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
experience with it.
This guide describes the role that TSA plays within IBM’s Smart
Analytics System solution and the commands that can be used to
manipulate the application. Further, some basic problem diagnosis
techniques will be discussed, which may help with minor issues that
could be experienced during regular use.
When the Smart Analytics system is built with High Availability, TSA is
automatically installed and configured by the ATK. Therefore, this
guide will not describe how to install or configure a TSA cluster
(domain) from scratch, but rather how to manipulate and work with an
existing environment. To learn to define a cluster of servers, please
refer to the References appendix for IBM courses that are available.
to read the entire article.
The Pulse 2012 workshops including VMware images (IBMers only) are available:
F05 DB2 High Availability and Disaster Recovery
In this lab exercise, you learn how the IBM DB2 High Availability and Disaster Recovery feature works with automatic failover using IBM Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms to make DB2 highly available.
Three virtualized Linux hosts are preinstalled with the appropriate software packages (DB2 production installation without instance, db2_install).
However, no other configuration has been applied to give you a realistic setup experience from start to finish. link
F06 SAP High Availability
In this lab exercise, you learn how to make SAP highly available. You use the updated SAP wizard of Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms 3.2.2 to define automation in your own cluster. You learn to start and stop an entire SAP cluster with a single click. You perform a critical outage scenario of the SAP central instance and watch Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms recovering your SAP application.link
Note: IBMers can download the VMs for this workshop at SPLL
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.
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"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 URM (Unified Resource Manager) to manage business critical applications starting from the hardware the virtualization layer and finally the application stack.
Find the presentations of this 2-days event using following link: TSE 2012 Event in Berlin
in the "Presentations" tab. The SA presentation you find on Track 9 "Integrated Management and Monitoring on zEnterprise"
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 tuesday at lunch time and end on thursday afternoon.
You will learn whats coming in the next release of SA as well as getting first-hand experiences from other customer using these products.
Hope to meet you soon in Boeblingen
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 manage on the systems within the cluster. In a first step you define the resources (tell SAMP how to start, stop and monitor). I a second step you group the resources logically together and create relationships. This allows you to define the scope of automation (start a group of resource by one command) and control (observe the status of all resources by just checking the group state). In addition SAMP knows in which sequence resources (and therefore the represented applications) should be started or stopped. An operator does not have to remember this ans last but not least SA for Multiplatforms can do it automatically after an unexpected outage was detected without having an operator to react manually.
Creating resources, defining groups and relationships takes a considerable amount of time - more than just the installation of SAMP. In order to help our users to create those policies we provide a set of so called "pre-canned policies" for free. They can be downloaded from the IBM Integrated Service Management Library (also known as OPAL).
Find a link to the pre-canned policies in our WIKI: https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/wikis/display/tivoli/Tivoli+System+Automation+for+Multiplatforms+Best+Practices
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. There will also be a special evening reception for you to network in an informal setting with other attendees. For AOTC members only, a special fourth day Client Council will be held, where discussions typically include product futures and requirements; therefore, as in past years, all attendees for day four will be required to sign a confidential non-disclosure agreement.
In addition, AOTC attendees will have access to all the activities of Pulse 2012, IBM Tivoli's premiere conference. At this year's conference you'll have an opportunity to network with over 7,000 colleagues and attend our largest-ever Solution Expo..
Information on how to register, hotels and all the Pulse events is available on the Pulse website. www.ibm.com/pulse
Hold the date: Las Vegas March 4-7, 2012. We look forward to seeing you there.
If you would like additional information, please contact Kiron Rakkar ( email@example.com
), Kirk Bean (firstname.lastname@example.org
) or Dan Plemons (email@example.com
in case you haven't seen this so far......
With the introduction of Tivoli System Automation Application Manager (SA Application Manager) version 188.8.131.52 (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 components spread across many servers. With this new integration it is possible to start, stop, or restart this complex business application or its sub-components with a single mouse click.
Here are some details:
The SA Application Manager provides simple control of multi-tiered business application landscapes found in today's data centers. For example, an "Online Trading Application" consisting of a set of Webservers, several WebSphere (JEE) servers, and a back-end database,
can be managed as a single entitiy. Therefore, an operator can restart this "Online Trading Application" in a single step. Adding SA Application Manager to an existing ITM monitored infrastructure will:
- Extend the visualization solution to an application automation solution by defining business applications and their dependencies.
- Provide consistent and automated start and stop of business applications and their components.
- Increase the availability of the ITM-managed systems and applications through automatic recovery in failure situations.
- Provide a solution which is based on existing ITM infrastructure without the need to install additional agents.
SA Application Manager integrates with IBM Tivoli Monitoring (ITM) by using existing ITM resource instrumentation (ITM agents). Therefore, the SA Application Manager:
- Retrieves monitoring information from ITM agents.
- Can perform start and stop operations via ITM agents.
Software components that have until now only been monitored by ITM, also become resources managed by the SA Application Manager. ITM resources can even become automated members of complex business applications within SA Application Manager automation policies.
ITM delivers many different types of agents. The integration of SA Application Manager and ITM allows almost every type of ITM agent to be integrated: Application agents (also referred to as non-OS agents), including custom agents. OS agents
For further information about this new feature contact me, refer to the release notes of the SA Application Manager 184.108.40.206, or look into the SA Application Manager Wiki.
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 following links:
- Page where IBM internal can be entitled:http://www-947.ibm.com/systems/support/fixes/en/fixcentral/help/index.html
- Entitlement error and resolution for customers:http://www-947.ibm.com/systems/support/fixes/en/fixcentral/help/faq_sw.html#entitlement_error
The fixpack and the related readme file can be also accessed internally (GSA):
Thanks to the extended team for the hard work in getting this done!
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 concentrated on the aspects of availability, high availability and disaster recover.
More than 80% of enterprises have adopted server virtualization, but only 20% of all server workload is on virtual machines
- Lack of confidence when it comes to high availability of virtual infrastructure
- Better management tools predict increase in adoption rate to 48% by 2011
Virtualized landscapes have the same high availability needs… - stay in business 24x7x365. It is required to consider that that failures causing service outages happen on hardware as well as on software stack. Planned outages have to be avoided which are caused whenever maintenance is required – if possible avoid service interruption. In a real disaster you have to recover your business on another site - it is required to be prepared for the worst. Virtual machines, applications and data have to be available on the failover DR site.
Key points which have been addressed in the presentation:
These topics are addressed in the given presentation - if you are interested to learn more pls. contact us.
- High Availability needs of business applications.
- A high level overview of virtualization technologies and their value for reducing out-times in planned scenearios
- Promises and limitation of virtualization technologies for true high availability
- High Availability clustering with SA has application knowledge, knows about relationships between applications and can react more intelligent in planned and unplanned outage scnearios
- System Automation Multiplatforms and SA Application Manager as management utilities for composite business applications including virtualization tolerations and exploitation.
- Cross-site Disaster Recovery Solutions with virtualized environments - control (virtual) systems, application stacks and replicated data with System Automation
- Explained in scnearios
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:
Tivoli Provisioning Manager for Images:
This new format complements the standard HTML and PDF formats that we already deliver. This goes in the direction of providing our customers with best of breed solutions, fulfilling their needs.
In our Early Access Program we heard our customers mentioning tablets support and this is our answer from a documentation point of view.
EPUB (short for electronic publication) is a free and open e-book standard by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). Files have the extension .epub. EPUB is designed for reflowable content, meaning that the displayed text can be optimized for the particular display device used by the reader of the EPUB-formatted book, like tablets or e-book readers.
ePub is an open format, not controlled or owned by any company. There are no licensing costs or restrictions associated with the standard.
ePub is built on top of existing standards. This makes this standard easy to support: there are already hundreds of devices able to read it without need of additional tools.
Additionally it is easy to expand and improve: the upcoming ePub 3.0 specifications are already including rich media and interactivity support.
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: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/wikis/display/tivoli/Tivoli+System+Automation+Application+Manager+Best+Practices
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.