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undeniable fact that the manner in which we attempt to resolve problems,
be they complex software applications or finding the closest Italian
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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. * Increase productivity by consolidating to a single operations and automation tool to manage heterogeneous clusters without detailed knowledge of either the application or its... [More]
Hi community, this is a quick overview over the IBM Tivoli System Automation product family. IBM Tivoli System Automation provides high availability through self-healing capabilities and policy-based automation for applications and services. The product family consists of three products: * Tivoli System Automation for z/OS is the automation solution for the mainframe. It helps customers with single-processor systems and Parallel Sysplex clusters to ease management, minimize costs, and maximize application availability. SA z/OS is... [More]
New Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms (SA MP) video on YouTube: High Availability for SAP environments with Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4k22CYXM-f4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGwqQnIGv9E This video shows how to create a highly available SAP solution that covers all critical components. Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms provides this level of high availability, which is required for business critical applications. In terms of service contracts with guaranteed availability... [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]
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]
The tool appcmd can be used for testing IBM Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms policies as well as IBM Tivoli System Automation Application Manager end-to-end and Agentless Adapter policies. In order
to verify that your policies work as expected, they need to be tested.
In particular, it has to be tested whether resources are recovered as
expected in failure situations. It is very time-consuming to perform
such tests with real applications because all failures to be recovered
need to be injected manually. This application... [More]
A new paper has been released on the System Automation Application Manager WIKI: Paper: Integrating OSLC 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
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... [More]
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]
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]
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.
This IBM support webpage (http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27024950&myns=swgtiv&mynp=OCSSRM2X&mync=R) features the documents most frequently requested by our customers, as well as other information identified by Support as valuable in helping answer questions related to IBM Tivoli System Automation for Multplatforms (TSAMP). A must read if you run System Automation on AIX, Linux, Solaris or Windows. It contains: Hot Topics Downloads and Updates Popular Technotes such as 'Checking and Adjusting... [More]
Already last year members of the GSE Automation group decided it is worth to create a new work-group concentrating on Automation and Business Resiliency matters especially on open systems. This was the day we decided to found a new work-group "Automation and Business Resiliency on Open Systems ". What is GSE? Guide Share Europe (GSE) is an international nonprofit association of companies, organizations, and individuals involved in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) solutions based on IBM architectures. The key aims of... [More]
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.