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Integration between IBM Security zSecure Audit 1.13.0 and QRadar SIEM 7.0 has become generally available on July 31, 2012. This integration allows sending z/OS, RACF, ACF2, Top Secret, DB2, and CICS events from the System Management Facilities (SMF) log to QRadar SIEM. zSecure Audit enriches the event data with information from the security database and system snapshot (CKFREEZE) information. QRadar SIEM QRadar SIEM is a next-generation Security Information and Event Management solution by Q1 Labs . It... [More]
Many systems programmers spend hours debugging problems that involve looping or hung transactions. By working together, z/OS and CICS systems programmers resolve these problems much faster by combining the information available from OMEGAMON XE on z/OS and OMEGAMON XE for CICS on z/OS. A typical scenario is that the z/OS systems programmer identifies an address space with a high (or low) CPU Percent. Most often, this is in response to a situation alert or a reported problem. Starting with the Address Space Overview workspace in OMEGAMON XE on... [More]
The IBM® Tivoli® NetView® for z/OS® 6.2 library is available from the following information center: http://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/tivihelp/v3r1/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.ibm.itnetviewforzos.doc%2Fic-homepage.html This online information center contains the most up-to-date information about the product. You can search across all the NetView library books in the information center. It is expanded to include links and information about the product and how to get started (Learning tab), task information (Task tab), and resource... [More]
Solution packages 5655-N23 IBM Security zSecure Administration 5655-N24 IBM Security zSecure Compliance and Auditing 5655-N25 IBM Security zSecure Compliance and Administration These solutions originally became available on June 1, 2012. You can read the full US announcement letter here . Contents of the solution packages IBM Security zSecure Administration V2 (5655-N23) contains the following components : IBM Security zSecure Admin V2 (5655-N16) IBM... [More]
Why monitor CSA and ECSA? Its simple, when common storage (CSA, ECSA, SQA, and ESQA) is exhausted, a system outage will occur. When ESQA is exhausted, further requests for ESQA are allocated from ECSA. When ECSA is exhausted, further requests are allocated from the much smaller CSA storage. The main reasons why common storage shortages occur: Not enough common storage is allocated Activity on the system exceeds previous levels, resulting in additional common storage being allocated An address space allocates more and more common... [More]
Hello everyone, Happy New Year! I hope this note finds you well. Thanks for your attendance of the previous PARMGEN customer open Q&A calls held on Oct. 29th and Nov. 19th last year. We are scheduling the next monthly PARMGEN customer call planned to be held on Wednesday, Jan. 28th @ 11 a.m. US ET . For our new attendees, the monthly PARMGEN customer call's goal is to have an informal, open Q&A forum especially those in the planning and configuration phases of upgrading to OMEGAMON Performance... [More]
UPDATE: As of November 2016, OMEGAMON Monitoring for JVM has now been superseded by IBM OMEGAMON for JVM on z/OS V540 ! Today, we are delighted to announce a significant new offering that becomes an integral part of the IBM z Systems Management portfolio – OMEGAMON Monitoring for JVM . This lightweight, easy to deploy agent provides resource level monitoring and metrics of any online Java Virtual Machine on z/OS. From CICS JVMSERVERs to applications deploying a WebSphere Liberty server... [More]
Recently got a note from Christopher Walker of the OMEGAMON for CICS on z/OS development team that our colleagues on the CICS Tools team in Hursley recently celebrated a birthday. As an aside, here is something that I was not aware of, the CL/CONFERENCE and CL/SUPERSESSION tools are marked as part of the CICS Tools porfolio. FYI: The CL/CONFERENCE tool provides the capability to transmit the screen image of a VTAM application to others in your network. So, if you are having problems, an authorized member of the support staff can look at... [More]
IBM Security zSecure suite 2.1.1 was announced on July 15, 2014, including a new product IBM Security zSecure Adapters for QRadar SIEM (5655-AD8), with a planned availability date of September 5, 2014. You can read the US announcement letter here . Edit: As of zSecure 2.3 the product name is IBM Security zSecure Adapters for SIEM (without "QRadar"). IBM QRadar SIEM consolidates log source event data from thousands of devices endpoints and applications distributed throughout a... [More]
Over the years there have been some inquisitive CICS customers that have wanted to know more about Temporary Storage Queues (TSQ) and Transient Data Queues (TDQ) data in the world of CICS. After doing some research and chatting with a CICS developer here are some differences between TSQ's and TDQ's. In TSQ, data can be written and read either sequentially or randomly, while in TDQ, the data is written or read only sequentially. TSQ's can be both input and output, while TDQ's are either input or output. In TSQ, the data can be read any number... [More]
Hi Everyone, **UPDATE**: 11/19/2014 Broadcast Invitation sent out on 11/12/2014: For those who may not have received it, or if you wish to receive an official calendar broadcast invitation entry to reserve November 19th meeting time, please e-mail Cecile Day (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your contact information and we can add your info. to the calendar/mailing list. Thank you. As part of our continued focus on further improving PARMGEN and soliciting your valuable feedback/helping answer any PARMGEN deployment queries you may... [More]
Integration between IBM Security zSecure Alert and QRadar SIEM 7 has become generally available on December 19, 2012. This integration allows forwarding real-time alerts from zSecure Alert to QRadar SIEM through the syslog protocol. zSecure Alert zSecure Alert is the real-time monitor component of the zSecure suite. It can correlate events and send out real-time alerts through e-mail, text message, Write To Operator console messages, SNMP traps, or syslog receiver events. It also integrates capabilities for data analysis and enrichment that... [More]
IBM SmartCloud Application Performance Management (APM) helps manage traditional IT, virtualized, cloud and hybrid environments. In this beta data from OMEGAMON agents running on z/OS is available for inclusion in your application views, simplifying the task of monitoring and managing complex cross-platform applications. The beta code, which can be downloaded now, includes Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) from the following OMEGAMON agents running on the z/OS platform: · OMEGAMON XE for CICS on z/OS... [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]
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]
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]
The new IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite for z/OS V5.3.0 is Generally Available today. This suite provides both real-time and historical performance and availability management capabilities for your IBM z/OS operating system, networks, storage subsystems, IBM DB2, IBM CICS, IBM IMS, IBM MQ for z/OS, IBM Integration Bus for z/OS, and IBM WebSphere Application Server for z/OS. This suite can help maximize efficiency and effectiveness of managing your z/OS environment by utilizing this powerful integrated tool set. New enhancements... [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]
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 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]
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]
Hello Everyone We have started the Early Access Program for the next release of TADz in February 2012. TADz is the replacement for Tivoli License Compliance Manager for s/390 (TLCMz) 4.2 which goes out of service on 30 Sept 2012. The current versions of TADz are 7.2 and 7.5. We encourage all current users of TLCMz to convert to TADz as soon as possible. This is an invitation to all TLCMz and TADz users to participate in the EAP and the Beta which is starting in July 2012. You can contact the development team on email@example.com for more... [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]
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.
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]
Hello, The new release of System Automation for z/OS 3.4 has GA today. It is orderable since 4/24/2012 in IBM order systems. Also the System Automation for z/OS 3.4 library is available from the following link now: http://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/tivihelp/v3r1/index.jsp?topic=/com.ibm.sazos.doc_3.4/welcome.html This link points to the IBM Tivoli Systems Management Information Center.
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]
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]