WebSphere Application Server 8.5 Intelligent Management

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Description:
This course is designed for WebSphere Application Server (WAS) systems support staff who need to plan to make use of the Intelligent Management capabilities in WAS 8.5.
It is intended as a follow-on course to our WAS 8.5 Installation, Configuration and Administration course and is normally run after it so that the two can be combined to make a 5-day course.
Prerequisites:
Delegates will need good hands-on knowledge of WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment, including the installation and configuration of clusters, applications, IBM HTTP Server. Our course WAS 8.5 Installation, Configuration and Administration provides an ideal basis for this.
Course Objectives:
The intelligent management features of WebSphere Application Server V8.5, which were previously sold separately by IBM as WebSphere Virtual Enterprise, provide the following high-value benefits:
Applications with health problems such as memory leaks can be run in production without impact to end-users. Impending problems are detected and action taken pro-actively to restart servers, capture dumps etc., before a failure affects uers.
The application server can automatically manage the allocation of server resources to applications against pre-defined response time targets. This provides more consistent performance for the most critical applications while also allowing servers to be run at greatly increased utilisation levels.
An Application Edition Manager feature enables the introduction of new application releases in a controlled manner that involves no interruption of service to users, makes it very easy to roll-back to a previous edition if necessary, and allows the piloting of new editions on selected groups of users (e.g. internal users), before rolling them out generally.
These powerful capabilities make it possible to provide a more reliable and responsive service to users and reduce the cost of hardware and software licences needed to provide the service.
Introduction to WAS 8.5 Intelligent Management:
Introduction to dynamic operations
overview of health management
Application Edition Manager
administration console checkpoint/restart
console and visualisation
HA Deployment Manager
introduction to IM terminology: work classes
transaction classes
service policies
dynamic clusters
on-demand routers (ODRs)
health conditions & health policies, etc.
runtime topologies.
Enabling and Configuring Dynamic Operations:
Installing and configuring ODRs
defining service policies
mapping applications
applications components or user groups to service policies
understating the function and tuning of the autonomic managers including the Application Placement Controller
Autonomic Request Flow Manager
Dynamic Workload Manager
Health Controller, etc.
capturing usage data for charge-back accounting.
Enabling and configuring Health Management:
Understanding the pre-defined health conditions (Memory Leak, Excessive Heap Utilisation, Response time, Storm Drain, etc..)
configuration of Health Conditions and Health Policies
how the Health Manager interacts with the APC to ensure no loss of service to users.
Understand the capability to define custom health conditions using PMI interfaces.
Scripted lab exercise on Health Management
Understanding Application Edition Management:
Application Edition Management capabilities; group vs. atomic roll-out application isolation
validating and edition with a defined group of users
AEM configuration settings.
Ensuring a successful implementation:
Experience with WebSphere Virtual Enterprise
information sources
best practices