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IBM Tivoli Monitoring: Windows(R) OS Agent 6.3.0.4-TIV-ITM_WIN-IF0003

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Abstract

This fix resolves the APARs and defects listed in the “Problems Fixed” section below.

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Copyright International Business Machines Corporation 2018.
All rights reserved.

Component: IBM(R) Tivoli(R) Monitoring: Windows(R) OS Agent,
       Version 6.3.0 Fix Pack 4

Component ID: 5724C040W

Interim Fix 0003 (6.3.0.4-TIV-ITM_WIN-IF0003)

Date: September 25, 2018

Contents:

1.0 General description
2.0 Problems fixed
3.0 Architecture and prerequisites
4.0 Image directory contents
5.0 Installation instructions
6.0 Additional installation information
7.0 Known problems and workarounds
8.0 Additional product information
9.0 Copyright and trademark information
10.0 Notices


1.0 General description
=======================
This fix resolves the APARs and defects listed in the "Problems Fixed"
section below. This fix also includes the superseded fixes listed in
section 2.4.


2.0 Problems fixed
==================
The following problems are addressed by this fix.

  2.1 APARs
  ---------
  APAR: IJ06379
  Abstract: Windows OS agent crashes when encounters bad performance counters
  Additional Information:  THe Windows OS Agent crashes when it encounters
     multiple duplicate Perfmon counters.   The counters causing the
     problem were VM Memory and VM Processor, but are not limited to these.

  At agent startup, the Windows OS Agent RAS1 log file will contains multiple
  lines of messages like the following:
    (5AEE66BA.001D-10F0:kntkthrd.cpp,2114,"kntkthrd::GetSnapValues")
    Perflib 009 snap counter='VM Processor' Index=9266
    (5AEE66BA.001E-10F0:kntkthrd.cpp,2114,"kntkthrd::GetSnapValues")
    Perflib 009 snap counter='VM Memory' Index=9282
    (5AEE66BA.001F-10F0:kntkthrd.cpp,2114,"kntkthrd::GetSnapValues")
    Perflib 009 snap counter='VM Processor' Index=9476
      
  2.2 Defects
  -----------
  None.

  2.3 Enhancements
  ----------------
  None.

  2.4 Superseded fixes
  --------------------
  6.3.0.4-TIV-ITM_WIN-IF0002
  6.3.0.4-TIV-ITM_WIN-IF0001
            
  2.5 APARS and defects included from superseded fixes
  ----------------------------------------------------

  6.3.0.4-TIV-ITM_WIN-IF0002
  --------------------------
  APAR: IV69221
  Abstract: Monitoring Agent for Windows OS becoming unresponsive and consuming high CPU in case of errors from WMI
  Additional Information: The Monitoring Agent for Windows OS does not properly handle an error condition that may
    be returned from WMI calls used for monitoring processes' CPU consumption. As a result of this error the agent
    can start consuming high CPU and no longer respond to incoming queries.
      
  APAR: IV62288
  Abstract: The Monitoring Agent for Windows OS does not exclude the IPV6 resolution in the System attribute group
    when KDEB_INTERFACELIST_IPV6 has the value '-'
  Additional Information: If the Monitoring Agent for Windows OS is installed on a machine where the IPv6 protocol
    is not configured, the API getaddrinfo can require several seconds to fail with the value WSAHOST_NOT_FOUND.
    It is possible to use the setting KDEB_INTERFACELIST_IPV6=- to disable the IPv6 interface discovery. The
    Windows OS Agent has to take in consideration this variable to exclude the resolution of the IPv6 addresses.
      
  APAR: IV62549
  Abstract: The Monitoring Agent for Windows OS leaks memory when retrieving the binary path for the processes.
  Additional Information: The Monitoring Agent for Windows OS leaks memory when retrieving the binary path for the
    processes in the following attribute groups: Process, Process (Superseded), Process IO. This APAR does not
    solve a possible memory leak in the function getWMIrefreshed_data due to WMI subsystem. This memory leak, in fact,
    is present with Windows dll fastprox.dll version 6.0.6001.18000, but it is not present with fastprox.dll version
    6.0.6002.18005 and in subsequent releases (verified on 6.1.7601.17514)
      
  APAR: IV63092
  Abstract: The Monitoring Agent for Windows OS does not recognize Windows 2012 R2 and the OS version 6.3
  Additional Information: The Monitoring Agent for Windows OS does not recognize Windows 2012 R2 and the OS version
    6.3
      
  APAR: IV66911
  Abstract: A situation on Local Port Name of the Network Port attribute group does not work in the The Monitoring
    Agent for Windows OS
  Additional Information: The Local Port Name attribute of the Network Port group can contains some tabs characters
    preventing its correct identification in situation formulas
      
  APAR: IV71943
  Abstract: The attributes Friendly_Name and Description of the "Network Interface" attribute group are not
    converted into UTF8
  Additional Information: The Monitoring Agent for Windows OS does not code into UTF8 the attributes Friendly_Name
    and Description of the "Network Interface" attribute group


  6.3.0.4-TIV-ITM_WIN-IF0001
  --------------------------
  APAR: IV66774
  Abstract: Overestimated percentages of CPU utilization from the Monitoring Agent for Windows OS.
  Additional Information: The Monitoring Agent for Windows OS can return incorrect values for attributes
    related to CPU percent utilization at system and processor level. This is due to possible missing
    information about Idle Time of processors from the underlying WMI provider when the agent runs in
    32 bit compatibility mode on Windows 64 bit servers. In order for this APAR to be properly implemented
    in your environment, a new environment variable needs to be set: NT_SKIP_WMICPU=1 (allowed values 0|1,
    0 is the default).

 

3.0 Architecture and prerequisites
==================================
This fix is supported on all operating systems listed in the
IBM Tivoli Monitoring: Windows OS Agent User's Guide, version 6.3.0, Fix Pack 4.

Please refer to the IBM Software Product Compatability Reports (SPCR)
for the latest operating system certification information:
http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/prodguid/v1r0/clarity/index.html


  3.1 Prerequisites for this fix
  ------------------------------
  - IBM Tivoli Monitoring, Version 6.3.0 Fix Pack 4.


4.0 Image directory contents
============================
This fix image contains the following files:

- 6.3.0.4-TIV-ITM_WIN-IF0003.README  - This README file
- 6.3.0.4-TIV-ITM_WIN-IF0003.tar     - Fix archive .tar format
- 6.3.0.4-TIV-ITM_WIN-IF0003.zip     - Fix archive .zip format

NOTE: The .tar and .zip files are identical in content.
Use the .tar file if you are working in a UNIX(R) environment;
use the .zip file if you are working in a Microsoft Windows(R) environment.

The fix archive file contains the following:
   6.3.0.4-TIV-ITM_WIN-IF0003/knt_winnt_tema_IF0003.cab
   6.3.0.4-TIV-ITM_WIN-IF0003/knt_wix64_tema_IF0003.cab
   6.3.0.4-TIV-ITM_WIN-IF0003/KNTWINNT.dsc
   6.3.0.4-TIV-ITM_WIN-IF0003/KNTWIX64.dsc

and it can contains the following files if the patch updates the supports:
   6.3.0.4-TIV-ITM_WIN-IF0003/knt_tems_teps_tepd_IF0003.tar
   6.3.0.4-TIV-ITM_WIN-IF0003/knt_tems_teps_tepd_IF0003.zip

Each tar or cab file has updates to the IBM Tivoli Enterprise Monitoring
Server component for a specific platform. The platform that each file
applies to is included in its name.

5.0 Installation instructions
=============================
This fix can only be installed over an existing installation.  Use
the following steps to install this fix.

  5.1 Before installing the fix
  -----------------------------
  - The prerequisites listed under section 3.1 entitled 'Prerequisites
    for this fix' must be installed before this fix can be installed.

  - For the purpose of this README, the symbol <CANDLEHOME> is the
    IBM Tivoli Monitoring installation directory. The default value
    for CANDLEHOME is '/opt/IBM/ITM' on UNIX systems and 'C:\IBM\ITM'
    on Windows systems.

    Before installing this fix on UNIX systems, set the environment
    variable CANDLEHOME to the IBM Tivoli Monitoring installation
    directory.

      For example:
      > CANDLEHOME=/opt/IBM/ITM
      > export CANDLEHOME
  - Since there is no uninstall utility for this fix, we suggest you
    perform a backup of your environment before installing this fix.


  5.2 Local agent update
  ----------------------
  1. Transfer the appropriate archive file
     (e.g. 6.3.0.4-TIV-ITM_WIN-IF0003.tar) to a temporary directory
     on the system that contains the agent code to be updated.
     For the purpose of this README, the symbol <TEMP> represents
     the fully qualified path to this directory.

  2. Expand the archive file using the "tar" command on UNIX systems
     or an extract utility on Windows systems. This step creates a
     directory structure that contains fixes for all of the supported
     platforms.

  3. Use the itmpatch command to install the fix for that agent platform.
     For more information on the itmpatch command, see section 6.2

     For example:
    On a Windows system, if the fix was expanded to
   <TEMP>\6.3.0.4-TIV-ITM_WIN-IF0003, the install command would be,
   depending if you are installing a 32 bit agent or a 64 bit agent:

      > itmpatch -h <CANDLEHOME>
                 -i <TEMP>\6.3.0.4-TIV-ITM_WIN-IF0003\knt_winnt_tema_IF0003.cab
   or

      > itmpatch -h <CANDLEHOME>
                 -i <TEMP>\6.3.0.4-TIV-ITM_WIN-IF0003\knt_wix64_tema_IF0003.cab

  Note: if the itmpatch command gets this error:
    "The application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration
     is incorrect. Please see the application event log for more detail."
  it's necessary install the "visualstudio redistribution package" before to run
  run the itmpatch command.
  For a 32bit architecture, the name of this package is vcredist_x86.exe,
  available at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=5582
  For a 64bit architecture, the name of this package is vcredist_x64.exe,
  available at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=2092


  5.3 Remote agent update
  ------------------------
  1. Transfer the appropriate archive file
     (e.g. 6.3.0.4-TIV-ITM_WIN-IF0003.tar or .zip) to a temporary directory
     on the IBM Tivoli Enterprise Monitoring Server system.  For the
     purpose of this README, the symbol <TEMP> represents the fully
     qualified path to this directory. Note: On Windows, this includes
     the drive letter.

  2. Expand the archive file using the "tar" command on UNIX systems or
     an extract utility on Windows systems. This step creates a
     directory structure that contains fixes for all of the supported
     platforms.

  3. To add the agent fix bundles into the remote deploy depot, use
     the tacmd addBundles command found in $CANDLEHOME/bin on UNIX
     systems or in %CANDLE_HOME%\bin on Windows systems. For more
     information on the tacmd addBundles command, see the IBM Tivoli
     Monitoring Command Reference Guide.

     For example:
     On UNIX systems,
     if the fix was expanded to <TEMP>/6.3.0.4-TIV-ITM_WIN-IF0003
     > $CANDLEHOME/bin/tacmd addBundles -n -i <TEMP>/6.3.0.4-TIV-ITM_WIN-IF0003

     On a Windows system,
     if the fix was expanded to <TEMP>\6.3.0.4-TIV-ITM_WIN-IF0003
     > %CANDLEHOME%\bin\tacmd addBundles -n -i <TEMP>\6.3.0.4-TIV-ITM_WIN-IF0003

     where:
         -n indicates that prerequisite bundles are not automatically
            added. The -n parameter must be used because the fix
            directory does not contain any prerequisites that the fix
            might require.  Please see Section 3.1 for the prerequisites
            for this fix.
         -i is the directory that contains the deployment bundles to be
            added to the depot.

  4. To log in to the Tivoli Enterprise Monitoring server, and deploy
     the fix to the appropriate nodes where the agent is running, use
     the following "tacmd" commands.  For more information on the tacmd
     login and updateAgent commands, see the IBM Tivoli Command Reference Guide.

     For example:
     On UNIX systems:
     > $CANDLEHOME/bin/tacmd login -s <server>
                                   -u <itmuser>
                                   -p <password>

     > $CANDLEHOME/bin/tacmd listSystems

     The output shows the Managed System Name for the OS agent on the
     remote system to be updated. Use this value as the target of the
     tacmd updateAgent command.

     > $CANDLEHOME/bin/tacmd updateAgent -t NT
                                         -n <Managed System Name>
                                         -v 063004003

     On a Windows system:
     > %CANDLE_HOME%\bin\tacmd login -s <server>
                                     -u <itmuser>
                                     -p <password>

     > %CANDLE_HOME%\bin\tacmd listSystems

     The output shows the Managed System Name for the OS agent on the
     remote system to be updated. Use this value as the target of the
     tacmd updateAgent command.

     > %CANDLE_HOME%\bin\tacmd updateAgent -t NT
                                           -n <Managed System Name>
                                           -v 063004003

     Note:
     - The component (-t) for the "tacmd updateAgent" command is
       specified as two characters (NT), not three characters (KNT).
     - The node (-n) for the "tacmd updateAgent" command is the managed
       system name of the operating system (OS) agent to be updated.
       The target node for the "tacmd updateAgent" command is always
       an OS agent.

  5.4 Agent support update
  ------------------------
  There are no agent support updates for the Tivoli Enterprise
  Monitoring Server, Tivoli Enterprise Portal Server or Tivoli
  Enterprise Portal Desktop included in this fix or any of the
  superceded fixes. No additional installation steps are required.
     
6.0 Additional installation information
=======================================
 For additional troubleshooting installation information, see the
 itmpatch.log in the patchlogs directory in <CANDLEHOME>.

  6.1 Installation instructions for agent baroc file
  --------------------------------------------------
  There are no updates to the baroc files included in this fix or
  any of the superseded fixes.  No additional installation steps are
  required.

  6.2 Additional information on using itmpatch command
  -----------------------------------------------------
  The "itmpatch" command has the following syntax:

  Usage: itmpatch -h <installation home> [OPTIONS]

  itmpatch -h <installation home>
           -t { <patch_file_directory> | <patch_file> }
           
  itmpatch -h <installation home>
           -i { <patch_file_directory> | <patch_file> }

  where:
  -h  Specifies the IBM Tivoli Monitoring installation directory
  -i  Specifies the path to the directory or patch file to be installed
  -t  Generates a report of the actions to be taken by the patch
 

  For example, on UNIX systems:
  <CANDLEHOME> points to the IBM Tivoli Monitoring installation directory
  <TEMP> points to the temporary directory where the fix is located.

  - To preview the fix installation, use the "-t" option:
    > <CANDLEHOME>/bin/itmpatch -h <CANDLEHOME> -t <TEMP>

  - To install the fix, use the "-i" option:
    > <CANDLEHOME>/bin/itmpatch -h <CANDLEHOME> -i <TEMP>

  where:
  <CANDLEHOME> is the fully qualified IBM Tivoli Monitoring
  installation directory. On Windows, this must include the drive
  letter.
  <TEMP> represents the fully qualified directory specification, where
  the fix is located. On Windows, this must include the drive letter.

  6.3 Verifying the update
  -------------------------
  1. To verify the agent was updated correctly, use the tacmd command
     to view the agent's current version after the agent is restarted.
     You are required to login to a Tivoli Enterprise Monitoring
     Server prior to viewing the agent version.

     For example:
     On UNIX systems, where $CANDLEHOME is the IBM Tivoli Monitoring
     installation directory. The default location is '/opt/IBM/ITM'.

     > $CANDLEHOME/bin/tacmd login -s <server>
                                   -u <itmuser>
                                   -p <password>
     > $CANDLEHOME/bin/tacmd listSystems -t NT

     On a Windows system, where %CANDLE_HOME% is the IBM Tivoli
     Monitoring installation directory. The default location
     is 'C:\IBM\ITM'.   

     > %CANDLE_HOME%\bin\tacmd login -s <server>
                                     -u <itmuser>
                                     -p <password>

     > %CANDLE_HOME%\bin\tacmd listSystems -t NT

     When the agent update is successful, the agent version should now be:
     06.30.04.03

     Note:
     - The component (-t) for the tacmd listSystems command is specified
       as two characters NT, not three characters KNT.

    You can also use the GUI (Manage Tivoli Enterprise Monitoring Services) to
    verify the agent is successfully updated.
    
     For the agent on a Windows system, the version number is 06.30.04.03.
                                         

7.0 Known problems and workarounds
==================================
None


8.0 Additional product information
==================================
None.


9.0 Copyright and trademark information
==================================  
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and trademark information" at www.ibm.com/legal/copytrade.shtml.

 

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=======
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Prerequisites

IBM Tivoli Monitoring: Windows(R) OS Agent 6.3.0.4

Installation Instructions

Please refer to the 6.3.0.4-TIV-ITM_WIN-IF0003.README contained in the Description section above for general installation instructions.

Download Package

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Problems (APARS) fixed
IV69221 IV62549 IV63092 IV66911 IV71943 IV62288

Document Information

Modified date:
26 September 2018

UID

ibm10732928