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.
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... [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:
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.
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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 v22.214.171.124, 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 v126.96.36.199 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]
A number of important fixes are now available for the IBM Tivoli Monitoring for System p agents v188.8.131.52: AIX Premium Agent: Interim Fix 184.108.40.206-TIV-ITM_AIX_PREM-IF0004 CEC Base Agent Interim Fix 220.127.116.11-TIV_ITM_CEC_BASE-IF0003 HMC Base Agent Interim Fix 18.104.22.168-TIV_ITM_HMC_BASE-IF0002 VIOS Premium Agent Interim Fix 22.214.171.124-TIV_ITM_VIOS_PREM-IF0003 System p Reports Interim Fix 126.96.36.199-TIV-ITM_SYSP_RPT-IF0003 If you install the System p Reports Interim Fix 188.8.131.52-TIV-ITM_SYSP_RPT-IF0003, you must also install the CEC Base Agent Interim... [More]
Tivoli Monitoring 6.2.2 FP9 has been published. This is a cumulative fix pack for IBM Tivoli Monitoring version 6.2.2. This fix pack supersedes all previous IBM Tivoli Monitoring versions, including the most recent, version 6.2.2 Fix Pack 8. The README contains the installation instructions. The direct download link for this fix is: http://www-933.ibm.com/support/fixcentral/swg/selectFixes?parent=ibm~Tivoli&product=ibm/Tivoli/IBM+Tivoli+Monitoring&release=184.108.40.206&platform=All&function=all Further details on the fixpack can be... [More]
Issue: When the Tivoli Enterprise Portal Console is launched, if the ITCAM for SOA agent is installed and running, the ITCAM for SOA workspaces can be absent, or data does not appear in the ITCAM for SOA workspaces. Resolution: There are a number of possible reasons why ITCAM for SOA data can be absent in the Tivoli Enterprise Portal console. This problem can manifest itself in one of three ways: ITCAM for SOA workspaces can be absent in the Tivoli Enterprise Portal console. Metrics do not appear in the ITCAM for SOA workspaces in the Tivoli... [More]
Agent Builder V220.127.116.11 supports an attribute group test function. You can use the test function to test the attribute groups of your agents in Agent Builder. This short video shows how to use the attribute group test function to test the attribute groups of a simple agent in Agent Builder. For more information about the attribute group test function and Agent builder, see the Agent Builder User's Guide: Agent Builder User's Guide: http ://p ubli b.bo ulde r.ib m.co m/in foce nter /tiv ihel p/v1 5r1/ topi c/co m.ib m.it m.do c_6. 2.3f p1/a... [More]
The User's Guide for the Tivoli® Log File Agent, Version 6.2.3 Fix Pack 2, released on July 6, 2012 can be found here: Tivoli Log File Agent Version 6.2.3 Fix Pack 2 User's Guide The User's Guide contains information on installing, configuring, using, and troubleshooting the Tivoli Log File Agent. For version 6.2.3 Fix Pack 2 , the following enhancements have been made since version 6.2.3 Fix Pack 1: Log File agent subnodes and monitoring profiles A single Log File agent instance can be used to monitor multiple applications by... [More]
The User's Guide for the Tivoli Log File Agent, Version 18.104.22.168, released on
December 16, 2011 can be found here: Tivoli Log File Agent, Version 22.214.171.124 User's Guide The User's Guide contains information on installing, configuring, using, and troubleshooting the Tivoli Log File Agent ,as well as details about what is new in this release. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you use the documentation.
Issue: Pre ITCAM for J2EE 6.1 FP6, support for the application status attribute was limited to the following J2EE Application Servers: WebSphere, JBoss, and Oracle. As a result, within the Application Health workspace, EJB and Web applications running in WebLogic servers could not be monitored - EJB applications did not appear, and Web applications only appeared with an Application Status of Unknown. Without the support of the Application status attribute, situation thresholds were unable to be set against these individual EJB or Web based... [More]
The Tivoli Enterprise Portal (TEP) user interface of ITCAM for Application Diagnostics provides an Application Health workspace which displays information about the real-time health status of monitored applications. In this workspace, the Application Status attribute captures the current status of monitored applications, e.g. Running, Stopped, Failed.
The Application Status attribute provides a convenient way to monitor that applications are up and to alert when they are not. It is straightforward to create a Situation in TEP which fires... [More]
IBM Tivoli Composite Application Manager for J2EE TEMA V6.2 Fix Pack 6 is now available.
This fix pack provides cumulative maintenance for ITCAM for J2EE TEMA version 6.2.
For detailed information and installation instructions, please refer to the fix pack README which is available in this technote .
See also Tivoli Composite Application Manager for J2EE wiki for more about ITCAM for J2EE.
IBM Tivoli Composite Application Manager for J2EE V6.1, Data Collector Fix Pack 6 is now available.
This fix pack provides cumulative maintenance for ITCAM for J2EE V6.1, Data Collector on distributed platforms. The fix pack also provides multiple enhancements, including
Support for WebLogic 10.3.2 and 10.3.3 Support for WebLogic run as Windows Service Support for JBoss EAP Configurator for WebLogic is using new WebLogic API (performance improvement) Support for WebLogic Application Status
For detailed information and... [More]
IBM Tivoli Monitoring development team
continues to enhance the current release (ITM v6.2.3) with new features and
usability improvements which are targeted for future delivery. We have posted a new entry linked to the Tivoli Monitoring wiki to provide highlights and solicit Customer/stakeholder feedback. Click here to read the wiki article about potential features for future releases of Tivoli Monitoring . Please review and comment on the features and enhancements outlined via
Tivoli Monitoring (ITM) Forum . We