Note: Abend-AID and Abend-AID for CICS Release 17.02 requires Enterprise Common Components Release 17.02 or more current, with all current maintenance applied . Click the following link for access to ECC current maintenance: https://go.compuware.com/products/cy/fixes/30240.aspx .
Enhanced functionality collects Abend-AID usage data and provides records to Enterprise Common Components to upload for use and analysis by zAdviser. zAdviser can then measure quality, velocity, and efficiency of Mainframe development. Refer to the Enterprise Common Components Advanced Configuration Guide Release 17.2 for detailed instructions on how to enable the creation of zAdviser records.
When an IMS application running in a COPE environment abnormally terminates, the Abend-AID batch product is invoked to provide a diagnosis of the error in the IMS diagnostic report. In addition, Abend-AID now provides the name of the COPE logical system (Lsys) that the user application was executing in when the error occurred.
A new column for the Load Module name has been added to the Abend-AID Directory. This column is populated for new batch and CICS reports. For an existing report entry this field will contain blanks. Users can move this column from its right-most position in the display to any column position by using the ARRANGE command.
Abend-AID installers can optionally use the Compuware Mainframe Services Controller (CMSC) PARMLIB member DDSNnnnn to store product dataset names for generated CLISTs to be deployed to multiple LPARs without requiring editing for each system. Refer to the Enterprise Common Components Installation and Configuration Guide for more information.
Abend-AID is now participating in Topaz CES Synchronization so that the Abend-AID settings are automatically set for each individual Topaz user and no longer require the individual user to perform an action to get the Abend-AID settings.
The process whereby the Abend-AID Viewer registers with CES has been changed to use the CMSC as an intermediary. This enhancement removes any dependencies on which started task needs to come up first and any issues should CES be subsequently restarted.
The Abend-AID configuration dialog panels have been simplified by moving the single remaining batch Abend-AID customization option, the JES2 only USERMOD, to the configuration panels. Emphasis has been added directing JES3 users to scroll past this screen.
The new Abend-AID Installation and Configuration Guide has been rewritten and simplified to focus on the actual tasks required to install, configure, and customize Abend-AID and Abend-AID for CICS. The new Abend-AID Advanced Configuration Guide contains reference information formerly included in the Abend-AID Installation and Customization Guide .
Compuware has enhanced the Common PARMLIB processing controlled by the Compuware Mainframe Services Controller (CMSC), including centralized parameter validation. Additionally, some parameters were changed to reduce their complexity and make them easier to understand and configure. These changes have been incorporated into the six sample parameter members listed below in the Abend-AID installation sample library ( hlq .CTL). To effect these changes, Enterprise Common Components 17.02 is required with current maintenance applied.
To simplify Abend-AID new installations, the parameters used to control the viewing server, BDCAS, and TDCAS that are stored as members in the Compuware Mainframe Services Controller (CMSC) Compuware PARMLIB have been consolidated into the following six members in the Abend-AID installation sample library ( hlq .CTL):
The Configuration Menu of the Abend-AID Configuration and Customization Dialog 17.02 has been enhanced to simplify the Abend-AID Viewer option. Because Abend-AID Viewer configuration is required, this option has been modified as a heading, which installers no longer need to select. They can simply select the Abend-AID and/or Abend-AID for CICS option displayed under this heading.
Abend-AID supports the new Embedded Source Support (ESS) feature that was introduced in Enterprise Common Components Release 17.02. If ESS was used when preprocessing or postprocessing your COBOL 5.1 and more current source, then Abend-AID automatically uses the ESS records at view time to provide source support instead of using DDIO files, provided that the PDSE containing the program object is available to the Abend-AID viewing server.
Available via the Site Defaults Options menu of the Abend-AID Viewer Customization Options facility, the Site User Profile screen has been enhanced with an additional value for the Logon Directory View option. Installers can specify A to bypass display of the Fault Summary (default) at logon and directly display instead the entire Abend-AID Directory for their site. The change takes effect at the next and subsequent sessions. Refer to the Abend-AID Advanced Configuration Guide for more information.
With Release 18.02, Abend-AID messages are now available in the Chicago-Soft, Ltd., files or databases supplied to their MVS/Quick-Ref® customers. Sites no longer need to download the messages from https://go.compuware.com .
In the Abend-AID product screens, references to FrontLine have been changed to https://go.compuware.com .
To provide a higher level of authentication assurance for IBM z/OS applications, Abend-AID, Abend-AID for CICS, and Abend-AID Fault Analytics now support the use of the following authentication methods:
Note: See the Technical Notes section for instructions for enabling this authentication feature.
Abend-AID Fault Analytics installers must install CES and Abend-AID Fault Analytics and can optionally install any combination of the above Compuware Web products from the single-image product media or RFN image. Refer to the Compuware Web Products Installation and Configuration Guide at https://go.compuware.com .
Users can employ the point-and-shoot method to display information on a selected field in a PL/I source listing for a batch report. Users tab to the desired field and press the Enter key to display the field contents in a vertical-hexadecimal format. The field name and field type are also displayed.
Compuware's Simple Installation fundamentally changes the way Compuware mainframe products are installed and configured. Simple installation streamlines the process into logical task flows and checklists, as suggested through numerous customer feedback initiatives. Compuware delivers the first phase of Simple Installation with the introduction of PARMLIB-enabled solutions in Release 17.02 of our mainframe products.
The next phases of Simple Installation are planned and will provide more features to further reduce the time, resources, and effort needed to install and configure Compuware solutions across one or many LPAR instances.
• Migration to newer releases by simply copying the current PARMLIB file, thereby shortcutting or eliminating future repetitive and/or lengthy tasks (such as, compiling or executing configuration dialogs).
The Abend-AID parameters used to control the viewing server, BDCAS, and TDCAS are now stored as members in the Compuware Mainframe Services Controller (CMSC) Common PARMLIB. The CMSC is an Enterprise Common Components facility, which is SMP/E-installed as part of the ECC Release 16.05 single-image installation. Refer to the Abend-AID and Enterprise Common Components installation guides for more information about the CMSC Common PARMLIB. Download the guides from the product documentation sites at https://go.compuware.com .
With Topaz Workbench Release 17.02 and Enterprise Common Components Release 16.05 (PTF CXR041A), the Abend-AID Eclipse Release 17.02 plugin will support RACF PassTickets. RACF PassTickets are alternatives to using RACF passwords. They are commonly used to remove the need to send passwords across the network in clear text.
The Abend-AID Directory has been enhanced with two additional columns to display the time and date of the most recent occurrence of duplicate dumps. If there are no duplicates, the time and date of the actual report is shown.
For the Abend-AID products’ software and hardware requirements, refer to the following installation documentation on the Compuware Support Center website at https://go.compuware.com .
Refer to the Compuware Product Currency Tables at https://frontline.compuware.com/apps/oscharts/zos.aspx for the associated End of Support dates.
• In order for Abend-AID to support the new IBM Password Phrase Authentication for z/OS and IBM Multi-Factor Authentication for z/OS enhancements, a new Abend-AID viewing server parameter member must be added to the Compuware Mainframe Services Controller (CMSC) Common PARMLIB. The CMSC is an Enterprise Common Components facility, which is SMP/E-installed as part of the ECC Release 16.05 or more current single-image installation. Refer to the Abend-AID and Enterprise Common Components installation guides for more information about the CMSC Common PARMLIB.
• A Google Chrome security update prohibits viewing of WebHelp when the help is deployed locally from a file server (as opposed to a Web server). Attempting to view locally deployed help displays a blank help window. Compuware suggests that online help be viewed using Internet Explorer. Alternatively, Chrome's security feature can be turned off by launching Chrome with the command line option --allow-file-access-from-files. This method should only be used when opening local WebHelp that you trust.
• When installing CES on Windows, users may encounter an error referring to the Java VM. This is a problem with InstallAnywhere and Java 8. It can be resolved by removing the following entry from the Path variable:
• If a user specifies a temporary directory smaller than that which is required for installation, a message may appear indicating that the evaluation period has expired. Reallocate space and restart the installation process.