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Workload Automation – DataStage Jobs

  Define Common Variable Table Assumptions – all DataStage jobs execute through the same pool or agent workstation. Define a variable table to hold parameters common to all DataStage jobs and ADD the variable table to the pool/workstation definition. Do this by editing the workstation definition and supplying a variable tale value. This will need […]

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Workload Automation – Part 4: Pull Files

This blog in the series will look at how to use the TWS built-in File Transfer advanced job type to pull files from a 3rd party site. One of the problems with this type of “pull” transfer is that you can’t be certain that the expected file is actually sitting there on the remote system […]

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Workload Automation – Part 3: Dynamic Agents and POOLS

The next blog in this series was intended to discuss automating the pulling of files using built-in TWS functionality. However, when starting to write the article I realised that to do so involves using some of the new advanced job types. The advanced job types will only execute on dynamic agents or POOL type workstations […]

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It’s the end of the road for Netcool OMNIbus 7.4

Recently my toaster which I’d had for 32 years toasted its last slice of bread and I was forced to replace it with a newer model. Even though the toaster was cheap and looked ugly it worked just fine and was the first thing my mother bought me when I left home and so I […]

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You’ve moved your service desk to the cloud now what about your monitoring tools?

For the last 20 years one of the most common requests that I have received at Orb Data is to perform an integration of the IBM monitoring tools with the customer’s service desk. When we first started the company in 1998 this was almost uniquely Remedy Action Request System (ARS) however at some point in […]

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Setting up PowerShell discoveries with TADDM

With the release of TADDM 7.3.0.2 came the ability to perform Windows discoveries with PowerShell instead of WMI. In comparison with WMI a PowerShell session sends fewer requests to access target systems, which in turn reduces the number of events that are logged. In addition if you use SSL it should also be more secure. […]

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Is your company ready for GDPR?

Time to GDPRCountdown Data protection has become a big issue over the last few years and as a result the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is becoming increasingly aggressive with its fines for DPA related offences. In 2010 there were just 2 fines totalling £160,000 but so far this year (up to August 2017) there […]

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How Basic Endpoint Patching Helps Protect Against Ransomware and Other Attacks

By George Mina On Friday, a group of unknown threat actors carried out one of the largest cyberattacks of its kind, which infected hundreds of thousands of computers in 150 countries. The ransomware, known as WannaCry, exploits a Microsoft Windows OS vulnerability that was patched in Microsoft’s Security Bulletin two months ago. The universal advice […]

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10 Reasons why you should be using Predictive Insights

BM have designed and developed Predictive Insights from the ground-up and because of that it has been able to respond to customer demands and requirements for a real-time performance analysis tool. But why should your company consider using Predictive Insights? Here are 10 reasons why Predictive Insights can quickly help you improve the quality of your enterprise monitoring, reduce incidents and save money.

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Mass deploy Zabbix agent using Ansible

Zabbix is an enterprise-class open source monitoring tool. I have been working on an integration from Zabbix with IBM Netcool suite for event management and subsequently into Service-Now for incident management. I wanted to get my Zabbix environment to start monitoring some hosts quickly so I can trigger some triggers… I wanted to roll out […]

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