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 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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
See OMEGAMON value quickly with new PARMGEN functionality designed especially to get your monitoring products running in 3 hours or less! Check out many of PARMGEN's upcoming enhancements that embody simplicity and speed in maintaining your monitored LPAR runtime environments (RTEs). Upcoming PARMGEN PTF UA73689 3Q14 Interim Feature (IF) brings significant improvements to the PARMGEN configuration tool. These enhancements cater to all users, whether you are a new first-time-user (FTU) in PARMGEN or whether you... [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]
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]
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]
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]
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]