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IBM Technical Support Newsletter

January 16, 2017 | Issue #13

Welcome to the TWS for z/OS Technical Support Information newsletter. This communication is designed to help you derive maximum value from your software by providing the most up-to-date technical information, answers to frequently asked questions, and links to other key information.

Support Resources

  1. The Support Portal for IBM Workload Scheduler for z/OS
    Find technical content, answers, solutions and much more.
  2. TWS for z/OS Knowledge Center
    Links to product documentation.
  3. TWS for Virtualize Data Centers Information Center
    Links to helpful documentation.
  4. IBM Assist On-site
    Live remote assistance tool to securely view and share control of your desktop to help speed up the problem determination, collection of data, and ultimately help resolve complex issues.

Developer's Corner

A Small Program Enhancement (SPE) for IBM Workload Scheduler for z/OS V9.3 was delivered on December 30, 2016 through the APARs PI62520 and PI62521. This SPE enhances the product capabilities in the operations dependency area. For more details, see Summary of Enhancements.

In addition, the following Small Program Enhancements were released for IBM Workload Scheduler for z/OS V9.3 in 2016:
  • March:
    • The Agent for z/OS supports JES3 event tracking exits (APARs PI47613 and PI57699).
    • The parameter EXTENDEDARC has been added to the DBOPT statement to specify the type of occurrences to be saved by the archiving process (APARs PI48133 and PI54662).
  • June:
    The security features have been reinforced with a more granular security control access. In addition to data, you can also protect actions, such as adding occurrences, deleting operations, or changing status. New subresources and the COMMAND n keyword have been added to the AUTHDEF initialization statement (APAR PI57531).
  • October:
    The Manually Hold and NOP options for an operation can be set directly in the Application Description database, or you can associate the Manually Hold or NOP option with a specific run cycle. The ADOP and ADVDD batch-loader control statements have been updated accordingly, as well as the ADOP and ADVDD statements in Workload Automation Programming Language (APARPI57310).

Most recent News and Flashes

Latest Technotes and FAQs

Most recent APARs

Latest Downloads and Fixes

  1. Fix Central for Workload Scheduler for z/OS
    Tool to help you search fixes for your specific product.
  2. Fixes by Version for Workload Scheduler for z/OS (PSP BUCKETS)
    This document contains a comprehensive list of recommended, generally available (GA) fixes.

Education and training

  1. IBM Workload Automation (YouTube) training modules
    Check out the available training videos for your IBM Workload Scheduler software.
  2. IBM Automation Academy
    A channel all about time saving, educational videos that come straight from the IBM automation experts who work with these products daily.

Problem Solving Resources

  1. TWSz Migration to new release - Best Practices
    A basic guide to upgrading TWS for z/OS to a new Release, with emphasis on best practices for a successful migration and elimination of excessive detail provided in product documentation.
  2. MustGather: Read First for TWS for z/OS
    Gathering data before requesting support will help you understand the problem and save time analyzing the data.
  3. TWS for z/OS Documentation Central
    This page includes various documentation links.
  4. TWS for Virtualize Data Center Documentation Central
    This page includes various documentation links.

Forums and Wikis
  1. IBM Workload Scheduler for z/OS Wiki
    This Wiki provides you with best practices and scenarios for using the product.
  2. IBM Workload Automation Forum
    This forum is for technical discussion focused on Workload Automation products to share product knowledge and experience.
  3. System z community
    Connect, learn, and share with the System z Community experts.

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Document information

More support for: IBM Workload Scheduler for z/OS

Software version: Version Independent

Operating system(s): Platform Independent

Software edition: Edition Independent

Reference #: 7016548

Modified date: 16 January 2017