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.
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]
IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS version 3.4 or higher provides Relational Data Services (RDS) that enables you to create, modify and query relational tables similar to SQL. There is an enhancement that supports now the parameter TARGET for command INGRDS. This helps you to access and replicate RDS tables located on remote systems. Install the PTF for APAR OA46166 in order to use this enhancement. Usage Scenario There is a master RDS table on system A . On system B you want a SA REXX program to modify the remote master table. On system C... [More]
Stay informed with automated alerts We know it's hard to stay informed. That's why we have a system that will e-mail you when new fixes or alerts come out. You create a profile indicating what kinds of information you're interested in, so you only receive the information you're looking for. There are different types of automated information: Support Subscriptions can be set up via My Notifications Allows you to receive security advisories and alerts that maintenance fixes are available. See the website for the complete list of... [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]
By Sarah Knowles Strategy & Portfolio Manager for zAnalytics, IBM Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure You can follow me on Twitter , connect with me on Linkedin Subscribe to C&S I Sy stem z s ocia l co nten t I began my career in IT Support. I started as a support rep for OS2 Lan Server – yes, I am dating myself! I then moved to support a few flavors of UNIX on laptops, and finally moved to IBM Tivoli Support working on what is now Tivoli... [More]
Viewlets have been added to the OMEGAMON XE for Messaging for z/OS media gallery wiki page for the v7.3 release. You may be interested in watching these to learn more about the embedded data and near term history features. They are short and fast to download and watch. Here are links to the topics recently added to the product's Media Gallery page: Finding the occurrence time of a channel issue with the MQ Enhanced 3270 user interface : This viewlet shows... [More]
We have a Interim solution to support the Bundling Suites of IBM Products. For TADz 8.1, please apply PTF UA75856 for APAR OA46615. Please review the HOLDACT comments in the PTF to perfform post-apply changes needed to effect this fix.
When sites alter the time of some of their systems this caused a problem when scanning these systems as the time taken might be years in advance and this causes problems when importing this data. Changes were made to Inquisitor and Usage Monitor to always use the PR/SM time rather than the system time as PR/SM time will always be the current date and time. This is available via APAR OA46093 for TADz 8.1. Please order PTF UA75220.
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]
What screen size should you use? If your screen size is too small, there may be a lot of meaningful information off to the right or bottom of your screen. Personally, I find 62x160 is a good size for all enhanced 3270UI uses. If your monitor is too small to comfortably accommodate that size (and getting more difficult with every birthday!), then 43x80 is good for *most* enhanced 3270UI uses. If there are workspaces with many subpanels or many thousands of rows of data (such as historical summary displays), 62x160 might be better for... [More]
As product manager for IBM® Tivoli® OMEGAMON® XE for DB2® Performance Expert on z/OS®, I’m often asked by customers and the field alike how does IBM’s “Expert” offering differ from the “Monitor” offering? Certainly there’s a concise list of features that differentiate Performance Expert from Performance Monitor, but there’s more to it than that. IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for DB2 Performance Expert on z/OS can be described as a single tool that allows you to monitor, analyze... [More]
The PARMGEN configuration tool supports a number of components in the following product suites: Tivoli OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite for z/OS Tivoli OMEGAMON for z/OS Management Suite IBM Service Management Suite for z/OS Tivoli Advanced Storage Management Suite for z/OS Effective preparation and planning make configuration, deployment and upgrades of the product suites go more quickly and smoothly. Here are some of the best practice tips to aid in a smooth deployment of the products. We realize many customers also employ... [More]
System Automation for z/OS has just released APAR OA45008 for releases V3.5 and V3.4 and hence delivered RFE 31913. This APAR introduces export and import capabilities for your LPARS AND SYSTEMS policy which is part of a processor entry in the System Automation for z/OS policy database. With this support, customers can now completely define new processors, the LPARs and the systems that run on these LPARs using a text file instead of using the Customization Dialog panels. Customers can also extract all this data into a text... [More]
by Beth Sarnie Market Segment Lead for Linux on System z, IBM Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure You can follow me on Twitter , connect with me on Linkedin Subscribe to C&S I Sy stem z s ocia l co nten t Everything is speeding up, the need to decrease cost is constant and so is the need for change. How can you reduce cost and increase efficiency, reliability, availability, and security? Can you really have it your way? ... [More]
Starting from IBM Workload Scheduler for z/OS 9.1 the new object run cycle group can be defined to have more flexible run cylces and reduce the need of manually generated periods. It consists of a sets of several run cycles defined as database objects independent from applications. So a run cycle group can be used by more than one application and that an application can use a mix of its own run cycles and of one or more run cycle groups. It can be referenced in the application description with the possibility to specify the offset (positive and... [More]
What's new: The OMEGAMON Enhanced 3270 UI allows the definition of a Secondary HUB TEMS. If you wish to periodically monitor a HUB TEMS, in another data center for example, then defining a secondary HUB TEMS is one solution. Once a secondary HUB TEMS is defined switching between the primary and secondary HUB TEMS is easy using the switch command. The secondary HUB TEMS will also become the active HUB TEMS, if for example, the primary HUB... [More]
Five ways to get NetView and CANZLOG "HELP" from Mr. CANZLOG NetView and Canzlog (Consolidated Audit, NetView, and z/OS log) The NetView product has multiple ways to access HELP in order to provide information to you. We will walk through the steps to explain some of the different ways you can access HELP. Here are five ways to access additional HELP information: HELP on the command line. INDEX on the command line. HELP BR on the command line. HELP X – Where X is the item you desire additional information.
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]
If you’ve worked with recent releases of NetView for z/OS, you probably know that NetView can be a collection point for management data within a sysplex and across an enterprise. Within the sysplex, NetViews can forward discovery manager data pertaining to sysplex and networking configuration/activity to a data collection NetView known as a sysplex master NetView. They can also send this data to a NetView outside the sysplex known as an enterprise master NetView. This enterprise master NetView can collect data from... [More]
Hello, I am happy to announce that the Monitoring Academy channel has been launched on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwL8iHpVxWbmrsAUgOoASRA The channel contains short video's on how to and other useful information for Tivoli products. These are short video's that are instructional in nature - mostly a live screen capture demonstration. Why am I so excited about the Monitoring Academy? You guessed it - I have just uploaded my first video! It is just a short demonstration on how to change the NetView command line to two... [More]
Over the last few weeks I've had the pleasure of talking to many clients at IBM events, User Groups and 1-1 meetings about a range of topics affecting System z and the one that has provoked some of the most interesting debate has been the impact of Mobile. Nobody would dispute the fact that the increased use of mobile technology is having an impact on the Systems of Record that are critical to so many enterprises, but after talking to numerous clients over the last few weeks the question has come up over and over again: "Is this new... [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]
Important announcement to all System Automation for z/OS I/O operations (IOOps) users: IBM System Automation for z/OS (SA z/OS) 3.5 is the last SA z/OS release, which includes I/O operations functionality. If you use IOOps to manage connectivity in your active I/O configurations, IBM recommends that you use other established I/O configuration management solutions instead. In order to keep IOOps functionality on an as-is-basis beyond the SA z/OS 3.5 release, you have to migrate to SA z/OS 3.5 some day. SA z/OS 3.5 includes an independent IOOps... [More]
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]
We are pleased to announce the European Operations Technical Conference (EOTC) 2015. The conference is planned from Monday, April 20 through Wednesday, April 22, 2015 in the IBM Lab in Boeblingen, Germany. Conference language will be English . This conference addresses the needs of System, Network and Automation Administrators. Sessions are presented by representatives from IBM software development teams and YOU, the product exploiters. Interaction and feedback is both expected and encouraged. Topics cover a... [More]
Join the OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks development team for an Early Access Program web conference on November 20, 2014 at 10:00AM Eastern . The development team will request your feedback on the release content and design decisions currently under consideration. z/OS network SMEs and OMEGAMON administrators will benefit from attending this session and participating in the Early Access Program. We look forward to seeing you there. =-=- =-=- =-=- =-=- =-=- =-=- =-=- =-=- =-=- =-=- =-=- =-=- What is the Early Access Program... [More]
The embedded data feature is introduced in the latest release of the OMEGAMON family of products. The new feature speeds up your problem determination efforts by making data from one product available in another's enhanced 3270UI workspaces. With embedded data, less time is spent switching between the OMEGAMON products. The accompanying playlists and videos demonstrate how to use the OMEGAMON enhanced 3270 user interface and embedded data to solve problems. With this youtube playlist , you can play all of the videos or you can select... [More]
Recently, I worked with an airline company to identify why a few transactions out of hundreds per second were failing. Many z/OS applications act as a TCP/IP server and accept connections from users or applications on other hosts and mobile devices. The application at this customer that is experiencing problems does accept connections from end users, but it also acts as a TCP/IP client to retrieve information from servers running on Linux. Some of the transactions between the z/OS application and Linux servers were failing. Here's a brief... [More]