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Anchor link to content further down the page.  Highlights
Anchor link to content further down the page.  Downloading the code
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Last update: September 1, 2010 (RMF PM Version 2.4.61, rmfpms DDS Level 2339)
 
 
Introduction

rmfpms is a modular data gatherer for Linux®. The gathered data can be analyzed using the RMF PM client application or the z/OS Management Facility (5655-S28). The performance data is accessible through XML over HTTP so you can easily exploit it in your own applications.

To learn more about the z/OS parts of RMF PM, please visit this page.

To learn more about the z/OS Management Facility, please visit this page.

RMF PM was originally developed for OS/390, so you might learn more about this offering using the z/OS-related materials, such as the tutorial (PDF, 226KB), even if you only want to use RMF PM to monitor Linux resources.
 
 

Important Note

Note that Apache performance data is only available if Apache is actually running and properly configured on the monitored image. DASD performance data is only available on System z® linux images with Linux kernel 2.4 and activated DASD performance gathering.

You should activate the archive cronjob as described in the README file that is part of the rmfpms*.tgz file (see below).

Note: This offering is intended for evaluation purposes only and is not a part of any IBM product.

 

Highlights
Using our enhanced RMF PM client, it is possible to:
  • Generate graphical trend reports
  • Store the data in spreadsheet format (.WK1, supported by Lotus 1-2-3, StarOfficeTM, Microsoft® Excel®, etc.)
  • Persistently store performance analysis scenarios (Performance Desktops, "PerfDesks")
  • Gather historical performance data
  • Filter the performance data
  • Mix z/OS and Linux performance data in one screen
  • Use a graphical user client to access performance data in a flexible and highly configurable way
 

Downloading the code
If you have problems downloading the code directly from this page, you can find instructions how to do a direct FTP download here.
  • Client (GUI component executed on monitoring PC; developed in Java)
  • Server (Data Gatherer; executed on monitored server; developed in GNU C++)

    Note that, in the following, kernel24 denotes a current (2004) Linux distribution using Linux kernel 2.4, and kernel26 denotes a current (also 2004) Linux distribution using Linux kernel 2.6.

    • Linux on System z®
      Unpack the downloaded archives using:
      tar xvfz archive-name
      
      This creates a directory called rmfpms; in it you will find a README file which contains the remaining installation instructions. If you are comfortable with the default settings, start the gatherer using:
      rmfpms/bin/rmfpms start
      

      The default settings are:

      • TCP/IP port 8803
      • The whole package is installed in the $HOME directory (so you have a $HOME/rmfpms directory)
      • The performance repository is in the $HOME/rmfpms/.rmfpms directory

    • Intel® x86 Linux data gatherer (kernel24 - 2154 KBkernel26 - 621 KB)
      After downloading the archive, unpack it using:
      tar xvfz archive-name
      
      This creates a directory called rmfpms; in it, you will find a README file which contains the remaining installation instructions. If you are comfortable with the default settings, start the gatherer using:
      rmfpms/bin/rmfpms start
      

      The default settings are:

      • TCP/IP port 8803
      • The whole package is installed in the $HOME directory (so you have a $HOME/rmfpms directory)
      • The performance repository is in the $HOME/rmfpms/.rmfpms directory

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Quickstart
To start the RMF PM, complete the following steps:
  1. Download and install the rmfpms server part as described above
  2. Download and install the Linux rmfpm client part as described above
  3. Start the rmfpms server part by typing "./rmfpms restart" in the ~/rmfpms/bin directory
  4. Start rmfpm client by "./rmfpm" in the ~/rmfpm directory
  5. From the File pulldown menu, select: Open - Linux Image (localhost)
  6. From the File pulldown menu, select: Open - PerfDesk (Overview Localhost)
  7. Press the "Start" button below the PerfDesk

Have fun!

 


 

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