This self-paced audio-visual course provides an overview of the System Automation for z/OS 3.4 functional differences as they relate to implementation and administration. This is is the first of three courses in a set of courses that cover implementation and administration differences. The other two courses provide demonstrations and additional details on specific topics. The functional differences associated with operational commands are covered in a separate set of courses.
Data Center Automation
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The Olympics always bring a strong sense of competition as countries vie for top honors, fueled with nationalism and pure athletic pride on the line. In every sport there is almost always one competitor out in front, willing to wear a target on her/his back, doing the extra training and utilizing his/her resources more effectively when the challenge arises. We admire their grace, strength and success. We desire their quality.
Without launching into a philosophical discussion on quality, I do want to tie the above premise into an IT model: The end result of doing the right work, spending the extra time to plan and design, and implementing the right features will be perceived as a high quality solution.
What I like the most about working at IBM is that we always set the bar high. Sometimes too high - we may set out to create something too vast, too complex with too many variables. While this may not provide us with the quickest or cheapest solution, over time and with the right ingredients, we generally come out with something ground breaking and pack-leading. Quarter after quarter, year after year, decades on, our products tend to shape the market. Other technologies that did not have the right 'stuff', even internal projects which were explored but do not pan out for public consumption, fall by the side and take silver and bronze. With IBM gold is in our blood - just like the Olympic competitor keen to achieve success, our focus on quality and exceeding customer expectations will always lead us to delivering the right products and solutions.
Setting the bar high means that sometimes you will fail to hit your mark, but just like the Olympic athlete on center stage for all the world to see, you would prefer to give it your best with the highest challenge on the line than to sit on the sideline and settle for less.
With the 126.96.36.199 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.
The Internet is changing the face of product support. It is an undeniable fact that the manner in which we attempt to resolve problems, be they complex software applications or finding the closest Italian restaurant, is entirely different than 10, 5, or even 2 years ago. In all facets of our daily lives, how we search for answers to even the simplest of problems have been forever changed through online technology and capabilities. The Internet permeates all aspects of our lives; how many readers of this blog post do not understand the phrase "Just Google it"?While one might argue social business is still maturing and that the social media landscape is still quite dynamic and reminiscent of the Old West (anyone still have a MySpace account?). the commitment to social business has seen tremendous growth in the halls of IBM Software Support. This acknowledgement of the import of social business is in no small part due to the explosion and popularity of these mediums as a viable means to resolve issues through a collection(s) of peer users. Community based, or to use the cool kid's lingo, crowdsourcing, allows you to move far beyond traditional support models. Prefer a concise and direct notification system? There is a Tivoli Support Twitter page. Want to engage in a dialogue with your peers? Check out the just released IBM Tivoli Support Facebook page. If you want to do more than just "like" the FB page, join the Tivoli Support Facebook group. Are you a visual learner? The IBM Electronic Support Channel on YouTube have generated over 50,000 views! There are hundreds of online instructional videos also available at the IBM Education Assistant site.
Nowhere is this more apparent than the emerging use of social media in the business environment. Over the past few years, social venues like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and others have transformed from purely social offerings to bona fide business tools. For additional insight into IBM's approach and use of social business in the enterprise, I highly recommend following Sandy Carter, the IBM Vice President of Social Business. Sandy is an acclaimed author, expert, and evangelist in this business context.
Two of the most prominent IBM online offerings dedicated to problem resolution are the Support Portal and Service Requests systems. The Support Portal is the gateway into resolving your product issues. You can configure the portal and add any and all IBM Software products your organization utilizes. From the portal, you can search our extensive knowledge base, download product documentation, review deployment and configuration best practices, and obtain product updates and maintenance. Service Requests (SR) is the system where you can easily create new PMRs, view existing tickets. Two years ago, less than 20% of all new PMRs were created through the use of the SR system. Today, almost 50% of all PMRs originate electronically from the SR system..
I could go on and on about our IBM eSupport initiatives and will continue to focus and highlight online tooling in future posts. For now, I hope you take the time to review some of these tools and systems. I'm confident you will realize immediate value from these offerings. I welcome all comments on any aspect of Tivoli product support delivery. What works for you, and just as importantly, what's not working or what's totally missing. Our constant and driving objective is to continually improve the consistency and caliber of support we provide and your feedback in these forums is crucial to these goals.
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How and where to download a software fix from. Did you know?
- You can isolate to only certain types of fixes?
- You can upload an inventory file, and have fixes for all those products listed for selection?
- Did you know that Fix Central supports pre-rec and co-rec associations, so that you will know if a fix you need has other required changes even for distributed platforms?