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Looping MPPs, BMPs, transactions and other IMS executables can be difficult to identify.  This can lead to the use of extra resources, cause performance delays, and cause peaks in your 4-hour rolling average, which can  increase costs.

 

MainView for IMS™ Management 6.2.01 can proactively identify loops and automatically take actions to resolve the looping conditions based on your defined criteria.

 

To search for loops, you can set criteria such as elapsed time, CPU usage, I/O rate, and more as shown in the screen shot below. You can filter the criteria to select a specific IMS job name, application region, region type, transaction, LTERM, and/or program name. You can even use wildcards and exclude specific items to make it easier to capture only the IMS objects you want.

 

To learn more about the Loop Check feature, view the Quick Course located here.

 

MainView for IMS™ Management enables you to manage IMS and DBCTL from a single view and control. It provides extensive performance, real-time, and historical statistics in summarized and detailed views. It monitors and manages IMS workloads, detects exceptions and performance degradation, and provides rapid problem resolution with integrated automation. MainView for IMS Management uses fewer resources than other solutions so you can you exploit all of its features without affecting MLC costs. 

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What if you could put your MainView IMS batch reports into a CSV file for easy manipulation and publication? Your wish has been granted. MainView for IMS™ Management 6.2.01 lets you put your  batch reports into CSV format and create CSV output for your batch reports is available.

 

Transaction Accounting Reports, Program Accounting Reports and LTERM Accounting Reports are now available in a CSV format and you can tailor the report so they include only the desired data elements.   You are able to save the reports providing consistency in the files you publish or use with analytics or trending tools.

 

The Quick Course Located here will explain how to use this feature.

 

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. 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 you utilize its full benefits without fear of impacting your MLC costs.

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I am pleased to announce the latest release of MainView Console Management 3.4.00 which became GA on January 12th, 2018.

New in MainView Console Management for zEnterprise® 3.4.00:

This release brings several new features that will make it easier to automate your z/OS environment.

Availability is top of everyone’s mind.  It’s been a key focus for everyone for many years, but now especially so with the demands placed on the mainframe with the 24*7 “always-on” nature of digital business.

One way you can improve availability is to shorten the time it takes to IPL a system, whether planned or unplanned. Applications are either down or running with limited capacity during an IPL.  The longer it takes to get the system and all its applications back up and running, the longer your applications aren’t available and the longer you are at risk.

With this release of MainView Console Management automating your IPL’s is as easy as filling in a form. There is no need to code automation routines and nothing to maintain.  Automated IPLs are faster and eliminate mistakes that might otherwise mean having to start over, causing another IPL and further elongating your downtime.

Trying to find important messages is time consuming.  This release allows you to search for specific messages, using the Message ID, Color, System, Job ID, WTORs and Time Range.  You can go straight to the messages, saving time and allowing you to quickly address a potential problem.

 

MainView Console Management provides a new calendaring capability so tasks can be executed on a calendar based schedule.  You can schedule either for a single time, or on a repeating schedule.

Security is top of mind and this release continues to build on its already robust approach to security by exploiting new capability in z/OS. MainView Console management now makes encrypted connections from the viewer to the OSA-ICC, providing true end-to-end security.  Also, all product processes can be run under a non-privileged account, improving security as scripts and programs will not have unrestricted access to the OS and file system.

The user interface has been improved and provides Wiki-based documentation.  These changes will make it much easier to find and read documentation and provide feedback to BMC.

Please read the release notes for more details.

MainView Console Management for zEnterprise® provides secure access to consolidated monitoring and management of IBM z Systems™ environments across the enterprise. With flexible and secure access to critical consoles, plus consolidating and automating interaction, this product will help you quickly and easily diagnose and fix issues. Options for consolidating messages based on attributes, such as role or location, will help you maximize efficiency. Cut facility and power costs by eliminating multiple hardware consoles. Learn more.

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I am delighted to announce the latest releases of MainView for IP 3.6 and MainView for Networks Solution 6.2.01 which became GA on December 14, 2017.

 

New in MainView for IP 3.6 and available in MainView for Networks:

 

You can take advantage of the latest updates in z/OS Communication Server and the z14 immediately. Support was provided via PTF, available Day 1 and it is  part of MainView for IP 3.6   As a reminder, there is support for SMC-R and SMC-D and the details can be found in my January 27, 2017 Focus on Features Blog.

 

More and more data has become available from IBM standard interfaces providing information about the many aspects of your mainframe network, risk-free. FTP Daemon configuration and easy navigation to FTP session and Transfer data means you can easily find and fix FTP problems, minimizing the complexity inherent in network configuration profiles and usage. You now have visibility into TN3270 configuration and port usage data, which is critical in complex environments where multiple TN3270 servers are on a single TCIP stack.

 

You can issue PING and Trace Route commands (including any IBM supported parameters), directly from MainView for IP.  The monitor you trust to manage IP, supports your requirements to perform vital diagnostics.

 

Exploitation of the new OSA Trace simplifies the collection of real-time trace information - frames entering or leaving the OSA adapter. This reduces the time and expertise required to gather this important data.

 

Data Tracing and Packet Tracing granularity enhancements provides deep diagnostics that is required to reduce the time to find and fix problems. With latest data tracing capabilities, you run a Data Trace on any IP address or Port.  Packet Trace allows you to collect discarded packet data at the appropriate level so you easily find and fix problem.  This release provides formatted handshake data for the TLS handshake in a view. This reduces the time and expertise required by the network administrator to debug network issues.

 

Out-of-the box data for IPSEC messages will help you find possible port scans, and Denial of Service attacks.  You will be able to identify problems with VPN environments with the addition of data for dynamic and IKE tunnels.  This is critical as security is top of mind for your organization given the almost daily reports of data breaches.

 

In large sysplex configuration you need to be notified if there is an error at the sysplex level. The Availability Monitor will proactively notify you of sysplex level problems. This more important than ever as network availability is the backbone of digital business.

 

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 5.3 and MainView for IMS Management Solution 6.2.01.  These offerings provided Day 1 support for IBM IMS 15.1 and the GA release on December 14, 2017.

 

New in MainView for IMS 5.3 and available in MainView for IMS Management:

 

You will be able to view the newest parameters and issue commands against the IMS repository. You can move to IMS 15.1 secure in the knowledge that MainView for IMS supports your needs to monitor and manage your IMS environment.

 

Seamless navigation from IMS region information in MainView for IMS directly to MainView for Java Environments provides JVM information. You can find and fix problems faster, which will become increasingly more important as your company exploits Java on z.

 

The amount of data you must manage is increasing, driven by digital engagement.  This increases the requirement for additional storage information, specifically the PSB Resident Intent list which is now provided.

 

Logs are critical to IMS and when they are switching too quickly it presents significant problems.  Now you can be warned when this condition occurs (as simple as setting a threshold) and can see how fast the logs are switching so you can identify when the number of transaction is too high for the region.

 

You need to provide reports that include a wide range of metrics and MainView for IMS Offline provides additional reports and fields to ensure that all critical data is made available when reporting to key stakeholders.

 

MainView for IMS Management 6.2.01 includes all the above listed features, plus the following enhancements that make it far easier to manage your IMS environment:

 

Integration with Log Analyzer for IMS makes it easy for you to identify the precise timing and logs needed reducing the time it takes for you to find and fix problems before key services are impacted.

 

In the last release, IMS Program schedule information was added to help you identify tuning opportunities. Based on your feedback, this release analyzes your data and provides recommendations to improve the performance of your IMS Program Schedule.    This makes it easier for both experienced and newer IMS professionals to ensure performance meets the requirements of your business. 

 

Looping transactions and regions waste allot of your resource and money. We have added automated loop check to identify looping BMPs, MPPs, and transactions.  It will automatically take the appropriate action, based on profile criteria you define.

 

IMS has commands to do a single function, for example, purge a user. While it is one function, you must manually enter a series of commands to invoke that function. As with any manual complex action, the risk of an error is high and can have negative consequences.  With this release, you to enter single line commands to perform these necessary functions, removing complexity and mitigating the risk of errors.

 

Analysis tools are on the rise and often require reports to be delivered in CSV format. Now batch reports are available in CSV format so it is easy for you to publish and send to a third-party solution.

 

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 you utilize its full benefits without fear of impacting your MLC costs. 

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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.

 

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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

For more information about the release follow this link

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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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