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The Using section of the MainView for DB2 product documentation is now available in Japanese. The displayed language is dependent on your browser language. You can switch languages from the Language menu.

You can access the documentation from this link: https://docs.bmc.com/docs/mainview/db2/en/home-718110333.html

You can provide feedback on the documentation by adding comments and/or completing a brief survey at the bottom of each page. For more information on providing feedback, see Providing feedback.

We’re looking forward to your feedback.

 

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MainView for DB2 の製品ドキュメンテーションの「使用する」セクションが日本語でご利用いただけるようになりました。表示言語は、お使いのブラウザの言語設定によって異なります。ただし、言語は言語メニューで切り替えられます。

次のリンクからドキュメンテーションにアクセスできます: https://docs.bmc.com/docs/mainview/db2/en/home-718110333.html

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皆様からのご意見・ご要望をお待ちしております。

 

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If you are still utilizing BMC ISR to download maintenance, you need to be aware that ISR will be withdrawn on December 31, 2020.  In December 2019, BMC announced support for IBM SMP/E RECEIVE ORDER for BMC mainframe products. This is our recommended method to obtain maintenance for your BMC products and solutions. 

 

In this announcement, it was noted that BMC ISR will be withdrawn from service.  As 2020 has flown by, we are quickly approaching the end of year, and now is a good time to switch to IBM SMP/E RECEIVE ORDER for BMC mainframe products for your ongoing maintenance activities. 

 

For information on using RECEIVE ORDER for your BMC Products and solutions, please visit Using SMP/E RECEIVE ORDER - Documentation for Installation System - BMC Documentation .

 

If you require assistance with IBM SMP/E RECEIVE ORDER for BMC mainframe products, please open a case to BMC Support (Support Central - BMC Software) using the Product Common Install – z/OS, Component RECEIVE ORDER Maintenance and a support representative will help you!

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Pool Advisor for Db2 is available as a stand-alone product or is entitled as part of the MainView for Db2 Management Solution and has some impressive capabilities around storage management, pool management, and advisors to help tune and maintain resource usage within acceptable levels.

 

Pool Advisor for Db2 provides the ability to balance the needs of the system and the needs of Db2 to optimize memory usage for the best performance of your database environment.  This powerful solution provides:

 

  • Expert assistance in the form of a buffer pool, EDM pool, dynamic caching, sort pool, RID pools, and group buffer pool use. 
  • Recommendations about storage resource allocations, object configuration, and some Db2 parameter settings. 
  • Real-time management of some of these resources to improve performance and throughput, automatically if permitted

 

The Advisors will cause an alert in Pool Advisor complete with recommendations on how to fix the problems.  Recommended actions can be taken from pool advisor through the Command Interface or in the Db2 environment for recommendations such as changes to zParms. There is also a Configuration Advisor that will analyze the performance data and produce the JCL necessary to change the configuration for optimal performance helping to guarantee the best configuration across multiple workloads.

 

This introduction helps set the stage for the importance of the latest updates to Pool Advisor for Db2.

 

In December of 2019 there was an enhancement that added reporting capability for data sharing groups across all the different supported pool types.  More information about this enhancement can be found here.

 

The latest update available on July 16, 2020 will allow the messages associated with an Alert to be written to the console.  This way when there is a performance problem automation can be used to notify the correct individuals and possibly open tickets about the issue.  This is important to make sure resource shortages or other related issues can be fixed much faster even when someone is not looking at the screen.

 

For more information on how to get this enhancement please see the Technical Bulletin located here.

 

MainView for Db2 Management removes the guesswork from performance tuning, enabling you to configure your Db2 mainframe environment for optimal z/OS system performance addressing system tuning, monitoring, and automation to deliver higher reliability and efficiency across your Db2 environment. The tools in this solution will help you find and correct Db2 system exceptions, quickly pinpoint and resolve bottlenecks, and access real-time and historical data for guided analysis and recommendations. 

Pool Advisor for Db2 provides a fast, accurate means of monitoring DB2 storage resources to help you identify and resolve problems as they occur. Pool Advisor enables you to monitor the performance of DB2 activities in real time and to display data about the performance of the system in a readable, usable format.  For more information about MainView for Db2 and Pool Advisor for Db2, visit the website

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MainView for MQ (MVMQ) 5.5 released July 16, 2020 and adds new functionality to make it easier to manage your MQ Environment.  Here are some of the highlights in this release.

 

Improved support for distributed queue managers with centralized viewing of events and support for longer MQ client connection names provides the requested visibility to distributed queue managers.

 

Queue Manager Light (QML), the new lightweight version of the queue manager view, provides high performance with a subset of the QM view data. You can use this view as a fast, starting point for finding information about specific queue manager activities.

 

Page set data display feature is now enhanced to include additional usage statistics to help you identify page set storage shortages, usages vs capacity, message slowdowns and buffer pool management.

 

Shared Message Data Set (SMDS) data feature now includes information about Message data set usage and buffer data to make it easier to identify issues when shared message queues are used.

 

To address audit concerns, you now have visibility into who is taking critical actions against MQ QMgrs with the Addition of user ID in log message BBSX705I.

 

A new parameter will help you to reduce the current memory consumption of the MV-MQS PAS and limit memory consumption to a computable and predictable size.

 

To see more information about this release please review the Release Notes.

 

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

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MainView for JAVA Environments V3.2 became available on July 16, 2020 and in this new release many functions that were delivered in the maintenance stream are now in the base and we added more capabilities.

 

One of the largest enhancements delivered in the maintenance stream was support for z/OS Connect EE providing monitoring for your API’s as you modernize your mainframe with more common interfaces to off-platform applications.

 

Also in the latest release,  multiple connections to IBM Health Center and the ability to monitor CPU by thread. Find the information about these enhancements here.  

Other new items include:

  • Ability to gather data via the JMX API for Liberty profiles
  • Simplification around customization of the product
  • Visibility into the IP address and port associated with a business service running in a JVM to help isolate problems faster. 

 

As more and more customers are starting to use JAVA in Db2,  we have made navigation between MainView for JAVA Environments and MainView for DB2 more intuitive to get you closer to the problem faster.

 

The highlighted new function in this release is the ability to monitor the availability of specified JVMs through the creation of a watchlist including the ability to separate the type of monitoring done for JVMs with the same name.  This is typical in traditional WAS environments where cloning occurs.  Generic entries can be created and if there is a specific version of the JVM,  you can specify the port to have deeper monitoring on that specific JVM.  You will be able to identify which JVMs are being watched from the JVM Discovery view where there is a column “W” which will indicate if a JVM is being watched.

 

For more information about the release follow this link.

 

MainView for Java Environments 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.

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I am delighted to announce the latest releases of MainView for IP 3.7 and MainView for Networks Solution 6.3.02 became available on July 16, 2020.

 

New in MainView for IP 3.7 and available in MainView for Networks:

 

Take advantage of the latest updates in z/OS Communication Server and the z15 immediately.   Support was provided via PTF, available Day 1 and it is part of MainView for IP 3.7 including support for the OSA 7S card.  

 

Many new features were delivered in the maintenance stream which will be made available in the base of MainView for IP 3.7.  These include support for zERT which is being enhanced in the new release so that you no longer have to choose between detail or summary records, simplification around the Packet Trace with easier navigation, dynamic allocation of the trace datasets, and authorization of writing the trace to a personal dataset. You now have maps for our history files so you can use the extraction utility to get  the history data for use in other tools.

 

Look for many new enhancements in the release as well starting with identifying connection security types so you can easily get notified if there are connection that are not following your company security protocols.

 

Offering a simplified way to define connections and other resources that need to be monitored for availability, the use of Wild Cards will provide a simplified approach to group items that need to be highly available.

 

New Network Topology view provides a graphical view to identify where in your network problems are arising and at a glance identify areas of the network that may be impacted by a problem.

 

New in MainView for Networks 6.3.02:

 

New in the maintenance stream and now in the MainView for Networks base the Intelligent Trace Analyzer.  This solution now provides the ability to start and stop Packet traces based on alarms built with your business needs in mind and analyze the trace without leaving MainView.  This solution can help early in career Network Analysts or even new to the mainframe network specialists become productive faster than ever before.

 

Read the release notes for more details.

 

MainView for Networks centralizes and unifies IP administration while saving time and improving network reliability. It’s easy to implement and use this management and automation solution for IP, SNA, and VTAM automation. Exclusive technology can pace TCP/IP traffic, so that critical jobs are prioritized and completed on time.

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I am delighted to announce the latest releases of MainView for IMS 5.4 and MainView for IMS Management Solution 6.3.02 became available on July 16,2020.  These offerings provided support for IBM IMS 15.2 and CICS TS 5.6.

 

New in MainView for IMS 5.4 and available in MainView for IMS Management:

 

In this release, we concentrated on providing more information associated with IMS Connect. These distributed transactions can make your workload more unpredictable then ever and if there is an outage of the interface you need to be notified immediately if possible.  These capabilities provide tighter integration with BMC Energizer for IMS Connect so that you can proactively see the status, easily identify the datastores and the port statistics for these important integration points, and set alarms based on this information.

 

With this release, the history records are mapped so this concludes the support for the extract and transformation utility capabilities.  For more information on this utility please see this blog.

 

A big change is moving away from non-standard to standard interfaces. We are adopting the usage of the standard DC Monitor dynamic exit. This simplifies and standardizes this part of our interface with IMS.

 

Since we Support CICS TS transactions that use IMS as the database as part of this support we have added the CICS Service class to the FA/F9 records.

 

MainView for IMS Management 6.3.02 includes all the above listed features, plus the following enhancement that makes it far easier to manage your IMS environment:

 

Recon datasets (DBRC) are very important to the recoverability of IMS.  These datasets can become unavailable or start having issues without warning leading to more severe outages.  With the addition of this support, you can set alarms on the status of the datasets, identify if I/O errors are occurring, and any of the other metrics associated with the RECONs.

 

This will allow the IMS DBAs to be able to bring up a view to identify the last image copy or if one is needed, if there are any EEQEs and be proactively notified, and as you move to HALDBs identify if they are recoverable.  Best of all when there is an issue with the Recon’s you don’t have to find your JCL you can just look in MainView and get a Realtime update about any important database.

 

To read more detail about the releases see the release notes for:

 

MainView for IMS Management

MainView for IMS Offline

MainView for IMS Online

MainView for DBCTL

 

MainView for IMS Management lets you manage all aspects of IMS and DBCTL to meet the scale and complexity of digital business from a single view and control.  It provides extensive performance, real-time, and historical statistics in summarized and detailed views. In addition, it delivers IMS workload management, instant degradation detection, immediate exception determination, and rapid problem resolution with integrated automation. MainView for IMS Management uses less resources than other solutions, so you can utilize its full benefits without fear of impacting your MLC costs. 

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I am delighted to let you know that MainView for CICS 7.1 is now available.

 

This new release of MainView for CICS includes support for CICS TS 5.6 with the following notable additions:

  • New views to show the trace table associated with each running task when CICS tracing is active
  • Additional Task Performance Data added to Views including:
    • Fields associated with the time associated with authentication
    • Fields associated with time spent waiting due to MVS short on storage
  • New CICS Statistics Data

 

A requirement to provide the ability to have more than 2 CMRDETL files has been fulfilled with this release.  You can now have up to 10 CMRDETL files for recording.   MainView for CICS will allocate the files for you based on a prefix you can specify in the administrative menus.  You can specify the number of files you wish, and they will be allocated using the prefix plus a suffix of Dnn sequentially from D01 and ending at the number you specified.  You can create your own files as long that they follow the required naming standard, or it can be created for you.  This capability will allow you to allocate more files if you are switching files at a rapid rate or even to allocate smaller files so you can keep data available online at a more granular level such as shifts.

 

We continue to improve the usability of the CHISTORY navigation.   With enhancements to choose the direction, the records are read to provide information about the data that is present in the view such as Oldest and Newest Records read and available (for single target context only).  Start/End date and time and MAX Records/Exclude can be modified without going back to CHISTORY so you can easily modify them if another query is necessary.

 

Program Timing has added the elapsed time spent in each program in a task when activated with expanded data on in the CMRSOPT.  If you use this feature you will be able to identify potential problems with transactions that are running long.  This is also a feature that might be able to identify if a weekend change could be causing a problem if you keep the CMRDETL data.

 

Those of you that run CICS Transaction Gateway (CTG) we have not forgotten about you.  We have added the EIBTRNID to the Task and CHIST views so you can see the transaction id associated with the task in those views if one was specified via the CTG request. 

 

The release will also incorporate other functions that were delivered in the maintenance stream into the base product.  These functions like Partner Resource monitoring and health check containers were discussed in this blog.

 

As you can see this release of MainView for CICS has a lot of great capabilities. You can find out more detail in the release notes located here.

 

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

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In this one hour webinar session, Mario Rinaudo and Sam Avery will provide a product overview, as well as describing some common storage management use cases and how MainView SRM addresses these quickly and easily such as:

  • Real-time storage capacity tracking by Application
  • Integration of DASD/Tape hardware views (EMC DLM, IBM TS7700)
  • HSM quality of life improvements
  • Predictive capacity planning of Management Class migration changes
  • Automation of DASD volume initialization

 

We look forward to seeing you there.

Register now to receive your calendar download.

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MainView AutoOPERATOR (MVAO) 8.2, adds new functionality with a series of Small Programming Enhancement PTFs aimed at making it easier to create and manage your automation.

With a new AutoLoad feature, it is now easier than ever to migrate your Classic Rules based automation for an entire PAS. This means you can quickly take advantage of new powerful Rules Management based automation.  Users of Continuous State Manager can also take advantage of Rules Management rules with this latest release.

 

Rules Management also gets new commands and updated views to simplify managing your rules.  You can now browse rules directly from the registry or from PAS storage without needing edit authority.  You can also automate rule cleanup using a new command that doesn’t require a confirmation response.

 

To assist with debugging your automation routines, additional information is now available for automation variables. This includes last date/time of update.

 

The AutoOPERATOR AOAnywhere API has a new Event Command that allows you to provide larger data elements for greater context with Events sent to BMC TrueSight Operations.

 

The Total Object Manager (TOM) component of AutoOPERATOR adds new user preferences that allow users to set the desired default target Definition Base and Sysplex for an object, set, and calendar-entry Deploy dialogs.

 

To see more information about this release please review the Technical Bulletin.

Learn how MainView Automation reduces costs and increases productivity, enabling experienced staff and a new generation of mainframe professionals to create codeless, rules-based automation.

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We've created a YouTube channel called BMC Systems Management.

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We are pleased to announce that  we will be starting a beta program on May 1st for the upcoming new release of MainView AutoOPERATOR.  We expect the program to run until July 15th.

 

The beta will be run via the MainView Continuous Beta program which is one stop shopping for all MainView products.

 

If you would like more information or are interested in participating in our beta, please email me at Paul_Spicer@bmc.com.

 

We look forward to having your valuable input as we continue to help our customers better run and reinvent their businesses!

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In the BMC MainView organization, we continually strive to innovate and come out with the best feature functions and usability enhancements so we can deliver greater value to our customers. With that in mind we have created two new customer validation programs. One is the MainView Continuous Beta Program and the other is the MainView User Experience Improvement Program.

 

Now all we need is for you to come and join us!

 

The MainView Continuous Beta program is one stop shopping for all MainView products. With many features and functions coming out through the maintenance stream, we would like to have a community of individuals that we can talk through designs and make functions, features and releases available early if you need the capabilities or are willing to do some beta testing.

 

The MainView User Experience Improvement program concentrates on the changes to the way customers use and experience the MainView family of products. This program will contain information about our Modernization projects, where you could provide input from the very beginning before code is even written, ensuring we build a solution that will help you and your future systems programmers be more productive.

 

Although these programs require beta agreements to be signed, you do not have to download the code if you do not wish to. You can simply provide input during the review process to make the MainView products better.

 

If you are interested in joining either or both of these communities please email me at Susan_Rice@bmc.com and we will send you the steps needed to join. We look forward to having your valuable input as we continue to help our customers better run and reinvent their businesses!

 

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BMC AMI Console Management 4.0 became available on February 27th, 2020.

I am excited to announce the release of BMC AMI Console Management version 4.0 with a newly designed and reimagined User Experience.  BMC AMI Console Management was formerly known as MainView Console Management, and we are glad to bring this product into our Automated Mainframe Intelligence (AMI) portfolio of products with this release.

The Console viewer has been redesigned from the ground up to be more intuitive and to make it easier for operators to perform their tasks.  With a focus on getting your staff up to speed quickly, activities such as filtering and searching for messages are improved, as are the product dashboards. The dashboards now provide more information and are more interactive allowing your team to easily view alerts and current status in a single pane of glass. A true browser experience, there are no client dependencies. BMC AMI Console Management is also updated to work on smaller form factors such as tablets, letting your staff provide support from anywhere and encourage collaboration across remote teams.

Another powerful new function is the addition of a REST API.  This API will allow you to extract data from the Console Management solution for use in other tools or user programs.  The API also allows you to remotely drive automation actions within the BMC AMI Console Management product, providing flexibility to your staff.

 

To see more information about this release please review the Release Notes.

As part of our MainView Automation suite, learn more about how BMC provides a complete, digital business-ready solution for central management of IBM® z/OS.

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