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 SA z/OS team just provided an APAR with zEnterprise EC12 Toleration support. APAR number is OA39856, PTFs are available for SA z/OS 3.2, 3.3 and 3.4 releases. The APAR provides the necessary support to tolerate the new IBM zEnterprise EC12 mainframe systems as target for the SA z/OS hardware interfaces.
The IBM System z Integrated Information Processor (zIIP environment) accepts select data- and transaction-processing workloads from the z/OS operating system, which manages and coordinates the work between the primary processor and the zIIP processors. The use of zIIPs can lower your site's cost of operating its zSysterm hardware by reducing the work required of the Central Processing Unit (CPU). The Service Level Analysis component of OMEGAMON XE for CICS on z/OS, Version 510, now automatically detects and exploits zIIP processors... [More]
You want to upgrade to z/OS V1.13, but you do not know if your release of CICS Transaction Server for z/OS (CICS TS) or the CICS Tool(s) you are using are compatible with z/OS V1.13?
Your trepidation might be because the z/OS V1.13 General Availability (GA) was after the GA of some of the
releases of the CICS products you are using. No worries! IBM has successfully tested CICS TS V3.1, V3.2, V4.1, and V4.2 with z/OS V1.13. For a list of CICS Tools that were successfully tested with z/OS V1.13, see this Technote See the... [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]
Hello All, Small Enhancement APAR OA43477 is now available. Here are some of the new features: o Introduced a Flat File Batch Export Utility. o Enabled OUTMODE=LINE for the INGCF command. o Enhanced the NetView/SA Sample Startup Procedure with TRSIZE (INTERNAL TRACE TABLE SIZE) and INGPSWD (SA z/OS password dataset). o Enhanced PARMLIB member HSAPRM00 to accept the setting of new parameter DIAGMSGS=YES|NO.
Recently the OMEGAMON XE for CICS agent code for v4.2.0 was updated to fully implement the Change in value function for CICS attributes in situations.
As we all know, situations can have conditions such as TRAN=CEMT or COUNT>10; similarly there is a "delta" condition actually called "Change in value" so the condition would be Change-in-value for COUNT>2. So, if the COUNT changes by more than 2 during the situation sampling interval then the situation fires. By applying the correct PTF (UA63181) for APAR... [More]
Three weeks ago, we announced our 3Q2014 Early Access and Beta program for IBM SmartCloud Analytics - Log Analysis for z/OS. Yesterday, we published our first Beta driver for this new program. The most exciting capability in this Beta driver is certainly the new Linux on System z run-time support for the IBM SmartCloud Analytics - Log Analysis server. With this new capability, we have created the first solution to perform z/OS (and distributed) IT log analytics from System z. Other new capabilities included in this Beta driver: *... [More]
IBM has announced the new IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite for z/OS V5.1.1. This suite includes performance monitoring tools to lower cost and business risk of managing z/OS and all key subsystems. This single product includes all the OMEGAMONs for z/OS and IBM Tivoli Composite Application Manager for Web Resources. With this suite, one can monitor performance and availability for your IBM z/OS operating system, networks, storage subsystems, IBM DB2, IBM CICS, IBM IMS, IBM WebSphere MQ for z/OS, and IBM WebSphere Application... [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]
The final Beta driver for our 3Q2014 Early Access and Beta program for IBM SmartCloud Analytics - Log Analysis for z/OS is now available. This Beta driver contains release candidate code for all the new capabilities in plan for our 3Q2014 release: * Ability to run the Analytics engine on Linux on System z * MQ domain insights * IMS domain insights * Support for JES3 ....and, of course, all the capabilities we delivered earlier in 2014, such as DB2, WAS and CICS domain... [More]
Earlier today, IBM shared its point of view on the future of the data center with Smarter Computing V3 , a cross-IBM set of products and technologies that enable a smarter planet through Cloud, Data and Security.
A central focus is IBM Enterprise Systems (zEnterprise EC12 and Power)
and their ability to deliver exceptional value through a Cloud-optimized
IT infrastructure. We've seen how organizations have been able to
leverage IBM Enterprise Systems to achieve significant benefits. Take
the City of Honolulu for example which was able... [More]
The Fix Level Recommendation Tool (FLRT) provides cross-product compatibility information and fix recommendations for IBM products. It enables you to: Plan upgrades of key components or to verify the current health of a system. Enter your current levels of firmware and software to receive a recommendation. When
planning upgrades, enter the levels of firmware or software you want to
use, so you can verify levels and compatibility across products before
you upgrade. Products supported by this service include software products that run on... [More]
Are you working on increasing system availability while decreasing costs? Is
IT operations focused on reducing risks and increasing business flexibility? If
you answered yes to either of these questions, this teleconference is for you.
Join us to learn how to monitor, manage and automate your z/OS environment to
maximize overall System Availability. By using Tivoli System Automation, NetView
and OMEGAMON together to improve overall visibility, control and automation you
can increase availability, improve utilization of your... [More]