TPC 5.1 web-based GUI
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For the last few years, I have been using TPC (typically the TPC for disk component) to manage IBM storage, ranging from DS4000s, DS5000s, DS8000s, SVC and more recently V7000s.
In terms of functionality TPC is great. The statistic collection and report generation is good, the ease of use is okay, but in comparison to the GUI that the storage systems have, it’s nothing spectacular.
That is until now, as version 5.1 has just been released. IBM have put the XIV style GUI into TPC, and it looks awesome. The other thing that I noticed in TPC 5.1 for disk, was that there is additional functionality to monitor V7000 unified NAS storage as well.
Below is how TPC looked before:
So, how difficult is it to get the new version of TPC up and running? Easy!
I had a quick look at the minimum requirements, which can be found in the announcement letter below, along with licensing information:
After that I downloaded the installers:
- DB2 9.7 FP4 for TPC 5.1
- TPC 5.1
The first thing to check, is the system that you are installing it on can resolve it’s own FQDN and other hosts can resolve it. This is required for the TPC installation. My server is tpc5
I have a Windows 2008 R2 Virtual machine, which I’m going to use for TPC. I put all the installers in D:\TPC_INSTALL and ran the DB2 installation, then ran the TPC installation.
Once it’s installed you will have the regular GUI available, and this is used for all configuration tasks. You configure TPC exactly as you would a TPC v4 server. You also have the web GUI, which is launched via the below. At this time the web-based GUI is only used for monitoring and reporting. All configuration of the TPC server itself, is done through the old GUI which is now referred to as the standalone GUI.
So I can get to my server on:
Port 9569 is for a NEW install, if you perform an UPGRADE use port 16331
The username and password are the same as what you would login to TPC normally with (just windows accounts).
The reporting is also very good, with a lot of out of the box reports, as well as the ability to create your own reports. Below is an example report, which was created by one of my colleagues, which is an out of the box report run against a pair of SVC nodes.