Do you need automation tools on your z/VM system ?
Ingolf24 120000DRN3 Visits (3014)
Just recently I had a discussion with a z/VSE customer, who is running multiple z/VSE systems in z/VM guests. The customer was looking for automation tools.
There may be tools available from vendors. In the discussion we found a z/VM product: Operations Manager for z/VM. From the description and from what I heard so far, it seems to be a powerful tool for z/VM automation.
Customers, who are running z/VSE in z/VM guests, are not just using z/VM as a hypervisor, in many cases they are also running service machines, such as VTAM, TCP/IP, DIRMAINT, OPERATOR or DB2, as well as CMS applications or Linux guests.
The Operations Manager for z/VM provides automated actions in response to console messages on z/VM service machines and Linux guests, supports monitoring and management of spool files, may schedules tasks at specific times, allows to define rules, where you can specify what problems to look for, and more. It's mainly targeted for service machines and Linux guest, however, I don't see a reason, why it can not catch line mode or CP messages (disable wait, CP read, etc.) of e.g. z/VSE guests.