Number of questions: 65
Number of questions to pass: 47
Time allowed: 90 mins
This exam consists of 6 sections described below.
Section 1: IBM Tivoli Monitoring Infrastructure
Given a basic understanding of IBM Tivoli Monitoring (ITM), describe ITM and the various components such as IBM Tivoli Enterprise Portal Server (TEPS), Tivoli Enterprise Monitoring Server (TEMS), agents, the data warehouse and event synchronization so that the ITM infrastructure and its functions have been explained.
Given a basic understanding of ITM, describe the most common Tivoli Enterprise Monitoring Agents and their functions so that the functions of the Tivoli Enterprise Monitoring Agent have been explained.
Given a basic understanding of ITM, describe the TEMS component and its function so that the purpose of the TEMS has been defined.
Given a basic understanding of ITM, describe the TEPS component and its function so that the purpose of the TEPS has been defined.
Given a basic understanding of ITM, describe the TEPS component and its function so that the purpose of the TEPS database has been defined.
Given a basic understanding of ITM, describe the TEP clients so that the TEP client has been defined.
Given a basic understanding of ITM, describe the usage of the data warehouse so that the data warehouse has been defined.
Given basic familiarity with ITM, describe what the Warehouse Proxy agent (WPA) does, what it monitors and where it can be installed so that the functions of the WPA have been defined.
Given basic familiarity with ITM, describe what the SPA does, what it monitors and where it can be installed so that the SPA has been defined.
Given basic familiarity with ITM, describe what the Manage Tivoli Enterprise Monitoring Services is, what platforms it runs on and what basic functions it provides so that the functions of the Manage Tivoli Enterprise Monitoring Services have been explained.
Given basic familiarity with ITM, describe how ITM is able to forward situation events from ITM to Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus, as well as sync updates in Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus back into ITM so that the integration between these products has been defined.
Given the requirement that operations staff get a console view of all incoming and open alerts from ITM and that the ITM Situation Event Console can handle only a limited number of events in any given period successfully, describe why and when would you choose to implement an external event console so that the purpose of when and why to use an external event console has been defined.
Given basic operator experience with ITM, explain how application support is the collection of configuration data (workspaces, situations, queries, help, Take Actions, etc.) needed by TEMS, TEPS, and the TEP clients that allows ITM data to be viewed by a user so that application support has been defined.
Section 2: Using Monitoring Data
Given the need to perform useful event monitoring, and using the workspaces found within the Tivoli Enterprise Portal (TEP), review the various data elements by which a monitoring agent keeps track of the state of a managed system. Determine the current properties and status of these managed systems, using these data elements (attributes), to determine meaningful criteria for analysis so that appropriate thresholds can be determined and defined in situations.
Given the need to perform useful event monitoring, state how related attributes are packaged together for ease of use in the Tivoli Enterprise Monitoring Server (TEMS) so that attribute groups and their purpose have been defined.
Given the need of the ITM user to fully understand the data streams within ITM to be able to correctly plan and implement a well performing Monitoring environment, list the data available from ITM and match these with the requirements from the users so that a document with full description of all required monitoring data with their properties is available.
Given the requirement from the TEP user to have the monitoring data available in a specific format, describe how a TEP view should be adapted to display these data so that the TEP view has been modified and saved.
Given the requirement to visualize monitoring data on the TEP client according to user requirements, new queries have to be created and used within a View/Workspace so that a new query is now available from the Query selection list.
Given the requirement of the TEP user to export monitoring data from a TEP view to an external file, describe the actions needed to achieve this so that a new file with monitored data is available from the TEP view.
Given the requirement from TEP users to visualize monitoring data on the TEP Client in different formats, list the types of views that can be created in a TEP Workspace so that the types of views have been defined.
Section 3: IBM Tivoli Monitoring Usage
Given basic familiarity with IBM Tivoli Monitoring V6.3 (ITM), describe how individual components are stopped and started on different platforms, using ITM functionality so that the process to stop/start ITM components has been explained.
Given a basic understanding of ITM, describe the different types of users, including Administrators, Operations, Support teams, and Management so that the users and their roles have been defined.
Given the need to create a new user, log on to the TEP, create the user and assign the appropriate permissions so that the user ID has been created and is ready for use.
Given basic familiarity with ITM, describe what a workspace is, what it can display, its properties, what is delivered as default and what can be changed so that workspaces within ITM have been defined.
Given the need to enable workspace admin mode, log on to the TEP, grant the required permissions to the selected user ID, log on with the changed user ID and enable workspace admin mode so that the workspace admin mode is enabled.
Given basic ITM knowledge, describe what level of data can be collected, what the options are to limit or increase the amount of data collected so that ITM data collecting options have been defined.
Given an existing View on the TEP, describe how you can limit the scope of the rows returned from the Query so that a new view has been modified to the requirements of the TEP user.
Given the user requirement to visualize a specific time frame of monitoring data for a specific server or servers for a specific set of attributes, explain how this time span should be set on the view so that the modified view reflect the new time selection criteria.
Given the end user requirements for which monitoring data are to be collected, define an attribute group to be collected with its specific settings so that the historical data files will be created at the TEMA or TEMS and data will be sent to the warehouse.
Given the requirement of TEP administrators to distribute groups of objects (historical configurations and situations) to the same list(s) of systems, use the Object Group Editor to assign these objects in group to managed systems or lists of managed systems so that historical configurations and situations are grouped to the appropriate servers.
Given the requirement to launch external applications from the TEP client, describe the main features of this function so that the launch feature has been described.
Given basic operator experience with ITM, describe how a user can navigate to Take Action on a local or remote managed system and then run an Action (either a pre-defined Action or a custom command) so that the use of Take Action has been defined.
Section 4: IBM Tivoli Monitoring Navigation
Given basic experience with IBM Tivoli Monitoring V6.3 (ITM), explain how the Navigator view provides access to the data that ITM collects via a hierarchical structure (Physical by default, Custom/Logical when defined as needed) so that the functions of the navigator tree have been explained.
Given basic familiarity with ITM, describe how one can use the Edit Navigator View button from the Tivoli Enterprise Portal (TEP) client to create a new Navigator View so that the process to create a new Navigator view is defined.
Given basic familiarity with ITM, describe what a Logical Navigator View is and why it might be used (as opposed to the default Physical Navigator View) so that the use of a Logical Navigator View is understood.
Given basic familiarity with ITM, describe how a user can navigate from the default workspace to another workspace for the same Navigator item so that the capability to attach multiple workspaces to a single Navigator item is demonstrated.
Given basic familiarity with ITM, describe how to link workspaces in the TEP client so that navigating to one particular workspace directly from another workspace is illustrated.
Section 5: IBM Tivoli Monitoring Event Management
Given the need to perform useful event monitoring, and using the Tivoli Enterprise Portal (TEP) features found in the situation editor, determine how related managed systems are grouped together for ease of replication of common analysis criteria so that when a situation is added or changed, the change is proliferated across all related managed systems, reducing error and providing consistency.
Given the need to perform proactive event management at times, and using the features provided in the TEP, state reasons why event analysis with alerts is enough (based on a situation), and when there are times that more automated actions are required (based on a policy).
Given the need to perform proactive event management at times, and using the features provided in the TEP, state reasons why the ITM framework event analysis would be conducted by sampling of data, as opposed to the determination of a pure event so that the difference between pure and sampled events has been defined.
Given the need to perform event management and analysis to reduce business outages, and using the features provided in the TEP, describe the steps at a high level of setting up a situation and assigning it to a managed system so that a situation has been set-up and assigned.
Given the need to perform event management and analysis to reduce business outages, and using the features provided in the TEP, describe how and why one would use the feature ‘Situation Persistence’ when defining a situation.
Given the need to perform event management and analysis to reduce business outages and to find quick resolutions, using the features provided in the TEP, describe the difference between creating a situation from the situation editor (start from icon), or creating a situation from the navigator tree so that the various ways to create a situation have been described.
Given the need to perform event management and analysis to reduce business outages and to find quick resolutions, using the features provided in the TEP, describe how and why one would use the feature ‘Event Acknowledgement’, to take ownership of a situation event when it occurs so that the Event Acknowledge feature has been explained.
Given basic familiarity with ITM, describe how pure and sampled situation events are closed so that the difference between pure events and sampled events is defined.
Given the need to perform event management and analysis, to reduce business outages and to find quick resolutions, using the features provided in the TEP, describe how and why one would need to associate a situation with a navigator item so that how to associate a situation with a navigator item has been defined.
Given the need to perform event management and analysis to reduce business outages and to find quick resolutions, using the features provided in the TEP, describe how and why one would use the feature ‘Expert Advice’ when defining a situation so that the Expert Advice feature has been described.
Given basic familiarity with ITM, describe the differences between reflex automation and workflow automation so that users can distinguish between the two.
Given basic familiarity with ITM, describe the kind of data that can be used in a situation and displayed in a situation event so that the use of Display Item in situations is defined.
Given basic familiarity with ITM, describe the function of monitored, statistical, and historical baselines in a data view so that the value of using monitored baselines in a view is understood.
Section 6: Fundamentals of IBM Tivoli Monitoring Problem Determination
Given basic knowledge of IBM Tivoli Monitoring V6.3 (ITM), describe how a user can determine if a component of the ITM is failing so that a user can determine what may be failing within the ITM architecture.
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Course Title: IBM Tivoli Monitoring Fundamentals
Course Duration: 3 Days
Course Number: TM023
Course Abstract: IBM Tivoli Monitoring products monitor the performance and availability of operating systems and applications. In this course you learn about the Tivoli Monitoring architecture and how to navigate the Tivoli Enterprise Portal. You also learn how to manage situation events, visualize real-time and historical data, manage user authorities, and publish monitoring workspaces.
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PartnerWorld Code: 24120102
Replaces PW Code: 24120101
An IBM Certified Associate – Tivoli Monitoring V6.3 is an individual with entry level knowledge and experience with IBM Tivoli Monitoring V6.3. This individual is knowledgeable about the fundamental concepts of IBM Tivoli Monitoring V6.3 through either hands on experience or formal and informal education. The associate should have an in-depth knowledge of the basic to intermediate tasks required in day-to-day use of IBM Tivoli Monitoring V6.3.
To attain the IBM Certified Associate – Tivoli Monitoring V6.3 certification, candidates must pass 1 test.
Key Areas of Competency:
Explain the functionality and infrastructure of IBM Tivoli Monitoring
Describe how to use Tivoli Monitoring V6.3 data
Customize Tivoli Monitoring V6.3 data
Knowledge of Tivoli Monitoring V6.3 Navigation
Describe ITM Event Management
Recommended Prerequisite Skills
Working knowledge of IBM Tivoli Monitoring V6.3 infrastructure components
Working knowledge of OS, networking, and firewall concepts
Working knowledge of Tivoli Enterprise Monitoring Agents (TEMA)
Basic knowledge of IBM Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus
Basic knowledge of security (SSL, data encryption, GS Kit, system user accounts)
Basic knowledge of supported databases
Basic knowledge of the enterprise wide monitoring capabilities of IBM Tivoli Monitoring V6.3
Basic knowledge of protocols including HTTP, LDAP
Basic knowledge of problem determination
1 – Basic Skill/Knowledge: Familiarity with basic functionality and concepts, may need to rely on assistance from documentation or other resources.
2 – Working Skill/Knowledge: Working knowledge of functionality and concepts, can use product or explain concepts with little or no assistance.
3 – Advanced Skill/Knowledge: Substantial experience with functionality or concepts, can teach others how to use functionality or explain concepts.
4 – Expert Skill/Knowledge: Extensive and comprehensive experience with functionality or concepts, can create or customize code, architecture, or processes.
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C9560-503 – IBM Tivoli Monitoring V6.3 Fundamentals
Which Tivoli Enterprise Portal navigation tool is used to inform discrepancies in versions between client and server?
A. Refresh the Navigator
B. Check Discrepancies
C. Apply Pending Updates
D. Application Support Event
Which permission allows an administrator to share new launch definitions with other users?
A. Workspace Author Mode
B. Launch Administration Mode
C. Workspace Administration Mode
D. Launch Application Activation Mode
What is the purpose of the Deployment Status Summary workspace?
A. to show summary status information about remote agent deployments
B. to give an overview of the situation event status throughout the enterprise
C. to list the monitoring agents in the managed network and their online or offline status
D. to provide a visual health check of the monitoring servers in the enterprise and the application support that has been applied
Which two definitions are stored in a Tivoli Enterprise Portal Server database? (Choose two.)
A. Group definitions
B. Situation definitions
C. User data definitions
D. Managed systems definitions
E. Historical collection definitions
For reasons related to performance, which option can be applied to queries for data retrieval?
A. Use only one query per workspace.
B. Use an associated situation with the query.
C. Use a filter to filter the data retrieved from the query.
D. Use a policy to limit the data returned from the query.