IBM Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms V1.2 helps improve application availability for Linux and AIX environmentsIBM United States Software Announcement 204-105
May 25, 2004
|At a glance|
IBM Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms V1.2 is designed to move toward automation of e-business applications, spanning multiple platforms, by providing:
- Support for SUSE and Red Hat Linux on all IBM eServers or any 32-bit Intel-based system, and pSeries® AIX (refer to the Software requirements section for applicable versions)
- Automation policy samples that are available for download from Web site
- Movement of resources from failing systems without operator intervention
- Integration with zSeries® cross-platform disaster recovery
- Alert and status forwarding to Tivoli Enterprise Console (TEC)
- Rich policies and usability enhancements such as enhanced display function, dynamic verification of resources, and support of additional relationships
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With V1.2, IBM Tivoli® System Automation for Linux is renamed to IBM Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms. V1.2 of IBM Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms (System Automation) provides high availability for business applications, running in SUSE LINUX, Red Hat Linux, and AIX® standalone systems, and in clusters, by:
- Discovering system, application, and resource failures
- Deciding recovery actions using policy-based availability goals and sophisticated knowledge about application components and their relationships
- Detecting outages and providing quick and consistent recovery of affected failed resources and applications
Helps reduce automation costs and implementation time
Unlike most automation products, IBM Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms is policy-based, requiring no extensive programming skills. New resources or systems can be added without writing or rewriting scripts. Policies can now be saved and restored. Automation policy samples are available for download from the IBM Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms home page at
IBM Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms V1.2 also helps increase availability through goal-driven and proactive automation by:
- Moving resources from a failing system before it crashes
- Helping avoid overloaded systems
IBM Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms V1.2 supports AIX and premier Linux distributions on IBM and 32-bit Intel-based systems.
Tivoli Enterprise Console integration
When the configuration or states change, IBM Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms can alert operators through IBM Tivoli Enterprise Console® (TEC).
The grouping of cluster-wide components and resources of a complex
e-business application can facilitate operations at the application
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Refer to the Software requirements section.
|Planned availability dates|
- May 28, 2004: Electronic software delivery
- June 25, 2004: Media and documentation
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IBM Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms V1.2 makes your automation easy with global configuration replacement
When your SUSE LINUX, Red Hat Linux, or AIX system has been running in a stable state and with a desired configuration, the system administrator needs a tool to capture the system information, and store this information in a common location so that it can be retrieved and restored. This enables an easy fix for configuration problems that arise after the installation of new software and is a core component of any disaster recovery plan.
Global policy replacement enables autonomic operations by replacing the current configuration with a new configuration transparently. The new configuration is installed as a single unit. If any entity of the new configuration fails due to invalid attributes, or for any other reason, the whole process fails, and the system continues to run with the original configuration.
Furthermore, IBM Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms supports incremental configuration changes by entering each entity in a separate command. For many systems, this will be the preferred mechanism for changing parameters because the potential impact to the system is lessened.
Enhanced display function: IBM Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms supports nested resource groups. Operators and administrators view the top level resource group when listing or viewing a specific lower level resource group.
Enhanced -f command option supports the usability of input files for IBM Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms Command Line Interface (CLI). With this enhancement, the usage of input files is similar to the corresponding attributes when using IBM Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms CLI without input files.
Usability is improved by several daemon updates
Verification of resources is done as resource configuration changes.
Dynamic verification of resources implement the verify methods when IBM Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms is notified, through Reliable Scalable Cluster Technology (RSCT) event notification, that a resource has changed.
In V1.1 of IBM Tivoli System Automation for Linux, resource verifications were done mostly at configuration time when a resource was defined to the daemon through the CLI. Now, verification is performed synchronously. If errors are detected during verification, a message is returned to the users, and the definition of the new resource fails. Therefore, a user will immediately know the problem. After a resource is defined to the daemon, the daemon initiates event registration to monitor any state or configuration change of the resource. If a configuration change occurs, the daemon is notified to verify the configuration change, return error messages to the users when problems are detected, and terminate event subscription.
When a resource is undefined to IBM Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms, the subscription to event notifications is terminated automatically.
Support of additional relationships
Two additional relationships are introduced:
"Resource A StopsAfter resource B" means that before resource A can be stopped, IBM Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms checks that resource B is down. Acceptable states for B include Offline, Failed, Ineligible, and NodeGone.
"Resource A ForceDownBy resource B" means that if resource B comes offline or that we have to stop resource B, IBM Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms brings resource A offline. Stopping of resources A and B can happen in parallel and a force down of resource B is not considered complete until resource A is also offline. The force down of resource A will be triggered when resource B enters any of the down states (Offline, Failed, Ineligible, and NodeGone) after having previously been in an Online state. The conditions initiate a force down, and IBM Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms simply extends the force down to include all resources that have a ForceDown relationship upon any resources within the existing scope of the force down.
A new persistent attribute is part of the managed resource class. This attribute defines the list of nodes to be temporarily excluded from the node list. When excluding a node, the resources residing on the node being excluded are not automatically forced offline. The move must be triggered by means of the rgreq command.
Placing a node in the exclude list tells the automation manager not to consider the node as a potential candidate for hosting the resource. However, resources that run on the excluded node are not immediately moved away from the excluded node.
Avoiding Nodes can be used to gradually and non disruptively move resources away from a node in preparation for an EXCLUDE (via the samctrl command) at a later point in time.
The automation engine will not move the resource to a node that is in the exclude list. The following rules apply:
- Excluding a node from a floating resource causes its constituent on that node to become ineligible to be bound.
- Excluding a group is the same as excluding the node from all of the group members.
rgreq/rgmbrreq command is introduced to allow the operator to inject persistent requests into IBM Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms.
Requests can be entered against resource groups and managed resources. By means of the rgreq/rgmbrreq command the operator asks for the resource to be started, stopped, or moved (resource groups only). Start and Stop requests will last until explicitly removed by the operator. A move request is automatically removed when the move action is carried out. A request coming from the same source replaces a former request from the same source such that it cancels the previous request automatically. The rgreq/rgmbrreq command provides a simple and easy way to trigger a planned move on an application to other nodes in the cluster.
Moving a resource or resource group
Users requested the capability to move individual resources (resource groups) to another cluster node without affecting all resources currently running on the same node. For example, in a load balancing situation, moving only one or several resource groups to a backup node may achieve the user's workload and performance objectives.
The rgreq -o move command provides an easy to use interface to move an application (resource group) from its current location to another node in the cluster.
The move will be immediately carried out. It forces disruption of resources away from the node they are running on. This list of nodes is used to determine where to move the resources to, thereby excluding the node where the resource runs on currently. The rgreq/rgmbrreq command first modifies the node exclude list of the resource group by adding the node the resource is running on to the list. This is done automatically. Then the move operation is carried out.
IBM Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms is enhanced to let the associated resource managers know when the resource moves from its current location to another node in the cluster. This is done by notifying all effected resource managers:
- When a move activity started
- When a move activity is cancelled because one of the affected resource managers denies the change
- When a move activity is completed
Generation of TEC events
The System Automation Manager is responsible for analyzing the resources defined within a cluster and automating them. In the process of doing this, it generates a lot of useful status information. This information is essential to anyone who wants to operate the cluster with the cooperation of the System Automation Manager. Now the System Automation Manager can provide the information externally.
The system administrators get notifications about problems, actions, and configuration changes
within IBM Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms. The notification is done by sending events
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With IBM Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms, IBM delivers an autonomic computing product, for SUSE LINUX, Red Hat Linux, and AIX standalone systems, and for clusters, that can increase your competitiveness by:
- Providing high availability for your business applications
- Helping reduce operations and automation costs
- Providing fast automation setup
System Automation can help:
- Improve business application availability
- Reduce operations complexity and costs
- Reduce automation implementation and maintenance costs
- Lower education requirements related to automation
- React to rapid change of IT infrastructure
- Preparation for end-to-end automation of applications spanning multiple platforms
IBM Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms, IBM Cluster Systems Management for Linux (CSM for Linux), and IBM Cluster Systems Management for AIX (CSM for AIX) are based on the same cluster infrastructure, the Reliable Scalable Cluster Technology (RSCT). CSM for Linux and CSM for AIX are designed for simple, low-cost management of distributed and clustered IBM pSeries and xSeries® servers in technical and commercial computing environments. Cluster systems management can dramatically simplify administration of a cluster by providing management functions from a single point-of-control. These include resource monitoring, automated monitoring and operation, remote hardware control, remote command execution, security, configuration file management, parallel network installation, and diagnostics. This complements IBM Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms as it provides automation services and failover coordination to make applications highly available. Since these three IBM products use RSCT, you can benefit from the synergy of having the same cluster infrastructure.
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Training is available, or will be available, for IBM Tivoli® products. Education is offered through IBM Global Services IT Education Services and through IBM Tivoli Software Authorized Training Providers.
IBM Global Services IT Education Services provides education to support many IBM offerings. Descriptions of courses for IT professionals and managers are on the IBM IT Education Services Web site
Refer to the IBM IT Education Services Web site for information on course locations and availability dates.
For current information on IBM Tivoli software education, visit
or call 888-746-3331.
Current schedule information for IBM Tivoli training is available at
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No printed publications are shipped with this program. Product documentation is included with the program software and may be printed by the customer or ordered through the IBM Publications Center.
The following softcopy publication is included on CD-ROM and is listed below with its form number:
- IBM Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms Guide and Reference (SC33-8210)
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Specified operating environment
For Intel based servers:
- IBM xSeries® and BladeCenter
- Any 32-bit Intel-based server
For iSeries, refer to:
For pSeries®, refer to
- IBM pSeries BladeCenter JS20
For zSeries®, refer to:
- S/390 Parallel Enterprise Server G5 and G6, Multiprise® 3000 and all zSeries processors
One of the following operating systems:
- AIX® 5.2
- SLES 7 32-bit and 64-bit (Linux on zSeries)
- SLES 8 32-bit (Linux on zSeries and Intel-based)
- SLES 8 64-bit (Linux on zSeries, Intel-based, pSeries and iSeries)
Red Hat Linux
- 7.2 + 7.3 + AS 2.1 + EL 3.0 32-bit (Linux on Intel-based)
- EL 3.0 64-bit (Intel-based, pSeries and iSeries)
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IBM Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms is distributed with:
- International Program License Agreement (Z125-3301)
- CD-ROM media
- Publications: refer to the Publications section
Security, auditability, and control
IBM Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms V1.2 uses the security and auditability features of the 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.
Refer to the IBM Tivoli Enhanced Value-Based Pricing section of the customer letter for information on IBM Tivoli Enhanced Value-Based Pricing, terminology definitions and pricing model examples.
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IBM Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms V1.2
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