How are your OSA-Express adapters being used? Let’s find out with OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks.
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Read on to see how a typical a systems programmer would answer this question…
As a System Programmer I need the ability to closely monitor the utilization and overall health of our production LPAR. This involves having the proper tools that allow me access to the pertinent information in a centralized location. When my manager inquired about the traffic utilization for the two OSA Ethernet adapters on our production LPAR, I was able to check their status effortlessly using OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks.
Checking on the traffic utilization of the two OSA adapters involved navigating to Enterprise OSA-Express Ports Overview. On this screen I was presented with an OSA-Express3 Ports Errors Summary which displayed important errors the OSA adapters may be experiencing. When looking at the OSA adapters in question I was able to see the two adapters were not currently experiencing any errors.
Scrolling down to the next subpanel I was able to look at the statistics for the OSA adapters displayed in the OSA-Express3 Ports Statistics Summary. By looking at both the inbound and outbound traffic metrics for the OSA adapters one can see the balanced relationship between the two. To further investigate the trending relationship between the inbound and outbound traffic for a given adapter I can quickly switch to a historical summary simply by entering an ‘H’ character next to one of the adapters.
The historical summary allows me to see the balance between the inbound and outbound traffic over time. This historical ability provided by OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks makes it possible to verify the difference between the sent and received data is minimal. After looking at the summary data I’m able to dive deeper and get more details on a specific adapter.
This closer look at an adapter gives me a wealth of information pertaining to various adapters we have on our LPARs. Using this data aids in diagnosing possible issues an OSA adapter may be having.
OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks has provided me with an expeditious means for viewing important data about my network. This data provides me the ability to respond quickly to inquiries about network performance and health.