? This means that the message was NOT automated on. Here is an example of a message that was automated on - DSI020I. You will notice that AutoTime is set to 1 msec.... [More]
Are you aware that the z/VM DLA that you already have, which comes with both TADDM and TBSM, will support the newly announced release of the z/VM Operating System, z/VM 6.3? The z/VM DLA will support z/VM 6.3 with the same functionality as in previous releases of z/VM.
Check out these short videos about new features that apply to all enhanced 3270UI OMEGAMONs (these links will open in a new window on YouTube): Logon administration and hub connectivity User interface features Browsing, locating and cloning a workspace Setting user preferences And a short video about the new zAware workspace on the enhanced 3270UI for OMEGAMON XE on z/OS: zAware Analysis workspace UPDATE: The videos are also available in flash video formal... [More]