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.
The embedded data feature is introduced in the latest release of the OMEGAMON family of products. The new feature speeds up your problem determination efforts by making data from one product available in another's enhanced 3270UI workspaces. With embedded data, less time is spent switching between the OMEGAMON products. The accompanying playlists and videos demonstrate how to use the OMEGAMON enhanced 3270 user interface and embedded data to solve problems. With this youtube playlist , you can play all of the videos or you can select... [More]
Pro-active automation using monitoring can resolve performance problems before they cause outages alert operators about monitor or automation exceptions Many shops only automate IPL, messages, and shutdown. Recovery is automated only for single resources without dependencies or with only basic parent/child dependencies Recovery or moves have to be done by operators which leads to higher effort and recovery time, often exceeding the time allowed in Service Level Agreements. With a high automation level , like you see to the left,... [More]
The new release of OMEGAMON XE for Messaging v7.3.0 has an Enhanced 3270 User Interface feature that allows you to issue any MQSC display or ping command directly from the command line in most MQ workspaces. You no longer have to switch out of the Enhanced 3270UI when you want to issue an MQSC display command just because you want to see the data in that familiar way. IBM MQ has about 45 display and ping commands, which provide a wealth of information about your queue manager and its objects. For example, you want to see the results... [More]
Do you often refer to a certain topic or set of topics in IBM product documentation (such as configuration, command, or troubleshooting information)? Would you like to organize these frequently used topics into your own collection for easy retrieval or printing in a PDF file? You can do this in the IBM Knowledge Center . When you sign in to the IBM Knowledge Center , you can save individual topics or groups of topics into a navigation pane called "My Collections." After you save content in "My... [More]
The GDPS Active/Active Continuous Availability solution is designed to provide a comprehensive continuous availability and business continuity solution to support two or more data center sites separated by unlimited distance to help you achieve recovery point objective (RPO) and recover time objective (RTO) goals. GDPS Active/Active Continuous Availability solution supports the Active/Standby and Active/Query configurations. The Active/Standby (update) configuration enables you to receive transactions in one site and copy changed data, using... [More]
We are proud to announce that, since September 22nd, the new "Remote HotStandBy Controller" feature is available as Beta code on IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler for z/OS v9.2. The remote hot stand-by controller has been designed to guarantee the continuos availability for IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler for z/OS customers. "What is new, then?" you may ask "I already have my hot stand-by controller up and running!". The new is that your hot stand-by controller can now be remote. Unlike the traditional hot stand-by... [More]
The new OMEGAMON XE for Messaging V7.3.0 provides both real-time and historical performance and availability management capabilities for your IBM MQ. One of the enhancements in V7.3.0 is geared toward the new Enhanced 3270 user interface (E3270UI) and provides Near-Term-History. You can quickly and easily resolve problems by viewing the resources when the symptoms first started – in the last few hours or past few days. This release delivers what focus groups told us to be the most important: Queue Long Term History Queue Status... [More]
So, I'm sitting around trying to catch a breather from the roll out of all the new OMEGAMON V 5.3.0 releases announced on July 15 th and GA’ed on September 5th. http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?subtype=ca&infotype=an&appname=iSource&supplier=897&letternum=ENUS214-272 One of the many offerings in the announcement is OMEGAMON XE for Storage on z/OS v5.3.0. I start thinking of how far that product has come in the past few years. The transformation from a... [More]
Despite the obvious importance of checking the authority of the issuer of a NetView command to issue the command, there are times when such checking should be bypassed in order to optimize performance. One such example is when commands are invoked by NetView's automation table. Users can configure automation-invoked commands to be authority-checked or not. Another such example regards commands that are invoked by other commands. Of course, we can consider the combined case of a command "A" driven by... [More]
The OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite for z/OS consists of eight OMEGAMON monitors which are packaged together. In common with the other mainframe OMEGAMON products which were made generally available on September 5th, OMEGAMON XE for CICS on z/OS v5.3.0 included new features which are focused on Enhanced 3270 UI near term history and embedded data. Both of these features will help you resolve problems in your CICS environment by ensuring that the data that you need is available quickly, even when that data is from different subsystems or... [More]
The Automation Table is one of a number of capabilities in the NetView® for z/OS® program that allow for automated handling of many of the information-system and network operations that usually require human intervention. Automation can improve the availability of systems and networks by quickly and accurately responding to unexpected events. And when outages do occur, whether planned or unplanned, automation can dramatically reduce recovery time. Automation can reduce the chances for operator errors by either... [More]
Learn about the new capabilities available in OMEGAMON XE on z/OS by watching the new videos on our YouTube playlist . See what's new in version 5.3.0 and see new how-to videos on solving problems quickly with near-term history and embedded data. Learn more about the integration and capabilities of the OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite on our YouTube playlist . Or visit our developerWorks wiki to find the same videos and more about the OMEGAMON Performance Management suite.
In a previous blog entry, “You can get there from here”, the new OMEGAMON XE on z/OS version 5.3.0 Near Term History support was introduced. The navigation paths between all of the supported workspaces were explained. The scenario used in this blog entry focuses on one of those areas of navigation. It explains how to determine which address space, or address spaces, might have been impacting the performance of a workload running on an LPAR during a specific historical time-frame. Margrit we have a problem! Margrit, a systems... [More]
Early Access Program Web Conference: Thursday, September 25, 2014. Please join the development team in a technology preview web conference on Thursday, September 25, 2014, at 10:00 AM US Eastern time. The focus of the meeting will be the reviewing & soliciting of your input about technology and new problem solving scenarios. This is a great opportunity to help guide the development team! If you want to join our OMEGAMON EAP, please contact Diane Volkmar, firstname.lastname@example.org. This requires consent to an IBM nondisclosure agreement.
On September 5, 2014 IBM CICS Transaction Gateway V9.1 became generally available. IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for CICS TG on z/OS provides Day 1 toleration support for CICS TG for z/OS V9.1 with no PTFs required. A performance monitoring tool for CICS Transaction Gateway for z/OS, shipped with IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for CICS on z/OS, this tool offers both Tivoli Enterprise Portal and the new Enhanced 3270UI solution which is included in OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite on z/OS V5.3.0.