Release notes — version 3.6.00 of MainView for IP



BMC is releasing version 3.6.00 of the MainView for IP product.


Before you begin installation, BMC recommends checking the documentation portal or the Support Central website for recent flashes and technical bulletins. Also, check Support Central for:

  • Product downloads, patches, and fixes (PTFs)
  • Product availability and compatibility data 

What's new

This section summarizes the changes or new features in this release. 

Documentation updates

Online documentation for this release is available at MainView for IP 3.6.

Data Dictionary support

MainView for IP now supports the MainView Infrastructure (MVI) Data Dictionary, a comprehensive resource that gives you direct, immediate access to every metric that MainView for IP uses. Accessing the Data Dictionary from within the product lets you organize your MainView for IP metrics into a list that best suits your needs. You can also view details about the data in each metric, identify which views contain a particular metric, and so on. For more information about the Data Dictionary, see Overview of MainView Data Dictionary.  

SMC-R and SMC-D support

MainView for IP now fully supports SMC-R and SMC-D. You can display all Shared Memory Communications (SMC) links, SMC interfaces, SMC connections, and Stack statistics for SMC. Packet traces also display SMC information for any SMC connection that is traced.

FTP Daemon support

This release displays configuration information for FTP servers as specified in the FTP.DATA file for each FTP server.

TN3270 Server Profile support

MainView for IP now displays TN3270 Server Profile data, which is configured in the Profile data set for the TN3270 server. This data includes global settings and settings for each listening port.

Ping and TraceRoute enhancements

The Ping and TraceRoute views now include all parameters that the corresponding IBM commands support. Both commands now use the IBM USS command interface. 

AMON enhancements

The AMON view now includes the SYSPLEX LPAR/Stack information. You can monitor for and receive alerts if a SYSPLEX error occurs.

APING enhancements

This release redesigns the APING function to use the IBM PING command through the USS shell. This enhancement supports all IBM parameters on the APING entry.

Data Tracing support

This release supports the IBM Data Tracing function. By using the IBM NMI interface, you can perform a data trace for any port or IP address. You can also display the trace output through views, a formatted file, or IPCS with a CTRACE file. The following IBM SAF resources must be authorized:

  • EZB.TRCCTL.sysName.tcpName.OPEN
  • EZB.TRCCTL.sysName.tcpName.DATTRACE
  • EZB.TRCSEC.sysName.tcpName.ATTLS (only for ATTLS encrypted connections)

OSA Tracing support

This release supports the IBM OSA Tracing function. By using the IBM NMI interface, you can perform a data trace for any OSA port with the same parameters that are supported for the VARY TCPIP,,OSAENTA command. This feature requires the NETMONITOR NTATRCSERVICE parameter in the TCP/IP profile data set and the EZB.NETMGMT.sysName.tcpProcName.SYSTCPOT IBM SAF resource must be authorized.

Product administration improvements

A new EZADMIN view serves as a central point for MainView for IP product administration. Hyperlinks provide access to a dashboard that shows the status of all configurations, views that require configuration, and other administration-related information.

IPSec enhancements

The IPSec views now display information for each dynamic tunnel and each IKE tunnel. The IBM IPSec NMI interface provides this information.

Packet Trace enhancements

The Packet Trace function now supports the Discard parameter and the Link/Interface parameter. In addition, the Packet Trace identifies TLS handshake messages on the PKTTRACD view.

Support for system symbols

This release supports using system symbols to specify MainView for IP configuration information.

Minimum Lifetime Connection feature

Using the following new fields in the MVIPNMID view can help you reduce the overhead and file space that your MainView history files need:

  • The History Minimum Connection Lifetime field prevents short-lasting connections from being written to the history files
  • The History Closed Connections Only field permits only closed connections from being written to the history files

Installation and maintenance 

You install MainView for IP by using the Installation System. For information about installation and maintenance, see the  Installation System documentation .


To install a product, always use the most recent version of the Installation System and ensure that the most recent maintenance is applied:

  • To determine the most recent version number, see the most recent Installation System release notes.
  • To determine the version number of your current Installation System, see the title line on the Installation System Main Menu.

If you prefer physical installation media instead of downloaded images, request physical media from your BMC sales representative. Contact information is available on the BMC website.


FMID and version information

You can obtain product, solution, and component information (FMIDs, codes, and versions) in the following ways:


You can also access these reports anytime from within Support Central, as follows:

  1. Go to the Mainframe Installation page on Support Central, or select Mainframe Installation from the Downloads & Products menu.

  2. Click Product codes and FMIDs.

  3. Click one of the listed reports.


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