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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
The Tivoli Provisioning Manager development team has implemented usability testing in the Agile development process. By allowing customers to experience the product while in development, we are building a strong partnership with our customers to shape the solution that they need. Here are the main points that we followed to be able to fit formal usability testing into the Agile schedule. By doing so, our team greatly improved the task flow and user interaction for the features tested. 1. We created a team Our usability team is... [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!
I wrote a new tool I call "db2tsacheck" to help avoid unwanted surprises due to configuration problems. Its sole purpose is to look for as many configuration problems as possible for TSAMP managed DB2 HADR or DB2 HA Shared Disk environments. Its a tool you can run on a periodic basis to validate all is well with your configuration. To download the new version, please visit the following URL: http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21685755 Although the first two releases provided good coverage of known configuration problems and... [More]
I just wanted to take a moment to spread the word about a new performance cookbook resource available from the IBM Service Management (ISM) Library. You can find it here: Tivoli Provisioning Manager Version 22.214.171.124 Performance Cookbook This cookbook is based on the latest available version of TPM 7210 and combines all the most recent performance improvements available. Performance areas discussed in the cookbook include: Functional Overview Architectural Overview Performance Overview Deployment Infrastructure Runtime Performance... [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]
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'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]
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]
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
feedback. You have the chance to participate in this new development and... [More]
With the 126.96.36.199 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]
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.
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]
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]
The Olympics always bring a strong sense of competition as countries vie for top honors, fueled with nationalism and pure athletic pride on the line. In every sport there is almost always one competitor out in front, willing to wear a target on her/his back, doing the extra training and utilizing his/her resources more effectively when the challenge arises. We admire their grace, strength and success. We desire their quality. Without launching into a philosophical discussion on quality, I do want to tie the above premise into an IT model:... [More]