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Customers may use the following set of instructions to help guide them through new subscription activation of their Red Hat Satellite Server v6.2 for IBM PureApplication System/Software. HowdoIconfigureorsetupNEWRedHatRegistrationfileswithRedHatSatelliteServerv6.212-12-2017.pdf IntroductiontoSatellitev6.2PatternRev312-11-2017.pdf Red Hat has announced the planned termination of Red Hat Network (RHN) support as of July 31, 2017. Red Hat has recommended that current RHN users migrate to Red Hat Subscription Management (RHSM). Starting Oct.... [More]
Most of you are famliar with "Call Home", a feature that is available on PureApplication System and Bluemix Local System. The official name of this feature is Service and Support Manager. Most clients use it to automatically open a ticket (PMR) with IBM Support as triggered by certain system events. A system event of type "Call Home" is considered by IBM to require involvement of IBM Support, Service and Support Manager can automatically open the PMR on behalf of the system administrator. You can read more about Service and... [More]
Version 2.2.3 of Bluemix Local System and PureApplication System (Intel) was released in May 2017 and introduced advanced functionality. Among other things, IBM included support for: Custom VMWare environments that can be managed by clients themselves Workload Environments, effectively a virtual PureApplication System which uses PureApplication Software under the covers Disaster Recovery of Workload Environments between two systems in different data centers These new features can provide a lot of value to large enterprise clients. The IBM Cloud... [More]
A new feature provided by firmware 22.214.171.124 to access Pure Application's vCenter from External Applications, https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/en/SSNLXH_2.2.3/doc/systemconsole/c_ext_app_access_ov.html IBM Spectrum Protect: With this feature you can extend backup solutions, with IBM Spectrum Protect. In Pure Application System the ESXi infrastructure is deployed on internal IPv6 network and is not accessible from external ip, so you need to have a VSI deployed on PureApplication System with proxy role to access on ESXi. To... [More]
On PureApplication System with Multi Cloud Environment is not possible install API Connect via OVA file as Virtual System Pattern so you need to deploy as Virtual Appliance, here there is some how during my work and a special thanks to my colleague Abdoul Gadiri Diallo. In PureApplication System Console, navigate to Patterns - > Virtual Appliances. Click the blue + button in the top-left corner. You'll need to have an available HTTP server to upload your image from or you can also SCP the image over from any accessible server... [More]
Clients have been able to configure their own SSL certificate since version 126.96.36.199. This allows administrators use certificates that have been signed by a Certificate Authority (CA) that complies with their established security standards and policies. It also assures end-users of the PureApplication console that their connections are secured and that they are connected to the actual PureApplication console. Like in previous versions, 188.8.131.52 comes with a self-signed certificate from IBM installed by default, however IBM has introduced... [More]
Over the past months, many of you have been asking questions regarding the announced end-of-support of the Red Hat Network (RHN) on 31st July (today). Red Hat has later put a 3 month grace period in place, effectively ending support of RHN on 31st October. IBM has put together a set of detailed technical details here . When you read the information carefully, note that IBM intends to release a Satellite 6.2 Pattern in the 3rd quarter of 2017. Today IBM only provides a Red Hat Satellite Server 5.6 Virtual System Pattern, but clients can already... [More]
Here is the documentation for backup and restore on PureApplication System: https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/SSCR9A_2.2.2/doc/iwd/brc_overview.html PureApplication System offers 2 types of backups: System Backup and Component Backup. Note that the actual workloads/applications (i.e. the data on the filesystems of the VMs) is not included in either the System or Component Backup. For workload/applications VMs you could take a snapshot, but you can only have one snapshot at time and you cannot recover if you delete the... [More]
Many clients have requirements to perform custom configuration and/or installation of custom software. I often recommend them to first automate using a simple shell or python script and then proceed to building simple Script Packages. However Software Components can often be used as well, so how does one choose between the two? The table below should help make that choice easier. Quality of Service/Criteria Software Component Script Package Attributes Many attribute types available. Limited number of attribute types... [More]
Fixpack 11 for WAS 8.5.5 was released on 23 December 2016, so a number of clients have a desire to use this when building building out new infrastructure. However when using version 184.108.40.206 of the WebSphere Application Server Patterns on PureApplication and Bluemix Local System 2.2.2, the only way to install WAS 220.127.116.11 is to: Import WAS 8.5.5 Fixpack 11 into your Installation Manager repository Deploy a pattern instance using a WAS 18.104.22.168 software component Upgrade to WAS 22.214.171.124 after deploying the pattern instance using the Instance... [More]
When designing and building patterns on Pure Application, most clients need to demonstrate the impact of hardware failure of a Compute Node on VMs running software. For example, what happens when the Compute Node hosting the primary DB2 VM fails? Deploying a pattern instance and pulling out a Compute Node from a PureApplication System in the data center is usually not an option (as suggested in this thread on the dw Answers forum ). Instead you could try and simulate this by: Explicitly killing the process(es) on... [More]
PureApplication System and Bluemix Local System 2.2.2.x come with the DB2 with BLU Acceleration Pattern version 126.96.36.199, as documented in System maintenance and integrated components in PureApplication System Version 188.8.131.52 . Most of you are probably familiar with this pattern, which enables fast and easy deployment of DB2 10.5 and is also used by a number of other patterns. Typically IBM installs the corresponding pattern type that contains the DB2 pattern. However since today, this pattern... [More]
I was working with a client this week where we discovered that some pattern deployments using a GPFS client policy failed. Upon investigation, it turns out that the IBM OS Image for Red Hat linux Systems 184.108.40.206 (RHEL 7.1) does not contain a particular package required by the GPFS client (kernel-devel-3.10.0-229.14.1.el7.x86_64). As we did not yet have Red Hat Satellite Server integration in place, the installation of this package fails which in turn makes the GPFS client setup and pattern installation fail. See below for a snippet from... [More]
I just came across this excellent blog post here from my colleague Tim Elwood. He describes how to setup new or renew Red Hat Registration files for deployment of RedHat Satellite Server. Some of this was already documented in sections 7.2.2 and 7.2.3 of this Redbook , but hist blog post is more recent and contains detailed instructions in particular on how to register your entitlements with Red Hat.
Read this blog post if you wanted to install the latest Cognos BI v11 pattern on any IBM PureApplication environment - including IBM Bluemix Local System - and ran into an issue deploying it. During the installation of the pattern, the required installation binaries are repackaged and uploaded into the IBM PureApplication's storehouse. At deployment time, these files are extracted, stored on an NFS server which is part of the pattern, pulled over to the different virtual machines and executed respectively. Because of a difference in... [More]
Amongst other things, IBM shipped WebSphere 9.0 patterns with PureApplication 220.127.116.11 firmware. This is great news for clients who are keen to start working with the latest version of WebSphere, but I wanted to highlight something that has changed in terms of compatibility. Since PureApplication 18.104.22.168, the WebSphere and Liberty pattern types are more restricted in terms of the minimum firmware version of PureApplication that they support. The good news is that it is easy to tell what minimum firmware version is required, it basically needs to... [More]
I recently worked with a client who was had to bring their own Windows OS image from VMWare onto PureApplication System. They exported the OS image as an .ova file from VMWare, but could not get it to work. There is some confusion in terms of the process that should be used, so I put together the different options to import an .ova file into PureApplication below. The key message here is that from PureApplication 22.214.171.124 onwards, option (3) is the only supported and recommended approach today. Export .ova from VMWare and import as... [More]
Since its inception, IBM PureApplication System has provided the ability to send audit events to an external system. This was done through scp, so the external system had to be running running an ssh daemon. One of the drawbacks of this solution was that audit logs were not immediately sent to the remote server. Events were sent in batches, which means that some information could be "in transit" for some period of time. A number of clients preferred an approach whereby audit information would be sent synchronously to an external... [More]
In this recent blog post , we referred to an excellent article on how to deploy a highly-available IBM MQ and IIB environment on PureApplication. We though it would be helpful to point out some of the known limitations in the MQ 126.96.36.199 pattern. One of the most relevant limitations is that on PureApplication 188.8.131.52 and higher, the MQ 184.108.40.206 pattern always installs MQ 220.127.116.11 (even if you chose MQ 18.104.22.168). This is a known problem, APAR IT15252 has been provided by IBM to address this (and a fix is available from IBM... [More]
I recently came across the following article from my colleague Dave Arnold in Australia. He has built a set of patterns to implement a highly-available MQ and IIB environment on PureApplication. Dave used the MQ 8.0 and IIB 10.0 software components from IBM as a starting point and added customisations on top. This is a great example of what you can do with PureApplication patterns, please refer to... [More]
Updated with patterns released in Q2 2016! Updated with link to documentation for all patterns in IBM Pattern Hub. IBM Pattern Hub is a pattern subscription offering from IBM that enables access to a select set of patterns for the IBM PureApplication platform (it is not a centralized source of all patterns). The patterns available through the IBM Pattern Hub patterns are licensed and delivered separately from the IBM software products that they install and configure. This means that in addition to the IBM Pattern Hub, a client should... [More]
Virtual images are the base component of every virtual machine. On IBM PureApplication System (Intel-based) and Service, IBM provides some virtual images called "IBM OS Image for Red Hat Linux Systems". In your catalog, you can also have virtual images coming from Hypervisor Editions of IBM products or some other virtual images that you have imported, cloned or customized. These virtual images have a defined disk space available but sometimes you need more. To get a larger disk space you can use add-ons in your patterns or increase... [More]
IBM PureApplication System uses a placement engine to control where VMs are placed. However the exact workings of the placement engine are not always fully understood. IBM recently published the developerWorks article "Where and why: Demystifying virtual machine placement in IBM PureApplication System" . Hopefully this article will help improve your understanding of the placement engine!
For those of you who are working with some of the IBM Rational test products, IBM has recently released the following products as a pattern for PureApplication. The Knowledge Center provides more details regarding these patterns here . I am including the actual IBM Passport Advantage part numbers here for convenience. IBM Rational Integration Tester Pattern 1.0 (CN937ML) IBM Rational Performance Test Server Pattern 1.0 (CN936ML) IBM Rational Test Virtualization Server Pattern 1.0 (CN938ML) You can use the following CLI script to quickly import... [More]
IBM Operational Decision Manager (ODM) version 8.7.1 ships a set of predefined patterns, as listed here in the Knowledge Center, to enable the ODM environment to run on IBM PureApplication System , IBM PureApplication Software, and IBM PureApplication Service. For convenience, we include the corresponding part numbers, to simplify downloading the pattern through IBM Passport Advantage: Pattern Description Part Number IBM Operational Decision Manager Application Pattern V8.7.1 for AIX CN5PXML IBM Operational Decision... [More]
IBM released version 22.214.171.124 of the DB2 with BLU Acceleration Pattern on 4th December 2015. Although previous versions of this pattern type were made available through IBM Fix Central , this latest version of the pattern can also be obtained through IBM Passport Advantage. Update: Make sure to review the Frequently Asked Questions here as well, they provide additional useful information for this pattern. Downloading from IBM Passport Advantage PureApplication System clients should automatically be entitled to this,... [More]
Most customers have multiple cloud group or multiple environment profiles with externally managed cloudgroups, – to segregate production from non-production instances, to support a cloud service for different departments, … - and within every cloud group, they provide some shared services. It’s very likely they might even have created a so-called custom monitoring situation or a personal workspace. As these artifacts are not transferrable through the IBM PureApplication GUI, how can I get my favorite situation (i.e. monitor... [More]
IBM provides a set of packages for the built-in IBM Installation Manager (IIM) Repository on PureApplication System. In V2.1, this set of packages contained binaries for WAS 126.96.36.199 and WAS 188.8.131.52. You can easily add higher Fix Packs to the IIM Repository. However it is not straightforward to deploy WAS 184.108.40.206 or WAS 220.127.116.11 when you have bought a PureApplication System at V2.1 from IBM. The good news however is that there is a supported solution, and that is to download and import the equivalent packages that IBM released at the time of... [More]
Some clients have been looking to run DB2 10.5 Fix Pack 5 on PureApplication as it brings a number of significant enhancements to DB2 . The Pattern Type "DB2 with BLU Acceleration Pattern" delivers the Software Component and Virtual System Patterns to run DB2 10.5. This Pattern Type started shipping with PureApplication V2.0, you can find more information in the Knowledge Center here . The most recent version of this Pattern Type that shipped with PureApplication 18.104.22.168 was 22.214.171.124. When... [More]
IBM released WSRR (WebSphere Services Registry and Repository) 8.5.5 earlier this year in March. You can find a brief summary of new features here . Even though this was released some time ago, I wanted to take the opportunity highlight the new Virtual System Pattern that was delivered in April. You can find more details on this page in the Knowledge Center, the diagram below shows what the pattern looks like. Note that the pattern re-uses the existing DB2 10.5 Software Components, so if you are familiar with those it will make... [More]