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.
Here is a quick introduction to IBM Security zSecure. In a word The IBM Security zSecure suite helps secure your mainframe. It provides cost-effective security administration, improves service by detecting threats, and reduces risk with automated audit and compliance reporting. Most of the product offerings run on z/OS; zSecure Manager for RACF z/VM is an offering for the z/VM operating system. For administrators who are less mainframe minded zSecure Visual provides a Microsoft Windows front-end.... [More]
by Beth Sarnie Market Segment Lead for Linux on System z, 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 Everything is speeding up, the need to decrease cost is constant and so is the need for change. How can you reduce cost and increase efficiency, reliability, availability, and security? Can you really have it your way? ... [More]
IBM Security zSecure Manager for RACF z/VM 1.11.2 was announced this week at IBM Interconnect 2015 with a planned availability date of March 13, 2015. This release is based on IBM Security zSecure Suite 2.1.1 (for z/OS) and introduces the zSecure Audit Compliance Testing Framework to the z/VM operating system. Background Mainframes continue to be the home for mission critical information and essential business production applications in many organizations due to the strong heritage of integrated security support capabilities... [More]
Are your DB2 threads getting enough resources? Are the Work Load Manager Enclave (WLM) definitions too restrictive? If on the Enhanced 3270UI using the DB2 ® active threads summary (select 'T' from the Enterprise Summary) or the DB2 Thread Detail Accounting screen you see that the elapsed time for a distributed thread is greater than the threshold you have set (the plan name DISTSERV and the correlation ID starting with db2jcc_ indicates this is a distributed thread), ... [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]
You are starting a new CICS Transaction Server region under a new release of CICS. You receive message DFHKE0104 to indicate an incorrect SVC number has been supplied to CICS. This message is followed by messages DFHPA1909 and DFHPA1910, indicating SVC number and CICSSVC DFHSIT override are not correct. DFHKE0104: CICS has been supplied with incorrect SVC number. DFHPA1909: Data is invalid for keyword. Respecify keyword and data. DFHPA1910: SIT override is not recognized. Override is ignored. The probable cause of this issue is the CICS... [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 presentation provides comprehensive information about SDF • basics of SDF • explaining the panel commands using the samples shipped in SINGNPRM • customization steps for SDF • demonstration of SA performance display using SDF Link to Presentation 'SDF for Beginners'
The following lists my recommendations for monitoring WebSphere Message Broker or IBM Integration Bus with OMEGAMON XE for Messaging: For monitoring WebSphere Message Broker v7 and v8, and IBM Integration Bus v9, use v7.1.0 of the WebSphere Message Broker monitoring agent. That is FMID HKQI710 on z/OS. You'll need the latest PTF levels for later broker releases, which includes PTFs UA71110 and UA69753. On distributed platforms for the same agent in ITCAM for Applications, this level is equivalent to the v7.1.0... [More]
IBM Security zSecure 2.1 has become generally available on 09/06/2013. You can read the US announcement letter here . Notable features include: * a user interface to ease rule-based compliance reporting against standards such as DISA-STIG (the Security Technical Implementation Guide from the Defense Information Systems Agency) and GSD331/ISeC (a global services document with security controls documentation from IBM). *automatic collection of DB2 catalog resource data including databases, table spaces, storage groups, sequences,... [More]
IBM Secu rity zSe cure sui t e 2.2.0 was announced on October 1, 2015 with a planned availability date of November 6, 2015. You can read the US announcement letter here . This release provides currency with z/OS V2R2, IMS 14, CICS V5R3, and Windows 10, extends the zSecure Audit Compliance Testing Framework and user interface for standards such as DISA-STIG and PCI-DSS, and adds or extends integration with IBM Security QRadar SIEM and IBM Security Identity Governance. Background IBM Security zSecure suite can help you... [More]
Hello everyone, I hope this note finds you well. Thanks for your attendance of the previous PARMGEN customer open Q&A teleconference call held on Wednesday, January 28th. For February (2/23/2015 - 2/26/2015), thank you for attending the InterConnect 2015 Conference in Las Vegas, as well as the OMEGAMON z/OS Customer Advisory Council (zCAC) in the same venue. The PARMGEN lab. guide from the PARMGEN 5644 open lab . hosted @ InterConnect, is now available for download in the master PARMGEN technote... [More]
Integration between IBM Security zSecure Audit 2.1 and IBM InfoSphere Guardium 9.1 is set to be available on October 25, 2013. zSecure Audit analyzes the protection of DB2 objects by RACF and internal security and makes these available to Guardium. Guardium includes new entitlement reports and delivers over 60 new vulnerability tests. Background Mainframes continue to be the home for mission critical information and essential business production applications in many organizations due to the strong... [More]
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]
On June 13, 2014 IBM CICS Tra nsac tion Ser ver for z/OS V5. 2 has become generally available. A service stream enhancement (SSE) to IB M Se c u ri t y z S e cu r e 2 . 1 provided currency support on June 14, 2014. This SSE furthermore extends the zSecure Audit Compliance Testing Framework with additional DISA-STIG support and provides a number of usability enhancements. Background Mainframes continue to be the home for mission critical information and essential business production... [More]