As of z/OS V2R3, a z/OSMF server is started by default at system IPL. This behavior, which is referred to as z/OSMF autostart, means that z/OSMF is available for use as soon as the system is up. When z/OSMF is auto-started during IPL, its services become available to other system elements. Thus, for example, JES2 can use an autostarted z/OSMF server to send email notifications to users of batch jobs, as part of JES2 Email Delivery Services (EDS).  

A z/OS Base Element

As of z/OS V2R2, IBM® z/OS Management Facility (z/OSMF) is a base element of z/OS, delivered with the operating system.  This removes the need to order z/OSMF separately so the decision to get started can be fast and easy. 

Integrated Lightweight Application Server

As of z/OSMF V2R1, z/OSMF runs using the WebSphere Application Server Liberty profile, which is a dynamic profile of the WebSphere Application Server that enables the WebSphere Application Server to provision only the features required by z/OSMF. The WebSphere Application Server Liberty profile starts very quickly (a few seconds), has a much smaller footprint, and is included in the z/OSMF package.

As of z/OS V2R3, z/OSMF supports Liberty named angels. With this enhancement, your installation can implement multiple angels and associate a specific angel with the z/OSMF server. The angel name is specified in the z/OSMF parmlib member IZUPRMxx. By default, the angel name is IZUANG1.

Enhanced Security

z/OSMF uses your Enterprise Security Management product for user authentication and authorization. The z/OSMF SAF-based authorization support brings tighter integration with z/OS SAF-based authorization with the introduction of the resource class ZMFAPLA for z/OSMF task-based resources. All z/OSMF tasks and links are associated with resource names and resource class profiles under this resource class, and SAF groups are used to represent Roles. SAF-based authorization also allows for custom roles via creation of SAF groups at your discretion.

Flexible Framework

z/OSMF provides a modular framework that z/OSMF administrators can use to bring together z/OS system management applications. z/OSMF supports the following types of integration:

  • Using the Links task to create and disseminate a common list of frequently used web resources for easier sharing and access of information.
  • Using the Application Linking Manager task to create context-sensitive launching between z/OSMF and other browser-based applications for a more seamless navigation experience. 
  • Using the Import Manager task to add installation-specific applications to z/OSMF for easier management of your z/OS mainframe systems.
  • Using the Welcome properties file to add installation-specific information to the z/OSMF Welcome page for creating a unique welcoming experience for the z/OSMF users in your enterprise.
  • Using the Systems and FTP Servers tasks to define the FTP servers, SFTP servers, and z/OS systems in your enterprise to z/OSMF to enable communication and file transfer between those systems.

Improved Communication

As of z/OSMF V2R1, the Notifications task is provided, which notifies you when something occurs on the system that requires your awareness or response. Notifications might be informational in nature, or might be requests for action from other z/OSMF tasks. With the Notifications task, you can view and work with the notifications that are assigned to you.

RESTful Services

z/OSMF supports the use of Representational State Transfer (REST) APIs, which are public APIs that an HTTP client application can use to work with system resources and extract system data. The z/OSMF APIs allow for easy-to-use HTTP services that are language- and platform-independent, stateless, scalable, and easily parsed. The capabilities provided through z/OSMF REST APIs are vast and range from creating TSO/E address spaces to submitting batch jobs on a z/OS system to routing requests to the z/OS sysplexes in your enterprise.

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