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For AOTC members and people interested in System Automation Product Family - there is an exciting change for our 2012 AOTC event. For the first time in 2012, the Automated Operations Technical Council (AOTC) joins IBM Pulse at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas March 4-7, 2012 and we invite you to take part in the action! AOTC 2012 will offer four full days of sessions focused on the IBM Tivoli® System Automation family of products - SA z/OS, SA for Multiplatforms and SA Application Manager. The first three days will be open to all Pulse attendees.... [More]
Today we added a new utility to the SA Application Manager WIKI which allows to model tasks as SA resources. This utility can be used together with the Agentless Adapter of the SA Application Manager as well as for the instrumentation of resources in SA for Multiplatforms. What are task resources?
With System Automation it is possible to
manage the availability of all resources in a datacenter. System Automation
ensures the availability 24x7 by constantly monitoring the availability of defined
resources and automatically reacts on... [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!
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]
With the 220.127.116.11 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]
"System Automation on IBM Total Solution Event for System z" One topic on the annual "IBM Total Solution Event for System z" in Berlin was a presentation and discussion of how Tivoli System Automation product family can be used to handle automation and disaster recovery tasks in a zEnterprise Environment. We presented how the SA product family integrates with GDPS for disaster recovery solutions. In the presetnation we showed the value of using SA Application Manager and SA for Multiplatforms on top of the zEnterprise... [More]
Dear Automation Experts, this is your official invitation to the European Operations Technical Conference 2013. The conference will be held Monday, May 13 through Friday, May 17, 2013
in the IBM Lab in Boeblingen, Germany. Conference language will be
English. Register now at https://events.paxido.com/EOTC-2013/ We have limited space available in our auditorium and therefore safe your seat and register as soon as possible! Registration
is required for all attendees, including speakers. Only registered
persons will get entrance to... [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]
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]
This is an introduction into IBM Tivoli System Automation Application Manager. IBM Tivoli System Automation Application Manager helps coordinate and manage application availability across cluster technologies, so you can better control your enterprise business services. Use it as single point of control to manage heterogeneous business application landscape. * Increase productivity by consolidating to a single operations and automation tool to manage heterogeneous clusters without detailed knowledge of either the application or its... [More]
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]
Hi community, this is a quick overview over the IBM Tivoli System Automation product family. IBM Tivoli System Automation provides high availability through self-healing capabilities and policy-based automation for applications and services. The product family consists of three products: * Tivoli System Automation for z/OS is the automation solution for the mainframe. It helps customers with single-processor systems and Parallel Sysplex clusters to ease management, minimize costs, and maximize application availability. SA z/OS is... [More]
Hi, between May 7th to May 11th the annual EOTC will happen again in the IBM Boeblingen R&D Lab. Like last year this conference with international customer participation will run in two tracks - one concentrating on "SA z/OS" and "Netview" topics - the other tracks sharing news, demos and workshops concentrating on the products "SA for Multiplatforms" and "SA Application Manager". Although the whole EOTC is happening from monday to friday - this "distributed EOTC track" will start on... [More]
A new presentation with tips and tricks for the following user interfaces of SA Application Manager has been published on the WIKI: SA Operations Console SA Policy Editor Reporting The tips include advices about filtering, improving visualization in the Policy Editor, external launching of the operations console, modifying some of the operator preferences using SQL, creating reports from the command line, and much more. Find the presentation in the Best Practices How To's section using the following link:... [More]
A new paper has been released on the System Automation Application Manager WIKI:
Paper: Integrating OSLC
It contains information and examples (in Java® and PERL) on how to control End-To-End resources via REST calls. For scripting this eliminates the necessity to log on to the node hosting the SA Application Manager and does not need to start a JVM (like eezcs does).
As always we are very interested in your feedback and any nice solutions (like handy scripts) you are developing.
- Sebastian Wegmann