Welcome to the Application Performance Management Blog, where you can read the perspectives from APM experts. This Blog provides insights into the Application Performance Management solution, as well as technical details about specific IBM products.
ITM 6.23 Fix Pack 5 is the latest and greatest release for this code stream in 2014! All the info you need to download now and get the benefits of the fix pack! Happy downloading!!! All Download links, APAR and packages are listed below! All of the links in the below tables are live. They will take you directly to the download location of the package you require, or the IBM official technote for one of the APARs included in this fix pack (if you wish to know more about the APAR) Direct link to the Fix Pack 5... [More]
IBM Tivoli Netcool Configuration Manager (ITNCM) helps data center and networking staff to discover, visualize, detect, configure and activate the network. ITNCM consists of two servers: an application server and a database server. The application server is made up of a Web Start graphical user interface (GUI) and web-based HTML interface. The Web Start GUI provides access to the queue manager, resource browser and system and archive manager. The web-based HTML interface provides access to the account management interface, process and policy;... [More]
A guide to enabling upstream and downstream linking in ITCAM for Transactions is now available. These features can be used in your workflow to aid in identifying performance issues, hotspots and for problem determination by limiting the transaction topology scope to only relevant nodes. You can download the guide from: ... [More]
For version 6.3 Fix Pack 1 only, the IBM Tivoli Monitoring Installation and Setup Guide is available on Service Management Connect. Click here to download the PDF from the Tivoli Monitoring Wiki. You can subscribe to all fix notifications for your products by using My Notifications .
The Warehouse Proxy agent provides a set of works spaces that are defined as “Manage Our Stuff With Our Stuff”(MOSWOS). IBM/Tivoli love acronyms and MOSWOS has been around a long time internally. But, it is a term that usually causes confusion for a user of ITM. This confusion extents further for the Warehouse Proxy agent in the sense that most users do not know that these MOSWOS workspaces exist. The Warehouse MOSWOS workspaces can be used to look for problems occurring in historical data collection. ... [More]
In my previous blog entry , I detailed how to configure historical collection so that the least amount of data is saved and the export of that data is the quickest. All for keeping the size of the short term history file below 1GB. However, when saving historical data at the TEMA the agent can become isolated from the Warehouse Proxy agent because of network issues. Or the database itself may be down not allowing exports. When this happens, the STH files start growing and can exceed the 1GB limit over time. At the TEMS, this can also... [More]
In my previous blog entry we discovered that each short term history(STH) file must be kept
under 1GB in size for performance reasons at the TEMA (Tivoli
Enterprise Monitoring Agent) or TEMS (Tivoli Enterprise Monitoring
Server). As with any smartphone data plan it is always good to have
ways to try and not exceed this limit. And for STH files the same
applies. Here are ways to achieve this: Use
the largest collection interval possible. This reduces the number
of rows saved in the STH file. Filter
any unneeded data from the... [More]
You have just bought your
first smart phone. You then have to decide on how to use 'less data'
using your data plan(unless you are on an unlimited plan). You
google 'how to use less data' and see there are thousands of posts on
how to do this. In terms of Tivoli ITM warehousing, the same concept
applies, how to keep the short term history(STH) files at a
reasonable size. This requires for large data intensive agents to
think about the configuration of the historical collection interval,
warehousing upload interval, and retention... [More]
15 video demonstrations are available on the Service Management Connect channel on YouTube. These videos introduce you to the new functions and capabilities in IBM Tivoli Monitoring V6.3 that provide you with improved visualization , a lower cost of ownership , and improved scalability . For descriptions about the videos and links to the related documentation, see the New in this release feature videos topic in the IBM Tivoli Monitoring Information Center. The videos cover the following areas: IBM Infrastructure Management Dashboards... [More]
In addition to the IBM Tivoli Monitoring Information Center, you can now also access some of the IBM Tivoli Monitoring documentation right here on Service Management Connect. The documentation posted on SMC will be provided only in PDF format. You can access the PDFs by going to the Application Performance Management community and clicking on Files in the left-hand navigation. You can also access the PDFs by using the links provided below. The agent user interface guides provide you with a PDF version of the online help. We plan to add... [More]
Robert Frost said in “The Road Not Taken” : “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference” For historical collection of data within the Tivoli Framework, the user has to decide for each table collected if it should be saved at the TEMA (Tivoli Enterprise Monitoring Agent) or TEMS (Tivoli Enterprise Monitoring Server). The default location is the TEMA, but we have found that users like to move this to the TEMS so that all of their data is located on one machine.... [More]
After a colder than normal winter in North Carolina, Spring is finally here. While today's high of 45F is nearly 20 degrees below normal, this past Saturday gave a taste of Spring with a beautiful, sunny 74F day. After hibernating most of the Winter, these turtles came out in force at a local pond to see what is new under the sun.
So what else is new this Spring? It is the new ITM HMC Base agent v220.127.116.11, and it might replace your CEC Base agent. If you have used the CEC Base agent, you have probably know the requirement that the AIX... [More]
Big Data as described in Wikipedia is the future but right now for Tivoli Data Warehousing(TDW) the task is to understand the amount of data being collected and warehoused by the Tivoli agents in your ITM infrastructure. This analysis can be simplified using the Tivoli Warehouse Projection Spreadsheet that is located here: Warehouse Projection Spreadsheet and has been uploaded to this blog entry . The ITM 6.2.3 Installation and Setup Guide contains information on estimating the disk space requirements for the Tivoli Data Warehouse. To follow... [More]
Chess players are often asked how many moves ahead they can see. While computers can calculate millions of positions a second, humans depend on strategy, experience, pattern matching and even intuition. Even so, in certain positions, the best chess players can see 15 or more moves ahead. And yet, when this question was posed to Jose Raul Capablanca, chess world champion from 1921-1927, he is reported to have replied, "Only one, but it is always the right one."
And in regard to IBM Tivoli Monitoring products, a little... [More]
You might have heard the old adage, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Metrically, perhaps it is a gram of prevention and a kilogram of cure. In our home, vitamin C and zinc are our home's attempt to ward off colds, but I wish our ounce of prevention could come in the form of chocolate! Whatever works, the low-cost, proactive steps that prevent bigger problems later on are always worth it! And of course the same is true with information technology. Part of the reason you are running Tivoli monitoring software is not only for... [More]
Imagine you are busy perusing your e-mail when a critical alert occurs on a system within your environment. Wouldn't it be nice if you could receive a message containing a link that would open the Tivoli Enterprise Portal and take you right to the relevant area so you could investigate? This post shows how use Tivoli Monitoring facilities to automatically send a message to do just that. I assume you are familiar with the Tivoli Enterprise Portal Situation and Policy editors and will not go into great detail about them. Here are the steps: ... [More]
What can be better that a warm place on a cold day? I've lived in North Carolina in the United States my whole life, and except for the occasional ice storm, it never really gets very cold. However, I do enjoy a nice fire in the fireplace, if for nothing more that toasting marshmallows when the coals die down. And as more homes turn to gas logs, finding suppliers of wood logs is getting harder.
Fortunately for IBM Tivoli Monitoring System p agent users, finding where the logs are is pretty simple. All the logs will be in the... [More]
Sometimes I am confused whether to use the word "affect" or "effect." I usually get it right, but I do have to think about it first. Of course, affect is the verb and effect is the noun. The confusion can come in because there are rare instances when affect can be used as noun and effect as a verb. Use your favorite search engine to look up "affect vs effect" and read all about it. Within the System p world, there can also be confusion over the metrics physb and physc. Basically, here are the definitions... [More]
Dan Kern from Prolifics discusses increasing the availability, visibility and virtualization of business-critical applications with IBM SmartCloud solutions. Prolifics is a premier IBM software business partner. In the Tivoli brand, we specialize in Tivoli automation, technical monitoring. Our customers are constantly challenged with increasing availability, reducing response time, and providing visibility for their business teams as well as their application teams to be able to maintain high availability on all of their business-critical... [More]
The HMC Base agent v18.104.22.168 Beta is now available as a part of the Open Beta Drivers for ITM vNext. The major enhancement to this release is new attribute groups and attributes that monitor CPU utilization for Servers, CPU_Pools, and LPARs. This might eliminate your need to run the CEC Base agent, which depends on collecting CPU data directly from all the LPARs. The CEC Base agent requires LPARs be in a monitored state. This means the LPARs must be running AIX/VIOS and the agent must be able to communicate with the XMTOPAS daemon in each.... [More]