I'm also including the URL to the official guide
that shows how to set up and operate an SA MP cluster to keep TSM highly available.
I'm also including the URL to the official guide
that shows how to set up and operate an SA MP cluster to keep TSM highly available.
With the 22.214.171.124 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 commands connect, lsnode, and nodereq.
Description: This script will accept one virtual server name (as it is shown in the zEnterprise HMC interface) and search for the mapping to a hostname in the domains known to the e2e manager. Once found the matching server is printed to STDOUT. If you want to adapt this script for later use, you should probably use it as a starting point for a general use method and instead return the name of the hostname to the caller.
Idea: Possibly you want to stop a VirtualServer, with the hostname available to you, you are able to exclude that node before stopping it.
Description: This script will accept one hypervisor name (as it is shown in the zEnterprise HMC interface) and search for all mappings to hostnames in the domains known to the e2e manager. At the end all matches are printed to STDOUT. If you want to adapt this script for later use, you should probably use it as a starting point for a general use method and instead return the names of the hostnames to the caller.
Idea: Use this script to determine all hostnames for preparation tasks prior to a hypervisor shutdown, or determine whether your applications are sufficiently spread over multiple hypervisors.
Description: This script will accept one hostname, a timeout (in seconds), and a resource name (fully qualified). It will then start to search for the hostname in the connected domains. On the first match, the node will be started in that domain. The script will wait until the node is online in the automation domain it connected to. Afterwards a resource (identified by the third parameter) will be started.
Idea: Tthis script can be used inside a large system bringup, managing the relationship from soft- to hardware.
Description: This script accepts one e2e resource reference or group name. It will start all servers necessary for this e2e resource, wait until they are operational and then start the e2e resource. This script uses a fixed timeout for each startWait operation of 10 minutes.
Idea: This script shows an example of a complete dependency, from hardware, to first-level-automation domain applications, to an end-to-end-reference.
Download the complete package from our Wiki.
Feedback on any of the scripts, new ideas for scripts and questions about other tasks is very welcome in our forum.
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 werden sollten oder gar eigene Beiträge sind sehr willkommen - auf der GSE Seite finden sich die Namen der Ansprechpartner.
A new paper has been released on the System Automation Application Manager WIKI:
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
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
Proper maintenance of your Provisioning Server is necessary for smooth data center management operations. Without following basic guidelines for disk management and resource handling you can find yourself unable to perform necessary provisioning actions when the time comes.
The key aspect for TPM datacenter performance is the database connection. We do most of our testing and performance baselines using IBM DB2 and as such most of our recommendations are made towards configuring the DB2 management server appropriately. A few key items to review:
For more information on the above and additional TPM maintenance topics, like database backups, WebSphere settings and TPM java configuration for high scale, please review the Support Technical Exchange: TPM721 - Hygiene and Maintenance. For a full video replay of the STE event please follow the link: https://de202.centra.com:443/GA/main/0000007b4703000001371b4729a6a40c
Password: tiv0li ("0" is a zero)
MartinReitz 060001HHJ8 Tags:  recovery automation system hadr db2 replication disaster 4,422 Views
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:
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 disaster recovery (HADR) across data centers. Because this generic solution is policy-based, it can be customized to your application landscape.
You should check this out if you are looking for a DR solution for your application that stores its data in a DB2 data store. You can even combine this solution with a high availability clustering in one site or extend a System Automation for Multiplatforms high availablity setup with this DR capabilities.
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.
* Leverage a single interface to manage operations of composite applications, for managing and controlling the planned and unplanned outages across the enterprise.
* Policy-based advanced automation enables modeling application behavior during failures, thus helping in reducing complexity and speeding time to value.
* Application-centric approach to automated high-availability for end-to-end application landscapes and provides automatic recovery mechanism on service disruption due to failure of application, component, resource, or system.
* Extend automation to application components that reside on single node clusters or unsupported platforms, through an agentless adapter technology.
* Speed problem resolution by using a Web-based interface to access clear views of applications and their relationship to other applications, servers and systems, and then drill down to determine the root cause of failures
* Mitigate the impact of service disruptions by using centralized control for all clusters and Sysplex environments to help make time-critical decisions that prevent unplanned outages and to better prepare for planned outages, such as routine maintenance
* Include applications running on single node servers or unclustered servers in the automation scope through the agentless adapter
* Expand capabilities with an additional disaster recovery component for System z mainframes which integrates with Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex (GDPS). It is designed to notify GDPS to trigger disaster recovery actions
* Integration with Tivoli Productivity Center - Replication (TPC-R) allows System Automation Application Manager to become the single point of control for both multi-tiered business applications and the corresponding data replication between two sites. This provides disaster recovery (DDR) functionality for a purely open system landscape
Isabell Sippli(IBM) 060000X124 Tags:  gse eotc samp system-automation saam automation 4,369 Views
Dear Automation Experts,
We have limited space available in our auditorium and therefore safe your seat and register as soon as possible!
Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment and Tivoli Provisioning Manager for Images documentation is now available in ePub format
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:
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.
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 updates to the documentation.
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 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:
SA Application Manager integrates with IBM Tivoli Monitoring (ITM) by using existing ITM resource instrumentation (ITM agents). Therefore, the SA Application Manager: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 188.8.131.52, or look into the SA Application Manager Wiki.
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.
Click here to read the entire article.
This is an introduction into IBM Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms.
* Sophisticated knowledge about application components and their relationships
* Quick and consistent recovery of failed resources and whole applications either in place or on another system of a cluster
If you use System Automation for Multiplatforms, the following advantages and improvements apply:
* Policy-based automation reduces skill requirements and improves automation quality and flexibility.
* Plug and play automation modules can reduce automation costs, implementation time and support effort.
* Less operator errors and effort through operations at the application level using a Web-based GUI.
* Consistent automation across all platforms.
* Protection of critical resources through quorum. Dead man switch and a disk and network tiebreaker.
* Builds small, large, and complex clusters (n:m) which reduces the number of required backup systems.
* Goal driven automation avoids operator errors.
* Integrates with Tivoli System Automation Application Manager to automate and operate composite applications and to facilitate reporting.
* Web-based, easy to use, and powerful graphical user interface.
* Integrates with CCMDB using System Automation Application Manager, TEC, TEP, TPM.
Less then two weeks left to Pulse 2013 (March 3 - 6) the top event on Cloud, IT and Service Management in Las Vegas to share best practices with 8,000 of your peers and hear from IBM business partners and top industry analysts on the latest trends and hottest IT topics.
Part of the Cloud and IT Optimization stream (http://www.ibm.com/software/tivoli/pulse/agenda/cloud.html#content) will be the Automated Operations Technical Council (AOTC).
Join this track to gain the knowledge you need to protect your business and IT services through end-to-end high availability, automation, and disaster recovery solutions. The AOTC continues its long term focus on the IBM Tivoli® System Automation family across distributed and z environments. This highly technical track is ideal for automation technical experts, IT project managers, and IT operations specialists who want to maximize the value of their system automation portfolio.
There will be developers giving updates on the latest development , practitioners, customers and users talking about their experience. For example there will be customer sessions on 'Advanced SAP Automation using Tivoli System Automation' an 'High Availability and Cross Platform Automation of a Complex Banking Applications'.