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SMF causing small allocations of ESQA to be orphaned for all address spaces. Systems which are IPL infrequently can have 10s of thousands of these small pieces orphaned. This large volume of individual allocations increase OMEGAMON CPU to monitor Common Storage. XE for z/OS Impact CSAA- Higher than normal CPU in CSA Analyzer address space from chasing thousands of 8 byte orphans. TEMS - High CPU from situations referencing the Address_Space_ComStor_Owned attribute group. PSW sampling via INSPect shows TCB(KOBAS510) with >10% and... [More]
Hello Community, this entry means to summarize the main TWSz enhancement that more strongly affected Workload Service Assurance, both in terms of performances and in terms of improved functionalities. TWS for z/OS 8.3.0 Making Risk Level changes more effective by ignoring not critical deadlines and improving times calculations for Critical Job table entries Apar PM07794 has determined a functional improvement that can be activated by means of two new BATCHOPT keywords, IGNOREDEADL(YES,NO) and TIMEDEPCHK(YES,NO). IGNOREDEADL allows TWSz to... [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]
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]
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]
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]
Hello, This is John Arnesen with NetView z/OS level 2 support. Did you know that in addition to running Packet Tracing, NetView also does Packet Trace analysis? Have a look at section 126.96.36.199.3 Analyzing and Saving IP Packet Traces in the NetView IP Management manual: http://publibfi.dhe.ibm.com/cgi-bin/bookmgr/BOOKS/ENVIP100/188.8.131.52.3?SHELF=env2bk41&DT=20110418150643&CASE= There is no need to run the Packet Trace from Comm Server, use the NetView options available from the IPTRACE panel. Give it a try!! John Here are some screen... [More]
An updated version of the IBM Tivoli Monitoring/OMEGAMON XE for CICS
plug-in for the CICS Explorer is now available for download from the ISM
Library site IBM Tivoli Monitoring Eclipse plug-in on ISM Library This plug-in provides the ability to view OMEGAMON XE data in Eclipse.
This allows OMEGAMON gathered data to be viewed in conjunction with data
from other Eclipse-based applications such as CICS Explorer. This version of the plug-in displays most Tivoli monitoring systems and
their on-line status, and displays OMEGAMON monitoring... [More]
Its been 4 years since I was hired by IBM from school. I always wanted to a work for an organization that is well known for its contribution in innovation and creativity. I am fascinated by the innovation and creativity that IBM drives and how IBMers have always made significant contributions to Artificial Intelligence. One such example was IBM's Deep Blue product and more recent example would be IBM's contribution to cognitive thinking through Watson . These innovations constantly lead me to believe that IBM is a visionary leader... [More]
'Dear Rocky' answers your System z monitoring and performance tuning questions. Rocky McMahan, a Senior Software Performance Engineer in Tivoli R&D, offers valuable tips to help you get more out of your Tivoli monitoring software. Dear Rocky I am a performance engineer for a large global health services company with over 32,00 employees, operates in 30 countries around the world, has 70 million customers, and $22 billion in revenue. We use several IBM® Tivoli® OMEGAMON® products to monitor our 8 - way production Parallel Sysplex... [More]
The following SA z/OS 3.4 presentations about 'ProcOps zEnterprise Support' are available now here: Part 1: ProcOps Framework Enhancements: Part 1 Part 2: ProcOps Ensemble Communication and Commands: Part 2
By Sandeep Peurmbuduri Software Developer, zAnalytics, IBM Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure You can follow me on Twitter , connect with me on Linkedin Subscribe to C&SI System z social content A contest that gives access to a mainframe system and the ability to work with various products on a Mainframe, the Master the Mainframe contest is a great learning experience for students who like to work on a Mainframe. It is an exciting opportunity which requires no prior... [More]
I was recently contacted by my Level 3 representative and told about a customer who recently had a problem interpreting a message that was generated from OMEGAMON II for CICS. This message evidently has been out there in the OMEGAMON II for CICS world for a long time and some customers find it a little ambiguous. I suggested that maybe I should rewrite the message information sections. You know, the Explanation, System response and User response sections that comprise the overall message. He suggested to keep the message text the same (code... [More]
IBM has just released a brand-new set of performance and availability monitoring capabilities for its zEnterprise™ hybrid computing system.
With this release, IBM offers for the first time an end-to-end monitoring solution for the zEnterprise environment, its physical and virtual resources and workload resource groups. Please click here to read the announcement in detail. Only a single instance of the monitoring agent is required to monitor all zEnterprise systems in a customer's data center. Through the Tivoli Enterprise Portal, the agent... [More]
For OMEGAMON and ITM customers we have provided a new sample workspace for customers to use in the e3270ui. The KOBSITEC workspace allows the ITM Situation Events to show on the e3270ui. This workspace is part of PTF UA67643. Once installed call the workspace to see the current ITM Situation status on your e3270ui. Check out the example display. Invoke the workspace with a "=KOBSITEC" on the command line. Proactive monitoring is so important to allow situations to run on each system and alert you... [More]