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Hi, 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.
Hi, 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.
Hi, 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 cheers, Josi.
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 trace files are... [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 the log and... [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 Multiplaforms (TSAMP)... [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 : http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27024950 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. For example : -... [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 samversion -b Get RSCT version ctversion -b Check operator commands cat /var/ct/IBM.RecoveryRM.log 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 Periodically check RSCT subsystems (watch) - LINUX while [ 1 -eq 1 ]; do clear;... [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
With the 184.108.40.206 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]
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]
Tivoli System Automation Application Manager 3.2.2 has released its first pre-canned End-to-end policy. This policy is called "End-to-end Disaster Recovery with DB2 HADR" and is available on the ISM Connect library: http://www-304.ibm.com/software/brandcatalog/ismlibrary/details?catalog.label=1TW10SA08# It is a disaster recovery (DR) solution with System Automation Application Manager as single point of control for operating and disaster recovery actions. Application data is replicated software-based with IBM DB2 high availability... [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]
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 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]