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Have you ever wanted to chart two values which can affect each other but the scales are so different that one metric would look like a flat line at the bottom of the screen? I am delighted to say that MainView Explorer supports an additional y-axis scale so the smaller metric is visible in the correct scale.  You can graph a Y-axis component against a secondary scale in MainView Explorer charts. A picture is worth a thousand words:

 

 

MainView Explorer provides a single view and control for your entire mainframe.  Which means you can see and control data collected from multiple sources.  To learn more about how the same look, feel and navigation can help you find and fix problems before they impact your customer, check this out.

 

The use of IBM® z/OSMF has been growing and our customers have asked us to make monitoring data from MainView and CMF Monitor available from IBM® z/OSMF.  I am happy to say that is available, so a system administrator can easily provide links to that data within IBM® z/OSMF. 

 

Details on these enhancements can be found  here.

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Have you starting taking advantage of IBM® MQ continuous delivery releases?

 

The third continuous delivery release (CDR) from IBM® MQ is now available.  If you are using MainView solutions to monitor and manage your mainframe systems, all is well, because MainView for MQ 5.3.0 provides day 1 support for IBM® MQ 9.0.03.

 

In addition, we have also delivered new integration with TrueSight Middleware Administration (TSMA) via PTF.

 

The integration with TSMA kicks off enterprise wide end-to-end monitoring and reporting for MQ. With the initial offering, you can capture queue performance statistics from distributed queue managers and store them with like mainframe statistics. The distributed platforms include UNIX, Windows, Linux and iSeries.  Using this single information source, you will have holistic reporting of your entire MQ environment. TSMA is agentless which simplifies installation and configuration and reduces resource utilization on the distributed platforms.  To find out how to get this support please follow this link.

Learn how MainView Message Management and TrueSight Middleware Management provide a complete, digital business-ready solution for central management of IBM® MQ resources.

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In  my March 23, 2017 blog, I shared  many customer requested features that were delivered in  MainView for Java® Environments 2.1.  These are  exciting times for two reasons – one is the z14 announcement – On July 17, 2017 which calls out specific performance improvements  for running Java on the mainframe. These new features include the reduction of program pauses during garbage collection, Guarded storage and faster encryption among the other SDK based improvements.

 

The second, the JMX Configuration Assistance Utility is a new feature that has been added to MainView for Java Environments.  It makes it easier to configure ports and to target specific JVMs for monitoring.   A picture is worth a thousand words so we created a short video (also known as a quick course) that provides a step by step tutorial on how to use the JMX Configuration Assistance Utility.   You will learn how to find and run this valuable utility and exactly what you need to do to configure JMX ports and MainView for Java Environment targets.

   

Please take a few minutes to watch the video located here so you can start getting the benefits!

 

MainView for Java Environments (MVJE) provides a comprehensive solution for managing Java running on the mainframe, including auto discovery of JVMs and extensive data on JVM performance, memory usage and thread activity.  MainView for Java Environments does not require other MainView monitors to be present.  However, customers with additional MainView solutions will derive unique benefits such as a single view and control of their entire mainframe environment, centralized smart alarms and alerts, that warn you of potential problems so action can be taken before performance is impacted, guided navigation for root cause identification which speeds MTTR and does all of this using resources more efficiently.  For more information about MVJE, visit the website.

 

For more information about the release follow this link

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I am delighted to let you know that MainView for z/OS®, BMC CMF MONITOR, MainView for UNIX® System Services, and MainView SYSPROG Services 6.1 as well as MainView Monitoring 6.2.01 are now available.

 

This new release of MainView for z/OS and CMF MONITOR includes many features requested by our customers including a level set a of all the continuous delivery PTFs that have been made available which include support for z/OS® 2.2, the z13 and additional capability added to RMF™ via the maintenance stream.

 

CMF Monitor has improved the Spreadsheet Converter with addition of 3 reports - CPU Utilization, Workload Manager Goal Mode and Storage Management Report.

 

To help you better understand and manage your costs, we have provided additional information on the 4-hour rolling average, zIIP usage by job and LPAR MSU/hour.

 

We know how important storage and memory management is so we have added the percentage of free space for a storage group, data on HiperPAV aliases and fixed frame information.

 

Cross-system coupling facility average transfer time is now available, so you are privy to any coupling facility delays. Refresh Quiesce and Resume have been provided to better manage and control your WLM application environments.

 

With security being top-of-mind, additional granular security has been added to both MVSCOPE and the new release of SYSPROG Services validates the user has permission to view information within the address space.

 

The new release of MainView for UNIX System Services has new views that support the changes made to z/FS in z/OS 2.2. z/FS configuration has a new administration function that let you change the values with a simple type over.

 

For details on What’s New for each product please follow the links below:

MainView for z/OS

CMF MONITOR

MainView SYSPROG Services

MainView for Unix System Services

 

All of the products have support for Data Dictionary which was delivered with MainView Infrastructure 6.2 in March 2017,  For more information about MVI 6.2 please follow this link.

 

MainView for z/OS, CMF MONITOR, MainView for Unix System Services, MainView SYSPROG Services, are part of the MainView Monitoring solution which provides a single view and control of your z/OS and z/OS UNIX environments, taking the guesswork out of optimizing mainframe performance. This intuitive solution delivers real-time and historical data to help you reduce mainframe costs while servicing both new digital business and traditional workloads. It enables you to tune, manage, and automatically take actions before disruptive and highly complex digital business workloads impede the smooth flow of business.  It is part of an integrated family of monitors with easy guided navigation to follow workloads to subsystems such as MQ, DB2®, CICS® and IMS™. For more information about MainView Monitoring, visit the website.

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I am delighted to let you know that MainView for CICS 6.8 and MainView for CICS Management 6.2.01 are now available. 

This new release of MainView for CICS includes many features requested by our customers including:

  • Day 1 Support for CICS TS 5.4
    • New resources such MQ Monitor
    • New values added to views
  • Monitoring WebService Usage by Task
    • See   which tasks are using Web Services
    • Show the URL of those Web Services
    • Provide the associated performance data
  • Selective Detail Recording for historical data
    • Select which transactions are recorded in detailed history
    • Continue to provide excluded transactions in monitoring
    • Record excluded tasks when they exhibit abnormal behavior 
  • Easy Navigation through the Task Performance Records
    • Change the order of history records so the most recent is first
    • Provide a logical path through the task performance records with new commands and hyperlinks

 

The new release of MainView for CICS Management includes all of the enhancements listed above as well as an Automated Facility that starts a detail trace for a running task.  Using this new feature, you can automatically collect data on poorly performing transaction as soon as the problem occurs.  This reduces the time and resources required to recreate problems in order to obtain diagnostic data.

 

MainView for CICS (MVCICS) and MainView for CICS Management provides a comprehensive solution for managing your IBM CICS TS environment. It is a cost-effective, intelligent, and integrated CICS management solution that enables you to tune, manage, and automatically take actions before disruptive and highly complex digital business workloads impede the smooth flow of business.  It is part of an integrated family of monitors with easy guided navigation to follow a transaction for CICS to other subsystems such as MQ, DB2 and IMS.  For more information about MainView for CICS Management, visit the website.

 

For more information about the release follow this link

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In March of 2017 I posted a blog about the new features delivered in MainView for Java Environments 2.1.  which discussed amongst many things, history and interval recording.  A picture is worth a thousand words so we created a short video (also known as a quick course) that provides more in-depth information on how use history to see trends on garbage collection, heap usage and thread information to help ensure Java is meeting its performance and availability requirements.

 

Please take a few minutes to watch the video located here.

 

MainView for Java Environments (MVJE) provides a comprehensive solution for managing Java running on the mainframe, including auto discovery of JVMs and extensive data on JVM performance, memory usage and thread activity.  MainView for Java Environments does not require other MainView monitors to be present.  However, customers with additional MainView solutions will derive unique benefits such as a single view and control of their entire mainframe environment, centralized smart alarms and alerts, that warn you of potential problems so action can be taken before performance is impacted, guided navigation for root cause identification which speeds MTTR and does all of this using resources more efficiently.  For more information about MVJE, visit the website.

For more information about the release follow this link

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I am delighted to let you know that MainView Infrastructure (MVI) 6.2 is now available.  It includes all of the Small Programming Enhancements (SPE) that have been released since MVI 6.1 including:

  • Long Phrase Password support
  • Threshold Advisor
    • Use of context
    • Calendar Management
    • Addition of MV IP and MVUSS metrics
  • MainView Explorer Improvements(MVE)
    • Ability to add user defined nodes to navigation
    • Combining Column and Line Charts
    • High Availability for MVE Viewer
    • SSL Support
  • Logger Modernization

In addition, MVI 6.2 provides two new features -  IPV6 support for MainView Explorer (MVE) connections and a data dictionary which has been requested by many customers. 

IPv6 provides support for the next addressing protocol since the older addressing scheme IPv4 has run out of addresses.  MainView will support you as you move forward with the latest communication protocol.

The data dictionary, (which is a set of tables) contains every element available from your installed MainView products. The table and views will contain the following kind of information:

  • The name of the element
  • The data type of the element
  • The number of views in which the element can be found
    • With the ability to get more details of the product provided views
  • Element information
    • The beginning of the help narrative
    • How the value is calculated (in most cases)
    • In depth data, for example, whether a dynamic threshold is in use

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I am delighted to let you know that MainView for JAVA Environments V2.1 is now available.  This new release of this solution includes many features requested by our customers including:

  • History and Interval recording
    • This provides the ability to trend data over time for important metrics such as Garbage Collection, Heap Usage and CPU Utilization
    • And detailed views showing recent, current interval and total values
    • Sample MainView Explorer configurations with graphs
  • Support for SMF Type 29 Records
    • This allows the reporting of IMS Garbage Collection statistics without having to set up JMX
  • JMX Configuration Assistance Utility
    • This Batch utility allows the fast setup for JMX ports for detailed monitoring
  • Extended JMX Data
    • Such as CPU by thread type
    • Other JVM Usage statistics
  • Ease of upgradability
    • A command to be able to start/stop the MainView JVM has been added so that components can be changed and upgraded without bringing down the entire product.

MainView for Java Environments (MVJE) provides a comprehensive solution for managing Java running on the mainframe, including auto discovery of JVMs and extensive data on JVM performance, memory usage and thread activity.  Although no other MainView monitors are required for implementing MVJE, existing MainView users will also see all the MainView unique benefits of centralized architecture, smart alarms and alerts, guided navigation for root cause identification, and analysis.  For more information about MVJE, visit the website.

 

For more information about the release follow this link

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Have you starting taking advantage of IBM® MQ continuous delivery releases?

 

The second continuous delivery release (CDR) from IBM® MQ is now available.  If you are using BMC MainView solutions to monitor and manage your mainframe systems, you can rest easy, because MainView for MQ 5.3.0 provides day 1 support for IBM® MQ 9.0.02.

 

In addition, we have also delivered two new enhancements via PTF.

 

The first allows you to use System Symbols in the parameter files.  This makes it easy to customize trace and exit options.  To find out how to get this support please follow this link.

 

The second feature is a usability enhancement as well (one of many that have been and will be rolled out). It makes navigation through MQITrace much easier as you can select the number of records you want to be displayed. Please follow this link for information about this new function.

 

Learn about a complete, digital business-ready, central management solution of IBM® MQ resources.

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Shared Memory Communications – Direct Memory Access (SMC-D) capability was added to Communication Server 2.2 via PTF.  This capability eliminates the TCP/IP processing in the data path by using shared memory instead of a wired connection.  This can result in faster connection and better efficiency for system to system communications. 

Today MainView for IP is making available full support for SMC-D including packet trace, and data associated with connections, ports and configurations.  For more information, please follow this link.

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As customers embrace continuous delivery of IBM MQ™, MainView for MQ has risen to the challenge. As we stated earlier we had day 1 support for IBM MQ™ V9.0.01 and today we have delivered two new features within the maintenance stream.

 

The first feature is to help you understand which of your queue managers are running continuous delivery versions of IBM MQ™.  Since it is possible to run the Long Term Support level on some queue managers and different continuous delivery versions on others, this enhancement will allow at-a-glance understanding of version levels providing valuable information when trying to resolve issues in your IBM MQ™ environment.  Find more information about this enhancement here.

 

The second feature is delivering a customer enhancement request to be able to see the percentage of active channels from the available channel pool.  This will help with the creation of proactive notifications so action can be taken before the maximum channel used state is reached.  Managing channel capacity proactively will increase application availability and reduce the possibility of delays.  This enhancement continues the MainView strategy of delivering more actionable information so your system management solution can do more for you.  Find more information about this enhancement here.

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Are you considering taking advantage of IBM® MQ continuous delivery releases for MQ?

The first continuous delivery release (CDR) from IBM® MQ availability has been announced.  If you are using BMC MainView solutions to monitor and manage your mainframe systems, you can rest easy, because MainView for MQ 5.3.0 provides day 1 support for IBM® MQ 9.0.01.

BMC MainView Message Management provides critical visibility and rule-based automation to help system programmers manage their IBM MQ environment. With this solution, you will:

  • Reduce the risk of disruption by keeping your MQ environment free of obstacles.
  • Provide a clear view of MQ objects across multiple MQ environments.
  • Set up automatic actions to resolve drops in performance or availability.

Learn about a complete, digital business-ready, central management solution of IBM® MQ resources.

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In August 2016, I posted a blog with a video ‘MainView for IP and MainView for Network Focus on Features: What’s New.  One of the highlights was the capability to have a packet trace automatically start up when a connection hit an alarm condition and have the trace automatically stop once the alarm clears. This capability will provide First Failure Data capture so you no longer have to try and recreate network problems to gather the necessary data to resolve the issue.  This leads to less time and resources wasted debugging network issues and leads to faster resolution.   

 

We have created a Quick Course video to give you step by step instructions on how to setup this new function. You can access it with your support id at this link.

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Recently BMC Introduced a new solution for monitoring the Java environments on z/OS called MainView for Java Environments (MVJE). This solution was introduced because of the growth of Java on the mainframe as customers enhance the backend for the digital economy.  We found that a monitor was needed to help Systems Management be aware of all the Java running on their systems and quickly identify problems in this new environment.  MVJE will auto discover all the JVMs that are running on your system and provides information on resources being used by the JVM such as Heap (Storage) and CPU Utilization. This includes showing the amount of CPU being offloaded to a specialty engine and the amount that could be if the capacity was available. 

 

Another area of importance is how well Garbage Collection (Memory Management) is working and how often it runs as this function of JVMs can have large performance implications if not properly tuned.

 

For your important workloads we allow you to decide if you want to go deeper by turning on JMX monitoring.  JMX data provides you with more detail about the memory managers, garbage collection and thread information.  MVJE will definitely provide the information a system management team will need to open a ticket to the application group using Java on z/OS.

 

To give you more technical information on MVJE, we have created a Quick Course video which provides a technical introduction to MainView for Java Environments. You can access it with your support id at this link.

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Recently new releases of the MainView for Networks Solution and the MainView for IP product were delivered.  For the MainView for Networks Solution we have added the ability to collect trace information automatically based on your business criteria, giving you the ability to automatically capture first failure data.   For further “hands-off” operation, we provide the ability to automatically restart VTAM resources.

Within the MainView for IP product we have added many enhancements including Availability monitoring for VTAM resources, support for IBM's Network Management Interface (NMI) for Packet Trace including IPSEC data to support those customers that need to have secure IP connections.  For those customers who must use encryption we support SNMPv3 which is the latest release of SNMP.  These are just a few of the highlights available in the latest MainView for IP version.

 

 

For a more complete overview of all the features and function added please watch the following quick course video.

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