IBM United States
Software Announcement 201-093
April 17, 2001

IBM AIX Performance Toolbox for POWER Version 3.0 — Obtain and Analyze System Data; IBM AIX Fast Connect for POWER Version 3.1 — Enhanced Systems Management

 ENUS201-093.PDF (44KB)


At a Glance

  • AIX Performance Toolbox and AIX Performance AIDE Version 3.0
    • Full support for AIX Versions 4.3 and 5.1
    • New agent for 24 x 7 recordings of performance data
    • New Jazizo post-processing analysis interface provides simple reporting by hours, days, or weeks
    • New Workload Management analysis interface
    • Scalability improvements to support large metric sets
    • Usability improvements to ease metric definitions
    • New packaging and pricing
    • Unlimited user license for Performance AIDE
  • AIX Fast Connect Version 3.1

For ordering, contact:

Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: RE001).

Overview

AIX® Performance Toolbox (PTX) for POWER Version 3.0 enables you to monitor, analyze, and tune system performance in distributed environments. Hundreds of performance metrics and a suite of customizable GUIs are available.

An administrator can:

  • View the exact state of the system and tune parameters accordingly
  • Pinpoint immediate or long-term bottlenecks with built-in analysis tools combined with 2- and 3-dimensional graphing capabilities
  • Generate customized reports based on hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly activity

In conjunction with the Performance AIDE, you can use PTX to:

  • Visualize live performance concurrently on multiple systems
  • Create 24 x 7 recordings of large sets of performance metrics
  • Filter data based on user-customized criteria

Filtering criteria can be used to generate events to a monitoring console or execute administration scripts. Additional utilities help you convert recorded data into formats suitable for import by third-party spreadsheets.

An administrator can add tools to menus, either with fixed parameters to match specific situations or in a dialog window. The outputs from these tools can be saved for later review.

PTX is designed to support the analysis of network, filesystem, memory, and process activity on IBM e(logo)server pSeries and RS/6000® platforms.

AIX Fast Connect for POWER Version 3.1 delivers outstanding performance and attractive price for any number of Windows™ clients.

Using Fast Connect, PCs can take advantage of the performance, scalability, and reliability of AIX. Multiple PC servers can be consolidated onto a single, scalable IBM pSeries or RS/6000, to reduce system complexity and simplify systems management.

Fast Connect is internationalized, which includes messages in 26 languages supported by AIX and Unicode capability to support international characters in file and directory names and other character strings.

With Fast Connect, AIX file and print services are available to Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT™, and Windows 2000 users as part of their Network Neighborhood with no additional software required. Windows clients can access AIX files using the Journaled File System (JFS), JSF2, CD File System (CDFS), Network File System (NFS) mounted subsystems, and DCE/DFS™ file systems, and AIX printing services using Microsoft's Common Internet File System (CIFS) and Server Message Block (SMB) protocols over TCP/IP.

IBM has one of the strongest UNIX® PC interoperability records in the industry with demonstrated leadership in understanding and managing the complexity of heterogeneous environments by:

  • Optimizing the use of shared resources
  • Leveraging the advantages of UNIX software for PC LANs connecting clients with enterprise servers

Key Prerequisites

  • AIX Version 4.3.3, or later
    or
  • AIX 5L for POWER Version 5.1, or later

Planned Availability Date

May 4, 2001

Description

AIX Performance Toolbox for POWER Version 3.0

Performance Toolbox (PTX) is a comprehensive tool for monitoring and tuning system performance in distributed environments. In conjunction with the Performance AIDE, PTX provides the user the ability to concurrently visualize live performance on multiple systems. The AIDE also provides agents for creating 24 x 7 recordings of large sets of performance metrics, and for filtering data based on user-customized criteria. Filtering criteria can be used to generate events to a monitoring console or execute administration scripts. Additional utilities are provided to convert recorded data into formats suitable for import by third-party spreadsheets.

By providing an umbrella for tools that can be used to analyze performance data and control system resources, PTX assists the system administrator in keeping track of available tools and in applying them in appropriate ways. This is done through a customizable menu interface. Tools can be added to menus, either with fixed parameters to match specific situations or in a dialog window.

A new Java™-based analysis interface focuses on trend analysis of large sets of performance metrics. You can customize a variety of visualizations for Workload Management (WLM) activity, allowing class and resource usage to be compared across different time periods. Other enhancements simplify remote recording configurations and overall product scalability.

The Performance AIDE's unlimited license simplifies packaging and pricing.

AIX Performance AIDE for POWER Version 3.0

  • Common agent for AIX 4.3 and AIX 5.1
  • New xmtrend agent for 24 x 7 monitoring of large sets of performance metrics; capable of providing recordings of system activity spanning days, weeks, or months
  • Support for new process, system, and Workload Manager performance metrics
  • Usability enhancements ease the definition of system metrics to be recorded
  • Unlimited node license

Performance Manager and Analysis

  • New Jazizo GUI significantly enhances your ability to analyze trends and generate hourly, daily, weekly, and customizable reports on system performance.
  • New wlmperf GUI support long-term analysis of Workload Manager class activity by resource. You can obtain snapshot, detailed, tabular, and trend views of Workload Manager performance.

AIX Fast Connect for POWER Version 3.1

  • Fast Connect Version 3.1 includes significant new function, manageability enhancements, increased performance, and Windows 2000 support.

    It now implements User Name mapping, for example, Client User Names are not required to be same as AIX 5.1 user names. This feature accommodates client's user naming rules that may differ from AIX 5.1. Fast Connect maintains name mappings that can be configured from command line or SMIT. This feature supports mapping of multiple PC user names to single AIX 5.1 user name.

    Administrators can appreciate the flexibility in managing access of resources on AIX 5.1.

  • NT password encryption support offers a higher level of security by allowing mixed case and longer passwords. Fast Connect DCE/DFS integration feature now supports encrypted passwords, in addition to plain text passwords you benefit from higher security and no longer need to modify Windows clients to enable plain text passwords.
  • Fast Connect users can now change passwords from their Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, or Windows 2000 PC clients, eliminating the need to logon to AIX for password change. Further, users can change their own passwords and synchronize them with AIX passwords using newly added cifsPasswd command.
  • This release of Fast Connect adds support of Windows Terminal Server (WTS). WTS makes Windows 2000 server multi-user. In addition, WTS can also map network drives to AIX 5.1 using Fast Connect. You gain access to AIX 5.1 resources and its own clients.
  • Fast Connect can now provide Logon Service to Windows 2000 clients using IBM Network Client Version 4.4.

    This function provides roaming user profiles and startup scripts support. Logon support is available for Windows 95/98 users using Microsoft™ Client as well.

  • Fast Connect servers are enhanced to provide detailed information about connected sessions including files open by individual users. An administrator can force a session to close or even a file to close. This function is supported through the command line. Graphical access to these functions is provided through Web-based System Manager.

    Further manageability enhancements include Web-based System Manager for AIX 5.1 support, which makes managing Fast Connect easier.

  • The number of options that used to be server wide can now be configured on a per-share basis, offering additional flexibility to system administrators.
  • Performance enhancements include directory search caching and memory mapped files. Search requests are one of the most expensive operations, in terms of system resources. Therefore, depending on customer environment, directory caching can show significant performance increase. Memory mapped I/O exploits AIX's memory mapping feature for user files, increasing read and write performance.
  • Fast Connect now supports share-level security required by some of the existing AIX Connections customers. Capability to send messages to PC clients is added.
  • Fast Connect includes Windows 2000 Active Directory integration. Fast Connect server and shares can be published in Active Directory using cifsLDAP command. This feature allows users to access Fast Connect shared file systems in graphical mode using the Windows 2000 Network Neighborhood directory browser.

Euro Currency

These programs are not impacted by euro currency.

Reference Information

Refer to Hardware Announcement 101-100 , dated April 17, 2001 (IBM e(logo)server pSeries 620 Model 6F1 Server).

Refer to Hardware Announcement 101-101 , dated April 17, 2001 (IBM e(logo)server pSeries 660 Model 6H1 Server).

Refer to Software Announcement 201-090 , dated April 17, 2001 (IBM AIX 5L Version 5.1).

Trademarks

 
The e-business logo, pSeries, and DFS are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
AIX and RS/6000 are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Windows, Windows NT, and Microsoft are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
 
Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
 
UNIX is a registered trademark is a registered trademark of the Open Company in the United States and other countries.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

RS/6000® Software Offering for Education

Packaged Software for Easy Ordering: Customers who have obtained product subscription via 5765-D56 can expect to receive this upgrade on AIX® Performance Toolbox Version 3.0 as part of the normal automated process. (Upgrades are shipped automatically to current subscription holders.) For more information on the Campus products, visit:

Refer to Software Announcement 298-276 , dated August 11, 1998.

Offering Information

Product information is available through Offering Information (OITOOL) at:

Publications

Publications can be viewed using the Documentation Library Service with easier access to online documentation via a single integrated GUI. You can read, navigate, and search online HTML documentation. The Documentation Library Service also contains a Print Tool button. When you click this button, you see a list of books that can be downloaded in a single printable file for printing on your local printer. You have the option of customizing this list to include your own book for printing. This serves customers who want to view books online or read documents in hard copy format.

Technical Information

Hardware Requirements

  • RS/6000 or pSeries system with a minimum of 128 MB memory
  • Graphics adapter needed for Performance Toolbox user interface operation
  • Network adapter needed for Performance Toolbox remote monitoring

Software Requirements

  • AIX Version 4.3.3, or later
    or
  • AIX 5L for POWER Version 5.1, or later

Compatibility

  • AIX Fast Connect Version 3.1 includes all function in AIX Fast Connect Version 2.1, plus new function.
  • AIX Performance Toolbox (PTX) Version 3.0 can support:
    • Version 2.2 of the System Performance Measurement Interface API
    • Version 2.2 of the Remote Statistics Interface API
    • Network and event communication with Performance Aide Version 2.2 agents
    • Post-processing of PTX Version 2.2 recordings
    • Processing of PTX Version 2.2 configuration files

    PTX Version 3.0 will run on AIX 4.3.3 or AIX 5.1.

Limitations: Refer to the product README files for any limitations.

Performance Considerations

  • Network-saturated environments may limit monitoring capabilities of Performance Toolbox.
  • Fast Connect requires 512 K physical memory per client and enough CPU resource availability based on workload. Consult the Fast Connect Sizing (SG24-5527) redbook for further information.

Planning Information

Installability: Use AIX migration procedures for PTX Version 3.0, Performance AIDE Version 3.0, and Fast Connect Version 3.1. Some customer reconfiguration is required.

Direct Customer Support: Direct customer support is provided by AIX Support Line. This fee service enhances customers' productivity by providing voice and electronic access into the IBM support organization. AIX Support Line will help answer questions pertaining to usage, and suspected software defects for eligible products.

Installation and technical support is provided by Global Services. For more information, call 800-IBM-4YOU (426-4968).

Packaging: The PTX/AIDE Version 3.0 package contains the following items:

  • IBM International Program License Agreement (IPLA) and License Information (LI) in multilanguage
  • Proof of Entitlement (PoE)
    • If intended use is on AIX 5L Version 5.1, IPLA and LI documentation which contains information on PoE is electronic softcopy.
    • If intended use is on AIX Version 4.3.3, IPLA, LI, and PoE documentation are physical hardcopy.
  • One CD-ROM and publications

The AIX Fast Connect Version 3.1 package contains the following items:

  • IPLA and LI in multilanguage
  • PoE
    • If intended use is on AIX 5L Version 5.1, IPLA and LI documentation, which contains information on PoE, is electronic softcopy.
    • If intended use is on AIX Version 4.3.3, IPLA, LI, and PoE documentation are physical hardcopy.
  • One CD-ROM and publications

Your PoE for these programs is a copy of a paid sales receipt, purchase order, invoice, or other sales record from IBM or its authorized reseller from whom you acquired the program, provided that it states the license charge unit (the characteristics of intended use of the program — for example, number of processors, number of users) and quantity acquired.

Information about how you may obtain Program Services will be provided by the party (either IBM or its authorized reseller) from whom you acquired the program.

Security, Auditability, and Control

PTX Version 3.0 and AIX Fast Connect Version 3.1 use the security and auditability features of the AIX 5L Version 5.1 operating system software.

The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.

Ordering Information

New Licensee

  • AIX Performance Toolbox V3.0 has one charge unit: Per Server Install
  • AIX Performance AIDE V3.0 has one charge unit: Installs (unlimited)
  • AIX Fast Connect V3.1 for Windows™: Per Server Install

These programs are available in variable quantities.

Upgrades

Performance Toolbox/AIDE V3.0 and Fast Connect V3.1 are available at an upgrade price for those customers currently licensed for the following qualifying programs:

  • Performance Toolbox Version 2.2.1
  • AIX Fast Connect 2.1.

Upgrades may be acquired up to the current level of use authorized for the qualifying programs.

                                                       OTC(1)
                                   Program             Feature
Description                        Number              Number
 
AIX Performance AIDE V3.0          5765-E68            0001
  Upgrade Feature                                      0002
  (from 5765-654 Performance
   Toolbox V2)
 
AIX Performance Toolbox V3.0       5765-E74            0001
  Upgrade Feature                                      0002
  (from 5765-654 Performance
   Toolbox V2)
 
AIX Fast Connect V3.1              5765-E72            0001
  Upgrade Feature                                      0002
  (from 5765-C34 Fast Connect
   for Windows V2.1.2)
1
One-time charge

Software Subscription for AIX

Priced upgrades for AIX Version 4.x to AIX 5L Version 5.1 are available with this announcement. However, it is IBM's intent to only provide future upgrades through either the Software Subscription for AIX (5692-SSO) offering currently available today or a similar subscription offering. In addition, IBM intends to enhance the future subscription offerings with enhancements including more streamlined order processing capabilities.

Customers who purchased protection for Version 2 of Fast Connect for Windows or PTX, under Software Subscription for AIX (5692-SSO) or Software Protection Plan for AIX and UNIX® Operating System Base Software (5692-ADV), are entitled to receive Version 3 of these program products at no charge. Eligible customers should add the applicable CD media supply feature number from the table below to their existing 5692-SSO or 5692-ADV record.

                                                       Media
                                   Eligible            Supply
                                   Feature             Feature
Description                        Number(2)           Number
 
5692-SSO
 
From 5765-C34 V2 Fast              6125                0923
 Connect Windows to                6338
 5765-E72 V3 Fast                  6339
 Connect Windows
From 5765-654 Performance          4671                0922
 Toolbox V2 to 5765-E74            6252
 Performance Toolbox V3            6253
  Network
   Local                           4701
                                   6254
                                   6255
From 5765-654 Performance          4703                0917
 Toolbox V2 to 5765-E68            6256
 Performance AIDE V3               6257
2
Billing features that you must have previously purchased to receive this upgrade at no charge. The billing features must currently be on your record as proof of eligibility.

New Licensees for Future Upgrades of 5692-SSO: To register for future upgrades of products from Software Subscription for AIX for programs described in this announcement, specify 5692-SSO and feature number 9001 for asset registration, and the applicable billing features with quantity equal to the number of licenses in the Software Subscription for AIX contract. Use the tables below as reference to select the appropriate billing feature.

                                                       Annual
                                                       Support
                                   Program             Charge
Description                        Number              Feature
 
AIX Fast Connect V3.1              5692-SSO            0010
 for Windows (5765-E72)
AIX Performance Toolbox V3.0                           0013
 (5765-E74)
AIX Performance AIDE V3.0                              0004
 (5765-E68)

Withdrawal of Software Subscription for AIX Feature Numbers

                                   Program             Feature
Description                        Number              Number
 
Fast Connect OS/2(R) Version 2     5692-SSO            6124
                                                       6336
                                                       6337
Fast Connect Windows               5692-SSO            6125
 Version 2                                             6338
                                                       6339
Performance Toolbox                5692-SSO            4671
 Version 2 (5765-654)                                  6252
  Network                                              6253
  Local                                                4701
                                                       6254
                                                       6255
Performance AIDE Version 2         5692-SSO            4703
                                                       6256
                                                       6257

Customization Options: Select the appropriate feature numbers to customize your order with delivery options desired. These features can be specified on the initial or MES orders.

Example: If publications are not desired for the initial order, specify feature number 3470 to ship media only. For publications only to ship, specify feature number 3430.

                                                       Feature
Description                                            Number
 
Initial Shipments
 
Ship media only (suppresses initial                    3470
 shipment of documentation)
 
Ship documentation only (suppresses                    3430
 initial shipment of media)
 
Update Shipments
 
Ship media only (suppresses initial                    3470
 shipment of documentation)
 
Ship documentation only (suppresses                    3430
 initial shipment of media)
 
                                                       Feature
Description                                            Number
 
Expedite Shipments
 
Local IBM office expedite                              3445
 (for IBM use only)

Expedite shipments will be processed to receive 72-hour delivery from the time IBM Software Delivery and Fulfillment (SDF) receives the order. SDF will then ship the order via overnight air transportation.

System Program Order (SPO) (5692-A5L): A 5692-A5L or 5692-AIX SPO is mandatory for shipments of program distribution and publications. The individual licensed program orders (for example, 5765-E74) are for registration and billing purposes only. No shipment occurs under these orders.

To receive shipment of machine-readable materials on a CD-ROM requires an SPO (5692-A5L or 5692-AIX). Billing for the media type selected is generated under the SPO. To prevent additional billing expenses, place only one SPO order per machine.

Select one of the following (5692-A5L or 5692-AIX) feature numbers for the licensed program hardcopy entitled publications, along with feature number 9001 for asset registration to be shipped on a given date.

Program                            Program             Feature
Name                               Number              Number
 
AIX Performance AIDE V3.0          5765-E68            0917
AIX Performance Toolbox V3.0       5765-E74            0922
AIX Fast Connect V3.1              5765-E72            0923
  Windows Version

Preinstall: The preinstall option is only valid if accompanied by a hardware system order for the preinstalled AIX 5L Version 5.1 operating system specifying the preinstall option.

It is recommended that backup media be chosen with preinstalled orders. Not all of the software offered under the licensed program will be preinstalled on the system disk. To take delivery of backup media, media feature 3410 must be specified. Software preinstalled on the hard disk does not include all of the function included on the media.

The 5765-E72 order and SPO 5692-A5L must be for the same system type/system number and must have the same scheduled shipment date.

Feature number 5005 must be specified under the individual licensed program 5765-E72 and the SPO 5692-A5L to facilitate preinstall of the licensed program on the system disk.

In addition to feature number 5005 for preinstall of AIX under SPO (5692-A5L), you must select the appropriate "preinstall designation feature" from the table below.

For Authorized Assemblers, feature number 7305 must be specified under the individual licensed program 5765-E72 and the SPO 5692-A5L to facilitate preinstall of the licensed program on the system disk.

In addition to feature number 7305 for preinstall of AIX under SPO (5692-A5L), you must select the appropriate "preinstall designation feature" from the following table.

                                                  Feature
Description                                       Number
 
AIX Fast Connect V3.1 for Windows                 0923

The preinstall option is available at no additional charge.

Basic Machine-Readable Material: Select one of the following priced feature numbers for media type under 5692-AIX or 5692-A5L. The media process charge is a one-time, non-discountable charge per SPO order when media is selected.

                                                  Media
                                                  Process
                              Media               Charges
                              Feature             Feature
Media Type                    Number              Number
 
CD-ROM                        3410                1004

Single Pallet Delivery: Single Pallet Delivery consolidates pSeries or RS/6000 hardware, AIX Version 5 or Version 4 and selected AIX licensed program orders into a single delivery. Effective with this announcement, LPPs that ship on SPO 5692-A5L will have their entitled publications and media consolidated with the pSeries or RS/6000 system unit into a single delivery. The software orders affected are those LPPs ordered with the SPO 5692-A5L "Built-to-Order" structure, designated as single pallet delivery, and tied to the same preinstalled pSeries or RS/6000 system order. To order "single pallet delivery," select feature number 3483 under 5692-A5L.

Under SPO 5692-A5L, feature number 3470 can be used to suppress hardcopy documentation. To order entitled hardcopy documentation only, order feature number 3430.

Terms and Conditions

Licensing: IPLA. PoEs are required for all authorized use.

Limited Warranty Applies: Yes

Program Services: Available until April 30, 2004

Money-Back Guarantee: Two-month, money-back guarantee

Copy and Use on Home/Portable Computer: No

Volume Orders (IVO): Yes, contact your IBM representative.

Passport Advantage Applies: No

Passport Advantage Subscription Applies: No

Support Line: Yes

AIX/UNIX Upgrade Protection Applies: Yes

Entitled Upgrade for Current AIX/UNIX Upgrade Protection Licensees: Yes

AS/400® Software Subscription Applies: No

Variable Charges Apply: No

Educational Allowance Available: Yes, 15% education allowance applies to qualified education institution customers.

Prices

The prices provided in this announcement are suggested retail prices for the U.S. only and are provided for your information only. Dealer prices may vary, and prices may also vary by country. Prices are subject to change without notice. For additional information and current prices, contact your local IBM representative.

                                          OTC
                              Program     Feature
Description                   Number      Number    OTC
 
AIX Performance               5765-E68    0001      $1,500
  AIDE V3.0                               0002         375
  Upgrade Feature
AIX Performance               5765-E74    0001       5,500
  Toolbox V3.0                            0002       1,375
  Upgrade Feature
AIX Fast Connect V3.1         5765-E72    0001       1,495
  Upgrade Feature                         0002         375

New Licensees for Future Upgrades of 5692-SSO

                                          ASC(3)
                              Program     Feature   ASC
Description                   Number      Number    Charge
 
AIX Fast Connect V3.1         5692-SSO    0010      $150
  for Windows (5765-E72)
AIX Performance                           0013       550
  Toolbox V3.0
  (5765-E74)
AIX Performance AIDE V3.0                 0004       150
  (5765-E68)
3
Annual Support Charge

Customer Financing: IBM Global Financing offers attractive financing to credit-qualified commercial and government customers and Business Partners in more than 40 countries. IBM Global Financing is provided by the IBM Credit Corporation in the United States. Offerings, rates, terms, and availability may vary by country. Contact your local IBM Global Financing organization. Country organizations are listed on the Web at:

Order Now

 Use Priority/Reference Code: RE001
 
 Phone:     800-IBM-CALL
 Fax:       800-2IBM-FAX
 Internet:  ibm_direct@us.ibm.com
 Mail:      IBM Atlanta Sales Center
            Dept. RE001
            P.O. Box 2690
            Atlanta, GA  30301-2690

You can also contact your local IBM Business Partner or IBM representative. To identify them, call 800-IBM-4YOU.

Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.

Trademarks

 
AIX, RS/6000, OS/2, and AS/400 are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
 
UNIX is a registered trademark is a registered trademark of the Open Company in the United States and other countries.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.