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Send SMF data directly to the IBM Db2 Analytics Accelerator
If you are already using IBM Db2 Analytics Accelerator and Tivoli Decision Support for z/OS (TDSz), you can now directly load data to Db2 Analytics Accelerator with the TDSz schema, without storing data in Db2 tables. With this feature, you can save CPU and space on expensive storage and also store and query data over a longer period at a more detailed level. This tutorial shows you how.
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Articles 20 Sep 2017
Implementing OAuth on IBM WebSphere DataPower Appliances, Part 7: Using DataPower with Tivoli Federated Identity Manager to support OAuth 2.0
Part 7 of this multi-part article series describes how to use a WebSphere DataPower service to act as an OAuth token enforcement point for an IBM Tivoli Federated Identity Manager OAuth authorization server.
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Articles 01 Nov 2014
Automate application-specific storage provisioning with Rational extensions
Learn how to model and automate the additional storage needs of an application using IBM Deployment Planning and Automation for the Cloud 2.1.0. This freely downloadable accelerator installs on top of and integrates capabilities in IBM Rational Software Architect, IBM Rational Automation Framework, and IBM Tivoli Service Automation Manager. In this article, you can discover how to use this tool to specify custom storage requirements for application components in virtual images through a deployment topology model and use the information to generate deployment automation artifacts that provision the storage elements and attach them to virtual machines in the cloud.
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Articles 24 Jun 2014
Monitoring WebSphere DataPower, Part 1: Fundamentals of monitoring
WebSphere DataPower appliances play a critical role in any enterprise in various capacities, such as Enterprise Service Bus, caching, and so on. Effective monitoring of the appliance ensures that the real value of the appliance is achieved in a consistent fashion. Due to its distinguished nature of being an appliance, it has its own ways of being monitored. This article series will walk through the importance of monitoring the appliance, key monitoring requirements, methods of monitoring, as well as help decide on the right monitoring approach for your requirements.
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Articles 28 Aug 2013
Monitoring WebSphere DataPower, Part 2: Setting up and deploying ITCAM
For effective functioning of WebSphere DataPower appliances, monitoring of its components is crucial. Based on the type of object and the event type, the requirement for monitoring and its corresponding action varies. Apart from real-time monitoring, there is a need for historical data and pre-configured alerts that can provide insight into its functional parameters and may centrally administered, it can be used for a comparative analysis of a cluster of appliances in the enterprise. This article highlights how you can set up and deploy IBM Tivoli Composite Application Manager for DataPower appliances by using its inbuilt framework features.
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Articles 28 Aug 2013
Using Rational Quality Manager to manage lab assets in virtual environments
By extending the IBM Rational Test Lab Manager component of IBM Rational Quality Manager, you can manage test assets in a virtual environment such as a cloud. You can import up-to-date definitions of virtual images and machines for use in your test lab and deploy new virtual machines on demand. This article describes how the IBM Tivoli Lab in Rome is piloting an integration of Rational Quality Manager with IBM Tivoli Service Automation Manager 7.2.2.1 to help test teams improve productivity, cycle times, and cost effectiveness.
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Articles 12 Aug 2013
Use the Custom Application Agent feature of Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager for Unix to protect a MySQL database
This article demonstrates how to protect custom applications with IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager and its Custom Application Agent (CAA) feature. Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager provides application-aware backups and restores by using the advanced snapshot technologies of storage systems. Using a MySQL database as an example, I show you how to customize the CAA feature and protect your application with Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager.
Articles 24 Jul 2013
Extend IBM Security Access Manager for ESSO AccessProfile with Windows native libraries
IBM Security Access Manager for Enterprise Single Sign-On (ISAM ESSO) responds to requests for user credentials. In this article, learn how to develop and embed a Windows native library inside an ISAM ESSO AccessProfile. An example walks you through the steps of the COM component registration based on the sample library.
Articles 22 Jan 2013
Learn advanced automation concepts with FlashCopy Manager for VMware
This article uncovers flexible automation possibilities of FlashCopy Manager for VMware by using its command-line interface in combination with scripting and the VMware vSphere SDK for Perl. You can create advanced data protection scenarios for highly dynamic vSphere environments, that are not possible with the Data Protection for VMware vCenter GUI plug-in, by using these methods.
Articles 26 Nov 2012
Use Tivoli Storage Manager to back up and recover a DB2 database
This article describes the basics of IBM Tivoli Storage Manager and IBM DB2 architecture, and shows you how to use the Tivoli Storage Manager backup and restore features. This article also provides step-by-step instructions that show you how to back up and restore data on a Tivoli Storage Manager server for the DB2 database. This document can be used as a guide for DB2 database administrators and Tivoli Storage Manager administrators.
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Articles 17 Oct 2012
Manage passwords for virtual images
Thanks to a new tool available for IBM Service Delivery Manager (available as a download in this article) password management for virtual images is now significantly easier. This tip details the procedures for using the tool to change passwords in the IBM Tivoli Monitoring, NFS server, Tivoli Service Automation Manager, and Tivoli Usage and Accounting Manager virtual images.
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Articles 15 Oct 2012
Extend Rational Quality Manager to manage lab assets in the cloud
By extending the Test Lab Manager component of IBM Rational Quality Manager, you can manage test assets in a virtual environment, such as a cloud. You can import up-to-date definitions of virtual images and machines to use them in your test lab, plus you can deploy new virtual machines on demand. This article describes how the IBM Tivoli Lab in Rome is piloting an integration of IBM Rational Quality Manager with IBM SmartCloud Provisioning Version 1.2, to help test teams improve productivity and cycle times and to make the software more cost-effective.
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Articles 12 Jun 2012
Tivoli System Automation
The purpose of this guide is to introduce Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms and provide a quick-start, purpose-driven approach to users that need to use the software, but have little or no past experience with it.
Articles 17 May 2012
Configuring Maximo (TPAE IF ) for TDI Connectors
This article describes how TDI and TAMIT are integrated through the newly added connectors in TDI such as the Simple TPAE IF Connector and the TPAE IF Connector.
Articles 11 May 2012
Design a virtual system pattern
Virtual system patterns in IBM PureApplication System enable fast and repeatable deployments of systems from the virtual machine up to the application. With a virtual system pattern, manual tasks that are needed to bring up your entire topology can be fully automated, which allows an application to be deployed in minutes as opposed to hours or days. Pattern-oriented deployment of middleware eliminates bugs introduced by error-prone, manual configuration processes and allows best practices to be baked into patterns, thereby accelerating and optimizing deployment of solutions. In this article, the authors highlight key points to review when designing and developing a virtual system pattern.
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Articles 11 Apr 2012
Manage a J2EE app with TSAM extensions
IBM Tivoli Service Automation Manager (TSAM) V7.2.2 introduces the extension: A set of TSAM software components that can implement a new IT service automation solution (known as a service definition) or add capabilities to existing service definitions. In this article, the authors explain how to tune the load balancer policy to your system's needs; how to add and remove application servers as the workload of the business application changes; and how to modify the firewall rules and why you might need to do that.
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Articles 02 Mar 2012
Deploy a J2EE app with TSAM extensions
IBM Tivoli Service Automation Manager (TSAM) 7.2.2 introduces the extension, a set of TSAM software components that can implement a new IT service automation solution (known as a service definition) or add capabilities to existing service definitions. In this article, the authors define a scenario in which the desired result is to securely deploy a three-tiered enterprise application (in this case J2EE) to the cloud. They demonstrate how to set up and provision extensions in TSAM as the first step to accomplishing this task.
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Articles 26 Jan 2012
Extended Insight in WebSphere Application Server environments
IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for DB2 Performance Expert on z/OS V5.1.0 allows end-to-end database transaction response time monitoring for WebSphere Application Server applications with its Extended Insight feature. This capability provides insight into the transaction and SQL statement response-time metrics of a database application throughout all layers of the software stack; from the time that the SQL is issued in the application and through the network and database server. Support is available for WebSphere Application database applications in the form of additional time-spent metrics for the WebSphere Application Server layer and by recognizing transactions and SQL statements from WebSphere Application Server automatically. This article provides detailed information for installing, configuring, and validating the OMPE Extended Insight feature for WebSphere Application Server applications.
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Articles 08 Dec 2011
Why software quality assurance and IT security need to work together
This article describes a new approach to security, with the software development and software quality assurance teams working together to be exponentially more effective. It explains how quality assurance processes can help IT be more secure and how IT security can help secure the test environment more efficiently. Readers will also learn how to incorporate security testing better into the software development life cycle.
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Articles 04 Oct 2011
Verify the CloudBurst 2.1 Tivoli software stack
The advantages an appliance brings with it are often achieved by complex tasks; many times this complexity is hidden by the interface to the appliance, giving the user a limited view of the entire configuration and integration points. But a user may need to verify or re-verify the software stack when the environment changes (restoring backup images in a disaster recovery scenario), making modifications to hardware configurations (like when you add new blades) or software configurations (like when you add new networks with VLAN tagging). In this article, the author provides a quick guide to verifying the IBM CloudBurst 2.1 Tivoli software stack.
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Articles 26 Aug 2011
Solving problems in the DB2 pureScale cluster services environment
This tutorial guides DBAs and system administrators in problem determination for DB2 pureScale cluster services. As you deploy IBM DB2 pureScale Feature for DB2 Enterprise Server Edition systems into production, you need to acquire appropriate problem determination skills. This tutorial provides information about gathering diagnostic information when failures occur, and provides additional information to aid in understanding the tightly integrated subcomponents of the DB2 pureScale Feature, such as the Cluster Caching Facility (CF), General Parallel File System (GPFS), Reliable Scalable Cluster Technology (RSCT), and IBM Tivoli Systems Automation for Multiplatforms (Tivoli SA MP).
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Tutorial 18 Aug 2011
IBM Global Security Kit, Version 7 - PKCS#11 Device Integration
This article describes the hardware cryptographic devices that support the PKCS#11 standard and have been tested for use with IBM Global Security Toolkit (GSKit), Version 7.
Articles 15 Aug 2011
Real-world journey to your own private cloud, Part 1: Prepare the concept
In this article series, the author outlines the process, from conception to deployment, that his team used to build a private, on-premise cloud environment that incorporates structures found in IaaS and PaaS cloud service models. The cloud environment is constructed with software and hardware components chosen by the team; however, the article contains knowledge and instruction that can be used regardless of technologies you choose. Part 1 provides information on cloud structures, the five phases in the development roadmap, and details on some of the solutions the team discovered.
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Articles 11 Jul 2011
Tivoli Remote Control
See key features of Tivoli Remote Control in action.
Demos 06 May 2011
Best practices for access control in multi-tenant cloud solutions using Tivoli Access Manager
Learn how to use the IBM Tivoli Access Manager to provide tenant awareness, protect your application resources, and to provide single sign-on.
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Articles 01 May 2011
SSL configuration for IBM Tivoli Directory Server 6.0
Gain an overview of SSL configuration for IBM Tivoli Directory Server 6.0 on the AIX 5L operating system. Learn about command line configuration steps for SSL key database creation, certificate creation, certificate extraction, SSL authentication mechanisms, troubleshooting for SSL issues, and steps to perform LDAP client-server communication.
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Articles 18 Apr 2011
Configure secure communications with WebSphere Application Server and WebSphere Message Broker using SAML 2.0 tokens and Tivoli Federated Identity Manager
This article shows you how to configure secure communication using the SAML token profile with WebSphere Application Server V7 hosting a Web service client and server, and WebSphere Message Broker V7 acting as an enterprise service bus to mediate the application communication and ensure that security requirements are met. IBM Tivoli Federated Identity Manager V6.2 acts as the Security Token Service (STS) and issues the SAML tokens.
Articles 13 Apr 2011
Build a private cloud with CloudBurst and TSAM
An organization must address a number of considerations when building a private cloud computing environment; specifically, it needs to take a holistic approach to private clouds that include creating, deploying, monitoring, and managing service construction and delivery. Both the Tivoli Service Automation Manager (TSAM) and WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance equip users with these capabilities. In this article, the authors discuss why and how you can integrate Tivoli Service Automation Manager with WebSphere CloudBurst to deliver a private cloud.
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Articles 01 Mar 2011
IBM WebSphere performance tuning and IBM Tivoli Monitoring
Discover best practices and tools for creating continuous improvement for transaction response times, as well as, initial hardware procurement performance evaluations for IBM WebSphere Application Server 7 and POWER7 architectures with IBM Tivoli Monitoring.
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Articles 21 Dec 2010
Configure single sign-on between Tivoli Access Manager v6.1/WebSEAL and Tivoli Integrated Portal v1.1.x
This article provides detailed instructions for integrating Tivoli Access Manager version 6.1 and Tivoli Integrated Portal version 1.1.x. Explore how to configure single sign-on between Tivoli Access Manager/WebSEAL and Tivoli Integrated Portal using Tivoli Access Manager Extended Trust Association Interceptor (ETai). Step-by-step instructions and plenty of code examples walk you through the tasks.
Articles 07 Dec 2010
Tune IBM DB2 for optimum IBM Tivoli Security Operations Manager performance
IBM Tivoli Security Operations Manager gathers massive amounts of information that is stored in a relational database such as DB2. Learn how tuning DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows helps you get the best performance from your IBM Tivoli Security Operations Manager installation.
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Articles 11 Nov 2010
Comment lines: Integrating WebSphere Service Registry and Repository with Tivoli Application Dependency Discovery Manager
Using the IBM WebSphere Service Registry and Repository Discovery Library Adapter (DLA), administrators can see the Web services present in an IT environment in the same IBM Tivoli Application Dependency Discovery Manager user interface with which they view other resources, applications, and systems. Here is a high level overview of the integration possible between these two products that could help you enhance your understanding and visibility of your overall IT environment.
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Articles 06 Oct 2010
Using DB2 High Availability Disaster Recovery with Tivoli Systems Automation and Reliable Scalable Cluster Technology
The DB2 High Availability (HA) feature, introduced in DB2 9.5, enables a new level of integration between the data server and cluster management software, providing a unified High Availability Disaster Recovery (HADR) automation framework. In this tutorial, get an introduction to this integrated solution, and learn about useful diagnostic tools for working with DB2 and Tivoli Systems Automation, a key piece of the solution. Achieve the highest possible level of performance and reliability for your data, understanding how to solve problems and address issues.
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Tutorial 30 Sep 2010
IBM's Test Automation Strategy: Build your test automation architecture around IBM Rational Quality Manager
Over the past years, the aim of improving the development life cycle and the quality of hardware and software products has led to test automation. One major challenge has been that each team has unique automation needs. IBM has created a test automation strategy that encourages reuse, building a flexible solution that uses IBM Rational Quality Manager as a hub to coordinate other products with various automated test capabilities.
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Articles 31 Aug 2010
Create a virtual data center with POWER7 and IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager
Have you ever wondered how to bundle together data center resources? Do you ever have to manually deploy and configure your servers, operating systems, middleware, applications, storage and networking devices? They can be managed as a single entity using physical and virtual IBM servers. In this article, you will learn what a virtual data center is, how to create one using POWER7 VMControl and IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager, and how to use a virtual data center to manage your IT systems and virtualization technologies as a single point of control access. In the process, we'll show you an example of how you can use the Tivoli product for patch management, which is one of the most difficult tasks to manage in a large server farm.
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Articles 29 Jun 2010
Secure DB2 resources using Tivoli Access Manager for Operating Systems
Learn how to secure your IBM DB2 resources using Tivol Access Manager for Operating Systems (TAMOS). TAMOS is an IBM solution for securing resources on UNIX and Linux operating systems. This article steps you through two real-world scenarios to show you how to use TAMOS to set policies that protect DB2 resources. You can use these scenarios as a foundation for building an enterprise-wide security solution for your database.
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Articles 22 Apr 2010
Using ITCAM for SOA to monitor BPM Systems: Part 3: Using Service-to-Service topology view
The Service-to-Service topology view exposes the application invocation transaction and execution path by topology diagram view. This article explains what is the Service-to-Service topology and how to read the Service-to-Service topology. The Service-to-Service topology view is very clear and simple for small systems with few apllications, processes and simple service invocation styles. However, the topology diagram would become very complex if there are many applications in WDPE and the invocations are complex. This article also described some best practices and methodologies to filter and reorganize the Service-to-Service topology to be more understandable.
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Articles 03 Dec 2009
Ajax in a network: Security and topology challenges of aggregating content from multiple sites in an Ajax architecture
There can be challenges when introducing Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (Ajax) programming techniques into a network environment. This article looks at security and topology scenarios that you might be trying to solve when creating Ajax style architectures that aggregate content from multiple sites. This article explores these scenarios using the IBM Tivoli Access Manager WebSEAL product in conjunction with the IBM WebSphere Application Server Feature Pack for Web 2.0 for developing Ajax style architectures for WebSphere Application Server.
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Articles 30 Sep 2009
High scalability and availability of AIX secldapclntd using the Tivoli Directory Server proxy
The secldapclntd daemon provides and manages connection between the AIX security LDAP load module of the local host and an LDAP server, and handles transactions from the LDAP load module to the LDAP server. Simple configuration steps do not allow us to specify highly available and scalable LDAP servers at the back end. This article lists the steps to configure a highly available and scalable back-end LDAP for the secldapclntd daemon using the Tivoli Directory Server proxy.
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Articles 01 Sep 2009
Using ITCAM for SOA to monitor BPM Systems: Part 2: How ITCAM for SOA monitors service-oriented architectures
The metrics collected by ITCAM for SOA are gathered from SCA messages, in this article, we will analyze the metrics, compare and map metrics to the WebSphere Dynamic Process Edition (WDPE) and runtime behaviors. We also explain how to read, understand and analysis the metrics, and how to aware the WDPE applications from the metrics.
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Articles 28 Aug 2009
Using ITCAM for SOA to monitor BPM Systems: Part 1: Setup the environment with ITCAM for SOA and WDPE
WDPE (WebSphere Dynamic Process Edition) is a key IBM BPM Suite element, with built-in support for adapting, responding dynamically to change. This offering provides the BPM enabled by SOA foundational capabilities for modeling, simulating, deploying, monitoring end-to-end dynamic business processes. ITCAM (IBM Tivoli Composite Application Manager) for SOA is the proper product to monitor the BPM system for the service state, performance, health information, etc.
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Articles 25 Aug 2009
Use Ruby on Rails to create an LDAP directory service in Tivoli Directory Server V6.0
In this article, learn how to use the Net::LDAP library to create an LDAP directory service in the Tivoli Directory Server V6.0 directory server. Walk through examples to add, modify, search, and delete a directory entry with the Net::LDAP Ruby library. Create a Ruby on Rails application using Tivoli Directory Server V6.0 as a back-end database.
Articles 28 Apr 2009
Understand IBM InfoSphere MDM Server Security, Part 5: Integrating Master Data Management Server with Tivoli Federated Identity Manager
This article builds on Part 4 of this series, “Using SAML in MDM Server Security.” It shows how the integration of IBM InfoSphere Master Data Management (MDM) Server and IBM Tivoli Federated Identity Manager (TFIM) can extend MDM Server’s identity propagation capabilities and facilitate client application development. Learn how to use and configure these components to solve real-world business problems.
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Articles 26 Feb 2009
Single sign on to a IBM WebSphere Portal through IBM Tivoli Access Manager WebSEAL
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Articles 18 Feb 2009
Using Tivoli Access Manager for eBusiness WebSEAL without a user registry
Often customers require a web single sign-on and authorization solution but are unable or unwilling to replace or synchronize their existing user registry with another. This can pose a problem for customers wishing to leverage Tivoli Access Manager for eBusiness (TAMeB) where their existing user registry is not supported natively by TAMeB. This article will demonstrate how to utilize Tivoli Access Manager for eBusiness WebSEAL without requiring the enterprise users to be in the TAMeB directory. This article requires some prior knowledge of Tivoli Access Manager for eBusiness authentication, the TAMeB external authentication interface (EAI), and the Tivoli Federated Identity Manager (TFIM) Security Token Service (STS).
Articles 03 Feb 2009
Using Tivoli Access Manager Enterprise Single Sign-on with IBM middleware
IBM Tivoli Access Manager Enterprise Enterprise Single Sign-on (TAM E-SSO) provides cross application (that is, Web, Java , mainframe or terminal services) single sign-on capabilities. The TAM E-SSO AccessAgent and IMS server are supported on Microsoft Windows operating system platforms, and typically leverage Active Directory for user management. However, many customers want to leverage their existing investment in IBM middleware products, and also extend the reach for TAM E-SSO beyond their intranet. This article shows how TAM E-SSO can be deployed into an environment consisting of IBM middleware, namely DB2 and IBM Tivoli Directory Server.
Articles 28 Jan 2009
IBM Tivoli Directory Server - SMS to DMS migration
This article contains the results of performance tests on IBM Tivoli Directory Server (ITDS) running on SMS and DMS during DB2 online backup, recommendations based on the results as well as the steps required for migrating ITDS from SMS to DMS.
Articles 19 Jan 2009
Using Tivoli Storage Manager for performing VSS operations
IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Copy Services is a product that provides snapshot operations for Tivoli Storage Manager applications.
Articles 12 Jan 2009
How to integrate IBM Rational Asset Manager with your IBM Tivoli database
IBM Rational Asset Manager supports integration with the IBM Tivoli Change and Configuration Management Database (CCMDB). Developers can automatically create assets in Rational Asset Manager from existing configuration items (CIs) in CCMDB and use Rational Asset Manager as a Definitive Software Library (DSL) for storing software images. This article explains how to install and configure the Rational Asset Manager Integration module in a CCMDB environment.
Articles 23 Dec 2008
IBM Tivoli Access Manager: WebSEAL Kerberos Junctions
To successfully enable a single-sign-on from WebSEAL to a Kerberos enabled Web Server, a number of interlocking components need to be configured correctly. The configuration of this environment is complex and requires careful planning and execution. This article highlights the steps necessary to configure a typical environment for WebSEAL Kerberos junctions, and provides tips for testing and debugging configuration components.
Articles 18 Dec 2008
IBM SOA Foundation product integration: A complete ESB Gateway solution featuring WebSphere DataPower, Tivoli Access Manager, and WebSphere Service Registry and Repository
Leveraging the concept of a service-oriented architecture usually brings with it the ability to connect an increasing number of systems within an enterprise -- but also across enterprises. While enabling a higher degree of automation and reduced processing time, this also leads to growing concern about managing and securing the underlying connections between heterogeneous IT systems. This article describes how to address these concerns by implementing an ESB gateway using three of the products within the IBM SOA Foundation platform, beginning with integrating a IBM WebSphere DataPower SOA Appliance with IBM Tivoli Access Manager for security, and then adding IBM WebSphere Service Registry and Repository for endpoint address management.
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Articles 10 Dec 2008
Approaches for solving problems with Tivoli Directory Server synchronization
An enterprise directory server is a critical piece of IT infrastructure. It is important that the directory server infrastructure be highly available, scalable and reliable. To achieve this, a directory server replication topology is often used to replicate the directory data across several directory servers. This article will outline the difficulties that can be encountered when managing a replicated directory infrastructure. The article will also highlight some common replication scenarios, and problems that are commonly encountered when troubleshooting and correcting these issues and some techniques to help solve directory replication issues.
Articles 12 Nov 2008
Adding custom XML extensions to SAML 2.0 request messages
IBM Tivoli Federated Identity Manager 6.2 (TFIM) has extended existing support of the SAML 2.0 federated single sign-on protocol to include the ability to supply custom XML elements as part SAML requests or responses. This capability is exposed by way of an Open Services Gateway Initiative (OSGi) plug-in extension to the Tivoli Federated Identity Manager runtime. This article will outline how to use this extension point including sample Java code and instructions for deployment and testing.
Articles 28 Oct 2008
Tape inventory script for Tivoli Storage Manager on open systems
The script gives a consolidated inventory report of the all the tapes used by IBM Tivoli Storage Manager, which are present inside or outside of the IBM TotalStorage SCSI Library, including the tape's status, access mode, home slot number, storage pool to which it belongs, offsite readiness and status and the TSM server or instance that owns them.
Articles 20 Oct 2008
Managing OpenID trusted sites with Tivoli Federated Identity Manager
IBM Tivoli Federated Identity Manager 6.2 (TFIM) introduces support for OpenID 1.1 and 2.0 authentication protocols. When configured in the role of an OpenID Provider (Identity Provider), TFIM allows end users to record choices about authenticating to trusted relying-party sites. For example a user may select "Allow authentication forever" to a particular relying-party, and may select which attributes they are willing to share with that site. By default TFIM stores these choices in persistent cookies on the user's browser. The cookie technique is effective, but not portable for users across different browsers. This article will demonstrate how to write your own plug-in for the storage and retrieval of user choices (for example to a database) via the TFIM TrustedSitesManager extension point.
Articles 15 Oct 2008
Secure replication in IBM Tivoli Directory Server
The article describes how to easily configure different replication topologies in IBM Tivoli Directory Server (TDS) using simple shell scripts. These scripts can be used to configure all known replication topologies (like Peer-peer, Master-Replica-Forwarder, Gateways etc) using simple bind, SSL with certificates or Kerberos authentication mechanism. The information in this article applies to TDS version 5.2 and later.
Articles 30 Sep 2008
Tivoli Directory Server 6.1 password policy : enhancements, configuration and troubleshooting
A password policy is a set of rules designed to enhance security by encouraging users to employ strong passwords and use them properly. A password policy is often part of an organization's official regulations which ensures that users change their passwords periodically, passwords meet construction requirements, the re-use of old password is restricted, and users are locked out after a certain number of failed attempts. This article is intended to highlight the new features introduced with IBM Tivoli Directory Server(TDS) 6.1 release and describe the ways of debugging trivial password policy problems in TDS.
Articles 29 Sep 2008
Single sign-on from Microsoft Office SharePoint Server to applications
Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) provides a single sign-on capability for applications whose content is retrieved for rendering via MOSS. Microsoft provides an interface through which other credential providers can be integrated. In this article, an approach to integrate IBM Tivoli Access Manager for e-Business with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server for downstream single sign-on is introduced. Sample code is also provided to demonstrate the integration approach described in this article.
Articles 29 Sep 2008
Understanding the Tivoli Federated Identity Manager Information Service 6.2
IBM Tivoli Federated Identity Manager 6.2 (TFIM) provides a Web service interface designed to obtain federation, federated user, and user alias information from a TFIM environment. This Web service is known as the TFIM Information Service. This article shows how to create a Web service client from the interface using Rational Application Developer 7.0 and also contains a sample application which uses the newly created Web service client to query federation, federated user and user alias information.
Articles 18 Sep 2008
Enabling Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server Client Integration through Tivoli Access Manager e-business WebSEAL using Forms Authentication
This article describes a IBM Tivoli Access Manager for e-business (TAMeb) WebSEAL integration for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server that allows Office Client integration to be used with forms based authentication. The solution relied on a custom authentication mechanism for WebSEAL and the use of a one time use persistent cookie. This article provides the source code of a prototype implementation.
Articles 16 Sep 2008
Troubleshooting IBM Tivoli Directory Server Performance, Part 2: Resolving slow queries using DB2 snapshots
IBM Tivoli Directory Server (TDS) is a key component of many corporate environments. Other IBM Tivoli products such as IBM Tivoli Access Manager for e-Business and IBM Tivoli Identity Manager use IBM Tivoli Directory Server as a key middleware component. This document discusses ways to identify and correct performance issues in the underlying DB2 database.
Articles 15 Sep 2008
Developing a custom Java module
TFIM 6.2 provides an OSGi (Open Services Gateway Initiative) extension point for custom plug-ins for STS modules. In this tutorial, we will walk through the complete development process for creating a custom STS plug-in for Tivoli Federated Identity Manager (TFIM) 6.2. Customers might develop their own STS plug-ins for a variety of reasons including advanced user mapping and attribute gathering capabilities, or to support validation or issuing of proprietary security token types. This tutorial will use as a working example a simple mapping module which adds a configurable name/value parameter pair as an attribute to the TFIM Trust Service's STSUniversalUser.
Tutorial 12 Sep 2008
Tivoli Federated Identity Manager Business Gateway and ASP.NET authentication
In this article we show you how to enable your ASP.NET applications for federated single sign-on utilizing the Tivoli Federated Identity Manager Business Gateway (FIM-BG) and the plug-in it provides for Microsoft® Internet Information Server Version 6 (IIS). Your existing forms-based authentication mechanism can be expanded to include support for participating in a federated single sign-on using the SAML 1.0, 1.1 or 2.0 protocols. Here, we take a sample ASP.NET application through the process of federated single sign-on enablement using FIM-BG and the plug-in for IIS.
Articles 12 Sep 2008
Integrating Tivoli Federated Identity Manager and Tivoli Identity Manager
IBM Tivoli Federated Identity Manager (TFIM) is IBM's solution for identity propagation in Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). As well as providing support for a variety of security token types, identity processing in TFIM can transform identities from one administrative domain to another. In this article, the design and implementation of a customized mapping module for TFIM will be presented. Tivoli Identity Manager (TIM) will be used as the source of identity metadata used to map the incoming identity to another identity.
Articles 12 Sep 2008
Role recertification in Tivoli Identity Manager
In IBM Tivoli Identity Manager (ITIM), organizational roles help to simplify and automate the process of provisioning and de-provisioning user privileges to IT and non-IT resources. In addition to the user and account lifecycle management that ITIM provides, workflows can also assist with the lifecycle management of user role memberships, such as role assignment and role approval. Another important process is validating the continued business need for a person to be a member of a role. This process is known as role recertification or attestation. ITIM version 5.0, introduced a number of enhancements that allow users to request role assignments and have those requests approved by the role owner. Recertification of user role membership is another role management process that can be built in ITIM 5.0, and this process can be implemented in a number of ways. Although ITIM 5.0 does not provide this functionality in a ready-to-use interface, this article discusses a number of solutions for implementing role recertification in ITIM 5.0.
Articles 08 Aug 2008
Request-based role assignment in Tivoli Identity Manager
In version 5.0, IBM Tivoli Identity Manager (ITIM) introduces several new features to enhance its request-based provisioning model. Request-based provisioning allows users to request access to enterprise resources via a self-service interface. To better abstract the user from the details of the IT systems, ITIM 5.0 allows a user to request a role assignment. This greatly increases the flexibility of the request-based provisioning model, because a role can be associated with multiple entitlements. This article discusses a number of use cases for the request-based role assignment and demonstrates how these use cases can be realized via ITIM.
Articles 08 Jul 2008
Web services security interoperability using Kerberos
XML Web services provide an open, standards-based mechanism for inter-process communication and are common in implementations of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). From a security perspective, complementary standards such as WS-Security exist to enable cross-platform, cross-domain interoperability for message level security. Implementations using these standards often reveal subtle challenges. In this article, security interoperability using Kerberos security tokens in a heterogeneous Microsoft .NET and IBM WebSphere J2EE environment is examined. A number of non-obvious implementation details are provided to assist readers in implementing their own solutions.
Articles 07 Jul 2008
Troubleshooting IBM Tivoli Directory Server performance, Part 1: Resolving slow queries using the TDS audit log
IBM Tivoli Directory Server (TDS) is a key component of many corporate environments. Other IBM Tivoli products such as IBM Tivoli Access Manager for e-Business and IBM Tivoli Identity Manager use IBM Tivoli Directory Server as a key middleware component. This document discusses ways to identify and correct performance issues for TDS using the audit log.
Articles 07 Jul 2008
Monitoring Tivoli Access Manager WebSEAL server transactions using Tivoli Composite Application Manager for Response Time Tracking
IBM Tivoli Monitoring software is used to monitor the availability and performance of your enterprise servers on a variety of platforms. IBM Tivoli Composite Application Manager for Response time tracking is used for measuring the response time of transactions. This article shows how Tivoli Monitoring, in conjunction with Tivoli Composite Application Manager, can be used to monitor response time of the WebSEAL server.
Articles 07 Jul 2008
Authenticating a SAP login ticket in Tivoli Access Manager e-business WebSEAL
This article describes how to build an implementation of an authentication service using the IBM Tivoli Access Manager for e-business (TAMeb) WebSEAL External Authentication C API. The implementation of the authentication service extracts and validates the user name in an SAP Login Ticket (an HTTP cookie), then passes the user name to WebSEAL in order to build a credential. This article provides the source code and binary code of a prototype implementation.
Articles 07 May 2008
SOA and SAP - Let IBM extend your investment
This article presents a solution that allows for identity propagation from SAP Web service clients to products from other vendors. It allows organizations that are heavily invested in SAP to reuse their infrastructure in Systems-Oriented Architecture (SOA) projects. After reading this article, you will know how to propagate the identity within a SAP Web service request to other vendors' products. The solution uses the IBMWebSphere DataPower XML Firewall in conjunction with the IBM Tivoli Federated Identity Manager Security Token Service to map the proprietary SAP identity token to an open standards token, such as SAML. This augments the SAP Web service client functionality and allows for securing Web services sent to third party products.
Articles 07 May 2008
AJAX techniques within a Tivoli Access Manager WebSEAL Environment
This article describes the challenges found when introducing Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX) programming techniques into an IBM Tivoli Access Manager (TAM) WebSEAL environment. It provides a brief review of WebSEAL technology and a brief introduction to AJAX methods. The considerations are outlined for AJAX developers when working with WebSEAL. The potential solutions to issues that can arise are supplied, along with listing best practices that will assists AJAX developers to succeed in a WebSEAL environment.
Articles 29 Apr 2008
Using SAML security tokens with Microsoft Web Services Enhancements
Microsoft Web Services Enhancements (WSE) is a framework for developing secure, interoperable Web services for the Microsoft .NET platform. WSE supports standard security token types such as Username, Kerberos and X.509 certificate tokens. One widely used security token type not supported by WSE is the Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML). This article will demonstrate an architecture and implementation capable of integrating WSE and SAML using Tivoli Federated Identity Manager (TFIM).
Articles 29 Apr 2008
Tivoli Directory Server
Practically everything a directory administrator needs to know about the archival logging method required to enable online backups. If you want to do online backups of your directory, you must configure archival logging of the database transaction logs. But archival logging is not practical unless you put a process in place to manage the log files, deleting inactive logs when they are no longer needed. This article describes the recommended approach to configuring the logging options and managing the logs.
Articles 23 Apr 2008
Configuring and troubleshooting ITDS 6.1 on AIX
This article is an introduction to the IBM Tivoli Directory Server and the use of native LDAP commands to create, configure, and unconfigure an ITDS instance.
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Articles 25 Mar 2008
Manage and troubleshoot TDS 6.0 Proxy Server in a Tivoli Access Manager environment
If you work in the software industry, the chances are good that you've heard of LDAP directory server by now. Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) defines a standard method for accessing and updating information in a directory where directories are accessed using the client-server model that is optimized for read access. IBM Tivoli Access Manager (TAM) uses LDAP directory server as a user registry to store its user and group information. Tivoli Directory Server (TDS) Server is the default LDAP directory server shipped with TAM. TDS server can be configured as a back-end server or as a proxy server. This article will help you understand how TAM uses TDS proxy server. It also provides inputs to manage and troubleshoot the TDS proxy server in a TAM environment.
Articles 24 Mar 2008
Integrating CAPTCHA authentication technologies with WebSEAL
CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart) is a popular mechanism used in Web sites to ensure humans only are interacting with the security functions of the Web site. CAPTCHA does this by producing images that include embedded numbers and letters that are not easily interpreted by automation tools. This article provides a solution and reference implementation of how to integrate CAPTCHA with IBM Tivoli Access Manager (TAM) WebSEAL.
Articles 12 Feb 2008
TAMeb and portals: Single sign-on concepts and considerations
The prevalence of portal products introduces interesting challenges to IT architects requiring a single sign-on (SSO) solution that incorporates their enterprise portal and the enterprise applications. One such challenge is determining the method of sign-on to both the portal and the portal-managed content where access to enterprise applications is via an authenticating reverse proxy, such as Tivoli Access Manager WebSEAL. This article outlines the architecture and concepts involved in performing single sign-on from the browser, through the portal to the enterprise applications
Articles 03 Dec 2007
Consolidated views of IBM Tivoli Directory Server components using IBM Tivoli Monitoring
IBM Tivoli Monitoring monitors and manages system and network applications on a variety of platforms and keeps track of the availability and performance of all parts of your enterprise. This article shows how IBM Tivoli Monitoring can be used to do a consolidated monitoring of specific components of the IBM Tivoli Directory Server.
Articles 01 Nov 2007
ASP.NET Authentication using LTPA and Tivoli Federated Identity Manager (TFIM)
In this article, we show you how to enable your ASP.NET applications for federated single sign-on utilizing the IBM Tivoli Federated Identity Manager (TFIM) 6.1.1.1 to translate LTPA cookies set by IBM WebSphere Application Server. We show how to create an ASP.NET HTTP module that extracts the LTPA cookie then uses TFIM to translate the token into a username via WS-Trust.Background
Articles 16 Oct 2007
Cryptographic hardware use with Tivoli Access Manager for e-Business: SSL acceleration for WebSEAL using the IBM 4960 on AIX
The most computationally expensive part of establishing an SSL session is decryption of the SSL session's public key sent to an SSL server. By offloading SSL operations to a dedicated hardware device, like the IBM 4960 SSL accelerator, customers can achieve greater performance throughput using fewer CPU cycles. This article outlines the detailed configuration steps to enable SSL acceleration for IBM Tivoli Access Manager for e-Business (TAMeB) WebSEAL using the IBM 4960 crypto card PKCS#11 interface on the IBM AIX platform.
Articles 04 Oct 2007
Securing a composite business service delivered as a software-as-a-service: Part II, Supporting identity propagation (enterprise and federated SSO) and authorization
A composite business service (CBS) introduces many new challenges for security in an SOA solution. In this two-article series, a few security scenarios are examined in a proof-of-concept (PoC) CBS software-as-a-service (SaaS) application for banking called Jivaro. These scenarios help to identify when and how to apply different IBM Tivoli security products. In particular, scenarios for using IBM Tivoli Access Manager and Tivoli Federated Identity Manager (TFIM) for meeting SSO requirements in a CBS are described.
Articles 27 Sep 2007
Delegation of Administrative Rights in Tivoli Directory Server 6.1 Using Administrative Roles
For better delegation of administrative rights, a "server administrative roles" feature has been added in the 6.1 release of IBM Tivoli Directory Server (TDS). This article takes a look at each administrative role in details and presents use cases to show how the role can be used in the real-life scenarios.
Articles 19 Sep 2007
Cryptographic Hardware Use with Tivoli Access Manager for e-Business: SSL Acceleration in WebSEAL with a Hardware Security Module
Secure web communication has become essential for e-commerce, business-to-business solutions and enterprise applications. Typically, SSL is used to secure communications in a secure web environment, but SSL has a performance cost associated. This article highlights the benefits of using cryptographic hardware for cryptographic acceleration within a Tivoli Access Manager for e-Business WebSEAL environment. The different deployment architectures available for hardware devices are discussed. It steps through the configuration needed to configure an nCipher netHSM network hardware security module in WebSEAL through the Global Security Kit (GSKit) on Solaris.
Articles 14 Sep 2007
Configuration of the Tivoli Access Manager Combo Adapter for Tivoli Identity Manager
IBM Tivoli Access Manager (TAM) user accounts can be provisioned by IBM Tivoli Identity Manager (TIM) using two different TIM-supported adapters: The standard TAM adapter or the new TAM Combo Adapter. This article helps to give the reader an understanding of the different configuration options that can be used when configuring the TAM Combo Adapter in a TIM environment.
Articles 13 Aug 2007
Autonomic computing tip: So you want SSL security on ISC
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) provides encryption, certificate-based authentication, and security negotiations, allowing you to bring data security over open communications channels to your Integrated Solutions Console (ISC). This is a quick checklist of step-by-step instructions on enabling SSL certificates on your ISC versions 5.1 and 6.0.1.
Articles 31 Jul 2007
Tivoli Security: Using Tivoli Access Manager for e-business with HTTPS for Authentication Only
In intranet deployments of IBM Tivoli Access Manager for e-business, there is often a requirement to use the HTTPS protocol for the authentication phase only, and use HTTP protocol for all other communications. Reasons for this are typically that the network is (mostly) trusted, and the performance impact of SSL is deemed unwarranted. This article describes the configuration procedure to achieve this with the WebSEAL component of Tivoli Access Manager for e-business.
Articles 19 Jul 2007
Using the IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Backup-Archive client in cluster environments on UNIX and Linux
Tutorial 18 Jul 2007
Single Sign-On for SAP NetWeaver Application Server ABAP with Tivoli Access Manager
This article describes how to configure single sign-on (SSO) for SAP NetWeaver Application Server ABAP (AS-ABAP) applications by leveraging the SSO solution for IBM Tivoli Access Manager WebSEAL and SAP NetWeaver Application Server Java (AS-Java) in conjunction with the SAP logon ticket. This is achieved without the requirement of visible redirections and the TAM Global Sign-On (GSO) Lockbox.
Articles 12 Jul 2007
Step by step how-to on integrating your application with IBM Tivoli Monitoring 6.1
As a customer or business partner looking to hook an application to IBM Tivoli Monitoring 6.1, it may seem like a daunting task. But follow our step by step guide, and you'll find that integrating your application to IBM Tivoli Monitoring can be the easiest IBM integration you've done. We will describe scenarios in the Retail industry and steps on how to get the "Ready for IBM Tivoli software" validation.
Articles 28 Jun 2007
Session management server: Session transitions and state
The session management server (SMS) is a new component of Tivoli® Access Manager for e-business (TAMeb), version 6.0. The SMS provides a broad range of capabilities that change the way Tivoli Access Manager Web security servers (WebSEAL or Web server plug-ins) handle Web-based browser sessions. This paper is to educate you about a session's lifecycle within the SMS by using real-life use cases. You will gain an understanding of what communication takes place between the different products in relation to SMS. This knowledge will give you the confidence to troubleshoot an environment that contains SMS, if problem determination is required.
Articles 25 Jun 2007
Effective policy design for large deployments of IBM Tivoli Access Manager for Operating System
Effective policy design is critical for large deployments of IBM Tivoli Access Manager for Operating Systems. A large deployment can involve hundreds or thousands of UNIX and Linux systems, each with many resources to secure. This can result in a large and complex set of policy definitions in the IBM Tivoli Access Manager policy database, which has implications on network load, maintenance overhead, and the IBM Tivoli Access Manager for Operating Systems performance. This document looks at the issues and identifies approaches to improve the policy.
Articles 13 Jun 2007
Command line adapter for Tivoli Identity Manager
When using IBM Tivoli Identity Manager (ITIM) adapters, it often becomes necessary to execute an auxiliary function that is not provided ”ready to use” by the adapter. For example, when provisioning an Active Directory (AD) account, there might be a need to create a default set of folders and files in the user's home directory. This paper discusses developing a custom ITIM adapter that allows these auxiliary functions to be implemented using shell commands. The paper also discusses the advantages of running this custom adapter over the use of postexec and preexec functions. It is assumed that the audience of this article is familiar with ITIM and Tivoli Directory Integrator (TDI).
Articles 12 Jun 2007
Using IBM Rational Performance Tester: Application monitoring, Part 3: Importing data from IBM Tivoli database products
Learn why application monitoring is important in performance testing and how to enable it by using IBM Rational Performance Tester. This third article, the last of a three-part series, explains how to import data from IBM Tivoli database products.
Articles 05 Jun 2007
Deploy Red Hat across multiple computers using Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment
Any time you have employees, overhead costs are going to be substantial, especially when it comes to new hires. Of the many things new employees need, setting up their computer and its operating system, and installing and configuring appropriate applications is one of the most time-consuming. Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment greatly reduces this overhead by allowing you to create and manage deployable images and any associated software packages efficiently through a Web interface. This tutorial shows you how to use Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment to create installation images and manage packages for an actual deployment of RedHat Enterprise Linux.
Tutorial 22 May 2007
Practical TAM Authorization API
Learn simple use of the Tivoli Access Manager Java Authorization API to create a JSP which will display the TAM credential on a web application server running behind Tivoli Access Manager WebSEAL or the Tivoli Access Manager web plug-ins. This capability will essentially mirror the output of the "epac" CGI application that ships with the Tivoli Access Manager web runtime environment (except it will execute much faster!). A downloadable version of the final product is provided.
Tutorial 26 Apr 2007
Discover ITDS extended operations with JNDI
This article introduces readers to the world of extended operations in IBM Tivoli Directory Server (ITDS). The article makes users aware of extended operations using examples in the Java Naming and Directory Interface (JNDI).
Articles 26 Apr 2007
Introducing Adapters with Tivoli Directory Integrator 6.1
The Adapter concept is introduced with the IBM Tivoli Directory Integrator (TDI) 6.1 release. This concept provides an alternative way to develop custom connectors for TDI. This article introduces the Adapter concept and illustrates how to develop, distribute and utilize a TDI-based Adapter using the comprehensive steps.
Articles 26 Apr 2007
End-to-end security and message protection in a WebSphere MQ client/server environment
This article shows you how to use IBM Tivoli Access Manager for Business Integration, which is provided as part of WebSphere MQ V6 Enterprise Security Edition, to secure WebSphere MQ clients and provide end-to-end message security. It also describes how Tivoli Access Manager supplements WebSphere MQ security, and the steps required to configure client security.
Articles 18 Apr 2007
Log files in action: Convert z/OS logs in a snap
Discover how to find z/OS log files and how to convert them to a format useful for autonomic computing components. Before log files can be used for such autonomic computing purposes as problem determination, they must be in a common language (such as the Common Base Event format). Not only can binary-format z/OS logs not be used by autonomic computing systems in their native state, they are often difficult to locate. This article explains how to find and convert z/OS logs to a text format, rendering them useful for autonomic computing components.
Articles 17 Apr 2007
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