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 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 dev elop erWo rks wik i to find the same videos and more about the OMEGAMON Performance Management suite.
On September 5, 2014 IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for Messaging for z/OS v7.3.0 became generally available. Besides the near-term history, cross-product embeds and some other cool features, Messaging v7.3.0 also provides updated support for IBM MQ v8.0 features, like: Automatically discovers and monitors MQ v8 queue managers Monitors 64-bit Buffer Pools Incorporates required internal processing changes for SMF Type 115 statistics Supports 8-byte Log RBAs Adds more monitoring attributes, for example, the attributes for the multiple cluster... [More]
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.
The SMF type 89 record provides information about product usage on a particular MVS system. A record will be written for products that have registered to indicate that they are running on the system. The SMF type 89 record has two subtypes: Subtype 1 which contains product usage data Subtype 2 which contains product state data. With APAR PM97264 Tivoli Decision Support for z/OS (TDSz) provides exploitation support (from TDSz Version 1.8.1) for both the SMF type 89 subtype 1 and 2 records. The following new data tables are provided within... [More]
Hello, This is John Arnesen with NetView and System Automation level 2 support. Are you seeing messages about running low or out of storage in the NetView netlog, and want to try and find the cause without recycling or taking a dump. Here is a list of the messages indicating a problem: BNH162I - THE domainid BELOW 16M STORAGE is nn% USED.... BNH163I - THE domainid ABOVE 16M STORAGE is nn% USED.... DSI374A - THRESHOLD REACHED, number BUFFERS ON MESSAGE QUEUE OF task DSI124I - STORAGE REQUEST FAILED FOR NCCF domainid ABEND878 - Indicating that... [More]
The Tivoli Decision Support for z/OS books have been updated with all HOLDDOC since the 1.8.1 version was released. The updated publications can be downloaded as PDFs from the following urls: Administration Guide and Reference http://public.dhe.ibm.com/software/tivoli/Tivoli_Decision_Support_for_zOS/docs/DRL5BA14.pdf CICS Performance Feature Guide and Reference http://public.dhe.ibm.com/software/tivoli/Tivoli_Decision_Support_for_zOS/docs/drl5fc12.pdf IMS CSQ Feature Guide and Reference... [More]
How Smart is your Infrastructure Lots of people are talking about Clouds and smarter infrastructure these days. Public cloud, private cloud, hybrid cloud, etc. - lots of noise and hype about the possibilities and the savings that can be realized. Since our software brand is named Cloud and Smarter Infrastructure, let me try to shine a little light on the subject and offer a point of view around our recent announcement of our new Infrastructure Management Suite for z/VM and Linux. What we've observed in working with several clients is that... [More]
Tired of Pouring Through Logs? If you or your team is among many who spend most of their working day (and nights) scouring logs from your IT systems, take heart – help is here! Designed especially for System Z users, this new offering (Log Analytics) is targeted to leverage the wealth of instrumentation that exists on both zLinux and zOS to provide insights on problems which impact availability and/or performance. The ability to quickly search through set of logs – including key middleware like WebSphere, CICS, DB2 – to... [More]
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.
This is John Arnesen with NetView and System Automation for z/OS level 2 support. Have you ever had a resource that won't start or stop as expected in System Automation? There is a quick and easy way to check and see what is holding things up - using option X from INGLIST. This option lists potential problems that might hinder the resource reaching the desired status. The display will simply show the resources concerned and a note of the potential problems that have been detected with them. Here we see that PLOGMODE... [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]
Thank you for your Participation in the OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite for z/OS V5.3.0 Beta and Early Access (EAP) programs. The products included in the 2014 Beta program were made Generally Available (GA) on Friday, September 5, 2014. We sincerely appreciate your taking the time and making the effort to participate in our beta and EAP programs. Your participation and expertise provided us with valuable insights that ultimately contributed to the release of new product features which you have agreed will meet your... [More]
IBM Service Management Suite for z/OS V1.2.0 is now Generally Available. 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. Service Management Suite for z/OS provides network and systems management, automation, and asset management to address business agility on IBM... [More]