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Brian Kealy 110000T2V7 Visits (9041)
Tivoli Enterprise Reporter, TEP, situations can alert you when troubling things are happening but they must first get your attention. Do you really want to be staring at a TEP screen all day to see when a situation becomes true? Probably not. You have many other things to do with your time. This blog describes how to add voice prompts to your situations so if your TEP monitor has an active speaker it can sing out when important situations become true and get your attention.
How do I use sound prompts with situations
Sounds have been available for use with situations for many years. There are a small set of sound prompts delivered with the TEP product. Any one of them can be associated with your situation. Here is a typical situation I've created to look for CPU Looping conditions.
As you can see toward the bottom of this situation definition, which is already associated with the Address Space Overview workspace in the TEP, there is a box called Sound. It is enabled as the check mark indicates and it says the sound that it will play when this situation is true is called CPULoop.wav. If we press the Edit button in this box we will see
If we click on the Browse... button we can see all the sounds available for use with situations.
The TEP delivers a few sounds like critical.wav, fatal.wav, etc. These are perfectly usable. They are different bells and beep sounds but they are not very intuitive or compelling. Hearing a voice tell you something special is happening can get your attention more readily. The CPULoop.wav for example is a special voice recording I did that says "Warning CPU LOOP, Warning CPU LOOP". If you are in an operations center doing your normal activities when a loudspeaker there says this it can get your attention and prompt you to go look at your TEP screen right now.
How do I create and add voice prompts to my situations?
Anyone with a microphone attached to their Window 7 workstation can create a WAV recording of themselves speaking. You can do this by using the SOUNDRECORDER applet supplied by Windows itself. There is a small trick though to saving the sound as a WAV file. Go to your Windows 7 Start prompt
and type into the Search box at the bottom "soundrecorder /file outputfile.wav". This should now show you
Mouse click on the soundrecorder item shown and the applet will open
At this point you can use your microphone to record yourself saying things like "Warning CPU loop, warning CPU loop". Click the Start Recording button, record your message and click that button again to get a prompt for saving your recording. Save the recording to someplace convenient with a descriptive name like CPULoop.wav. In order to make this available to your TEP situation editor you must locate where it is storing sound files. In a standard TEP install on Windows this will likely be "C:\
Now just copy your WAV file from where you saved it into this folder and the new sound will be available to your TEP situation editor. From now on when the CPU LOOP situation becomes true I hear a voice telling me that. Without looking I know which situation has become true and how important it is. If I'm in charge of handling that type of situation I know to look at the TEP and locate which LPAR the situation fired on and start dealing with the problem.