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Action schedule actions on condition
For IBM i Suite Levels 1-4

Running Time: 4 mins

Halcyon has expanded it's Action Schedule to include performing actions based on conditions. In this video, Nikki Evans shows an example of sending alerts to a primary Enterprise Server, however should this action fail an alert can be automatically sent to another Enterprise Server.

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Auto-close escalation alerts when monitoring for jobs in MSGW
For IBM i suite levels 2-4

Running Time: 20 mins

Configure Halcyon to detect when to close it's own alerts - Nikki Evans provides a demonstration on how this method can be utilized, when using escalation lists while monitoring for jobs going message wait.

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Automatic Upgrade Solution overview 
Running Time: 18 mins

Find out about how the Automatic Upgrade Solution, enables you to allocate a master installation, where you can upgrade all your remote IBM i systems from that single one partition.

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Create an allocated memory pool for Halcyon to run in 
Running Time: 9 mins

Did you know Halcyon can reside in a dedicated memory pool?

Memory pools are typically created to isolate disk I/O from other applications sharing the pool.  By default disk I/O uses the *BASE memory pool. This can cause performance issues for any other applications that are also using the *BASE memory pool. 

Disclaimer:
 

It is recommended that you evaluate the settings that you calculate for your system(s) BEFORE you apply the changes.  Knowledge of the OS400 operating system is required before making these changes, if you are not sure of the changes described in this video then consult your IBM i system operator or third party support.


After implementation some settlement time is expected, you may need to adjust the figures to optimize the configuration.

This information has been given as a guideline and will vary between systems, no guarantee or warranty is implied.


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Export Rule
For IBM i suite levels 1-4

Running Time: 6 mins

Nikki Evans shows how to utilize the new IBM i export rule feature, that enables you to replicate rules from a centralized Halcyon environment, to other Halcyon installations.

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Message Watch Facility

For IBM i suite levels 1-4

Running Time: 7 mins

Do you need to monitor variable job start and finish times?

In this example Nikki Evans demonstrates how to monitor the arrival of a message on a queue and to capture its corresponding completion message within a pre-defined time range.

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Monitor SMS scripting errors and alert to the administrator message queue

For IBM i suite levels 1-4

Running Time: 7 mins

Utilising AdminMsg command within the SMS scripts, Nikki Evans will show you how to add in a message queue rule that will capture and alert for example, when the operator service is not available, or if the number dialled is incorrect.

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Native SYSLOG action on the IBM i 
For IBM i suite levels 1-4

Running Time: 4 mins

Relying on system and performance data being fed into your log amalgamator?  Then Halcyon fits in perfectly to your complete monitoring environment. Watch this short video where Nikki Evans shows you the SYSLOG action, native on the IBM i.

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Report on job runtime history with one simple command
For IBM i suite levels 1-4

Running Time: 2 mins

Halcyon has introduced a simple command PRTJOBHST that enables you to produce a report that shows when a job entered the system, started, ended, total runtime, CPU time and the job ending code! Presented by Nikki Evans.

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Setting Halcyon to make an automated call to wake the on-call operator before alerting by SMS
For IBM i suite levels 1-4

Running Time: 3 mins

Nikki Evans shows the SNDTXT action enhancement which now provides operators the option to be woken, by Halcyon making an automated call to their mobile and playing a selective tone.  Once the operator hangs up, the SMS alert is then sent for action.

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SNMP alerts
For IBM i suite levels 1-4

Running Time: 8 mins

A choice between native SNMP alerts sent from the IBM i (ideal for feeding Halcyon alerts into 3rd party applications such as HP Openview), or setting Halcyon as your SNMP trap target to enable monitoring of your SNMP capable devices such as printers, routers, switches and more!  Join Nikki Evans as she demonstrates the power of Halcyon SNMP actions and monitoring.

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