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.
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]
As product manager for IBM® Tivoli® OMEGAMON® XE for DB2® Performance Expert on z/OS®, I’m often asked by customers and the field alike how does IBM’s “Expert” offering differ from the “Monitor” offering? Certainly there’s a concise list of features that differentiate Performance Expert from Performance Monitor, but there’s more to it than that. IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for DB2 Performance Expert on z/OS can be described as a single tool that allows you to monitor, analyze... [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]
System Automation for z/OS has just released APAR OA45008 for releases V3.5 and V3.4 and hence delivered RFE 31913. This APAR introduces export and import capabilities for your LPARS AND SYSTEMS policy which is part of a processor entry in the System Automation for z/OS policy database. With this support, customers can now completely define new processors, the LPARs and the systems that run on these LPARs using a text file instead of using the Customization Dialog panels. Customers can also extract all this data into a text... [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]
What's new: The OMEGAMON Enhanced 3270 UI allows the definition of a Secondary HUB TEMS. If you wish to periodically monitor a HUB TEMS, in another data center for example, then defining a secondary HUB TEMS is one solution. Once a secondary HUB TEMS is defined switching between the primary and secondary HUB TEMS is easy using the switch command. The secondary HUB TEMS will also become the active HUB TEMS, if for example, the primary HUB... [More]
Five ways to get NetView and CANZLOG "HELP" from Mr. CANZLOG NetView and Canzlog (Consolidated Audit, NetView, and z/OS log) The NetView product has multiple ways to access HELP in order to provide information to you. We will walk through the steps to explain some of the different ways you can access HELP. Here are five ways to access additional HELP information: HELP on the command line. INDEX on the command line. HELP BR on the command line. HELP X – Where X is the item you desire additional information.
Would you like to learn more about the capabilities of the latest release of the IBM Service Management Suite for z/OS? IBM Service Management Suite for z/OS V1.2.0 offers a simplified management solution through an integrated, single point of control for a broad range of systems management functions. You get the visibility, control, and automation of a large range of system elements spanning both your hardware and software mainframe resources. IBM Service Management Suite for z/OS provides network and systems management, automation, and asset... [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]
Over the last few weeks I've had the pleasure of talking to many clients at IBM events, User Groups and 1-1 meetings about a range of topics affecting System z and the one that has provoked some of the most interesting debate has been the impact of Mobile. Nobody would dispute the fact that the increased use of mobile technology is having an impact on the Systems of Record that are critical to so many enterprises, but after talking to numerous clients over the last few weeks the question has come up over and over again: "Is this new... [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]