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How healthy is your z/OS on zD&T? (How to monitor z/OS Health)

April 14th, 2021 Kenny Smith A good systems programmer should generally know how to monitor the health of his or her z/OS system. However, if you're using z/OS Development and Test (ZD&T), you're likely a developer with only the basic skills. Fortunately, the product comes with Health Checker for z/OS, and it should be configured to run out of the…

How to enable licensing in IBM Developer for z/OS and ADFz

April 5th, 2021 Kenny Smith Overview IDz is offered in three different packaging options. Overall, its the exact same client, but the licensing differs considerably. First, let's discuss how these packages flesh out: IBM Developer for z/OS This is the "base" edition, and is common for smaller companies (well, smaller compared to say a global bank). It includes editing, analysis…

Make z/OS debugging easier with the IBM Debugger Profile Service

March 1st, 2021 Kenny Smith A debugger profile is a type of configuration that allows a developer to debug a program under certain conditions. There are two debugger profiles types: non-CICS, and CICS. For CICS, it is a DTCN profile. Many developers have used the DTCN transaction for years to setup a debugging session between IDz, and the debugger once…

Make Your z/OS Deployments Failproof With Urbancode Agent Pools

December 3rd, 2020 Kenny Smith If you're using UCD in a large z/OS mainframe environment, and want to take advantage of agent pools, there are some "gotchas" you need to be aware of. What are agent pools? An agent pool is a group of Urbancode started tasks (BUZAGNT) running on more than one z/OS LPAR. These agents respond to deployment…

Copy an application process in UCD quickly from one project to another

September 28th, 2020 Kenny Smith Here's the scenario: You've got an application process in one project area for IBM Urbancode Deploy. Its taken time to develop, and you've spent many hours debugging it. Then you realize you don't have a "copy" feature for an application process. Ooops. Now you're worried you've got to hand build the process in other project…

Get Productive! Enable Filter Pools in IDz to Organize Your Datasets Better

September 14th, 2020 Kenny Smith If you've been using IDz for a while, you're surely familiar with filters when browsing your MVS, JES, or Unix subsystems. If you've gotten to the point that you have to scroll up and down to view all your filters, you're likely in need of turning on Filter Pools. A z/OS system can have hundreds,…

Time to upgrade your IBM Jazz environment to 7.0!

March 20th, 2020 Kenny Smith IBM has released its updated Jazz platforms, and in the process rebranded most of the tools. As of this writing you can now download the updated parts from Passport Advantage, but Jazz.net will be available for download shortly. The products have been rebranded as follows: Old NameNew NameAcronymRational Continuous EngineeringIBM Engineering Lifecycle ManagementDOORs NG DOORs…

Managing Websphere Plugin Config Files

October 30th, 2019 Kenny Smith In some recent customers we've had to install various IBM CLM components on different servers to balance workload for a large user base. When doing this, you need to route traffic through a proxy HTTP server. We've touched on why you need to use an HTTP server before, and remain adamant about it. IBM also…

Understanding how GitHub fits in a mainframe DevOps toolchain.

September 9th, 2019 Kenny Smith If you work on a mainframe, you've almost certainly heard of CA Endeavor, Serena Changeman, IBM SCLM, or Panvalet Librarian. All of which are legacy source code management systems that have been used for decades. Those SCM's simply cannot compete with the features of modern SCM's as we detailed previously. Perhaps your distributed development teams…