Abstract for Common Information Model User's Guide

Purpose of this information

This information describes the implementation of the Common Information Model (CIM) and Web Based Enterprise Management (WBEM) standards for z/OS®. It explains how to set up and use the CIM server and CIM resource instrumentation that are provided together with the z/OS operating system.

CIM is a standard data model for describing and accessing systems management data in heterogeneous environments. It allows system administrators and vendors to write applications that monitor and manage system resources in a network with different operating systems and hardware.

The focus of this information is on the z/OS specific implementation of CIM including installation, configuration and setup, application development, and problem diagnosis. For information about the CIM and WBEM standards, see the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) links listed in Related links.
Note: This information describes how to set up security with Resource Access Control Facility (RACF®). However, you can use any other suitable security product for this purpose.

Who should read this information

This information is intended for the system programmer and performance analyst who are responsible for measuring and improving system performance. Use the described CIM data model to write applications that monitor system resources, for example to discover bottlenecks or control thresholds and provide information about which tuning actions to apply.

Because the CIM data model provided for z/OS is used in applications that measure z/OS system performance, this information assumes that the reader has extensive knowledge of the z/OS system.