Dino-Software is pleased to announce Version 2 Release 2 of UDM is available for general distribution.
UDM is the only tool needed to manage the challenges and complexities of the forever increasing amount of storage connected to z/OS systems. Before UDM, this growth had resulted in essential tasks, such as Audits, being deferred, and fundamental tasks, such as initializing volumes, being performed with compromised control and thereby increased the risk and likelihood of errors. UDM provides a consolidated global view of the enterprise Storage environment extending Automation, Auditing, Monitoring, Reporting and Control Functions of data with a mouse click. It is the easiest tool to install and the most user friendly utility in the market.
Using the UDM GUI interface, users can:
- Automate the management of z/OS objects by dynamically reacting to Console messages or conditions, or users can schedule timed processes to interrogate the status of an object.
- Monitor the status of z/OS objects via the centralized monitor, which allows a user to view and react to alerts from all z/OS Systems via a single GUI window.
- Report on all aspects of enterprise z/OS Storage subsystems centrally, in real time or historically, using SQL filters. Using a single request, for example, a user can view in a central window the status of Storage groups on all of their z/OS Systems.
- Maintain z/OS Systems using the Command or JCL interfaces which allow users to centrally define, store and run Z/OS commands or JCL decks.
Simplified installation, minimal customization and pre-configured processes mean users can install and gain the benefits from the product in minutes rather than days.
New Features with UDM 2.2
CA 1 Tape Catalog Support
Support added to report on CA 1 Tape Volumes and Tape Datasets. Interaction with the Command and JCL interfaces provide a simple process for generated CA 1 control cards to perform actions such as expiring Volumes.
DFSMSrmm VRS Support
Support added to report on DFSMSrmm VRS entries.
Using the integrated drill down technology, performing otherwise cumbersome tasks, such as displaying which tapes are associated to a specific VRS entry, only require a simple mouse click.
ZFS Mounted File Systems Support
Support added to report on mounted ZFS File Systems.
Information on mounted ZFS files, including file activity, space usage, and usage percentage, can be easily displayed, and automation allows alerts to be generated when a file is becoming full.
GRS ENQ Support
Support added to report on GRS Enqueues.
APF and Linklist Library Support
Support added to report on APF and Linklist library entries, including error conditions such as the dataset does not exist.
DFSMShsm Report Enhancements
Enhanced support added for DFSMShsm, including health check functions for datasets and volumes, message and FSR analysis, system resource usage information, and thrashing analysis.
Using the SQL features within the Reporting interface, the ability to create summary reports such as Activity by DFSMS class is vastly simplified.
Generic Action Decks Support
To simplify the generation of Action Commands and JCL, generic decks can now be defined using generic variables such as Volser. If the report line selected for the action contains a field with the selected field type (Volser in this case), the Action deck becomes available.
Report Post Processing Support
Report post processing options are now available which allow specific actions to occur after a report has completed; for example, Graph the results or Pivot the results to determine the status of an object across multiple Systems.
Report Graphing Enhancements
General enhancements have been added to the Graph options allowing summarized reports to be graphed, as well as multiple fields, when graphing historic data.
Enhancement Object Grouping
All objects can now be associated to a Group and/or Sub group, allowing easier identification of objects via the new Group window displayed next to each object type.
Automation Export Support
A new Export to Automation function has been added to the Command, JCL, and Reporting Interfaces, which allows the associated deck to be exported into the Automation Interface, allowing the function to be scheduled based on a time or event based condition.
Enhanced Sysout Management
Enhancements have been made to ensure Sysout generated by UDM can be automatically expired, and additionally, Sysout generated as the result of an error condition can be viewed directly from the GUI.
Key Features in UDM
Enterprise Level Management
Using the GUI interface, a user has access to all Systems in their Enterprise from a single window and no longer has to logon to each System or Sysplex to perform tasks.
- UDM can run requests on multiple Systems in parallel.
- Output from any request is returned to a single GUI window.
Command and JCL Management
Management of Commands and JCL is now at the Enterprise level, rather than each user having their own sample JCL or Command libraries on each System.
- UDM provides the facility to create Enterprise level Command or JCL decks stored in a single location.
- Variables can be used to ensure generic Commands or JCL decks can be created.
- Commands or JCL decks can be submitted to one or more systems in a single request.
- Command output is returned from all selected systems in a single GUI window.
- Submitted JCL is monitored via the Enterprise level Spool Management facility that allows viewing the status and output from any submitted JCL.
Simple yet comprehensive Reporting
Reports using SQL filtering are generated, saved, and submitted to multiple Systems/Sysplexes in a single request, and output from all systems is returned in a single GUI window.
- Powerful Group and Sum features allow users to generate summary reports, for example, usage by High Level Qualifier.
- Drill down technology allows mining down to the lowest level. For example, if displaying Storage groups, a user can then list the volumes and then the datasets on the Volume, or when displaying datasets, show details of the management class assigned to a selected dataset.
- Export facilities allow users to easily offload the data to Excel, CSV files or Web pages via HTML.
- Integration with the Command and JCL Management features allow importing data from a report into a Command or JCL skeleton and then submitting the generated Command or JCL for processing.
Integrated Automation and Monitoring
Powerful Message trapping and scheduling features ensure the ability to automate Storage management, as required.
- Message trapper allows actions to be taken when z/OS console messages occur. Actions include submitting of commands or JCL or the running of Reports.
- Scheduler allows users to initiate actions at specific times or when Jobs end. Actions include submitting of Commands or JCL or the running of Reports.
- Out of the box, pre-defined Message traps and Schedules minimize any customization, ensuring a pre-defined Storage automation environment is available as soon as the product is installed.
Quick and Easy Installation
The quick and simple installation process ensures obtaining the benefits of powerful UDM features in minutes rather than weeks:
- Streamlined Host installation process means a user simply download the product libraries, create the parameter library (which requires only five parameters), and start the UDM Server on each system to be managed.
- GUI installation process requires only that the GUI files are simply copied to a folder available to all Users of the GUI.
Unlike existing offerings, UDM integrates into an existing security setup. Just having a RACF TSO userid on the required system controls and permits access to UDM.
- Commands can only be issued if the RACF TSO userid used to log into UDM has the authority.
- JCL is submitted with the authority of the RACF TSO userid used to log into UDM.
- Facilities within UDM are controlled via RACF Facility class profiles.