IMS Problem Investigator is a powerful problem analysis aid for Information Management System Database (IMS DB) and Transaction Manager (IMS TM) systems, that helps make identifying and resolving problems faster and easier. It provides an interactive system productivity facility (ISPF) dialog, as well as a batch and REXX interface, to format and present IMS-related diagnostic data including the IMS log and monitor, IMS Connect events collected by IBM IMS Connect Extensions for z/OS, as well as OMEGAMON TRF and ATF, DB2, WebSphere MQ logs, and log streams such as the Common Queue Server (CQS).
IMS Problem Investigator contains the following new features and enhancements:
OMEGAMON for IMS Application Trace Facility (ATF) – collects detailed information about every application call made by IMS and DBCTL transactions. DLI and DB2 call results are recorded in the ATF journal, including function code, SSA, KFBA and IO area providing the most in-depth analysis of transaction behavior available.
Open Database DRDA analysis using IMS Connect Extensions – web- based and other distributed transactions that use IMS Open Database to access IMS databases can now be investigated in detail.
Scrub – this utility can help you remove sensitive or confidential user data from IMS log records, preparing them for sending off-site or making them available in-house for problem analysis.
IMS Trace - entries in the IMS Trace Table diagnostic log records (x’67’) are interpreted and presented as events in the transaction lifecycle.
ISPF dialog usability enhancements – insert commands into the Process list to describe the problem scenario for each set of log files; the FIND command available in all selection prompt lists; and the EXTRACT command to retain the log records from a tracked transaction in a separate small file for later analysis.
New batch reporting option – the BRIEF batch reporting option provides a clear and simple way of reporting log records in batch. Only general and high-level information is reported, similar to the way records are browsed in the dialog.
New log information report - the Log Information report provides a synopsis of the log record types in the IMS log, including record count, lengths, rate per second, and volume. Selected record types are broken down further to provide additional information about transaction arrival and processing rates.