Saturday, March 24, 2012

How to update DB2 after changing your Windows hostname

Working with a bunch of VMs, I often have to change names, IP addresses, etc. Today I finally got tired of having an extra (non-functioning) entry in my DB2 control center because I changed the hostname of one of my DB2 servers. Happily, I found this great entry on how to do it:

However, after going through the steps, you need to restart your database administration server service, named DB2DAS - DB2DAS00. Once you do that, your new hostname appears, and the default instance (named DB2) is also there. Any non-default instances can just be manually added.

Friday, March 23, 2012

GBS YouTube Channel

Gulf Breeze Software has just created a YouTube channel.   Four videos have already been posted and with plans on posting more videos in the future.  If you have any recommendations/requests please post them in the comments.

YouTube Channel

ITM Private Situations and Private History

ITM Agent Builder HTTP Provider

ITM Disk Situation Override

ITM Dynamic Logical Views

Friday, March 16, 2012

Using Non-ITM data in TEPS - Updated

A while back, we posted a blog article on how to add custom datasources to TEPS.  The problem with that is the database credentials are stored in plain text format and TEPS now expects the credentials to be encrypted.  Here is an updated and Tivoli supported way to use Non-ITM data in TEPS using ODBC.  


You should have  aworking ODBC connection to the datasource.  Must be cataloged as a system datasource in Windows. 

Steps to add custom datasource
  1. Open Command prompt and run "tacmd login" to logon to TEMS.
  2. Run the following command to add custom datasource with password. The command will encrypt the password and store it in kfwcma.ini under CNPS directory. 
    "tacmd configureportalserver -d <CANDLEHOME> -s DSUSER1 -p DSN=<ODBC-DSN> UID=<user> PWD=<password>".
  3. Verify the datasource entry by running the following command.
    "tacmd configureportalserver -s DSUSER1 -v"
  4. Recycle the portal server.

An Example

In this case, I created a custom data source to point to Omnibus REPORTER database and created a custom query to pull all the REPORTER_STATUS table entries.  After creating necessary views to use the Custom Query, the data can be seen in TEPS.  Please see the attached screenshot.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Manually Setting the MOD Level for the ITCAMfAD DataCollector

Normally, you would change the MOD (Monitoring On Demand) level for the ITCAMfAD DC (also used as the DC for older versions of ITCAMfTrans) using the Managing Server. In some cases, however, you may not have a Managing Server, or you may not have access to it. In such cases, you can manually set the MOD level by editing the file:


On my machine, the full path is:


The default value of this file is a single line with the value 1, corresponding to MOD Level 1. To change this, open the file in a text editor and change the value to 2 or 3 (MOD Level 2 and 3, respectively).

One particular case where this is useful is if you don't have an ITCAMfAD MS and you want to capture JDBC calls for topology mapping in ITCAM for Transactions with TTAPI. The data collector will only collect this data in MOD levels 2 and 3, and the only way to set this without a Managing Server is by editing this file.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012