Merge of predecessor program products NCCF, NLDM, and NPDA, and program offerings VNCA and NMPF. The predecessor products became "components" of the new product NetView. Improvements were made in the ability to move between the various displays of the product components, use of color and PF keys, and installation of the product.
Enhancement of the terminal access facility (TAF) to support large screen and color applications such as Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
Improvement of the capability to drive NetView CLISTs based on application messages (such as VTAM, CICS, and IMS)
Support added for problem determination of many new hardware devices (including the IBM 3720 Communication Controller and the IBM 3725 NCP/Token-Ring Interconnection)
Support added for online configuration control and testing of IBM 586X and IBM 5812 modems (LPDA-2 and LPDA-1)
Important message indicator added in the NetView log
Automatic monitoring of resources and automatic reactivation (based on the VTAM IST105I "inactive" message)
NetView log enhancements including automatic switching between primary and secondary logs, logging of VTAM messages and commands, and writing of NetView TRACE information to a separate trace data set
Status monitor domain status panel enhanced to include real-time updates
NetView for MVS V1R2 (1987)
Numerous automation enhancements to enable greatly improved operating system, subsystem, and network automation. These include:
MVS SubSystem Interface (SSI) support. Defining NetView as an MVS subsystem enables:
The ability to issue MVS system and subsystem commands from a NetView CLIST or operator session
The ability to issue NetView commands from an MVS console
Access to message attributes, such as job-name, that are associated with MVS messages
Remote entry of MVS system commands from a NetView in another domain
VM programmable operator (PROP) facility support for VM automation
VSE/Operator Communication Control Facility (OCCF) support for VSE automation
The NetView message automation table allows messages to be parsed and selected based on the attributes of messages. Suppression and logging actions can be performed, as well scheduling a command or command list to perform recovery or other actions.
NetView automated operators are supported. Autotasks can perform work and respond automatically to failures and other messages without operator intervention. This also allows the NetView program to operate whether or not VTAM is active. (This allows the NetView program to provide system startup and recovery automation.)
Support from Inter-System Control Facility (ISCF). (This is a forerunner to today's Target System Control Facility (TSCF) product.) ISCF can be used to automate initialization and restart of a target mainframe system.
Automation samples are provided that demonstrate the use of the automation enhancements to perform automation of MVS subsystems.
Message and alerts (after conversion to messages) can be forwarded from a distributed NetView system to a focal point. This allows the user to operate systems "unattended."
Support for SNA generic alerts (network management vector transport or NMVT). Hardware monitor supports display of generic alert code point descriptions including recommended actions to perform in response to the alert. Users are enabled to specify their own code point descriptions. The ability to generate your own alerts is provided with the GENALERT command.
Service point command service (SPCS) allows the NetView program to exchange requests and replies with a service point (such as NetView/PC). This allows the NetView operator to enter commands at the host that are to be executed by an application program at the service point. The SPCS commands supported by NetView are:
RUNCMD to issue commands to the service point, and receive responses in the form of messages
LINKDATA to request control, error, and statistical data
LINKTEST to set a service point application in test mode
LINKPD to perform problem determination analysis on a given link or link segment
Session monitor support of SNA type 2.1 nodes. Other session monitor enhancements include: improved response time monitor (RTM) measurements, purge by date, the display of extended sense data on its session termination reason screen, session statistics,complete PIU information for session control RUs, and the CNMI timeout function.
LAN support has been enhanced in the hardware monitor to better display, log, and filter LAN error data.
The NetView log browse facility is enhanced to allow "find previous."
NetView V1R3 (1989)
REXX support allows NetView command lists to be written in the REXX language in addition to the current CLIST language. All CLIST language functions are also available in REXX, along with additional capability in REXX such as being able to read from and write to data set members using TSO's EXECIO command.
Command processors and exits can be written in the PL/I and C high-level languages. Using PL/I and C provides a high-level, compiled API.
Alert records can be forwarded from a remote processor to a NetView focal point host without intermediate conversion of the alert to a message format. The focal point operator can also retrieve hardware monitor data from the distributed host.
NetView full-screen (VIEW) panels can be created which support highlighting attributes such as color and reverse video, and multiple input and output fields. The display can be updated based on incoming data without operator intervention.
Network asset management assists in automated inventory management by soliciting product identification information from devices that support the architecture.
Users can define their own logs and write data to them with the sequential logging support.
Commands can be entered in NetView to IBM's LAN Manager products. These commands address the LAN, LAN adapter, and Bridge functions.
Existing LPDA-2 support is extended to support signal converter products.
Groups of operators can be defined using the ASSIGN command, and messages can be routed to the operator groups through the message automation table.
NetView message help is available online in addition to the hardcopy book format.
NetView timer facilities have been enhanced to provide the ability to schedule an event after a specified period of time (from 1 second up to a year in the future), and the ability to save timer events and restore them in the event of a system or NetView outage.
NetView TAF is enhanced to support rolling between sessions and components.
New command processors are provided to enhance the user's ability to tune and service NetView. These new commands can be used to obtain information on NetView storage and resource utilization, current load module maintenance levels, current data set allocation, and to provide selective NetView task tracing. Other new commands provide the ability to access the IDCAMS utility from NetView, submit batch jobs to MVS for execution from NetView, and allocate and free data sets dynamically.
NetView enables a security software product (such as IBM's RACF®) to verify NetView operator passwords, including allowing the operator to change their password at the NetView logon screen.
NetView utilizes the non-persistent session support provided by VTAM for sessions over dial lines. This can provide savings in dial environments on sessions with long periods of line inactivity.
Command lists can be preloaded into virtual storage, resulting in reduced execution time because of eliminated DASD I/O.
NetView's Central Site Control Facility (CSCF) provides remote support for the 3174 subsystem control unit online tests. A full-screen interface is provided. NetView operators can remotely perform operations such as running online diagnostic tests, querying the configuration, and soliciting vital product data.
The program-to-program interface (PPI) provides an efficient way for applications to communicate with NetView. This is a bidirectional cross-memory interface allowing the routing of data such as alerts.
Support for data multiplexor (DMPX) and switched network backup (SNBU) modems.
Support for VTAM and NCP parallel transmission groups.
The session monitor KEEPSESS command provides a control mechanism to limit the amount of session monitor data recording.