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.
'Dear Rocky' answers your System z monitoring and performance tuning questions. Rocky McMahan, a Senior Software Performance Engineer in z Systems Software R&D, offers valuable tips to help you get more out of your monitoring software. Dear Rocky, I’m a Systems Programmer at a large financial institution – you may remember my question from several years ago regarding OMEGAMON for IMS. Our system data is very important to us, but we want a way to view and analyze this off-platform, utilizing... [More]
Background: We have SLA workspaces in TEP in the past. Starting from 5.5.0 release, we will have SLA Toolkit in 3270UI, which will provide full set of functions about displaying SLA items and updating them according to actual requirement. User can define/update/delete several kinds of resources via SLA Toolkit in 3270 UI, including Service Class/Workload/Service Policy/SLA Options This article will mainly introduce the panels and functions of the new SLA Toolkit in 3270 UI. 1. Main View of SLA Toolkit in 3270UI (tabbing panel) There are 2... [More]
Since September 2014, user manuals in PDF format have been dropped from OMEGAMON product Knowledge Centers. A number of reasons exist to exclude PDF files from IBM Knowledge Center. PDF files are not indexed for search. PDF output does not meet IBM accessibility requirements. In general, PDF files do not fit the paradigm of topic chunking that is used in IBM Knowledge Center. There are browser limitations in older and mobile browsers If you do need the latest version PDFs for the following OMEGAMON products, please go to ... [More]
Operational Insights at a Glance – the journey begins! On June 30, 2016, we released IBM Operations Analytics for z Systems v2.2.0 Interim Feature 2 . With this Interim Feature, tedious searching through volumes of operational data is a thing of the past. The new Problem Insights dashboard puts key operational issues at your fingertips: Summarization of key issues per sysplex. A Problem Insights table that provides a synopsis of the key issues that are affecting the sysplexes that you select. Suggested Actions that offer actionable... [More]
On January 29, 2015, IBM announced the 2015 Early Access and Beta program for IBM SmartCloud Analytics - Log Analysis for z/OS. Since then, we have changed the name of our offering -- it is now called IBM Operations Analytics for z Systems -- and released a number of exciting new capabilities . But our Early Access and Beta program continues. On July 14, we are kicking off a new round of 4 webcasts that will highlight our most recent product enhancements. Interested parties will be able to provide feedback through presentations,... [More]
On April 24, 2015 IBM Operations Analytics for z Systems v2.1 became generally available. Wait ... another IT Operations Analytics product? No -- IBM Operations Analytics for z Systems is the follow-on release to IBM's SmartCloud Analytics - Log Analysis z/OS Insight Pack offerings that were introduced in March 2014. Built on the same proven Operations Analytics technology as its predecessors, this offering not only sports a new name, but also a significant set of new capabilities and enhancements that further increase its value to... [More]
Today we announced the 2015 Early Access and Beta Program for IBM's SmartCloud Analytics - Log Analysis for z/OS offering. We are looking for customers and business partners who are interested in working with us to shape and validate the new capabilities we plan to develop for this leading IT Operations Analytics solution for z/OS. Please visit our developerWorks community for announcement details. Or contact the program coordinator to learn how you can participate.
In December 2014, we shipped Interim Feature 1 for our IBM SmartCloud Analytics - Log Analysis z/OS v1.2 Insight Pack offerings. This Interim Feature focuses on making work with our IT Operations Analytics solution for System z even easier and more secure. Please visit us in our developerWorks community to learn in detail about the enhancements included in this release. The community forum is a great place to ask questions about our solution and how it can help you in managing your IT Operations... [More]
On December 19, 2014 a new service stream enhancement (SSE) to zSecure Audit 2.1.1 has become generally available, adding additional compliance checks for the Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) for z/OS from the US Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). Following the support added for IBM MQ for z/OS in zSecure 2.1.1, this SSE focuses on compliance checks for MQ. Background The Security Technical Implementation Guide from DISA provides a framework for ensuring that security is set up properly. IBM Security zSecure Audit... [More]
A performance improvement was recently made available to speed up processing for CARLa queries using z/OS UNIX file data. If you are using zSecure 2.1.0 or 2.1.1 it is recommended you look at the service provided through APAR OA46606 . If you work with systems with lots of catalogs and data sets, you might also experience benefits from changes made in that area. For zSecure 2.1.0 install the fix for APAR OA46616 . For zSecure 2.1.1 this change was largely incorporated into the base release. You can apply the fix for APAR OA46244... [More]
Would you like to learn more about the capabilities of the latest release of the IBM Service Management Suite for z/OS? IBM Service Management Suite for z/OS V1.2.0 offers a simplified management solution through an integrated, single point of control for a broad range of systems management functions. You get the visibility, control, and automation of a large range of system elements spanning both your hardware and software mainframe resources. IBM Service Management Suite for z/OS provides network and systems management, automation, and asset... [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]
In September 2014, we released Version 1.2 of our IBM SmartCloud Analytics - Log Analysis z/OS Insight Pack offerings. This release contains a significant number of new capabilities, including domain insights for IBM Information Management System (IMS) and IBM WebSphere MQ for z/OS . Another major achievement is the ability to run the Analytics engine on Linux on System z . With this, we provide the first IT Log Analytics solution that can be run end-to-end on System z. The official announcement provides additional... [More]
The final Beta driver for our 3Q2014 Early Access and Beta program for IBM SmartCloud Analytics - Log Analysis for z/OS is now available. This Beta driver contains release candidate code for all the new capabilities in plan for our 3Q2014 release: * Ability to run the Analytics engine on Linux on System z * MQ domain insights * IMS domain insights * Support for JES3 ....and, of course, all the capabilities we delivered earlier in 2014, such as DB2, WAS and CICS domain... [More]
Learn about the new CICS for z/OS domain insights that we recently made generally available in our IBM SmartCloud Analytics - Log Analysis z/OS Insight Packs v220.127.116.11 release! See how easy it has become to set up the z/OS Log Forwarder with our new Configuration Assistant! New how-to videos are available now on our YouTube playlist . Simply click below to watch our full set of videos: Or visit our developerWorks community to find the same videos and a rich set of additional information about the only IT Log Analytics solution... [More]