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IBM Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms
- Introduction & Overview -
A software solution that leverages policy-based, self-healing and cross-platform application automation capabilities to realize monitoring and operation of a multitiered environment, manage outages, automatic recovery and movement of resources. (Tivoli System Automation for Mutiplatforms will be abbreviated as SAMP in this article.)
High availability : A system that is continuously available and... [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]
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!
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.
in case you haven't seen this so far...... With the introduction of Tivoli System Automation Application Manager (SA Application Manager) version 184.108.40.206 (available since Q4 2011) the SA Application Manager has been enhanced to automate (start/stop) resources that are monitored by IBM Tivoli Monitoring (ITM).This new capability allows ITM customers to not only monitor SW components, but also control and automate SW components which are so far monitored by ITM. A simple example is a multi-tierd online banking application with software... [More]
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]
I am pleased to announce that Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment and Tivoli Provisioning Manager for Images Fixpack 8 (including System-x Edition) have been shipped and can be downloaded from Fix Central. This release delivers 14 APARs, internal defects and minor enhancements to our customers, plus a complete refresh of InfoCenter. Notice that this fixpack is a full build so that the IBM ID needs to be entitled to download it from fixcentral. If a customer or IBMer is experiencing a problem with the entitlement, suggest the... [More]
System Automation Application Manager has recently been released in a new Version "3.2.2" !!! Following is a short summary list of new features: Support of zEnterprise environmen With the new version of SA Application Manager we are introducing a new way of not only managing resources
hosted on systems but also to control the hosting environments - starting and stopping the systems. SA Application Manger cross-site failover - working with GDPS-DCM The SA Application Manager can now fail over from one site to another, which works... [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
A new developerWorks article has been published, which helps Tivoli System Automation users get up and running. This new Getting Started Guide was written by Frank Goytisolo, an IBM IT Specialist who has spent several years working with Tivoli System Automation for High Availability (TSA). Here is an excerpt from the overview: The purpose of this guide is to introduce Tivoli® System Automation for
Multiplatforms and provide a quick-start, purpose-driven approach to
users that need to use the software, but have little or no past... [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]
Automation with Tivoli System Automation products family in virtual environments has been presented on the GSE Power-Systems conference in Munich on 21.11.2011. Virtualization technologies play an important role in datacenters – they also provide the base for currently hot discussed “cloud” infrastructures. There is a lot of focus on virtualization technologies for distributed server platforms like zVM, VMware, System p’s Hypervisor, SUN Solaris Zones, and others. Of course, virtualization provides several benefits this presentation... [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]
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]
In How Tivoli Provisioning Manager integrated usability testing in Agile - Part 1 we talked about 3 points on how usability testing fits into the development cycle. In part 2, I will be sharing some other points to make this activity successful. 4. We tested “anything” By testing items that were not complete, we received excellent feedback about the end-to-end customer scenarios and important features that were needed. For example, we tested various designs to validate the general flow of a task from the business perspective. The feedback... [More]