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5698-SA3 IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS V3.4

IBM United States Sales Manual
Revised:  February 04, 2014.

Table of contents
TOC Link Product life cycle dates TOC Link Operating environment
TOC Link Program number TOC Link Planning information
TOC Link Abstract TOC Link Publications
TOC Link Highlights TOC Link Security, auditability, and control
TOC Link Description  

 
Product life cycle dates
Program NumberVRM Announced Available Marketing Withdrawn Service Discontinued
5698-SA303.04.002012/04/242012/04/27 - -
5698-SA303.03.002010/04/272010/04/30 2012/09/102015/04/30
5698-SA303.02.002007/12/112007/12/14 2012/03/122013/04/30
5698-SA303.01.002005/09/272005/09/30 2007/12/142010/09/30

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Program number
  • IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS V3.4 (5698-SA3)

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Abstract

IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS V3.4 offers a single point of control for a broad range of systems management functions. With Tivoli System Automation for z/OS, you get the visibility, control, and automation of a large range of system elements spanning both the hardware and software resources of enterprises in a sysplex. This mature, solid approach to automating system and application start up, shut down, recovery, response to problems, and disaster recovery is a key component in helping improve availability and costs on z/OS.

IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS V3.4 provides enhancements in system automation focused on helping users efforts reduce the costs of IT operation, lower risk, and improve system and application availability.

IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS V3.4 enhancements:

  • The amount of time required to set up Tivoli System Automation can be reduced through a new auto discovery tool.

  • System IPLs can be divided into stages, simplifying "partial" IPLs for maintenance or disaster recovery.

  • Automation flexibility is improved with access to Joblogs and spooled output from jobs.

  • Versatile interfaces improve access to information, including topology views of related resources.

  • The same sets of user interfaces are provided to support an integrated solution for zEnterprise. This allows the activation and deactivation of blade machines using the same external interface currently available for IBM System z, which gives Tivoli System Automation for z/OS a single point of control capability to manage the entire data center. You can manipulate zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension (zBX) objects, such as blade servers, BladeCenters, and virtual servers (including automation scripts for activation and deactivation) that may lead to quicker implementation and improved productivity.

IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS V3.4 provides a policy-based automation tool that manages systems and applications on z/OS:

  • Cluster-wide automation policies that help to reduce complexity, implementation time, coding, and support efforts

  • Comprehensive Parallel Sysplex management and automation functions including single system image, single point of control, and unique Parallel Sysplex application automation

  • Comprehensive zEnterprise automation from a single point of control

  • Policy-based automation that can start, stop, monitor, and recover traditional z/OS as well as UNIX applications and resources

  • Integration with Tivoli software enterprise solutions including IBM Tivoli Monitoring, IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler (TWS), and network management

  • Alarm capabilities by means of integrating with Tivoli System Automation for Integrated Operations Management

  • Easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI)

  • Comprehensive automation for IBM IMS, CICS, TWS, DB2, SAP, OMEGAMON, Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex (GDPS), and WebSphere

IBM System Automation for z/OS consists of the following components:

  • System operations (SysOps) to manage system and application resources on z/OS

  • Processor operations (ProcOps) to manage hardware changes through Hardware Management Console (HMC) and Service Element (SE)

  • I/O operations (I/O Ops) to manage I/O switch configuration and changes

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Highlights

IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS V3.4 provides enhancements to policy-based automation.

IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS V3.4 helps:

  • Eliminate the need for manual setup steps during policy customization by auto-discovering parameters needed to set your policies.

  • Detect problems simply and quickly through the new IBM Tivoli Enterprise Portal (TEP) topology view

  • Enable you to include new applications in SA based automation via the support of joblog messages

  • Manage zEnterprise landscape availability including BladeCenters, virtual hosts, and virtual servers

In addition, it provides several new command enhancements to enable you to more effectively manage day-to-day operations and administration.
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Description

IBM Tivoli Enterprise Portal (TEP) topology view

The new TEP topology view that combines the dependency graph with the resource status and other important run-time data about the resource managed and automated by IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS allows operators to notice odd system behavior. The view can also be used by the automation administrator to spot misconfiguration but also to verify the correct relationship definitions previously made in the System Automation customization dialog.

JobLog Monitoring

Messages produced by an application and written to the Joblog or a spooled dataset but not write-to-operator initiated to the syslog can be made available for automation. A new attribute for the APL policy object is added that defines whether joblog monitoring should be done and the filter criteria for such a message. Only messages matching the filter criteria are caught by System Automation and the actions as defined in the policy are taken. It also helps to reduce the need for the installation to modify the application so that messages relevant for automation are written to the system console by WTO messages.

Garbage collector

The INGCLEAN command removes policy objects that become obsolete from the runtime data model. The command can be used by the installation when required, usually after refreshing the configuration. It helps reduce the effort and potential human errors when deleting obsolete parts manually, for example, obsolete GDPS scripts.

Sample policy enhancements

Several new sample policies focus on replication software and the components necessary to run a active/active environment to help users set up their data centers such that they can run active/active workloads efficiently.

Relational Data Services

A new command INGRDS provides a simple relational data management facility for automation scripts running within a System Automation z/OS configured Netview. The INGRDS command provides basic access methods for relational data tables. It is close to the concept of relation data framework but without the full SQL language parser.

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 commands submitted from batch jobs. This can improve the job throughput since a job submitting a command no longer needs to wait till a previously started job has completed the processing of its submitted commands.

Extended status command enhancements

New policy controls take action 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.

Customization dialog enhancements

  • The visualization of the minor resource automation flag and thresholds are changed to show whether the settings are inherited from the class definitions.

  • Any automation table override specified or modified is checked for the correct automation table syntax. This helps improve the quality of the generated automation table significantly since typographical errors and other errors are detected at data entry time rather than automation table load time.

  • The flat file update function creates and updates the system, MVS component, and group objects. Furthermore, objects can now be linked to other objects by means of the where-used attribute.

SDF user interface enhancements

The dynamic panel generation function composes a panel showing different aspects of the system, for example, subsystem data, exceptional message, and write to operator with replies (WTORs). This is done by supporting multiple body sections in a panel. It simplifies and helps reduce the manual effort for generating the installation tailored SDF panels as well as navigating through these panels.

  • A new exit AOFEXX05 command allows the installation to replace user variables defined in the SDF tree and panel definitions based on the system for which the tree and panels are generated.

  • Processor Operations (ProcOps) managed resources such as processors, logical partitions (LPAR), and ensembles are stored in SDF.

Runmode support

The concept of runmodes enables 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 or switching from a weekday configuration to a weekend configuration. It eliminates the need to have multiple policy databases, for example, production environment vs. disaster recovery. Maintaining just one policy can help reduce the labor effort and help reduce input errors.

zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension (zBX) support

A new command called ISQECMD allows the operator or an automation script to manipulate zBX objects such as BladeCenters, blade servers, virtual hosts, virtual servers, and so on. The command acts as an API and can be used to activate and deactivate blades servers and virtual servers or to query the settings of the various objects. Taking direct influence on zBX objects such as Blades or virtual servers by user written automation scripts can lead to reduced time-to-value (TTV) and improve productivity.

Rolling recycle

A new parameter called CHUNK for the INGGROUP RECYCLE command enables the operator to recycle more than one member of a server group in parallel. It helps improve the performance since it now takes a lot less time to recycle all active members of a server group.

Support for screen sizes

  • 24 x 80, 32 x 80, 42 x 80, 27 x 132, 62 x 160

All Tivoli System Automation for z/OS commands (SysOps) are modified to exploit the entire space of the physical screen for the command output. It can reduce the need for the operator to do extensive scrolling since more of the data is shown initially.

Additional command enhancements

  • AOFCPMSG enables the deletion of one or more messages that became obsolete while capturing a new message.

  • The DISPGW command shows additional information for the remote systems such as primary and backup focal point, sysplex name, system name, SMFid, and so on.

  • The INGAMS command shows additional information about the automation manager.

  • The INGCFG command allows the deletion of the history data associated with a resource.

  • The INGDATA command supports additional filter criteria similar to the filter parameters of the INGLIST command.

  • The INGEXEC command supports the resource description as filter criteria as well as enhanced wildcarding for the SUBTYPE parameter.

  • The TERMMSG and CORRWAIT parameters better control the command submission.

  • The INGIMS command displays the IMS dependent regions of the control region as well as the time-controlled operations information associated with the control region.

  • The INGLIST command supports additional filter criteria such as jobname, runtoken, description, and so on.

  • The INGMSGS command enables the deletion of previously captured messages based on several criteria such as message ID or age.

  • The INGSET command introduces the EXPIRED option that allows the cancellation of start/stop requests when exceeding a certain age.

  • The INGTHRES command allows the deletion of the threshold definitions in linemode.

  • The MDFYSHUT can be called from the IBM Tivoli NetView automation table to shorten and enlarge the shutdown interval or to abort the shutdown process.

  • A new monitoring routine INGROMON focuses on better managing the z/OS UNIX (OMVS).

  • The INGDATA command now returns more information the resource such as jobname.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on accessibility compliance can be requested at

http://www.ibm.com/able/product_accessibility/index.html


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Operating environment

Hardware requirements

IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS V3.4 runs in a virtual storage environment on any IBM or non-IBM system configuration with sufficient storage to support the z/OS operating system.

Software requirements

IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS is executed as an application on the z/OS operating system.

Programming requirements for all functions:

  • IBM z/OS V1.11, or later
  • IBM Tivoli NetView for z/OS (5697-ENV) V5.3, or later
  • Other optional functional programming requirements

For additional information, refer to the Program Directory (or Planning and Installation manual).

The program's specifications and specified operating environment infor-mation may be found in documentation accompanying the program, if available, such as a README file, or other information published by IBM, such as an announcement letter. Documentation and other program content may be supplied only in the English language.
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Planning information

Customer responsibilities

The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.
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Publications

One copy of each of the following publications is supplied in soft copy with the basic machine-readable material on DVD (SK3T-4271) for IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS V3.4 (5698-SA3):

                                                            Order
Title                                                       number
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Product Automation Programmer's Ref and  Operator's Guide   SC34-2643
Customizing & Programming                                   SC34-2644
Planning and Installation                                   SC34-2645
Defining Automation Policy                                  SC34-2646
User's Guide                                                SC34-2647
Messages and Codes                                          SC34-2648
Operator's Commands                                         SC34-2649
Programmer's Reference                                      SC34-2650
TWS Automation Programmer's Reference                       SC34-2651
End-to-End Automation Adapter                               SC34-2652
Monitoring Agent Configuration and User's                   SC34-2653
Guide
 
A license information document and a program directory, in hard copy
form are supplied automatically with the basic machine-readable
material.
 
                                                            Order
Title                                                       number
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License Information                                         GI11-9705
Program Directory                                           GI11-2718

A license information document and a program directory, in hard copy form are supplied automatically with the basic machine-readable material.

The IBM Publications Center portal is located at

http://www.ibm.com/shop/publications/order

The Publications Center is a worldwide central repository for IBM product publications and marketing material with a catalog of 70,000 items. Extensive search facilities are provided. Payment options for orders are via credit card (in the US) or customer number for 20 countries. A large number of publications are available online in various file formats, and they can all be downloaded by all countries, free of charge.
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Security, auditability, and control

IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS V3.4 uses the security and auditability features of the operating system software.

Trademarks

(R), (TM), * Trademark or registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation.

** Company, product, or service name may be a trademark or service mark of others.

UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries licensed exclusively through X/Open Company Limited.
 © IBM Corporation 2014.
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