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.
Automation is used to handle activities that do not require expert judgment or analysis – DUHH !!! So where and how do we automate on z/OS ? There are a couple of guidelines – automate as close to the source/destination as possible, automate at the appropriate scope (sub-system, system, sysplex, enterprise), and integrate automation – sub-system automation feeds/supports system/sysplex automation, system/sysplex automation feeds supports sysplex/enterprise automation. In addition there are application... [More]
I am happy to inform you that we are having an AOTC (Automated Operations Technical Council) Customer Advisory Council (CAC) meeting at the Interconnect 2015 conference in Las Vegas. Here is the tentative schedule for AOTC 2015: 1. Kick off: Sunday afternoon, 2/22/2015, from 1 PM - 5 PM (4 hours) 2. Thursday, 2/26/2015, from 1 PM - 6 PM (5 hours) 3. Friday, 2/27/2015, from 8 AM - 12 PM (4 hours) These AOTC meetings will be held in parallel to Interconnect 2015, which runs from February 22rd through Feb 26th. This e-mail is an... [More]
This article shows the way how to use OMEGAMON 3270 UI to do problem diagnosis and debugging about IBM MQ issue. The Monitoring product is OMEGAMON XE Messaging 730 on z/OS agent. Scenario: There are 2 qmgr on z/OS: M71A and M71B. Application use the SDR/RCVR channel A.B to transfer data from M71A to M71B. Channel name: A.B Remote queue in M71A: QRA XMIT queue: QTA Local queue for QRA: QLB Debug and Diagnosis process: 1. There is an alert shows that the Queue Health is in critical state for M71A: Open Current Queue Manager Status panel... [More]
IBM Automation Control for z/OS 1.1.1 is now generally available and can be ordered. We have shipped many valuable enhancements with the new release, several of them requested by our clients and users via RFE requirements. With Automation Control 1.1.1 we are providing solutions for more than 40 RFE requirements. Here are a few examples of what is included only in Automation Control 1.1.1: RFE11593 - PDB entry browse With this support you have now the possibility to be able to Browse PDB entries, rather than having always to go into... [More]
See OMEGAMON value quickly with new PARMGEN functionality designed especially to get your monitoring products running in 3 hours or less! Check out many of PARMGEN's upcoming enhancements that embody simplicity and speed in maintaining your monitored LPAR runtime environments (RTEs). Upcoming PARMGEN PTF UA73689 3Q14 Interim Feature (IF) brings significant improvements to the PARMGEN configuration tool. These enhancements cater to all users, whether you are a new first-time-user (FTU) in PARMGEN or whether you... [More]
IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS version 3.4 or higher provides access services for Relational Data Services (RDS) that allows you to create, modify and query relational tables similar to SQL. You can also access and share the RDS tables from TSO or from a TSO batch job. In the past there was a limitation when you query tables larger 16 MB within TSO. The APAR OA45466 remove this limitation and enables you to query large tables from TSO as well. For performance reasons it is always recommended to reduce the... [More]
Hello All, Small Enhancement APAR OA44912 is now available. Here are some of the new features: o The INGTIMER command has now an optional parameter (AVAILABLE) to enforce that the command will be rejected unless the subsystem is AVAILABLE (status UP or ENDED). Refer to RFE 44984. o Auxiliary Storage Shortage Recovery has been enhanced and messages IRA250I, 252I, 260E, 262I, 265I have... [More]
What's New in PARMGEN? PARMGEN PTF UA73689 (APAR OA45024) brings significant improvements to the PARMGEN Workflow interface . The new PTF delivers the following enhancements for all users , whether you are a new first-time-user in PARMGEN or whether you are an experienced subject matter expert . The new PARMGEN enhancements are now generally available with IBM OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite for z/OS V5.3 and IBM Service Management Suite for z/OS V1.2 solutions. Here's a preview of what's new in PARMGEN UA73689... [More]
IBM has announced the new IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite for z/OS V5.3.0. This suite includes performance monitoring tools to lower cost and business risk of managing z/OS and all key subsystems. This single product includes all the OMEGAMONs for z/OS and IBM Tivoli Composite Application Manager for Web Resources. With this suite, one can monitor performance and availability management capabilities for your IBM z/OS operating system, networks, storage subsystems, IBM DB2, IBM CICS, IBM IMS, IBM WebSphere MQ for z/OS, and IBM... [More]
IBM has announced the V5.3.0 release of the IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for CICS on z/OS product. The new release of the product provides additional exploitation of the Enhanced 3270 User Interface feature which will significantly improve the problem solving capability of CICS system administrators. Some of the key enhancements to the OMEGAMON XE for CICS on z/OS v5.3.0 product include: Increased problem determination capability with the Enhanced 3270 User Interface Near-Term History function. CICS transaction history (ONDV transaction history) and... [More]
Today IBM has announced a new release of IBM Automation Control for z/OS. The new release will be generally available on September 5th, 2014. IBM Automation Control for z/OS offers a powerful and versatile set of functions to automate IBM System z application environments. You get new tailorable, goal-driven, and policy-based technology to manage complex system and application automation challenges. IBM Automation Control for z/OS is designed to eliminate most common reasons for writing manual scripts and to reduce dependencies on system... [More]
IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE on z/OS V5.3 provides for the SMEs, such as system programmers, the capability to manage z/OS operating system resources and workloads. It provides the ability to combine information from z/OS and multiple z/OS subsystems, including middleware, into a single screen for greater integrated problem determination capabilities. Planned availability date is September 5, 2014. http://tinyurl.com/nzwfpwp -url for full announcement of OMEGAMON 5.3.0's New features include: Delivers Enhanced 3270UI... [More]
If you've been following the updates of the IBM Tivoli Monitoring and OMEGAMON product family over the past year you can't have failed to notice one of the key features being promoted is “Self-Describing Agents” or SDA. Perhaps you have moved to the latest releases and have started using this enhancement (if you have, keep reading, there may be some subtle information here you may not be already aware of), or you may be in the process of planning your upgrade and have not yet considered what benefits the SDA feature will... [More]
Hello All, Small Enhancement APAR OA43477 is now available. Here are some of the new features: o Introduced a Flat File Batch Export Utility. o Enabled OUTMODE=LINE for the INGCF command. o Enhanced the NetView/SA Sample Startup Procedure with TRSIZE (INTERNAL TRACE TABLE SIZE) and INGPSWD (SA z/OS password dataset). o Enhanced PARMLIB member HSAPRM00 to accept the setting of new parameter DIAGMSGS=YES|NO.