IBM Spectrum Control V5.2.11 Pearls in the documentation
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Let's face it, there is a lot of information in the knowledge center for IBM Spectrum Control, and sometimes finding the right information can take time. Time that you might or might not have. And when you do find what you're looking for, paging through all the other topics that are available isn't high on your to-do list.
Maybe you're the kind of person who just likes to dive in and figure out things as you go without reading documentation.
If this describes you, or if you've never had a chance to delve into the IBM Spectrum Control knowledge center to see what it has to offer, this article might be for you. I'll highlight some of the new topics that we've added for 5.2.11, and some existing topics that you might not be aware of but could find useful.
Where to begin?
The best place to start is at the beginning: http
The Welcome page for 5.2.11 includes links to key topics inside and outside the knowledge center, including links to:
Tip: Don't forget to click the hamburger icon to open the table of contents for easy navigation of the knowledge center:
What's new in 5.2.11
One of the most popular topics in the knowledge center (over 6,000 views in 1Q 2016), the what's new topic provides an overview of all the new features that were added in 5.2.11. Screenshots are included in the topic to illustrate the features, and links to more detailed topics are provided in case you want to learn more.
Similar topics are provided for previous releases as well, so you can, at a glance, get an overview of the changes to Spectrum Control over time.
For people who prefer PDFs for online or offline viewing, the prin
These PDFs contain much of the information that's available in the knowledge center, but that information is organized into logical groupings so you can more easily access the content that you're most interested in.
TCP/IP ports used by Spectrum Control
Are you responsible for installing, configuring, and maintaining Spectrum Control for your company? Is it important for you to know which ports must be opened through your firewall for applications? If so, check out the revised version of the TCP/
Getting up and running with Spectrum Control can be a challenge if you aren't familiar with all the required steps, or you aren't sure which of its features to employ in your environment. In the latest version of our Gett
Scenarios for custom alerts
In 5.2.11, you can now combine multiple alert conditions from multiple resources in a single, custom alert. By creating a custom alert, you can analyze multiple configuration, capacity, and performance conditions together to determine whether critical situations occur in your storage environment.
Often the best way to learn about a new feature is by seeing in action. In the Scen
Required user roles for monitoring
When you add a resource for monitoring, you must enter a user name and password that Spectrum Control will use to connect with and manage that resource. Managing a resource can include collecting data through probes and performance monitors, and provisioning.
Maintenance and security fixes
In the Main
If you use Spectrum Control to monitor the performance of your storage resources, you're probably familiar with some of the metrics that are collected about those resources. However, hundreds of metrics are collected, and you might not know what they all mean, and how each can used to help troubleshoot performance bottlenecks.
Joining the conversation
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