DSA: Data Collection for System x
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In September, we announced that System x has migrated to the IBM Support Portal. Now we'd like to feature a system x specific electronic support tool on our blog. Thanks to Chris Dombrowski, for providing the content for this article.
Have you ever needed to scrutinize your system’s hardware and software configuration in a centralized, simplified view? Have you ever needed to give all this data to someone else? You can with DSA.
Dynamic System Analysis (DSA) is a system information collection and analysis tool that is used by IBM System x Service and Support personnel to aid in the diagnosis of system problems. This software tool can also be used by our clients as an easy method to validate the configurations of all their systems; keeping their compute environment consistent and error free.
All the information is collected into a compressed, lightweight (about 1 MB) XML file that can be sent to IBM Service and Support. You can also view the information using optionally generated HTML Web pages or text files (figure 1).
Dynamic System Analysis provides several different data views not available in any other tool. For example, DSA creates a merged log that includes events from all collected logs (Service processor, ServeRAID, Operating system). DSA can also generate a comparison of the system firmware to those available from UpdateXpress.
DSA is the core
collection tool for IBM System x Service and Support, and can also
satisfy the needs of every System x product owner when it comes to
knowing what is in their systems, and how they are configured. For
more information on DSA and other System x ToolsCenter tools, go to