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.
Conference Announcement - Register Now! Dear Friends of System Automation, This is your official Invitation for the European Operations Technical Conference (EOTC) in 2016. This conference addresses the needs of System, Network and Automation Administrators. Sessions are presented by representatives from IBM software development teams and YOU, the product exploiters. Interaction and feedback is both expected and encouraged. Topics cover a range of IBM system management products, mainly IBM System Automation for z/OS , the IBM... [More]
With the Small Enhancement APAR OA48922 several improvements were added to System Automation for z/OS in 4Q2015: Fix default USS file descriptor STDIN Incorrect status shown for FDBR dependent regions display Allow standard wild cards for WTOBUF in MVC Enhancements in *E2E add-on policy Enhancements in *SAPSRV add-on policy Additionally the following RFEs were implemented: Extension of unique console name construction within AOFRGCON – RFE 29098... [More]
The enhanced 3270 User Interface (UI) of OMEGAMON® XE for DB2® Performance Expert on z/OS® V530 captures snapshot of statement level statistics for all statements in the dynamic SQL cache. With potentially thousands of statements in the cache, locating the particular statements that are affecting application performance becomes a very time-consuming task. With the newly added filter options in V530, selectively displaying statements of interest becomes as simple as choosing the right filter options. In addition, using filters can... [More]
In the 1 st Quarter of 2015 IBM introduced the IBM z13 processor. The hardware enhancements included Simultaneous Multi-Threading (SMT) of the processor cores. On the IBM z13, using configuration parameters under z/OS Version 2.2, zIIP processors can be configured to run up to 2 simultaneous threads that share a physical core’s resources. Under z/OS each thread is effectively a logical CPU having its own set of related management control blocks and associated metrics. HiperDispatch introduced z/OS awareness of the topology of the physical... [More]
You can now use the OMEGAMON provided Cognos data models to build your reports using those great OMEGAMON Metrics. They map the data your write to the TDW (Tivoli Data Warehouse)so you can build Cognos reports. The models for OMEGAMON XE for zOS, OMEGAMON XE for CICS, OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks and OMEGAMON XE for IMS (all V530 levels are now mapped via these models) are provided. OMEGAMON XE for Messaging has models too that are shipped with the product media. This link provides the models for use.... [More]
If you run CICS you will now be able to get out of the box performance analysis with IBM Operations Analytics for z Systems V2.2 which adds real-time analysis on SMF Type 110 records. Performance and exception data from these records, combined with a wealth of IBM CICS log data, provide deep insights into CICS Transaction Server health and help to identify and resolve problems as they arise. Other new features include a lerting capabilities to enable users to become aware of unusual patterns within their operational data, r ole-based access... [More]
Hello everyone We have release a small ZIP package in FxCentral called: interim fix: TADZ-SMUZ-COGNOS-REPORTS This package will allow existing TADz V8R1 clients that has deployed Cognos Reporting to use the following 4 predefined reports: Back Level Report Discovered Product Use By Month Product Change Report (Product Changed) Product Change(Replaced Products) These reports will help users to quickly identify What has changed in their z/OS environment since the last check with TADz Inquisitor Help with cost management. ie What software... [More]
Now that OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks version 5.3.0 is generally available, its time to learn about the business value delivered in this release. Watch the new videos, starting with "What's New...", on our YouTube playlist . Learn more about the integration and capabilities of the OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite on our You Tube pla ylis t .
On January 29, 2015, IBM announced the 2015 Early Access and Beta program for IBM SmartCloud Analytics - Log Analysis for z/OS. Since then, we have changed the name of our offering -- it is now called IBM Operations Analytics for z Systems -- and released a number of exciting new capabilities . But our Early Access and Beta program continues. On July 14, we are kicking off a new round of 4 webcasts that will highlight our most recent product enhancements. Interested parties will be able to provide feedback through presentations,... [More]
System Automation for z/OS APAR OA47189 for IMS V14 toleration available ! IMS can have a connection to a DB2 and SA's monitor routine uses the IMS DSIPLAY SUBSYS command to monitor the status of this connection. APAR OA47189 is now available to adapt the monitor routine to the changed output of this command. Rainer Mahr IBM System Automation for z/OS Development and Test
On April 24, 2015 IBM Operations Analytics for z Systems v2.1 became generally available. Wait ... another IT Operations Analytics product? No -- IBM Operations Analytics for z Systems is the follow-on release to IBM's SmartCloud Analytics - Log Analysis z/OS Insight Pack offerings that were introduced in March 2014. Built on the same proven Operations Analytics technology as its predecessors, this offering not only sports a new name, but also a significant set of new capabilities and enhancements that further increase its value to... [More]
IBM recently announced the IBM® MQ Appliance V8.0; you can create one or more queue managers on an appliance and connect them as part of an IBM MQ network. Accordingly, ITCAM MQ monitoring agents also certificated the ability to monitor the IBM MQ Appliance via the remote monitoring feature, for detailed configuration steps please refers to the following technote for the details: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21700672 Thus if you’re using the OMEGAMON XE for Messaging V7.3, you can also consolidate the IBM MQ... [More]
Hello everyone, I hope this note finds you well. Thanks for your attendance of the previous PARMGEN customer open Q&A teleconference call held on Wednesday, March 18th . We are scheduling the next monthly PARMGEN customer open Q&A webcast call, planned to be held on Wednesday, April 15th @ 11 a.m. US ET . We tried to choose a time that would be convenient for most participants -- we apologize to those of you where this is very early or very late in the day. As part of our continued focus on further improving... [More]
Many IBM® Tivoli® OMEGAMON® XE for DB2® Performance Expert on z/OS® clients are not aware of the built-in SQL Dashboard capability available with the product. This article highlights this industry differentiating capability. OMEGAMON XE for DB2 Performance Expert is often referred to as a DB2 system monitor which focuses on threads (from the application perspective) and the DB2 address space from the system resource usage perspective, e.g. buffer pools, system-wide parameters (called DSNZPARMs), memory usage,... [More]
With the next release of Service Management Suite for z/OS IBM intends to deliver a new web based DASHboard user interface. T he offering will enable users to automate and monitor heterogeneous workloads from one operations console. Customizable DASHboards will introduce a new level of service management integration with improved transparency and control of your z Systems workload. See here here for the announcement letter. A first glance with a demo will be possible next week at InterConnect 2015 in Las... [More]