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.
No, this not a new sitcom announcement about a new show that you can see once a week. It's rather about a tool that you can use everyday to diagnose a check in your CICS Transaction Server for z/OS. You think the abend is caused by a wild branch. You need to know, what is the BEAR, and how can you use it to resolve the abend? CICS TS V3.1, and later, now provides the contents of the Breaking Event Address Register (BEAR). The BEAR is a hardware enhancement in z9-109 (z/Architecture mode). The BEAR is a 64-bit register that contains the... [More]
Updated IBM® Tivoli® NetView® for z/OS® Version 6.1 documentation is available in the NetView for z/OS Version 6.1 information center, which contains the most up-to-date information about the product: http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/tivihelp/v3r1/topic/com.ibm.itnetviewforzos.doc/ic-homepage.html The following documents were updated: Installation: Getting Started Installation: Configuring Additional Components Installation: Configuring the NetView Enterprise Management Agent Installation: Configuring the GDPS Active/Active... [More]
IBM Problem Determination Tools consists of a core group of IBM
products designed to work in conjunction with compilers and run times to
provide a start-to-finish development solution for the IT professional.
This IBM Redbooks publication can provide you with an introduction to
the tools, guidance for program preparation to use with them, an
overview of their integration, and several scenarios for their use.
Checkout this new Redbook: IBM Problem Determination Tools for z/OS
Whether you’re an existing OMEGAMON user, or you’re considering it, these
webcasts will give you valuable information about greater visibility into the
way services and applications are being executed across the enterprise. You’ll
also learn how this helps you use fewer System z resources and tackle
enterprise-wide problems before they become outages. This webcast series is
taught by subject matter experts from IBM Software Group On February 9th, hear Richard Burford, OMEGAMON XE for CICS developer, speak on Reducing costs based... [More]
Hi All, TWA Rome Development team are looking for customers and business partners who are interested in participating in a Beta program for the next release of Tivoli Workload Scheduler for Applications and TWA 8.6 FP1 and SPE Features. The Beta program provides participants with the opportunity to get an early look at the next release and provide feedback directly to the Development team to influence the future direction of the product. It will start on February 2012 ending on May 2012. Beta program participants will receive education... [More]
The Tivoli System Automation for z/OS (SA z/OS) Beta program is in full swing, with some very active participants. This week, over 70 posts were made in the Forum. All of this will go to improve the product.
We still have several spaces on the program, which will run for a few more months. See this blog post for a description of the current product and this Statement of Direction ( SOD ) to learn about the future trends of the product. SA z/OS is keeping pace with the latest IBM technology. Extract from the SOD: IBM Tivoli System... [More]
Hi All, The solution reported at the following link (it's from the "integration scenarios" wiki) can be useful for all TWS for z/OS admins using the TEP integration: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/wikis/x/dQX8Cw That link has an attached document describing how to implement a solution entirely based on a TEP feature (the link to ) allowing to create a "launch in contest" link between different table spaces. In particular it describes how to create a link between the ALERT table space and the JOB table space. This makes... [More]
How can I reduce the time period on the Response Time History panel? The option or value you want to specify: Start time and end time for the Today’s Response Time display The parameter to use: TIME_SLOT The location in the file for the parameter: RESPONSE_TIME_COLLECTION The time slots divide the previous 24 hours into a maximum of 48 user-defined intervals to display response time history. The time slot parameters must be defined in the global data area module, as described in the OMEGAMON II for CICS Customization Guide . Global... [More]
Hello Community. Some TWS for z/OS improvements have been released during 2011 via PTFs. In fact, some APARs besides fixing a specific scenario/problem have also enhanced the code (by making wider changes) t o improve performances or meliorate product behavior. Hereafter the list and a short summary of the main enhancement APARs made available in 2011, and the links to find out additional info. PM07794 (Details) (In-depth Article) Dynamic Critical Path: Deadline handling enhancement This APAR improves the calculation of critical path by... [More]
Hello Community, this entry describes a performance enhancement involving the current plan VSAM dataset LSR buffering to be used in case of big workloads. Apar PM12394 that implements the enhancement, is available all TWS for z/OS releases (8.3.0 and later). The use of parameters CPBPLIM and CPDTLIM in controller OPCOPTS can cause performance issues when storage fragmentation occurs due to big plans execution. CPBPLIM allows to choose which percentage of the available storage can be used to allocate the buffers, CPDTLIM allows to choose... [More]
IBM has developed a new, secure collaborations cloud. According to Forrester Research Inc., cloud computing will grow from a $41 billion business in 2010 to $241 billion in 2020. To address this growing opportunity, IBM has announced IBM SmartCloud for Social Business today at its' Lotusphere and IBM Connect 2012 conference. For more information, see social business in a cloud
You want to upgrade to z/OS V1.13, but you do not know if your release of CICS Transaction Server for z/OS (CICS TS) or the CICS Tool(s) you are using are compatible with z/OS V1.13?
Your trepidation might be because the z/OS V1.13 General Availability (GA) was after the GA of some of the
releases of the CICS products you are using. No worries! IBM has successfully tested CICS TS V3.1, V3.2, V4.1, and V4.2 with z/OS V1.13. For a list of CICS Tools that were successfully tested with z/OS V1.13, see this Technote See the... [More]
Checkout this well written and outlined publication that provides students of information systems technology with the background knowledge and skills necessary to begin using the basic facilities of a mainframe computer. It is the first in a planned series of book designed to introduce students to mainframe concepts and help prepare them for a career in large systems computing. Explore this revised IBM Redbooks publication, Introduction to the New Mainframe: z/OS Basics
Exciting times! IBM has officially announced a partnership with San Jose State University in California to help students learn about social business and prepare them for the workforce. The new academic program provides SJSU students with the opportunity to deepen not only their technical skills about enterprise technology but also the importance of culture, collaboration, governance; a market Forrester Research expects to grow to nearly $7 billion through 2016, while learning to adapt their knowledge to real-world business opportunities and... [More]
The IBM support people do a great job updating the Tivoli APAR notification page, which contains a list of some open or recently closed APARs that might impact you. Review the APAR record to determine if there is an interim fix or fix pack you need to apply. The Tivoli APAR notification page was last updated on January 3, 2012. Here are some APARs for OMEGAMON XE for IMS on z/OS: OA37615 LOOP AND HIGH CPU IN XE AGENT AFTER ACCESSING FAST PATH DATA Status: CLOSED 11 Oct 2011 Reported release: V420 OA37338... [More]
What logs are created on the target (endpoint) system when trying to install an agent using the remote deployment process, but the process fails prior to performing the actual installation? If you were installing an agent using the following commands: tacmd createNode, deploys an IBM Tivoli Monitoring node or a System Service Monitors agent to a
host. tacmd addSystem, deploys a monitoring agent to a computer in your IBM Tivoli Monitoring
environment. tacmd updateAgent, installs an agent update on a specified managed system.... [More]