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Starting from October 14th, Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment and Tivoli Provisioning Manager for Images documentation is available also in ePub format at the following links: Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment: http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/tivihelp/v52r1/topic/com.ibm.tivoli.tpm.osd.doc/welcome/osd_pdf_epub.html Tivoli Provisioning Manager for Images: http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/tivihelp/v52r1/topic/com.ibm.tivoli.tpm.osdimg.doc/welcome/osdimg_pdf_epub.html This new format complements the... [More]
Today the Tivoli System Automation team published a WhitePaper in the product Wiki. The title is "Case Study: Configure SA AppMan for non-root usage" and describes how customers can configure their SA Application Manager installation to be able to run without root-privileges. Detailed descriptions for operating system, DB2 database, WebSphere Application Server, and System Automation Application Manager itself are provided. The direct link is:... [More]
The IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager development team continues to enhance the next release (TPM v8.1) with new features and usability improvements which are targeted for future delivery. We have just announced the availability of our first BETA. If you are an existing TPM customer or stakeholder and would like to participate in the BETA and provide feedback, please contact Kimberly Mungal (firstname.lastname@example.org) to join the TPM 8.1 Early Access Program.
Hello, see on Youtube our Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms high availability solution for SAP. You can find two videos. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4k22CYXM-f4 Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGwqQnIGv9E Enjoy ! p.s.: These are both posted to the Tivoli Demos YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/tivolidemos?feature=mhee
Die GSE Herbst-Tagung steht vor der Tür, zum
ersten Mal durchgeführt durch die beiden neuen GSE-Gruppen “Automation and Business Resiliency on Open Systems” und “Automation and Business Resiliency on
Mainframe” . Wann: 25.10.2011 - 28.10.2011 Wo: Köln Wir haben bisher Präsentationen in den
folgenden Bereichen geplant:
SA AppMan and zEnterprise
ITM monitored resources with SA AppMan
The tool appcmd can be used for testing IBM Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms policies as well as IBM Tivoli System Automation Application Manager end-to-end and Agentless Adapter policies. In order
to verify that your policies work as expected, they need to be tested.
In particular, it has to be tested whether resources are recovered as
expected in failure situations. It is very time-consuming to perform
such tests with real applications because all failures to be recovered
need to be injected manually. This application... [More]
The Tivoli System Automation development team just released a whitepaper on SAP High Availability with Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms on AIX and Linux.
This paper describes an approach to creating a highly available SAP solution that covers all critial components. The IBM High Availability (HA) middleware solution (Tivoli System
Automation for Multiplatforms) provides this level of high availability.
High availability is a term used to describe systems that are continuously available that... [More]
I'm also including the URL to the official guide
Configuring an IBM Tivoli Storage Manager cluster with IBM Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms
that shows how to set up and operate an SA MP cluster to keep TSM highly available.
since it it not easy to find, I'm including the URL to the official TWS integration guide here.
Tivoli Workload Scheduler - Integrating with other products
Chapter 6 of this guide explains how to set up and operate a cluster with SA MP to keep TWS highly available.
there is a new cool video on youtube showing the (old) integration of SA Application Manager with ITM to add policy-based automation on resources of a datacenter being monitored by ITM. This video also impressively shows the integration of SA and ITM widgets in one combined dashboard. Have a look: http://youtu.be/_5OHhZ0czdU
The simple answer is RSCT (the "cluster" software) trace data from key daemons (sub-systems) like IBM.ConfigRM, cthags, cthats, and possibly even RMCd. IBM Support would use this trace data to confirm whether or not it was RSCT that forced the reboot, and if so, then why.
However what isn't always that simple is collecting these trace files before they wrap. The trace files for all the RSCT and TSAMP core daemons and Resource Managers are setup to be a fixed size and First-In, First Out (FIFO). Some of these... [More]
In a previous blog, I talked about the importance for collecting and providing diagnostic data. For the Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms (TSA MP) product, this means running its automated data collection utility called "getsadata".
However, there are details about a problem situation that cannot be obtained by a tool, script, or bunch of commands. The most obvious is the problem description itself. So what does a good problem description entail ?
Well a timeline for one. Lets say Support staff have to dig into... [More]
If you're planning on asking IBM Support for help, more than likely there will be a minimum amount of detail they will need up front. The most obvious being details about your environment, such as platform/OS and product versions.
Now if you're needing the root cause for some event that has since pasted, then keep in mind that someone providing "remote" support will likely need historical log or trace data before they will be able to offer you anything significant.
For the Tivoli System Automation for... [More]
We've created a "landing page" for a collection of support resources pertaining to the Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms (TSA MP) product. Think of it as the home page for your initial Support needs. Here's the direct URL :
This page is permanently linked off TSAMP's IBM Support Portal site, referred to as "Featured documents".
The landing page is actually divided into a collection of categories, each with their own home page.... [More]
Here are some power-user commands mainly for servicing SA MP which I have gathered over time and are worth sharing. They can be made into shell aliases or just used as is. Have fun!
Get SAMP version
Get RSCT version
Check operator commands
Check operator commands on every node in the cluster
for NODE in `lsrpnode -x | cut -f1 -d' '` ; do ssh $NODE cat /var/ct/IBM.RecoveryRM.log; done