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OMEGAMON zCAC Announcement: We will run the next OMEGAMON zCAC - Customer Advisory Council (CAC) meeting on Thursday, February 26, 2015. This meeting will be held during the InterConnect 2015 conference ( htt p:// www. ibm. com/ clou d-co mput ing/ us/e n/in terc onne ct / ) being held in Las Vegas, Nevada Mandalay Bay Hotel which runs from February 22nd through February 26th, 2015. If you are interested to join, please contact Kevin Hosozawa (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If this is your question, the answer is: YES, by accessing IBM Knowledge Center! IBM Knowledge Center is a single location where you find all IBM product documentation. After signing in with your IBM ID, you can create your own collection of pages by selecting them from any manuals of any product listed. From the collection, you can create your custom PDF, download it, and even share it with others. To create your custom PDF, complete the following procedure: In the Table of Contents tab, access the manual you want and locate the section that... [More]
In December 2014, we shipped Interim Feature 1 for our IBM SmartCloud Analytics - Log Analysis z/OS v1.2 Insight Pack offerings. This Interim Feature focuses on making work with our IT Operations Analytics solution for System z even easier and more secure. Please visit us in our developerWorks community to learn in detail about the enhancements included in this release. The community forum is a great place to ask questions about our solution and how it can help you in managing your IT Operations... [More]
On December 19, 2014 a new service stream enhancement (SSE) to zSecure Audit 2.1.1 has become generally available, adding additional compliance checks for the Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) for z/OS from the US Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). Following the support added for IBM MQ for z/OS in zSecure 2.1.1, this SSE focuses on compliance checks for MQ. Background The Security Technical Implementation Guide from DISA provides a framework for ensuring that security is set up properly. IBM Security zSecure Audit... [More]
By Sarah Knowles Strategy & Portfolio Manager for zAnalytics, IBM Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure You can follow me on Twitter , connect with me on Linkedin Subscribe to C&S I Sy stem z s ocia l co nten t I began my career in IT Support. I started as a support rep for OS2 Lan Server – yes, I am dating myself! I then moved to support a few flavors of UNIX on laptops, and finally moved to IBM Tivoli Support working on what is now Tivoli... [More]
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]