Serkan Sahin is a Chief Architect for IBM Strategic Outsourcing Service Delivery in the Middle East and Africa. He has more than 18 years of professional experience in the IT Industry. He is an experienced Architect, System Engineer and IT Consultant who has been developing multi-component wall to wall complex IT infrastructure solutions. He has worked for IBM since 1999. He has been an IBM and Open Group Certified Architect as a Technology Architect since 2008. He is a certified IBM instructor for Architectural Thinking, Architecting for... [More]
Tito Garrido Ogando is an IBM Linux on IBM System z Specialist . For the past 6 years he has been supporting more than 2000 Linux on System z servers for IBM internal accounts (IBM Big Green Project) and the Blue Harmony Program. Among his responsibilities, he is the main developer of an internal server provisioning and inventory tool that provides consolidated asset data and server build/clone automation. As one of the senior members of the IBM Linux on System z team, he is often assigned to address complex problems that requires project... [More]
Eduardo Simoes Franco is a Consulting IT Specialist. His focus is on supporting and promoting IT Solutions
on the IBM System z platform. He has fifteen years of experience with IT Solutions and Linux,
starting in IBM as Linux on system z Specialist. He has CLA and LPI Certification.
Many people today ask whether the Mainframe -- now called IBM System z -- is ready for new technologies such as Cloud and Big Data. Only a little analysis is needed to see that Linux on System z is a perfect match for both... [More]
Part developer, part systems administrator, somewhat of a deft evangelist, and mostly an integration engineer, Craig Gardner works at SUSE to bring various engineering efforts together. Craig builds SUSE Linux using the Open Build Service. He helps keep the collaboration tools working smoothly at SUSE. And he loves Linux since Slackware 2.0. Local schools benefit from Craig's visit to promote open source. Craig is a regular presenter at SUSECon, openSUSE events, OpenWest, and at LINUXCon since 2012. In... [More]
Integration and connectivity in a large enterprise are hefty concerns. Lack of either of these components can disable systems from 24x7 functionality – and affect your bottom line. Adding a level of complexity are the enterprise-wide applications and data stores that also require integration and connectivity. Application developers, architects, systems integrators, and systems programmers face these complexities daily.
As IBM® IMS™ 13 is introduced, and with the delivery of IMS Open Database Manager (ODBM)... [More]
Willie Favero is currently an IBM Senior Certified IT Software Specialist and the DB2 for z/OS SME for the Data Warehouse on System z Swat Team at IBM's Silicon Valley Lab. He is also a member of IBM's zChampion team, a representative for System z with IBM's Academic Initiative , an IBM Certified DBA for DB2 10 for z/OS, DB2 9 for zOS, and DB2 for z/OS Version 8, an IBM Certified DB2 9 and DB2 10 System Administrator for z/OS , and certified on DB2 UDB and DB2 for OS/390 Version 7.
It’s time to make a little trip over to... [More]
I typically start many logical screens when using ISPF. I reckon most system programmers also do so and tend to use the same set of logical screens for their sessions. So up to now we have to start each screen manually. ISPF allows a user to have up to 32 logical screens but there is no automation for creating these logical screens at ISPF startup.
Now with z/OS V2R1 ISPF allows you to define a set of logical screens that are automatically started when ISPF is invoked .
To enable this support you have to at z/OS V2R1. When you... [More]
The swapbar is a row on the physical screen displaying point-and-shoot fields that help the user navigate between ISPF logical screens. It is enabled or disabled by issuing the swapbar command from ISPF. It's very useful if you have many logical screens open in ISPF as it allows you to quickly switch from one screen to another.
However, you can easily forget about using the swapbar because the swapbar fields can get “lost” amongst the fields for an ISPF panel.
In z/OS V2R1, a function is provided that... [More]
Prior to z/OS V2R1, REXX messages (IRX messages) could not be trapped. In z/OS V2R1, TRAPMSG is a new TSO/E REXX function used in conjunction with OUTTRAP to permit REXX to trap REXX messages (‘ IRX’ messages) in some instances.
You use TRAPMSG('on') to tell REXX to treat REXX message output in the same way as any other output for purposes of trapping.
REXX messages issued by nested execs and by host commands invoked by REXX (EXECIO) can now be trapped into an OUTTRAP variable rather than always being... [More]
The TSO/E REXX external function call LISTDSI (list data set information) is used to retrieve information about a data set's attributes. z/OS V2R1 introduces some enhancements to the function.
Today I'll give you some updates on the following LISTDSI enhancements:
More information provided on multi-volume data sets
New multivol or nomultivol keyword
More information provided on muli-volume data sets
LISTDSI now provides information on all... [More]
It might be useful to change some z/OSMF server properties between server restarts. For example, if you have to move the z/OSMF server from one lpar to another and need to update the host name or if you need to change the ports that the server uses to listen on for connections. I'll provide some suggestions as to how this can be accomplished.
After z/OSMF is configured, the host name that is specified during the configuration process is saved in the bootstrap.properties file. This file is read by the z/OSMF started task. The default... [More]
We put together a short list of FAQs for the Software Management task (part of the Software Deployment plug-in). We hope you find them useful. For more details on the Software Management task of z/OSMF V2R1, see the IBM Redbooks publication, IB M z/ OS M anag emen t Fa cili ty V 2R 1 , SG24-7851-01.
z/OSMF V2R1 Software Management FAQ
Q: Is Software Management in z/OS V2.1 a renaming of what was Software Deployment in z/OS V1.13?
A: Yes. In z/OS V1.13, the z/OSMF configuration included a plug-in component... [More]
In the example that follows, we chose to use a single XML definition file to create a workflow that gathers the input that is needed to define a user ID on z/OS. A walk through of the workflow was provided in a previous blog entry. The result of the workflow are a number of jobs covering all the typical definitions that are required for a new TSO user. The jobs can be submitted and the output viewed within the z/OSMF Workflows task.
Snippets of the definition file are shown to illustrate particular sections of the XML document... [More]
The IBM z/OS Management Facility Version 2 Release 1 adds a new core feature called Workflows. Today I’ll introduce workflows and provide some pointers to some exciting workflow implementations.
z/OSMF V2R1 Workflows
My way of looking at a workflow is to define it as a series of one or more repeatable steps which accomplishes a task. Often system programmers refer to this as a desk procedure. For example, every installation has a series of steps to perform when adding a new TSO user. z/OSMF Workflows can be used to... [More]
It's a source of frustration that you can not split screen and start another SMP/E dialog so you can browse multiple elements. Now we poor sysprogs get some relief.
With z/OS V2R1 SMP/E allows you to open multiple dialogs at one time , even split screens, using the same Consolidated Software Inventory dataset (CSI).
Makes it easier to view multiple entries or different zones.
A CSI dataset may be open for read in multiple dialogs at once
A CSI dataset may only be open for UPDATE in ONE dialog.