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Active Jobs with IBM Systems Director

February 15, 2011

The past two blogs were on topics related to active jobs “Work with Active Jobs,” which reviewed the features of the green-screen interface, and "IBM Systems Director Navigator for i's Work Management Integration with Performance Tasks." 

As long as I've been writing about active jobs, I thought I’d conclude this series of articles with how you can also view active jobs by using IBM Systems Director.

First, to view active jobs through IBM Systems Director, you must have the IBM Systems Director 6.1.2 Common Agent for IBM i (CAS) or the IBM Systems Director 5.2.x and CIM Agent (Common Agent, previously called the level 2 agent) installed and running. Using IBM i Resources with an IBM Systems Director Server describes all the agents available for i, the prerequisite products and PTFs, along with how to start the agents. The "Directing i" article has a nice summary of the agents you can use with IBM Systems Director.

There are several different ways to accomplish any task with Systems Director. You can start by selecting the system you want to manage by using the Navigate Resources interface and work through the options available from there. Or you can start from an option in the Director navigation pane in the left-hand side of the user interface, and once you select the desired function, you can browse for the system you want to manage. 

In my example, we'll start with the director navigation pane. To get to active jobs, expand the System Status and Health section and select Manage Processes, as shown in the following figure.

Ican 2.15.11 fig1

Since we’ve not yet selected a system to manage, a dialog is displayed to select the system now. See figure below.

Ican 2.15.11 fig2

By clicking on browse, you can find the systems available for to manage. (Note: If you haven’t yet discovered your IBM i system through System Discovery, you must do that before you’ll see the system in the list.) See figure below.

Ican 2.15.11 fig3

Select which system you want to use from the list of systems available to you and add it to the selected box. Click ok, and you’ll see a screen similar to the following. By default, you’ll see Applications (seen in figure below), which shows you a list of active jobs.

Ican 2.15.11 fig4

For an active job, you can select to monitor the process, end it controlled, or end it immediately, as shown below.

Ican 2.15.11 fig5

If you choose to create a monitor, it brings up the dialog to create a process monitor – it's a simple monitor that will log an event under the selected conditions, as shown below.

Ican 2.15.11 fig6

Servers will show you the list of server jobs.  (Blog post "i Can …. Identify Your Server Jobs" has more information about TCP Servers.)  This is very similar to the TCP/IP Servers information you can view with IBM Systems Director Navigator or System i Navigator, as shown below.

Ican 2.15.11 fig7

The options for server jobs are to start or end the server (depending upon its current status) or to display the server jobs, as shown below.

Ican 2.15.11 fig8

Showing the jobs will show you the active jobs for that server, as shown below.

Ican 2.15.11 fig9

Subsystems will display the subsystems on the system, whether they’re started or not, and the actions you can take are either to start the subsystem if it isn’t active, end an active subsystem or to display the jobs running in an active subsystem. See figure below.

Ican 2.15.11 fig10

It's been my experience that not many IBM i shops have experimented with IBM Systems Director. Perhaps by learning a little bit about how you can use Systems Director to manage i, you’ll learn more about what it can do.

For more information on using Systems Director with i, refer back to the blog, "Managing i with IBM Systems Director."

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