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inconsistent with the rest of the system but caused big trouble.” In addition to preventing problems, Health Checker is also used to help with migration, Thiemann notes. “There’s a particular subset of health checks called migration checks. They help customers migrate from release to release by checking certain things that might have changed to see if the customer’s system is ready for this upgrade or if there are any migration actions they still need to figure in,” he says. Health Checker has officially been a product since z/OS V1R7. It started as a small set of batch jobs before it was made into a download as a tool. Now at V1R13, Health Checker has been part of the base system for several releases, and there’s no charge to acquire or use it. Activation is straightforward and quick. The user’s guide has a short and easy “quick start” section, and customers can get started right away with a few basic steps that a systems programmer would be very aware of, according to Thiemann. “Optional configurations are there for security, for example, so you can define certain profiles and fine-grain the control over particular checks and make it your own if you want to. But the basic setup is just pretty straightforward,” he adds. He estimates setup would take less than a day.

the health checks. Third-party vendors offer checks and interfaces, or you can write your own using the official Health Checker APIs, which are the basis for both the SDSF CK panel and OMEGAMON* monitor. You can also create alert programs via typical automation products, which key off the

standardized Health Checker message IDs, to send exceptions via emails, pager alerts or even tweets. And so you’re not overrun with alerts notifying you about every little exception, Health Checker rates messages with different severities so systems programmers can view critical

How It Works Health Checker is a dynamic, live framework. It transparently keeps a list of known health checks, schedules and runs them, and provides consistent check-message interfaces that route output to the console, SYSLOG and message buffer. Each individual check has a message buffer associated with it where the system programmer can look for more details—both exceptions and success messages. Information from the message buffer can be accessed in the Health Checker SDSF panel (SDSF CK), where you can view and maintain

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011
Contents
On the Web
Editor’s Desk: Cool Again
Insider: With the Right Strategy and Tools, Businesses Can Capitalize on Big Data
IT Today: New IMS 12 Offers Flexibility and Support for Business Growth
Focus on Storage: IBM Health Checker Adds Features to Maintain Best Practices
Trends: Emerging Enterprises Know System z Can Help Them Compete Globally
Cover Story:The Mainframe is Entering New Markets and Encouraging New Uses
Feature: System z Delivers a Solid Platform for Mission-Critical Business Applications
Feature: Speed and Scalability Give the z196 the Extra Kick to Excel at Any Workload
Developer: While Critical to Success, Project Scoping Is Often Overlooked
Tech Corner: Systems Director SDK Leverages Language-Independent REST
Solutions
Resources: Advertisers’ Index
Stop Run: Miguel Gallego’s Love of Building Things Led Him to a Career as an IMS Enterprise Architect
Reference Point
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - Cover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - Contents
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - On the Web
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 8
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - Editor’s Desk: Cool Again
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - Insider: With the Right Strategy and Tools, Businesses Can Capitalize on Big Data
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 14
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - IT Today: New IMS 12 Offers Flexibility and Support for Business Growth
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 18
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - Focus on Storage: IBM Health Checker Adds Features to Maintain Best Practices
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 22
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - Trends: Emerging Enterprises Know System z Can Help Them Compete Globally
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 26
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - Cover Story:The Mainframe is Entering New Markets and Encouraging New Uses
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 29
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 30
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 31
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 32
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 33
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - Feature: System z Delivers a Solid Platform for Mission-Critical Business Applications
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 35
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 36
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 37
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - Feature: Speed and Scalability Give the z196 the Extra Kick to Excel at Any Workload
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 39
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 40
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - Developer: While Critical to Success, Project Scoping Is Often Overlooked
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 42
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 43
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - Tech Corner: Systems Director SDK Leverages Language-Independent REST
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 45
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 46
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - Resources: Advertisers’ Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - Stop Run: Miguel Gallego’s Love of Building Things Led Him to a Career as an IMS Enterprise Architect
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - Cover3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - Cover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - Reference Point
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - BG1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - BG2
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