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We're very close to our first Open Program Call on Tivoli System Automation Application Manager(https://ibm.biz/BdxKhQ) Main focus of this call is the new User Interface we intend to ship based on that new platform in a v3.next release. We'll post a recording on our Open Program developerWorks community (https://ibm.biz/BdxSCL)- stay tuned!
This IBM support webpage (http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27024950&myns=swgtiv&mynp=OCSSRM2X&mync=R) features the documents most frequently requested by our customers, as well as other information identified by Support as valuable in helping answer questions related to IBM Tivoli System Automation for Multplatforms (TSAMP). A must read if you run System Automation on AIX, Linux, Solaris or Windows. It contains: Hot Topics Downloads and Updates Popular Technotes such as 'Checking and Adjusting... [More]
The Open Program for IBM Tivoli System Automation started.
We are developing the next version of our products:
Tivoli System Automation Application Manager (SA AppMan)
Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms (SA MP)
In the Open Program, we are going to
show you selected features and improvements that we intend to include in
future releases of SA AppMan and SA MP. We are looking forward to
discuss these features and improvements with you and receive your
You have the chance to... [More]
If you're writing workflows you have no doubt encountered the DCMQuery/Insert/Update functions. They rely on an archaic DCMAccess notation which can be difficult to figure out, especially for very complex queries. The main point is that you start with some known information and from that known you gather new info based on data model relationships. Certain objects have certain relationships and therefore you can link from one item to the next based on this context. Sort of like the game '7-degrees of Kevin Bacon'. Sort of. To make this... [More]
I just wanted to take a moment to spread the word about a new performance cookbook resource available from the IBM Service Management (ISM) Library. You can find it here: Tivoli Provisioning Manager Version 18.104.22.168 Performance Cookbook This cookbook is based on the latest available version of TPM 7210 and combines all the most recent performance improvements available. Performance areas discussed in the cookbook include: Functional Overview Architectural Overview Performance Overview Deployment Infrastructure Runtime Performance... [More]
Should we or shouldn't we? The typical question of the IT Manager when her/his datacenter automation software releases a new fixpack. This question stems from prior nightmares attempting to deploy fixes that were half-baked, poorly documented and delivered in haste. I'm not an 'alpha' adopter but I certainly am an early adopter. The reasoning I take into deploying a new fix or new release fixpack is that I want the newest features, I want the bugs corrected - especially if there is a specific one that I'm subscribed to, and I want the... [More]
The tool appcmd can be used for testing policies of IBM Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms and policies of IBM Tivoli System Automation Application Manager Agentless Adapter. You can use it to instrument IBM.Application or IBM.RemoteApplication resources. appcmd simulates resources, allows to mimic failures and tracks the execution of commands which makes it a useful tool to develop and test policies. We publish appcmd in version 4 for free in our IBM System Automation for Multiplatforms Wiki page here ... [More]
This self-paced audio-visual course provides an overview of the System Automation for z/OS 3.4 functional differences as they relate to implementation and administration. This is is the first of three courses in a set of courses that cover implementation and administration differences. The other two courses provide demonstrations and additional details on specific topics. The functional differences associated with operational commands are covered in a separate set of courses. Link: http://youtu.be/VsipoR6n52Q
How and where to download a software fix from. Did you know? - You can select all fixes needed and have them delivered together? - You can isolate to only certain types of fixes? - You can upload an inventory file , and have fixes for all those products listed for selection? - Did you know that Fix Central supports pre-rec and co-rec associations, so that you will know if a fix you need has other required changes even for distributed platforms? Using Fix Central For the full story on all the IBM Electronic Support portal features
The Olympics always bring a strong sense of competition as countries vie for top honors, fueled with nationalism and pure athletic pride on the line. In every sport there is almost always one competitor out in front, willing to wear a target on her/his back, doing the extra training and utilizing his/her resources more effectively when the challenge arises. We admire their grace, strength and success. We desire their quality. Without launching into a philosophical discussion on quality, I do want to tie the above premise into an IT model:... [More]
The Internet is changing the face of product support. It is an
undeniable fact that the manner in which we attempt to resolve problems,
be they complex software applications or finding the closest Italian
restaurant, is entirely different than 10, 5, or even 2 years ago. In
all facets of our daily lives, how we search for answers to even the
simplest of problems have been forever changed through online technology
and capabilities. The Internet permeates all aspects of our lives; how
many readers of this blog post do not understand... [More]
Die diesjährige deutsch sprachige GSE Konferenz "Automation Guide" wird vom 23. bis 26. Oktober 2012 in Aachen stattfinden. Wie jedes Jahr erwarten uns wieder viele interessante Vorträge und Berichte von Kunden und IBM Entwicklern im Bereich der Automation, Hochverfügbarkeit und Disaster Recovery mit Hilfe der Tivoli System Automation Produkt Familie. Mehr Informationen zu dieser Veranstaltung finden sich auf der GSE Termin Seite. Wir freuen uns natürlich über Bekannte wie auch neue Teilnehmer. Vorschläge zu Themen die diskutiert... [More]
With the 22.214.171.124 release of System Automation Application Manager, the capability to manage virtual guests on zEnterprise hardware has been introduced. This allows the SA Application Manager to start and stop virtual servers hosted inside the zEnterprise Ensemble. As this functionality is not only available via the graphical interfaces but also for the command line, our team developed some sample scripts, written in PERL, to show several possibilities of eezcs scripting. You can also browse our manuals for detailed description of the new... [More]
Proper maintenance of your Provisioning Server is necessary for smooth data center management operations. Without following basic guidelines for disk management and resource handling you can find yourself unable to perform necessary provisioning actions when the time comes. The key aspect for TPM datacenter performance is the database connection. We do most of our testing and performance baselines using IBM DB2 and as such most of our recommendations are made towards configuring the DB2 management server appropriately. A few key items to... [More]
Gain Visibility, Control and Automation across your organization and infrastructure boundaries. Are you looking to increase your personal skills in the Service Management arena? Are a responsible for a team of Tivoli professionals who need to delve deeper into the products? Would you or your team benefit from learning deep technical skills from real experts in their fields? Then the EMEA Tivoli & Security Technical Conference 2012 is just what you need!
Click here to learn more! One of the many business benefits... [More]