IBM Problem Determination Tools Studio V12

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Abstract

IBM Problem Determination Tools Studio provides a graphical user interface to the IBM Problem Determination Tools for z/OS family of products.

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IBM Problem Determination Tools Studio provides easy access through a graphical user interface (GUI) on the workstation to the power of the IBM Problem Determination Tools for z/OS family of products -- IBM Application Performance Analyzer for z/OS, IBM Debug Tool for z/OS, IBM Fault Analyzer for z/OS, IBM File Manager for z/OS, and IBM Workload Simulator for z/OS & OS/390.

IBM Problem Determination Tools Studio is a standalone Eclipse-based environment that contains the capability found in each of the individual plug-ins for Application Performance Analyzer, Debug Tool, Fault Analyzer, File Manager, and Workload Simulator, including:

  • With Application Performance Analyzer, it can be used for submitting new observation requests and navigating performance analysis reports.
  • With Debug Tool, it helps debug load modules running on z/OS, including those run in CICS, DB2, IMS.
  • With Fault Analyzer, it can access problem reports for diagnosing mainframe application errors and ABENDs.
  • With File Manager, it is an interface to a set of tools for manipulating and browsing data stored in various z/OS resources including data sets, USS files, and MQ queues.
  • With Workload Simulator, it helps manage the test process and automatically generate Workload Simulator scripts and networks.
  • Also included is the z/OS Explorer component that provides:
  • A consistent experience for managing common connections. Users are prompted only once per session for userid and password. Login details can be associated with multiple connections.
  • A perspective, views, and APIs included to list, create, edit, and control z/OS datasets, PDS datasets, zFS files and paths and to submit jobs and view JES spool output.


What's new


Studio 12.1.1.x (Based on Eclipse 4.2.2 platform)
  • V12.1.1.15 (3 July 2014)
    • FM: APAR PI18376: When 'Export to Desktop' is used in the File Manager plug-in, not all of the expected records are exported when using a template.
    • FM: Added DB2 option "Do not show padded blanks in CREATOR" to DB2 preferences page
  • V12.1.1.14 (23 May 2014)
    • FA: Major performance improvement for loading large fault entry reports
    • FA: Improved error message display when multiple status messages are returned
    • FM: Added support for padded blanks in CREATOR of DB2 Databases and Tables
    • DT: Fixed NullPointerException for JCL Plugin during plugin starting up.
  • V12.1.1.13 (3 April 2014)
    • FM: APAR PI14668 when using the fm plug-in 'export to desktop' function, with a copybook, fields are not transferred correctly.
    • FM: APAR PI13646 enter key in character mode of formatted editor causes the line to be split and data on other lines is overwritten.
    • FM: APAR PI12021 Receive message - <SSID>: ** not defined in installation module when attempting to browse a DB2 subsystem using the FM plug-in.
    • FM: APAR PI13509 using FM GUI plug-in to edit a file using a copybook with large number of columns, the headers and data do not stay in synch
    • FM: Support files with huge number of columns in formatted editor by implementing segmented columns
  • V12.1.1.12 (21 February 2014)
    • FA: Improved memory efficiency when displaying fault entry reports with extremely large sections
  • V12.1.1.11 (6 February 2014)
    • FA: Fixed fault entry report links being hidden, can now click minidump addresses, error message codes and source code references again
    • FM: APAR PI07214: Fixed File Manager not showing 'ZZZ9' fields in RDz 9
    • FM: Fixed ordering of OK/Cancel buttons in Certificate Viewer dialog window
    • FM: APAR PI10650: Fixed field widths being wider than what the data requires, when working with data using a template
  • V12.1.1.10 (15 January 2014 )
    • DT: Fix installation problem with RDz 9.0.1
    • FA: Fixed exception being thrown occasionally when sorting a column in the fault entry table
    • FA: IDITRACE logs are now displayed automatically in the case of a failed fault entry reanalysis to help diagnose the source of the problem
    • FA: APAR PM96423 : Added optimization to reduce memory usage when downloading many large minidumps simultaneously
    • FA: The fault entry list will now be sorted by the DATE column by default (as in the ISPF interface)
    • FM: Allowed large dialogs to resize correctly on low resolution displays.
  • V12.1.1.9 (10 December 2013)
    • FA: APAR PM96423: Improved memory efficiency to support very large minidump downloads
    • FA: Improved source file parsing efficiency to support very large files
    • FA: Improved error message dialog information
    • FM: APAR PI05862: Allow viewing MQ Message Descriptors in Formatted Editor.
  • V12.1.1.8 (18 November 2013)
    • FM: Enhancement APAR PM97265: Improve connection status discovery.
    • FM: Fix for APAR PI06266
  • V12.1.1.7 (12 Nov 2013)
    • FA: PMR04018: Enhanced error message display to consolidate multiple messages and prevent excess dialogs from being created.
  • V12.1.1.6 (24 Oct 2013)
    • FA: APAR PM98998: Fixed French translated UI text appearing as "*PLACEHOLDER*"
  • V12.1.1.5 (18 Oct 2013)
    • DT: Miscellaneous Bug fixes
    • FA: Miscellaneous Bug fixes
    • FM: Fixes for APAR PM98853, PM97984
  • V12.1.1.4 (17 Sep 2013)
    • FA: PMR04018: Consolidated error dialog display when refreshing a Fault Entry that does not have a minidump available
    • FA: Added support for downloading java source files
    • FA: Fixed SQL error code links so that they correctly display message information when clicked
    • FA: Miscellaneous stability enhancements
    • FM: Added character-only editing in the formatted editor's character display to enable editing with multi-bytes character set
    • FM: Fixed a bug in change password dialog
  • V12.1.1.3 (22 Aug 2013)
    • DT: Fix for APAR PM95427
    • FM: Fix for SQL error code lookup error
    • FM: Miscellaneous Bug fixes
  • V12.1.1.2 (08 Aug 2013)
    • FA: Improved search results that are returned when performing a lookup on a message code that includes a return code suffix
    • FM: Fix for APAR PM93865
    • FM: Enhanced lookup resource lookup dialogs
    • FM: Miscellaneous bug fixes
  • V12.1.1.1 (27 Jun 2013)
    • DT: Removed DTSP plug-in dependency on DTCN plug-in.
    • FA: Fixed a problem in looking up messages
  • V12.1.1.0 (14 Jun 2013)
    • Updated to the Eclipse 4.2.2 platform, Java 7.0, and IBM Explorer for z/OS 2.1

Studio 12.1.0.x (Based on Eclipse 3.6.2 platform)
  • V12.1.0.22 (3 July 2014)
    • FM: APAR PI18376: When 'Export to Desktop' is used in the File Manager plug-in, not all of the expected records are exported when using a template.
    • FM: Added DB2 option "Do not show padded blanks in CREATOR" to DB2 preferences page
  • V12.1.0.21 (23 May 2014)
    • FA: Major performance improvement for loading large fault entry reports
    • FA: Improved error message display when multiple status messages are returned
    • FM: Added support for padded blanks in CREATOR of DB2 Databases and Tables
    • DT: Fixed NullPointerException for JCL Plugin during plugin starting up.
  • V12.1.0.20 (3 April 2014)
    • FM: APAR PI14668 when using the fm plug-in 'export to desktop' function, with a copybook, fields are not transferred correctly.
    • FM: APAR PI13646 enter key in character mode of formatted editor causes the line to be split and data on other lines is overwritten.
    • FM: APAR PI12021 Receive message - <SSID>: ** not defined in installation module when attempting to browse a DB2 subsystem using the FM plug-in.
    • FM: APAR PI13509 using FM GUI plug-in to edit a file using a copybook with large number of columns, the headers and data do not stay in synch
    • FM: Support files with huge number of columns in formatted editor by implementing segmented columns
  • V12.1.0.19 (21 February 2014)
    • FA: Improved memory efficiency when displaying fault entry reports with extremely large sections
  • V12.1.0.18 (6 February 2014)
    • FA: Fixed fault entry report links being hidden, can now click minidump addresses, error message codes and source code references again
    • FM: APAR PI07214: Fixed File Manager not showing 'ZZZ9' fields in RDz 9
    • FM: Fixed ordering of OK/Cancel buttons in Certificate Viewer dialog window
    • FM: APAR PI10650: Fixed field widths being wider than what the data requires, when working with data using a template
  • V12.1.0.17 (15 January 2014 )
    • FA: Fixed exception being thrown occasionally when sorting a column in the fault entry table
    • FA: IDITRACE logs are now displayed automatically in the case of a failed fault entry reanalysis to help diagnose the source of the problem
    • FA: APAR PM96423 : Added optimization to reduce memory usage when downloading many large minidumps simultaneously
    • FA: The fault entry list will now be sorted by the DATE column by default (as in the ISPF interface)
    • FM: Allowed large dialogs to resize correctly on low resolution displays.
  • V12.1.0.16 (10 December 2013)
    • FA: APAR PM96423: Improved memory efficiency to support very large minidump downloads
    • FA: Improved source file parsing efficiency to support very large files
    • FA: Improved error message dialog information
    • FM: APAR PI05862: Allow viewing MQ Message Descriptors in Formatted Editor.
  • V12.1.0.15 (18 November 2013)
    • FM: Enhancement APAR PM97265: Improve connection status discovery.
    • FM: Fix for APAR PI06266
  • V12.1.0.14 (12 Nov 2013)
    • FA: PMR04018: Enhanced error message display to consolidate multiple messages and prevent excess dialogs from being created.
  • V12.1.0.13 (24 Oct 2013)
    • FA: APAR PM98998: Fixed French translated UI text appearing as "*PLACEHOLDER*"
  • V12.1.0.12 (18 Oct 2013)
    • DT: Miscellaneous Bug fixes
    • FA: Miscellaneous Bug fixes
    • FM: Fixes for APAR PM98853, PM97984
  • V12.1.0.11 (17 Sep 2013)
    • FA: PMR04018: Consolidated error dialog display when refreshing a Fault Entry that does not have a minidump available
    • FA: Added support for downloading java source files
    • FA: Fixed SQL error code links so that they correctly display message information when clicked
    • FA: Miscellaneous stability enhancements
    • FM: Added character-only editing in the formatted editor's character display to enable editing with multi-bytes character set
  • V12.1.0.10 (22 Aug 2013)
    • DT: Fix for APAR PM95427
    • FM: Fix for SQL error code lookup error
    • FM: Miscellaneous Bug fixes
  • V12.1.0.9 (08 Aug 2013)
    • FA: Improved search results that are returned when performing a lookup on a message code that includes a return code suffix
    • FM: Fix for APAR PM93865
    • FM: Enhanced lookup resource lookup dialogs
    • FM: Miscellaneous bug fixes
  • V12.1.0.8 (27 Jun 2013)
    • DT: Removed DTSP plug-in dependency on DTCN plug-in.
    • FA: Fixed a problem in looking up messages.
  • V12.1.0.7 (13 Jun 2013)
    • FM: Enhancement APAR PM86601.
    • Support for navigating IMS databases.
    • Invocation of Extract utility function.
    • Invocation of Print utility function.
    • FM: Miscellaneous bug fixes.
    • FA: PMR03129: fixed sizing of Fault Entry duplication information panel in Properties display
    • FA: RFE525: Added support for setting custom minidump decoding character sets
    • FA: Improved Fault Entry column filtering display to make applied settings clearer
    • FA: Fixed IDITRACE links under expanded Fault Entries in open History Files (now open correctly)
    • FA: Added error messages when trying to open a non-existent source code file
    • FA: History File Fault Entry lists now automatically close after being removed
    • FA: Removed unused "MVS Dump Title" field from Fault Entry Properties display
    • FA: Improved context menu icons
    • FA: Updated help documentation to include new enhancements
  • V12.1.0.6 (03 May 2013)
    • FM: Fix for APAR PM86798.
    • FM: Miscellaneous bug fixes.
  • V12.1.0.5 (22 March 2013)
    • FM: Enhancement APAR PM83408.
    • Enhancement to support specification of CCSIDs. Need to apply File Manager PTF for APAR PM80526.
    • Member template listing in Systems Information view and Properties view.
    • Systems Information view performance enhancements and usability improvements.
    • Improved server/client version mismatch reporting.
    • User names retrieved from Rational Developer for System z are uppercased.
    • FM: Fix for APAR PM82153.
    • FA: Added support for viewing IDITRACE logs
    • FA: Added Side File Data Set descriptions to documentation
    • FA: PM81890 - Fixed caching of Fault reports after performing a refresh
  • V12.1.0.4 (20 December 2012)
    • FM: Fix for APAR PM79469.
    • FM: Miscellaneous bug fixes.
  • V12.1.0.3 (14 December 2012)
    • Updates for supporting CICS V5.1 release and CICS Explorer V5.1.
    • FM: Improved navigation for the compiler options setting.
    • FM: Cursor navigation improvement for the formatted editor in view mode.
    • DT: Bug fixes, enhancements and matches up with newest Rational Developer for System z release.
    • DT: The DTCN plugin now supports multiple profiles. Users can select one of several local profiles and activate it as the server profile.
  • V12.1.0.2 (28 November 2012)
    • FM: Added cursor navigation support in the formatted editor
    • FM: Added compiler listing retrieval support when the formatted editor fails to start due to compiler errors for the specified template
    • FM: Fixed a problem with Find/Change command when viewing data in the formatted editor
    • FM: Fixed a problem with SAVE AS action in the formatted editor
    • FM: Fixed a problem with updating values of CICS files
    • FM: Enhanced server/client compatibility issue reporting
  • V12.1.0.1 (07 November 2012)
    • APA: Allow the user to select the location of the local APA reports repository.
    • APA: In local mode (i.e., not connected to APA for z/OS), allow access to local reports or started tasks that are not currently active.
    • DT: Provide a method to enable secured communication via Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) between CICS DTCN plugin and the z/OS system.
    • DT: Miscellaneous bug fixes of DTCN and DTSP plugins
    • FA: Improved download performance
    • FA: Added support for copy, move and delete fault entry actions
    • FA: Fixed orphaned temporary file
    • FA: Added report printing
    • FA: Added highlighting for locally cached fault entries deleted on host
    • FA: Added headings for collapsed sections
    • FA: Larger marker edit box for marker creation
    • FA: Added preference page options for usernote colour
    • FA: Improved large history file performance
    • FM: Improved navigation and data entry when using the formatted editor.
    • FM: Export data from FM/Base and FM/DB2 resources to a desktop file in XML/CSV format.
    • FM: Create a PDS/PDSE member action added.
    • FM: DB2 SQL command console for authoring and executing SQL statements.
    • FM: DB2 command console for authoring and executing DB2 commands.
    • FM: Systems Information view tree-navigation improvement. Added scrolling support when a query returns a large result.
    • FM: Overall performance improvement.
    • FM: Multi-layout dynamic template support.
    • FM: Added XML options for FM copy utility function.
    • FM: Miscellaneous bug fixes.
    • Common: Added connection and server problem diagnostic utility function.
  • V12.1.0.0 (31 August 2012) - Initial release

Prerequisites

The following minimum hardware levels are required:

  • CPU - 1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor, dual or quad core recommended
  • RAM - 2.0 GB minimum, 3.0 GB recommended
  • Hard disk - at least 500 MB available space

The following software is also required:
  • Any combination of one or more of the following IBM Problem Determination Tools for z/OS products:
    • IBM Application Performance Analyzer for z/OS V12.1, or later
    • IBM Debug Tool for z/OS V12.1, or later
    • IBM Fault Analyzer for z/OS, V12.1, or later
    • IBM File Manager for z/OS V12.1, or later
    • IBM Workload Simulator for z/OS & OS/390 V1.1, or later
  • One of the following levels of the Microsoft Windows operating system:
    • Microsoft Windows XP 32-bit
    • Microsoft Windows Vista 32-bit
    • Microsoft Windows 7 32-bit
    • Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 32-bit

Installation Instructions

1. Determine the release of the Problem Determination Tools Studio that you want to install:

  • V12.1.1.x is the latest (recommended) release, it is based on the Eclipse 4.2.2 platform
  • V12.1.0.x is still available for support for those with a need to be based on the Eclipse 3.6.2 platform
2. Review the "System requirements and prerequisites" section in the Readme PDF (available below) for the relevant release and verify that you have met all the requirements and installed all the prerequisites.
3. Click on the HTTP link (in Download table, below) for the relevant release and save the zip file to your local machine.
4. Extract the contents of the zip file into a folder of your choice. Ensure that the directory you choose does not contain any other files.
5. Review the "Installing IBM Problem Determination Tools Studio" section of the Readme PDF for any further instructions on how to complete the installation.
6. To start the Problem Determination Tools Studio, double-click the file PD_Tools.exe from where you extracted the install zip file.
7. Review the "Getting Started with IBM Problem Determination Tools Studio" section of the Readme PDF for any further instructions on how to begin using Problem Determination Tools Studio.
8. The Problem Determination Tools Studio help documentation is integrated with it and includes a basic overview and first steps on configuring a connection on the welcome screen. More detailed help can be found by selecting "Help Content" from the Help drop-down menu.
URL LANGUAGE SIZE(Bytes)
V12.1.1.15 Readme PDF US English 154792
V12.1.0.22 Readme PDF US English 142648

Download package

Note that, aside from the LANGUAGE column defined in the download table below, this plug-in supports the following languages:

  • US English
  • Japanese
  • Korean

Download RELEASE DATE LANGUAGE SIZE(Bytes) Download Options
PD Tools Studio V12.1.1.15 3 Jul 2014 US English 274346248 HTTP
PD Tools Studio V12.1.0.22 3 Jul 2014 US English 285106176 HTTP

Technical support

IBM Problem Determination Tools Studio is available at no charge to all licensed users of any of the following five IBM Problem Determination Tools for z/OS products:
- IBM Application Performance Analyzer for z/OS V12.1, or later
- IBM Debug Tool for z/OS V12.1, or later
- IBM Fault Analyzer for z/OS, V12.1, or later
- IBM File Manager for z/OS V12.1, or later
- IBM Workload Simulator for z/OS & OS/390 V1.1, or later

IBM Problem Determination Tools Studio is supplied under the standard terms and conditions of the IBM International Program License Agreement (IPLA) and of the associated License Information and other documentation, and provides a defect correction entitlement for those licensed users entitled to service for any of the IBM Problem Determination Tools for z/OS products listed above. Service is available for IBM Problem Determination Tools Studio for as long as the IBM Problem Determination Tools for z/OS product which IBM Problem Determination Tools Studio is to be used with is generally supported by IBM. In addition, IBM reserves the right to discontinue service on IBM Problem Determination Tools Studio when it is withdrawn from marketing by IBM. Please reference the IBM Problem Determination Tool for z/OS product that you are using as the entitled product when contacting IBM and requesting support for IBM Problem Determination Tools Studio.

Cross reference information
Segment Product Component Platform Version Edition
Software Development Application Performance Analyzer for z/OS Plug-in Windows 12.1
Software Development Fault Analyzer for z/OS Plug-in Windows 12.1
Software Development File Manager for z/OS Plug-in Windows 12.1
Software Development Workload Simulator for z/OS and OS/390 Plug-in z/OS 1.1


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Software version:

12.1

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Reference #:

4036306

Modified date:

2014-07-03

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