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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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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 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 . IBM Security QRadar SIEM consolidates log source event data from thousands of devices endpoints and applications distributed throughout a network. It normalizes information from many Log Sources through Device Support Modules (DSMs),... [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]
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]
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]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
Just saw a really great Twitter feed on social media and in particular the business part of being social and what to expect in 2012. IBM's Alistair Rennie, GM of Social Business, chatted about what to expect in 2012 for the world of social business. For social business, 2011 was a year of exploration, experimentation and in some cases innovation. Both small and large organizations in a variety of verticals globally began to realize the power of bringing social behaviors, processes and platforms behind the firewall. According to a 2011 AIIM... [More]
Hi, just a quick note to let everyone know that the latest version of the TADz GKB 7.5 level 20110531 has been released. You can download the latest version from FixCentral at the following URL: http://www-933.ibm.com/support/fixcentral/ Remember if you have any products that TADz is not finding in your site, please let me know. We will require the IQ data in order for us to add the new data so when you open a PMR please also attach the IQ data.
Hello, This is John Arnesen with NetView and System Automation z/OS Level 2 Defect Support. I will be attending PULSE/AOTC this year and look forward to meeting my customers and putting a face with a name. I am also very interested to hear how you use NetView and System Automation in your shop. Please don't hesitate to say hello. I am happy to address any questions you have with NetView or System Automation, any PMR's you may have open, or questions on level 2 support in general regardless of the product. I am also presenting a Level 2... [More]
The IBM® Tivoli® NetView® for z/OS® 6.1 library is available from the following information center: http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/tivihelp/v3r1/index.jsp?toc=/com.ibm.itnetviewforzos.doc/toc.xml 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 information (... [More]
Hello, This is John Arnesen with NetView and System Automation level 2 support. Are you looking for a way to audit who issues System Automation commands? Or just want to make a notation in the netlog when a System Automation command is issued? The INGCNTL command can do that for you. Issue command: INGCNTL SET COMMAND_LOGGING=YES and every time a SA command is issued, a AOF705I message will be written to the netlog containing the command and the options used along with the userid or autotask that issued the command. Here is an... [More]
IBM Security zSecure 1.13 has become generally available today (11/11/11). Notable features include: * automatically detecting active CICS and IMS regions and reporting on those, with a focus on reporting on transactions and programs * ability to annotate user ID displays with data from external files (e.g. human resources data) * enhancements to the zSecure Admin Access Monitor component introduced in 1.11, allowing collection of additional detail as well as better and faster consolidation This release provides currency with z/OS V1R13 as... [More]
IBM Security zSecure 1.13.1 has become generally available on 10/26/2012. Notable features include: * automatically detecting active DB2 regions and reporting on those, with a focus on tables, views, plans, and packages, analyzing both RACF and DB2 internal security * comparison capabilities throughout the UI to highlight differences between databases and system snapshots * ability to define security standards and report compliance with regards to those * enhancements to the zSecure Admin Access Monitor component, allowing... [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]