Navigation trees, radio buttons, pop-up guidance, and wizards—this is z/OS? Yes, z/OS, or more precisely, the z/OS Management Facility (z/OSMF). z/OSMF is a separate product from z/OS, but is tightly integrated with z/OS to deliver a modern, Web browser-based management console for z/OS.
z/OS has many systems, subsystems and functions, each having its own console and user interface. This can make it difficult for new systems programmers to navigate the system, and the required repetitive manual tasks can hamper experienced users’ productivity.
Enter z/OSMF. More than just a screen scraper or install shield, z/OSMF is smart; it supports automated tasks that can help reduce the learning curve and improve productivity. Embedded active user assistance, such as pop-ups and wizards, guide users through tasks and provide simplified operations (see Figure 1).
Currently, there are several system management tasks available with more planned in the future:
- The Incident log provides a consolidated list of dump-related problems, along with the details and diagnostic data captured and saved with each problem. It also facilitates sending the diagnostic data for further diagnosis.
- The Configuration Assistant for the z/OS Communications Server provides a guided interface for configuring TCP/IP policy-based networking functions.
- The Workload Management (WLM) policy editor delivers simplified creation, modification, review, and activation of z/OS WLM service definitions.
- Sysplex Status and Monitoring Desktops provide real-time status of resources for your systems and sysplexes from one location.
Typically, there hasn’t been an easy way to view all dump-related incidents across all products and components in one place on your z/OS system (see Figure 2). The incident log task changes all that. It can help simplify the capture, packaging, and sending of SVC dump and related diagnostic data. It displays a consolidated list of all incidents and automatically captures key logs, along with the dump data. The send wizard terses and transmits the data via FTP to IBM or to another site you designate for problem analysis.
Collecting, packaging, and sending diagnostic data—a task that once may have taken 20 to 30 minutes and required z/OS and Interactive Program Control System (IPCS) skills—now can take as few as 30 seconds. Generally, recognizing a system problem has occurred can take up to six minutes; however, with z/OSMF incident log, it can take only a few seconds; a single click can display the list of incidents.
The z/OSMF incident log task is available starting with z/OSMF Version 1, Release 11 (V1R11), and on z/OS 1.11 (and z/OS V1.10 with maintenance) and is updated with z/OSMF V1.12 and z/OS V1.12 to support more customization and parallel encrypted FTP support to IBM.