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.
IBM BetaWorks and the Boeblingen lab are looking for customers and business partners who are interested in participating in a Beta program for the next release of Tivoli System Automation for z/OS. Tivoli System Automation for z/OS is designed to provide high availability for critical business applications through policy-based self-healing, and to automate the z/OS system's Input/Output, processor and systems operations, as described here: http://www-01.ibm.com/software/tivoli/products/system-automation-zos/ The Beta program provides... [More]
As a software and information developer, interacting with your support team on a regular basis is a viable way to head off customer problems early on and provide real time solutions that signifies team work. The support level personnel within a company is designed to incorporate a solid working knowledge of the software product they support coupled with an innate skill base that fosters problem solving and the handling of complex customer issues in a timely manner. It's important, however, to let customers know how they can save time and... [More]
Check out this first part, of a two part series, on the evolution of the CICS transaction server’s serviceability process and enhancements by Bill Bulfin and Ed Addison. Bill Bulfin has provided Level 2 worldwide remote technical support for CICS and the CICS tools portfolio of products, while Ed Addison has had a Level 2 career supporting VSAM and CICS. Through the years, serviceability, as it relates to CICS, has been primarily concerned with reducing the time and effort required to identify and solve a problem by CICS customers and IBM... [More]
We are proud to announce that, since September 22nd, the new "Remote HotStandBy Controller" feature is available as Beta code on IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler for z/OS v9.2. The remote hot stand-by controller has been designed to guarantee the continuos availability for IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler for z/OS customers. "What is new, then?" you may ask "I already have my hot stand-by controller up and running!". The new is that your hot stand-by controller can now be remote. Unlike the traditional hot stand-by... [More]
TWA 8.6 ISPF Demo TWA 8.6 zOS released ISPF Panels interface that has been greatly improved to have: Have a quick, at-a-glance view of DB application operations, for faster administration. Have a quick, at-a glance view of CP operations for an easier monitoring Help expert users proving more short cut among panels Help not expert users reducing the number of panels to be navigated See the following link in which you will find a whole demo of this feature to understand the powerful of this feature!
IMS V14 is now available and provides enhancements in IMS performance, scalability, usability, and availability. OMEGAMON XE for IMS, part of the OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite for z/OS, delivered its Day One support for IMS 14. OMEGAMON XE for IMS v5.3.0 (5698-T02) supports IMS 14 in its base release. For support in v5.1.0, PTF UA79563 (APAR OA48864) is required. One of the major enhancements in IMS V14 is a new user exit for the IMS Monitor. This enhancement can help provide a better... [More]
OMEGAMON XE Beta Program To: OMEGAMON Customers and Business Partners Re: Announcing the start of the OMEGAMON XE Beta Program The OMEGAMON Development team is looking for interested customers and business partners to participate in the Beta Program for the next release of the IBM OMEGAMON family. The Beta Program is starting today, Monday, January 13, 2014 and will initially include OMEGAMON XE for CICS. The initial OMEGAMON beta code is available for download and installation today. ... [More]
The WebSphere MQ monitoring agent, a component of both OMEGAMON XE for Messaging for z/OS and ITCAM Agents for WebSphere Messaging for distributed platforms, has long fully supported MQ Events produced by queue managers as a convenient way to monitor. However, did you know that the Event Archive feature, which was first introduced in v7.1.0 of the MQ monitoring agent, allows you to record the MQ Events historically with all associated details? Therefore, this feature allows you to keep MQ Events for audit purposes. Typically, the... [More]
A team member of the System Automation for z/OS development team will present several sessions at 2012 IBM System z Technical University in Las Vegas, October 1 -5, 2012. Don't miss the sessions if you are interested in System Automation or want to contact a member from the development team. Following sessions are planned: IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS - For Beginners System Automation for z/OS - New version 3.4 System Automation for z/OS: Beginners Hands-On Lab Part 1 of 2 (repeated) System Automation for z/OS: Beginners Hands-On Lab... [More]
Earlier this week we announced updates to the IBM Service Management on z/OS product suites, including the introduction of a new OMEGAMON monitoring agent focused on resource level metrics for any Java Virtual Machine on z/OS. For the first time you can get a comprehensive side-by-side view of the health of JVMs executing on z/OS, from application workload utilizing Liberty on CICS, standalone Java-based batch applications or JVMs providing the underlying infrastructure to applications such as z/OS... [More]
Happy New Year! Thanks for your attendance of the previous PARMGEN customer open Q&A teleconference call held on November 18, 2015 . We are scheduling the next monthly PARMGEN customer open Q&A webcast call, planned to be held on Wednesday, January 20th @ 11 a.m. US ET . We tried to choose a time that would be convenient for most participants -- we apologize to those of you where this is very early or very late in the day. As part of our continued focus on further improving PARMGEN and helping answer any... [More]
OMEGAMON XE for IMS on z/OS Early Access Program We are looking for customers and business partners who are interested in participating in an Early Access Program for OMEGAMON XE for IMS. This will be a way for participants to follow along as new product enhancements are developed and interact directly with the OMEGAMON Development team. You will be able to validate new product enhancements will be of value to you, and help shape the products as they are being developed to better match your needs. The OMEGAMON Development team is eager to get... [More]
APAR OA43920 ( www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg1OA43920 ) adds support for your OSA-Express5S hardware in OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks version 5. OSA-Express5S is a technology refresh and introduces a new SNMP MIB with a new set of metrics. This APAR adds 4 attribute groups to OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks version 5. Customers who are running OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks version 4.2 will need to upgrade to version 5 in order to monitor OSA-Express5S. After installing the PTF and fixpack, the new OSA-Express5S attributes... [More]
Fast path to DB2 thread performance with enhanced 3270 usability improvements from OMEGAMON XE for DB2 Performance Expert Depending on your environment, you may find the Enhanced 3270 Data Sharing Group Thread Summary (called “DB2 Group Active Threads”) to be the preferred way to understand your DB2 ® for z/OS ® applications. With V530, new linkage has been created to be able to quickly and easily navigate to the related thread detail workspaces from this view. In addition, an authorized user can... [More]