PM for Power Systems

IBM Performance Management for Power Systems

Report viewing requirements

In order to view and print the PM for Power Systems reports and graphs on the Internet, you must have the following:

Contact information / registration keys

To view your reports, you must first receive a registration key from IBM and use that key to add that server to a viewable ‘group’. The registration key is sent to the email address you have specified within the PM application. Therefore it is critical that you provide (and keep updated) the contact information (e.g. valid email address). See instructions below and possible scenarios.

Contact information must be entered for each partition.

Scenario #1:

If you have never logged into PM before and you want to see your reports:
PM log in screen: https://pmeserver.rochester.ibm.com/PMServerInfo/loginPage.jsp

Answer: Go to the log in screen and enter your IBM ID. You will see a Welcome Page and you will need to create a group. Once created, you will be taken to the ‘add server’ page. On the add server page, there is a prompt that says if you do not have the registration key, click here. You will be asked for the serial number and system name. IBM validates whether we have received data or not and if we have an email address associated with that server. Please proceed if the email address shown is valid. A registration key will be sent to you immediately. If the email address is not valid, please follow the instructions above to enter a valid email address. Your server will need to retransmit the PM data and after 24 hours, you can sign on once again, select the group you have created and select ‘add server’. Then you will see the prompt to specify serial number, server name and resend of registration key. This will allow you to subsequently register (add) the server to a group.

Scenario #2:

Your server / partition has transmitted and you have logged in previously, created a group but did not register any servers. How do you get the registration key resent to you?

Answer: Sign into the PM log in screen. You will be taken to you default group or the Select a Group screen. Once you are in a group, select add a server. On the add server page, there is a prompt that says if you do not have the registration key, click here. You will be asked for the serial number and system name. IBM validates whether we have received data or not and presents the email address we have associated with the server. If the email address is valid, IBM will immediately send an email with the registration key. If the email address is not valid, please follow the instructions above to enter a valid email address. Your server will need to retransmit the PM data and after 24 hours, you can sign on once again, select the group you have created and select ‘add server’. Then you will see the prompt to specify serial number, server name and resend of registration key. This will allow you to subsequently register (add) the server to a group

Operating system requirements

Before you can begin using PM for Power Systems, there are certain operating system requirements that you may need to install before you can activate PM for Power Systems. Please refer to the following sections:

Once you have all the necessary requirements you can activate PM for Power Systems collections.

PM for Power Systems requirements for IBM i

PM for Power Systems requires your System i, or AS/400 OS/400 release must be a version that has not reached its end of support date. Please refer to the following for a complete list of End of Program Support Date.

For more information, please refer to the IBM Software Technical Document: How to Send PM Agent Data on Supported i5/OS Releases.

A performance recording begins automatically recording at IPL. The information transmits to IBM based on the performance data transmission settings when setting up Electronic Service Agent or the call home function on another IBM management console like the HMC, FSM or the Service and Support Manager within Systems Director.

For more information on ESA setup and PM AIX data collection, see the following:

PM for Power Systems Requirements for AIX

AIX V6.1 TL 06 and AIX V7.1 TL00 and higher releases of both

The PM AIX collection agent is integrated with the AIX operating system.

It is recommended that you apply the latest AIX operating system fix packs on your server. For more information, please refer to the FAQ (Set UP) – What are the recommended PM AIX Collection Agent fixes that I should install on my server?(link: http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/power/support/perfmgmt/faq_setupaix.html#q8 )

A performance recording begins automatically recording at IPL. The information transmits to IBM based on the performance data transmission settings when setting up Electronic Service Agent or the call home function on another IBM management console like the HMC, FSM or the Service and Support Manager within Systems Director.

For more information on ESA setup and PM AIX data collection, see the following:

Electronic Service Agent

Electronic Service Agent is bundled with AIX V5.3 TL6 or higher and no further installation is required. You will still need to install PM for Power Systems (Collection Agent). For additional information about Electronic Service Agent, please refer to the following:

The most current version of Electronic Service Agent code can be obtained by anonymous download from the AIX FTP site and directory.

Performance data can also be transmitted to IBM via the performance data transmit options within the HMC, FSM or the Service and Support Manager within IBM Systems Director.

PM for Power Systems requirements for Linux

PM for Power Systems run on an IBM PowerLinux system or an IBM POWER processor based system with a Linux partition. Minimum hardware level is Power 5 or later.

The PM for Power Systems performance data collection agent (PM for PowerLinux Systems or PMLinux) is part of the IBM Installation ToolKit. Please be sure you are using Version 5.4.1 or later of the ToolKit.

The Linux releases supported are Red Hat Version 5 or 6 and higher; and SUSE Version 10 or 11 and higher.

Both Linux distributions require the system be at GLIBC version 2.4 or newer.

Support is provided in the following environments: 1) IBM Electronic Service Agent (ESA) running in a stand alone environment; or 2) an HMC environment; The HMC must be at V7R3 or above.

Helpful links:

Contact IBM


For technical assistance:

Call IBM Support Line:
1-800-IBM-SERV (426-7378), Opt. 21-800-426-7378 Opt 2
Ask for the Queue called SMP, 163 for worldwide

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