We improved the Cluster Health tab. The quickest way to see these improvements is to watch a short shockwave demo . (No, it doesn’t have sound).
There are two big improvements.
1) Now the cluster names are color-coded so you can see at a glance which clusters have issues, just as the disk health is color-coded.
2) The other big improvement is that in addition to just seeing the current values of the cluster, we made it super simple to see how the cluster replicator has been performing over the course of the day simply by clicking on the server name. You could graph this information before, using the graph tab, but this is better we think.
Special thanks to Andy Pedisich’s Lotusphere presentation for pointing out that the trend is as important as the current values. He presented a manual way to get the type of information that VitalSigns gets automatically by using a modified statrep.nsf and Excel, which was pretty slick.
One interesting tidbit is that he mentioned was that in the course of his consulting he regularly encounters cluster servers that behind, and one was sometimes up to 90 minutes behind in the middle of the day, and without looking at these key metrics (which VitalSigns makes easy) most administrators don’t even know they have a problem until it is too late! One server crashes, the users fail over, and they ask “where did my last hour of work go?”
Headed to Orlando for IBM Connect?
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 10:11p Alan Forbes For the 14th year in a row RPR Wyatt will attend the conference formerly known as Lotusphere, hosted by IBM at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida.
We hope to see you there and invite you to visit with us at booth #213 and take a tour – or a deep dive of – the latest release of VitalSigns, our flagship monitoring and reporting solution for your entire IBM Messaging/Collaboration environment.
When you stop by booth #213 to say hello or to chat about your monitori [read] Keywords: collaboration
Stupid Skype message
Wed, Dec 4th 2013 5:13p Alan Forbes I really wonder why Product Managers do the things they do sometimes.
As a UI fanatic, it really bugs me to see stupid ‘features’. Did a Product Manager really think that anyone quitting Skype would think that they could still receive or send instant messages? Hello! I’m quitting Skype. Notice that there is no checkbox that says “Don’t warn me again”.
You will never see something like that in VitalSigns, and if you do please let us know immediat [read] Keywords: skype
VitalSigns Plus is coming…
Thu, Oct 31st 2013 9:09a Alan Forbes We have been super busy lately putting the final polishes on VitalSigns Plus. For those of you who might not have heard, VitalSigns Plus is the next generation of VitalSigns. We have entirely re-engineered the user interface so that the entire product is browser based. This means that you do not have to RDP into a workstation to make configuration changes anymore. We’ve also added granularity over users so that only specific users can make changes to configuration or changes [read] Keywords: interface
The incredible backward compatability of the Domino platform
Mon, May 13th 2013 9:12a Alan Forbes In the course of facilitating an evaluation with a potential customer, we performed a ‘findings review’ where we walked the customer through the potential issues that VitalSigns had discovered. One thing was a surprise for us, and I’ll let you look at the screen shot to enjoy it yourself. Domino never ceases to amaze me. (Hint – look at the Domino Version column to see what this guy still has running -successfully — in production.) [read] Keywords: domino
I’m not in Orlando yet, but my mugs are…
Tue, Jan 15th 2013 1:15p Alan Forbes In less than two weeks I’ll be in Orlando for the annual Lotusphere/IBM Connect show. Even though I am not there yet, my mugs are already enjoying the Florida sunshine.
Did you suggest a feature that got added to VitalSigns? If so, you’re eligible for one of these highly-coveted mugs. Just come by and see me at Pedestal B-55. [read] Keywords: ibm