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DMC 3.1.5 deprecates monitoring of Db2 for z/OS databases

  • 1.  DMC 3.1.5 deprecates monitoring of Db2 for z/OS databases

    Posted Wed June 23, 2021 03:52 AM
    Hi,

    after long time of persuading, teaching and convincing a customer to finally setup a VM to use DMC for monitoring his databases I found following lines in the What's new section of DMC 3.1.5:

    https://www.ibm.com/docs/en/db2-data-mgr-console/3.1.x?topic=new-version-315

    Deprecated functions
    The monitoring dashboard for Db2 for z/OS® connections has been deprecated. The recommended tool for z/OS database administration is IBM Data Server Manager.

    Thank you, IBM.  :-(

    Now back to the old DSM, which probably soon get's deprecated, as we have DMC already and DMC should be better than DSM. This is a perfect business cycle for IBM for year now. What could be wrong. This is a pain which IBM Champions and IBM Gold Consultants suffer for quite a long time and it is pretty tedious to beat the same drum for years, and years, and years...

    Kind regards

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    Roland Schock
    Distinguished Engineer
    ARS Computer und Consulting GmbH
    Muenchen
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  • 2.  RE: DMC 3.1.5 deprecates monitoring of Db2 for z/OS databases

    Posted Fri June 25, 2021 06:10 PM

    Thank you for your comments. We appreciate your feedback and desire in helping our Db2 for z/OS customers with getting the best user experience. We have recently announced the availability of IBM Db2 Administration Foundation for z/OS – resetting the direction and foundation for Db2 for z/OS administrative tool.  This is a Db2 for z/OS product that is built on a modernized architecture model that includes a z/OS server platform, a zero-client install, and a  browser-based interface that is built on top of the open source Zowe Virtual Desktop. 

    We've worked closely with interested customers in various early support programs who provided input on the content of this initial release. The Db2 Administration Foundation product will benefit from continuous delivery of new features and functions and monitoring support is on the roadmap of Db2 Administration Foundation for z/OS.  Alternatively, customers can use Omegamon PE for Db2 for z/OS for monitoring support. We hope that our renewed focus in providing tooling for Db2 for z/OS will address the needs of your customers. 

    If you attended IDUG NA, I recommend downloading and watching the session, "Data Studio and DSM strategic replacement news".



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    Jane Chan
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  • 3.  RE: DMC 3.1.5 deprecates monitoring of Db2 for z/OS databases

    Posted Fri July 02, 2021 03:15 PM
    I totally agree with Roland.  DMC is a step backward not forward from the existing DSM which is out of support as of April 30, 21.

    Here are my 2 cents:
    1) DMC does not monitor DB2z anymore.  There's a new tool ZOWE which seems offering system monitoring more than database monitoring
    2) DMC does not have Job Manager
    3) DMC does not have Optimize (alas Workload/SQL tuning).  With DSM, we have the full suite when the target database is AESE.  I read the DMC documentation, it looks like we need to purchase the Extended Insight piece to tune SQLs/workload?

    The Db2 Data Management Console & Db2 Data Server Manager Roadmap (AHA) mentions "Query workload tuning for Db2 LUW in Q4 21", no Job Manager in the horizon.  By the way, opening the AHA URL in Chrome gave me a black screen!

    We still use DSM as it offers almost a full range of administration and monitoring that we need and appreciate.  It's too bad that we can't get IBM assistance on this product any more.

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    Mai Vo
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  • 4.  RE: DMC 3.1.5 deprecates monitoring of Db2 for z/OS databases

    Posted Tue July 06, 2021 02:05 PM
    Hello Mai,

    That's correct, Db2 Data Management Console provides complete support for Db2 for LUW, while Db2 Administration Foundation supports Db2 for z/OS. Data Server Manager is still supported for Db2 for z/OS databases, we plan to support it until customers can safely move to Admin Foundation.  

    Job manager and scheduler are available in Db2 Data Management Console today. Please check it out and let us know if it meets your business needs.
    We plan to add more tuning capabilities in Q3/Q4 release of DMC. 

    For Aha, please try this link, it's working: https://bigblue.aha.io/published/7fa56b793c07e406f258866976ad051d?page=5

    Thank you!


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    MARYIA RAKINA
    Db2 Product Manager
    IBM
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  • 5.  RE: DMC 3.1.5 deprecates monitoring of Db2 for z/OS databases

    Posted Tue July 06, 2021 02:43 PM
    Hello Maryia,

    Thanks for the new Aha link, it works.
    You said Db2 Data Management Console provides complete support for Db2 for LUW, but I don't see the Optimize part in the Roadmap.  How do we tune SQL/Workload the way we are doing it right now with DSM?

    For DB2z monitoring, this is the first time I hear about Admin Foundation.  I always thought ZOWE is the tool but saw that AF was announced a month ago.  I will look into it more.

    Regards
    Mai


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    Mai Vo
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  • 6.  RE: DMC 3.1.5 deprecates monitoring of Db2 for z/OS databases

    Posted Wed July 07, 2021 11:09 AM
    Hello Mai,
    The Admin Foundation sits on top of ZOWE to provide specific DB2 functionality.
    Ian

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    DB2 DBA Team
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    Nationwide Building Society
    Swindon
    United Kingdom
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