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IBM Systems Director 6.3 Best Practices

An IBM Redbooks publication


Published on 08 November 2013

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ISBN-10: 0738438650
ISBN-13: 9780738438658
IBM Form #: SG24-8141-00

Authors: Rufus Credle, Srikanth Aithal, Nicolas Bour, Stephane Bourdeaud, Tomi Mannikainen, Olaf Menke and Juan P Fernandez Sabate

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    This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the positioning of the IBM Systems Director in the complete management range. It also compares the IBM Systems Director with the IBM Flex Systems Manager (FSM) and describes the environments for which each tool is best suited.

    This publication helps you plan, install, tailor, and configure the IBM Systems Director on different platforms. It contains information about required system resources and which network ports are used. It shows how to use the Workload Estimator to select the appropriate hardware for IBM Systems Director server and provides information about the IBM Systems Director Editions.

    Best practices are covered for the basic management tasks that are available in IBM Systems Director, including how to perform discovery; how to collect inventory on discovered resources; how to deploy agent, driver, and firmware updates; how to manage hardware events; and other miscellaneous tasks.

    An overview of best practices is provided for using IBM Systems Director VMControl™. Systems Director VMControl is a cross-platform product that assists you in rapidly deploying virtual appliances to create virtual servers that are configured with the operating system and software applications that you want. It also enables you to group resources into system pools, which enable you to centrally manage and control the different workloads in your environment.

    The following plug-in offerings are described:

    • Energy monitoring and management features offered by IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager™ along with the best practice, which needs to be followed in using the IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager.
    • The IBM AIX® Profile Manager is a tool that can help implement and monitor the security of all AIX servers in a production environment but also implement and monitor the system compliance of those AIX servers.
    • Best practices and the most important questions to ask before creating Workload Partition Manager (WPAR) and WPAR Manager infrastructure. In addition, how you can manage and relocate WPARs using WPAR Manager graphical interface and the command-line interface.
    • Network Control basic functionalities and how to plan for Network Control deployments and also a number of common scenarios with best practices.
    • The IBM Systems Director Service and Support Manager describes how to set up and how to handle serviceable events.
    • Best practices for the Storage Monitoring and Management capabilities offered by IBM Systems Director server.

    This book is for IBM IT specialists and IT architects, IBM Business Partners, and clients, who are utilizing or considering implementing IBM Systems Director.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. Positioning IBM Systems Director

    Chapter 2. Planning

    Chapter 3. Installation

    Chapter 4. Basic management tasks

    Chapter 5. VMControl

    Chapter 6. Active Energy Manager

    Chapter 7. AIX Profile Manager

    Chapter 8. Workload Partition Manager

    Chapter 9. Network Control

    Chapter 10. Service and Support Manager

    Chapter 11. Storage Management solutions and Storage Control

    Chapter 12. Troubleshooting

    Appendix A. Technical articles


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