Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Using custom classic screens

I do quite a few posts on the value of the Tivoli Portal and how you can customize TEP screens to target key requirements and solve problems. I thought it would be nice to show an example or two of how you can customize classic 3270 interface screens to optimize your ability to analyze issues.

One of the things I often focus on when I'm looking at IMS workload is the system enqueue/dequeue activity and if the workload is showing indications of being queued. Queued workload may be an indication of a bottleneck somewhere in IMS, the database, or the application.

Classic interface allows you to combine commands together in an integrated screen space that will enable you to pull important information together. In this example I show how you can use the OMEGAMON IMS ISYS command to show overall IMS enqueue/dequeue rate, and then include on the same screen the TRXQ command that will show transactions that are queued, and minors showing more detail about the transactions that are queued. With this display I can see if the system is backing up or not, and if so see if there are any problem transactions without having to navigate to another display. It's easy to create these custom screens and save them for later use.

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