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IBM Operations Manager for z/VM V1.2.0 improves scheduling and automation capabilities for z/VM systems

February 21, 2006
Announcement Letter Number: A06-0287


Document's Table of Contents:


Overview

IBM Operations Manager for z/VM helps improve the monitoring and management of z/VM virtual machines. By automating routine maintenance tasks and automatically responding to predictable situations that require intervention, Operations Manager allows z/VM system programmers and administrators to devote their time and focus on more critical tasks.

Operations Manager for z/VM V1.2.0 is designed to deliver:

  • Improved management of the Operations Manager infrastructure. Operations Manager now supports RACF for z/VM for access control and provides more flexible configuration options for the Operations Manager server.
  • Enhanced support for console monitoring, including the ability for users to view multiple select consoles and to setup a view of a console before any output has appeared. Additional flexibility is also provided to users who view consoles when urgent or critical messages appear. For those customers who wish to monitor consoles using the OBSERVER setting, provided by CP, rather than SECUSER, Operations Manager now supports both. Based on the function required, you can choose which is most appropriate for your environment.
  • Improved scheduling functions, including support for scheduling windows, as well as a point in time. Dependency and conflict management of scheduled actions is also provided.
  • New functions for Host Management Facility customers

For more information about Operations Manager for z/VM, visit

  • http://www.ibm.com/software/sysmgmt/zvm/operations/

Planned availability date: February 24, 2006


Program        Program
number         name
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5697-J10       Operations Manager for z/VM

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At a glance

In addition to the functions provided in V1.1.0, IBM Operations Manager for z/VM V1.2.0 offers:
  • Improved management of the Operations Manager infrastructure, including support for RACF for z/VM
  • Enhanced support for console monitoring, including the ability for users to view multiple consoles and support for CP SET OBSERVER as an alternative to CP SET SECUSER
  • Improved scheduling functions, including support for scheduling windows and dependency management
  • Additional functions for Host Management Facility customers.

Key prerequisites

z/VM V4.4 or z/VM V5.1 or later

Description

Operations Manager for z/VM V1.2.0, with automated monitoring and management of virtual machines, helps you keep control of your z/VM system. Operations Manager for z/VM uses monitoring settings to examine the z/VM environment and address various concerns before they impact your Service Level Agreements. By automating the monitoring of resources, Operations Manager can help you maximize productivity and reduce costs by leveraging existing resources and freeing your IT experts to address the most critical problems.

V1.2.0 of Operations Manager for z/VM provides the following additional functions:

  • Improved management of the Operations Manager infrastructure

    Support for RACF for z/VM (or other external security manager) is now provided. All requests for console access, configuration updates and infrastructure updates are verified through RACF for z/VM.

    You can configure the dataspaces used by the Operations Manager GOMMAIN server to store the output from each monitored console. You can specify the size of each dataspace by defining one size for all dataspaces or defining individual sizes for each monitored console.

    Actions can be defined to be executed on a specific action processing server. Previously, actions were defined as executable on the GOMMAIN server or on the next available action processing server. Now you can be more specific by defining which action processing server should be used. With this more granular control, you can define action processing servers with specific authorities or purposes, maintaining tighter control of your z/VM system. In addition, by maintaining data or status information, a specified action processing server can facilitate communication between different actions or between multiple occurrences of the same action.

  • Enhanced support for console monitoring

    Authorized users can define a view for a monitored console even before any output on the console has appeared. This is helpful for users who wish to start their day by setting up a view for all the service machines they want to keep an eye on before those services machines are even started. Once the service machine is started, the user automatically starts seeing the monitored console's output.

    Authorized users can view multiple monitored consoles in one consolidated view, without having to view all monitored consoles. Users specify which consoles they want to view.

    When viewing a monitored console, users of Operations Manager can specify how specific messages are viewed. For example, if the user is in autoscrolling mode, specific messages can be held on the screen and the colour changed until the user specifically clears that message.

    To monitor consoles, Operations Manager V1.2.0 supports the CP SET OBSERVER setting in addition to CP SET SECUSER. All z/VM differences in the SECUSER versus OBSERVER environment are maintained. For example, OBSERVER usually requires a less restrictive user class, but SECUSER can allow the Operations Manager server to send commands back to the monitored console.

    Operations Manager V1.2.0 includes additional flexibiltiy when viewing a monitored console. Users can toggle between three viewing formats:

    • Message text only
    • Message text with the time stamp
    • Message text with the date and time stamps
  • Improved scheduling functions

    Additional enhancements have been added to the Operations Manager scheduling function, previously referred to as timers. Actions can now be scheduled to start within a window of time, in addition to the point in time support available in V1.1.0. In addition, dependencies can be defined for each schedule, allowing you to define not only the time an action is to occur, but also what other scheduled actions must be complete before this scheduled action is started.

  • New functions for Host Management Facility customers

    Operations Manager V1.2.0 includes the following functions, specifically designed for those customers currently using Host Management Facility (HMF) for automation and wishing to move to Operations Manager:

    • A method to automatically monitor a service machine's logon status. If the service machine is not logged on, Operations Manager can be configured to log it on automatically.
    • A scheduling option for holidays, in addition to the standard days of the week.
    • Support for delays and dependencies in scheduling, allowing you to define a series of scheduled actions that must occur in a specified order.
    • The ability to define conflicting items for a scheduled action. If any conflicting schedules are already executing, this schedule action will not be started until the conflicting schedules are complete or the schedule will be cancelled if the specified maximum wait time has been reached.
    • Additional support for actions to be run multiple times per day and/or multiple days per week.

For additional information on the functions made available in Operations Manager V1.1.0, refer to Software Announcement A05-1128 dated August 23, 2005.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on the products accessibility compliance can be requested via IBM's web site at the following URL:

  • http://www-3.ibm.com/able/product_accessibility/index.html

Engine-based Value Unit pricing

Engine-based Value Unit pricing for Operations Manager for z/VM is designed to provide a decreasing price curve as hardware capacities and workload grow, which may help improve price/performance.

There may also be a price benefit when you grow your capacity. Additional capacity is not priced starting at the base with a higher price per unit. Instead, additional capacity is priced starting at the capacity (engines) on which Operations Manager has already been installed.

NOTE: Value Units of a given product cannot be exchanged, interchanged or aggregated with Value Units of another product.

A no-charge Subscription and Support registration record will be established for each designated machine where Operations Manager for z/VM is running. These no-charge Subscription and Support registration records will be linked to the billable Subscription and Support and all billable Subscription and Support within the scope of the engine-based Value Units aggregation will be linked together.

Subscription and Support is an annual charge and should be kept at an annual term.

Offering Information

Product information is available via the Offering Information Web site

  • http://www.ibm.com/common/ssi

Publications

Other than the Program Directory, no hardcopy publications are shipped with this program.

The following publications can be downloaded from the IBM Publications Centre at planned availability.

   Title                                     Order number
   -------------------------------------     ------------
   Installation and Administration Guide     SC18-9347
   Program Directory                         GI10-8664

The IBM Publications Centre

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

The Publications Centre is a worldwide central repository for IBM product publications and marketing material with a catalogue of 70,000 items. Extensive search facilities are provided. Payment options for orders are via credit card (in the U.S.) or customer number for 20 countries. A large number of publications are available on-line in various file formats and they can all be downloaded by all countries free of charge.

News of many publications may be subscribed to via Mysupport.

  • https://www-1.ibm.com/support/mysupport/us/en/?OpenDocument

Displayable softcopy publications: Operations Manager for z/VM V1.2.0 manuals are offered in displayable softcopy form as PDF files. The displayable manuals are available on the product Web site

  • http://www.ibm.com/software/sysmgmt/zvm/operations/
and via the IBM Publications Centre
  • http://www.ibm.com/shop/publications/order

Technical information

Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

Operations Manager for z/VM V1.2.0 will operate on any hardware that supports the prerequisite software.

Software requirements

All prerequisites and corequisites for these products apply.

The products listed here are supported only while service is available for those products.

Operations Manager V1.2.0 requires

  • One of the following:
    • z/VM V4.4 (5739-A03) or later
    • z/VM V5.1 (5741-A05) or later
  • One of the following:
    • IBM Library for REXX on zSeries V1.4 (5695-014)
    • IBM Alternate Library for REXX on zSeries. IBM recommends you acquire the latest available version. It's available as a free download from http://www.ibm.com/software/awdtools/rexx/rexxzseries/index.html
Compatibility

V1.1.0. All

Limitations

For additional information refer to "Usage Restrictions" in the Terms and Conditions section of this announcement or to the License Information Document that is available on the IBM Software License Agreement website:

  • http://www.ibm.com/software/sla/sladb.nsf
Performance considerations

Planning information

Packaging

Operations Manager V1.2.0 is delivered on one VMSES/E installable tape. A Program Directory and one copy of the License Information (LI) document is also included in the package. All other publications are provided in softcopy format on the product Web site

  • http://www.ibm.com/software/sysmgmt/zvm/operations/library.html
and via the IBM Publications Centre
  • http://www.ibm.com/shop/publications/order

Security, auditability and control

Operations Manager for z/VM uses the security and auditability features of the host hardware and software. The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection and implementation of security features, administrative procedures and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.

Ordering information


Except for the following, ordering information is unchanged since previously announced. Refer to Software Announcement A05-1128 dated August 23, 2005, for complete ordering information. (On/Off CoD)

Terms and conditions

Licensing

IBM International Program License Agreement and License Information document. Proofs of Entitlement (PoE) are required for all authorized use.

These products are licensed under the IBM Program License Agreement (IPLA) and the associated Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance, which provides for support with ongoing access to releases and versions of the program. These programs have a one-time license charge for use of the program and an annual renewable charge for the enhanced support that includes telephone assistance (voice support for defects during normal business hours) as well as access to updates, releases and versions of the program as long as support is in effect.

Limited warranty applies

Yes

Warranty

This Program includes a warranty for one year from acquisition from IBM or an authorized IBM Business Partner. For one year from acquisition of the Program, this warranty provides the customer with access to databases containing Program information and FAQ’s, including any known fixes to defects, which the customer can download or otherwise obtain and install.

Program support

Enhanced Support, called Subscription and Support, includes telephone assistance (voice support for defects during normal business hours) as well as access to updates, releases and versions of the program as long as support is in effect. The customer will be notified of discontinuance of support with 12 months' notice.

Money-back guarantee

If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the Program and you are the original licensee, return it within 30 days from the invoice date, to the party (either IBM or its reseller) from whom you acquired it, for a refund. For clarification, note that for Programs acquired under any of IBM's On/Off Capacity on Demand (On/Off CoD) software offerings, this term does not apply since these offerings apply to Programs already acquired and in use by the customer.

Copy and use on home/portable computer

No

Volume orders (IVO)

No

Passport Advantage applies

No

Usage restriction

Yes

  • Your entitlement is for only the quantity of engine-based Value Units licensed. These engine-based Value Units can be for either standard or IFL engines.
  • When ordering Operations Manager to operate on standard engines (CPs) for a single server within the enterprise, you must specify Value Units equal to the Value Units to cover the number of standard engines (CPs) on your zSeries 990, 900, 890, 800, System z9 or S/390 server.
  • When ordering Operations Manager to operate on IFL engines for a single server within the enterprise, you must specify Value Units equal to the Value Units to cover the number of IFL engines on your zSeries 990, 900, 890, 800, System z9 or S/390 server.
  • When ordering Operations Manager to operate on standard engines (CPs) and IFL engines for a single server within the enterprise, you must specify Value Units equal to the Value Units to cover the total number of engines (standard plus IFL) on your zSeries 990, 900, 890, 800, System z9 or S/390 server.
Software Maintenance applies

No

iSeries Software Maintenance applies

No

Variable charges apply

No

Educational allowance available

Yes, 15% education allowance applies to qualified education institution customers. Academic use: Yes

On/Off Capacity on Demand

To be eligible for On/Off Capacity on Demand pricing, customers must be enabled for temporary capacity on the corresponding hardware and the required contract - Z125-6611, Attachment for Customer Initiated Upgrade and IBM eServer On/Off Capacity on Demand - Software - must be signed prior to use.

IBM Electronic Services

IBM Global Services has transformed its delivery of hardware and software support services to put you on the road to higher systems availability. IBM Electronic Services is a Web-enabled solution that provides you with an exclusive, no-additional-charge enhancement to the service and support available on the IBM eServer platform. These services provide the opportunity for greater system availability due to faster problem resolution and preemptive monitoring. IBM Electronic Services is comprised of two separate, but complementary, elements: IBM Electronic Services news page and IBM Electronic Service Agent.

IBM Electronic Services news page provides you with a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used by customers to access IBM Internet services and support. The news page enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems.

The IBM Electronic Service Agent is no-additional-charge software that resides on your IBM eServer system. It is designed to proactively monitor events and transmit system inventory information to IBM on a periodic, customer-defined timetable. The IBM Electronic Service Agent tracks system inventory, hardware error logs and performance information. If the server is under a current IBM maintenance service agreement or within the IBM warranty period, the Service Agent automatically reports hardware problems to IBM. Early knowledge about potential problems enables IBM to provide proactive service that may result in higher system availability and performance. In addition, information collected through the Service Agent will be made available to IBM service support representatives when they are helping answer your questions or diagnosing problems.

To learn how IBM Electronic Services can work for you, visit

  • http://www.ibm.com/support/electronic

Prices

Prices are subject to change without notice.

GST, QST and sales taxes, where applicable, are extra.

Pricing information is unchanged since previously announced.