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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 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 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


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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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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