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MQ Agent: Monitoring Queue Depth Events

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Abstract

MQ Agent: Monitoring Queue Depth Events

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Objective

Following questions will be answered in this blog entry:

How to use MQ monitoring agent to get alert on Queue Depth High and Queue Full MQ events?

Can we get an alert when the Queue Depth Low event occurs?

Products

This discussion applies to WebSphere MQ agent included in both products:

ITCAM for Messaging

IBM Cloud Application Performance Management (APM V8)

MQ - Queue depth events settings

IBM MQ (aka WebSphere MQ) generates queue depth events for a queue when following conditions are met:

Performance Events are enabled at the "queue manager" and queue depth events are enabled at the "queue" level.

The settings to enable queue depth events for MQ and the event behavior is described in detail in the following Knowledge Center topic:

Enabling queue depth events

MQ Agent - Queue Depth event monitoring

The MQ monitoring agent provides "Current Events" attribute group to monitor following events, queue depth events are highlighted below:
v Channel_Stopped,
v Queue_Depth_High,
v Queue_Full,

v Queue_Service_Interval_High,
v Bridge_Stopped,
v Channel_Not_Activated

Corresponding to the two queue depth events, two product provided situations (APM thresholds) are provided by the agent.

ITCAM MQ agent provides following situations:

MQSeries_Queue_Depth_High and MQSeries_Queue_Full

APM V8 MQ agent provides following thresholds:

MQ_Queue_Depth_High

*IF *VALUE Current_Events.Event *EQ Queue_Depth_High

 MQ_Queue_Full

*IF *VALUE Current_Events.Event *EQ Queue_Full

The Queue_Depth_Low event is not directly monitored by the MQ agent, however, when the Queue_Depth_Low occurs, the MQ_Queue_Depth_High situation alert gets reset as per MQ queue depth event behavior.

To enable the monitoring, distribute these situations (thresholds) to agent MSNs or resource groups (APM).

Example

This section provides an example of the MQ commands to enable queue depth events at MQ.

We will use the following requirement as an example:

"MQ admin says that we want to receive alerts when the depth of the queue is 10% full, when queue becomes 50% full and when the queue is 100% full."

Queue Manager name: TESTQM; Queue name: TESTQ1

As the mqm user, or as a user with sufficient permissions, start runmqsc session on command line.

/opt/mqm/bin/runmqsc TESTQM

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Starting MQSC for queue manager TESTQM.

1) In "runmqsc" session, enable performance events for the queue manager (TESTQM):
 

DIS QMGR PERFMEV

AMQ8408I: Display Queue Manager details.

   QMNAME(TESTQM)                          PERFMEV(DISABLED)

ALTER QMGR PERFMEV(ENABLED)         <- enable if it is disabled

AMQ8005I: IBM MQ queue manager changed.

2) Set queue depth related settings for the queue (TESTQ1)

Check current settings:

DIS QL(TESTQ1) QDEPTHHI,QDPHIEV,QDEPTHLO,QDPLOEV, QDPMAXEV

AMQ8409I: Display Queue details.

   QUEUE(TESTQ1)                           TYPE(QLOCAL)

   MAXDEPTH(5000)                           QDEPTHHI(80)  

   QDEPTHLO(20)                                QDPHIEV(DISABLED)

  QDPLOEV(DISABLED)                    QDPMAXEV(DISABLED)

As per requirement mentioned above, set queue depth low mark of 10% (QDEPTHLO), queue depth high mark of 50% (QDEPTHHI). Enable events queue depth low (QDPLOEV), queue depth high (QDPHIEV), queue full (QDPMAXEV). Following command does that:

ALTER QL(TESTQ1) QDPHIEV(ENABLED),QDPLOEV(ENABLED), QDPMAXEV(ENABLED), QDEPTHHI(50), QDEPTHLO(10)

AMQ8008I: IBM MQ queue changed.

References

Collecting data for the MQSeries Events workspace

https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/SS3JRN_7.2.1.1/com.ibm.itcama.doc_7.2.1.1/kmq_userguide/t_coll_data4_MQseries_events.html

Enabling queue depth events

https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/en/SSFKSJ_9.1.0/com.ibm.mq.mon.doc/q036430_.htm

Enabling event monitoring for the queue manager.

https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/nl/SSHLNR_8.1.4/com.ibm.pm.doc/install/mq_config_middleware.htm#qmgr_events
 

 

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