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.
'Dear Rocky' answers your System z monitoring and performance tuning questions. Rocky McMahan, a Senior Software Performance Engineer in IBM Z Systems R&D, offers valuable tips to help you get more out of your monitoring software. Dear Rocky, Our company recent switch over to OMEGAMON after using another monitoring product for over 15 years. We are quickly learning more and more of the features of OMEGAMON but wasn't sure how we should go about to start monitoring our mainframe network activity and out... [More]
'Dear Rocky' answers your System z monitoring and performance tuning questions. Rocky McMahan, a Senior Software Performance Engineer in IBM Z Systems R&D, offers valuable tips to help you get more out of your monitoring software. Dear Rocky, My team works for a large financial institution with over 100,000 employees and revenue of over 20 billion dollars in 2015. We're so excited to start monitoring our enterprise applications with our recent purchase of the OMEGAMON(R) XE Management Suite for z/OS... [More]
Locking is one of the most important aspects in Java application programming. When applications are multi-threaded, they must protect data from concurrent updates. Locking protects the integrity of shared data in a multi-threaded application. There are some conflicts that locking can cause if used improperly. Some of these problems are deadlocks, improper or frequent lock acquires and excessive locking... [More]
In March, we delivered IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON on z/OS Monitoring Feature for JVM , a brand new OMEGAMON monitoring agent focused on Java Virtual Machine (JVM) resource monitoring. You can read more about the features delivered such as garbage collection analysis, thread and lock details, CPU utilization and JVM environment settings in this blog post . Or you could watch this short but comprehensive video that demonstrates the growth of Java on z/OS, how it contributes towards a... [More]
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]