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November 2016


SPARTA President’s Corner

contributed by Randy Springs


Our November meeting is at LabCorp, thanks to Bill Johnson. Sam Reynolds of IBM was scheduled to present on ISPF topics in October, but had to reschedule to November at the last minute. We are looking forward to hearing from Sam, a popular speaker for IBM at SHARE.

Plan to join us at 6:15 for Pizza and dessert on Tuesday, November 1 at our normal LabCorp meeting location. We should have a good meeting catching up on what’s going on in area mainframe activity.


Randy Springs
BB&T



Future Speakers

(subject to change)


November 1, 2016 - ISPF V2.2 by Sam Reynolds of IBM


December 6, 2016 - TBD


We need ideas and volunteers for future speakers. Presentations don’t have to be fancy, just informative and interesting. Even a 5 or 10 minute talk can start an interesting interaction. Contact Ron Pimblett by phone as noted below.



2016-2017 SPARTA

Board of Directors


Randy Springs - President

BB&T                  (919) 745-5241

3200 Beechleaf Court, Suite 300

Raleigh, NC 27604


Ron Pimblett - Vice President

MDI Data Systems

Land line 613 599 6970

Mobile 613 981 6919

190 Guelph Private

Kanata, ON K2T 0J7


Mike Lockey -  Secretary

Guilford Co. Information Services  336-641-6235

201 N. Eugene St.

Greensboro, NC 27401


Pam Tant - Treasurer

DTS Software Inc.                  919-833-8426 x124

4350 Lassiter at N. Hills Avenue

Suite 230

Raleigh, NC 27609


Ed Webb -  Communications Director

SAS Institute Inc.  919-531-4162

SAS Campus Drive

Cary, NC 27513



Meetings


Meetings are scheduled for the first Tuesday evening of each month (except no meeting in January), with optional dinner at 6:15 p.m. and the meeting beginning at 7:00 p.m.


These monthly meetings usually are held at LabCorp’s Center for Molecular Biology and Pathology (CMBP) near the Research Triangle Park (see last page). Take I-40 to Miami Boulevard and go north. Turn right onto T.W. Alexander Drive. Go about a mile or so. Then turn right into LabCorp complex and turn Left to the CMBP Building (1912 T.W. Alexander Drive). In the lobby, sign in as a visitor to see Bill Johnson. Bill will escort you to the conference room.


Call for Articles


If you have any ideas for speakers, presentations, newsletter articles, or are interested in taking part in a presentation, PLEASE contact one of the Board of Directors with your suggestions.


Newsletter e-Mailings


The SPARTA policy is to e-mail a monthly notice to our SPARTA-RTP Group. The newsletter is posted to the website about five (5) days before each meeting so you can prepare. The SPARTA-RTP Group is maintained by Chris Blackshire; if you have corrections or problems receiving your meeting notice, contact Chris at chrisbl@nc.rr.com.


August 2016 “CBT Tape” Shareware Online


The directory and files from the latest CBT tape V492 (dated August 25, 2016) are available from www.cbttape.org.


If you need help obtaining one or more files, contact Ed Webb at SAS (see Board of Director’s list for contact info).


Minutes of the October 4, 2016 Meeting


• The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by Randy Springs, the SPARTA President.


• The meeting was held at a LabCorp conference room in RTP, N.C.


• Nine (9) people were present of which Eight (8) are 2016 members.


• Everyone introduced themselves, told where they worked, and briefly described their job functions or their job hunting challenges.


• The minutes for the July meeting were approved as published in the August newsletter.


• The August meeting (Durham Bulls game) update was approved as published in the October newsletter.


• The reading of the July 12th Treasurer's report was approved as read. The balance was $359.47. (See more below)


OLD BUSINESS


• Call For Articles: Articles are needed for this newsletter. If you would like to write an article for this newsletter, please contact Ed Webb. Keep in mind that you don't really need to write the article, it can be an article that you read that you would like to share with the membership.


• The SPARTA Web page is available. To access the SPARTA Web page, point your Web browser to this site: http://www.spartanc.org. Please send any comments or suggestions about the Web page to Mike Lockey. Be sure to check the Web page every once in a while to see any new or changed information.


• Randy reminded everyone to leave the LabCorp conference room clean.


• Future Speakers and Topics (subject to change based on internal politics, budget, the weather):



Date

Company

Speaker

Topic

November 1, 2016

IBM

Sam Reynolds

ISPF Hidden Treasures and New z/OS 2.2 Features

December 6, 2016

TBD



If you have suggestions about speakers and topics, contact Ron Pimblett.


• The next SPARTA monthly meeting will be on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at LabCorp in RTP.


• Food for the November 1 meeting will be Pizza.


• Thanks to LabCorp (Bill Johnson) for hosting the meeting.


• There are currently 66 people on the SPARTA-RTP email list (no change from April).


• Send any e-mail address changes to Chris Blackshire so he can update the SPARTA-RTP Listserv. You will be added by the moderator (Chris = SPARTA-RTP-owner@yahoogroups.com) sending you an invitation to Join the list.


• We need to start planning for a new meeting place in 2017 when LabCorp is no longer available..



NEW BUSINESS


• Pam Tant has volunteered to be our new treasurer and will serve out Tommy Thomas' term. She will work with Randy Springs and Kathy Thomas to get access to the checking account and any cash.

• The Business portion ended about 8:20 PM.

PRESENTATION


Advanced LinuxONE and Linux on z Systems Management with IBM Wave for z/VM by Eduardo Oliveira of IBM.

Agenda
- IBM Wave for z/VM
- Functionality
- Benefits
- Fit in Portfolio
- Test Drive Environment
- JumpStart Services
- Features and Architectural Overview and
- Live Demo

What IBM Wave is NOT
- Not just for novice users
- Not just a cloning tool
- Not just a GUI (Graphical User Interface)
- Not a z/VM sys prog replacement
- Not excluded by in-house Scripts
- Not just for 100s of servers

IBM Wave offers the following
- Systems management
- Administration
- Configuration changes
- Productivity gain
- Provisioning & cloning
- CLI for automation
- Reporting & auditing

Why do you want IBM Wave?
- Reductions in budgets means IT needs to leverage existing staff to do more with less. 70 - 80% of IT spend goes to operations alone.
- Managers and administrators benefit from having tools offering self service, with easier and simpler administration
- z/VM® managers need fast and accurate insight into changes in their environment
- Administrators need to eliminate continual maintenance, and increased management complexity of writing and maintaining scripts
- Managers need to train staff new to z/VM to perform complex tasks, quickly and easily
- Linux® administrators need to manage a powerful z System or LinuxONE environment without significant z/VM skills

IBM Wave for z/VM V1.2 (IBM Wave)
- IBM Wave is a new virtualization management product for z/VM® and Linux® virtual servers that uses visualization to dramatically automate and simplify administrative and management tasks
- LinuxOne (z/VM version) comes with IBM Wave for z/VM
- IBM Infrastructure Suite for z/VM and Linux V1.1
- Jumpstart Services to help customers get started with IBM Wave
- Supported IBM System z® processors: IBM System z10® Enterprise Class (z10 EC™), IBM System z10 Business Class™ (z10 BC™) and later
- Supported z/VM versions/releases: 
- - z/VM 6.3
- - z/VM 6.2
- - z/VM 5.4
- IBM Waver for z/VM Empowered Virtualization Management
- - 5648-AE1 1.1. IBM Wave for z/VM
- - 5648-AE2 1.1. IBM Wave for z/VM S&S

IBM Wave for z/VM
Helps Simplify and Automate Virtualization Management For z/VM and Linux virtual servers
- Automate, simplify management and monitor virtual servers and resources-all from a single dashboard
- Perform complex virtualization tasks in a fraction of the time compared to manual execution
- Provision virtual resources (Servers, Network, Storage) to accelerate the transformation to cloud infrastructure
- Supports advanced z/VM® management capabilities such as Live Guest Relocation with a few clicks
- Delegate responsibility and provide more self service capabilities to the appropriate teams
- A simple, intuitive virtualization management tool providing management, provisioning, and automation for a z/VM environment supporting Linux® virtual servers
- IBM Wave enables the management of the entire Enterprise and its multiple z/VM guests across LPARs and CECs

IBM Wave offers value in 3 major areas:
- Advanced Visualization
- - Organize and simplify administration of virtual Linux servers; automate and simplify management steps
- - Shorten the learning curve needed to manage your Linux and z/V M environment
- - View servers and storage utilization graphically; view resource status at a glance
- - Use graphical or tabular displays with layered drill down; customize and filter views
- - Attach virtual notes to resources for additional policy-based management
- Simplified Monitoring
- - Monitor z/VM system status through an innovative and interactive UI
- - Monitor performance of CPU, paging devices, spool disks and more;
- - Use agentless and lightweight discovery for a current view of your environment
- - Use advanced filters, tagging, layout and layer selection to manage in a meaningful way
- - Complements IBM OMEGAMON® XE used for in-depth performance monitoring and historical views
- Resource Management
- - Manage your systems from a single workstation
- - Assign and delegate administrative access using role based assignments
- - Provision, clone, and activate virtual servers. Define and control virtual network and storage devices
- - Perform complex tasks such as live guest relocation using a few keystrokes
- - Execute complex scripts with a single mouse click
- - Report on resources with flexible resource reporting

IBM Wave Simplified Monitoring
Intuitive Reports, Graphical Monitoring and Easy Integration
- Agentless Resource Discovery
- - Discover, manage and monitor z/VM resources and their relationships across multiple LPARs and CECs
- - Identify resource and relationship changes; reflect current environment in the user interface
- Monitoring
- - Allows the state of resources to be observed; icons show additional content for the resources
- - Use graphical and tabular displays with layered drill down to hone in on only the resources you need to view
- - Perform ongoing monitoring of changes that occur after initial auto-detection
- Reporting
- - Automatically generate charts like pie charts to report on utilization and more
- - All table-based views can be exported to a CSV file for import into other applications
- Integration
- - Use Automatic Guest Classification (AGC) to integrate with existing provisioning process
- - LDAP/Active Directory Support for Authentication and Authorization

IBM Wave Intelligent Visualization
Quickly Understand the Status of System Resources
- Get a current and accurate view of your managed environment
- - Network Topology
- - - Centralized view of the entire network topology per z/VM System, view Virtual LANS (VLANS)
- - - Annotate network topology view to identify external resources-routers, switches, etc
- - Linux Servers
- - - View performance gauges for all z/VM systems from one screen:
- - - See resource consumption by guest or type
- - - CPU, Virtual to Real, Paging, Spool
- - Storage
- - - Visual representation of all storage resources (ECKD™ and FCP-SCSI)
- Visualize and control virtual resources
- - Views can be graphical or easily switched to tabular mode
- - View relationships between resources easily and graphically
- - View the entire environment graphically and easily zoom in
- Advanced filters, tagging, layout and layer based views for every display

Performance Resource Monitoring
At a Glance Status of all z/VM instances
- Dashboard type graphics were not copied

Simplify Systems Management Tasks
Provision resources quickly and easily
- Graphics not copied

IBM Tools Enhance the Evolving Customer Cloud Journey
- VIRTUALIZATION
- - IBM Wave for z/VM
- - - Single point of management
- - - Simple user interface
- - - Speed of deployment
- STANDARDIZATION
- - IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack
- - - Open standards support
- - - Works with existing tools
- - - Consistent delivery model
- AUTOMATION
- - Customer Challenge
- - - Operating in Silo’s
- - - No central point of control
- - - Low server utilization
- SELF SERVICES
- - Customer Challenge
- - - Diversity leads to cost
- - - Manual process
- - - Time to deploy
- - IBM Cloud Orchestrator
- - - End-to-end process management
- - - Workload level deployment
- - - Public/Private Cloud management
- WORKLOAD PATTERN DEPLOYMENT
- - Customer Challenge
- - - Shorter test cycles
- - - Reduced provisioning time
- - - Reduced license management

Learn More with IBM Wave Client Hands on Experience
- Hands on IBM Wave Environment now available
- - Client hands-on experience using IBM Wave on a IBM zEnterprise EC12 (zEC12)
- - Secure remote access from client site to zEC12 in Gaithersburg, MD
- - Accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (except for occasional planned outages)
- - Guided exercises provide hands on experience with IBM Wave
- - Contact your representative to get started today

STG Lab Services - IBM Wave Jumpstart Services for z Systems
- This Jumpstart service can help to accelerate your IBM Wave implementation.
- This service offering provides planning, installation, and usage assistance.
- We tailor the installation to your environment and provide skills transfer by reviewing common use cases of the interface with your support staff.
- Our z Systems experts have years of experience in working with IBM Wave
- Key Features:
- - This service helps accelerate the implementation and ROI with IBM Wave
- - Assistance in planning the implementation by those who have implemented and used for several years
- - Provide recommendations on integration and configuration in your environment
- - Demonstrate how to implement custom REXX™ Execs with IBM Wave to extend functionality
- - Integration with your AD for authentication
- - Demonstration and review of common IBM Wave use cases with your staff in a workshop setting
- - Demonstrate how to enable existing Linux servers to be managed by IBM Wave
- - The Jumpstart is usually typically complete in one week depending upon the size of the deployment
- Target Audiences:
- - zEnterprise z/VM and Linux Administrators
- - Existing and First in Enterprise customers
- - Organization who want augment the z Systems support staff with less experienced IT professionals
- Business Drivers:
- - Reduced staff z/VM experience requirements
- - Increased IT staff productivity
- - Reduce systems management costs
- Contact:
stgls@us.ibm.com for questions specific to this service.

IBM Wave for z/VM Features and Architectural Overview
- Feature overview - Automation and Simplification
- - View the entire server farm laid out graphically
- -Ordered Activation/Deactivation of servers
- - Execution of customer’s REXX as part of the cloning process to allow local z/VM customization
- - Run Linux shell scripts against dynamically grouped/filtered servers, as IBM Wave for z/VM background
tasks, listing the results for each selected server - All via the GUI
- - Run REXX EXECs against any virtual object with customized parameters and results listing - All via the GUI
- - WAVECLI – A CLI for IBM Wave for z/VM actions that can be utilized from Linux shell scripts or Windows
Batch files
- - Access z/Linux guests directly from the GUI using SSH, 3270 or CLC – No hostnames or IP addresses
to remember, simply right-click on the server and select the desired access
- Feature overview - Provisioning
- - Sophisticated guests cloning including Cross System Clone (across LPARs and CPCs)
- - Ability to customize the first boot of a cloned server (before TCP/IP is initialized)
- - Simple creating and manipulation of Vswitches and Guest LANs
- - Connect/disconnect guests to Vswitches or Guest LANs via the GUI
- - Storage management and provisioning at the z/VM and Linux levels (including LVM support)
- - Automatic handling of Real or Dedicated devices via IBM Wave for z/VM’s user defined Device Pool
- Feature overview - Network support
- - Centralized, layer based view of the entire network topology per z/VM system
- - Define and control all network devices such as VSwitches and guest LANs
- - Manipulation of servers-to-network connect/disconnect using GUI
- - Support for VLAN usage
- - Management of VSwitches with protocol layer 2 or 3
- - Customize network topology view with external resources such as routers, LPARs etc

IBM Wave Requirements
- CLIENT
- - Windows 7 Workstation
- - Internet Explorer or Firefox
- - Java Runtime 1.7 with Web Start Support
- - PuTTY or equivalent telnet/SSH client
- WAVESRV
- - z/VM Guest or LPAR
- - RHEL 6 or SLES 11
- - MySQL V12.22 or higher
- - Java SE Runtime 1.7
- - Apache
- TVP
- - IBM System z10® or later
- - z/VM V5.4, V6.2 or higher with Systems Management API configured
- - IBM Directory Maintenance for z/VM (DirMaint™) or equivalent
- - Performance Toolkit for VM™ (Perfkit, optional but suggested)

IBM Wave Operational Model
- GUI Clint (JAVA WebStart App)
- - Physical Servers
- - z/VM instances, Virtual Linux Server Objects
- - Virtual Networks (Guest LANs/VSwitches)
- - Virtual-servers-to-Virtual Networks Connections
- - Storage Volumes/Groups
- Linux on z : WAVESRV (Repository DB)
- - Elements
- - Objects
- - Users
- - Log
- zVM : TVP API (Service Machines)
- - WAVEWRKS – REXX executables, CP/CMS commands
- - WAVEWRKL – Directory Manager commands
- - WAVEWRKC – Cross System Clone feature

IBM Wave for z/VM: Tier 2 - WAVESRV server
- z/VM LPAR
- API Server
- WAVESRV Server
- - Background Task Scheduler (BTS)
- - IBM Wave for z/VM database
- IBM Wave for z/VM tool client

IBM Wave for z/VM WAVESRV server foundation
- Background Task Scheduler (BTS)
- - Employs Work Unit processing architecture for BTS worker threads
- Knowledge Base
- - Keeps track of the managed system components and their associated metadata
- Common Output Repository (COR)
- - Stores output generated by each BTS work unit
- Message Brokers
- - Efficiently moves messages across all system components
- Security Enforcer
- - Controls the scope and permission of every user action
- Device Management
- - Simple and automatic control of all virtual and real/dedicated devices

IBM Wave for z/VM Target Virtualization Platform (TVP)
- IBM Wave utilizes the SMAPI interface in order to mediate requests from the BTS and the GUI Client.
- Specific functions executed on the z/VM System using the following Service Machines:
- - WAVEWRKS
- - - The Short Service Machine executes various compiled REXX EXECs to interact with the z/VM environment
- - WAVEWRKL
- - - The Long Service Machine provides an additional thread of execution to run longer scripts or executes some directory manager commands
- - WAVEWRKC
- - - This Cross-System Cloning Service Machine is used to stream minidisks from a source z/VM system to a target z/VM system during cloning actions.
- As part of the auto-detection process when adding a new z/VM System to IBM Wave management, these 3 service machines are created and started on the z/VM System automatically.

Planning and Design
- Sizing
- - 1 GB RAM
- - Filesystems:
- - - /boot 100MB (approx. 100 Cyls)
- - - / 2GB (approx. 3000 Cyls)
- - - /var 3GB (approx. 4500 Cyls)
- - Sizing the log space areas
- - - By default, logs are stored in /var
- - - - configure the /var filesystem as a logical volume under LVM so it can be extended when needed
- - Location of WAVESRV server
- - - The server is implemented as a virtual server within a z/VM LPAR.

Sample directory entry for the WAVESRV virtual server
*****************************************************************
USER WAVESRV 1G 2G GC
CPU 00
IPL CMS
MACHINE ESA 4
OPTION QUICKDSP
CONSOLE 0009 3215
NICDEF 0800 TYPE QDIO LAN SYSTEM
SPOOL 000C 3505 A
SPOOL 000D 3525 A
SPOOL 000E 1403 A
LINK MAINT 0190 0190 RR
LINK MAINT 019D 019D RR
LINK MAINT 019E 019E RR
MDISK 0191 3390 1 3 - This is a CMS minidisk
MDISK 0150 3390 1 3000 - This minidisk will be used for "/”
MDISK 0151 3390 1 4500 - This minidisk will be used for "/var”
MDISK 0152 3390 1 200 - This minidisk will be used for swap
*****************************************************************

IBM Wave Systems Management Task Examples:

“Add Disk Space To A Virtual Server”

Without IBM Wave
1. Find requested disk space
2. Create disk definition
3. Activate definition
4. Connect storage to virtual server
5. Mount device
6. Create a File System

With IBM Wave
View Storage at a Glance
1. Open the “Add Storage” form
2. Fill the storage capacity requested
3. Press the “Go” button

Benefits:
- Reduce reliance on scarce skills
- Respond faster to IT customer needs
- Reduce costs
- Empower team to do more independently
- Simplify management
- Accurately depict current environment
- Reduce manual procedure errors
- Avoid problematic situations downstream

“Clone a Virtual Machine”

Without IBM Wave
1. Determine if required resources exist
2. Create clone VM definition
3. Define clone VM resources
4. Create copies of private VM resources (server)
5. Create copies of private VM resources (disk)
6. Customize clone VM
7. Authorize clone VM access / Vswitch Access
8. Add clone to management groups
9. Activate clone
10. Configure the network
11. Run middleware configuration scripts
12. Monitor and report on cloning operation.

With IBM Wave
1. Open the “Clone” form
2. Fill in the needed information
3. Press the “Go” Button

Benefits:
- Reduce time for a highly complex task
- Reduce costs
- Reduce reliance on scarce skills
- Improve speed to clone
- Simplify management
- Reduce errors associated with manual procedures
- No need to monitor every step of the process

“Live Guest Relocation”

Without IBM Wave (Using manual control program commands)
Task Task Steps
1. Log into both z/VM Login PBCVMA
instances Login PBCVMB
2. Find out which instance q HTTP2 in PBCVMA
has the running guest q HTTP2 in PBCVMB
3. Verify the guest vmrelo test HTTP2 to PBCVMB
can be moved
4. Move the guest vmrelo move HTTP2 to PBCVMB
5. Log out of both z/VM Logoff PBCVMA
instances Logoff PBCVMB
With IBM Wave
1. Using the GUI’s Drag-and-Drop techniques Or Execute via menu selection

IBM Wave for z/VM Tested Productivity Savings*
IBM Wave is designed to help automate and improve the productivity of many administrative tasks. Tests were run on a zEnterprise processor both with and without the IBM Wave interface**.

Task Manual With IBM Wave Reduction in time
Times in seconds Times in seconds
Clone a Guest Linux Server 576 29 95%
Activate/deactivate a guest 65 10 85%
Add a virtual switch 88 20 77%
Execute scripts for a guest 96 18 81%
Monitor z/VM 30 13 58%
Live guest migration 95 13 87%

*These are sample task timings conducted by the IBM Competitive Project Office. Manual test times assumed a base knowledge of z/VM and assume no additional scripting. Individual test results may vary.
**Tests used a zEnterprise 196.model 2817-H10 running z/VM 6.3 with 6 cores shared by LPARS in the test. Each z/VM has 128G of memory.

Complete Solution for administration and management of the z/VM and Linux on z Systems environment
- IBM Infrastructure Suite
- - OMEGAMON XE on z?VM and Linux
- - - Performance monitoring of z/VM and Linux guest
- - Spectrum Protect (formerly TSM)
- - - File level backup and recovery for Linux Virtual Machines
- - IBM Wave for z/VM
- - - Simple, intuitive, graphical z/VM management tool
- - Operations Manager for z/VM
- - - Facilitate operational monitoring and automated operations, take action based on events
- - Backup and Restore Manager for z/VM
- - - Image and file level backup/retore of z/VM environment
- - - Image level backup/restore of Linux
(Add Tape Manager for z/VM (5697-J08) for customers backing up from z/VM to tape)

IBM LinuxOne Systems
- IBM LinuxONE Emperor
- - 6 to 141 LinuxONE Cores
- - 350 to 8,000 Virtual Machines
- - The world’s fastest processor
- - Massive I/O throughput
- - Large memory pools with 4 levels of Cache (64MB L1-L3 + 960MB L4)
- - IT analytics to avoid future outages
- - Dedicated cryptographic processors
- IBM LinuxONE Rockhopper (new)
- - 2 to 20 LinuxONE Cores
- - 40 to 800 Virtual Machines
- - Entry point into LinuxONE family
- - All the same great capabilities in a smaller package

IBM Wave Enhancements Since V1.1
1. Easier to customize IBM Wave
- Use additional Exits for site for your site specific configuration
2. More extensive support for Linux distros
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7
- SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLES) 12
- Bare Metal Install for SLES10, 11 and RHEL5, 6 + Layer 2 Network support
- Ext4 File System Support (RHEL6 only)
3. Improved FCP SCSI device support
- Enhanced storage support for
- - FCP SCSI-only environments using EDEVs
- - Richer EDEV support
- - SAN (FCP/SCSI) improved support for direct attached FCP devices
- - Expanded management from a central point of control
4. Easier to get started with cloud
-Enhanced Cross System Cloning
5. Easier serviceability and support
- LDAP configuration checker
- Improved Auto-detection
- First Failure Data Capture to help capture diagnostics to aid in problem resolution
6. Strengthened security and audit
- Verisign authenticated code signing certificates - Mixed case password support
- Additional audit records generated
- Supports your LDAP configuration
7. Generate reports on demand, using customized data
- Improved Flexible Reporting Capability with many new data points for richer report content - Export reports as needed to CSV or other formats
- Automatically provides current view of environment
8. SoD for Audit
- SOD for enhanced audit logging
- Allows an IBM Wave administrator to satisfy corporate auditing needs by accessing a consolidated log of auditable activities.
9. SoD for IBM Wave Server
- IBM intends to support the installation and execution of the IBM Wave server (IBM WAVESRV) on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7 and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 12 distributions

IBM Wave offers increased automation and simplification around management of virtual Linux environments on z Systems

New Reporting Capabilities (v1.2)
- Business Value
- - Obtain the current and specific information you need, on demand
- - Handle report management workflow with ease
- - Create reports on demand in a self sufficient manner
- How
- - Generate accurate inventory of your environment
- - Customize reports with filtering and tagging
- - Discover unused resource
- - Easily manage and report on resources using detailed templates
- Benefits:
- - Provides visibility into your z/VM systems whenever you need it
- - Templates and Customization to help you create detailed reports for more meaningful content
- - Uses IBM Wave’s scopes and permissions to restrict unauthorized access
- - Export reports (e.g.; CSV format) for further analysis and reporting workflow and get it documented

Service Pack 5
- Features
- - Overview
- - - Description
- What's New
- - You can view features of each fix pack from IBM Wave user interface.
- - - To view the What's New window, click Help > What's New
- Working with dynamic memory and CPUs
- - Without recycling the guest, you can dynamically increase memory, CPU,s or both for an active guest.
- - - Two corresponding new actions are available from the popup menu for an active guest to facilitate adding CPU and Memory. The Administrative > Manage Parameters > Threshold tab is new named “Thresholds and Defaults” and contains new default and threshold values for memory and CPUs. There are also new permissions available in the project scope to control access to these functions.
- New Linus support
- - Ubuntu Server 16.04
- - - IBM Wave supports Ubuntu Server 16.04 as a managed guest.
- Extending storage by using existing storage in a volume group (VG)
- - You can extend existing storage before you allocate new storage.
- - - Depending on the requested storage versus the available storage, you can now extend existing storage in the VG directly in the Extend Storage pane. The ability to set the default for the extended action is included with this feature. If necessary, go to Administrative > Manage Parameters > Functionality > Storage File System, and then select the check box “When extending a file system, set the default to external from VG storage”.
- Disabling connectivity sampling for dormant guests
- - You can decide how the connectable guest periodic task handles dormant quests.
- - - To disable the connectable guest periodic task from interfacing with dormant guests, check the “Disable connectivity check for dormant guests' in the Administrative > Manage Parameters > Functionality tab.

Reference Account
- Problem: Large Insurance Company wanted to improve its server-cloning methodology. The goal was to provide management with a status dashboard and to be able to delegate server on/off functions to server administrators.
- Solution: Client engaged IBM Systems Lab Services and Training to implement IBM Wave for z/VM software in order to simplify the administration and management of its IBM z/VM hypervisor
- Value: The client reduced server deployment time by more than 83 percent, from 1.5 hours to 15 minutes, and the time it takes to add disks to an existing server by more than 93 percent, from 30 minutes to as few as two minutes.
- Client’s quote…
- - "The biggest benefit I see from the IBM Wave software is the reduction in time it takes to deploy a server. Users think I'm pre-allocating servers for them, I can create then so quickly. If the users want to think I'm a wizard, I won't disagree. "IBM Wave software has made my job significantly easier. Pushing out updates is incredibly easy.
- - I really like the monitoring dashboard and displays; I keep the dashboard open on my desktop at all times. What used to take minutes now takes seconds, such as adding a storage volume.
The impact it has on the tasks it automates has been enormous."

Top Reasons Why you Need IBM Wave
- Does you company need to simplify advanced virtualization functions?
- Do you need to accelerate the productivity of less experienced staff?
- Would you like the convenience of reporting capabilities without having to navigate to another product? - Would it be convenient to easily visualize configuration and status of virtual guests?
- Do you ever need to limit authority to effect resource changes to certain staff?
- Could you use automatic notifications to alert staff from performing certain operations during critical periods?
- Would you like to be able to perform easy drag and drop connections, like connecting z/VM to a virtual network?
- Can you group and filter virtual resources and manage them in a way that is meaningful to your users?
- Would you like to perform complex tasks like LGR in seconds?
- Would you like to simplify the capturing and cloning of virtual Linux guests in a few clicks? Would you like to be able to customize cloning and add scripts?

Would you like to do all of this with one product?

For more information

Collateral

- IBM Wave External Webpage http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/z/solutions/virtualization/wave/
- Oracle Database deployment using IBM Wave for zVM Whitepaper http://www-03.ibm.com/support/techdocs/atsmastr.nsf/WebIndex/WP102530
- Demo: IBM WAVE Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v96axsDlT5E&feature=youtu.be
- Video: Master IT Complexity with the IBM Enterprise Linux Server and IBM Wave https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hht_7BXHjD0&feature=youtu.be
- Brochure: Empowered Visualization Management IBM Wave for z/VM http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?subtype=WH&infotype=SA&appname=STGE_ZS_ZS_USEN&htmlfid=ZSL03311USEN

IBM Wave for z/VM Redbooks

- IBM Wave for z/VM Installation, Implementation, and Exploitation SG24-8192-00 June 2015 http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg248192.html?Open
- IBM Wave for z/VM: An Introduction TIPS1080 February 2014 http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/tips1080.html?Open

Live Demo Followed this slide presentation

Contact Info:

Eduardo C. Oliveira, M. Math.
Executive Client IT Specialist
Communications Market
Work Phone: 1-720-395-6580
Mobile Phone: 1-678-595-3154
E-mail: eduardoc@us.ibm.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ecolive
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/eduardo-costa-de-oliveira/0/362/266

• The monthly meeting ended about 9:25 PM.


Treasurer’s Report for October 2016

contributed by Pam Tant


The balance in the account is $219.98 as of October 30, 2016.


SPARTA Financial Report
3/01/2016 through 10/30/2016


INCOME


Opening Balance

97.47

Total Deposits


Loan (Randy Springs)

50.00

Other

29.55

Dues

615.00

TOTAL INCOME

$792.02



EXPENSES


Food

219.16

Web Site

0.00

Petty Cash

230.00

Bank Service Charge

0.00

TOTAL EXPENSE

$400.43



BANK BALANCE

286.59

PETTY CASH on hand 

6.27

PETTY CASH missing 

-72.88

TOTAL CASH

$219.98



Items of Interest



SPARTA Schedule and Menu for 2016

contributed by Tommy Thomas and Chris Blackshire


Nov 1, 2016 - Pizza
Dec 6, 2016 - Chicken



Make Your SHARE San Jose Hotel Reservations Now

contributed by Ed Webb


Registration for SHARE in San Jose, March 5-10, 2017 is now open. Make your SHARE hotel reservations now before they fill up. The Agenda will be available soon.

And don't forget to invite your management to participate in the annual Execuforum at SHARE March 6-7, 2017.

See the all of the San Jose registration details at the SHARE San Jose website and the Execuforum website.

Millennials Seek Mainframe Careers

contributed by Ed Webb


"Enterprise Executive [magazine] recently attended SHARE in Atlanta, GA, where we met up with four, young IT professionals who had chosen to pursue mainframe careers. Ashley Jones from Delta Airlines, James Ovincy and Daniel Zentner from the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) and Holden O’Neal from SAS Institute were all willing to give us some of their insight into the world of mainframe careers, which may help many others.

The timing could not have been better to talk with such an inspiring group. The Games of the XXXI Olympiad would open at the end of the week in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the 20th anniversary celebration of the 1996 Summer Olympics held in Atlanta had just ended and we were in the company of four millennials who possessed the enthusiasm, strength, insight and desire to excel in the world of mainframe computing. It felt like the stars were definitely aligning to show a bright future in mainframe careers for those willing to take on the challenge. Of course, we simply had to take these “mainframe champions” to Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta—the home of the 1996 Summer Olympics—to take their photos for this interview. Here is what they had to say."

Cotton Bale Blockchain Experiment Could Change Trade Forever

contributed by Ed Webb


"When the Marie Schulte rounds the breakwater off the Chinese port of Qingdao in early November, bankers on two continents will be watching anxiously.

In particular, they'll be focused on 88 bales of cotton worth approximately $35,000 that the container vessel is carrying – not because of the value of the goods, but because of the technology attached to the shipment.

Unloading the goods at the end of their 7,000-mile journey from Houston will mark the final stage of an experiment by Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Wells Fargo and the trading firm Brighann Cotton to prove for the first time that the combination of much-hyped technologies – blockchain and smart contracts – can deliver real-world benefits."


Learn more in this article from down under."

More SDSF Enhancements: AS, DYNX, and PROC options

contributed by Ed Webb


"The IBM® z/OS® continuous delivery program introduces new functionality through the small programming enhancements (SPEs) for SDSF users to display storage utilization of address spaces, dynamic exits, and JES2 proclib information. The SPE is delivered through functional program temporary fixes (PTFs).

This Learn Adopt Deploy (LAD) IBM Redpaper™ publication describes the new AS, DYNX, and ENQ options that appear on the SDSF Primary Menu. This paper also includes information to help you meet the following goals:

Learn about the new AS, DYNX, and PROC functionality

Adopt the software into your environment

Deploy and integrate AS, DYNX, and PROC updates into your operational environments

The Job Class (JC) panel also features changes that add a promotion rate column. These changes also are described in this paper."




Humor


How To Translate Work Emails

contributed by Chris Blackshire


I have a question. = I have 18 questions.
I’ll look into it. = I’ve already forgotten about it.
I tried my best. = I did the bare minimum.
Happy to discuss further. = Don’t ask me about this again.
No worries. = You really messed up this time.
Take care. = This is the last you’ll ever hear from me.
Cheers! = I have no respect for you or myself!

Potpourri

contributed by Chris Blackshire


1) Q: What's the difference between a car salesman and a computer salesman?
A: The car salesman can probably drive!

2) Teacher: If you spend all your time sitting round playing on the Internet, you'll be fat and useless when you grow up.
Pupil: Wow! You must have spent hours surfing when you were a kid!

3) Q: "How many computer scientists does it take to screw in a light bulb?"
A: "Five. Two write the specifications, one to prove their validity and two to implement it."
Q: "Well, how many hackers does it take?"
A: "One. But, hackers don't turn on the lights."

4) What kind of doctor fixes broken websites?
An URLologist.

5) Helpline?
I've just pushed a piece of bacon into my disk drive!
Has the computer stopped working?
No, but there's a lot of crackling.

6) My dog likes to sit down each evening and surf the Net.
What an intelligent animal!
Not really, it took the cat three weeks to teach him.

7) Suzy decided to improve her computer through books from the library.
The librarian commented, "Wow! You must really be getting knowledgeable at this stuff."
"Thanks," Suzy said. "What makes you say that?"
She answered, "Only one of the books you're checking out this week has 'For Dummies' in the title."

8) After I had a minor accident, the ER nurse asked my mother for my height and weight, and I blurted out, "Five-foot-eight, 125 pounds."
While the nurse pondered over this information, my mother leaned over to me. "Sweetheart," she gently chided, "this is not the Internet."

9) Q: How does Bill Gates get fresh air into his mansion?
A: One click on an icon and a window opens!

10) What’s O. J. Simpson’s Internet address?
Slash, slash, backslash, slash, slash, escape.

11) Student: "Would it be possible to install Arabic language support on those computers?"
Computer Teacher: "In order to use Arabic language in Windows, you must install an Arabic graphic card. So I don't think we could do that."

12) Can you show me how to use the Internet?
I'd better – otherwise you will just go round and round in circles.

13) What do you get when you cross a midget with a computer?
A short circuit.

14) Who's the chief of the internet?
E-ronimo!

15) Q: How many programmers does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Can't be done. It's a hardware problem.

16) Does your mum like shopping on the Internet?
No, the trolley keeps rolling off the top of the computer.


Membership Information



Don’t Forget the Next SPARTA Meeting


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

7 p.m.


Location: LabCorp in RTP


Take I-40 to Miami Boulevard and go north. Turn right onto 1912 T.W. Alexander Drive. Go about a mile or so. Then turn right into LabCorp complex and turn left to the CMBP Building. In the lobby, sign in as a visitor to see Bill Johnson. Bill will escort you to the conference room. Use 1912 TW Alexander Drive, Durham, NC 27703 in your map app.


Free Food: Pizza, Sodas and Tea, Dessert


Program:

ISPF 2.2 and Futures

Speaker: Sam Reynolds of IBM








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