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BMC customers, we have heard your input and have redesigned the Common Install Tool in response to your ideas. The new version 2.4 simplifies, streamlines and automates installation.

 

What We Heard

  • Reduce time/effort
  • Improve efficiency
  • Simplify
  • Address deployment needs
  • Enhance documentation

 

What We Did           

Working with customers directly and with our Software Consultant, the install team initiated an extensive project to deliver the improvements you have been asking for. Key components of the redesigned tool are:

  • Projects that capture and enable reuse of your input
  • Separate Installation and Configuration workflows
  • Reduced and streamlined menus, with sequential numbering of actions
  • Site-wide defaults for common or repeated information

          

We focused on installation experience improvements with Quick Start manual guides, improved and updated online help content, customized checklists for each install activity, and a new Installation Reference manual.

 

We also created 17 Quick Course videos, each one focused on a specific topic, enabling easy and rapid learning about the new tool.  The Quick Course videos are available on the BMC Support web pages. 

    

You can get more details on the 2.4 Common Install Tool by reviewing the Release Notes, and the new manuals, also available on the Support site.

    

As you use the tool, we invite you to share your experience in using it.  Your input got us to this point, and will continue to help determine our directions.

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MainView for USS Version 1.7 has added  process-level enhancements for more rapid identification and diagnosing of performance issues.  MV/USS can monitor resource usage, including CPU percentage, by z/OS Unix process.   Plus, it now has the ability to trace system calls for z/OS Unix System Services processes.  Tracing processes can reduce the time it takes to isolate and solve problems.

 

New monitoring capabilities include monitoring of:

  • Zombie processes, with information about the parents of zombie processes
  • File system growth patterns, with information about not only usage but also change in usage.  This enables proactive action in response to file system growth before an outage is triggered.
  • Latch Contention, to see the serialization latches in the zFS environment, in order to identify which USS tasks are hung and why they are waiting.

The release now uses standard external security manager (ESM) definitions when performing actions,  supports z/OS version 2.1, and features enhanced installation using BMC’s new Common Install Tool, version 2.4  For a complete list of enhancements, see the
Release Notes and available Quick Course training video.

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MainView for z/OS continues to be enriched to enable MainView customers to manage performance and availability more easily and more automatically.  MainView Explorer (MVE) now includes a container (IPLDATA) that monitors the system resources that can
force an IPL to be performed, including information about: 

  • Address Space Vector Table
  • System Linkage Index
  • Maximum number of permitted common data spaces
  • Largest available CSA block
  • Largest available ECSA block

Also new is a default view container for system views that contain a basic set of monitoring metrics.

 

Several enhanced Views have been added to MV for z/OS:

  • Enhanced WLM monitoring, with LPAR Defined Capacity views
  • WLM Service Class Views showing the amount of time the dispatching priority was temporarily increased
  • Job-related Views add the name of the primary job step task to several views

MainView for z/OS now enable links from MVE to z/OS Management Facility, and includes support for IBM z/OS 2.1 Capacity Provisioning
Manager metrics.   This release features enhanced installation using BMC’s new Common Install Tool, version 2.4  For a complete list of enhancements, see the Release Notes and available Quick Course training video.

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MainView for IP version 3.4 increases the efficiency of IP monitoring and adds new ways to exploit MainView Explorer using dashboards.

 

Portions of the MV/IP code have been engineered to be eligible to run on zIIP engines.  When this work is dispatched by WLM to zIIP processors, the work of monitoring IP is removed from general purpose processors, freeing up cycles for executing more business work.  In BMC tests, we have seen offloads of as much as 46% to zIIP engines.

 

The release also adds containers and dashboards that will provide meaningful views of the following key aspects of IP operation:

  • Availability
  • Connections
  • OSA Cards
  • FTP (last hour, week, day)

In addition, new to version 3.4 is a Top Users easy menu (EZTOPU), with links to detailed views displaying user bandwidth.  

  • Top Links – displays percentage of bandwidth for each link
  • Top Applications – displays percentage of bandwidth that each TCP application uses
  • Top Connections – displays percentage of bandwidth for each IP address.

This release features enhanced installation using BMC’s new Common Install Tool, version 2.4

For a complete list of enhancements, see the Release Notes and available Quick Course training video.

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MainView AutoOPERATOR release 7.4 delivers a new level of support for automating z Systems management.  The new Automation
Health Checker monitors the performance of the automation itself.  The AutoOPERATOR health monitoring in MainView Explorer collects and organizes key AO performance metrics on a health monitoring dashboard.  Some of the metrics displayed include:

  • Storage % used (> 16M and < 16M)
  • Max and Active PQE percentages
  • Number of HIGH and NORM EXECs queued
  • Log Dataset Count
  • Rules Engine, Journal, and CAS Connection status

 

The release includes support for IBM zAWARE, so the message anomalies noted by zAWARE can be integrated into the systems management automation. There are also a number of usability enhancements to Total Object Manager.  This release gains enhanced installation with the BMC Common Install tool version 2.4.

More details are available in the Release Notes and in a Quick Course training video.

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SPEs are Small Program Enhancements, a way for BMC to deliver additional functionality without a full product release cycle.  This enables us to respond quickly in adding enhancements that can help our customers get more value from their use of BMC mainframe solutions.  Here are some common questions customers may have about SPEs:

 

How do I find out about SPEs? – SPEs are announced via Technical Bulletins.  Tech Bulletins are listed on the Support pages after selecting the specific product and version number. Tech Bulletins are sent automatically to those customers who have opted in for Proactive Notification for specific products.  To ensure you receive this information, sign up for Proactive Notification for each BMC product you are interested in.

 

These two recent SPEs are examples of what you might see in SPEs:

 

CMF Monitor, Version 5.9.00, Tech Bulleting, July 31, 2014

  A new CMF MONITOR Analyzer report called TABULAR is now available

    

The TABULAR report is an enhanced form of the GRAPH TYPE=TAB report.

TABULAR produces printed tabular reports and value-delimited text records that can serve as input to spreadsheets or other user-supplied programs. With TABULAR, you can:

  • Direct the report output to a value-delimited text file Direct up to 254 measures to a value-delimited text file
  • Include 84 new measures, in addition to the legacy GRAPH and WLMGRAPH measures
  • Specify your own names to replace the supplied measure names in both the printed report and the value-delimited text file
  • Filter the input data by using SYSID and CPU parameters
  • Use qualifier expressions to include only selected data in a measure
  • Produce a full or partial list of available measures and their respective qualifiers and, optionally, a cross-reference of
    comparable IBM® RMFTM OVERVIEW names

 

MainView SRM Reporting, Version 7.8.00, July 31, 2014

Product enhancements let you view tape cache data and improve DSN Index processing

 

New reporting of tape cache data

Reporting of cache usage within an IBM TS7700 series VTS is now available. The collected data includes:

  • Cache size
  • Amount of data in the cache
  • Average amount of time that data remains in the
    cache
  • Mount counts and times
  • Virtual tape migration
  • Unmigrated (cache only) data
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BMC is continuing to add to the extensive library of Quick Course training videos for MainView.   There are over 130 Quick Course videos for MainView.  Whether you need a quick overview of something new, help in getting started with a new release or new feature, or a refresher of “how to” for a specific MainView capability, you will find training for all these needs.  You can access the training videos on BMC’s Support site, and select Product Demonstrations from the link list on the left side of the page.

 

At BMC, we are working to ensure our customers get the maximum value from their investment in MainView.  These training videos are one way of highlighting new capabilities, or tips/tricks that may be useful to you.  As always, if you have an idea for a training topic that would be useful to MainView users, please contact Support with your suggestion.

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Release 6.6.00 of MainView for CICS has added several new ways to report on CICS related resources and Applications along with support
for CICS TS version 5.2.  This release enables monitoring of CICS Applications and related workloads, adding new CICS
resource-related views for:

  • Bundle related resources
  • OSGi related resources
  • Event related resources

    

Enhancements have also been added for Component of Response Time (CORT) views, security for CICS actions, and detailed trace
facility.

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Release 5.2.00 of MainView for WebSphere MQ is available, with support for WebSphere MQ version 8.  In addition, several enhancements have been added to enable offload of MainView processing to zIIP processors and provide new functions.

The release includes:

  • Support for WebSphere MQ version 8
  • Ability to get a quick look at Queue Manager status
  • Use of the MainView Next Generation Logger (NGL) for increased efficiency
  • Enabling MQE code to be zIIP eligible
  • Ability to Edit, Move or Copy messages.

 

Two new Quick Course training videos are available for this release:

  1. MainView for WebSphere MQ - What’s New in Version 5.2 - http://www.bmc.com/support/mainframe-demonstrations/msmdemo-mv-mq-whats-new-sept-2014.html
  2. MainView for WebSphere MQ -  Using the New Message Edit and JOB Actions - http://www.bmc.com/support/mainframe-demonstrations/msmdemo-mv-mq-using-new-message-edit-job-actions.html

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