Wednesday, April 29, 2015

IBM Monitoring v8.1is Available - the next generation of Application-Aware Infrastructure Monitoring

Announcing IBM Monitoring v8.1 - the next generation of Application-Aware infrastructure monitoring solution that simplifies the life for IT Ops. With a single end to end view of metrics and logs/errors collected across the application stack, IT operators can detect problems and troubleshoot in the context of the application always. They no longer need to struggle to understand which component belongs to which application or which application's performance will be impacted due to a failed infrastructure component. It is able to monitor any component hosted anywhere (public cloud, private cloud or on premises) and visualize the end to end app stack in a unified hybrid view.
We have significantly simplified the time it takes to set up and get going. In under 30 minutes you can get a complete monitoring infrastructure up and running on a single box.
Here are some of the key capabilities:
  • Offers hybrid management, delivering a single integrated management view across on premises and cloud environment
  • Delivers application-aware infrastructure monitoring by monitoring user response time as well as the health of application components such as the application server or runtime, databases, web servers, middleware stacks, and more, for applications covering cloud and traditional workloads
  • Offers huge breadth of coverage spanning from traditional enterprise technologies such as java, .NET to cloud technologies such as Node.js, Ruby, PHP etc
  • Includes search analytics capabilities for unlimited monitoring data, plus up to 2 gigabytes of external log data per day.
  • 'Predicts' outages instead of detecting them using integrated Predictive Insights
  • Includes a simple unified, easy to maintain architecture that can be deployed in minutes and can help reduce total cost of ownership by up to 30% and improve time to value 5x-10x.
  • Enables seamless expansion of capabilities with IBM Control Desk, IBM Operations Analytics, and IBM Netcool® Operations Insight

New TBSM video available - Setting SSL debug tracing in a TBSM environment

Setting SSL debug tracing in a TBSM environment

Video - Using Netcool/Impact to display data from Web Services in JazzSM Dashboard

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

IEM Patch Management for Windows Application Updates now supports Adobe Digital Editions

IBM Endpoint Manager Patch Management for Windows Application Updates has announced that support for Adobe Digital Editions is now available in the Updates for Windows Applications site.
Use the following Fixlets:
  • 4000000: Adobe Digital Editions 4.0.3 Available
    This Fixlet updates Adobe Digital Edition to version 4.0.3 on endpoints in your deployment.
  • 4000001: Adobe Digital Editions - Multiple Versions Installed - ADE 2.0 and Later
    Use this Fixlet when one endpoint in your deployment has several different versions of Adobe Digital Edition. The Fixlet retains the latest version of Adobe Digital Editions and uninstall the earlier versions in the endpoint.
  • Fixlet 4000000: Adobe Digital Editions 4.0.3 Available
  • Fixlet 4000001: Adobe Digital Editions - Multiple Versions Installed - ADE 2.0 and Later
For more information about the products and the types of updates that are supported by Patch Management for Windows Application Updates, see the Supported Applications and Languages wiki page:!/wiki/Tivoli%20Endpoint%20Manager/page/Supported%20Applications%20and%20Languages.
Actions to Take:
Use the Fixlets applicable to your deployment.
Published site version:
Updates for Windows Applications site, version 767.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Customizing ITNM->TBSM Integration

This week at a customer site we've been customizing the integration of ITNM data into TBSM. While the ITNM DLA provides topology data, this large customer needed more detailed information. Some highlights of the work done:

We integrated ITNM with TBSM using a policy and the XMLToolkit. The requirement was to represent the MPLS VPNs in a service tree and show the VPN Type, VPN Name, devices used in the VPN and the interfaces on the devices. ITNM does not represent the data this and default import using the DLA didn't give us what we wanted or needed.

We started scouring the ITNM Oracle database and found the entityID's for the devices and worked from there to find the devices, interfaces and vpn names and types and then built the service tree hierarchy based on the SQL query. This process created book that the XMLtoolkit read (API data).

We can provide innovative solutions for you, too. Contact Tony Delgross at to get the ball rolling.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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