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Monitoring Docker using IBM Tivoli Monitoring

Continuing from part 1 of the blog that I wrote, exploring some of the key concepts and options for monitoring Docker, I wanted to follow up and update on the monitoring using IBM Tivoli Monitoring (ITM) and IBM Application Performance Management (APM) offerings. Most of the gritty details were covered on the previous blog, so I am […]

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ITM6 Data Collection via SSH – A simple check box?

Introduction ITM Agent Builder v6.2.2.2 enhanced the “Output from a script” data source to enable commands to be run on remote systems using “ssh”. This has proved to be very useful for the collection of monitoring data from unsupported versions of UNIX, Linux and Windows. Enabling an agent for the remote collection of data is […]

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IBM Service Engage and APMaaS – a first look

Monitoring from the Cloud – APMaaS Overview Recently we have been getting involved in Service Engage from IBM. An offering that allows customers to run Enterprise Systems Management functions as a cloud service. The beta currently offers the following areas to be run using a SaaS model. Performance Management IT Service Management Workload Automation Analytics […]

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ITM Centralized Configuration and the Log File Agent

Some time ago I wrote about the Centralized Configuration feature of IBM Tivoli Monitoring.  Introduced in version 6.2.2 Fixpack 2, this feature provides ITM agents with a pull-based mechanism that enables them to dynamically obtain configuration files, such as private situations and situation thresholds from a central source.  The central source can be another ITM […]

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Custom Monitoring with IBM Tivoli Monitoring Agent Builder

A frequent element of my ITM orientated customer engagements is a bespoke monitoring or integration requirement, typically for an in-house developed application or 3rd-party tool.  Historically that would have meant cranking out the Universal Agent and the rather daunting task of constructing one or more meta files.  Fortunately the ITM Agent Builder has all but […]

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ITM v6.3 Login Policies

Something that many ITM v6 customers have been requesting for some years has finally arrived [indirectly] with ITM v6.3 – login policies, i.e. the ability to run script based policies when a new Managed System connects to the ITM infrastructure. This feature enables the automation of TEMS assignment, both the primary and backup TEMS for […]

The Challenge of ITM v6.3 and Jazz for SM

IBM Tivoli Monitoring v6.3 has introduced a number of new components to the ITM solution based around Jazz for Service Management and “The Dashboard Application Service Hub”, i.e. the renamed Tivoli Integrated Portal. So is this all just a case of rebadging? What is Jazz for SM and how does it shape up? The combination […]

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What is the best way to add maintenance windows with IBM Tivoli Monitoring (ITM), Impact and OMNIbus?

During day to day operations most IT environments are subject to some degree of planned change or managed outage. If effective monitoring is in place, it is highly likely that this type of activity will result in the generation of “false-positive” alerts that have little or no value to the business whilst the work is […]

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What has ITM ever done for us?

I was in the Orb data office the other day and had a conversation with some Orb Data colleagues about Performance and Application Monitoring and one of them (let’s call him Miles) was wondering why companies would buy a product such as IBM Tivoli Monitoring (ITM) as opposed to Nagios or other similar open source […]

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Events, my dear boy, events

Last updated on June 19th 2011 by Simon Barnes When Harold Macmillan became the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on the 10th January 1957 he probably didn’t think 54 years later he would appear in a blog about Enterprise Systems Management. However one thing he said during his period of office is just as […]

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