Tivoli Storage Productivity Center and Me
Well...here I go! I wanted to provide some background information about myself before diving into this blog.
I'm Johanna Hislop. I've spent 14 years with IBM and over 10 of that has been with storage management software. I am part of the development team for the IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center application. More specifically, I am a lead for the level 3 support team delivering fix packs and other maintenance to the field.
I have a wide breadth of knowledge regarding Tivoli Storage Productivity Center, affectionately referred to as TPC by many, but my biggest interest lies in the fabric side of things. I've worked closely with the major switch vendors over the years and thoroughly enjoy getting hands-on time with the switches. I love solving problems and the challenge of new configurations and getting things to work. I also l enjoy low-level Fibre Channel traces. That's a carry-over from my previous job on a hard disk drive development and test team, but it has come in handy for SAN management in general.
The intention of this blog is to share interesting news, activities and other random tidbits regarding Tivoli Storage Productivity Center. I hope you'll find the content of interest to you.
Have you installed the DB2 Enterprise Server Edition 9.7 that came with Tivoli Storage Productivity Center version 4.2.0 or 4.2.1 physical media or eAssembly packages only to find that it is missing the license? If so, you might be wondering why this is or where you can get it.
Where is the license?
With the latest versions of Tivoli Storage Productivity Center, the DB2 Enterprise Server 9.7 installation image does not include the license required. Rather, the license is available as a separate part that can be downloaded and activated, following the directions provided with the keys. Knowing that it is separate step will save you from trouble as you work through the installation.
If you are viewing one of the the download docs on the Tivoli Storage Productivity Center support site, you can see that the new part number (CZ381ML) for DB2 Enterprise Server Edition, Version 9.7 Quick Start Guide and Activation Keys has been added. This is what you'll need for adding the license to DB2 9.7.
Download and Activate!
The main DB2 installation is no different than what is documented in the Tivoli Storage Productivity Center documentation. Once DB2 is installed, you're ready to follow the activation directions provided in the downloaded QuickStart Guide. This is a general DB2 procedure for activating a license. Soon you will be on your way to installing Tivoli Storage Productivity Center 4.2.1 with your new DB2 9.7.
Fix pack 2 for Tivoli Storage Productivity Center version 4.2.1 was released to the field two weeks ago. You can see the various APAR fixes and currency updates for it documented on the support site. One of the featured items is a currency update to support XIV 10.2.4. With each XIV firmware level picked up and supported by Tivoli Storage Productivity Center, the available performance metrics have increased. With XIV 10.2.4, they have increased significantly. We've updated the InfoCenter for 4.2.1 to reflect the additional metrics available based on XIV firmware levels.
I don't want to duplicate all the details of the InfoCenter, because that's your official go-to spot for this, but here is a sampling of some of the new metrics.