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This topic describes the key features in version 4.0.00 of the BMC PATROL for iSeries product. 

The 4.0.00 version of PATROL for iSeries has 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 LinuxSuse Linux operating systems to be monitored remotely. For a list of supported operating system versions, see System requirements.

PATROL for iSeries 4.0.00 reports and monitors availability and performance across critical areas of your iSeries operating system. It issues visual warnings and alarms when thresholds are exceeded, allowing easy identification of problem areas. It also allows remote, concurrent monitoring of multiple iSeries and AS/400 systems from a single PATROL, Central Monitoring Administration console.

Support for remote monitoring of the iSeries hosts 

PATROL for iSeries lets you monitor and manage your iSeries environment remotely. It monitors the availability of your servers, which includes the following objects:

Monitored objectDescription
Active Jobs

Provides status and usage information for the active jobs that you have chosen to monitor individually. Also, monitors the aggregate resource usage of the jobs and reports the matching jobs that are available for each job ID. For a list of available attributes, see Active Job (AKN_ACTIVE_JOB),  Active Job Group (AKN_ACTIVE_JOB_AGGR) monitor type.

ASPProvides auxiliary storage pool utilization as well as individual disk unit information for all ASPs on the system. For a list of available attributes, see ASP (AKN_ASP) monitor type.
Batch JobsMonitors various batch job related parameters. For a list of available attributes, see Batch Jobs (AKN_BATCH) monitor type.
Message QueueMonitors the user-specified message queues on the system. For a list of available attributes, see Message Queue (AKN_MSGQ), Message Queue Criteria (AKN_MSG_CRITERIA) monitor type.
ObjectsProvides information on the individual objects that you have chosen to monitor. For a list of available attributes, see Object (AKN_OBJECT), monitor type.
Subsystem

Provides basic status information about the subsystems on the system. For a list of available attributes, see Subsystem (AKN_SUBSYS) monitor type.

SystemProvides overall resource utilization statistics for the system. For a list of available attributes, see System (AKN_SYSTEM) monitor type.
UserMonitors various user-related parameters. For a list of available attributes, see User (AKN_USER) monitor type.
PoolProvides the fault, page, and transition information for each main storage pool found on the system. For a list of available attributes, see System Pool (AKN_POOL) monitor type.
Network interfaceProvides information for the TCP/IP interfaces defined on the system. For a list of available attributes, see Network Interface (AKN_INTERFACE) monitor type.

Enable or disable monitored objects

Filters are available at each monitor type level to enable or disable the component from monitoring. You can filter one or more of the following objects to streamline your configuration. For more information, see Configuring iSeries monitor type.

  • Standard monitoring - System, Pool, User and Batch monitor types only.
  • Advanced monitoring - All available monitor types. 

To enable advanced monitoring, select/clear the monitor types from Advanced Configuration CMA UI.


Ability to add multiple hosts for remote monitoring 

If you want to use the same configuration to monitor large number of hosts, you can configure the remote hosts from a file. The file must contain a list of comma separated host names, IP addresses or publish host names that have common credentials. The Status of Configuration parameter indicates errors related to the input file. For more information, see Configuring iSeries monitor type.


Additional significant features

  • Single CMA UI for addition of remote hosts and custom configuration of monitor types
  • Detailed annotation messages with probable causes and corrective actions