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CUSTOMIZATION FILES IN AVAILABILITY MANAGER V2.6

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Ana M. García Olivencia
Regular Advisor

CUSTOMIZATION FILES IN AVAILABILITY MANAGER V2.6

Hi all.

I've installed Availability Manager v2.6 (both Collector and Analyzer) and want to know where the AMDS$*_DEFS.DAT files with information about thresholds, interval, occurrences, etc. are located. I have looked for them and they don't appear anywhere.

I want to modify the default settings and make use of the customization of one system to define a great part of the customization of the rest of the systems, without having to repeat the process trough the GUI (quite slowly on the other hand) for each system to be configured.

Have I missed anything? The software is working properly.

Any help will be very appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

Regards.

Ana
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Wim Van den Wyngaert
Honored Contributor

Re: CUSTOMIZATION FILES IN AVAILABILITY MANAGER V2.6

I use amds 7.2 of DEC dd 1998.

In this version you need to start the GUI and select 'customize' in the event log window and system overview window. In this menus you have 'save' and then the files are created. In amds$config.

Wim
Wim
Ana M. García Olivencia
Regular Advisor

Re: CUSTOMIZATION FILES IN AVAILABILITY MANAGER V2.6

Thanks Wim.

In this version I am not able to find any save option. In fact, I don't see any references to those files at the user's manual (I knew about them in references to other AMDS versions) and, perhaps, there is no possibility to do what I am intending to do.

But, in this case, where are the modified settings, either for group or single node, at the customization panel saved?.

If somebody is working with this version, please give me an answer.

Thank you very much.

Regards.

Ana
Wim Van den Wyngaert
Honored Contributor

Re: CUSTOMIZATION FILES IN AVAILABILITY MANAGER V2.6

With GUI on VMS :

$ avail/avail ! to startGUI
should show something like
http://h71000.www7.hp.com/openvms/products/availman/6552pro.html#appl_wi

where I can see "customize" in the menu bar.

Wim
Wim
Ana M. García Olivencia
Regular Advisor

Re: CUSTOMIZATION FILES IN AVAILABILITY MANAGER V2.6

Wim.

I have been using this product since some time ago. With previous version 2.4 I realized the lack of this option but, as I intended to upgrade, I waited for the new version to be installed to see all the new features before writing this post.

The customize option hasn't got any save options, neither the application customization nor the openvms one nor the windows NT one; only de "Use default values", "OK", "Apply", "Cancel" and "Help" buttoms. However, if I make a change in either the application or openvms settings (I don't use windows NT), the change is saved.

Perhaps it's a "hidden" option or an undocumented feature.

Thanks.

Ana
Art Wiens
Respected Contributor

Re: CUSTOMIZATION FILES IN AVAILABILITY MANAGER V2.6

Knowing nothing, I would start with:

http://h71000.www7.hp.com/openvms/products/availman/6552INSTALL.PDF

and start reading around page 11 of the pdf - 3.7 Performing Postinstallation Tasks.

It talks about a couple of files ... are these what you're after?

Cheers,
Art
Ana M. García Olivencia
Regular Advisor

Re: CUSTOMIZATION FILES IN AVAILABILITY MANAGER V2.6

Art.

No they aren't the files I am looking for but, one of those files, AMDS$LOGICALS.TEMPLATE, refers to the files I want. This is an extract of that file:

..........

$!
$! ******************************************************************
$! * Used by BOTH DECamds Data Analyzer AND Data Collector/Provider *
$! ******************************************************************
$!
$! The following logical is used to read in data files, such as DECwindows
$! resource files and the security files. It should point to a device/directory
$! which contains the following files:
$!
$! All AMDS$VMSVAX-V%%.LIB files
$! All AMDS$VMSAXP-V%%.LIB files
$! The AMDS$COMM.EXE image
$! The AMDS$CONSOLE.UID file
$! The AMDS$CONSOLE_ACCESS.DAT security file
$! The AMDS$DRIVER_ACCESS.DAT security file
$! All AMDS$*_DEFS.DAT customization files
$! The AMDS$APPLIC_CUSTOMIZE.DAT customization file
$!
$ AMDS$DEF AMDS$CONFIG AMDS$SYSTEM ! Default to AMDS$SYSTEM
$!
$!---------------------------------------------------------------

.............

The customization files I look for are those mentioned there, AMDS$*_DEFS.DAT, where * means, as far as I know, SEVERITY, THRESHOLD, INTERVAL, OCCURRENCE, etc.

It seems that it is possible to use them but, how can you create them?

Thanks.

Ana
Wim Van den Wyngaert
Honored Contributor

Re: CUSTOMIZATION FILES IN AVAILABILITY MANAGER V2.6

It seems that applu/OK will save the setting directly (I would prefer the VMS like 'save' instead of this windows like reaction).

Can you find the files with dir/sin/mod sys$sysdevice:[000000...] ?

What is avail/config doing ?

Wim
Wim
Art Wiens
Respected Contributor
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Re: CUSTOMIZATION FILES IN AVAILABILITY MANAGER V2.6

In the "beginning of time" :

http://www.sysworks.com.au/disk$vaxdocjun961/decw$book/d32va239.p142.decw$book#750

"Use a VMS editor to edit any of the customization files. Tables 6-1 through 6-4 list the files and explain the customization options each contains. All customization files reside in a directory pointed to by the logical AMDS$CONFIG, which is created at installation time."

Art
Karl Rohwedder
Honored Contributor

Re: CUSTOMIZATION FILES IN AVAILABILITY MANAGER V2.6

A side note:

The version 3.0 is available as a field test and includes the long awaited WAN functionality (found it accidentally when downlading the DFG fieldtest). A system on the remote LAN acts as a server and supplies the local analyzer with the data via normal TCP/IP, works very well.

regards Kalle
Ana M. García Olivencia
Regular Advisor

Re: CUSTOMIZATION FILES IN AVAILABILITY MANAGER V2.6

Wim.

The files modified after changing some customization values for a determined node are:

AVAILMAN.INI
AVAILMAN.INI_BACKUP1
AVAILMANLOCK.LOG

The most interesting is the first one, AVAILMAN.INI, that has information (not very explicit and with a strange format, but it can be viewed) about the node changed. But I think this file should not be edited.

Art.

I don't know if the values in the tables will work in this version but they are exactly what I was looking for.

Karl.

As soon as I can, I'll test the version you recommend.


I'll let you all know if those files work in this version. Then, I'll close the post. In the meantime, if somebody has some information about it, it will be very appreciated.

Thanks all for your help.

Regards.

Ana
Art Wiens
Respected Contributor

Re: CUSTOMIZATION FILES IN AVAILABILITY MANAGER V2.6

10 points for Google as well ;-)

"amds$severity" ... 3rd hit and a bit of hunting around after that.

Good Luck,
Art
Ana M. García Olivencia
Regular Advisor

Re: CUSTOMIZATION FILES IN AVAILABILITY MANAGER V2.6

Hi all.

I have done the tests and, unfortunatly, it doesn't work, at least, with the procedure I have followed.

I have created a test AMDS$SEVERITY_DEFS.DAT in AMDS$CONFIG with the following information:

1st. test:
=========

I use the exact variable name it appears in the table of the documentation (it seems it's an old format), stop Availability Manager, start it again and execute the interface; the changes don't appear.


amds.Severity.HiBIOrate 58 High Buffered I/O rate
amds.Severity.HiProcCpuWait 53 High disk queue length.


2nd. test:
=========

I use the current variable names, stop Availability, start it and execute GUI; the same result.

amds.Severity.HIBIOR 58 High Buffered I/O rate
amds.Severity.HICOM 53 Many processes waiting in COM or COMO

Do you think this is ok or have I missed anything?.

On the other hand, is there a way to improve the GUI performance because it's terribly slow?.

The way I execute it is: from my linux station I connect to the VMS collector node, stablish JAVA 5 (if possible) environment and enters the GUI (so, the collector and analyzer are the same node). That is to say:

mypc> ssh user@vmsnode.domain_name -X

...

vmsnode$ @sys$startup:JAVA$150_SETUP
vmsnode$ avail/avail

Would it be better to run the analyzer on a Windows system?

Thank you very much in advance.


Regards.

Ana

Bart Zorn_1
Trusted Contributor

Re: CUSTOMIZATION FILES IN AVAILABILITY MANAGER V2.6

Ana wrote:

[ S n i p . . . ]

> Would it be better to run the analyzer on a Windows system?

Now with the upcoming version 3 of Availability Manager, I am inclined to say yes, it would be better.

Generally I do not think it is a good idea to run anything on Weendoze, but Java written applications seem to run much faster on Windows than on OpenVMS.

With earlier versions of AM, running the Analyzer on Windows was not an option, because my Windows box does not connect to the Vlan on which the OpenVMS systems sit. Now with the WAN connection it works great!

The V2.6 Analyzer sometimes used up to 80% cpu time on a DS15 with 1 GB memory. The E3.0 Analyzer on a 2 GHz Pentium with 1 GB memory, running Windows 2000 only uses 5%.

Regards,

Bart Zorn

Ana M. García Olivencia
Regular Advisor

Re: CUSTOMIZATION FILES IN AVAILABILITY MANAGER V2.6

Bart.

I'll try a Windows analyzer with V2.6 and, as soon as I can, I'll install T3.0.

Thank you very much.

Regards.

Ana