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Viewlets have been added to the OMEGAMON XE for Messaging for z/OS media gallery wiki page for the v7.3 release. You may be interested in watching these to learn more about the embedded data and near term history features. They are short and fast to download and watch. Here are links to the topics recently added to the product's Media Gallery page: Finding the occurrence time of a channel issue with the MQ Enhanced 3270 user interface : This viewlet shows... [More]
We have a Interim solution to support the Bundling Suites of IBM Products. For TADz 8.1, please apply PTF UA75856 for APAR OA46615. Please review the HOLDACT comments in the PTF to perfform post-apply changes needed to effect this fix.
When sites alter the time of some of their systems this caused a problem when scanning these systems as the time taken might be years in advance and this causes problems when importing this data. Changes were made to Inquisitor and Usage Monitor to always use the PR/SM time rather than the system time as PR/SM time will always be the current date and time. This is available via APAR OA46093 for TADz 8.1. Please order PTF UA75220.
A performance improvement was recently made available to speed up processing for CARLa queries using z/OS UNIX file data. If you are using zSecure 2.1.0 or 2.1.1 it is recommended you look at the service provided through APAR OA46606 . If you work with systems with lots of catalogs and data sets, you might also experience benefits from changes made in that area. For zSecure 2.1.0 install the fix for APAR OA46616 . For zSecure 2.1.1 this change was largely incorporated into the base release. You can apply the fix for APAR OA46244... [More]
What screen size should you use? If your screen size is too small, there may be a lot of meaningful information off to the right or bottom of your screen. Personally, I find 62x160 is a good size for all enhanced 3270UI uses. If your monitor is too small to comfortably accommodate that size (and getting more difficult with every birthday!), then 43x80 is good for *most* enhanced 3270UI uses. If there are workspaces with many subpanels or many thousands of rows of data (such as historical summary displays), 62x160 might be better for... [More]
The PARMGEN configuration tool supports a number of components in the following product suites: Tivoli OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite for z/OS Tivoli OMEGAMON for z/OS Management Suite IBM Service Management Suite for z/OS Tivoli Advanced Storage Management Suite for z/OS Effective preparation and planning make configuration, deployment and upgrades of the product suites go more quickly and smoothly. Here are some of the best practice tips to aid in a smooth deployment of the products. We realize many customers also employ... [More]
Starting from IBM Workload Scheduler for z/OS 9.1 the new object run cycle group can be defined to have more flexible run cylces and reduce the need of manually generated periods. It consists of a sets of several run cycles defined as database objects independent from applications. So a run cycle group can be used by more than one application and that an application can use a mix of its own run cycles and of one or more run cycle groups. It can be referenced in the application description with the possibility to specify the offset (positive and... [More]
If you’ve worked with recent releases of NetView for z/OS, you probably know that NetView can be a collection point for management data within a sysplex and across an enterprise. Within the sysplex, NetViews can forward discovery manager data pertaining to sysplex and networking configuration/activity to a data collection NetView known as a sysplex master NetView. They can also send this data to a NetView outside the sysplex known as an enterprise master NetView. This enterprise master NetView can collect data from... [More]
Hello, I am happy to announce that the Monitoring Academy channel has been launched on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwL8iHpVxWbmrsAUgOoASRA The channel contains short video's on how to and other useful information for Tivoli products. These are short video's that are instructional in nature - mostly a live screen capture demonstration. Why am I so excited about the Monitoring Academy? You guessed it - I have just uploaded my first video! It is just a short demonstration on how to change the NetView command line to two... [More]
On November 13, 2014 password security enhancements in RACF were made available for z/OS V1R12, V1R13, and V2R1. A service stream enhancement to zSecure 1.12, 1.13, 1.13.1, 2.1, and 2.1.1 was made available at the same time. Among other improvements, these updates allow a larger password space (additional special characters allowed) and a stronger encryption method (KDFAES). Background Password security is a function as much of user education (e.g., do not use the same password on a strongly protected work account as on your favorite... [More]
Important announcement to all System Automation for z/OS I/O operations (IOOps) users: IBM System Automation for z/OS (SA z/OS) 3.5 is the last SA z/OS release, which includes I/O operations functionality. If you use IOOps to manage connectivity in your active I/O configurations, IBM recommends that you use other established I/O configuration management solutions instead. In order to keep IOOps functionality on an as-is-basis beyond the SA z/OS 3.5 release, you have to migrate to SA z/OS 3.5 some day. SA z/OS 3.5 includes an independent IOOps... [More]
By Sandeep Peurmbuduri Software Developer, zAnalytics, IBM Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure You can follow me on Twitter , connect with me on Linkedin Subscribe to C&SI System z social content A contest that gives access to a mainframe system and the ability to work with various products on a Mainframe, the Master the Mainframe contest is a great learning experience for students who like to work on a Mainframe. It is an exciting opportunity which requires no prior... [More]
We are pleased to announce the European Operations Technical Conference (EOTC) 2015. The conference is planned from Monday, April 20 through Wednesday, April 22, 2015 in the IBM Lab in Boeblingen, Germany. Conference language will be English . 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... [More]