Accelerated Value Program: Skills transfer modules

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The WebSphere Accelerated Value Program team regularly develops content to share with our clients. Much of this content is developed for the annual Impact Conferences, where attendance is "standing room only"! To address this demand, the Accelerated Value Program can provide skills transfer on-site and remotely.

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June 2014 IBM Worklight Problem Determination
June 2013 Java Troubleshooting with ISA 5 using Health Center and Memory Analyzer
June 2013 Java Troubleshooting with ISA 5 using Thread and Monitor Dump Analyzer
June 2012 The next generation of problem determination with ISA 5.0
June 2012 Java Troubleshooting Masterclass with IBM Diagnostic Tools for Java
June 2012 Problem Determination using Thread and Monitor Dump Analyzer
June 2012 Automated problem determination using data mining techniques
June 2012 WebSphere’s Latest Announcements: Your Entitlement/Migration Path Explained
WebSphere Application Server
June 2014 IBM WebSphere Application Server Problem Determination
June 2013 WebSphere V8.5: Migration Recommendations and New Features
June 2012 Migrating WebSphere Application Server V6.1 to V8
April 2012 Jython Deep Dive for WebSphere Application Server
April 2012 WebSphere JVM Flight Simulator
WebSphere MQ
June 2014 WebSphere MQ Monitoring (Presentation & Hands-on Lab)
June 2013 WebSphere MQ: Monitoring and Troubleshooting Techniques
June 2013 WebSphere MQ V7.1 and V7.5 - Migration Recommendations and New Features
June 2012 Migrating WebSphere MQ V6 to V7/7.1 - Recommendations and Focus Areas
June 2012 WebSphere MQ V7 and WebSphere Application Server V7 Integration Lab
June 2012 How WebSphere MQ SupportPacs can help you with administering your WebSphere MQ environment
WebSphere Process Server / Business Process Manager
June 2014 IBM Business Process Manager: Template-based environment setup
June 2012 Operational Excellence in a WPS/BPM V7.5 Environment
June 2012 Clustering WebSphere Process Server – Best Practices
April 2012 IBM WebSphere Process Server V7 Problem Determination
April 2012 IBM WebSphere Process Server V7 Performance and Tuning





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I BM Worklight Problem Determination
This workshop will introduce you to some of the various methods to debug your Worklight application. It will provide an overview of problem determination in an IBM Worklight environment. It will briefly introduce you to some tools to debug mobile application, as well as show you how to debug using a web browser and leverage their advanced web debugging tools. Additionally, this workshop will also provide an introduction to problem determination and debugging in the stand-alone Worklight server instances.

The next generation of problem determination with ISA 5.0!
In this session, the IBM Support Assistant 5.0 is introduced. New features including zero-install for end users, collaborative case management, automated analysis, and an improved browser-based UI and new diagnostic tools leveraging new automated problem determination by data mining will be demonstrated.

Java Troubleshooting with ISA 5 using Health Center and Memory Analyzer
In this hands-on lab you will use the new IBM Support Assistant 5 Team Server (ISA 5) which is the next generation of IBM's problem determination and troubleshooting platform, to monitor and diagnose JVM issues experienced by a running WebSphere Application Server V8.5. The lab uses a badly implemented web application to simulate common problems such as memory leaks, large object allocations, slow methods and large HTTP session sizes. The lab demonstrates how to monitor and diagnose these conditions using the IBM Health Center and Memory Analyzer tools from ISA. Additionally, the lab also uses the new health management features of WebSphere Application Server V8.5 to dynamically monitor and manage servers in a clustered environment.

Java Troubleshooting with ISA 5 using Thread and Monitor Dump Analyzer
In this hands-on lab you will use the new IBM Support Assistant 5 Team Server (ISA 5) which is the next generation of IBM's problem determination and troubleshooting platform, to monitor and diagnose a hung thread scenario experienced by a running WebSphere Application Server V8.5. The lab uses a badly implemented web application to simulate a hung thread condition and demonstrates the diagnosis and analysis of the Java thread dumps using the Thread and Monitor Dump Analyzer for Java tool from ISA. Additionally, the lab will also demonstrate how to correlate thread information in a thread dump to WebSphere logs and/or traces.

Java Troubleshooting Masterclass with IBM Diagnostic Tools for Java
In this lab you will measure the results of performance tuning at the different layers of a Java deployment, ranging from the effect of paging on the JVM, to optimizing inefficient application code. The lab demonstrates Java performance analysis techniques using stand alone tools such as Windows Performance Monitor, Performance Analysis tool for Java, and live profiling with IBM Health Center.

Problem Determination using Thread and Monitor Dump Analyzer
Thread and Monitor Dump Analyzer (TMDA) is a powerful troubleshooting and analysis tool for Java thread dump fi les, available with IBM Support Assistant. In this lab you will have an opportunity to hone your skills and your understanding of the tool’s capabilities on a complex, real-world problem scenario for WebSphere Process Server on AIX. You will have an opportunity to explore the runtime threads, learn interesting and sometimes unexpected details of their interrelationships, and enjoy those functions and capabilities of the tool
which help you to quickly focus on key elements. An introductory review will cover the basic concepts and terminology of the javacore thread dump format and contents.

Automated problem determination using data mining techniques
This presentation gives an overview of the evolution of the IBM Problem Determination process to utilize several automated data collection and data mining techniques to more effectively troubleshoot customer issues. Phase 1 of the new system is already being used internally This talk presents the practical aspects of using this system to help troubleshoot your WebSphere problems, and also discuss statistical findings about the nature of common problems encountered and implications for improved serviceability.

WebSphere’s Latest Announcements: Your Entitlement/Migration Path Explained
Join the WebSphere Subscription and Support (S&S) leadership team for a discussion of the technology announced at Impact and how you can take advantage of enhancements today at no extra charge. This session will be particularly valuable for users of WebSphere Process Server, Lombardi Edition, ILOG, MQ, and WebSphere Application Server.





WebSphere Application Server

IBM WebSphere Application Server Problem Determination Workshop
This workshop will focus on WebSphere Application Server problem determination process and its importance. It will also give an overview of the JVM Garbage Collection (GC) mechanisms, the different GC policies and will briefly cover some of the commonly seen issues. It will cover some of the useful IBM MustGather documents to diagnose those issues, as well as an overview of some of the valuable WebSphere Application Server & JVM logs.

Migrating WebSphere Application Server V6.1 to V8
This workshop and lab will provide an introduction and demonstrate the migration of a WebSphere Application Server installation from V6.1 to V8.0. You will walk through a practical migration example for a two node clustered Network Deployment WebSphere topology with sample V6.1 applications. It will utilize the Configuration migration tool and/or WASPreUpgrade and WASPostUpgrade commands on the command line. This overview of the migration process will prepare you for what you need to do and what you can expect so that your migration can be as quick and easy as possible. (This lab should give you enough familiarity with the migration tools in WebSphere Application Server V8, and their usage and options, to help you begin the migration process.)

WebSphere V8.5: Migration Recommendations and New Features
This Workshop will cover current recommendations, tools and best practices for Migrating to WebSphere V8.5. We will discuss migration options along with the tools used to migrate. This session will also highlight some of the differences and features of V8 and V8.5.

Jython Deep Dive for WebSphere Application Server
This workshop and lab will provide an introduction to the skills and tools necessary for you to get started with wsadmin Jython scripting. The instructor will cover the fundamental concepts of wsadmin, Jython basics and some of the tools that you will use in the lab. The lab will walk you through using wsadmin from the command line, invoking new script libraries available for WebSphere Application Server V7, enabling command assistance from the WebSphere Application Server Admin Console and finally writing/debugging wsadmin Jython scripts within the Rational Application Developer.

WebSphere JVM Flight Simulator
In this session you will use IBM tools to monitor and diagnose JVM issues experienced by an ‘in flight’ running WebSphere Application Server will be presented. A badly implemented web application will be used to simulate common problems such as memory leaks, unexpected garbage collection cycles triggered by System.gc() and large HTTP session sizes. The workshop will provide an overview of the potential causes of out of memory errors and describe the implications of a poorly tuned Java garbage collector or heap size. It will also describe the data needed to debug these issues and introduce the Java problem determination tools available as part of the IBM Support Assistant (ISA). The lab will walk the participant through the monitoring and analysis of simulated WebSphere production issues using the IBM Health Center and Memory Analyzer tools.





WebSphere MQ

Migrating WebSphere MQ V6 to V7/7.1 - Recommendations and Focus Areas
This workshop will discuss current recommendations and details on focus areas to be aware of when migrating from WebSphere MQ V6 to WebSphere MQ V7/7.1. This session will provide recommendations and pitfalls based on customer experiences, with particular emphasis on JMS migration issues, including WebSphere Application Server considerations, as well as discussions on other migration topics that have proven to be particularly challenging.

WebSphere MQ V7.1 and V7.5 - Migration Recommendations and New Features
This workshop will discuss current recommendations and details on focus areas to be cognizant of when migrating and using WebSphere MQ V7.1 and WebSphere MQ V7.5. In this workshop, you will become aware of known issues encountered during migration and informed of considerations to assist with a smooth transition based on customer experiences. Also, the new features topic will provide guidance on what's new in WebSphere MQ.

WebSphere MQ: Monitoring and Troubleshooting Techniques
This workshop will focus on using the built-in monitoring within WebSphere MQ which will allow you to monitor events and messages to obtain statistics and other specific information about how your queue manager network is running. The information will consist of configuration details for gathering the monitoring information, guidance on finding the monitoring output, and how to review/diagnose the output for ensuring a healthy environment. Also, you will learn valuable hints and tips on troubleshooting issues which occur in the WebSphere MQ.

WebSphere MQ V7 and WebSphere Application Server V7 Integration Lab
This lab will provide basic configuration for WebSphere MQ V7 as the JMS provider for WebSphere Application Server V7. The MDB will be used to retrieve the message from the queue using a listener port and activation spec. You will be able to expand the lab basic setup by configuring other features such as reconnection options in the activation spec and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).

How WebSphere MQ SupportPacs can help you with administering your WebSphere MQ environment
Learn how WebSphere MQ SupportPacs can help with the administration and monitoring of your WebSphere MQ environment. This session will give an overview of the different categories of SupportPac and how you can make use of them in your organization. You will be able to test out selected SupportPacs designed to assist with the Administration and Monitoring of WebSphere MQ to assess their suitability for your environment.

WebSphere MQ Monitoring (Presentation & Hands-On Lab)
This workshop will focus on using the built-in monitoring within WebSphere MQ which will allow you to monitor events and messages to obtain statistics and other specific information about how your queue manager network is running. The information will consist of configuration details for gathering the monitoring information, guidance on finding the monitoring output, and how to review/diagnose the output for ensuring a healthy environment. In addition, this hands-on lab provides a detailed procedure for using the built-in WebSphere MQ monitoring features for configuring event monitoring, message monitoring, accounting and statistics, and application activity tracing.





WebSphere Process Server

IBM Business Process Manager: Template-based environment setup
Demonstrate methods for configuration of an IBM Business Process Manager deployment environment, using property file templates and a script-driven process. This has the virtues of repeatability, extensibility, validation and control. During the workshop we will walk through a simple scenario for setup of a single cluster topology using IBM DB2 as the database engine. In the process we will be highlighting the areas that need to be extended to enable the setup of more complex environments.

Operational Excellence in a WPS/BPM V7.5 Environment
Every IT department is challenged by the daily business to keep a highly-available production environment healthy. Continuous monitoring and maintenance of a complex WebSphere Process Server or BPM environment requires deep and focused skills in these areas. The interactions with many front-end and back-end systems need special attention from a middleware point of view. This session covers the best practices regarding monitoring, maintenance and tuning. In addition various approaches and tools are discussed which will lead to operational excellence and a successful system administrator.

Clustering WebSphere Process Server – Best Practices
Making your WebSphere Process Server environment highly-available and resilient to failure is one of the most important requirements to meet your business goals and Service Level Agreements. In this session you will learn and practice how a deployment environment supports you efficiently when creating and configuring a complex system based on a Remote Messaging and Remote Support topology (also known as Golden Topology) for WPS/BPM. This session applies to all WebSphere Process Server releases, and also covers new features and improvements in BPM V7.5.

IBM WebSphere Process Server V7 Problem Determination
In this lab you will be able to deploy, monitor, troubleshoot and resubmit a failed event for an SCA application using tools like Log viewer, Business Space, and Failed Event Manager. You will be able to load a log file onto the Server Logs viewer in WebSphere Integration Developer in order to analyze error messages, utilize cross-component trace to follow the call sequences between SCA applications and also edit a failed event for resubmission.

IBM WebSphere Process Server V7 Performance and Tuning
In this session you will learn the advanced skills needed to tune the run-time performance of IBM WebSphere Process Server V7. At the end of this lab you will be able to (a) create new thread pools (b) configure module-level activation specifications to use a user-defined thread pool (c) configure Java Messaging Service (JMS) to use a user-defined thread pool and (d) explain the impact of asynchronous communication on performance.





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Cross reference information
Segment Product Component Platform Version Edition
Business Integration WebSphere MQ Documentation AIX, HP-UX, i5/OS, Linux, Linux Red Hat - xSeries, Windows, z/OS 8.0, 7.5, 7.1, 7.0
Business Integration IBM Business Process Manager Advanced General AIX, Linux, Linux zSeries, Windows, z/OS 8.5, 8.0, 7.5
Business Integration WebSphere Process Server General AIX, HP-UX, i5/OS, Linux, Linux zSeries, Windows, z/OS 7.0, 6.2, 6.1.2
Systems and Asset Management IBM Support Assistant Not Applicable AIX, HP-UX, i5/OS, Linux, Windows 5.0 TeamServer

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More support for:

WebSphere Application Server
General

Software version:

7.0, 8.0, 8.5, 8.5.5

Operating system(s):

AIX, IBM i, Linux, Windows, i5/OS, z/OS

Reference #:

7025014

Modified date:

2014-06-10

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