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An Introduction to Tivoli's TME 10

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From the Inside Flap

Consistent and centralized management of distributed systems of different brands and architectures is crucial to large customer environments. Tivoli's TME 10, which stands for Tivoli Management Environment, is a suite of distributed systems management (DSM) products that has been gaining a lot of attention within International Business Machines (IBM‚) and among customers since the merger between IBM and Tivoli.
If you are an IS manager, a system administrator, or anyone who wonders what Tivoli's TME 10 is and does, read this book to quickly get an understanding of its concepts, functions, and features. As a system administrator, you will get invaluable help to get started quickly when you follow the hands-on tutorial in Part 2 of the book.
The first part of this book presents a high-level technical overview of the concepts and architecture of the TME 10 core components, notably:

TME 10 Framework (object oriented, CORBA-based framework) •

TME 10 User Administration (user and UNIX‚ host management) •

TME 10 Software Distribution (software distribution) •

TME 10 Inventory (inventory management) •

TME 10 Distributed Monitoring (monitoring of computing resources) •

TME 10 Enterprise Console (monitoring and managing resources)
Part 2 walks step-by-step through the installation for all of the above products on different platforms, such as UNIX, Windows NT, Windows 95, Windows 3.1, and OS/2‚. Some practical hands-on examples are added to familiarize readers with the way the basic functions work and to deepen their understanding of the concepts explained in Part 1.

How This Redbook Is Organized

This redbook is divided into two major parts. The first discusses concepts and features of one of the TME 10 core components, and the second provides hands-on examples.
Part 1
Each chapter in Part 1 describes, in a high-level, technical manner, the concepts and architecture of the TME 10 core components. It is organized as follows:

Chapter 1, "TME 10 Environment" on page 3
This introductory chapter talks about the Tivoli/IBM merger and the roadmap for their streamlined common product set. It also describes some common concepts of operation for the TME 10 products covered in this book.

Chapter 2, "TME 10 Framework" on page 15
The TME 10 Framework is the distributed, object-oriented framework providing some core TME 10 capabilities and services that are needed by other TME 10 applications. This chapter also provides the GUI, which lets the administrator view the environment.

Chapter 3, "TME 10 User Administration" on page 47
TME 10 User Administration allows you to manage user accounts on the UNIX, Windows NT, and NetWare platforms from a single location. It also provides UNIX host management functions. •

Chapter 4, "TME 10 Software Distribution" on page 85
TME 10 Software Distribution provides a simple, centralized point of control for software distribution across distributed and heterogenous environments.

Chapter 5, "TME 10 Inventory" on page 111
TME 10 Inventory keeps track of the hardware and software installed on each machine. It provides a means to centrally gather the information from each system in the environment.

Chapter 6, "TME 10 Distributed Monitoring" on page 129
TME 10 Distributed Monitoring is an application that allows you to monitor the status of a wide range of geographically dispersed hardware from different vendors running different operating systems, including resources that are not part of your TME 10 Framework.

Chapter 7, "TME 10 Enterprise Console" on page 163
TME 10 Enterprise Console is a management system for the enterprise that provides a simple, centralized point of control and a homogeneous approach to managing complex, distributed and heterogeneous environments.
Part 2
Step-by-step installation instructions and practical examples are given in each chapter of Part 2. It is organized as follows:

Chapter 8, "Installing and Using the TME 10 Framework" on page 203
After installation instructions for a TME 10 Management Region server, managed nodes and PC managed nodes, this chapter discusses creating policy regions, administrators, and profile managers, as well as using the bulletin board and creating automated tasks.

Chapter 9, "Installing and Using TME 10 User Administration" on page 247
This chapter describes how to create, populate, edit and distribute user, group and namespace profiles. It also shows the usage of the UNIX host management functions.

Chapter 10, "Installing and Using TME 10 Software Distribution" on page 269
This chapter walks you through a simple software distribution scenario.

Chapter 11, "Installing and Using TME 10 Inventory" on page 283
Besides installation instructions for TME 10 Inventory and the Oracle database, this chapter shows you how to run inventory scans and how to use queries to select subscribers for profile distribution.

Chapter 12, "Installing and Using TME 10 Distributed Monitoring" on page 303
This chapter discusses how to create monitors that keep track of the state of some system resources and report problems in various forms. Indicator collections are created to provide the administrator with visual evidence of the presence of problems.

Chapter 13, "Installing and Using TME 10 Enterprise Console" on page 323
After showing how an enterprise console is created for an administrator, we generate some events and discuss how the administrator can take care of the problems that are reported in the form of events. We also walk through the creation of rules that are used to automate event processing.

The Team That Wrote This Redbook

This redbook was produced by a team of specialists from around the world working at the International Technical Support Organization (ITSO), Austin Center.
Rolf Lendenmann is an Advisory Systems Engineer at the International Technical Support Organization, Austin Center. He writes extensively on Distributed Computing Environment (DCE) and the Tivoli system management products. Before joining the ITSO three years ago, Rolf worked for nine years in the AIX Technical Support Center in Zurich, Switzerland, as a product specialist and consultant supporting all areas of AIX systems management, networking (TCP/IP, SNA), and middleware (DCE).
Jennifer Nelson has six years of industry experience in the areas of UNIX and networking. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently working for IBM's AIX Support Family as a software analyst with the NetView for AIX customer support team in Roanoke, Texas.
Carlos Patino Lara is a Systems Engineer in charge of the Systems Management area in Grupo PISSA (Profesionales en Informatica y Soluciones S.A. de C.V). Grupo PISSA is a business partner of IBM Mexico. Carlos has six years of experience in the open systems field. His areas of expertise include UNIX system administration on different platforms (AIX, HP-UX, Solaris, and UNICOS) and performance evaluation.
Janet Selby is an Advisory Systems Engineer with IBM in Toronto, Canada. She has 10 years of experience in the systems and network management arena. She has worked with IBM for six years. Her expertise has been in network and systems management on the MVS platform. She is currently involved in providing Tivoli services to her Canadian customers.
Thanks to the following people for their invaluable contributions:

Guy Oliver

Tivoli Systems
Sally Derrick

Tivoli Systems
Billy Gee

Tivoli Systems
Walt Giroir

Tivoli Systems
Karla Griffin

Tivoli Systems
Amy Heaslip

Tivoli Systems
Dan Martillotti

Tivoli Systems
Bill Smith

Tivoli Systems
Marcus Brewer

IBM ITSO, Austin Center
Rebeca Rodriguez

IBM ITSO, Austin Center

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From the Back Cover


The complete guide to TME 10, the world's #1 networked computing management system.

TME 10 (Tivoli Management Environment) is the only mature, comprehensive solution for centralized management of diverse networked computing systems. An Introduction to Tivoli's TME 10 is the first complete guide to this extraordinary product.

Start with a high-level technical overview that is essential reading for IT executives and managers considering TME. Review all these major TME 10 components, and learn how they work together to deliver a total management solution:

  • TME 10 Framework, an Object-Oriented, CORBA-compliant foundation that enables complete management of your entire computing enterprise
  • TME 10 User Administration, a convenient way to manage user accounts
  • TME 10 Enterprise Console, a centralized event management console for your entire distributed environment
  • TME 10 Distributed Monitoring, a reliable automated solution for ensuring user access to mission-critical distributed resources
  • TME 10 Inventory, an automated, enterprise-class hardware and software inventory management system
  • TME 10 Software Distribution, a complete software distribution system

Then, get detailed hands-on information on TME 10 implementation. Walk step-by-step through installing, configuring, and managing TME 10 components on five critical platforms: UNIX™, Windows® NT, Windows 95, Windows 3.1 and OS/2®.

No management product offers the power of TME 10. An Introduction to Tivoli's TME 10 helps decision-makers and implementers discover that power— and use it to enhance virtually every aspect of enterprise computing.



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