If you're writing TEC rules, the below may be of great help to you.
The Rule Developers Guide is a manual available on line that discusses rule writing and has examplesfor many of the predicates.
the url for the manual ishttp://publib.boulder.ibm.com/tividd/td/tec/SC32-1234-00/en_US/PDF/ecodmst.pdf[Read More]
Pragmatic viewpoints of Open Computing
Here's another question that people may not know about.
Full question:Do you have best practices on how to send 4gigs worth of files (Installing WAS, DB2, MQ through TCM) via TCM?
Answer summary:Best practices on sending 4 GB of files
Full answer:Answered by Dave Thiessen/Austin/IBMAs you probably know, the size limit for a single SPB software package is 2 GB. So for larger applications like the ones you mention, you need to use some other options that are available with TCM. Here are a few:
1. The Software Package Editor (SPE) and TCM support the concept of nested packages. This means that you can create a software package that contains other software packages. If it is possible to break up the content of your applications into pieces smaller than 4 GBs for delivery to the endpoint, this may be a possible method to use. With a packaged application however, it is not likely that splitting the application will be easy or possible, so this option may not apply.
The next 2 options are variations on the same concept. That is, instead of transfering the content of the application images to the endpoint in a software package, in our software package we instead instruct the endpoint to access the application image from a share drive on the network.2. The first option is the use the "from_fileserver" option for installation provided by TCM. This is documented in the TCM software distribution manuals. Here, the application image is first converted into a form similar to the form that software package contents is held in TCM's MDIST2 repeaters. This is done using a form of the "wdepot" command. The resulting image files are then transferred by any means available to one or more fileservers on the network. The fileserver location(s) need to be referenceable using the UNC (\\
3. The third option is similar. Some native install formats such as MSI support an option called redirected install. Using this the install image can be accessed from a point on the network instead of needing to be on the local machine. Using this option in your software package, you can specify the location of the install image using the UNC format directly in the software package. It can either be hard coded or referenced as a variable value. Using this method, the application image does not need to be transformed or prepared in any way, as in option 2. It can just be transferred to the fileserver location in its native form (.msi, setup.exe, etc).
I hope this gives you some guidance and one of these options will work for you.[Read More]
Here is a question that many people may ask.
Full question:Do you have a document listing best practices on TCM Activity Plans or example implementations?
Answer summary:TCM Activity Plan Best Practices
Full answer:Answered by Dave Thiessen/Austin/IBMI can point you to 2 documents. One of them is part of the TCM documentation, the Deployment Services Guide (SC23-4710). In Chapter 2, there is a good description of how to add the supported activities and all the options available. It is a good basic guide for building activity plans, which is quite easy with a little bit of traffic.The other document is a redbook, the TCM Deployment Guide (SG24-6454). In section 8.4 of that redbook, there are a set of best practices given for Activity Planner.[Read More]
HOWTO: Step-by-step guide on how to integrate and manage your old and new Retail devices in IBM Remote Management Agent and IBM Tivoli Monitoring 6.1
Another one of my articles got published!
Step-by-step guide on how to integrate and manage your old and new Retail devices in IBM Remote Management Agent and IBM Tivoli Monitoring 6.1
In this article, we explain how to integrate your application with IBM® Tivoli® Monitoring 6.1, IBM's health and performance monitoring tool. We also describe the business pain points that IBM Tivoli Monitoring tries to address, provide sample integration scenarios, and show how to get the maximum benefit from the integration with Tivoli, all from a retail industry point of view.
Read more at http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/tivoli/library/t-rmaitm/index.html?S_TACT=105AGX14&S_CMP=EDU[Read More]
IBM IT Analyst Relations recently interviewed Bruce Harreld, Senior Vice President of Strategy, to understand IBM's efforts in identifying emerging business opportunities–those priorities that will keep IBM energized into the next decade.