Manage the CICS module via DTAX transactions
These functions are primarily intended to be used for troubleshooting purposes. None of them are required for normal operation, but you may wish to automate CICS module enablement by submitting
DTAX ENABLE and
DTAX DISABLE transactions through an operations automation system like CAFC or z/OS modify commands. CICS modify commands for DTAX return messages to CSMT TD queue and to the z/OS system log. A
DTAX STATUS modify command is available to see if the Dynatrace CICS HOOKS/EXITS are enabled. This command outputs a
ZDTP030I message to the z/OS console. See z/OS module messages for a full description of the output.
The DTAX transaction runs automatically every 5 minutes. It initializes the CICS module connection to a newly started or restarted zDC at that time. Because data is only collected while the zDC is active, it should be running prior to CICS or IMS region initialization. In addition, data may be lost for up to 5 minutes after the zDC is restarted or when the zDC is initially started after the CICS region initializes. Optionally, the reconnection process can be completed immediately by manually entering the DTAX transaction and performing the
DISABLE function followed by the
ENABLE function after reinitializing the zDC. Use the
ENABLE function alone if the CICS region had not been connected to a zDC and thus shows a
The DTAX transaction also provides a UI to access basic functionality of the CICS module. Logon to CICS and issue the DTAX transaction without parameters for a brief description of its functions and current module status.
Change the log level
The log level of the CICS module is set to Info and, unlike the other modules, it cannot be changed within Dynatrace. It can, however, be changed using the DTAX transaction. Set the cursor to the upper right corner and type one of the following log levels: Severe, Warning, Info(Default) or Fine.
Send a ping message
You can use the ping message functionality to verify the connectivity between the CICS module and the zRemote module.
Execute the DTAX transaction with the parameter
Verify that the
PING traveled from CICS to zDC to zRemote and returned.
The ping message generates the following DTAX output:
On success, this also generates a log entry zRemote log, such as:
info [native] ASID, smfID[S0W1], sysid[C449], jobName[H71AC449] Ping data=asid=53, CFDE33C15E800000
Enable or disable the Dynatrace data capture
These functions enable or disable all the exits used by the CICS module. The
ENABLE command also starts the DTAX five (5) minute restart cycle if one was not in progress. Likewise, the
DISABLE command terminates any active DTAX five (5) minute restart cycle.
Enable the CICS module
DTAX Enable should generate the following DTAX output:
Enable should also register this CICS address space with Dynatrace. Below are the sample messages in the zRemote log following a successful
info [native] Registering a pgi for the job: HVEAC727[C727], snaId[NETD .HVEAC727], asid=51, CICS, protocol version=7.3.0, host=xx.xx.xxx.xx, groupId=16db6009dd8ec573, pgir.groupInstanceID=9b720782ca4a076, hostID=ed11bc0b5ee8f53a, nodeID=9b720782ca4a076, groupName=HVEAC727, hostGroup=, processGroupType=28 info [native] Registered SubAgent[C727,51,6df4c9acf8f61ef5] with zDC[Z727,148], Software Release=54 rc=true
Disable the CICS module
DTAX Disable should generate the following DTAX output:
Disable should also un-register this address space from Dynatrace. Message from the zRemote logs:
info [native] UnregisterSubAgentRunner: starting to unregister 1 subagents
Enable DTAX Language Environment sensor
Dynatrace provides a sensor into the Language Environment runtime to provide events for dynamic linkage requests from COBOL programs and FETCH verbs from PL/I programs. The Language Environment sensor only traces calls to programs that are linked into a separate load module, it does not trace calls to programs within the same load module. The
DTAX LEENAB command enables the Language Environment sensor to capture these events. By default, the Language Environment sensor is enabled for 5 minutes, then disabled.
To enable the Language Environment sensor for a custom time interval, use the
LEENAB=<time> command, where
<time> is in the range of
Enabling Language Environment sensor might increase CPU time overhead within the CICS region.
Disable DTAX Language Environment sensor
DTAX LEDIS disables the Dynatrace Language Environment sensor within CICS.
To find the description of all DTAX messages, see z/OS module messages.