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.
On February 16, 2016 IBM announced authentication enhancements including a new product IBM Multi-Factor Authentication for z/OS (5655-162), with a planned availability date of March 25, 2016. z/OS Security Server RACF provided enabling infrastructure updates for z/OS V2R1 and V2R2. Supporting service stream enhancements to zSecure 2.1, 2.1.1, and 2.2 were made available around the same time. Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) raises the level of assurance of mission-critical systems. It is particularly important to strongly authenticate users... [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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more... [More]
OMEGAMON XE for IMS v5.3.0 is a key part of the IBM® Tivoli OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite for z/OS® v5.3.1 announcement today. With the new OMEGAMON XE for IMS you can find IMS system and application problems more quickly and speed up problem resolution time. New OMEGAMON IMS real-time workspaces in the enhanced 3270 user interface The enhanced 3270 user interface has a large set of new workspaces to better monitor key resources such as: shared queues, response time analysis, IMS Open Transaction Manager Access... [More]
On November 13, 2014 password security enhancements in RACF were made available for z/OS V1R12, V1R13, and V2R1. A service stream enhancement to zSecure 1.12, 1.13, 1.13.1, 2.1, and 2.1.1 was made available at the same time. Among other improvements, these updates allow a larger password space (additional special characters allowed) and a stronger encryption method (KDFAES). Background Password security is a function as much of user education (e.g., do not use the same password on a strongly protected work account as on your favorite... [More]
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]
IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE on z/OS V5.3 provides for the SMEs, such as system programmers, the capability to manage z/OS operating system resources and workloads. It provides the ability to combine information from z/OS and multiple z/OS subsystems, including middleware, into a single screen for greater integrated problem determination capabilities. Planned availability date is September 5, 2014. http://tinyurl.com/nzwfpwp -url for full announcement of OMEGAMON 5.3.0's New features include: Delivers Enhanced 3270UI... [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.
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.
Version 3.0 of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) has become available on November 7, 2013 . Updates to IBM Sec u rit y zS e cur e 2 . 1 to extend the Compliance Testing Framework with PCI-DSS support have become available on November 22, 2013. A PCI-DSS option has been added to the rule-based auditing (AU.R) part of the User Interface. A data classification member has been added to the site customization to declare the presence of primary account numbers or sensitive authentication data,... [More]
Hello Everyone, This is John Arnesen with NetView and System Automation for z/OS level 2 support. We have seen instances where a customer issue can be avoided by keeping up with HIPER and/or PE maintenance. Customers have asked how they can keep current with HIPER's and PE's. The answer is a SMP/E function called Enhanced Holddata that lists all the Hiper and PE maint for z/OS products. Customers can request this data and it is also shipped with all ESO's, Corrective Service orders and PDOs. Here is a... [More]
In today's digital economy it is essential to support efficient operations of your mainframe data center to maintain Service Level Agreements, effectively manage ongoing costs and provide fast and agile service to the business. Achieving operational excellence in the enterprise is a key pillar for ongoing business success.
System Automation for z/OS 4.1 and Service Management Suite for z/OS 1.4.2 have been announced to provide new functions to optimize the efficiency and availability of critical systems and applications on IBM z... [More]
APAR PM66403 introduces support into Tivoli Decision Support for z/OS (TDSz) for the IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator (IDAA) v2 and above. IDAA statistics data are collected from the SMF type 100 subtype 1 record, and IDAA accounting data is collected from the SMF type 101 record. This APAR provides new record definitions, tables, updates and reports into the DB2 component (Accounting and Response Time Statistics subcomponent) to collect and report on IDAA data from within TDSz. The following new objects are provided with this APAR: 1. Tables Two... [More]
300 of the latest Redbook publications are available for no-cost download in EPUB (short for electronic publication) format for e-readers. EPUB is a free and open e-book standard by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). EPUB is designed for reflowable content, which allows the text display to be optimized for the devices used by readers, including smaller devices such as mobile phones. Users of these devices will be able to easily read and navigate Redbooks publications on any size screen. They will also be able to leverage all... [More]
Today IBM Service Management Unite is announced as a new component in the IBM Service Management Suite V1.3. This component will help z/OS sites manage by exception (Situations). It allows access to exception information from IBM Automation and Monitoring products. This access can be via mobile devices too. Here is an example of a Dashboard listing current monitoring and automation exceptions for a site: ... [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]