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Provide ability to monitor health of DSM

Our current setup:

We setup DSM to monitor our production DB2's. We have over 100 databases configured for the DSM.

All our DB2 have HA failover setup with Tivoli. This is our business requirement.

We also have DSM setup with HA failover. Currently DSM can only failover when the host or the network has failed. (Not when DSM has internal problems.)

Scenario: The following scenario happened to us more than 1 time.

Our team received a ticket from our customer, complaining a DB2 database performance/inaccessible and upon checking DSM is HUNG.

After we received the ticket, we notice DSM is HUNG. But we need to first fix the Db2’s issue – without DSM.

We opened tickets to IBM regarding the HUNG issue. We got feedback that we should remove some work folder as workaround and restart DSM.

The workaround will only help with current situation, but it will not help us in the future; because DSM is not able to give us the Db2 Alert notification when it is HUNG. We are stung by this bad situation.

This happened to us two times over the weekend, and no pager notification when some Db2 is having problems. We are only finding it out on Monday when ticket is raised.

We are moving away from BMC Patrol and replacing it with DSM. We expect DSM to work as a warning system and give us Alert notifications. Our enterprise depends on the warning system to work.

  • Guest
  • Aug 16 2019
  • Future consideration
Who would benefit from this IDEA? DBA team and all our customers using the Db2 managed by DSM.
Priority Justification Currently, we face issues with DSM, and we need to wait for some humans to detect the problem before it can be rectified. We have Tivoli to avoid human monitoring as availability requirement. We need DSM to work well with Tivoli.
Client Name UPS
How should it work?

DSM should be able to self-diagnose.

Provide API, scripts or log trace to warn major error is about to happen.

Our team can intervene before DSM is having major problem.

And Tivoli should be able to use the information DSM provided to failover to standby DSM before major problem occurs.

For example Db2 error are collected by db2haicu  where Tivoli will proactively act on it whether to failover to other node or not.

  • Admin
    Maryia Rakina commented
    31 Jul, 2020 03:30pm

    Hello, we can provide an API in the new Db2 Data Management Console which would allow to monitor the health of DMC. This API would reflect the console status and you will be able to call it in your enterprise IT monitoring system.

    Please let me know if this solution would work for you.

    Thank you,


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