The main features of the release are as follows:-
Object resolution for queues → storage classes → page sets → buffer pools and queues → process objects
Title information can be configured for Storage Classes, Pagesets and Bufferpools
Having resolved all your storage classes, pagesets and bufferpools, MO71 knows how many of each are in use. You can configure titles against the definitions made up of the collective knowledge about them. For example in the screenshot here; each bufferpool shows how many buffers it has, and how many queues are having to share those buffers; each page set shows how many pages it has and what percentage of all the pages in all the pagesets that number is; and storage classes show how many, and what percentage of the whole set of queues, are assigned to each storage class. You can configure these titles to show what you think are the most useful bits of information.
Problem Selection dialog added
Since our scrollable list of problems to check for was getting a little unwieldy, we have created a new tabbed dialog, making it much easier to examine all the problems that MO71 will check your queue managers for, and to deselect any that you do not wish to use. Full problem descriptions are also now provided with suggested resolutions; counts of problem instances found; and a display of all the instances of an individual problem on all queue managers checked. Read more here.
Extended list of configuration problems checked for
Several additional configuration problems are now checked for including; missing or incorrectly defined system objects; resolution issues with process objects, storage classes, page sets and buffer pools; backout queues; topic object model queues and more. Read all about this here.
DISPLAY ARCHIVE / LOG / SYSTEM added to queue manager dialog and multi-queue manager list
See these other configuration attributes of your z/OS queue manager, and view these attributes in a multi-queue manager list dialog making it easy to sort or compare the values used across several queue managers. Read more about this feature here.
SET ARCHIVE / LOG / SYSTEM added to queue manager dialog context menu
Make changes to these other configuration attributes of your z/OS queue manager, using Set commands.
Reduced start-up time for the API Exerciser dialog
As quite a complicated dialog, it did a lot of setup and this caused a long wait before it appeared. This has now been streamlined.
You can now export the dialog contents in JSON format
Automatic export choice of QSGDISP for export of z/OS QMgr objects
Choose to export QSGDISP values of SHARED, GROUP and/or COPY, in addition to all QSGDISP(QMGR) objects for queue managers that are a member of a Queue Sharing Group (QSG). Read all about this here.
Initial focus field in object dialogs
When starting an object dialog from a list dialog (for example double-clicking on a Queue) then the field which is clicked on is the field that is in focus when the single object dialog is displayed. This technique is also used in a number of new places, like when looking at an object that has had a problem found with it. Read all about this here.
Predefined dialog group context
A new Predefined Dialogs field “Context Applicable” is introduced which controls whether a Group context command is shown only when all group members are applicable or any of them. To illustrate, imagine a group of commands made up of an AMQP Channel Status dialog and a Connections dialog. The AMQP Channel Status command is not applicable to z/OS, but the Connections command is. Do you want this predefined dialog group to show on the context menu of your z/OS queue managers or not? If you set Context Applicable to All, then it will only show on the context menu of queue managers where ALL the dialogs in the group are applicable, whereas if you set it to Any, then as long as at least one of the commands in the group is applicable to that queue manager, it will show up.
The new version can be downloaded from the MO71 Download Page. Any current licensed users of MO71 can run the new version on their existing licence. If you don’t have a licence and would like to try out MO71 then send an email to email@example.com and a 1-month trial licence will be sent to you.