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This topic describes the key enhancements in version 4.1.00 of the PATROL for iSeries product. 

The 4.0.00 and later versions of PATROL for iSeries have been completely redesigned. With the 4.0.00 release, the iSeries KM can be installed on PATROL Agents 9.5 or later, running on Microsoft Windows ServerRed Hat Enterprise Linux, and Suse Linux operating systems to be monitored remotely. For a list of supported operating systems and their versions, see System requirements.

PATROL for iSeries monitors and reports availability and performance across critical areas of your iSeries operating system. It issues visual warnings and alarms when thresholds are exceeded, enabling easy identification of problem areas. It also enables remote, concurrent monitoring of multiple iSeries and AS/400 systems from a single console, such as PATROL, Central Monitoring Administration and TrueSight.

Enhancements

Enhancements to the Message Queue monitor type

PATROL for iSeries enables you to easily monitor the message queues you specify. The following new features have been introduced in the Message Queue monitor type configuration:

  • Auto reply to messages
    You can choose to send a reply automatically for inquiry type messages that match the selection criteria. You can either reply to the message by using the default message or provide a custom text message.
  • Configure event triggers
    You can now configure event triggers for messages that match the selection criteria or when the maximum number of auto-replies are sent. 
  • Set prior minutes to scan for messages
    You can now set the number of minutes to scan back for unanswered messages in the message queue. An option, Prior minutes to scan for messages has been added in the message queue configuration to set the prior minutes to scan. 

For a list of available attributes, see Message Queue Container (AKN_MSGQ_CNTR)Message Queue (AKN_MSGQ), and Message Queue Criteria (AKN_MSG_CRITERIA). For information about how to configure message queues, on the Configuring iSeries monitor type page, see the Message Queue tab.

 

Support for History Log monitoring

The PATROL for iSeries KM enables you to monitor history logs of your iSeries operating system. This KM enables you to perform the following functions:

  • Track the number of jobs that end abnormally during an interval
  • Track the critical jobs (user specified) that end abnormally during an interval
  • Track system value changes that occurred during the interval
  • Monitor messages by using selection criteria on message ID (include or exclude), severity, type, or search string
  • Configure event triggers for messages that match the selection criteria 

For a list of available attributes, see History Log and History Log Search Criteria monitor types. For information about how to configure history log, on the Configuring iSeries monitor type page, see the History Log tab. 

 

Support for Output Queue monitoring

PATROL for iSeries enables you to monitor your the output queues of your iSeries operating system. This KM enables you to perform the following functions:

  • Track the number of output queues with files
  • Track the number of RELEASED or HELD output queues with files
  • Track the number of output queues that have a writer associated with them
  • Monitor output queues based on the following criteria:
    • All output queues with files
    • RELEASED output queues with files
    • HELD output queues with files
    • Output queues that have a writer associated with them
    • User-specified output queues
  • Exclude specific output queues from monitoring

  • Monitor the status, number of files, and writer availability of the output queues

For a list of available attributes, see Output Queue Container and Output Queue monitor types. For information about how to configure output queues, on the Configuring iSeries monitor type page, see the Output Queue tab.

 

Support for Scheduled Jobs monitoring

PATROL for iSeries enables you to monitor the scheduled jobs on your iSeries operating system. This KM enables you to perform the following functions: 

  • Track total number of scheduled jobs
  • Track number of scheduled jobs with HLD, SAV, or SCD status
  • Monitor scheduled jobs based on the following criteria:
    • Individual scheduled jobs with HLD, SAV, or SCD status
    • User-specified scheduled jobs
  • Exclude specific scheduled jobs from monitoring

  • Monitor status, frequency, and recovery action of scheduled jobs

For a list of available attributes, see Schedules Jobs Container and Scheduled Job monitor types. For information about how to configure output queues, on the Configuring iSeries monitor type page, see Scheduled Jobs tab. 

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