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Hi, I am interested in your opinion what kind of education is required. At this link I have posted the current course contents. Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms Installation and Administration (SM952) has been updated to a 3.2.1 level. It can be also used to do a special class for operators. At EOTC 2012 there was support for an Operator training about combined e2e and SA MP. In addition DB2 and SAP could be of interest, both of which are covered in Pulse 2012 workshops, see next entry. Please send me your input as email or create... [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]
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]
SA for Multiplatforms (SAMP) automates applications and ensures their availability in a so called "High Availability Cluster". The product itself delivers the framework to create such an High Availability Cluster and to manage any kind of resource in it. In simply words - anything what can be started, stopped and monitored by an operator using commands can also be managed as so called "resources" by System Automation for Multiplatforms on those systems. You need to configure SAMP and tell the product which resources to... [More]
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]
in case you haven't seen this so far...... With the introduction of Tivoli System Automation Application Manager (SA Application Manager) version 126.96.36.199 (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]
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]
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]
A new link has been added to the Best Practices section of the SA Application Manager WIKI. Following this link will provide you with information how to use SA z/OS, SA for Multiplatforms and SA Application Manager to automate and manage an SAP environment cross-platform. Best Practices SA Application Manager
A new Whitepaper has been published now also on the SA for Multiplatforms WIKI: SAP HA with SA for Multiplatforms Whitepaper . Read the story how to use the new SAP HA feature of SA for Multiplatforms to create wizard-driven an high available cluster environment for your SAP installation.
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.
Did you know that you can comment on or rate pages in an information center? Feedback on the documentation helps us to understand which areas of the documentation need improvement or more information, and what topics our customers find useful. This video shows the Tivoli Provisioning Manager information center, but the same steps can be used for any information center that has the collaboration features enabled. The Tivoli Provisioning Manager team checks for comments regularly, and we use the feedback to improve the information when we publish... [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]