SA z/OS 3.4 incorporates many new functions:
The IBM zEnterprise Systems offers a revolutionary system design that addresses the complexity and inefficiency in today's multi-architecture data centers. The zEnterprise extends the strengths and capabilities of the mainframe - such as security, fault tolerance, efficiency, virtualization and dynamic resource allocation - to other systems and workloads running on AIX, on POWER7, and Microsoft Windows or Linux on System x - fundamentally changing the way data centers can be managed.
The zEnterprise GA2 HW deliverables add a number of new Operations Management functions (HMC Web Services API) representing the new multi-architecture capabilities. IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension support addresses these items in SA z/OS. The available automation in SA z/OS, GDPS, and user-written automation based on the SA z/OS processor operations APIs, enables the management of these advanced HW features. These include:
- Discovery and querying of the zBX components
- Activating and deactivating of the zBX blades and virtual servers (power-vm and x-hyp)
- Monitoring and automating of the zBX component's notifications.
ISQECMD zEnterprise Operator Command
A new command called ISQECMD has been introduced that allows the operator or automation script to query zBX objects, such as Blade Centers, or manipulate zBX objects (Blades, Virtual Hosts, Virtual Servers and so on). The command can be used to activate / deactivate Blades and Virtual Servers or to query the settings of various objects.
A discovery utility has been introduced that creates the SA z/OS policy database from the installation environment. The utility extracts the automation relevant data from the active address spaces, and correlates the discovered data with the SA z/OS samples policies to build up the policy and make it ready for use. The primary usage of the discovery tool is for installing and setting up SA z/OS the first time.
Job Log Monitoring
Messages produced by an application and written to the Joblog or to a spooled data set but not WTO'ed to syslog can be made available for automation. A new attribute for the APL policy object is added that defines if joblog monitoring should be done and the filter criteria used for messages. Only messages matching the criteria are forwarded to automation.
The concept of runmodes has been introduced to allow a staged IPL or system shutdown where only a subset of the resources are started, or stopped. The concept can also be used to switch from one environment to another, for example from a normal mode into a disaster recovery mode. A new command named INGRUN is introduced enabling a switch from one mode to another.
TEP Topology View
A new workplace has been introduced in the Tivoli Enterprise Portal (TEP) showing the dependencies a given resource has to other resources including their status. The workspace helps the operator to notice unusual behavior or to spot mis-configurations previously done in the customization dialog.
The INGGROUP command has been enhanced, enabling the recycle of multiple members of a server group in parallel.
Concurrent Batch Command Receiver
The Batch command receiver has been enhanced to enable concurrent usage of the command receiver. This allows parallel processing of the command submitted from batch jobs.
Extended Status Commands
New policy controls are introduced to take actions when the resource reaches the "UP" state based on the state (up or down) of another resource. This is useful for resources that are dependent on each other.
The INGCLEAN command is introduced to remove policy objects that are obsolete in the runtime data model. The command can be used by the installation when required, usually after refreshing the configuration.
Relational Data Services
A new command INGRDS has been introduced that provides a simple relational data management facility for automation scripts running within NetView/SA. The INGRDS command provides basic access methods for relational data tables. It is close to the concept of relational data framework but without the full SQL language parser.
The dynamic panel generation function has been enhanced to compose a panel showing different aspects of system for example subsystem data, exceptional messages and WTORs. This is done by supporting multiple BODY sections in a panel.
A new exit AOFEXX05 has been introduced that allows the installation to replace user variables defined in the SDF tree/panel definitions based on the system for which the tree/panels are generated.
Proc-Ops managed resources such as processors, LPARs and ensembles are stored in SDF.
The visualization of the minor resource automation flag and thresholds are changed to show whether the settings are inherited from the class definitions.
||exploit all of the 3270 supported screen sizes (24/32/43*80,27*132, 62*160).
||enables the deletion of one or more messages that become obsolete when capturing a new message.
||introduced to show additional information for the remote systems such as primary/backup focal point, sysplex name, system name, SMFid and so on.
||introduced to allow the deletion of the history data associated with a resource.
||supports additional filter criteria similar to the filter parameters of the INGLIST command.
||supports the resource description as filter criteria as well as enhanced wildcarding for the SUBTYPE parameter. The TERMMSG and CORRWAIT parameters are added to better control the command submission.
||displays the IMS dependent regions of the control region as well as the TCO information associated with the control region.
||supports additional filter criteria such as jobname, runtoken, description and so on.
||enables the deletion of previously captured messages based on several criteria such as message id and/or age.
||introduces the EXPIRED option that allows the cancellation of start/stop requests when exceeding a certain age.
||allows the deletion of the threshold definitions in linemode.
||allows a call from the NetView Automation Table to shorten/enlarge the shutdown interval or to abort the shutdown process.